Please find below our community noticeboard, containing education surveys or information that may be of interest to you and your school.
Please note the below bulletins are not associated with SPANZ and if you have any queries regarding these to please contact the person in the listing.
If you would like to include your educational survey/notice* on our Noticeboard please contact us via: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Please note, SPANZ reserves the right to remove any notice or decline including at our discretion
Upcoming NZCER Survey
Every 3 years the NZCER national survey gives us really good information about what is happening in secondary schools. Early in August, questionnaires are going to all principals at state and state-integrated secondary schools.
Please take the time to contribute.
SPANZ finds this information really valuable in our role of representing you.
Public Lecture: Formative Assessment - from high hopes to sober reality
The University of Auckland have a public lecture on formative assessment coming up that might be of interest. Please follow here for further information.
Tomorrow's Schools Review
The Independent Taskforce, charged with reviewing the way our schools are governed, managed and administered, wants to hear principals’ views and experiences of the schooling system. What’s working well? What’s not? What changes are needed to meet the challenges we face and to achieve equity and excellence?
Some of the issues the Taskforce want to hear about are:
- How well our schools are meeting the needs and aspirations of every child who walks in their gate, and how effectively schools are supported by government education agencies in this task.
- How we can improve the way schools work together.
- The impact of increased competition between schools.
- Whether enrolment schemes are working fairly.
- How effectively boards of trustees are working.
- How the performance and quality of individual schools, and the schooling system as a whole, can be better assessed.
Find out more and have your say on the Tomorrow’s Schools Review website: http://conversation.education.govt.nz/tsr
Warren Trust Awards for Architectural Writing
Entries are invited into this year’s Warren Trust Awards for Architectural Writing. The annual writing competition, organised by the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) with the support of the Warren Trust, has two entry categories: open and secondary school.
The deadline for entries is 10 September 2018. Results will be announced in October.
For more details go the NZIA website: www.nzia.co.nz.
BNZ and Closed for Good
At Bank of New Zealand our purpose is to enable a high achieving NZ and as a bank we do that by helping our customers be good with money. Closed for Good is the largest single corporate volunteering day in New Zealand. At BNZ, we close our headquarters, regional hubs and our local branches nationwide and send all our staff out in the community for the day. 2018 is the 9th year we’ve held Closed for Good and it’s something all our employees look forward to.
As an organisation, we’re very aware that financial literacy for New Zealand is an important area where we can make a difference. Over the last few years of Closed for Good, there has been an increasing focus on teaching financial capability and many of our employees have been out in the community sharing these skills. This has been very successful and in 2018, we’re focusing all of our activity on increasing the financial know-how on three main areas:
- Kindergarten children
- Young adults and Teenagers
For further information please go to: www.closedforgood.org
The Learning Disabilities Association Wairarapa
LDA has much pleasure in inviting you to attend the annual conference of the New Zealand Learning Disabilities Association which is to be held at the Solway Copthorne Hotel, Masterton from Friday 6 July to Sunday 8 July. All with an interest in, and concern for those who are falling through the gaps in our education system and their families, are most welcome. Part-time attendance is possible. As you will see from the list below we have a number of very interesting speakers who will present new ideas, new information and new research findings relevant to those who experience school failure and often subsequent and unnecessary difficult challenges in their lives.
Other details such as registration and costs for the weekend are on the LDANZ website: ldanz.org.nz or contact LDA Wairarapa. To assist with catering we would very much appreciate it if we could receive your RSVP by 30 June at email@example.com or phone 06 370 8032
Invitation to accompany the student delegation as a guest of the Qingdao Education Bureau
The Qingdao Education Bureau and Foreign Relations Office extends an invitation to local government and school representatives with a keen interest in international growth and development opportunities with China.
A program has been developed for those interested to attend from 16 to 20 July and participate in government meetings, school and/or regional presentations, visit local schools and attend the opening and closing ceremonies of the summit.
In-country expenses are covered with the exception of your airfare, hotel and breakfast which is approximately $120 per night inclusive and perhaps one casual dinner evening.
This is a wonderful opportunity for those who a relatively new to the China market. We would be delighted to have you join us.
ASB - Fraud Awareness
ASB have been seeing an increase of phishing scams which lately some of our customers have been clicking on.
We wish to remind you that ASB will never ask you by email for your secure banking information (account or credit card details, password, PIN number or Net Code details) or ask you to login to your account from an email. ASB will always ask you to login through our website and you should do so by typing either fnb.asb.co.nz or www.asb.co.nz (and selecting FastNet business) directly into your browser address bar.
If you have received an email with a request to login please ignore it as it is most likely a phishing scam designed to get your banking details . If in doubt, please feel free to send the email through to us at Phishing@asb.co.nz
TeachNZ 2019 Teacher Study Awards
The TeachNZ 2019 Teacher Study Awards are open, more information on the available Study Awards, Study Support Grants and Sabbaticals can be found here: https://www.teachnz.govt.nz/teacher-awards/table-of-2018-study-awards-sabbaticals-and-study-support-grants/
Education Council: The Code of Professional Responsibility and Standards for the Teaching Profession
The Code of Professional Responsibility and Standards for the Teaching Profession Ngā Tikanga Matatika mō te Haepapa Ngaiotanga me Ngā Paerewa mō te Umanga Whakaakoranga set out what it means to be a teacher in Aotearoa New Zealand. We’re working with the profession to build understanding of what they look like in practice.
We’re looking for teachers and professional leaders to help us with this and we’re hoping you can help us spread the word. So far, we’ve partnered with teachers to develop resource materials and co-facilitate workshops to build our collective knowledge of the Code and Standards.
We found that co-facilitation of workshops:
- was highly valued by the participants
- meant authentic, relevant, current examples were incorporated into the content
- reinforced the Council’s commitment to self-management by the profession.
Now that we’ve seen the contribution these teachers have made to the Council and the profession, we are keen to grow this project to increase its impact. We’re asking teachers and professional leaders to express their interest in helping us develop resources for the Code and Standards, and to facilitate workshops. Can you help us distribute this registration of interest form? Those who are interested can fill in the form here.
We would like teachers to self-identify and be endorsed by their professional leader. We have developed a set of attributes that we believe a teacher would exhibit to be successful in this role, and you'll find them listed in the form. These are based on the professional learning partnerships we have already put in place with principals and teachers.
If you have any questions or feedback about this approach please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
29th Australasian Association for Engineering Education 2018
Please refer to flyer below for more details -
SURVEY: Teaching & Learning Research Initiative: Information literacy project
This three-year research project involves a team of secondary and tertiary librarians, teachers, and researchers aiming to better understand the contribution that school and tertiary libraries can make to New Zealand students’ information literacy skills. The project is funded by the Teaching and Learning Research Initiative.
The project team are looking for secondary school senior management to tell them more about practice, policy and perceptions in relation to information literacy and the role of the library. Each survey takes 10-20 minutes to complete and survey responses are entirely anonymous. No individual, school or subject association will be identifiable in our final report.
Complete the survey and share your perspective at: https://vuw.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3JExer9igsQtoup.
Please also share this link with other teaching and school library colleagues who might be keen to participate. The project team are keen to hear from as many people as possible.
AKILLA Drowsy Driving Educational Campaign
In 2005 New Zealand Sleep Safety Ltd established the AKILLA Drowsy Driving Educational campaign in the absence of any other education on drowsy driving/driver fatifue on the roads in New Zealand. They offer great resources for your school. Their website can be viewed here: www.akilla.co.nz
Thinking about University?
Copies of the ‘Thinking about University?’ book were sent out to all Secondary Principals’, if you have not received please contact: Universities New Zealand for your copy: http://www.universitiesnz.ac.nz/contact
Water Only Schools - The NZ Dental Association
The New Zealand Dental Association cares about the health of Kiwi kids. This is why we are so keen on encouraging all schools in New Zealand to adopt a water only policy. Children do not need to be consuming sugary drinks at school – it negatively affects their health, including their teeth. The World Health Organization recommends that adults have a maximum of 6 teaspoons of sugar per person per day and young children only 3 teaspoons per day. Shockingly, if a child has one can of soft drink they are consuming 3 days’ worth of sugar in one go! Energy drinks are particularly unsuitable for children as not only are they packed full of sugar, but also caffeine and other stimulants. We believe it is an opportunity for principals to show leadership by adopting a water only policy at your school.
The Water-only policy template is available at: https://education.govt.nz/school/student-support/student-wellbeing/health-and-wellbeing-programmes/why-promote-healthy-lifestyles/
Tots to Teens
Teens or Tweens in the house? Tots to Teens is getting an older sibling: The Teen Age, a new resource for parents raising teens (and teens themselves)! It can be confronting and confusing for parents to suddenly have decisions to make around dating, driving, alcohol, and the changing personalities of their offspring... Oh, bring back the Terrible Twos! But the teenage years are also creative, exciting, interesting, and full of adventure, and we want to provide a wonderful resource for this next stage of parenthood. Sign up for our monthly newsletter full of great advice, ideas recipes and prizes: http://totstoteens.us12.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=0d9dfcf65b291d0ad04f3e9b5&id=32ee81c69e