Weekly News Update #05
Rāmere, te 8 o Paenga-whāwhā 2019
March 8th 2019
Combined Boards Hui
On Thursday, 6 March, we held a meeting for our combined Boards of Trustees. This had a dual purpose. The one purpose was to meet with Ministry of Education representatives to discuss the proposed site of a new school in our district. The second reason to meet was to introduce the Kāhui Ako leaders to the BoTs. One of the clear sentiments expressed at the property meeting was the power of a combined approach. The ministry responded to the Kāhui Ako appeal for a meeting and this gave us a real sense of our community standing in solidarity together. We will post more information regarding the outcome of the follow-up meeting when we have it. This also gave the leaders of the Kāhui Ako an opportunity to discuss the overview for 2019. We discussed the proposed plans for each focus group, as well as a discussion about our visits to individual schools.
With over half of Term 1 completed the Orewa Kāhui Ako is well on the way in our four focus areas for 2019. All schools have now met with our across school leaders in after school meetings to discuss our roles and the next steps for Mathematics, Writing, Learner Support and Te Reo Māori across our community. Meeting dates have also been set for each school term for our after school meetings. Across school leaders are visiting our kura to work alongside colleagues. Please contact the across school leaders if you would like us to set up any meetings and discussions on how we can best support your school.
Rōpū Tuhituhi / Writing Focus Group
A reminder that we will be having our first round of across school moderation based on the Learning Progression Framework on the 28th March, 3.30pm at Orewa College. This meeting is open to all teachers across the community with an interest in writing. Writing samples need to be typed, including all errors, names and year level removed. A brief explanation of the task could be useful. Please send samples to email@example.com by the 20th March. A form will then be shared to all within school leaders to assess and resubmit marks, prior to the moderation meeting.
Rōpū Pāngarau / Maths Focus Group
The maths group is working with the Learning Progressions Framework website to evaluate the maths progressions at each school. In order to really get to grips with the framework, Andrew Ellis from Orewa Primary, Simon Bentham and Linda Rubens from Orewa College, had a planning day. We looked at the LPFs, at common language across the year levels, and at strategies that work for both younger and older students, and how these strategies impact on learning. We enjoyed the robust discussions and all feel that the website is useful as a source to underpin our planning. Andrew went on to present to the maths groups, where again it generated some really rich discussions about maths.
Rōpū Taunaki Ako/ Learning Support Focus Group
Our first use of the Learner Support register has been completed. All six schools in our Kāhui Ako have provided their data and it has been compiled. This is an exciting time as we are about to move ahead into our next steps towards creating an effective and timely community support model.
On Monday 8 March, our SENCO, RTLB, Leanne and Bev will being having a hui to begin our next steps including the set up protocol for storing and sharing data, developing a vast list of our local providers and developing Professional Development opportunities for us all.
Rōpū Te Reo Me Tikanga Māori
ICE BLOCK CHALLENGE:
Learn the karakia, Whakataka te Hau with your class, capture it on video and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org Competition closes on Wednesday, April 3/ Rāapa, te 3 o Paenga-whāwhā. Winning Class announced Friday, April 5/ Rāmere, te 5 o Paenga-whāwhā.
Ngaio pukapuka kōrero / Professional Reading:
Ten Trends 2019
Core Education have been featuring the top 10 Trends for over ten years, focusing in particular on the trends and influences shaping how we live, work and learn – brought about by the increasing use of technology in our modern world.
This year they have tried to create a focus within the Ten Trends on the impact of change on society, communities and individuals and go further than simply explain this as something that is inevitably going to occur. Instead, they provide provocations that question the value of the change, and implications for us as humans – now and into the future. Follow the link to Ten Trends 2019.
Rauemi ipurangi/ Online resources
Are you familiar with School Kits?
- visits your classroom bearing treats and School Kit notebooks
- Provides you with innovative one-page teaching resources
- Makes amazing free Teacher Kits and delivers them to your door
- Curates sets of resources in response to your teaching theme.
New Zealand made and completely free… always.
‘Every School Kit teacher resource is divided into three parts – Find, Apply, Produce. We developed our model in an effort to provide teachers with innovative teaching ideas that were robustly integrated with opportunities for authentic use of online sources for learning.’
Follow the links to resources in Maths, Te Reo, Writing- note that the writing registration is full, but the activity is a digital download and could still be used in your classroom.
Get NZ writing kit ‘Get NZ Writing has a set a brave goal for 2019. Inspire 96,000 students to write their own unique and fabulous poem. A crucial part of this project involves the story tin (to be found in your kit box). Every student in New Zealand will use these 13 items to inspire their poems.’
Follow us on our Kāhui Ako webpage: https://orewakahuiako.com/
14th March Kāhui Ako Leaders meeting. Orewa College 3.30pm