Friday 23 June 2017


Principal and Board Alerts feature in each Education Gazette edition. Principal Alert covers topics such as policy developments, funding information, and compliance reminders. Board Alert has information about governing a school.

Regular features are articles that routinely appear in the print version of the Education Gazette. They include Secondary Focus, NZQA, ECE Updates, The New Zealand Curriculum online, and Leadership.

Articles that inform and inspire New Zealand’s education professionals, from early childhood through to the end of schooling.

Towards a sense of belonging

In print 12 Jun 2017

As World Refugee Day approaches, Education Gazette examines a recent documentary that shares real-life stories, including that of a Wellington student with a refugee background. Yibeth at school Yibeth Morales Ayala is a year 12 student at St Catherine’s College in Kilbirnie, Wellington. She loves school and the opportunities opening out in front of her. “I love it at St …read more

New Education Gazette website is coming soon

In print 12 Jun 2017

The Education Gazette website is in the process of being redesigned to bring it up to date with modern technology and to provide an improved online experience. The new site comes with improved search and browsing options to provide more targeted searches. Content can be more easily found across all articles, job vacancies, notices, and professional learning and development opportunities. …read more

Consultation on Tapasā –helping teachers work better with Pasifika learners

In print 12 Jun 2017

A new draft framework for teachers aims to help them work more confidently with Pasifika learners and be more responsive to their needs Tapasā, a new framework for teachers, is now out for consultation, says Karl Le Quesne, Acting Deputy Secretary for Early Learning and Student Achievement.  “We are keen to hear from anyone with a view on this – …read more

An awfully big adventure

In print 12 Jun 2017

A play that offers a fresh perspective on World War 1 will tour the country from August this year, marking the final year of the centenary commemorations. Education Gazette meets two educators who believe in the power of live theatre as a learning experience. Live theatre allows students to experience the purpose, conventions and wonders of the artform in an …read more

A broader perspective: TeachNZ Study Awards

In print 12 Jun 2017

Brendon Marshall is HOD Science at Onehunga High School and last year received a TeachNZ Study Award to complete his master’s degree in educational leadership. He talks to Education Gazette about his study and why he would recommend that other teachers apply for a study award or sabbatical. What motivated you to apply for a TeachNZ Study Award, and what …read more

Promoting sustainability: 2018 Zayed Energy of the Future Prize

In print 12 Jun 2017

New Zealand schools have been invited to take part in the Global High Schools category of the 2018 Zayed Energy of the Future Prize. The Zayed Energy of the Future Prize aims to identify and promote achievements in the area of environmental preservation. The award was created in 2008 by Sheikh bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, …read more

Schools busy working to build a bullying-free environment

In print 12 Jun 2017

Another successful Bullying-Free NZ Week has come to a close. Hundreds of schools took part up and down the country – students worked hard at a variety of bullying-themed activities and many schools took the opportunity to look at their policies.   Photo:  For students at Rathkeale and St Matthew’s Senior College, biology experiments took on a distinctive hue for …read more

Keeping up with digital demands

In print 12 Jun 2017

The digital environment is transforming teaching and learning in our schools, and students are increasingly required to work online at home. A new programme aims to address the digital divide that can make this difficult for some students. As classrooms go digital, students are increasingly expected to blog, utilise online shared spaces and do homework on platforms that require broadband. …read more

Rebuilding emotional resilience

In print 12 Jun 2017

In response to challenges brought about by ongoing earthquakes, a group of early childhood centres and primary schools in Christchurch recently carried out a programme to help reduce anxiety and build emotional resilience. A desire to improve the emotional intelligence of young children led to a special programme within Christchurch’s Te Ara Tūhura Cluster. The cluster, comprising seven primary schools …read more

Upgrade connects Northland kura with better future

In print 12 Jun 2017

Māori education in Northland is getting a substantial boost in resources with two large building projects in the latter stages of design. The upgrades represent a $19 million investment. One is a transfer to a new site and the other is a redevelopment of an existing kura, but each will include flexible teaching spaces to enable teachers and students …read more

Carver’s final touch wakens sleeping god Maui

In print 12 Jun 2017

Until the very last moment, a stunning carving of Māori Maui had no eyes and was therefore lying on the ground ‘sleeping’ before he was installed at the entrance of the brand new, 800sqm classroom building at Arahoe School in West Auckland. Seeing the figure on the floor with empty eye sockets, school students asked master carver Mitch Hughes why …read more

Transforming digital assessment

In print 12 Jun 2017

NZQA is transforming its assessment processes to complement digitally supported teaching and learning. This will help ensure that students have the skills to succeed in the 21st century. NZQA is investigating technology-based methods of assessment by offering a series of voluntary digital trials and pilots in 2017. These will build upon the learnings of previous trials and pilots, as NZQA …read more