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News of September 2014

Curriculum news and website highlights.

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Tuvalu Language Week


Tuvalu Language Week begins on Monday 29 September and runs until Sunday 5 October. This resource page suggests what your school could do to celebrate.

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Free, connected professional learning


October is Connected Educator Month, a global initiative designed to support and promote networked approaches to educational professional learning. Leaders and teachers are invited to engage in this month-long event from October 1, 2014. Thousands of educators, in NZ and beyond, will be connected to free professional learning events, communities and resources, regional, national, and global workshops, keynotes, panels, discussions and more. 

The goals of Connected Educator Month include:

  • Getting more educators proficient with social media to improve their practice
  • Deepening and sustaining learning among those already enjoying connection’s benefits
  • Helping schools credential/integrate connected learning into their formal professional learning 
  • Stimulating and supporting innovation.

Check out the Starter Kete and learn new skills every day throughout October

Browse the calendar and plot a pathway of online learning right through October.

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Commonwealth Education Good Practice Awards 2015


Entries are now open for the Commonwealth Education Good Practice Awards 2015, which will be presented at the 19th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers in the Bahamas in June next year.

The awards seek to recognise positive and promising practice in education from any of the Commonwealth member countries. Specifically, the awards seek not to acknowledge the efforts of individuals, but to highlight programmes, initiatives, policies, projects, or strategies that are achieving results for children and that have the potential to be replicated elsewhere.

Entries should be applicable to one or more of the following:

  • achieving universal primary education
  • eliminating gender disparities in education
  • improving quality in education
  • mitigating the impact of HIV and AIDS on education systems
  • supporting education in difficult circumstances
  • using distance learning to overcome barriers
  • using education to promote sustainable development – for example, climate change education
  • promoting civil paths to peace – for example, respect and understanding.

For more information, see this article in the Education Gazette

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Essay Competition for schools


The Office for Senior Citizens is holding a competition to encourage primary school children (up to year 8) to think and write about an older person who is special to them.

The subject for this competition is “1914 – 2014: the greatest greats and grands of the last 100 years” to coincide with the 100 year commemorations of World War One. The purpose is to help young people find out more about the experiences older people have built up over their life. 

Full details available in the attached flyer:

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Pasifika Education Plan – Policy to practice


This blog post takes a closer look at the Pasifika Education Plan and the Pasifika Education Implementation Plan. It offers reflective questions, ideas, stories, and resources to support and inspire schools to make a difference for all Pasifika students.


NZC Update: Ready to Read Series


NZC Update 28 explores the thinking behind the Ready to Read series.

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New standards for Tongan language


New Lea faka-Tonga achievement standards and associated resources will be available for schools to use at NCEA Levels 1 and 2 in 2014, with Level 3 in 2015. Further details available in the Education Gazette online.

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Supplementary support application for 2015 now available


In order to enhance your student achievement, the Ministry of Education have created an online form to support your access to appropriate supplementary support for 2015. Whether you are a school, kura, or cluster, this form will allow you to choose from one or both language/mediums, English and Māori. The closing date for applications is Friday 19 September.