2020 Term 1 Report

Some key information for the beginning of the year. (Pre Corona Lock-Down) Best wishes to you and your whānau.)

2019 December Report

This RSTAANZ Report outlines particular topics discussed at the executive committee meeting in Auckland, and of interest to members.


Review of Achievement Standards (RAS) pilot for Religious Studies

From the Ministry of Education:

Between late September 2019 and April 2020 we will undertake a two phase pilot process for the development of achievement standards and curriculum support resources with three NCEA subjects including Religious Studies.

This pilot is designed to test and refine the process for development of a new matrix, standards and assessment resources for our subject as well as training products and templates for the wider review.

A Religious Studies Subject Expert Group (SEG) consisting of 8 members has been set up for this pilot, with representatives from secondary and tertiary and includes teachers who bring a strong Pacific and Māori learner focus. There will also be NZQA input into the SEG.

The Religious Studies SEG met for two days recently to scope out the work ahead.

In phase 1, between September and December 2019, the Religious Studies SEG will develop a learning matrix which identifies the significant learning at curriculum levels 6 – 8. This learning matrix is a new step in the review and will help clarify the most important learning at each level across senior secondary. They will then use that learning matrix to develop a draft assessment matrix with four achievement standard outlines.

A key part of the SEG’s work will be the development of a fresh Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Guide (TLAG) which will capture their ideas about teaching and assessment programmes and the rationale for decisions made.

The sector will be invited to provide feedback on the draft phase 1 products from late November 2019 through late January 2020. This will be the first opportunity for the sector to comment on the direction the work is taking.

Phase 2 (between February and April 2020) will involve refining the phase 1 products and developing several assessment resources for each standard. These will be tested with the sector (around April) before NZQA verifies the entire assessment package ready for trialling in schools during 2021.


Subject Association AGM – 2019

The AGM took place on Thursday August 8th in Palmerston North. Andrew Murray presented the chair-person’s 2018-2019 annual report which was unanimously received.


Subject Associations Forum documents – 2019

This information comes from the gathering of all subject associations held in Wellington in April, at which Andrea Craig represented RSTAANZ.


Religious Studies – A Scholarship Subject from 2020!

It’s official! NZQA has approved RS for scholarship from 2020 and beyond. Thanks so much to all involved. It’s an exciting time for this important and valued subject.


The news feeds below are not as representative as we would like, but it is a start. Please, let us know of quality RSS feeds which should be added.

News Feeds

  • The public backlash, a Cardinal, and the Vatican
    on April 8, 2020 at 7:30 am

    George Pell has been acquitted in the High Court and freed from jail for Easter. But will the cardinal return to a position of power in the global Catholic Church? And, a long-time friend of George Pell, Dr Bernadette Tobin joins the program. Also, the Palestinian Muslim who has spent his life as guardian of one of Christianity’s holiest shrines.

  • Covid-19 - but the college Big Band played on
    by denisohagan on April 7, 2020 at 8:01 am

    Sancta Maria College, in Flat Bush, has used social media to allow their Big Band to perform together during the current... Read more

  • Love George Pell or loathe him, we should all be grateful that justice has been delivered
    by sam on April 7, 2020 at 8:00 am

    Some Australians, including many victims of child sexual abuse, revile George Pell. Others hold him in high esteem. Neither of... Read more

  • The 10 best Irish movies of all time
    by denisohagan on April 6, 2020 at 8:20 am

    What makes a movie stay in your memory and you watch it over and over again? Ireland has a proud tradition of producing some of... Read more

  • Heaven and Hell
    by sam on April 6, 2020 at 8:13 am

    When the human soul becomes aware of itself, it develops a marvellous desire to grow. It seeks spiritual food. In the early... Read more