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News of February 2018

Grow Your Own: edible garden competition; teaching and learning resource


Soil, Food and Society is launching Grow Your Own, an edible garden competition for primary and intermediate schools, enviro' groups, and agricultural clubs.

Enter here to be in to win $500 worth of garden centre vouchers!

Entries opened on 26th February and close on 23rd March 2018.

A free online teaching resource for years 5-8 is also available.

The resource explores three interconnected areas - Plants are Earth's engine; Our food garden; and The chain in my lunch box.

National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement - vacancies for teacher assessors


Applications are NOW OPEN for Teacher Assessors with a focus on Mathematics and Statistics, and/or Social Studies to administer assessments in Social Studies and Maths to Year 4 and Year 8 students for the National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) in Term 3 2018.

Information for applicants and an application form are available from this page.

Applications close: Monday 26th March, 2018.

Technology Online webinar: Introducing the learning progressions for digital technologies

Technology Online webinar: Introducing the learning progressions for digital technologies


Wednesday 14 March, 3.45 pm – 4.45 pm

Come along and hear Catherine Johnson (Lead facilitator) discuss the new learning progressions for digital technologies:

  • What they are
  • How they are embedded within technology and The New Zealand Curriculum
  • What supports and information are available for teachers

There will also be time for a question and answer section.

Register here for the webinar

This webinar is useful for teachers who will be involved in implementing the new learning progressions for technology in digital technologies, including:

  • classroom teachers in primary and secondary
  • technology lead teachers
  • syndicate leaders
  • heads of technology departments/learning areas/faculties
  • digital technologies teachers

Census 2018


The next census is on Tuesday 6 March 2018.

New Zealand Curriculum Online has a collection of teaching ideas and resources to help you learn about the census with your school and community.

Consumer Protection school resources


These resources for years 4–10 consist of teaching and learning plans and interactive case scenarios that aim to equip students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values to be informed and confident consumers.

At each level the resources explore consumer protection within a different context:

Years 4–6 focuses on toys and games

Years 7–8 focuses on mobile phones 

Years 9-10 focuses on consumer protection laws in both national and global settings.

Hītori Māori - Ngā kōrero o nehe: Māori history in the school curriculum


These materials have been developed to assist teachers to implement Te Takanga o te Wā Māori History in Aotearoa New Zealand: Teaching Guidelines for Years 1-8. 

Digital Technology Professional Supports - What's right for you?


Applications for Digital Technologies & Hangarau Matihiko PLD are open and a National Allocation Panel will make decisions in the first week of March. 

For more information about the professional support, the Ministry has developed a guide to help you identify the kinds of support that will best meet the ‘readiness level’ of your school or kura.

View the professional support guide and information for Digital Technologies here and for Hangarau Matihiko here and also access the online application forms for PLD.

For assistance, email digi.tech@education.govt.nz 

Write Our World - Multicultural e-books by kids for kids


Write Our World is a new social enterprise that promotes multicultural literacy and global citizenship through ebook authoring with youth worldwide.

Students can read from and publish to an interactive library of ebooks created by students from all over the world.

Watch the video to find out more:

Write-Our-World-2016 (MP4 33MB)

You can sign up for the free trial at http://writeourworld.org/