#30 Weekly Update

Friday 27 September 2019

Rāmere, te 27 o Mahuru, 2019

In this week’s update:

1.Rōpū Te Reo Me Tikanga Māori: The 3Ps of Te Tiriti o Waitangi

2. Tuhituhi/ Writing: Resource Links

3. Ngaio Pukapuka Kōrero:

4. Rōpū Taunaki Ako/ Learning Support: Mental Health Awareness in our Tamariki

5. Rōpū Pāngarau/ Maths: Digital Curriculum Survey

6. Pānui ngaio/ Professional Reading: Wellbeing

1. Rōpū Te Reo Me Tikanga Māori

The 3p’s of Te Tiriti o Waitangi:

We were asked the question at a conference earlier in the year, “What are the 3Ps of Te Tiriti o Waitangi?” We looked around the room and saw a myriad of blank faces, education professionals looking to the floor hoping not to catch the eye of the presenter.

It made us realise that many of us may have forgotten. So here it is, “What are the 3Ps of the Tiriti o Waitangi?” Don’t feel bad if you have no idea, you are not alone.

Partnership, participation and protection are 3p’s of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. These principles are already seen throughout kura across our Orewa Kāhui Ako. You only had to attend the recent Tū Māia Festival to see all three in action.

          Te kura o Wainui at the Tū Māia Festival 2019

What do they mean for classroom teachers? The 3Ps are beneficial to all our students no matter who they are. You may have heard of the saying: What is good for Māori students is good for all of our students.

Partnership may simply be:

  • Talking with the parents, finding out what their aspirations are for their tamariki.

Protection may simply be:

  • Using te reo Māori in your classroom. What do people hear throughout the day in your room? (Normalisation)
  • Following tikanga Māori in your classroom e.g. karakia, not sitting on tables, tuakana/teina relationships

Participation may simply be:

  • Ensuring your classroom visibly reflects the bi-cultural nature of Aotearoa. What do people see when they enter your room?

So there you have it. If someone asks you in the future: “What are the 3Ps of Te Tiriti o Waitangi?” You can confidently answer with “Partnership, protection and participation.”

2. Rōpū Tuhituhi / Writing Group

Writing for impact: Teaching students how to write with a plan and spell well. Tom Nicholson and Sue Dymock analysed research on teaching writing to identify the skills students need to write for impact. Their approach is based on a simple view of writing: it is ideas presented well. The two volumes of this book work together to explain and show teachers how to teach students these essential writing skills. Nicholson and Dymock offer simple and effective strategies to improve both teaching and learning. The books include templates, plans, and links to videos that support these strategies.

Follow the link here to download a free guide on the 5 Habits of Effective Writing Teachers.

3. Rōpū Taunaki Ako/ Learning Support Group

This week is Mental Health Awareness week. Our tamariki are experiencing increasing mental health issues in Aotearoa.

From NZ Health First

Our Youth suicide rates are also increasing. The promotion of positive mental health recognition and the removal of the stigma surrounding mental illness has been encouraging in the New Zealand media. Advocates such as John Kerwan and Mike King are encouraging Kiwis to speak up and seek help.


For our tamariki however, they rely on the adults around them to build a positive, encouraging, nurturing and strengthening environment to thrive in. When a child is struggling, the adults are the ones who can notice and seek help.

A fantastic New Zealand written children’s book which can help children in times of fear, anxiety and apprehension is Aroha’s Way.

4. Rōpū Pāngarau/ Maths Group

We are currently looking more closely at the digital curriculum. As a Kāhui Ako we would like to develop a snapshot of where teachers feel they are at with regards to the implementation of the digital curriculum. To do this we ask that you please complete a short survey. The goal of this survey would be to be able to offer targeted PD and next steps. The purpose of the digital curriculum is about teaching pupils to be creative with technology, rather than simply consuming technology. This should prepare them for the modern workforce. How ready are we to implement this? Survey link here

5. Ngaio pukapuka kōrero/ Professional Development:

Meetups – Term 4 null

Fueling your fire as you take your next steps in Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko (Pou Hihiko) – North Auckland Link here




6. Pānui ngaio/ Professional Reading

‘Shaping a Stronger Education System with New Zealanders’ is a blueprint for change based on the rich conversations we have had with almost 50,000 New Zealanders.

The discussion document released on the 17th September outlines the long-term vision, objectives and actions resulting from the Education Conversation | Kōrero Mātauranga. Follow the link Here to find out more and how you can have your say on this document.

Consultation on the draft NELP closes on 25 November 2019.

Consultation on the draft TES concludes on 25 October 2019.





One response to “#30 Weekly Update”

  1. what an awesome newsletter!


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