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News of September 2018

Curriculum news and website highlights.

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It is Chinese Language Week – learn 5 new phrases to share this week...


A team of "Mandarin Superstars" from Samuel Marsden Collegiate School show you how to take part in the New Zealand Chinese Language Week Challenge.

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Chinese Language Week 23–29 September 2018


New Zealand Chinese Language Week is a Kiwi-led initiative aimed at encouraging New Zealanders to discover Chinese language and culture. Our resource page is packed with ideas on how you can celebrate and learn.

Lots of great reading for Chinese Language Week can be found in the Instructional Series catalogue

Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

Tapasā: Cultural Competencies Framework for Teachers of Pacific Learners


The new Tapasā framework, a resource for all teachers of Pacific learners is now online.

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Lifelong learners at Havelock North High


In our latest blog, Greg Fenton, principal of Havelock North High School, shares some of the highlights from his recent sabbatical where he explored how to further engage students in lifelong learning.

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Welcome to Conservation Week


Check out our events page to see how you can celebrate Conservation Week with your students and school community.

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Key Competencies spotlight


Our latest spotlight explores the Key Competencies, supporting you to help students develop capabilities for living and life long learning. Find short videos, group activities, and opportunities for personal reflection.

Education council New Zealand | Matatū Aotearoa

Are you a provisionally certificated teacher (PCT) looking to progress to full certification?


The Education Council recently launched a new induction and mentoring programme, Tuakana Teina, which pairs experienced mentor teachers with provisionally certificated teachers (PCTs) who are unable to find a mentor at their own school or centre.

The aim of the initiative is to support PCTs towards full certification, where they may otherwise be unable to do so.

PCTs will receive support from a qualified mentor who will work with PCTs in their educational setting, at times that suit them.

Go to the Education Council website to find out more details, complete an application form, or email mentoring@educationcouncil.org.nz to lodge your interest in the Tuakana Teina programme.


Fiji Language Week 7–13 October 2018


Fiji Language Week helps all New Zealanders journey towards shared cultural understandings. Learning a new language gives us insight into new ways of thinking, and into different beliefs and cultural practices.


Niue Language Week 14–20 October 2018


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.

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Tuvalu Language Week 30 September – 6 October 2018


This special week gives speakers of the Tuvalu language the chance to be experts in the classroom, and allows whānau and the wider Tuvalu community to see their language and culture being treasured in New Zealand schools.



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