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Commonwealth Education Good Practice Awards 2015


Entries are now open for the Commonwealth Education Good Practice Awards 2015, which will be presented at the 19th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers in the Bahamas in June next year.

The awards seek to recognise positive and promising practice in education from any of the Commonwealth member countries. Specifically, the awards seek not to acknowledge the efforts of individuals, but to highlight programmes, initiatives, policies, projects, or strategies that are achieving results for children and that have the potential to be replicated elsewhere.

Entries should be applicable to one or more of the following:

  • achieving universal primary education
  • eliminating gender disparities in education
  • improving quality in education
  • mitigating the impact of HIV and AIDS on education systems
  • supporting education in difficult circumstances
  • using distance learning to overcome barriers
  • using education to promote sustainable development – for example, climate change education
  • promoting civil paths to peace – for example, respect and understanding.

For more information, see this article in the Education Gazette

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Essay Competition for schools


The Office for Senior Citizens is holding a competition to encourage primary school children (up to year 8) to think and write about an older person who is special to them.

The subject for this competition is “1914 – 2014: the greatest greats and grands of the last 100 years” to coincide with the 100 year commemorations of World War One. The purpose is to help young people find out more about the experiences older people have built up over their life. 

Full details available in the attached flyer:

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Pasifika Education Plan – Policy to practice


This blog post takes a closer look at the Pasifika Education Plan and the Pasifika Education Implementation Plan. It offers reflective questions, ideas, stories, and resources to support and inspire schools to make a difference for all Pasifika students.


NZC Update: Ready to Read Series


NZC Update 28 explores the thinking behind the Ready to Read series.

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New standards for Tongan language


New Lea faka-Tonga achievement standards and associated resources will be available for schools to use at NCEA Levels 1 and 2 in 2014, with Level 3 in 2015. Further details available in the Education Gazette online.

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Supplementary support application for 2015 now available


In order to enhance your student achievement, the Ministry of Education have created an online form to support your access to appropriate supplementary support for 2015. Whether you are a school, kura, or cluster, this form will allow you to choose from one or both language/mediums, English and Māori. The closing date for applications is Friday 19 September.

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Reviewing your curriculum – NEW section on NZC Online


Reviewing your curriculum is a new online space that provides access to information, research, tools, suggested areas of focus, and inspirational stories to support schools in the process of curriculum design and review.

This supporting blog post offers a guided tour of the new section, highlighting its structure and features.

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Celebrate Tonga Language Week


Tonga Language Week takes place between Monday 1 September and Sunday 7 September 2014. Tonga Language Week / Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e lea faka-Tonga gives students of all ethnicities the chance to learn some basic Lea Faka-Tonga, and gives your students students who speak lea faka-Tonga the chance to be experts in the classroom. This resource page provides ideas, resources, and inspiration to help you learn and celebrate lea faka-Tonga with your school community.

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Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Scholarship Fund Board Challenge


The challenge is offered to Māori students in years 7 to 13 and is an opportunity to learn about the valuable contributions made by soldiers of the 28th (Māori) Battalion during the Second World War. Students may enter submissions in a number of different mediums including short film, musical composition, and photographic essay, with individual and group entries permitted.

Entries can link to English, history, arts, and te reo Māori learning. The challenge encourages Māori students to draw on whānau experience and local history. Winning entries receive cash prizes and schools may win prizes for participation.

For more information and entry forms, go to the Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Scholarship Fund Board Challenge webpage or email ngarimu.scholarship@minedu.govt.nz.

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International Languages Week


Sunday, 17 August to Saturday, 23 August
This special week provides an opportunity to showcase and promote languages and culture in your school; helping students develop knowledge, skills, and values that equip them for living in a world of diversity. 

This resource page provides a collection of ideas, links, and stories to support your involvement in International Languages Week.