This conference is open to everyone interested in Montessori education in NZ. MANZ looks forward to you joining us at Waipuna Hotel and Conference venue for an invigorating and fulfilling weekend with a great lineup of guest speakers.
Date: 6–8 July.
For further information: www.confer.nz/manz2019.
The Institute of Early Childhood Studies seminar: Looking Backward to Move Forward: Me Anga Whakamua
9am to 3.15pm, Victoria University of Wellington, Saturday 11 May.
We offer opportunities for practitioners and researchers to consider strategies, strengths and possible priorities for the New Zealand EC sector in the times ahead.
For full programme details and to register see: www.victoria.ac.nz/education/research/institute-early-childhood-studies/iecs-autumn-seminar-2019.
Between 31 May – 9 June
Forest and Bird’s kids' club, Kiwi Conservation Club and partners are setting 10 different tree challenges to join in with. The challenges are accessible to people across Aotearoa.
Vote for your favourite hero tree, spend time with a species of tree you have never seen before or share why you think trees are important. People can share their completed challenges in a variety of ways including social media #bewithatree
For information and the full list of challenges visit KCC’s website kcc.org.nz.
Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through the Institute for Mexicans Abroad (IME), invites all children around the world to participate in the 23rd “This is My Mexico” children’s Drawing Contest.
The theme for this year’s contest is Mexico’s Idols and Personalities - Who has inspired you the most?
The contest will be open from the time this invitation is published, until 28 June. The 12 winners will receive a diploma and will be featured in IME’s 2020 calendar.
For more information please contact the Embassy of Mexico –
Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) and the Health Promotion Agency (HPA) recently invited schools to participate in the 2019 New Zealand Youth Tobacco Monitor (NZYTM) involving the ASH Y10 Snapshot survey. The survey will be conducted in term 2 between 20 May and 5 July.
Participating in the NZYTM survey is important for ensuring the data and trends give an accurate reflection of what is happening in youth smoking across NZ. Participating schools will receive their school’s smoking figures, including a comparison with national trends in NZ.
For more information, visit www.hpa.org.nz/what-we-do/nzytm, or contact Sally Wong, via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kit McIntyre will introduce participants to the characteristics of autism identified in children.
Kohia Centre, Epsom Campus, University of Auckland
The New Zealand Marine Studies Centre (University of Otago) is supported by a MoE grant to deliver programmes designed for gifted and talented students. Immersed in the science of the marine world the programmes extend and enrich the shared learning through multidisciplinary connections and challenges.
Applications are invited from the South Island for a range of programmes with specific student targets, Y7–8, Y7–8 Pasifika, Y9 Māori, Y10, Y10 Māori, Y11, Y11–12 Māori.
For further information, overview of 2019 programmes and student applications access our website:
For queries contact email@example.com.
A new website, www.sensiblescreenuse.org, has been developed by a group of health professionals and educators. It summarises research on the use of digital technology in schools, looking at both benefits and risks, and the impacts on health, wellbeing and educational achievement.
Autism Resources Limited provides quality books and resources, including the popular time timers and sensory tools for teaching children with autism spectrum disorder. For over 10 years we have been supplying NZ schools and early childhood centres with quality books and resources under the Sue Larkey and Education Events brands. Our name has changed but we are still the same, but with NZ ownership and cheaper pricing.
To order and view our range of top-quality products go to www.autismresources.co.nz or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
13–17 of May (term 2, week 3) is Primary Science Week.
NZAPSE runs an annual Primary Science Week in term 2, providing an opportunity for all New Zealand primary schools to engage in science learning.
The theme for 2019 is the Periodic Table as 2019 is the International Year of the Periodic Table.
Go to https://nzapse.nzase.org.nz/primary-science-week-2019/ to see how teachers can be involved and activities they can do with their classes.
We are delighted to announce that Toitoi will be publishing a special journal that explores New Zealand's connections to Latin America and Southeast Asia.
These journals will be delivered to every primary school, intermediate and public library in New Zealand at the beginning of 2020.
We are inviting submissions by young writers ages 5-14 in English as well as any Latin American and Southeast Asian languages. We also welcome submissions in te reo Māori.
The submission deadline is 24 May.
Find out more at: www.toitoi.nz/connect.
There will be students in all schools that are failing to achieve what is planned for them, or failing to reach the standard expected of them. If so – they are underachieving. This situation can be reversed or overcome by using good strategies to prevent this happening found in the recently published book by Dr Leonard Restall, which is especially suitable for teachers, students, and parents. It is based upon research and 40 years of teaching experience.
Details can be obtained from Dr Leonard Restall, email@example.com
Nau mai, haere mai, Talofa, Malo e lelei
You are warmly welcomed to the Taitoko School 50th Reunion, to be held at the school on Friday 6 December and Saturday 7 December.
Friday 6: Pōwhiri and get-together.
Saturday 7: Roll call, guest speakers, cutting of cake, decade photos, school memories. Evening - dinner and entertainment.
For details see the Taitoko School 50th Reunion Facebook page or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have or considering Mandarin Chinese in your school? The Confucius Institute in Auckland invites New Zealand school principals and senior management to apply for this unique opportunity to experience Chinese culture, schools and contemporary Chinese society first-hand.
All expenses in China, including domestic travel, food and accommodation, are covered. Airfares, visa, travel insurance and personal expenses will be the responsibility of the individual.
Available to principals and senior management in the Auckland, Northland and Waikato regions only.
Trip date: 7–20 October (tbc)
Application deadline: Monday 1 July.
For more information visit http://ci.ac.nz.
Science in a Van are now taking bookings from schools in Auckland, Hamilton and South Waikato for terms 2–3.
When you book us your staff and students get a whole morning of full on science mayhem (in a good way)! Five science shows to choose from plus a free 'stunt'.
We love big shows and can see all your students in one morning! The cost is still low at $4 per student, plus GST (minimum of 100 students/$400 per show). We come to you so there are no additional travel costs and no hassle.
Check out options: www.scienceinavan.co.nz.
Create1World invites students in Y7–13 to enter our fourth annual creative activism and global citizenship competition.
The NCEA-aligned competition seeks creative entries that imagine new ways to think about global issues such as peace, inequality, celebrating diversity or addressing climate change. It could be a video, song, poem, short story, speech or theatre performance – but it must help us think about ways of working collaboratively for the betterment of all humanity.
Entries open August 1, and are open until 14 October.
Entries are welcome in Te Reo Māori, English or New Zealand Sign Language.
Details here: http://masseyblogs.ac.nz/expressivearts/2019/03/06/create1world-2019/
Create1World conferences offer Aotearoa's young people skills, inspiration and role models of diverse artists who are using their art to connect us across cultures and address global issues such as peace, inequality and climate change. We think this is important work to be celebrating right now, and we invite all teachers and students in Y7–13 to join us for Create1World 2019.
In the lead-up to the conferences (November 14, Wellington; November 21, Auckland), we also run a national creative activism and global citizenship competition for young people.
You can see all the details of both competition and conferences here: http://masseyblogs.ac.nz/expressivearts/2019/03/06/create1world-2019.
The Aurecon Bridge Building Competition encourages students to unlock their potential by engaging with STEM early.
The competition is open to Y9–10 students in Auckland and Christchurch.
Entry is free, and using materials supplied by Aurecon, students are tasked with designing and constructing a model bridge using the construction guidelines provided.
Judging days take place in September, and all competitors are invited to gather at venues in Auckland and Christchurch where bridges are tested.
Search for Aurecon Bridge Building Competition to register your school!
For further details: www.aurecongroup.com/careers/bridge-building-competition.
Literally a hands-on course where you will get everything you need to get started with learning this superb little instrument. We guarantee you will sing and play and laugh till it hurts and come away from this course desperate to get back to your team and show off your new skills. Ideal for anyone with an interest in providing musical experiences for children – no experience necessary! Course costs include Ukulele, tuner, resources and lunch.
This course runs from 9am-3pm.
Normal Price: $250
Yeah Baby! is a specialist conference concerned with the education and care of our infants from birth to three years of age. This one day conference runs from 9am-3pm on a Saturday, includes a packed lunch, trade fair, and seminar style presentations.
Rituals offer a sense of magic, awe, wonder and delight. For infants, toddlers and young children familiar and expected routines provide security and predictability to their day. This workshop will offer reflections between the humble routine and the sacred ritual and provide inspiration for ways we can enrich daily experiences for our young tamariki.
This course runs from 10am-1pm.
Normal Price: $90
Join teacher and designer Robin Christie for a thorough exploration of early childhood environment design. Overarching design principles for both indoor and outdoor learning spaces will be combined with practical ideas for leading change in your environment. From building natural playscapes to creating respectful nappy change spaces, from using Te Whāriki in design to the importance of risky play in human.
This course runs from 10am-4pm.
Normal Price: $195
This comprehensive course will cover a range of teaching practices and strategies that are developmentally respectful and responsive to the needs of infants and toddlers. We will unpack the characteristics of this age group and offer ideas for creating a thoughtful, creative and stimulating learning programme that celebrates children’s emerging interests. Research and literature will be disseminated through the lenses of brain development, attachment theory and relationship-based care and curriculum. We will also pay attention to how our environments and resources impact upon free movement and play for children and adults alike.
The Irish Lodge (ARA) in association with APPA continue to support this music competition for young musicians in Y5–8. This competition will, once again, be the most prestigious music competition for primary-intermediate aged children in Australasia.
Musicians who are eligible are:
Living somewhere in the APPA region between Pukekohe and Wellsford
In Y5–8 classes. Y9 and over are not eligible
Have NZ citizenship or have permanent residency. Proof required
Have Grade 5 or higher in music exams. A copy of the certificate is essential.
Applications will be accepted until Friday 16 August.
Full details/application forms can be found at: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1KRc2eAILh0HUdRLKayb6Y9uN18gd1oFw?usp=sharing.
Dates: 7–9 August.
Venue: Te Papa, Wellington.
The 2019 NASDAP Conference will inspire you to jump out of your comfort zone, finding the inspiration to be more resilient, involved and informed in your roles as APs/DPs. Join us to gain new perspectives and practical ideas to help you Go Out and Make a Difference in your own lives and the lives of those around you.
Keynote speakers include: Ann Milne, Nigel Latta, Marcus Akuhata-Brown, Lucy Hone, Ian Taylor and Mike King.
The programme will also include plenty of interactive workshops and networking functions.
For further information: www.confer.nz/nasdap2019.
Dates: 18–19 July.
Venue:Kohia Centre, Gate 1, 78 Epsom Ave, Epsom.
This symposium will provide an opportunity for education practitioners to access the most recent research and practice that describes effective and high quality inclusive education in both NZ schools and international examples.
A variety of speakers from different parts of the sector with wide knowledge and experience will address theory and research, share personal stories, political perspectives and future plans for inclusive education in NZ. Practical support and resources for teachers in the classroom will be a strong focus with opportunity for collaboration and discussion.
For further information: https://onlineforms.education.auckland.ac.nz/447467.
2019 Topic: 'Does our concern for security compromise peace?'
The United Nations Association of New Zealand has held regional secondary school speech awards for over 30 years and the National finals are held in conjunction with our Annual Conference in May. This year the National finals will be held in Wellington on Friday 21 June.
We invite your school to send contestant/s and register online via www.bit.ly/UNANZSpeechAward2019 by Friday 12 April (an early registration is preferred).
No hassle, no mess frozen dissection products prepared and packed specifically for learning about anatomy, including sheep hearts and plucks, pig hearts, cow eyes, foetal pigs, etc. Reputable (MPI certified) supplier.
Delivered to cities and larger towns throughout New Zealand (serviced by Fastway Couriers). Allow a delivery time of between 7–10 working days from the time you place your order. Orders are sent on Mondays or Tuesdays.
Delivered frozen in chilly packs to attended addresses only.
Order from Science Resource Box at www.scienceresourcebox.co.nz.
The humble apple has come a long way since it was first planted in Aotearoa New Zealand in 1819. Did you know that New Zealand is now considered the best apple growing country in the world? During this field trip you will follow the journey of the world's tastiest apples from a Hawke's Bay orchard to the shopping baskets of discerning consumers all around the world.
More info and enrol at http://rata.learnz.org.nz/summary.php?vft=primaryindustries192.
A conference for aspiring leaders in the middle years of Schooling
The New Zealand Association of Intermediates and Middle Schools
(NZAIMS) is committed in providing educators of emerging adolescents quality professional development programmes. It is our aim that this targeted PD assists schools in being responsive to the engagement, motivation, opportunities and specific needs of the students we work with.
Themes include: Wellbeing, engagement and behaviour.
For more information:
Music '19 - Remix is MENZA's biennial music education conference.
Dates: 7–9 October.
Come and join us in Christchurch for three days of learning, networking and inspiration. With four fantastic keynote speakers and a wide range of workshops from early childhood through to tertiary there will be something for everyone.
For further information: www.enzaconference.co.nz.
We warmly invite all past and present students, staff, board members, families and community members to join us for our 150th Jubilee celebrations which will be held on 8 and 9 November at Loburn School.
For further information or to register interest, please contact the school office, ph (03) 312 8828; email email@example.com or check out the website www.loburn.school.nz.
Asia New Zealand Foundation assists students and secondary school classes to travel to Japan with our Japan Study Grants, which are kindly funded by Nakashimato Co Ltd.
The $1,000 grants are for senior secondary and undergraduate students in New Zealand who have been accepted on exchange programmes to Japan.
The $4,000 grants are for schools who are planning a study tour of 2 weeks or more and have a comprehensive itinerary with evidence of homestays and school visits.
Applications open on Monday 18 March and close on Friday 10 May.
To apply, please visit www.asianz.org.nz/education/study-grants-to-japan.
A group of Dunedin teachers are preparing to host the combined Biolive/Chemed biennial conference from 7-10 July at John McGlashan College, Dunedin with a theme ‘Climate of Change’
To register go to: biolivechemed2019.wordpress.com.
Further information can be found on Facebook page: Biolive-ChemEd2019.
Now accepting workshop proposals – please send outlines and ideas!
The reunion takes place over 26 and 27 April.
The programme will commence with an open afternoon and powhiri on Friday 26th followed by a giggle and gossip evening. Saturday 27th sees a decade march, morning tea and photos. An evening of socialisation, music and food will follow.
Registrations can be made online at www.otakicollege.school.nz/60th-reunion or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
The Walking Access Commission Ara Hīkoi Aotearoa invites students to enter our Top Outdoor Spot competition to promote access to the outdoors.
The competition runs from 28 February to 6 July. Students send in a photo, drawing or short poem/story of their favourite outdoor spot. The top three entries in each category win a prize pack for themselves and/or their school.
The 3 categories are:
Best drawing, and
This competition is targeted at Y4–8, but teachers can encourage other students to take part.
For further information: www.walkingaccess.govt.nz/education-space/top-outdoor-spot/tos.
Neil is in worldwide demand for his knowledge and expertise as a teacher in working with students who have dyslexia and other learning difficulties.
Neil is particularly passionate about building teacher capability to support the learning for all children.
This seminar is suitable for all levels of education including secondary. It will be an interactive day with practical activities you can follow through with your students.
In past tours his seminars have sold out. Don't delay your booking.
Morning tea and lunch is provided - please advise if you have any special dietary requirements.
Book online through the website www.edushop.nz
Te Kōtare is a te reo Māori music and education project, a vision completed, and a tribute to Jenny Shearer, māmā and kaiako, whose passion to fuse te reo Māori and education has become the Te Kōtare resource.
These education packs are being distributed through the Ministry of Education in term 1.
This collection of 10 songs comes with song books for classroom use and teaching notes. This beautiful collaborative resource is for children to increase te reo literacy and confidence via waiata.
Featuring artists like Warren Maxwell and Matiu te Huki and more: www.tekotare.org.
The Friends of the Turnbull Library are running another Smart Alex creative writing competition for New Zealand and South Pacific secondary school and secondary home-educated students.
Students must respond to or interpret an item from the Alexander Turnbull Library collections and produce a piece of creative writing, illustrated graphic story, or lyrics for a song/waiata.
Entries can be in English or te reo Māori, and there is $3,000 in prize money.
The competition opened 4 March and closes 5pm, Sunday 21 July.
Entry form and competition details are on the Friends of the Turnbull Library website https://turnbullfriends.org.nz/schools-competition.
Date: 10–12 July.
Central Otago teachers of English are excited to host the NZATE Conference for 2019 at Wakatipu High School in Queenstown.
Inspired by our unique surroundings, and alluding to the ever-shifting nature of education, this year's theme is Landscapes. We will hear from a number of thought-provoking creatives and leading educationalists and celebrate the peaks of our professional endeavours. As always, the conference will let us step back from the day-to-day and gain perspective.
More info available online at www.conference2019.co.nz.
Now accepting workshop proposals. Send us your ideas!
We would like to extend a warm welcome to all our past pupils, staff, board of trustees and school committee members to the Kaikorai Primary School 150th Reunion over Labour Weekend (25–27 October).
It will be a time to celebrate the past and look forward to the future as the school will be about to embark on its third iteration. From the original blue stone buildings, to the current wooden Nelson Block classrooms, the 'third' Kaikorai School will be a modern and inviting space for children to learn in.
For more information go to bit.ly/kaikorai150
In 2018, Keep New Zealand Beautiful (KNZB) launched Kiki Kiwi and friends, as part of the “Litter Less” programme for students aged 5–11 years old. These litter centric educational resources are based on the adventures of Kiki the Kiwi and his endeavour to stop litterers! They’ve been developed to help 5–11 year olds understand and respond to litter and littering issues. They are aligned with the New Zealand Curriculum and are flexible enough to be taught as a complete unit of work or individual themes can be taught separately.
Get in touch if you have any questions at email@example.com.
Redwood School (Christchurch) 50th Anniversary celebrations Friday 10 and Saturday 11 May.
Assembly, Tours, morning tea on Friday; community party, including kapa haka, choir and Jump Jam performances, decade photos, food stalls and Devonshire teas, on Saturday 10.30am–2pm.
Archive displays, future plans, Anniversary booklet and playground redevelopment fundraising.
We want to hear your stories of Redwood School.
Information and registration details are on our website: www.redwoodprimary.school.nz or by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively you can register through our Redwood School 50th Anniversary Facebook page.
The 2019 NZ Sport Stacking Open Championships are being held on Sunday 2 June (Queen’s Birthday Weekend) in Wellington.
This competition is open to everyone, with our novice section enabling those new to the sport to compete alongside seasoned stackers, facing the same thrill of a competition whilst striving for goals and records amongst those of equal experience.
This tournament doubles as trials for the NZ Black Stacks. Any competitor wishing to be considered for selection for the 2020 NZ Black Stacks team, representing NZ overseas, will need to attend this tournament.
Free entry for spectators and media.
The Tai Tokerau Principals' Association is committed to providing you with the opportunity to gather together each year for professional learning and networking at our annual conference.
We pride ourselves on the relaxed and supportive environment we provide for our association members to connect with colleagues, engage in learning and enjoy precious time out to reflect and recharge!
We endeavour to provide world-class professional learning that is current and relevant to the communities we serve.
For further information: www.learningnetwork.ac.nz/shared/products/productConference.aspx?id=CONF1904
Explore the animal kingdom with us!
We bring the zoo to you for a magical and fun learning experience with the ZooVentures animals – at your kindy!
'The range of animals was great, and the experience very interactive – the children were fascinated!'
Watch the bearded dragons munch their wriggly lunch, blue tongue lizards and super-cute tortoises on laps, exotic breed guinea pigs to groom and feed, create a mini zoo park for the mice, weird and wonderful turtles, and even performing pups with a dog safety message!
For further information: www.zooventures.co.nz.
A new unit – Health, Driving and Substance Impairment – is available for secondary teachers to freely download and use. Students analyse how medication can impair driving. This is a sizeable and serious problem in New Zealand, affecting drivers of all ages.
Five credit NCEA Level 3 resource. Students examine determinants of health, and implications for the wellbeing of people and society. From this analysis, they recommend health-enhancing strategies. High-quality data is provided plus resources designed using SOLO Taxonomy.
Supports assessment for Achievement Standard 91461: Analyse a New Zealand health issue.
Download here: www.education.nzta.govt.nz/health-ncea-l3
The ISEI Conference has a strong history of bringing together experts from all around the world. This is the first time that this conference will be held in the Southern Hemisphere.
The conference programme will commence with a welcome reception and registration on the evening of Tuesday 25 June, followed by 3 days of papers, posters, symposia, master lectures, and keynote speakers.
We look forward to welcoming you to Sydney, Australia in June 2019 at what we expect will be an extraordinary experience for us all, providing a unique opportunity for networking among researchers and practitioners.
Register here: www.dcconferences.com.au/isei2019/Home.
Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) and the Health Promotion Agency (HPA) will soon be inviting schools to participate in the 2019 New Zealand Youth Tobacco Monitor (NZYTM) involving the ASH Y10 Snapshot survey. The survey will be conducted in term 2.
Your school’s participation is important for ensuring the data and trends give an accurate reflection of what is happening in youth smoking across New Zealand. Participating schools will receive their school’s smoking figures, including a comparison with national trends in New Zealand.
For more information, visit www.hpa.org.nz/what-we-do/nzytm, or contact Niveditha Gurram; ph (04) 917 0060 or email N.email@example.com.