New Zealand School Journal

The New Zealand School Journal is a periodical children's educational publication in New Zealand. Founded in 1907 by the Department of Education, it is one of the world's longest-running publications for children. Since 2013 it has been published by the private firm Lift Education. The journal's main goal since its foundation has been to educate children and improve their literacy, but it has also had an influence on the cultural life of New Zealand. In its early years the journal reflected the country's position as a dominion of the British Empire and content was largely from overseas, but since the 1940s many notable New Zealand writers and artists have contributed to the journal, with children's author Margaret Mahy describing it as "one of New Zealand's leading literary magazines".[3] The journal included content about Māori culture from its inception, but only began to include extensive content by Māori and Pasifika writers in the latter part of the 20th century.

New Zealand School Journal
Cover, July 1916
EditorSusan Paris and David Chadwick[1]
CategoriesEducational
Circulation750,000 (yearly)[2]
First issueMay 1907; 115 years ago (1907-05)
CompanyLift Education
Websiteinstructionalseries.tki.org.nz/Instructional-Series/School-Journal
ISSN0111-6355
OCLC173344941

As of 2021 around 750,000 copies are published annually, and since 2014 the journal has also been published online in PDF form. Each issue is published in three parts corresponding to year 4 (ages 8–9), years 5–6 (ages 9–10) and years 7–8 (ages 11–13). Issues feature a mixture of stories, non-fiction articles, plays and poetry.


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