Education Noticeboard

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:

*Please note, SPANZ reserves the right to remove any notice or decline including at our discretion

Bullying-Free NZ Week, Monday 13 - Friday 17 May

Start planning your Bullying-Free NZ Week, Monday 13 – Friday 17 May

New Zealand’s annual nationwide Bullying-Free NZ Week starts on Monday 13 May and ends Friday 17 May with the Mental Health Foundation’s Pink Shirt Day.

Our theme this year is ‘Whakanuia Tōu Āhua Ake! Celebrating Being Us!’ The week provides a great opportunity for students to celebrate what makes them unique – such as talents, interests, appearance, disability, culture, beliefs, race, gender or sexuality – and encourage schools to build environments where everyone is welcome, safe and free from bullying.

For ideas and a recap of what schools did this year, head to the Bullying-Free NZ website, where you’ll also find a range of resources, tools and information to help schools understand and address bullying at their school.

National Association of Secondary Deputy and Assistant Principals Conference

  • The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington

  • 7-9 August 2019

Go Mad!

Go out and make a difference

The 2019 NASDAP Conference is being held at Te Papa in Wellington and will inspire you to jump out of your comfort zone, finding the inspiration to be more resilient, involved and informed in your roles as AP/DP’s. Join us to gain new perspectives and practical ideas to help you Go Out & Make a Difference in your own lives and the lives of those around you.

Have a look at the line up of keynote speakers which include Marcus Akuhata-Brown, Lucy Hone, Ann Milne, Ian Taylor, Nigel Latta and Mike King who has just been announced Kiwibank’s New Zealander of the Year.

There will also be a range of workshops on offer (announced in April) on topics including:

  • Cultural

  • Wellbeing

  • Curriculum innovation

  • Digital knowledge/skills/future

  • Creativity

  • Leadership

  • Understanding the teenage brain

Delegates will be able to enjoy several networking events and a full trade exhibition ensuring time spent at the conference informs and strengthens community connections.

Questions? Email or call 04 384 1511.

The Future of Youth Wellbeing Symposium

Rangitoto College together with School ITV, invite you to attend "The Future of Youth Wellbeing Symposium" on Friday 15th March, 9.30am - 2.00pm.

Please refer to the attached flyer and agenda for more information.

New Zealand Sign Language Interpreters for Deaf Parents

The Ministry of Education contracts Deaf Aotearoa's iSign service to provide Deaf parents/carers with New Zealand Sign Language interpreting services to enable them to participate in their children's schooling. Its at no cost to the school or parents so just contact iSign.

Refer to link for further information.

Resilience Programme – Special SPANZ Offer

The Resilience Institute has developed a research-based programme to improve resilience. The primary purpose is to help schools grow and protect their people.  The programme delivers multiple benefits including increased performance (physical, emotional and mental) and reducing risk (safety, mental health and illness).  Our programme has been used widely across the world by over 300 organisations and includes over 21,000 assessments and demonstrating an average increase in resilience of 38%. 

The programme is based on utilising the Institute’s innovative diagnostic and digital tools.  See for further information.

Special Offer - Resilience Programme including Resilience Diagnostic, Goal Keeper and access to online training (33 videos, quizzes, weekly bulletins) 

  • $135.00 per participant - usual price (excl GST)

  • $63.00 per participant - special SPANZ price (excl GST)

  • 53% Discount!

Webinars and workshops/symposia are additional to this offer.

They’d be happy to provide you with a proposal or arrange a presentation and demonstration of the programme prior to you committing to it.  To take advantage of this offer please contact The Resilience Institute directly before Friday 21st December 2018.

If you wish to commit to the offer but would like to schedule it for the next financial year you will need to include the programme in your 2019 budget.

The Heart Foundation - CPR in Schools

The Heart Foundation is currently assessing the feasibility of introducing the “CPR in Schools” programme to New Zealand, for students Years 9 and above. The programme consists of a Training Kit which enables schools to teach their students the two simple steps of CPR and other lifesaving skills. The kit is easy to use and can be facilitated by anyone. This programme has been successfully introduced in several other countries, including the UK and USA, under the banner of “Kids Save Lives”, in recent years. The aim of the programme is to increase the rates of bystander CPR as outcomes from cardiac arrest dramatically improve when a patient receives immediate CPR and defibrillation in the first few minutes. When combined with bystander CPR, the use of an AED can more than double the chances of survival.

The New Zealand Heart Foundation is currently conducting a survey of New Zealand secondary and composite schools to hear their thoughts on the programme, including whether it sounds like something they would be interested in delivering to their students. The survey is aimed at school principals, or heads of health or physical education at schools.

Given the membership base of SPANZ, I was hoping that you might be able to please pass this email on to your members to raise awareness of this survey? The multi-choice survey can be accessed via this link (it should take less than 5 minutes to complete):

Click here for the survey

Thank you very much for your help. Should you have any particular questions on the survey or programme, you can get in touch with Jacinta Cording at or 021 307 231.

Education Payroll - End of Year screens are open

 End of Year screens opened 10 October. The annual End of Year/Start of Year (EOY/SOY) process is under way, and payroll administrators are now able to enter employees’ pay change details.

Resources to help are available on the Novopay website – including PDF guides and links to self-paced learning modules. There’s also a new “Terminations Decision Tree” – a clickable PDF that guides payroll staff to the information they need.

If principals or payroll staff require any further assistance, they can ring their dedicated payroll adviser.

Screens close 5pm Monday 26 November, by which time all instructions must be entered and the “EOY Complete” button pressed.


Why do we need the End of Year/Start of Year process?

Between October and March every year, 40% of school employees require changes to their payroll records. This happens because schools close for the holidays, holiday payments are made, and contract changes are implemented. Meeting the End of Year deadline of 26 November ensures that all changes are processed in time for the holidays.

What happens if a school does not complete EOY before the deadline?

If schools do not complete EOY in time, they may cause under- and overpayments for their staff over the holidays. It is the school’s responsibility to ensure the process is complete before the deadline.

What if a school has no changes to any of their employees’ details between 2018 and 2019?

Even if a school has nothing to input in the End of Year screens, they still need to click the “EOY Complete” button.

When do Start of Year screens open?

Once the EOY screens have closed and the data processed, Start of Year screens will open Wednesday 12 December.


Novopay Payslips to Arrive by Email

Important information regarding your payslip:

So that all teachers and support staff get their payslips in a timely, secure and reliable way, Education Payroll (who run the Novopay service) will soon be sending them out solely via email. This means payslips will no longer be sent through the post.
Anyone who currently receives paper payslips will need to provide a working email address in order to have their payslips sent to them.
You may want to encourage the staff at your school to supply you or another Authorised User with a working email address if they’re getting their payslips in the post.  10 October 2018 is the last pay for which payslips are posted to employees. From 24 October all payslips will be via email.

Why are paper Novopay Payslips stopping?

  • Postal delivery of payslips is slow and inefficient. Many people receive payslips very late, or not at all.

  • With email, employees will have copies that they can easily access at any time.

  • Email is also more secure, as the payslip is password-protected.

  • Emailed payslips have a smaller environmental footprint.

How can I or our payroll administrator update an employee’s email address?
You can just send us an email with the details.  Put “Email address” in the header, then provide the employee’s MOE Number, Employee Name and the email address. Send it through to
(On this occasion only, please don’t use Novopay online to change the employee’s email address. We’ll do that in the system.)

What about teachers and support staff who don’t have access to email?
If an employee does not have a personal email address, they may use their school email address (if they have one) to receive their payslip. Otherwise, they will need to set one up. There are many free email services such as Gmail that can be used.

How will employees know they need to supply an email address?
Employees who receive their payslip via post will get a message along with their final three posted payslips to make them aware of the change and asking them supply their school’s payroll administrator with an email address.

When are paper payslips stopping?
The last time paper payslips will be sent via the post is 10 October 2018. From the following payday (24 October) all payslips will be via email.

Fast and Effective assessment: How to reduce your workload and improve student learning.

Date : 20th September 2018 

Time : Noon (Melbourne Time)

Duration 60 mins (45 Min Presentation and 15 Mins Q & A)

Cost : Free 

Please click on link to register:

A post event recording will be made available to everyone that registers 

Providing helpful feedback while keeping up with marking and managing a successful work/life balance is one of the biggest challenges of teaching. This webcast explores practical strategies for quickly creating quality feedback that are easy to incorporate into your everyday teaching practice.

Glen was a teacher at Eltham High School and board member of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority. He works throughout Australia as an educational consultant, specializing in engaging instructional practice, feedback and assessment and workload reduction for teachers.

Bond University - Future of Jobs

You are invited to a special evening with Bond University Vice Chancellor and President, Professor Tim Brailsford on the Future of Jobs, and facilitated by Hon. Nikki Kaye, MP Auckland Central.  Join us to hear from keynote speakers, Professor Jeffrey Brand and a special guest speaker from Ernst & Young New Zealand on forward-facing technology, trends and future prospects for employment in today's age of digital disruption.

You'll get an industry and academic view on how new digital technologies are shaping the workforce and how Bond University is committed to preparing graduates to face any future.  This event is open to all students, parents, and others interested in the future of employment.

Date: Wednesday, 22 August, 2018, Time: 6pm - 7.30pm
Venue: Centennial Theatre, Auckland Grammar School, Mountain Road, Epsom, Auckland
Refreshments will be provided

Places will be limited, so please register using the button below to secure your spot register here


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:


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:


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

  • Seniors

For further information please go to:


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: or contact LDA Wairarapa.  To assist with catering we would very much appreciate it if we could receive your RSVP by 30 June at 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.

Register here

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 or (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

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:



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

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:

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.

You can follow the link to learn more about the project or contact the project leaders Lisa Emerson and Ken Kilpin


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:


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:


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:


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: