#16 Newsletter 2021

Rāmere, te 18 o Pipiri 2021

Te ao Māori

Kupu o te Wiki

This week we’re introducing a kiwaha or idiom. These are often only truly understood by someone in the know. The ones we’ve included here are basic slang to be used in everyday conversation.

E Mara! Hey Bro!

Eh mah-rrah

Tau Ke!  Awesome!/Cool!

Toe Keh

Wananei! Wicked! 


Locally Provided Professional Development – Te Herenga Waka o Orewa Marae

On Saturday 7 August and Sunday 8 August, Te Herenga Waka o Orewa Marae will be holding one day courses for local Kaiako.

There will be three speakers throughout the day that will cover, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Māori Human Development Theory – Te Tuakiri o te Tangata, and a Kaupapa Māori Approach – In the Mainstream Classroom. 

This is a great opportunity for anyone wanting to upskill themselves in these areas.

21st Century Learning

Use of technology in 21st Century Learning

While digital integration is also fundamental to a thorough 21st century education, it is not enough to simply add technology to existing teaching methods. Technology must be used strategically to benefit students. Students are increasingly advanced users of technology even as they enter school for the first time. Once approach is…

Blended learning combines classroom learning with online learning, in which students can, in part, control the time, pace, and place of their learning.

Blended Learning Video Explained

Using Google Classroom as Blended Learning

Hauora/Learner Support

Positive wellbeing can be influenced by our surroundings.  The use of posters in our environment can influence the way we treat ourselves and other people.  Here is a selection of uplifting, supportive posters you might like to use in your classroom.  


  1. Change them up each week and have a different class member read it out to the class each morning. 
  2. Use a them, for example: Snoopy, Disney, Nature
  3. Have students find new ones to share each week

Future Read/Digital Curriculum

Girls in STEM

With STEM-skilled jobs growing one and a half times faster than any other job sector and girls representing only 35% of students enrolled in STEM subjects globally, something needed to be done. Therefore, Leanne Robertson & Rebecca Vivian identified that the solution starts with creating inclusive STEM learning environments in schools, and created the Girls in STEM Toolkit (GiST). This Australian based site attempts to bridge the divide and offer solutions to challenge educators to enhance learning for girls in STEM. In the video linked they will share practical strategies and contemporary resources that teachers can use to bring the Girls in STEM Toolkit’s (GiST) Seven Principles for Inclusive STEM Education to life. WATCH NOW >

Instructional writing, decomposition of tasks, and instructional videos 

Year 5–6 teacher, Dorothy Hutton, has been trialling approaches to see how she can effectively integrate the revised digital technologies curriculum content in her classroom.

Dorothy used the link between instructional writing and digital technologies to introduce her class to the concepts of computational thinking and designing and developing digital outcomes.

Can a robot make a cup of tea?

Dorothy built on what the students had learnt from the work on instructional writing to introduce them to computational thinking and the decomposition of tasks.

The students had recently made a robot as part of their learning in art. They were asked to re-write their instructions for making a hot drink in a way that would allow a robot to replicate the process.

This learning aligns with progress outcome one in computational thinking:

In authentic contexts and taking account of end-users, students use their decomposition skills to break down simple non-computerised tasks into precise, unambiguous, step-by-step instructions (algorithmic thinking). They give these instructions, identify any errors in them as they are followed, and correct them (simple debugging).

CT, progress outcome one

To introduce this activity, the students had great fun watching the Youtube video clip Exact Instructions Challenge.

Testing for errors

After decomposing the instructions for making a cup of tea, the students did the same thing with another process that was of interest to them, such as how to make scrambled eggs.Scrambled egg instructions

The students and Dorothy pretended to be robots and acted out the instructions to test them for errors. The instructions for making scrambled eggs required the robot to separate the eggs and beat them with a beater. There was a great deal of laughter as they acted out beating the eggs and the shells. The students then altered the instructions to include, “discard the egg shells”.

“It has been interesting to observe how supportive the students are of each other when it comes to problem solving.”

Dorothy Hutton, years 5–6 teacher at Columba College

Check out the full Snapshot click here

Kāhui Ako Calendar/Maramataka

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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