Thursday 27 April 2017

Volume 96 Number 6

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Abuzz with science at Koraunui School

Science education is in all aspects of life, and this is especially true at Koraunui School in the Hutt Valley, where children learn to grow vegetables and keep bees, and where Dianne Christenson is the first primary teacher to receive the Prime Minister’s Science Teacher Prize. Building, growing vegetables, trapping predators, keeping bees, checking the health of the local waterways …read more


New Zealand Sign Language Week

New Zealand Sign Language Week

Each May, Deaf Aotearoa runs New Zealand Sign Language Week, celebrating one of New Zealand’s official languages. NZSL Week raises awareness of New Zealand’s Deaf community and provides a platform for Deaf people to proudly promote their language and culture. This year, NZSL Week will be held from May 8–14.   This year’s faces of NZSL Week, Monique, Joe, Chelcie …read more


Education system must change: equipping learners for a digital society

Education system must change: equipping learners for a digital society

Representatives from the education and business sectors met to discuss all things digital education at the second Implementation Reference Group meeting on 15 March. Our education system needs to meet the demands of a changing economy, the changing needs of learners and place a greater focus on more equitable outcomes for all children and young people, says Associate Minister …read more


Fast growth sparks primary school expansion

Fast growth sparks primary school expansion

Warkworth Primary School is upgrading old buildings and expanding to accommodate a growing suburb.     Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye visiting the junior school during her visit to Warkworth Primary School. Also pictured are principal Cynthia Holden and student Brodie Cross.   Last year the Warkworth Primary School junior block had a makeover and this year it’s the senior …read more


Giving Northland students a taste of horticulture

Giving Northland students a taste of horticulture

Secondary school students in Northland have the opportunity to work with local organisations to develop their knowledge about local fruit crops and learn more about the horticultural sector. From left: Tara McLeod (Primary ITO), Ngareta Mason, Annette Richardson (both PFR) and Amy Donaldson (Orangewood Ltd), the team behind the programme. Photo: Plant & Food Research.   Plant & Food Research …read more


Moderation in the digital age

Moderation in the digital age

NZQA has been carrying out a staged release of a new digital moderation service. In consultation with education organisations and in recognition of changing assessor needs, NZQA has been carrying out the staged release of a digital moderation service called the external moderation application. This service has been designed to improve the external moderation process by which NZQA quality assures …read more


Building a culture of innovation

Building a culture of innovation

Tarawera High School’s Sam Gibson will travel to London in April to attend the Google for Education Certified Innovator Program, along with 35 other educators from around the world. Sam Gibson is Tarawera High School’s professional development e-learning leader, and project manager for the Te Aka Toitū Trust, which supports digital education in Kawerau and Whakatane. He is also the …read more


Applications for 2018 Aspire Scholarships open

Applications for 2018 Aspire Scholarships open

 The Aspire Scholarships are for students from low income families wanting to attend New Zealand private secondary schools. Applications are now open for the 2018 Aspire Scholarships. The scholarships enable students from low income families to attend private secondary schools. They provide up to $15,000 for school fees per year, and up to $1,500 annually for course-related costs. Applicants will …read more


Ask the Connected Learning Advisory

Ask the Connected Learning Advisory

 The Ministry of Education’s Connected Learning Advisory – Te Ara Whītiki is committed to supporting schools and communities as they plan for, manage, and use digital technologies for learning. This month we look at how the advisory supports schools, kura and Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako.  The Connected Learning Advisory team. From left to right: Anne Robertson (Hamilton), Clive …read more


Growing momentum around Communities of Learning│Kāhui Ako

Growing momentum around Communities of Learning│Kāhui Ako

A new report shows that Communities of Learning|Kāhui Ako are making a strong start towards implementation across the country. Our Communities of Learning |Kāhui Ako are “growing momentum”, show “high levels of shared purpose and commitment”, and are “confident about their capacity to use student data to identify their achievement challenges”, according to a December 2016 report, drawing on research …read more

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