December 2018
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Kia ora and welcome to the December 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?

Transitions spotlight
Our latest spotlight focuses on transitions, an important component of the coherence principle. It provides videos, questions, group activities, and opportunities for personal reflection to help you ensure positive transitions for your students and their families.

“The curriculum offers all students a broad education that makes links within and across learning areas, provides for coherent transitions, and opens up pathways to further learning.”

The New Zealand Curriculum, p. 9

Amesbury School – Celebrating Diwali
Staff and students at Amesbury School recently celebrated Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights.

In this snapshot, teacher Sonali Singh and Associate Principal Angela Johnston describe the activities from the week and explain why they brought Diwali to life at Amesbury School.

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.

How do you celebrate national events in your school?
Share your stories with us by emailing


Curriculum support

Local curriculum package of support for 2019

The Ministry of Education has heard that schools and kura want to focus on local curriculum – both design and review. In recognition that a range of leadership, teacher, and kaiako capability already exists on local curriculum practice, the Ministry is responding to this feedback by providing a package of support on local curriculum, which will be will be available online from 22 January from NZC Online and sent directly to schools in the week beginning 28 January. Workshops with teacher-release time, guidance, and tools will also be provided.

Resources on the DT I HM curriculum change

This Ministry of Education web page has a range of factsheets, posters, reports, and resources on how to teach the Digital Technologies Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content.

Other news

VLN Primary School – Online programmes

Registrations are invited from schools wishing to participate in the VLN Primary School in 2019.

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. All NZ children are welcome to learn with the VLN Primary – Nau Mai, Haere Mai!

Find out more and register your interest online or contact with queries. 

Holiday reading

We wish you all a restful and relaxing summer break. If you find yourselves looking for some summer professional reading, check out our most popular blogs and school stories for 2018.

School Stories


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