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International capabilities – NEW section on NZC Online


This new section on NZC Online introduces international capabilities and explains their importance. It provides research, links to the NZC, and further resources to support and inspire. 

Thumbs up logo.

New NZSL achievement standards in development


By 2017, standards for NCEA levels 1 to 3 will be available to all secondary schools.

The achievement standards will align with The New Zealand Curriculum and further enable students to gain the NCEA credits needed to study NZSL at university or develop a career using sign language.

NZSL teaching resource – Thumbs Up!

Check out an online NZSL teaching and learning resource called Thumbs Up! An Introduction to New Zealand Sign Language.

School Journals.

School Journals now available in PDF!


For the first time the School Journals and School Journal Story Library are available in digital form as well as print, giving you more ways to use these resources with your students. 

Matariki constellation.

Celebrate Matariki at your school


The pre-dawn rise of Matariki can be seen in the last days of May or early June every year. By celebrating Matariki at your school you can bring a range of NZC principles to life. Students can explore values, develop key competencies, and examine social science concepts. This resource page provides ideas and resources that teachers and students can use to get involved.

Students at Prebbleton school.

Treaty of Waitangi – NEW section on NZC Online


This new section draws together tools, examples, and resources to support the NZC Treaty of Waitangi principle.

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Sāmoa Language Week / Vaiaso o le gagana Sāmoa


Tālofa lava! Afio mai! Sāmoa Language Week / Vaiaso o le gagana Sāmoa takes place this year between 25 and 31 May. The theme for 2014 is Taofi mau i au measina / Hold fast to your treasures. This theme highlights the value of gagana Sāmoa and the importance of keeping the language alive.

Wharehoka Wano.

One more look at Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success 2013–2017


This third and final blog post in the Ka Hikitia series is an interview with Wharehoka Wano, Kaihautū Māori at CORE, who shares his views about the strategy and offers practical advice.

Whare discusses the principle of ako – a two-way teaching and learning process, and emphasises the importance of identity, language, and culture. He concludes the interview by challenging schools to engage with Māori students and their communities, and take action to accelerate Māori achievement.

The blog post includes guiding questions and links to related resources to help schools consider what actions they will take to bring life to the Māori education strategy.

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E-book launch to celebrate New Zealand Sign Language Week


The Ministry of Education, in collaboration with Deaf Aotearoa, have launched six new e-books, from the Ready to Read series, to celebrate New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Week. These apps are available on iTunes (for Apple devices) or GooglePlay (for Android devices) and are free to download.

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Animal ethics website update


The Animal Ethics website has had a refresh and a new address. 

Students from MRGS.

Clear pathways for literacy learning


This video demonstrates that students moving through the Mount Roskill campus can be assured of clear learning pathways in literacy thanks to the collaborative efforts of teachers.



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