#22 Newsletter 2021

Rāmere, te 13 o Hereturikōkā 2021

Hauora/Learner Support

Sensory issues and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

For many students with ASD sensory issues are at the top of the list of things which can cause them distress.  As we have previously said, “when you meet one person with Autism, you have met one person with Autism”.  Everyone is individual and likely quite different.  Look at the list below.  As it says, sensory reactions can be over or under stimulated.  Some sensory items can alarm, and some can calm. Everyone is different, however there are some themes which can be more common amongst ASD.

Some of the more common themes include: (but not common to all)

Over stimulated / discomfort / painCalming / soothing / de-escalating
Noise sensitivity loud, sudden noises, busy noise e.g lots of voices talking around / at once, sound effects on moviesNoise cancelling headphones, quiet music of choice, pre-warning of loud noises E.g. science experiments (balloon pop), video clip watching – wear headphones
Light sensitivity neon, bright lights, flashing / changing lightsWarm light bulbsnatural sunlight Personal choice e.g computer screen colour, coloured lightbulb in bedroom
Touch sensitivityPerson to person touch Rough texturesOverly cold / hot surfacesClothing on skin (different sensations) e.g tight sleeves, socks, wool scratchy
Personal preference of surfacesE.g soft, fluffy fur can be calming (explains how pets are a comfort),Blankets can be like a hug without personal contactGloves on hands / type of socks on feet
Smell sensitivityStrong smells e.g. food, perfume, foul odour Personal comfort smells often attached with comforting memory or place e.g smell of own blanket, soft toy, mum’s deodorant

Future Ready/Digital Curriculum/Anga Whakamu

Leading technology entrepreneur and former TV presenter Sir Ian Taylor (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāpuhi) is on a special mission – to learn from the past to help navigate the future.

And he’s doing this through a new online platform he created called  Mātauranga, which means kinship with nature. The web page depicts the story of the Polynesian voyagers who crossed the Pacific Ocean hundreds of years ago to eventually land on Aotearoa. Full Article

Website Link – Mātauranga

Upskilling Educators on Google Apps

Getting Started with Google for Education is an 8-week training program that delivers bite-size training tutorials directly to your inbox.

Each lesson takes less than 10 minutes to complete and provides basic training tutorials to get you started with both free and paid Google Workspace for Education editions.

Click here to register 

Netsafe Competition

This Netsafety Week competition launched 26 July. It will be released via Netsafe’s social media channels and email newsletters. The competition closes on 23 August at 3pm. Entries must be emailed to outreach@netsafe.org.nz.

This competition is for school students. Students can enter on their own or whole class effort representing their school. There is no limit to what entrants are able to submit but ideally it should be a hand drawn image or a digitally drawn.

Competition Logistics

How to enter

Design your school’s online safety mascot and connect it to the message, “We can all be safer online with…”

Download your templates below:

Portrait Schools Competition Template

Landscape Schools Competition Template

For further information click here

21st Century Learning/Ināianei Tonu

Personalised Learning and Differentiated Learning is being promoted in New Zealand and around the world as one of the key components of a 21st Century education system. The common aim of personalised learning is to tailor the education system to meet all students’ diverse needs. 

But how does Personalised Learning honour, empower and value our diverse students? 

One idea is that many diverse students come from oral cultural traditions. This means their primary ways of knowledge transfer and meaning-making are oral and active. (Full article – ZARETTA HAMMOND 2015)

These three tips can be personalised to any lesson to transform it into something that looks and feels more culturally responsive to diverse students, something that would allow them to engage more and process the content effectively.

Tū Māia Kapa Haka Festival

At the conclusion of Te Wiki o te reo Māori this term, on Friday 17 September/Mahuru, kapa haka rōpu from across our area will head to our annual kapa haka festival, Tū Māia. Hundreds of tamariki from across 13 kura and daycare centres in our area will represented once again in celebration of te ao Māori and kapa haka.

In 2020, the festival was unable to be held due to COVID-19 but thankfully, it’s back this year. Orewa Beach School will be hosting the event in the Orewa College Events Centre for the whole day. All of our Kāhui Ako ki Orewa kura will be represented which is sign of how far we have come as a cluster. 

To all of the kaiako, kaimahi and akonga who are preparing at this time, kia kaha, kia māia, kia manawanui. To the rest of us, help where you can and look out for the videos that will follow.

Photo: Opening pōhiri for Tū Māia 2019


Kāhui Ako Calendar/Maramataka

Principal’s Meeting @ Silverdale School – 3.45pm 

Rāpare, te 19 o Hereturikōkā / Thursday 19 August 

Fortnightly Hui @ Orewa Beach School – 3.45pm

Rāpare, te 2 o Mahuru / Thursday 2 September 

Fortnightly Hui @ Orewa College – 3.30pm

Rāpare, te 16 o Mahuru / Thursday 16 September 

Te Wiki o te reo Māori

Rāhina, te 13 ki Rātapu te 19 o Mahuru / Monday 13 to Sunday 19 September 

Tū Māia Kapa Haka Festival

Rāmere, te 17 o Mahuru / Friday 17 September

Principal’s Meeting @ Dairy Flat 

Rāpare, te 23 o Mahuru / Thursday 23 September 

Fortnightly Hui @ Wainui School – 3.45pm

Rāpare, te 30 o Mahuru / Thursday 30 September

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