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News of March 2017

NZTA Future Transport Competition 2017


The Future Transport Competition challenges student teams in years 1–13 to enter games or narratives about transforming transport.

Entries must be by teams of three or more students. Online support includes the student guide, teacher guide, and ideas bank.

There are prizes for students, supervising teacher, and school.

The competition closes 5pm, Friday 30 June 2017.



Visit New Zealand's geology and landforms with these GeoTrips - rock outcrops, geological displays, and landforms that you can visit and explore.

GeoTrips are compiled by GNS Science, geologists, and knowledgeable enthusiasts from around the country.

Each GeoTrip includes images, maps, useful background information, and advice to get you started with your own geological explorations and discoveries.

More learning resources are available from the GNS Science website.

Extending their language - expanding their world: Children’s oral language (birth-8 years)


This ERO evaluation investigated how effectively young children’s oral language learning and development were supported in their early years of education.

ERO asked the question: What is the early learning service or school doing in response to children’s oral language learning and development, including concerns about and needs of particular children?

ERO’s findings are based on the analysis of data gathered from 167 early learning services and 104 schools.

NZC Spotlights


NZC spotlights are mini professional learning sessions that focus on a specific aspect of The New Zealand Curriculum.

Presented on Google Slides, NZC spotlights include short readings, videos, and follow up activities.

NZC spotlights are designed for teachers and leaders in both primary and secondary schools.

They can be used during staff meetings, department or syndicate meetings, Kāhui Ako / Communities of Learning workshops, teacher only days, and for individual teachers to reflect on their own learning. 



Makerspaces are collaborative workshops where students gain practical hands-on experience with new technologies and innovative processes to design and build projects.

Take a look through the new Makerspaces page on Enabling e-Learning with information, school stories, examples, and resources that support teachers to utilise this innovative approach to learning.

Professional learning communities on nzmaths


Share ideas with other teachers in these professional learning communities on nzmaths.

Pasifika language weeks for 2017 confirmed


The Ministry for Pacific Peoples has confirmed the dates for Pasifika language weeks in 2017.

NZ Curriculum Online's pages for National events and The New Zealand Curriculum have ideas, resources, and tools to help schools get involved. 

LEARNZ: Wetland Biodiversity Virtual Field Trip March 2017


Journey to a rare inland high country ecosystem with this LEARNZ virtual field trip.

Travel by helicopter, 4-wheel-drive, mountain bike, and on foot with DoC experts into the wetlands and braided rivers of Ō Tū Wharekai.

Get up close to its fauna and flora to discover how its birds, insects, reptiles, and plants are uniquely adapted to surviving in such a tough place.

With local iwi, find out about interventions for native and endemic species to enable their populations to be sustainable.

To find out more, and to enrol, go to the LEARNZ website.

Initiatives supporting Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC)


Education Outdoors New Zealand (EONZ), with the support of the Ministry of Education, has implemented two initiatives to support your EOTC management:

  • Effective Safety Management Systems PLD workshops

Registrations are now open for the latest series of two-day good practice workshops being offered around NZ in term 2. These workshops are free to schools and are based on the EOTC Guidelines 2016 - Bringing the Curriculum Alive. For more information and to register, visit the EONZ website

  • National EOTC coordinator database

The national EOTC database for EOTC coordinators is a component of core EOTC support for schools and has been established to directly support primary and secondary schools nationwide. For more information and to register please visit the EONZ Database registration webpage

Emergency resources


Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management has developed posters and factsheets available in 22 different languages as part of their earthquake and tsunami safety campaign.

Schools can also visit What’s the Plan Stan for information and resources to help prepare for emergency events.