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Two unmissable opportunities for sport coaches

Sport NZ has recently highlighted two opportunities for coaches – Coaching for Impact (applications closing 30th November) and the iCoachKids Conference, an online event from 3-4 December.

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Extra support for beginning teachers impacted by COVID-19

The Teaching Council has developed an enhanced induction and mentoring programme for beginning teachers who have been impacted by COVID-19. The programme provides additional support for beginning teachers who have had reduced practical experience during their initial teacher education as a result of the COVID-19 lockdowns. The programme will be delivered nationwide by the University of Auckland and is fully funded by the Ministry of Education.

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Practising garden safety the key to avoiding legionnaires’ disease

Springtime is an ideal time to get out in the garden…it’s also a time to protect yourself from legionella disease. Legionella lives in moist, organic matter such as soil and can cause a range of symptoms, including severe pneumonia (Legionnaires’ Disease) and it can be deadly. People can catch the disease by inhaling airborne droplets or particles containing the bacteria.

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School sustainability projects to help boost regional economies

Forty one schools from the Far North to Southland will receive funding for projects that will reduce schools’ emissions and save them money. This is the second round of the Sustainability Contestable Fund, and work will begin immediately. The first round announced in April supported projects at 53 schools. These initiatives will reduce carbon emissions and costs for schools across the country.

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NCEA & NZ Scholarship Exams underway

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has recognised the extraordinary challenges students have faced this year, ahead of NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams which begin today.

“I want to congratulate students for their hard work during a year of unprecedented disruption, and I wish students all the best as they begin exams,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins said.

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New CEO of Sport NZ

Raelene Castle ONZM has been appointed as the next CEO of Sport NZ. She replaces Peter Miskimmin, who steps down on 11 December after 11 years in the role. Ms Castle will commence her role on 15 December. Raelene Castle is one of Australasia’s leading sports administrators, having most recently held the positions of CEO at Rugby Australia and the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs. Prior to this she was CEO of Netball New Zealand from 2007 to 2013.

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15 March 2019 Christchurch Lockdown Review

As a result of the events on March 15 in Christchurch, the Ministry contracted KPMG to provide an independent review of the education sector’s response on the day.

The review was based on input from a wide range of stakeholders, including leaders and staff from schools and early learning services in Canterbury, parents, children, young people, NZ Police and Ministry of Education. The report was released in August 2020. The Ministry of Education, NZ Police and representatives of early learning services and schools, have now completed the majority of the recommended actions. These include:

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Advice for Summer sports codes delivering youth sport

COVID-19 has had a huge impact on this year’s winter sport season and Sport NZ believes there’s plenty the summer codes can learn from their seasonal counterparts. Alert level restrictions have made event organisation difficult, and running community sport challenging, especially in the Auckland region. Yet most of New Zealand’s sports codes have successfully found a way through alert levels, giving young kiwis a chance to do what they love.

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New Curriculum Lead positions advertised

Advertising is underway for new Curriculum Lead positions announced in the 2020 Budget. The regionally based positions will strengthen the Ministry’s frontline support for curriculum and will focus on wellbeing. The Ministry wants teachers and leaders to have access to a range of support for quality curriculum design and delivery, and these Curriculum Lead roles will provide hands-on support to teachers and kaiako in schools, kura, early learning services and kōhanga reo.

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New tools to make nature more accessible

People planning to head outdoors now have a resource that lets them know how accessible an area is for people with varying levels of mobility. The Halberg Foundation, Sensibel, and the Department of Conservation (DOC) have launched Accessibel, a new tool which helps communicate the accessibility of walkways, waterways and cycle ways.

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