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A brand new Education Research Masters Scholarship worth $15,000 a year for up to two years is also available, together with other scholarships at masters’ and doctoral level.

All scholarships commemorate the bravery and excellence of the 28th (Māori) Battalion and are designed to support Māori excellence at tertiary level. Academic merit is a high priority in the selection.

Applications close on 30 September 2016.

All information including application forms and criteria are on our website.

Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards From more than 200 entries, 14 finalists have been selected for the 2016 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards. View the finalists here Infrastructure Matters Our refreshed Infrastructure Matters newsletter is out now.

EROs redesigned website EROs redesigned website goes live today. The domain name will remain ero.govt.nz While the content remains largely unchanged, navigation on the new site means content is better organised, easier to find and responsive - that is, easy to read on mobile phones and tablets.

Review reports are now on one page instead of having to click through several pages to read each report. Where possible, we have published the two most recent review reports for every school and early learning service.

If your website currently includes links to specific pages on EROs website eg ERO reports, you may need to check/update these links. Please contact info@ero.govt.nz if you have any questions.

False alarm callouts and penalties The New Zealand Fire Service (NZFS) responds to a surprising number of false alarms at schools which draws resources away from real emergencies and may see students becoming complacent when alarms activate.

Common causes are:

• Accidental behaviour, such as burning toast / chemistry experiments

• Malicious activations

• Poorly located sensors

• Poorly maintained systems If schools have more than two false alarms within 12 months of each other, they may be charged a $1,150 (incl GST) penalty, which will generally be waived if they act to resolve the cause (see NZFS False Alarms Policy.) If false alarms are regularly occurring at your school, please talk to your property advisor so they can work with you and the fire service to understand and resolve the causes.

Visitors to New Zealand Safety Guide Visitors to New Zealand Safety Guide Free Bullying-free NZ Week media kit and website preview Schools are gearing up for Bullying-free NZ Week (16-20 May) with the Bullying-free NZ school activity pack downloaded more than 700 times. Schools can now download or request a free Bullying-free NZ media kit to promote their upcoming projects or events to local or national media.

The new Bullying-free NZ website will launch at the beginning of the week (16 May) and will feature a range of bullying prevention tools and resources. Schools that subscribe to updates on the Bullying-free NZ week website will have the opportunity to preview it just before it launches.

Email info@bullyingfree.nz for more information on Bullying-free NZ Week or the new website.

New Zealand Privacy Week Today is the start of NZ Privacy Week. Careful management of personal information is important 365 days a year. This week is a specific time to reflect and reinforce the responsibilities that each of us have as custodians of personal, often sensitive information of children, students, parents, care-givers, suppliers and our colleagues. There is a constant need for each of us to take especially good care of this information.

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner has put together resources and guidance which are available online.

Netsafe has also produced some very helpful advice on how to handle information safely and securely. Their OWLS resource is designed to help communicate the concepts of privacy online to students.

NZ sign language week starts today NZ Sign Language week starts today; view resources and activities on our website PaCT workshops PaCT workshops are running nationwide, view dates and venues on the PaCT website Student Management System workshops Following sector feedback requesting professional learning support, the Connected Learning Advisory - Te Ara Whītiki is running a series of half-day workshops throughout term 2 on behalf of the Ministry of Education.

Our Student Information Sharing Initiative (SISI) team is working with the sector to design a consistent, secure, easily portable approach to student data. Good SMS use by schools and school leaders will become increasingly important as this initiative progresses.

The workshops are free of charge and will be held in 30 regional locations. These workshops will be useful to all schools, regardless of the SMS you use.

View workshop dates or register on the Core Education website NationalN Science science workshops 2016 From dependence to independence through a science cultural lens Free one-day science workshops are being held for science middle leaders, teachers in charge of science subjects and those aspiring to be.

They key focus is to identify and share curriculum, learning and assessment practices that will improve students’ retention, engagement and achievement. Much but not all of this workshop will centre on those students at risk of not achieving NCEA level 2 in 2017.

During this workshop participants will engage with concepts and practices to support:

• Culturally responsive science pedagogy.

• Writing to achieve in NCEA sciences.

• Development of scientific literacy across Level 4-8 of the New Zealand Curriculum.

Provided there are sufficient registrations, workshops will be held in following regions from 9am – 3pm:

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Teachers can enrol online here. For further information contact essadmin@otago.ac.nz or kate.

rice@otago.ac.nz View Issue 48 of the Bulletin for Northern and Central North workshops dates and locations.

Survey on the use of digital technologies in Māori medium settings We have contracted Haemata Ltd to undertake a survey with a sample of Māori medium kura and schools. The purpose of the survey is to find out how Māori medium kura are using digital technologies. The results will be used to inform future projects (such as the Connected Learning Resources project) to support Māori medium tumuaki and kaiako in the use of digital technologies for teaching and learning.

Kura identified through random sampling from the schools directory will be contacted by Haemata Ltd to explain the scope of the enquiry, and invite them to complete a short survey.

The survey will be available online and in a paper-based format in both English and te reo Māori.

We have kept the survey as short and simple as possible with around 30 questions which are mainly multiple choice. It should only take 10-15 minutes to complete.

The survey aims to contribute a Māori medium perspective to previous enquiries undertaken by Research NZ in 2014. You can view the 2014 report Digital Technologies in New Zealand School 2014 Report here Te Akatea NZ Māori Principals’ Association national conference Te Akatea NZ Māori Principals’ Association national conference, 4-5 August. View the conference programme here End of Watchdog internet and email filtering services Watchdog Corporation Limited will be ending its Watchdog Internet and Email Filtering service to schools on 30 June 2016. We sent a letter about this on 6 May to schools identified as still being a user of Watchdog services. If you believe you are using Watchdog but haven’t received a letter, please contact the N4L helpdesk by calling 0800 LEARNING (532 764) or email support@n4l.

co.nz N4L will be helping us to transition schools either to the N4L managed network, or to an interim solution if necessary.

Advanced Classroom Expertise Teacher expert panel submissions Reminder: Advanced Classroom Expertise Teacher expert panel submissions close 12 noon, 13 May.

Digital Assessment Reminder: Digital Assessment: 2016 trial and pilots – impact on Māori-medium settings.


General Information Items 1-3 have been included in full in the index under General Information.

Tai Tokerau secondary festival I was delighted to attend the 2016 Tai Tokerau festival, a secondary schools non-competitive kapa haka festival, at Otamatea High School on 13 April.

This year the focus was on guardianship of the language, the land and the people. Held over two days prior to the end of term 1, 28 secondary schools from across the region attended. Otamatea High School did a magnificent job of hosting this event.

The event included an activities area where people could learn and play traditional Māori games, including the fast-paced ball game Ki O Rahi; and Mau Rakau, the ancient martial art of using of Māori weapons.

Queenstown Resort College opening QRC Tai Tokerau Resort College opened its doors in Paihia on 14 April with 19 students enrolled from across Northland. A further 25 enrolments are due to start in July. The college will offer a Hospitality Management Diploma with Adventure Tourism Management planned to be introduced in 2017. The resort was opened by Reverend Bishop Ben Te Haara and the Honourable Minister Steven Joyce.

Air New Zealand Airpoints™ for Schools programme Congratulations to Te Kura o Otangarei for their successful application in the Airpoints™ for Schools programme. The school can receive public donations up to a total value of 10,000 Airpoints Dollars to redeem on flights for educational purposes. You might like to consider supporting the school via newsletters, your school website and community networks to encourage as many people as possible to donate their Airpoints.

With your donations, Te Kura o Otangarei plans to assist a group of students to get to Rarotonga to make connections with their tupuka waka and experience their very first plane trip.

Make a donation or see their story on the Air NZ website. Donations close 3 June.

Ngā mihi Hira

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supporting these schools via newsletters, your school website and community networks to encourage as many people as possible to donate their Airpoints.

With your donations, Aorere College aims to take a group of students to Samoa to volunteer at local schools so they can experience the islands where their parents and grandparents came from.

The VLN Primary school, made up of eight virtual rural remote schools, plan to meet in person for a project camp in Wellington.

Make a donation or see their stories on the Air NZ website. Donations close 3 June.

Feel free to call me on 09 632 9333 or email me at: isabel.evans@education.govt.nz Ngā mihi Isabel Evans

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You can read the achievement challenges (scroll down the page to Communities of Learning – Achievement Challenges) developed by 18 other Communities of Learning across the country to get a sense of what people are intending to focus on.

If you want to talk about establishing a Community of Learning, get in touch with your senior advisor, Bevan Smith or myself.

Celebrating success in the Waikato Mere Lawson-Nuri and I attended a special awards ceremony hosted by the School of Education at WINTEC. The occasion celebrated three graduating


• Gemma Harding, Outstanding Student Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)

• Thomas Malpass, Outstanding Student Graduate Diploma of Information Technology in Education (Level 7)

• Steven Miller, Outstanding Student Graduate Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Level 7) Mere and I with Thomas Malpass and his family.

It was great to hear about the experiences of these three award winners, and their hard work and dedication to their students and studies. It makes me proud to know they are a part of the teaching profession.

Putting whānau at the heart of early childhood education Tuia te here tangata – Making meaningful connections is a recent report published by the Education Review Office. It’s an insightful read that tells the story of five special puna whakatupu focused on whānau-wide learning. We know children are more likely to succeed in education when there are strong connections between home and school.

Triennial Elections Speaking of whānau...the elections for boards of trustees is well underway. There are many resources available to help if you need them, visit the New Zealand School Trustees website or contact NZSTA on 0800 ELECTION.

Trustee elections are one of the biggest democratic events in New Zealand, with schools and kura seeking approximately 12,000 parent representatives to represent their communities in setting the strategic direction and decision making for their schools. We’re going to try working in specific communities, with iwi and local organisations, to encourage people to put their names forward.

The communities we’ve focused on are Tokoroa, Huntly, Ngāruawāhia, Te Kuiti and Morrinsville. If you want to know more get in touch with Gavin Anderson or Lillian Pompey Health and safety for school leaders A reminder, we are here to support you with the newly released practical guide for boards of trustees and school leaders, which provides information on the new health and safety legislative changes, which took effect on 4 April, and will help you review your policies and procedures. If you require further information or assistance, contact your senior education advisor or Linda Fraser in our Hamilton office who is taking a lead on this regionally.

Measles update We have been asked by the Population Health Team at Waikato District Health Board to circulate the attached information to you. You will be aware there has been publicity regarding this latest measles outbreak in the Waikato area and you may have received this information via doctor’s practices and public health nurses.

• Measles update from Waikato District Health Board It is also a good reminder to ensure that your school and kura practices and procedures are known to parents and whānau; and that all your staff, parents and whānau are aware of the measles information.

Noho ora mai Paula

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