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News of September 2013

Curriculum news and website highlights.

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Celebrating Pasifika languages


2013 is a bumper year for Pasifika languages with seven language weeks taking place across New Zealand. The inaugural Tuvaluan language week is celebrated this week from Monday 30 September to Sunday 6 October, followed by Fijian language week from Monday 7 October to Sunday 13 October. This blog post provides useful links and resources to help your students learn the Tuvaluan and Fijian languages. 

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New research report: School Sample Monitoring and Evaluation Project 2010-2012


This is the fifth report from the National Standards School Sample Monitoring and Evaluation (NSSSME) project. This report covers the implementation of National Standards during 2012 and analyses trends from 2010 to 2012.

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Tau Mai Te Reo – The Māori Language in Education Strategy 2013-2017


Tau Mai Te Reo – The Māori language in education strategy 2013-2017 (Tau Mai Te Reo) expresses what the Ministry of Education and education sector agencies will do for learners of Māori language in Education.

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Health and physical education curriculum guide update


The health and physical education learning programme design section has been updated to include level 6 and 7 snapshots.

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The arts curriculum guide update


The arts senior secondary curriculum guide has been updated to include a new section, learning programme design.

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Ka Hikitia - renewed strategy released


The Ministry of Education has released a second iteration of its Māori education strategy called Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success 2013–2017.

This updated strategy aims to rapidly change how the education system performs so that all Māori students gain the skills, qualifications and knowledge they need to enjoy and achieve education success as Māori.

Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success 2013–2017 is a revised strategy, not a brand new one. Its predecessor, Ka Hikitia – Managing for Success 2008–2012, set the direction for improving how the education system performs for Māori students.

The revised strategy builds on the changes and success we have seen through Ka Hikitia – Managing for Success 2008–2012. It celebrates success and accelerates the pace for more of it.

Read the strategy documents.

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Conservation Week: 8 - 15 September


Conservation Week is run by the Department of Conservation each year to raise awareness of the benefits of conservation, and to encourage people to get involved. This year’s theme is ‘Celebrate Conservation Week! What’s your whānau doing?’ The aim of the special week is to get families and friends together to experience and care for the natural environment.

For schools, Conservation Week provides an opportunity to explore the living world strand of the science curriculum, the concepts of place and environment in the social sciences curriculum, the future focus issue of sustainability, and values such as community and participation, and care for the environment.

Here is a collection of ideas and resources to support your participation in Conservation Week.

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Tongan Language week 2013 - Malo e lelei


In 2013 Tongan Language week runs from 1 September to 8 September. The theme for Tongan Language week is: Fakakoloa 'o Aotearoa 'aki 'etau Lea mo e Hiva Faka-tonga. (Enriching Aotearoa with Tongan Language and Music.) An online course is available for beginners.