#10 Newsletter 2021

Rāmere, te 7 o Haratua 2021

Nau mai haere mai to our new Kāhui Ako Leaders

We would like to welcome our two new Across School Leaders, Jackie Boyd and Bridget O’Dea to the team. Jackie brings a wealth of experience in leading digital technologies implementation at Silverdale School, teaching within the junior and middle school for the last 7 years and a within school leader for the previous 4 years. She is passionate about working with kaiako and tamariki to enhance learning experiences.

Bridget comes to us from Orewa Primary School where she is a Team Leader and part of the Senior Leadership Team. Having freshly completed her Masters in Contemporary Education she is eager to collaborate with our schools to share and gain new knowledge and understanding. 

Prior to their employment, both Jackie and Bridget were formerly in-school leaders in our Kāhui.

Orewa Kāhui Ako Updated Focus Areas

We are very excited to announce our new focus areas moving forward on this site. Based on the responses from the Kāhui Ako Teacher Survey, principals and ASL collated and analysed the data and came up with Te Ao Māori, Hauora, Future Focus and 21st Century Learning as our focusses.

Mark Ralston Te Ao Māori

Leanne Evans Hauora

Jackie Boyd Future Focus

Bridget O’Dea 21st Century Learning

New Kaiako Māori at Orewa College

This week we have welcomed a tino pou of our community to Orewa College, Marara Schreurs as our new HOD Māori. Nau mai haere mai anō ki te Kareti a Orewa e hoa. 

Marara has played a huge role in our community for years, through Te Herenga Waka o Orewa Marae, in her role as an RTLB, through her work in teaching kapa haka at a number of our kura, as a HOD of Māori at Whangaparāoa College and now at Orewa College. She brings a lifetime of knowledge, skills and wisdom in education and te ao Māori to our rōpū.

On Rāhina/Monday, Orewa College held a pōhiri to formally welcome all new staff and students including Marara and she hit the ground running. On Rāapa/Wednesday Senior Management and members of the Orewa College Rōpu Whānau of which Marara is a member, organised a whānau hui at the College, welcoming whānau, community, and iwi with a pōhiri. This was followed by a hui to build relationships and hear the voices and aspirations of whānau for their tamariki as we move forward. 

There was a real sense of excitement in the room about where this new chapter will take the College under her guidance and leadership alongside the associate Principal Anna Kenny and School Principal Greg Pierce.

 Matariki 2021

In 2021, Matariki will be celebrated between 19 Pipiri/June to 11 Hōngongoi/July. Many of our kura will be organising a range of activities to celebrate Matariki at the end of this term. 

If you have some ideas that we can share, please send them through to your in-school leader of Māori or markralston@silverdaleprimary.school.nz. Watch this space as we will share some practical ideas in the coming weeks.

There are also a range of events that you and your whānau can participate in on the Matariki Festival Website.

 Kāhui Ako Calendar/ Maramataka

Thursday/Rāpare 6 May/Haratua – 3.30pm – All Leaders Meeting  

Thursday/Rāpare 20 May/Haratua– 3.30pm – All Leaders Meeting

Thursday/Rāpare 3 June/Pipiri – 3.30pm – All Leaders Meeting

Friday/Rāmere 4 June/Pipiri – 2.00pm – Orewa Kahui Ako Relaunch @ Orewa College OAEC

Thursday/Rāpare 17 June/Pipiri  – 3.30pm – All Leaders Meeting

Te 19 Pipiri/June ki te 11 Hōngongoi/July Matariki 

Thursday/Rāpare 1 July/Hōngongoi – 3.30pm – All Leaders Meeting

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