#10 Newsletter 2023

« Back to News

Rāmere, te 4 o te Akuhata 2023

Orewarewa whenua, puāwai māhuri

On the fertile ground of Orewa, the sapling blooms

Competition – Each week we will have a competition. One lucky winner will receive a $20 Millie’s Coffee voucher! It’s simple, just email your answer to [email protected]

Congratulations to    Ngaire Askew    this week’s winner! 

This Week’s Question/Pātai o te Wiki: What does the kīwaha/colloquium 

“Kōrero mai anō” translate to? 


Have something to share? Get in contact with one of our Across School Leaders – we would love to hear from you!

[email protected] Te ao Māori

[email protected] Hauora

[email protected] Future Ready

[email protected] 21st Century Learning


More Matariki Snippets

Matariki is going from strength to strength in our Kāhui, driven further to the fore by the creation of the Public Holiday in 2022. This year we had so many photos sent through that we have had to spread them over two editions. 

.    .   

Above: Students from Dairy Flat School wove kites/manu together. Whaea Amy-Lee Gould lends a hand (Top Right)




Above: At Orewa Beach School, ākonga baked and decorated whetū / star biscuits to celebrate.


Above: Orewa Primary School had a massive turnout for a Matariki breakfast with whānau and, tamariki and staff.

Upskilling the Team

Whaea Leanne Stevenson at Wainui School has been focused this term on upskilling their kaiako in bite-sized pieces. 

She has been making screencasting for the staff to show them how to use different digital tools. With everyone being time-poor the short video (7 minutes) is a quick and easy way to communicate a new learning opportunity for staff. 

In this video she is sharing Classroom Screen. Which a great tool to use in the classroom, everyday.


Visual Arts + Adobe Express (Beta)

Leanne has also been looking at the artwork of Andy Goldsworthy, the students then used his work for inspiration and created their own environmental artwork. They photgraphed it and then we used Beta version of Express Adobe and they manipulated the image to become their final artwork. Slides showing end product HERE. Lesson plan here.

Need to note –  Express Adobe is 13+ so the use of this app was one-to-one with the kaiako.




Kōrero mai anō

Core-rdeh-rdor my ah-nor

Say it again, can you repeat that

Kupu breakdown:

Kōrero = Speak

Mai = To/wards me

Anō = Again



Exciting Group in Our Community


The HBC and Bays Board has employed a facilitator to bring people in community organisations together to help our youth. Kahui Ako te Orewa Hauora is part of this wonderful new network – The Hibiscus Coast Youth Hauora Network

Some of the benefits include:

  • Networking and making new connections
  • Sustainable connections and links with other organisations 
  • All groups are youth focussed
  • One central network to build initiatives together
  • Committed to action
  • Wide range of skills and experience in one network
  • Shared goals
  • Support of each other’s work
  • A place to bring issues for problem solving
  • Driven, excited, passionate people working together

The HBC Youth Hauora Network includes groups and organisations such as Kahui Ako te Orewa, Kahui Ako te Whangaparaoa, Te Herenga Waka o Orewa, Youth Sergeant, CYC Youth, Orewa & Whangaparaoa Libraries, Orewa & Red Beach Surf Clubs, SALT Trust, Public Health Nurse, HBC Youth Centre, Centrestage Theatre, Illuminate, Coast Youth Community Trust, Upside Youth Mentoring HBC, Cook Islands Community Group, Hibiscus Tuakana, Future Whangaparāoa Trust, Coast Community Trust

Steps Forward Family Services, PHAB, YES Disability, Abuse Prevention Services, HBC Football Club, Estuary Arts Centre, HBC Community Action Group (against youth violence), and there are more joining us. 

Amazing news

The Flourishing Youth in North Auckland Innovation Challenge.  

The challenge is a 21 week initiative development and coaching programme which has been awarded to 10 working groups and/or organisations which have presented their vision and need for assistance to achieve their goals.  

The HBC Youth Hauora Network has been selected for the innovation Challenge!!!

We are currently working with our couch, refining our goals and developing our pitch.  Each group has to pitch their vision, goals and need for support to stakeholders on 10 August.  There is an opportunity to gain support from a number of financial stakeholders who are interested in supporting youth in our community. 

Will keep you updated in our next newsletter – specific goals, pitch and hopefully we will have won financial support from stakeholders.



Teacher Brainteaser! (Answer in next newsletter)

Maths Week 2023

Next week we are celebrating Maths Week and raising the profile of maths.  Here is a selection of activities that we are going to be doing at Orewa Beach School. You might like to try some of these ideas in your school or come up with your own amazing ideas.  Let’s make maths fun!

Monday -Check out some of the amazing activities on Maths Week Website

Log in: teacher

Password: mathsweek2023


Set a timer for 3 minutes. Children to put up their hand when they think 2 minutes has gone. Teacher to take note of who was the closest.

Students to estimate how many goals their teacher can get in two minutes. How many goals can the students get in two minutes?

Wednesday: Art activity in class.

See link.Maths Art Year 3-4     Maths Art Years 0-2

Thursday – Syndicate competition.  RUBBER RACER

Task: Build a racer using the wheels supplied. Your racer, upon release, will propel itself across the floor using only elastic potential energy (either a rubber band, elastic, bungy cords, etc).

Teachers can then choose to have theri classes make a racer and compete against each other.

Friday – School scavenger hunt. Tuakana-Teinapair up different levels of classes to work together on this School Maths Scavenger hunt

Curriculum Refresh Update.

The Curriculum Refresh survey highlighted that another thing people wanted to know more about is The Common Practice Model (CPM)

This is going to be how to teach our refreshed curriculum and is very much still in development at the Ministry.

The Common Practice Model (CPM)

The Common Practice Model (CPM) is a framework designed to guide and enhance teaching practices in New Zealand. It aims to promote high-quality teaching and improve student outcomes by providing a shared understanding of effective teaching strategies and professional development opportunities.

The New Zealand Curriculum identifies ‘what to teach and the Common Practice Model identifies ‘how’ to teach it.

Phase 1 of the CPM is out now. It outlines the principles and evidence informed pedagogical approaches for teaching literacy, communication and maths. 

Phase 2 (out later 2023) is the practices – the purposeful acts of teaching.

Formal feedback on the whole CPM will occur in Sept/Oct this year and the CPM will be updated based on that feedback.  There will no longer be any ‘formal’ trials or piloting of the CPM in 2024 as previously stated but all schools will be able to start to engage with and use the CPM from early 2024. Feedback on how it is going and what other resources or supports or guidance may still be needed will be received during 2024 and some other changes or tweaks may be made to it during 2024. Professional learning supports will be rolled out from 2025.

The CPM is the 1st cab off the rank of the 5-part Lit-Comm & Math strategy. The Ministry wishes to get the CPM locked in and agreed on before we can work on many of the other actions in the strategy. Not all actions in the wider strategy are dependent on the CPM but some are and that’s why the CPM is being the first thing that is being worked on and prioritised

At its core, the CPM emphasises the importance of improving outcomes for ākonga in literacy, communication and maths and the necessary pedagogical shifts needed to do this. 

The CPM comprises of 

1 Principles to guide teaching literacy, communication and maths. These are the Principals found in the NZ curriculum.

 High expectations 

Treaty of Waitangi

Cultural diversity


Learning to learn

Community engagement


Future focus 

  1. Pedagogical approaches These are shared pedagogical approaches to teaching a) Literacy & Communication and b) Maths. There are some shared pedagogical approaches as well as some specific to an area. Example: both have ‘communicating’ as a pedagogy, while supporting ākonga relationships with maths is a distinct pedagogical approach for maths   Shared Pedagogical approaches

Phase 2:   Practices – still to be released 

Phase 2: Suite of Supports are still  to be released.Add in bits of summary and graphic from website

If you are interested in finding out more about it here is the link. 

Common Practice Model


Kāhui Ako Hui Dates – Term 3 2023

17 August – 10.00am Ahutoetoe – WSL @ 3.3pm Orewa College

Thursday August 10 – Leaders Hui 10am-1pm – Te Herenga Waka o Orewa Marae

31 August – 10.00am Nukumea – @ 3.3pm Orewa College

14 September  – 10.00am Dairy Flat School – @ 3.3pm Orewa College

Keep in touch!

Enter your email address below to join our mailing list

Stronger together

Supporting and Empowering all tamariki and Kaiako to learn and achieve personal excellence/hiranga.