Thursday 21 August 2014

Volume 93 Number 14

Latest articles

Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards: a winning strategy (part one)

St. Thomas of Canterbury with their Engaging in Excellence award. The inaugural Prime Ministers Education Excellence Awards have come and gone, the judges have made their decisions, and winners have gone home proud, with the confidence and energy to keep striving that comes with acknowledgement at the highest level. The awards celebrate outstanding examples of education first and foremost, …read more


Words without borders

Words without borders

Language expert Marco Sonzogni is behind the inaugural Moving Words competition, a celebration of the art of translation. According to a New Zealand Herald article of December 2013, New Zealand is officially a ‘super-diverse’ country: we’ve got more ethnic groups making their home in Aotearoa than there are countries in the world. 213 distinct cultural identities, from 196 recognised nations, …read more


Rural schools get an internet speed injection

Rural schools get an internet speed injection

The world might be a much smaller rock than it used to be, thanks to communications technology, but isolated schools don’t have the option to just knock on the neighbours’ door when the lights go out. It’s critical for rural and semi-rural schools to maintain an effective ‘pipe’ to the outside world through the internet, and as the SNUP/N4L …read more


A plan to keep kids safe

A plan to keep kids safe

  The Vulnerable Children Act was passed into law on 1 July, and with it, educators will have more responsibility for protecting children at risk of abuse.   Doing more to protect children from abuse in New Zealand has been identified as the goal of the government’s umbrella Children’s Action Plan, and from this high-level goal, the Vulnerable Children Act has …read more


Meeting halfway

Meeting halfway

Vicki Hiini of Fairhaven School decided that the best way to engage parents in one of our most translatable and effective literacy programmes – Reading Together – was to take it to a setting that whānau felt comfortable in. The Reading Together programme was developed in the early 1980s by Jeanne Biddulph and it has recently experienced something of a …read more


Board and Principal Alert

Board and Principal Alert

Principal Alert Trustee Study Awards There are five study awards annually, valued at up to $4,000 each. The study awards are available to any trustee who is elected or selected to boards of trustees within the New Zealand compulsory education sector. Applications for the 2015 Crombie Lockwood/Vero Liability study awards close on Friday 14 November 2014. The awards may be …read more


ECE updates

ECE updates

  Connecting to ELI The majority of eligible ECE services are now connected to ELI through ELI Web or a Student Management System (SMS). The Ministry of Education’s focus is now on progressing ELI uptake by those services eligible to connect to ELI, who have not done so yet. With the exception of Playcentres and Te Kohanga Reo, the Ministry …read more

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