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News of February 2014

Curriculum news and website highlights.

Children's Commissioner.

Practical guides on school food programmes


Practical new guides for schools wishing to introduce food programmes have been released by the Children's Commissioner. The guidelines provide clear advice to schools and can be used by primary, intermediate, and secondary schools of all deciles and in all communities.

The Royal Society of New Zealand.

2014 International science opportunities for year 12 and 13 students


International opportunities are available for senior secondary students who are passionate about science: London International Youth Science Forum; USA International Space Camp; Youth ANZAAS, Melbourne. Students need to meet the required criteria, and applications must be received by 4pm Wednesday 26 March 2014. (A maximum of 3 applications per school for each of the opportunities is allowed.)

Students outside a wharenui.

A closer look at Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success 2013-2017


Over the next few months NZC Online will feature a series of blogs about Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success 2013–2017. The blog posts will look closely at different aspects of the Māori education strategy and provide questions, resources, and suggested actions for school leaders and kaiako.

This first blog post examines the principle of productive partnerships in closer detail. It explores what is meant by productive partnerships, provides questions for leaders and kaiako to consider, and includes links to inspirational school stories and resources. Developing productive partnerships with whānau, hapū, and iwi is a key focus of the content.

Ministry of Education logo.

Ministry Bulletin for School Leaders: Issue No 1 2014


The Ministry Bulletin for School Leaders | He pitopito kōrero was established to improve how Ministry information is communicated to the school sector. The bulletin will be sent to principals and board chairs fortnightly and will be published on the Ministry of Education website.