Friday 20 January 2017

Volume 95 Number 22

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Message from Iona Holsted Secretary for Education

  Kia ora koutou, The summer holidays are fast approaching and I want to take the opportunity to wish you all a safe and happy holiday season. Today is my first day on the job as Secretary for Education. It is a privilege to have the opportunity to lead the Ministry and the education system. I am looking forward …read more


EDUCATION GAZETTE OFFICE CLOSURE (INCLUDING VACANCY SUBMISSIONS)

EDUCATION GAZETTE OFFICE CLOSURE (INCLUDING VACANCY SUBMISSIONS)

  Welcome to the last issue of the Education Gazette for 2016 Everyone at Education Gazette would like to wish all educators around New Zealand a safe and happy summer holiday ahead. We’ll be back to inspire and inform next year.      Education Gazette office closure (including vacancy submissions) The Education Gazette office will be closed from Thursday …read more


The Family So’otaga: stronger connections between home and school

The Family So’otaga: stronger connections between home and school

  Family So’otaga facilitator Metua Tengaru with student Rick Jayden Tawa and his mum Fiona Aluia   A new initiative at Holy Family School in Porirua aims to remove barriers to education by forging closer relationships between home and school. Education Gazette explores the impact of the Family So’otaga programme so far.   Parents have the power to make …read more


From Gisborne to Adelaide and back again

From Gisborne to Adelaide and back again

The first-ever South Australia/New Zealand Principal Exchange Programme saw Gisborne’s Steve Berezowski swap places with Adelaide principal Tracey Davies during the third term of this year. In issue 95.20, we published Tracey’s experience at Te Wharau School in Gisborne. In this article, Education Gazette talks to Steve Berezowski about what he learned at Richmond School in Adelaide.  Steve Berezowski says …read more


New leadership support

New leadership support

New initiatives are part of the Ministry’s support package for leaders for the next two years. The Ministry of Education has three new supports for leaders for 2017.   The new initiatives are part of the Ministry’s interim support package for leaders which will be in place for the next two years while the Education Council develops a leadership strategy and …read more


New Zealand computer science education programme updates for digital technologies curriculum

New Zealand computer science education programme updates for digital technologies curriculum

    The announcement of the grant to Professor Tim Bell coincided with the first visit to New Zealand by Microsoft’s global CEO Satya Nadella, who visited Freeman’s Bay School with Education Minister Hekia Parata to see how the school was utilising the CS Unplugged programme   A tried and tested New Zealand-designed school programme for developing computational thinking skills will …read more


Busy students awarded at Beehive

Busy students awarded at Beehive

  Winners of the Wellington International Student Excellence Awards with Deputy Prime Minister Bill English. Left to right: Yang Xiao, Hening Wang, Siying Ren, Anamika Nampoothiry, Olayinka Moses, Chelcia Gomese, Deputy Prime Minister Bill English, Lothar Krumpen, Igor Socheleau, Ravi Prasad, Chenyang Fan and Kathy Nam A group of international students has received awards recognising their contributions to academic …read more


Transformational change for vulnerable children and young people

Transformational change for vulnerable children and young people

As many of you will be aware, there’s a major transformation programme underway in response to an independent review of the care and protection and youth justice systems. It’s being led by the Ministry of Social Development’s Investing in Children programme, who are working closely with a range of partner agencies, organisations and individuals, including educational professionals, to create a …read more


Te Ara Whītiki me ngā kura arareo Māori

Te Ara Whītiki me ngā kura arareo Māori

Mā te Te Ara Whītiki e āwhina i ngā kura ki te whakauru i ngā momo hangarau ki ngā mahi akoako hei hiki i ngā putanga ako o ngā ākonga katoa. Te Ara Whītiki – The Ministry of Education’s Connected Learning Advisory is helping New Zealand kura make the most of the connections that digital technologies provide so they can …read more


Kura rebuild a ‘dream come true’

Kura rebuild a ‘dream come true’

   The redevelopment of Auckland’s Te Kura Māori o Ngā Tapuwae is a dream come true, according to its principal. Recently it was announced that the redevelopment of the kura had been upscaled by $5.9 million to $21.7 million. The additional investment will enable the Mangere-based kura to relocate to a larger area on the site it shares with Southern …read more


Are you ready for the cloud?

Are you ready for the cloud?

A new cloud computing pilot means that schools will have enhanced teaching and learning opportunities, and better options for collaboration and cost saving. Up to 100 schools across the country will be part of a cloud computing pilot, in a new initiative announced by the Ministry of Education. In addition Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako, schools and kura will …read more


Real-world contexts explored by Waikato students

Real-world contexts explored by Waikato students

Smart Waikato’s Secondary School-Employer Partnerships (SSEP) are formal relationships where employers from a range of sectors connect with secondary school students. Smart Waikato is a charitable trust formed in 2009 to strengthen networks between employers and educators in the region. Supported by Waikato Means Business, the Ministry of Education and WEL Energy Trust, the SSEP initiative was piloted throughout 2016 …read more


Funding review proposals go to next stage

Funding review proposals go to next stage

Between May and September 2016, the Ministry of Education organised almost 90 meetings with the education sector to discuss proposed changes to the way we fund our early childhood education services, our nga kōhanga reo and our primary and secondary schools. This process of extensive sector engagement reached a consensus that the current funding system was not doing enough to …read more


Updating Te Whāriki

Updating Te Whāriki

The Ministry of Education is updating Te Whāriki so that it better reflects shifts in educational thinking and social change since it was first published in 1996. We’re updating Te Whāriki – New Zealand’s world-leading early childhood curriculum.  Consultation hui to discuss the proposed changes have been happening around the country over the past weeks and there is still …read more


Country’s largest school recognised for good governance

Country’s largest school recognised for good governance

Earlier this year Rangitoto College was named the winner of the Excellence in Governing – Awatea Award at the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards. The judging panel for the awards noted that the school’s Board of Trustees’ governance skills showed them to be masters of complexity in scale and in culture. “Powerful strategic direction is focused on self-improvement day …read more

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