#25 Weekly Update

Rāmere, te 28 o Here-turi-kōkā, 2020

Going back to school

As students face going back to school, some may be excited, some may be anxious, some may be up-to-date and some may be disorganised. And others may feel calm while others are fearful of the unknown.

Giving the students ways to:

  • express their feelings
  • arrange their priorities
  • get organised
  • create lists
  • celebrate successes

…allows the mind to compartmentalise and see the true picture rather than the overwhelming nightmare they may feel. This can also aid them to settle in quickly with purpose and direction.


Visuals, post-it notes, feelings boards, emoji cards, are all useful tools. Pic Collage currently has some awesome backgrounds which may inspire students to engage. These can be used to showcase success, plan priorities, motivate, get creative, have a brain break, ask questions, express feelings, the ideas are endless.

Message from Auckland Museum: Tāmaki Poems

Tāmaki Poems is a community generated poetry project that centers on a map of Auckland compiled by Mr Leslie Kelly 1940. In the lead up to the opening of Tāmaki Herenga Waka: Stories of Auckland, our new permanent gallery opening in 2021 here at Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum, writers of all ages and backgrounds from across the city are invited to write new poems of place, heritage and identity, and pin them to an online version of the map, where they can be enjoyed by others. Poetry can be written on any subject but whatever else it is about; it tells us something about the person who has written it as well as the time and place it was written in. A poem about place therefore, has the potential to provide us with something much deeper than straight factual information ever could.

Tāmaki Poems will help us reflect on our cultural identities in one of the most interesting cities in the world to live in. Link here for this wonderful poetry writing opportunity.

This writing website is an absolute gift to all New Zealand teachers teaching curriculum levels 2-4. Students are able to access this site and take ownership of their learning, setting writing goals, watch tutorials and play interactive games to practice and improve on them. If students or teachers are not sure what learning goal to work on, just explore and enjoy learning. This is also a perfect site for teachers to assist planning and find interactive lessons for students. 10/ 10! Follow the link here to Kelly Mattock’s site.

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori / Māori Language Week 

Māori Language week has been celebrated each year from 1975. This year it’s in Week 9, 14-20 September and although the lead up has been interrupted by COVID there are some great opportunities available and we still have time to prepare.

You could:

  • Make and use poi
  • Learn waiata or haka together
  • Create jewelry/ taonga
  • Speak Māori whenever you can
  • Learn a new phrase/command
  • Participate in “A Māori Language Moment” as below
  • Create Māori inspired artworks
  • Look at Māori myths/legends

Again, this years motto is Kia Kaha te Reo Māori

A Māori Language Moment

A Māori Language Moment is an idea put forward on the official website to have a million people doing something that engages in the Māori culture at the same time.

At midday on Monday/ Rāhina the 14 of September, you can choose to learn/ ako, speak/ kōrero, sing/ waiata, play/ tākaro a game, listen/ whakarongo with those people who are with you at that time.nIf every teacher and student in our Kāhui participates in the moment we can contribute a large number to the tally so kōrero with you fellow kaiako, leaders, teams and students as to how you can join and be a part of something big.

What a great way to kick off Te Wiki o te reo Māori together and do something as a country that’s positive after lockdown.

Challenge for our Kāhui

Take the Hangarau Matihiko challenge this te Wiki o te Reo Māori with Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko. This challenge is for all teachers, kaiako and ākonga to get involved and explore kupu hou (new words) in the Hangarau Matihiko and Digital Technologies subject area.

Get creating now! Terms and conditions apply. See our website for full details. Please see our schedule for our Kauhaurangi Tuihono in the coming weeks. Visit https://bit.ly/2YdJAc7 to register. From the The Team at Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko

Lessons from Lockdown  Derek Wenmoth

Many of you will be familiar with Derek as one of New Zealand education’s foremost Future Focused thinkers. Follow the link here to his latest reflections on his Learning from Lockdown and key messages that he sees ahead of us.

And just for fun: The Trick Shot

Have you got students who you know would love to do those awesome trick shots like those popular YouTubers? Well, it’s not as hard as it seems. Here’s a fun trick you can teach your students.

Kāhui Ako Meeting Dates

30 July: Meeting at Orewa College all ISLs

6 August: Pōhiri for new staff at marae

13 August: Maths Group Planning Day POSTPONED

13 August: Pōhiri at the marae for all ISLs POSTPONED

26 August: Māori and Writing groups planning half day POSTPONED

27 August: Meeting at Orewa College all ISLs POSTPONED

10 September: Meeting at Orewa College all ISLs

14 September: Meeting at Orewa College all ISLs

15 September: Combined BoT (pōhiri and meeting at the marae) TBC

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