#11 Newsletter 2021

Rāmere, te 14 o Haratua 2021

Wellbeing Tips for Kids

This is a simple 2-page article which could be shared in your school newsletters via a link. It highlights 5 practices that parents/caregivers can put into action to enhance their child’s wellbeing:

1. Get them outside and moving

2. Create plenty of opportunities for your kids to foster positive connections with their friends, family and of course with you!

3. Keep screen time to a minimum I know, easier said than done!

4. Help your kids develop mindfulness skills

5. Last but not least – ensure your kids get ample sleep

Let’s Celebrate our Teaching Assistants

What would we do without them? Take a moment to appreciate and thank our wonderful teaching assistants. Let them know how valuable they are. Perhaps write a thank you note, or a child could make a card, a gift of a flower or chocolate, a clap from the class, make a gold star award for them or decorate a seat for them in your classroom.

Kupu o te Wiki

This week’s kupu are a range of ways to agree with someone. These are small effective ways you can normalise te reo during the day.

We’ve given 3 levels to cater for different levels of confidence.

Beginner: Āe – Yes (simple but effective)


Intermediate: Tautoko – Agree or support


e.g. I tautoko what Mary has just said (agree)

or simply say, Tautoko! When you agree with something said.

“I’m here to tautoko Mary as she speaks today” (support)

Advanced: Koinā te kōrero – Yes, indeed

Koy-nar teh core-rde-rdoar

e.g. Anne: Isn’t she marvelous?

Tina : Koinā te kōrero!

Pukapuka/books for learning te reo Māori

We have two books to recommend to anyone who is wanting to up their reo game.

Māori Made Easy by Scotty Morrison

The first is an old favourite that breaks te reo Māori down into 30min a day sessions so that you can slowly learn it. Māori Made Easy is written by Scotty Morrison, a well known television presenter. You by no means have to commit to 30mins per day and can slow down or speed up as you need and in the comfort of your own home. There are online resources, sound files and videos to support your learning. You will struggle to find someone committed to learning te reo who doesn’t have this book in their learning kete.

A Māori Phrase a Day

Hemi Kelly has brought out 2 books that are great for people heading on their reo journey. The first is A Māori Word a Day and the second is A Māori Phrase a Day.

A Māori Word a Day gives learners a new word for each day and the context that it applies to. It’s a great way to start. For those wanting to go further, the Māori Phrase a Day is a great transition. Like all of these resources, you can space the new words or phrases out. You may even need to focus on one a week.

21st Century Learning

We hear a lot about 21st century learning in education but what is it and more importantly how does it look like in our learning spaces?

Paul Snape from the University of Canterbury School of Education believes that 21st Century Learning in the 21st century needs to look significantly different to that of the past to equip students for their future lives in the Technology or Information Age. For this reason, educators face a huge challenge including the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills in our students.

Many commentators are urging schools to adopt ‘a thinking curriculum’ which provides a deeper understanding of the subject and the ability to apply that understanding to the complex, real-world problems that the student will face as an adult.

Students need seven survival skills to be prepared for 21st century life, work and citizenship. These are:

While there are many definitions for these skills, everyone agrees on the “Four Cs” of education-

Communication, Critical thinking, Collaboration and Creativity.

The critical discussion going forward is HOW can these 21st century skills be applied in our classrooms?

Future Read/Digital Curriculum

DTHM for kaiako is a website created for all Aotearoa digital technology and hangarau matihiko kaiako. As a new site it is still under development and continues to grow it’s resource bank for teachers. Three big educators; University of Canterbury, Digital Technologies Teachers Aotearoa and Aatea Solutions working collaboratively to design and meet the needs of educators within Aotearoa. Check out their resources or join their community page to stay connected to updates on the site.

Digital Coding Competition

INTERFACE has teamed up with game-making platform Gamefroot for a new student competition – and the winner gets to visit Gamefroot’s studio in Wellington.

The challenge for your students is to create an interactive game about something from the New Zealand history books, that connects Digital Technologies (DT), literacy and your local curriculum.

Check out how to enter here

Kāhui Ako Calendar/Maramataka

Thursday/Rāpare 20 May/Haratua – 3.45pm – All Leaders Meeting @ Orewa Beach School

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

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

Thursday/Rāpare 17 June/Pipiri – 3.45pm – All Leaders Meeting @ Wainui School

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

Thursday/Rāpare 1 July/Hōngongoi – 3.45pm – All Leaders Meeting @ Dairy Flat School

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