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News of February 2015

Curriculum news and website highlights.

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Anzac Day resource page


This year marks the 100 year anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign. You can use this Anzac Day resource page to help plan learning activities around this significant national day. The page offers a rich array of classroom ideas and links to resources to support students to gain insights into the First World War.

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Engaging with Māori Learners: a survey to help shape how we access, share and build knowledge together


This survey is for New Zealand schools. By completing it you'll be assisting the Ministry of Education to consider how best to share online content with schools and their families, whānau, hapū, and iwi communities, when relating to the vision of the Māori Education strategy Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success 2013–2017, ‘Māori enjoying and achieving education success as Māori’.

The vision and guiding principles about this goal are described here

The survey should take between 5-10 minutes to complete and presents 17 mostly multi-choice questions. There are also boxes where you can add comments. Your responses will remain anonymous and will be used to inform a set of recommendations for the Ministry to consider.

Please note that the survey closes on 16 March 2015

Thank you in advance for your help — it is much appreciated.  

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Connections blog hot off the press


This blog focuses on making connections within and across curriculum learning areas – an action endorsed by the coherence curriculum principle. The blog offers a survey, reflective questions, and stories to help you think about ways that you can build a more connected curriculum at your school and in your classroom.

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Safer Internet Day


Safer Internet Day (SID) is a global event which is celebrated annually on 10 February. This year’s global theme is “Let’s create a better internet together” which acknowledges that a safe responsible use of digital technology is a shared responsibility. A number of Government and non-Government organisations across New Zealand are celebrating SID. 

To highlight SID the Ministry is promoting the release of a guide to schools called Digital Technology– safe and responsible use in schools. This guide was developed by Online Safety Advisory Group (previously Cyberbullying Advisory Group), a subgroup of the cross-sector Bullying Prevention Advisory Group (BPAG).   

More information about other activities supporting Safer Internet Day in New Zealand can be found here http://www.netsafe.org.nz/safer-internet-day/

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Term one professional development e-newsletters now available


National e-newsletters for term one are now available to view and download.

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Virtual Great Walker competition


Find out about The Virtual Great Walker competition running in Term 1, 2015. New Zealand's nine Great Walks pass through some of this country’s most special places. These tracks might be a long way from home, so what if you could ‘imagine’ you were on a Great Walk? DOC and Air New Zealand have joined forces to bring the Great Walks directly to you through the Virtual Great Walker competition.

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Supporting whānau with learning at Pomaria School


In this video, parents and teachers from Pomaria School describe the way that whānau are empowered to support their children's learning. Reflective questions are included to encourage you to reflect on your own school context.