#11 Newsletter 2023

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Rāmere, te 18 o te Akuhata 2023

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    Nick Edwards   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

Te Wiki o Te Reo Poraka/Hoodies 2023

Kia ora e te whānau,

This year, Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori runs from Monday 11 September to Sunday 17 September / Mane, te 11 o Hepetema ki Hanarei, 17 o Hepetema.

We hope to print poraka / hoodies for people interested in purchasing and wearing one in support of the kaupapa.

To make it worthwhile, we need at least 20 people to purchase a hoodie. We have priced it up and depending on numbers they come in between $60 – $80 including GST. Once we have numbers, the price will be confirmed and passed on to you at cost as this is a condition of using the official logo.

To avoid logistics, cost of shipping etc… the poraka / hoodies will need to be picked up by the purchaser or nominated person from a location in Silverdale once printed and paid for. 

Please fill out this form as an expression of interest to help us gauge as to whether we should proceed. Further details will be sent, including the final cost, location/date/time window of collection etc…once numbers are finalised.

Below is an example of what the poraka will look like, note the logo on the front and sleeve. We are using an AS Colour black hoodie.

Don’t procrastinate as we’re wanting to move to put the order through early next week.

Kia kaha te reo Māori

Matariki Spotlight

At Ahutoetoe, they celebrated their first ever Matariki as a kura. The ākonga, kaiako and whānau came together with a wide range of activities including performances, soup, frybread/paroa parai, kite/manu making. He pai ā koutou mahi i Matariki Ahutoetoe! 

You can see their wonderful mahi below:

Lesley Currathers at Silverdale School has been looking at how she can integrate Digital Technologies into her literacy programme. She introduced the use of Edison Bots to programme map James and the Giant Peach story.

See the slides here


Play with Google Arts

Google has brought to life four new AI art kemu, each created by an Artist from their artist registry programme. “This programme has been in operation since 2014 and supports artists and creative coders working with emerging technologies” – Freya Murray, original reference – Interface Magazine Issue 120

The four experiences are:

  • x,y,z toy – guess the hidden meaning
  • Odd one out – guess the imposter hiding amongst the work
  • Un-dough! – guess the landmark under coloured dough
  • Haiku Imagined – illustrated Haiku

I have used the first two as icebreakers in a hui. It is a great way to connect and students enjoy the puzzle challenge.

Netsafe has launched their new Spot a Scam – check if a website or link is legitimate.



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

On Thursday 11 August, The HBC Youth Hauora Network presented their first pitch at the Youth Flourishing in North Auckland, Ember Innovation Challenge.  The working group enjoyed a wonderful evening MC’d by actress Tatiana Hotere and catered for by The Wellbeing Chef.  Ten groups won places in the Innovation Challenge and nine of them presented yesterday.  Local supporters and potential investors of time, advice, skills and finance were in the audience. We are now four weeks into the challenge. This was the first presentation. As well as sharing, we connected with the other teams in the challenge, with some teams wanting to connect with us too, which is very exciting. We also made connections (who came to us) with The Ministry of Health, Shore Junction, Level Up Mentoring, among others.

The HBC Youth Hauora Network will now continue its journey over the next 19 weeks of coaching, PD and collaboration as part of the Innovation Challenge.  In November we will make our updated pitch with precise needs and wants,  financial overview, and requests for specific skills and support as a result of our journey in the Challenge.  

These are our slides which we spoke to:

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Answer to last newsletter maths question:

How long does it take for the reservoir to become half full? Answer: 59 days. If the water level doubles every day, the reservoir on any given day was half the size the day prior. If the reservoir is full on day 60, that means it was half full on day 59, not on day 30



Hayley from Dairy Flat School has shared with us a tip for using

Connected Readers.


She has also shared a summary she has made from doing the online training module about 

Te Mātaiaho, the refreshed curriculum  You can find the link to the training here Curriculum Refresh Training.

Link to slides

Kāhui Ako Hui Dates – Term 3 2023

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

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