The Moodle in NZ Schools edition offers functionality beyond standard Moodle. It is available for Moodle 2.7 and 2.8.
The Moodle in NZ Schools project started in 2009 and was launched officially in July 2009. Its purpose was to promote the use of Moodle in New Zealand schools and make it possible for Moodle users in New Zealand to share discussions and ask questions. Additionally, a version of Moodle was created that included a number of plugins that schools wanted to use at the time and also provided easy ways of getting a school logo uploaded and a customized theme with configurable options from within Moodle.
Since then, Catalyst has been keeping the Moodle version current with security updates and has also been issuing new versions of Moodle for the NZ Schools edition when they became available.
In 2010, Moodle HQ moved to Moodle 2 and a 6-monthly release cycle. Bug fixes and new features are now flowing into Moodle much more rapidly than in the past. A number of features that made the Moodle in NZ Schools version special are now built directly into Moodle itself. Schools nowadays also have different requirements in regard to themes and plugins making it more difficult to have a version of Moodle that would fit the majority of schools. Therefore, we decided to discontinue the schools edition.
However, Catalyst is committed to providing security updates for Moodle 2.7 and Moodle 2.8, the supported releases of Moodle for which the NZ Schools edition currently exists. Anyone using either of these two versions can still download security updates until they run out of Moodle HQ support. For Moodle 2.7 the support will end in May 2017 (long-term support) and for Moodle 2.8 the support will end in May 2016.
We would like to thank everyone who has been involved in getting Moodle in NZ Schools off the ground, shaped its online presence, discussed Moodle questions and used the edition over the past years. Moodle continues to be a very strong learning management system. The end of Moodle in NZ Schools reflects the fact that the world wide community has provided a standard Moodle edition that is more usable for NZ schools and negates the need for a special edition.
If you require assistance moving to a standard version of Moodle, wish to upgrade to a newer version or have any other questions, please contact the Catalyst Moodle team at firstname.lastname@example.org.