Last updated 11 November 2020
The material here provides information and guidance to support our steps through Covid-19 Alert Levels brought on by the virus outbreak.
There are also editable resources, activities and ideas to support teachers during this extended period. The material covers a range of contexts across age groups, curriculum and cultural perspectives.
Government: New Zealand COVID-19 Alert Levels Summary
Ministry Bulletin for School Leaders | He Pitopito Kōrero Special Editions 2020
Education Gazette 15 April Special April Covid-19 issue Distance learning, the importance of staying connected, and making wellbeing a priority
Education Gazette 6 May Scenes of a school at Alert Level 3 Bridging the digital divide, keeping Māori learners and whanau connected, what learning from home looks like
EOTC: Downloadable guidance from EONZ detailing EOTC and OE at Alert Level 2 (updated 3 June 2020).
Find advice including:
Presentation: EOTC and OE at Alert Level 2
Here is a recording of a Zoom presentation that unpacks the guidelines for Alert L2. Fiona McDonald, EOTC Support lead for the National EOTC Coordinator Database, unwraps the above guidance with a short slide show followed by question time.
Presentation: EOTC and OE at Alert Level 1
Direct further queries to Fiona via email@example.com.
Outdoor Recreation: Guidance for personal outdoor recreation during COVID-19 A dedicated website coordinated by the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council
Sport: Alert Level Information
COVID-19 Alert Level 2 Guidelines, prepared for Physical educators in Primary Intermediate and Secondary school environments and compiled by Physical Education New Zealand (PENZ)
COVID-19 Alert Level 3 Guidelines, Physical distancing at Alert Level 3
Kids Greening Taupo
Mountain bike skills
A video series of Practice at Home skills for mountain biking from New Zealand Mountain Biking. Really good for NCEA-level outdoor education.
Great activities from the Science Learning Hub Pokapū Akoranga Pūtaiao that can be adapted for home use as EOTC home projects and experiments.
Check out the material that can be taken outdoors on this super site, originally set up to support learners from ECE to yrs7-8 in Canterbury. Go to the Activities page, also see the Well-being walkabout and Sense of the Day.
Time in Nature has not been Cancelled
WMO for Youth
The World Meteorological Organization website has superb material focused on a youth audience that can be adapted for home. activities are not NZ=specific.
Adventure Reels Kids
Adventure Reels offers uniquely curated film festival programs to committed and dedicated audiences in Australia, New Zealand and beyond. Currently, 'Kids - Specific' Adventure Reels Kids content is being offered.
The Ecologist School
From the USA, Families in Nature offers a range of awesome activities on a wide range of weekly themed topics that can be adapted for New Zealand contexts.
This site seeks to engage and empower young people to be problem-solvers for the planet and has good material for adaptation to your programs. Select from the range of topics and type.
Bringing Outdoor Learning Home
USA-based Green School Yards offers stunning Math and Art activities and more. These are easily adapted to home and local outdoor contexts.
From EOTC on TKI
13 potential activities that could be adapted for home learning These are in WORD, so content, learning intentions and learning areas can easily be adapted for your students.
50 Mini Nature Adventures
Bamff Mountain Film Festival
Free online films Make cool connections to your programmes and your students.
Apps for backyard plant identification
Flora Finder iPhone iPad use only
NZ Trees Compatible with all devices
Plant snap For plants world-wide. iPhone iPad use only
Kā Huru Manu, The Ngāi Tahu Cultural Mapping Project
A superb resource website and atlas that can be used in a range of contexts (South Island)
Where are we today?
Go to the Mountain Safety Council Facebook page and take a guess at where in the country the photo/graphic, updated daily, is located.
Wild your Child
Check out the Craftlap NZ Wild Child App
National EOTC Coordinator Database
Dedicated email support for EOTC coordinators and those with queries about school EOTC management processes.
Online EOTC Management Learning Modules
An opportunity to familiarise, upskill, update on key aspects of current good practice EOTC management
Learning from our past
Former teacher and principal Wairangi Jones reflects on how lessons learned from a disaster long ago have relevance for teachers and kaiako today, as we grapple with the uncertainties of Covid-19.
Colouring in your VIRTUAL White Spaces
This blog by renowned New Zealand educationalist Ann Milne follows her thinking as we've moved into remote learning brought on by the pandemic. It is a MUST READ. You can access a Webinar by the same name, audit your school's white spaces and delve into other material such as this Colouring in the White Spaces: The Warrior-Researchers of Kia Aroha College piece.
Leading through Disruption
Webinar#5 - Leading through disruption, from a series from Deploy Learning and Unstruck Learning Design
Disrupt ED Inverviews - Check these out! Join Claire Amos from Albany Senior High School talking to a range of teachers from Hobsonville Point Secondary School, Rototuna High School, Point Chevalier School, Wellington High School, Taranaki Diocesan School for Girls and more.
Outdoor education: what are we educating for?
Thinking critically about the place of outdoor education as it relates to the BIG ISSUES of our time.
Free online courses in Te Reo Māori and Tikanga Māori from Massey University.
Half-hour Te Reo lesson broadcasts from Māori Television. Full 5 series
Professor Wally Penetito speaks on placed-based curriculum, pedagogy, and the idea of challenging your “taken-for-granted” world
Dig into this call for action, a rich resource for schools and teachers to incorporate sustainability and global citizenship across their school curriculum. Start here
13/05/20 Changes to address the COVID-19 impact: postponement of NCEA exam schedule by a week to allow a longer teaching period and more - from the Beehive and NZQA.
Skills Active Aotearoa: Guidelines for Schools and Providers: Assessment during Covid-19 alert levels
Also, Lockdown/Upskill information sheets, designed to support Skills Active trainees during this period with practical tips and ideas on continuing their professional development at home. The sheets include Bushcraft, Mountain Biking, and Rock Climbing.
Education Gazette Special April Covid-19 issue Support for Educators during covid-19. Well worth reading.
30 Days of Yoga with Adrienne
Five Ways to Wellbeing
Find more wellbeing strategies you can share with others at the Mental Health Foundation