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News of July 2014

Curriculum news and website highlights.

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Technology Online newsletter


Technology Online is launching a newsletter for all teachers of technology from years 1–13. It will be published twice a term. Keep up-to-date with what’s happening on Technology Online. Sign up online.

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Cook Islands Language Week: 4 - 10 August


Kia orāna! Cook Islands Language Week / Te 'Epetoma o te Reo Kūki Airani takes place this year from 4 August to 10 August. This resource page provides ideas, resources, and inspiration to help you learn and celebrate the Cook Islands Māori language with your school community.

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Term three secondary e-newsletters now available


National secondary e-newsletters for term three are now available to view and download. They contain guidelines for effective teaching and learning strategies, subject-specific literacy strategies, the latest information on standards alignment, useful links for resources and exemplars, feedback from national moderators, links to relevant readings, plus information about upcoming regional workshops and cluster sessions.

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2014 General Election resource page


Election day for the 2014 New Zealand General Election is Saturday 20 September. The General Election provides a useful context to build students' understanding of Parliament and the voting process. This resource page provides ideas and resources to help you plan programmes of learning around this significant event.

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Te wiki o te reo Māori / Māori language week


Te wiki o te reo Māori or Māori language week takes place this year between 21 and 27 July. This special week provides an opportunity to celebrate and learn te reo Māori, helping to secure its future as a living, dynamic, and rich language. The theme for this year is ‘Te kupu o te wiki', The word of the week’. This theme ensures that te reo Māori is promoted and learned throughout the year rather than during just one week.

This page contains ideas, resources, and tools to help schools get involved in te wiki o te reo Māori, and support for schools to provide quality te reo Māori programmes year round. 

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International capabilities – NEW section on NZC Online


This new section on NZC Online introduces international capabilities and explains their importance. It provides research, links to the NZC, and further resources to support and inspire. 

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New NZSL achievement standards in development


By 2017, standards for NCEA levels 1 to 3 will be available to all secondary schools.

The achievement standards will align with The New Zealand Curriculum and further enable students to gain the NCEA credits needed to study NZSL at university or develop a career using sign language.

NZSL teaching resource – Thumbs Up!

Check out an online NZSL teaching and learning resource called Thumbs Up! An Introduction to New Zealand Sign Language.