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News of September 2018

Chinese Language Week 23–29 September 2018


New Zealand Chinese Language Week is an initiative aimed at encouraging New Zealanders to discover Chinese language and culture. 

This page from New Zealand Curriculum Online offers resources and stories to help you and your students get involved in New Zealand Chinese Language Week.

Includes useful links and ideas to support language learning and to explore Chinese culture.

Conservation Week 15–23 September 2018


Conservation Week is being held this year Monday 15 September–Sunday 23 September.

There are many events to take part in around New Zealand, organised by Department of Conservation (DOC), local businesses, and community groups.

DOC is also encouraging conservation activities you can do at home to help New Zealand’s biodiversity.

New Zealand Curriculum Online's resource page has links to teaching resources and more ideas for getting involved in this annual event.

Tapasā - Cultural competencies framework for teachers of Pacific learners


Tapasā is a resource for all teachers of Pacific learners. It is designed to support teachers to become more culturally aware, confident and competent when engaging with Pacific learners and their parents, families and communities. It aims to contextualise quality teaching and planning within a Pacific learner setting by providing a Pacific lens to the Standards for the Teaching Profession and the Code of Professional Responsibility. 

Tapasā has been designed to help improve the way teachers and leaders engage with Pacific learners, and to an extent parents, families and their communities, to make the biggest difference in a child’s educational success. 

We encourage all schools with Pacific students to use Tapasā as a guide to help improve their way of communication and gain a deeper understanding of howTapasā works and how it applies to the teaching role in supporting Pacific students.

Tapasā will be officially launched by Minister Salesa on Friday 14 September at Otahuhu Primary.

Te wiki o te reo Māori – Māori language week 2018


Te wiki o te reo Māori takes place this year between 10 and 16 September. 

'Kia Kaha te reo Māori' is the theme for this year’s Māori Language Week – ‘Let’s make the Māori language strong'.

This resource page from New Zealand Curriculum Online has ideas, links, and stories to help schools engage with their parents, families, and whānau to support the learning of te reo Māori in both the school and home environment.