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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.


Tonga Language Week


Tonga Language Week takes place between Sunday 30 August and Saturday 5 September 2015. 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 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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Maths Week


Maths Week runs from 10 - 14 August. Maths Week is a national event organised by the New Zealand Association of Mathematics Teachers (NZAMT) to promote mathematics in New Zealand schools. Register on the Maths Week website for free resources, activities, and competitions for students of all ages.

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Cook Islands Māori Language Week


Kia orāna! Cook Islands Māori Language Week takes place from 3 August to 9 August. This resource page provides ideas, resources, and inspiration to help you learn and celebrate the languages of the Cook Islands with your school community.

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Secondary newsletters for term 3 now available


Term 3 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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Te Wiki o te Reo Māori


Māori Language Week takes place this year between Monday 27 July and Sunday 2 August. The kaupapa for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2015 is ‘Whāngaihia te reo Māori ki ngā mātua.’ We aim to encourage and support the language development of parents who can then whāngai the language to their children. 

This resource page offers 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.

But what happens when the week is over? This blog post highlights resources, tools, and school stories to help you carry the momentum of this one concentrated week of language learning into the rest of the school year.


2015 OTJ workshops in Reading and Writing


Registrations are now open for the new series of OTJ workshops to be held around the country in Term 3.

These full-day workshops are facilitated through the Consortium for Professional Learning (CPL).

The full-day workshops on Reading and Writing will support teachers using National Standards to use quality moderation practices and make valid and reliable OTJs of student progress and achievement.

Find details and registration links online


High Expectations - NEW exploration of the high expectations principle


This new section of NZC Online contains resources, tools, and examples to help schools explore the High Expectations principle.   



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