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News of 2015

Curriculum news and website highlights.

2016 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards


Take stock of your journey and see where it might take you next

The 2016 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards are now open for entry.

The Prime Minister's Education Excellence Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding achievements in early childhood education, primary and secondary schooling. Entries close at 5:00pm, Friday 18 March 2016.

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Online ESOL support for schools


The Ministry has an online ESOL programme available for schools who have students in years 7–10 who are new learners of the English language. It is called Accelerated English Language Learning or ACCELL.

This programme on the VLN is designed to accelerate English language learning to support these students in their mainstream classes.

Schools who are new to ESOL students and who do not have established ESOL departments or ESOL teachers will find this resource invaluable.

For more information about ACCELL, see ESOL Online.

If you would like to discuss the programme, please contact Ruthanne Kennedy, eprincipal@ellinz.vln.school.nz

Internal evaluation to lift student achievement.

New support for schools to use internal evaluation to lift student achievement


ERO/MoE resources to support schools, teachers, and learners.

Students from Oakura School.

Conservation Week


Conservation Week starts on Sunday 1 November 2015. This year's theme is Healthy Nature Healthy People.

This resource page provides resources and classroom ideas for you to use to help capture your students' natural curiosity about the world they live in.


Gagana Tokelau Language Week 2015


Tokelau Language Week/Te Vaiaho o te Gagana Tokelau takes place this year from Sunday 25 October to Saturday 31 October.  This year's theme is: Totō hau tōkiga nei, auā na tupulaga e fāi mai - Plant a seed today, for our future generations. This resource page gives ideas and resources for promoting and celebrating this week with your school community.

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Secondary newsletters for term 4 now available


Term 4 e-newsletters for secondary middle leaders are now available. These newsletters offer effective teaching strategies, useful links for resources and exemplars, links to relevant readings, plus information about upcoming regional workshops and cluster sessions.

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Vagahau Niue Language Week


Vagahau Niue Language Week begins on Sunday 11 October and runs to Sunday 18 October 2015. This special week gives speakers of Vagahau Niue the chance to be experts in the classroom, and allows whānau and the wider Niue community to see their language and culture being treasured in New Zealand schools.


Diwali - festival of lights


Diwali, also known as Deepavali, or the Festival of Lights, is a five day long Hindu celebration, beginning this year on 11 November. Major public festivals, along with private and family celebrations, mark Diwali in New Zealand. This resource page provides resources and classroom ideas for you to use to celebrate Diwali at your school.

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FREE financial capability workshops for year 1 - 10 schools


Free financial capability workshops for school leaders and teachers are being held across the North Island. During the workshops participants will explore the purpose of financial capability in The New Zealand Curriculum, examine the financial capability online resources, and discuss strategies for integration of the financial capabilities across current teaching and learning programmes.

Fill in this registration form to register.

PDF icon. Flyer for financial capability workshops (PDF, 653 KB)

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Pasifika Languages Weeks coming up


Tuvalu Language Week and Fiji Language Week take place during the school holidays. Why not introduce your students to the languages and cultures of these Pacific nations before the end of term? We offer resource pages filled with ideas and useful links to support your learning.