#24 Newsletter 2021

Rāmere, te 3 o Mahuru 2021

We hope everyone is well,  safe and dry during Lockdown Level 4 and after the horrendous storm we had recently.

Lockdown is challenging, and for some of our community members it is a time where there is a real need for support.  If you need support with food supply, or you are in a position to donate items, please use the contact information below.

Love Soup Hibiscus Coast
Love Soup is a local organisation that helps those in need.  Please find their contact details for those that can donate and those in need: 

Email: lshc@lovesoup.org.nz  |  Website: LINK  |   Facebook LINK

Hauora/Learner Support

Getting students offline and away from their computer screens is really important for all round wellbeing.  Supporting our mental health and our physical health is super important during these times where our normal routines are disrupted or changed. Here are two fantastic posters/pages which you can share with your students to encourage offline activity.

Students can post photos of their creations on a class Padlet page to share with the class.  To start your own padlet click here:   PADLET

Future Ready/Digital Curriculum/Anga Whakamua

Online Safety Information

TikTok and Netsafe have partnered to develop the TikTok Family Safety Toolkit to help whānau navigate some of the challenges and have fun. We know parents want more support and this is a handy guide.

Schools across the country are back in remote learning, causing added pressure and anxiety for many students, parents & whānau. Linewize would like to offer our support to your school community through our Healthier Home Learning webinar series.

Managing screen time 

We know many parents worry about the amount of time their kids spend online. With many ways of connecting, learning and being entertained not all screen time is created equally. Netsafe has put some advice together to help you work out what’s right for you and your family. Learn more here.

Netsafe’s Staying Safe Online Guide is a handy lockdown resource as we all rely on the internet a little more. The internet offers many benefits, but it also comes with nuisances and risks, from spam to the theft of personal information. This guide helps protect people of all ages. It’s available in different languages and contains top tips from some of the world’s biggest online platforms from Facebook to Google, Netflix to TradeMe. Read it here


Cyclone is proud to bring you our Minecraft Lockdown Challenge to test your student’s and teacher’s creative and design thinking skills.

Prizes – One free day of PLD training for the teachers at each winning school.

A Minecraft Lego pack for each winner in each category

Goodie bag from Microsoft

Entries close  5pm Friday 1st October.

21st Century Learning/Ako Ināianei Tonu

Empowering Students in Distance Learning Environments

It has been observed that the students who are the best at navigating distance learning environments are not necessarily the most tech-savvy. Instead, they are the most self-directed. They are the go-getters and the problem-solvers. They are the students who are able to be self-starters and self-managers.

Empowering students with collaborative learning. Distance learning doesn’t have to mean working alone. Using both synchronous and asynchronous tools, students can own the learning through deeper collaboration. The key is to design distance learning tasks that use both structure and interdependency

Let students chase their curiosity. Student ownership includes the opportunity to ask tons of questions and then find the answers on your own. The self-paced element of distance learning can make inquiry-based learning work well. Students could do something like a Wonder Day or Wonder Week project

Tap into student interests. When students own the learning, they get an opportunity to pursue their own interests and passions. This could mean a Genius Hour project, a Geek Out Blog, a thematic podcast, or a Myth Busters style project. But the goal is to allow students to share their interests and passions within the class setting. Think of it as an advanced version of show and tell.

John Spencer has some fantastic ideas. Watch the Recorded Webinar: You can find the replay here.

Bringing te ao Māori into your Zui/Zooms

We recently heard Sir Ian Taylor say that he prefers not to see challenges as a challenge, but as opportunities. Lockdown brings opportunities to our teacher practice including being able to incorporate te ao Māori into this on-line learning world. 

Below are some small steps te ao Māori can be applied in your zui/zooms with students and staff and te ao Māori can continue to grow and thrive in our practice.

  1. Start with a karakia: Every hui in te ao Māori starts with a karakia. If you don’t feel comfortable leading it, no problem. Here is a link to karakia that you can share on screen and just push an audio play button.

Karakia link

  1. Use basic greetings when people enter and at the end of the zui/zoom e.g.
    1. Kia ora (key-ah-or-rdah) Hello
    2. Mōrena! (Mor-rdeh-nah) Morning
    3. Ahiahi marie (Ah-he-ah-he mar-rde-ear) Good afternoon
    4. Ka kite anō (Car key-teh ah-nor) See you again
    5. Hei āpōpō (Hey ah-pawpaw) See you tomorrow
  2. Ask how people are as they enter or as a wellbeing check up with, Kei te pēhea koe? (Kay teh pear-here kweh?) How are you?

To some of us, none of these things are new but it good to be reminded at times that we can do small things that can have a big impact.

Kia kaha, kia māia, kia manawanui – Be strong, be brave and be resolute.

Kāhui Ako ki Orewa Calendar/Maramataka 

Te Wiki o te reo Māori

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

The Māori Language Moment

Rātū, te 14 o Mahuru / Tuesday 14 September 

Tū Māia Kapa Haka Festival Cancelled for 2021

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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