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February 13, 2019

February Newsletter

And a late one for my Kiwi readers.



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.

Email us at:

NEX – Lead Teacher Team

Note this opportunity for my New Zealand-based readers.

February Newsletter: uLearn19, Early Years PLD, Safer Internet Day & More

One for my Kiwi readers to begin their week.

Inspiration for educators | Professional learning | Resources | Articles
Ki te Ao - monthly newsletter
Kia ora Michael

Summer is in full swing around Aotearoa and the 2019 educational year is underway. Things are looking bright!

We’re excited to bring you lots of inspiration and opportunities for learning throughout the year. Hopefully you’ve already been enjoying the Treaty Talks conversations taking place on Facebook. Be sure to also check out some of the PLD coming up near you from our range of workshopsbreakfasts and online programmes.

In this month’s newsletter, you can learn more about uLearn19, our Early Years team, Safer Internet Day and more. Happy reading!

Reimagine tomorrow at uLearn19
uLearn19 - Pohewatia te āpōpō
Reimagining our future in learning is at the heart of CORE uLearn19, Pohewatia te āpōpō. This premier educational conference provides professional learning opportunities for you to develop and grow your ideas collaboratively with peers and thought leaders in education.

This year uLearn will explore three themes:

  • Kirirarautanga | Citizenship
  • Whakatōhenehene | Disruption
  • Auahatanga | Innovation

Nau mai, haere mai ki uLearn19!

Find out more >
Discover Early Years’ PLD
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Did you know CORE has a dedicated (and passionate!) Early Years team? They can help you discover, explore, build and grow your professional learning and development within early childhood education. Led by early years’ expert Kathryn O’Connell-Sutherland, the team has a wealth of experience in the sector. Early years’ specific PLD options are available – or for personalised options, get in touch with Kathryn.
Discover more >

Together for a better internet

Supporting Safer Internet Day
Safer Internet Day is celebrated around the world annually on 5 February. Coordinated in Aotearoa by Netsafe, CORE was proud to support this day once more in 2019 to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology.

We encourage you to talk to your students and whānau about online safety and check out our Top 5 Tips for a Safer Internet.

Read our tips >

Giving mana to Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Treaty Talks
We hope you’ve enjoyed Treaty Talks this week. Shared resources, and more on culturally responsive practice, can be found on our website.

Today is your last chance to WIN prizes by sharing how you’re talking Treaty. Head to our Facebook page to enter.

Join the conversation >

From the blog

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The School that Story built
Heemi McDonald discusses the importance of storytelling in education and how the future can be shaped through it.
More >
Words, words, words
Philippa Nicholl Antipas describes the impact of language on our stories and the way we see the world.
More >
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Upcoming learning opportunities

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FREE Online Workshop
How to make a professional learning development application
ONLINE – 27 February
Online Programme
Te Reo Puāwai Māori (beginners)
ONLINE – starts 11 March
An early years teacher and young boy talking
Online Workshop
Six strategies to build children’s social competence
ONLINE – 4 March
Māori carving
Online Programme
Te Reo Manahua Māori (intermediate)
ONLINE – starts 11 March
Under water
FREE Virtual Experience
Sustainable seas – essential for NZ’s health and wealth
ONLINE – 5-7 March
Two adults and a young child
Online Workshop
Using Seesaw to enhance home-school partnerships
ONLINE – 13 March

Contact us

We love receiving your feedback. Please feel free to email us.

Wherever you are in Aotearoa, if you are looking for specific professional learning, our consultants can tailor PLD to suit you or your educational setting. Find out more.

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February 3, 2019

Treaty Talks – Giving Mana To Te Tiriti O Waitangi

One for my Kiwi readers to begin their week.

How are you talking Treaty?
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Kia ora Michael

With loads of positive feedback last year we are once again bringing you Treaty Talks. In 2019 we’d love to hear more from you, about how you’re talking Treaty.

From Monday we will be sharing daily reflective questions on our Facebook page. We want to hear from you about the role Te Tiriti o Waitangi plays in your lives and classrooms. All comments will go into the draw to win a daily prize.

Make sure you’re following CORE on Facebook and use #treatytalks19 to get involved.

Join the #treatytalks19 conversation

Explore the articles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and how these relate to your practice

Our Implementing the Treaty of Waitangi online workshop next Thursday considers ways in which your educational community can affirm your commitment to biculturalism and Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Perfect PLD for you during Treaty Talks week!

Register now
Check out our Facebook page Monday to Thursday next week – simply comment on each daily question to be in to WIN prizes from the CORE Toa. Terms and conditions are available on our website.

A kete of professional learning opportunities

A number of our online programmes and workshops talk to culturally responsive practice, including:

Te Whakamānawa
Te Reo Puāwai Māori
Te Reo Manahua Māori
Jumpstart My Reo
Creating Culturally Responsive Schools
New Zealand Māori History

Helpful resources

CORE Te Reo Māori products
What’s the Treaty got to do with it?
Mobilise my reo – moving on from mihimihi
Non-Māori roles in supporting Māori educational success

Looking for a more personalised option?

Contact for more information.

Copyright © 2019 CORE Education, All rights reserved.
You have received this email because you have attended one of our events and were happy for us to update you on future CORE events, subscribed to our newsletters at, or registered with LEARNZ virtual field trips at, Connected Educator NZ at, or EDtalks at

Our mailing address is:

CORE Education

144 Kilmore Street, Christchurch Central

ChristchurchCanterbury 8013

New Zealand
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