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March 20, 2019

NZC Online newsletter March 2019 – UPDATE

An item from my Kiwi readers.

March 2019 – UPDATE
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In the wake of Friday’s shocking event in Christchurch, the Ministry of Education is providing support to schools, kura, and early learning services. This is a really tough time for New Zealanders and it is critical our children and young people get the support and care they need as they return to schools and other learning institutions. We also need to look after our teachers and staff.

The Ministry is very focused on Christchurch but we know children and young people around the country have been impacted by Friday’s events and we are ensuring everyone is provided with the support they need.

Support in the wake of Christchurch
Tips for parents and educators: Supporting children and young people
Tips for parents and educators on supporting conversations with children and young people have been circulated to all New Zealand schools and early learning services.

Ministry resources that focus on resilience and diversity:

Resilience and mental health resources provided by other organisations:

  • My FRIENDS Youth Resilience Programme
    This aims to help students in years 7–11 become confident, lifelong learners. It has been shown to help build students’ resilience – their ability to overcome anxiety and cope with difficult and challenging situations.
  • Mental health education and hauora: Teaching interpersonal skills, resilience, and wellbeing
    This NZCER resource supports teaching children and young people about mental health, wellbeing, resilience, and interpersonal skills.
  • Common Ground
    Common Ground helps adults to support young people in years 1–13 to manage hard times and enjoy happier lives. It includes tips on how to get help, initiate difficult conversations with young people, and identify a young person in need of help.

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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March 18, 2019

NZC Online Newsletter March 2019

One for my Kiwi readers.

March 2019
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Welcome to the March 2019 newsletter for NZC Online. In these newsletters we keep you up to date with resources to help you implement your school curriculum.

As we begin another week we recognise the importance of our children and young people getting the support and care they need as they return to school after the terrible events in Christchurch on Friday.

We would like to acknowledge all of the Christchurch principals, teachers, and early learning leaders and staff who kept children safe on Friday.

These resources may help you to support your students and staff as they work through this difficult time.

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.

The Wellbeing@School website is designed to support schools to engage with the whole school community in a process of self-review. The W@S self review tools explore how different layers of school life contribute to creating a safe and caring climate that deters bullying.

Local curriculum guide and workshops
Local Curriculum: Designing rich opportunities and coherent pathways for all learners
In order to support the progress of all students, the Leading Local Curriculum Guide series has been developed to support you as you strengthen your local curriculum.

Strengthening Local Curriculum Design workshops
Free workshops are being held around the country to support schools to develop their curriculum.
Register for a workshop.

What’s new on NZC Online?

Menzies College – Localised learning at Mimihau Stream
Our latest snapshot describes a hands-on, localised project at Menzies College that has provided rich learning opportunities and greater student engagement and achievement.

Learning through play – What’s it all about?
Our latest blog explores learning through play and shares how some schools are shaping their local curriculum with an emphasis on play.

Take another look

Principles packages
NZC Online offers support packages for all eight curriculum principles. Each package includes research, tools, stories, and resources to help school leaders and teachers embed The New Zealand Curriculum principles into their local curriculum.

High expectations                Learning to learn
Treaty of Waitangi                Community engagement
Cultural diversity                  Coherence
Inclusion                              Future focus

New resources
Tuia Mātauranga curiosity cards
This year, Aotearoa New Zealand will acknowledge 250 years since the first onshore meetings between Māori and non-Māori with a national commemoration called “Tuia — Encounters 250” (Tuia 250). The National Library has partnered with the Ministry of Education, with valuable input from the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, to produce a set of Tuia Mātauranga curiosity cards.

Latest Connected link to revised technology learning areas
Looking for reading material to engage your learners with the revised digital technologies content in the technology learning area? The latest issues of Connected focus on computational thinking for digital technologies and designing and developing digital outcomes.
Connected 2018 Level 2 – Step By Step
Connected 2018 Level 3 – Cracking the Code
Connected 2018 Level 4 – Digital Space

Mark your calendars
National events and the NZC 
Our events pages link to The New Zealand Curriculum and provide you with ideas, resources, and tools to help you and your school get involved. Upcoming events include Earth Day (22 April 2019) and Anzac Day (25 April 2019).

If you’d like to share how you are celebrating these special days in your school, send us an email at or jump onto our NZC Online facebook page and leave us a comment under the appropriate post.

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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March 12, 2019

New Support For Gifted Learners

One for my Kiwi readers.

Please note that I am a member of the Governance Group for this e-learning cluster.

March 6, 2019

March Newsletter: Ten Trends 2019, Advanced Leadership, Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko & More

One for my Kiwi readers.

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

We’ve made it to March! With it comes a few cooler days, but it’s not all bad – read on to explore the recently released 2019 Ten Trends, celebrate International Women’s Day by checking out the Advanced Leadership programme, access a range of free resources from Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko and more. Happy reading!

2019 Ten Trends – available now!
CORE Ten Trends 2019
Don’t forget, our 2019 Ten Trends and associated resources are available now, and you can download the full document for FREE! We would love to know what you think. Join us on edSpace and tell us the first thing you’re going to do with this years Trends. To contribute to the conversation, join the Ten Trends group in edSpace.
Explore the Ten Trends >
Lead the way with Advanced Leadership
Two women working together
Tomorrow, 8 March, is International Women’s Day which provides a timely reminder of the importance of gender equity within education. The Advanced Leadershipprogramme enables the advancement of high potential women across all education sectors. Grow your leadership potential and join our Early Years cohort, starting May.
Find out more >

Have you met Maui and Mahuika?

Maui and Mahuika
This is Maui and Mahuika. Their story and attributes underpin the Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko | Digital Readiness programme which is designed and implemented by CORE Education. The programme supports all educators to implement the new and revised Digital Technologies curriculum content within the Technology | Hangarau learning areas. A wide range of tools and resources are ready for you to use now.
Sign up for free >

CORE’s community month

Some CORE staff members ready to start picking up rubbish at their local maunga
Each year the CORE whānau looks forward to our Community Month. In February, we had the chance to get out and about for a day, giving a helping hand where needed. From collecting rubbish and organising school sheds, to gardening at local marae and baking at Ronald McDonald House, it’s been a rewarding experience for us all.

From the blog

On a school bus
It’s better to be on the bus than on the road!
Derek Wenmoth shares his thoughts about a mindset of resilience and critical thinking, and how you can use CORE’s Ten Trends to start this journey.
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Spiral of Inquiry: It’s a new year, should we start again?
Rebbecca Sweeney shares her tips for building on the progress you have already made.
More >
Students working in a classroom
Why UDL is valuable
Chrissie Butler shares how Universal Design for Learning can bring coherence into teaching practices that are inclusive of all learners.
More >
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Upcoming learning opportunities

Teacher working with two students
Global competencies for Deep Learning
Students playing outdoors on a slide
Play based learning
ONLINE – 28 March
ONLINE – 5 June
ONLINE – 21 August
ONLINE – 23 October
Kids playing giant chess outdoors
Learning through play matters
Classroom environment
Introduction to UDL
AUCKLAND – 10 April
ONLINE – 17 May
Two teachers talking
Implementing mentoring and coaching
DUNEDIN – 27 March
Teacher and students playing a game
Jumpstart my reo

Contact us

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March 3, 2019


One for my Kiwi readers to begins their week.

Kia ora everyone,
Thanks for showing your interest in NEX. The next step is to get everyone into our online platform at
 If you haven’t done so already can you follow the link, register, create a profile, start joining the relevant groups and introduce yourself in the Lounge.
Darren Sudlow, Executive Leader (Learning)

Telephone | 0272171121
Address:160 Lowes Rd, Rolleston, Christchurch 7614
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