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

  • Safeguarding during Covid-19: A Victim’s Perspective
    on May 29, 2020 at 3:01 pm

    Almost 500 people from 70 countries registered for a webinar sponsored by the International Safeguarding Conference on the theme “A Safer Church” on Friday afternoon.

  • Why we pray during a global pandemic
    on May 29, 2020 at 2:42 pm

    During times of great uncertainty, small moments of meaning inevitably emerge that invite us to think differently about our present situation.

  • Russia admits higher Covid-19 deathtoll amid journalist detentions
    on May 29, 2020 at 1:17 pm

    Russian authorities admit that more people have died of Covid-19 than previously disclosed. The government is also accused of misusing the pandemic to suppress dissent by detaining journalists and other critics.

  • Covid-19 and the future of the European economy
    on May 29, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    In an interview with Vatican Radio, the CEO of Social Justice Ireland talks about the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic and the path forward.

  • Covid-19: Masses resume in Timor-Leste churches
    on May 29, 2020 at 12:33 pm

    The resumption of Masses, under continuing health protocols, comes after no new Covid-19 cases were reported in the last two weeks. However, the government has extended the state of emergency by a month.