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February 10, 2019

NZC Online Newsletter February 2019

A final item for my Kiwi readers to close out my Sunday.

February 2019
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Kia ora and welcome to a new school year and the February newsletter for NZC Online.  In these newsletters we keep you up to date with resources, events, stories, and research to help you implement your school curriculum.
What’s new on NZC Online?
Leading Local Curriculum Guide series

The Leading Local Curriculum Guide series has been developed to deliberately steer your curriculum and assessment review and design decisions as you strengthen your local curriculum. It will support you to use tools to assess progress that is informative, and strengthen the partnerships you have with parents and whānau.

Local curriculum
Local curriculum

Designing rich opportunities and coherent pathways for all learners

Leading Local Curriculum Guide – Local curriculum (PDF, 826 KB)

Assessment for learning

Using the right tools and resources to notice and respond to progress across the curriculum

Leading Local Curriculum Guide – Assessment for learning (PDF, 681 KB)

Information sharing and building learning partnerships

Having conversations with young people and their families and whānau about their learning and progress

Leading Local Curriculum Guide – Information sharing and building partnerships (PDF, 815 KB)

NZC Spotlights

NZC spotlights are mini professional learning sessions that focus on a specific aspect of The New Zealand Curriculum. Check out our two most recent spotlights:

Student wellbeing
This spotlight focuses on student wellbeing, supporting you to explore and implement effective wellbeing practices for your students. It provides videos, questions, group activities, and opportunities for personal reflection to help you grow a culture of wellbeing at your school.

Late last year we published our transitions spotlight. If you have students who are struggling to settle into their new class or school you might like to take a look and see what other schools do to support smooth transitions for their learners.

Fresh from our blog

Kapa Haka – A catalyst for change
Whare Isaac Sharland, CORE Education facilitator, explains how Kapa Haka can help students develop a positive cultural identity resulting in increased confidence, engagement, and achievement.

Data, story, and mātauranga Māori
Heemi McDonald, Deputy Principal of Rototuna Senior High School in Hamilton, shares his research into data collection through a Matauranga Māori lens using storytelling.

Mark your calendars 

National Events and the NZC 
We have updated our National Events page, so you can plan ahead for 2019. Our pages link to The New Zealand Curriculum and provide you with ideas, resources, and tools to help you and your school get involved.

This term we have 4 special weeks to recognise and learn more about.

Chinese New Year from 5 February 2019
Waitangi Day – how will you commemorate? 6 February 2019
Earth Day 22 April 2019
Anzac Day 25 April 2019

Put these dates in your diaries now and if you’d like to share how you are celebrating them in your school send us an email at or jump onto our NZC Online facebook pageand leave a comment under the appropriate post.

Other news

A reminder you can still sign up for VLN Primary School – Online Programmes

There are a wide range of online language programmes, as well as extension maths, literacy, digital technology, astronomy, visual arts, web design, life skills, health and the Over the Back Fence Project.

Your feedback helps
NZC OnlineWe would love to hear from you if you have ideas to make the website easier to use, or better for you, or if you have ideas for future blog posts or newsletters.

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