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Gagana Tokelau Language Week 2015


Tokelau Language Week/Te Vaiaho o te Gagana Tokelau takes place this year from Sunday 25 October to Saturday 31 October.  This year's theme is: Totō hau tōkiga nei, auā na tupulaga e fāi mai - Plant a seed today, for our future generations. This resource page gives ideas and resources for promoting and celebrating this week with your school community.

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Secondary newsletters for term 4 now available


Term 4 e-newsletters for secondary middle leaders are now available. These newsletters offer effective teaching strategies, useful links for resources and exemplars, links to relevant readings, plus information about upcoming regional workshops and cluster sessions.

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Vagahau Niue Language Week


Vagahau Niue Language Week begins on Sunday 11 October and runs to Sunday 18 October 2015. This special week gives speakers of Vagahau Niue the chance to be experts in the classroom, and allows whānau and the wider Niue community to see their language and culture being treasured in New Zealand schools.


Diwali - festival of lights


Diwali, also known as Deepavali, or the Festival of Lights, is a five day long Hindu celebration, beginning this year on 11 November. Major public festivals, along with private and family celebrations, mark Diwali in New Zealand. This resource page provides resources and classroom ideas for you to use to celebrate Diwali at your school.

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FREE financial capability workshops for year 1 - 10 schools


Free financial capability workshops for school leaders and teachers are being held across the North Island. During the workshops participants will explore the purpose of financial capability in The New Zealand Curriculum, examine the financial capability online resources, and discuss strategies for integration of the financial capabilities across current teaching and learning programmes.

Fill in this registration form to register.

PDF icon. Flyer for financial capability workshops (PDF, 653 KB)

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Pasifika Languages Weeks coming up


Tuvalu Language Week and Fiji Language Week take place during the school holidays. Why not introduce your students to the languages and cultures of these Pacific nations before the end of term? We offer resource pages filled with ideas and useful links to support your learning.


DigMyIdea: Māori Innovation Challenge


DigMyIdea aims to grow Māori involvement in Aotearoa’s digital economy, inspiring entrepreneurs with great ideas to build digital businesses with export potential.

The challenge calls on entrants to submit a digital business idea that has the potential to go global. Ideas could be anything from an app to a web initiative, or ways to enhance or add digital elements to a more traditional enterprise. Entrants can submit applications in te reo Māori or te reo Pākehā.

DigMyIdea is now open for business, with ideas due by 18 October 2015. 

For more information and to submit applications, visit the DigMyIdea website

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Arts Online survey


The Ministry of Education is interested in learning how the Arts Online website can better support teachers with Year 1 – 8 students to provide progressions of learning opportunities across all four strands: 

  • Understanding the Arts in Context
  • Developing Practical Knowledge in the Arts
  • Developing Ideas in the Arts
  • Communicating and Interpreting in the Arts 

You do not have to be a regular Arts Online user to take part in the survey. Your feedback will contribute to future development of this site. Please forward this link to your colleagues.

The survey should only take 5-10 minutes to complete. Thank you for taking the time to respond. You can start the survey here.


Money Week daily updates


Each day this week we will release a news update about Money Week. Here is Friday's update:

Friday – What would you do with a $500 windfall?
Aucklanders were set a Money Week challenge by the Commission for Financial Capability: what would they do with a $500 windfall? They had three options: put it in KiwiSaver, pay off debt, or go shopping. More than a thousand people made their choices clear by throwing coloured balls into see-through Money Week tubes, placed in Britomart. The winning tube had 519 balls, popped in by people who wanted to pay off debt. That was closely followed by 491 shoppers then, lagging well behind, was KiwiSaver, with just 222. The windfall challenge was prompted by a question in CFFC’s financial fitness check-up, which asked whether people would use a windfall to pay back debt; 74% of Kiwis said they would. The commuters were invited to write their name on the balls and a lucky winner, Cynthia Dickey, received her own windfall of $500. She is going shopping. Anyone interested in taking the financial fitness check-up can find it at fightingfit.org.nz.

Thursday – Focus on secondary school students
Thousands of students are taking part in a range of activities intended to bring alive the role of finance in their lives as part of this year’s Money Week. Schools across New Zealand are running events, including a Finance Festival in Auckland, with the aim of helping equip young people to make informed choices about money. The Commission for Financial Capability has chosen the week to highlight research into the attitudes, behaviour, and experiences of secondary school students towards money and money management. It also looked at the range of financial capability programmes in secondary schools and the main barriers to teaching it more extensively. To see the full report and a summary go to: http://www.cffc.org.nz/the-commission/research-and-reports/financial-capability-research/

Tuesday – Define Wealthy With a Selfie
Students are being encouraged to think about what a wealthy life means to them with a photo competition during Money Week. It is being run by the Commission for Financial Capability and recognises that a wealthy life can mean very different things to different people. Two lucky winners will each receive a Go Pro camera. There are two age categories: under-18s and adults.

For more information and to upload a picture, go to http://moneyweek.org.nz/resources/your-school. You’ll also find an interactive online quiz for students to learn about their ‘money personality’.

Monday – Hip Hop Crew’s money moves launch Money Week 2015
One of the best young hip hop crews in the country has teamed up with the Commission for Financial Capability to get young New Zealanders thinking about their money. Members of IDentity Company, fresh from winning gold at the hip hop international world finals in the United States, staged a ‘fighting fit face-off’ to launch Money Week 2015. They have also worked with the Commission on a series of 30” YouTube videos, showing off their ‘money moves’ and sharing the ways they were able to fund their way to the finals. Find more information on the Facebook Money Week 2015 launch page.

Money Week is a nationwide awareness-raising event aimed at changing behaviour around personal finance. It provides a platform for people in the education, finance, business and community sectors to hold money-related events and activities around the country.

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Money Week


Money Week 2015 takes place between 31 August and 6 September and involves events around the country to encourage New Zealanders to talk about money and develop greater financial capability. Led by the Commission For Financial Capability, Money Week offers schools a good opportunity to investigate all things financial. NZC Online has collated a selection of resources and stories to support your school's involvement in Money Week, and to help your school make financial capability an ongoing area of curriculum focus.



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