#2 Weekly Update 2019

Weekly News Update # 2

15 October 2018

Leaders’ meetings

Welcome to our new in school leaders: Madeleine Lockie, Wendy Taylor and Leanne Stevenson. Our leaders’ meetings kicked off this week with a reflection on the Kāhui Ako conference. We made note of what worked, and what we need to improve on. What we did seem to have majority consensus on was that it is good to have a day where we can connect with teachers from our community. Please remember that, if you have any suggestions, to please contact us on: kahuiako@orewacollege.nz

We also had a chance to hear from the across school leaders who shared their vision for the year ahead. We look forward to working with the four focus groups as we continue to strengthen our ties across the community.

Transition from Google+ to website

As many of you may be aware, Google has announced that they will be phasing Google+ out. Schools can keep their accounts, but we feel that the time has come to phase Google+ out over the course of this year. To replace it we have set up an Orewa Kāhui Ako website. It is still in its rudimentary stages and needs more refinement, but here is a link to our website On it you will find a tab to all new and archived newsletters. We have started to compile a page with links to conference resources, with more links to follow as they become available. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Professional Development:

Sylvia Duckworth has written a number of books based on Sketchnoting. Sketchnoting is a form of visual note-taking to document thought processes. We are very excited to announce that, not only is she touring New Zealand in April, she will be hosting a workshop at Orewa College. If you are interested in hearing more about the benefits of sketchnoting for our students, and also learning the basic elements of sketchnoting, here is a link to book your ticket. Limited tickets are still available.

Rōpū Tuhituhi / Writing Focus Group

We’ve had a few requests for a copy of the Learning Progressions Framework summary, as worked on by the in school leaders last year. This is the framework we will refer to in our termly moderation meeting, with the first meeting scheduled for 28 March. Link to LPF Matrix Summary here.

Ngaio pukapuka kōrero / Professional Reading:

60-Second Strategy: TAG Feedback:

This quick exercise scaffolds peer critique for students, helping them to give prompt but meaningful feedback: link to a short video

T= Tell someone what you liked about their work

A= Ask a thoughtful question about their strategy

G= Give a suggestion for next steps

Digital Curriculum 2020:

With the implementation of the digital curriculum around the corner, we thought we’d look at some online resources. CS Unplugged is a collection of free teaching materials that teach Computer Science through engaging games and puzzles that use cards, string, crayons and lots of running around. Link to resources here.

If you know of colleagues who have not yet joined our Orewa Kāhui Ako Community Page on Google+, please do share this link with them. Or if you’d prefer to use our website, please find our Orewa Kāhui Ako website at this link.

Upcoming Events:

Competition time!

Are you keen on winning one of four free tickets to Sylvia Duckworth’s workshop on 10 April? If so, answer this simple question:

  • Where does Sylvia Duckworth live?
  1. Send your answer, name and school to: l.rubens@orewacollege.nz
  2. Competition closes at midnight on Sunday, 17 February.
  3. Winners will be notified by return email on Monday.

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