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News of May 2014

Curriculum news and website highlights.

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.

Tapa cloth.

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.

Ministry of Education logo.

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.

NZASE site logo.

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.

Mascot cartoon from sorted website.

Students schooled up in money skills


Year 10 students at Aorere College ramped up their money skills by taking part in a four-day financial literacy programme. More information (including a video) on the sorted website.


Building middle leaders' capacity to lead learning


This Educational Leaders school story looks at how leadership capacity at Mangere Central School in South Auckland has developed and grown through a determined focus on the practices of the school’s middle leaders. 

New Zealand Sign Language Week banner.

New Zealand Sign Language Week


New Zealand Sign Language Week takes place this year between 12 and 18 May. New Zealand Sign Language Week provides an opportunity for schools to reflect on the inclusion principle and explore the values of diversity and respect. This special week enables students to make use of key competencies, especially using language, symbols, and text and relating to others. By learning NZSL students will achieve learning outcomes described in the learning languages learning area. This resource page provides ideas and resources that teachers and students can use to get involved.