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News of September 2020

New Zealand Sign Language Week 21–27 September 2020


New Zealand Sign Language Week is being held between 21 and 27 September 2020.

This coincides with the International Week of the Deaf and the United Nations International Day of Sign Languages held on 23 September. 

NZSL Week is organised by Deaf Aotearoa to raise awareness of the language and culture of New Zealand’s Deaf community. 

This resource page from New Zealand Curriculum Online provides a range of resources and ideas to help you celebrate this language at your school. 

Learning Support study awards for teachers and kaiako in 2021


The Learning Support study awards support teachers and kaiako to train in specialist areas.

Applications for the study awards opened on 1 August and close on 30 September, with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing study award opening on 19 October and closing on 1 November 2020.
Recipients are eligible for a funding package to develop their skills working with learners with additional learning needs.

The funding package can include paid tuition fees, study leave, and contributions towards travel and accommodation.
The skills acquired by awards recipients present them with opportunities to be specialist resource teachers and/or advisors.  
Further information
You can find out more and apply at the Learning Support study awards and scholarships web page.

Raranga Matihiko - free online conference 28 September 2020

Raranga Matihiko - free online conference 28 September 2020


free online conference [PDF] to support teachers' and school leaders' understanding of the revised digital technology area will be held on Monday 28 September from 10am-3pm.

You can register for the conference and the full programme online.
The conference is being run by the Raranga Matihiko team from Te Papa Tongarewa, Waitangi Treaty Grounds, MTG Hawke's Bay, and Waikato Museum.

There will be a range of hands on learning activities where facilitators will show how to use digital tools and how the tools can support a range of learning programmes. 

StudyIt discussion forums are now open


StudyIt discussion forums for NCEA English, maths, and science are now open to support Year 11-13 students preparing for end of year external exams.

StudyIt online learning platform provides moderated forums to discuss achievement standards, and general study and exam advice for NCEA English, maths, and science with other students and teachers.

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori


Te Wiki o te Reo Māori takes place this year between 14 and 20 September. 

'Kia Kaha te reo Māori' is the theme for this year’s Māori Language Week – ‘Let’s make the Māori language strong'.

This resource page from New Zealand Curriculum Online offers ideas, links, and stories to support the learning of te reo Māori in schools and at home.

Awards for teachers of gifted learners now open


These awards are for learning opportunities for busy classroom teachers who want to respond better to gifted learners.

The funding is flexible so that learning opportunities can fit with teachers’ timetables, locations, and ways of learning.

The awards are available for groups of teachers or for individuals.

Applications close 25 September 2020.

Go to the Gifted Learners website for more information.