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News of August 2019

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 9–15 Mahuru 2019


Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori the Māori Language Commission has an extensive collection of online resources to download, print, and distribute, to support Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, Māori Language Week 9-15 September 2019.

The chosen theme for 2019 is again 'Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’  ‘Let’s make the Māori language strong'.

The New Zealand Curriculum Online has a resource page with ideas, links, and stories to help schools engage with their parents, families, and whānau to support the learning of te reo Māori in both the school and home environment.

The National Library also has ideas and links to resources for celebrating te reo Māori within your school and community.

Science Learning Hub resources - Bee Awareness month


Bee awareness month starts September 1st.

Science Learning Hub has a rich collection of classroom resources to support this.

Includes videos, activities, articles, images, and links to Connected journal articles.

Consumer protection resources: Years 4–6


The suite of Consumer Protection school resources aims to equip students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values to be informed and confident consumers.

In the collection of modules for years 4-6 students explore their role, rights, and responsibilities as a consumer. 

Find out about modules for other levels on the Consumer Protection's School Resources page.

Kōrero Mātauranga - Pacific education fono


A series of fono will be held around New Zealand from 27 August to 3 October to discuss educational aspirations for Pacific learners. 

Dates, times, and venues for fono.

The fono will be an opportunity for Pacific communities to hear what the Ministry of Education did with their feedback last year on educational aspirations for Pacific learners, and how it is feeding into the Ministry's work programme.

It will be a chance to talk about the next steps, including working together to design an action plan for Pacific education.

LEARNZ: Raranga tuku iho, tohatoha whiwhi ōrite - dual heritage, shared future


Registrations for the LEARNZ Rāranga tuku iho, tohatoha whiwhi ōrite - dual heritage, shared future bilingual virtual field trip to Te Tai Tokerau are open to all New Zealand schools and kura.

The field trip is offered in both te reo Māori and English, 9 to 11 September 2019.

Based in Te Tai Tokerau Northland it will take you back in time to the arrival of Polynesians in Te Pēwhairangi/Bay of Islands, investigating their archaeological remains and exploring the way of life of our earliest explorers; then the arrival of Europeans and an exploration of the world we live in now and our future. Includes important science undertaken by Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander

Woven into this bilingual field trip is an expectation that students will create their own artefacts be they fish lures, karakia, carvings, storytelling, or personal taonga.

Pūtātara: A Call to Action


Pūtātara: A Call to Action is a new curriculum resource for years 7–10.

Pūtātara promotes sustainability and global citizenship through inquiry learning using tūrangawaewae, kaitiakitanga and whakapuāwai as pou arahi.

It provides tools for schools, teachers, and learners to engage with sustainability and global citizenship in their own settings, and encourages learners to actively engage with activities that incorporate real world problems within their communities. 

Pūtātara also aligns with The New Zealand Curriculum by encouraging schools and teachers to collaborate with whānau, iwi, industries, councils, and stakeholders.

Tapasā video resources


Go to the Tapasā resources section of the Teachers Council website for new Tapasā video resources.

Each video has conversation starters, supplementary resources, and subtitles to build teachers' confidence in using Tapasā to engage with Pacific learners.

The Quality Practice Template – Cross Sector Examples for a QPT using a Tapasā lens is also included.

Learning Support Study Awards and Scholarships


The Ministry of Education supports teachers and specialists to develop their skills in working with children and young people with additional learning needs.

The Ministry offers Learning Support study awards for teachers in early learning services and schools, as well as scholarships to support people undertaking specific specialist courses.

Applications are open for up to 180 Learning Support study awards.

These awards and scholarships help ensure the ongoing availability of a workforce with the appropriate specialist skills, knowledge, and qualifications to support children and young people with additional learning needs.

Find out more...

Digital Readiness Programme | Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko


All schools and kura can access the Digital Readiness Programme | Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko to help them implement the new Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content into their school curriculum or marau-a-kura.

Visit the Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko website and register today.

You can choose to do online pīkau / toolkits, attend meetups around New Zealand, or take part in an online community of practice. There’s also an online Digital Leaders / Pā Pouahi course to support curriculum leaders with change management tips and ideas.

Voices of Young People report


The Voices of Young People report is available on the Kōrero Mātauranga website, along with other findings from last year’s Education Conversation | Kōrero Mātauranga.

Over 1,900 young people aged 5–18 gave their views to help shape the future of education in New Zealand.

Voices of Young People Report [PDF 749KB]

Voices of Young People Summary [PDF 300KB]