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A note for parents


If you are a parent, thank you for taking an interest in your child's education by visiting our site.

The New Zealand Curriculum has a vision for young people to be confident, connected, actively involved lifelong learners. You can help make that vision a reality for your child.

Newspapers in Education (NiE), in partnership with a range of community minded businesses offers a Literacy in the Home programme. Each newspaper region selects homes in lower decile areas to deliver free newspapers during the school year. Young readers are likely to develop a regular reading habit and show increased interest in their communities, while the  benefits of parents being involved in their children's education is proven.

Reading the newspaper exposes students to a range of real life situations and points of view, helps them keep up with the news and get an understanding about how the media works. These are vital skills in today's fast changing educational landscape.

You can help your child develop literacy skills by reading NiE pages that are stored in the NiE archive on this site with him/her, and discussing the ideas and issues they raise. You can also download lessons that you can work through with your children.

Explore the rest of the newspaper and create a reading habit that will last for the rest of their lives.

The newspaper is a great model to show how a news report is written.

Online, kids can use Front Page Builder to build their own front page . They click and drag the supplied pictures, and write the stories and captions to go with them, or load their own pictures and become the!  Have a play yourself! We guarantee you'll have  fun.


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