#13 Newsletter 2021

Rāmere, te 28 o Haratua 2021

Reminder: Kāhui Ako Relaunch

Kathryn Berkett will be our guest speaker and is one of a few specialists in the country who has certified with Dr Bruce Perry as a Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) practitioner. She also has her Masters of Educational Psychology.

Kathryn’s work takes her all over the country working with a huge range of different organisations and individuals – including the National Police College and a diverse range of people from politicians to judges, corporates, schools, parents and athletes.

Kathryn has built up a huge knowledge base around interpersonal neurobiology, and continues to study and take part in trainings on the subject – always keeping her information up to date and relevant.

Kupu o te Wiki

This week’s kupu isKia pai te rā“Have a good day” This is a great phrase to add to your small talk kete.

Kia pai te rā Have a good day!

Key-a pie teh rdar 

Another way you can use this structure can be to swap out the kupu ‘rā’ with another time such as wikini (Weekend).

Kia pai te wikini Have a good weekend!

Key-ah pie teh week-e-knee

Challenge: Write this up on your white board and learn it alongside your students.

21st Century Learning

Our 21st Century classroom looks very different to when we were at school. In your current classroom how many of the 6 in the poster do you do?

Dr David Parsons, Associate Professor Massey University, explains the need to teach higher level thinking skills and develop key competencies to prepare students for the 21st century. Click on the link to view.

Teaching for 21st Century Learners

Hauora/Learner Support


Adapted post by (MOORECO INC ON DEC 27, 2019)

Colours in the classroom environment that should maximize information retention, stimulate participation, and will boost active learning.Colour can affect our feelings, memory, attention and motivation to work due to their impact on our emotions. The key to creating an environment conducive to learning in a classroom is to not over-stimulate learners.                           

Why Use Color in Your Classroom

Color – bright colors in particular – stimulate the brain and help boost memory. According to the College of St. Scholastica, “color does indeed have an impact on student behavior, academic performance, and feelings of well-being”. In addition to their overall influence, each color has specific traits that impact students in different ways. For example, blues and greens are often seen as calming, while reds and oranges are more invigorating.

1) RED: THE ENERGIZER Red stimulates the adrenal glands and can generate feelings of energy and encourage creativity. In your classroom, try using the color red in conjunction with repetitive or detailed oriented tasks in order to give students an energy boost.


When it comes to grabbing and maintaining the attention of your students, yellow is king. Yellow generates positive energy, encourages creativity and is the ultimate tool in capturing the attention of a restless classroom. Display important study materials on yellow glass boards and add splashes of the color throughout your room (try soft seating or student chairs) to promote alertness.


The color orange encourages critical thinking and memory. Studies have shown that it also has an especially high effect on circulation and the nervous system and increases the oxygen supply to the brain, stimulating mental activity while simultaneously loosening inhibitions. Be sure to bring snacks though, because it’s also been known to increase appetite!


Green promotes calmness and a sense of relaxation and is great for encouraging long-term concentration. It is the most restful color for the eye and creates a feeling of ease when used in a classroom. Use large blocks of this color, like soft seating or a coordinated set of makerspace furniture, to spread a calming atmosphere throughout your cass.


The color blue has proved to have a calming effect on the heart rate and respiratory system of students. It encourages a sense of well-being, making it ideal for learning situations that are intensely challenging and cognitively taxing. Research suggests that people with highly intellectual work that requires a high cognitive load are most productive in blue environments. Try incorporating blues into your table edge banding and student desks to promote soothing productivity, no matter what the subject.

Bringing nature into your classroom always has a positive, calming, and motivational effect.

Future Read/Digital Curriculum

Take digital storytelling to the next level with Using Technology Better’s latest blog post.  The blog teaches how to create a custom, dynamic soundtracks to students’ creations. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn to use Garage Band and Keynote on iPad. Enable our students to tap into all their senses and fully immerse themselves in the storytelling process.

STEM in the Classroom

For anyone who missed the STEM 2021 Conference in the last holidays, iTeachSTEM has created their own STEM 2021 on Demand website. This is a unique, online, on demand event available to all educators and STEM professionals. These TED like talks from world-renowned experts on creativity, innovation and STEM. Registration is free and content can be viewed anywhere, anytime. With a range of areas of interest from Science and Mathematics to Future of Education and Girls in Technology, check out the keynote speakers here.

Kāhui Ako Calendar/Maramataka

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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