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News of February 2019

New support package for gifted learners


The Associate Education Minister has announced a new $1.27 million package of support for gifted education including:

  • funding for one-day schools 
  • a programme of events, experiences, and opportunities specifically for gifted learners
  • strengthened guidance for teachers and kaiako
  • expansion of online learning modules

Read the press release...

Seaweek – Kaupapa Moana 2019 – Saturday 2 to Sunday 10 March


Seaweek – Kaupapa Moana 2019 will take place from Saturday 2 to Sunday 10 March 2019.

The theme will be “Tiakina o Tātou Mōana – Care for our Seas”.

Seaweek comprises a wide range of events, activities, opportunities, competitions, and calls to action.

Find out what is happening in your region for Seaweek 2019 by checking the What’s On pages of the Seaweek website.

 Events will be uploaded as they are received.

Go to the Resources section of the Seaweek website to find out about the range of resources available.

CensusAtSchool launches on March 4 2019


CensusAtSchool charts children’s views of their own lives and is taking place across New Zealand and the Cook Islands from March 4. 

Known in te reo Māori as TataurangaKiTeKura Aotearoa, CensusAtSchool New Zealand is a biennial, non-profit, online educational project that aims to bring statistics to life in both English and Māori-medium classrooms.

Students from years 5-13 anonymously answer 30 questions in English or te reo Māori,

This year, children are asked about issues such as climate change, the amount of time they spend on digital devices, and how they handle interpersonal issues.

Find out how to take part...

Teachers register here...

Rights: Now! Engaging with children on matters that affect them


The Office of the Children’s Commissioner has released a resource to help children in New Zealand primary schools know their rights, specifically their right to have a
say, and to participate and be heard on issues that affect them. 

It also supports teachers to take a child-led approach to children’s rights.

Rights: Now! includes lesson plans, hands on activities, background information, and a child friendly “Children’s Convention” poster explaining each of their rights.

Driving and substance impairment: NZTA resource supports NCEA Level 3 Health


This resource is written by a New Zealand teacher and published by New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA).

Students analyse how medication can impair driving. They examine determinants of health and implications for wellbeing, then recommend health-enhancing strategies.

Data is provided along with resources designed with SOLO Taxonomy. 

The resource supports assessment for Achievement Standard 91461: Analyse a New Zealand health issue.

Technology Online webinar: Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko | Digital Readiness

Technology Online webinar: Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko | Digital Readiness


Technology Online webinar: Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko | Digital Readiness

Wednesday, 20 February, 3.45 pm – 4.45 pm

Register here

Come along and hear Catherine Johnson (English Medium Project Lead) talk about the National Digital Readiness Programme.

Learn how to register, and about the free resources and support available to implement the revised digital technologies curriculum content.

For more information about Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko, see: kiatakatu.ac.nz

Learning with 1:1 digital devices


Browse through this updated section on Enabling e-Learning. It contains a wealth of information and school stories about developing your strategy, selecting and using devices, and providing technical support.

App development in the classroom


Enabling e-Learning has a new page on teaching app development in your classroom, and it is packed with information and examples so you can get started.

When students make apps, they learn: 

  • valuable STEAM skills like coding, programming, graphic design, and content creation
  • how to solve real-world problems with digital design.

Find out how you can get started with app development in your classroom...

Inclusive education: approaches for supporting students with learning support needs

Inclusive Education: approaches for supporting students with learning support needs


The revamped Inclusive Education website has 26 guides for Year 1-13 teachers and school leaders.

The strategies in the guides help you recognise, plan for, and meet the learning and wellbeing needs of all learners.

It includes guides relating to dyslexia, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Universal Design for Learning, and supporting LGBTIQA+ students. 

VLN Primary School - Online Programmes in 2019

VLN Primary School - Online Programmes in 2019


Registrations are invited from schools wishing to participate in the Virtual Learning Network (VLN) Primary School.

There is a wide range of online language programmes as well as extension maths, literacy, digital technology, astronomy, visual arts, web design, life skills, health, and the Over the Back Fence Project.
Find out more and register your interest or email primary@vln.school.nz

Final date for enrolments for Semester 1 will be Friday 22 February 2019. 
Late enrolments may be accepted and will be dependent on timetable and available space.