#36 Newsletter 2021

Rāmere, te 10 o Tīhema 2021

Te Ao Māori – Kupu o te Wiki/Word of the WeekMeri Kirihimete 

This week’s kupu is Meri Kirihimete (mee-ree key-re-he-mi-tea)

You have probably heard it before when someone has said the phrase, “Meri Kirihimete” (Merry Christmas). 


“Meri Kirihimete”

mee-ree key-re-he-mi-tea

Merry Christmas

“Ngā mihi o te Kirihimete ki a koe” 

Nah me-he oar teh key-re-he-mi-tea key ah kweh

Christmas greetings to you

“Ngā mihi o te Kirihimete me te Tau Hau”

Nah me-he oar tear key-re-he-mi-tea meh teh Toe Hoe

Greetings for Christmas and the New Year

“Kua tae ki te wā Kirihimete”

Koo-a tie key teh waa key-re-he-mi-tea

Christmas time has arrived

Give a special te reo Māori card to your whānau this Christmas. And to take your kirihimete to the next level, download our custom designed wrapping paper. Meri Kirihimete!

Link here

An Aotearoa Kirihimete – Giving and Decorating

Hauora/Learner Support

These WELLBEING TIPS will help you to step into the New Year a happier, healthier you

1. Savour the moments – disconnect to reconnect. Christmas is all about spending quality time with families and friends. Connections with people are important. Disconnect from your screens to reconnect with the people that really matter in your life.Top tip: Stay present – stop looking forward to the next thing, slow down and enjoy right now.2. Stay hydrated
Alcohol and too much tea/coffee affect us. Get into the habit of drinking a glass of water when you wake up every morning. Whilst drinking alcohol – drink water between alcoholic drinks – one water one wine – and make sure you drink plenty of water before you go to bed!
3. Spend more time being than doingAlthough connecting with others is great for our health, spending 10 minutes a day to pamper yourself or just be on your own simply enjoying being rather than doing, is also vitally important. Schedule 10 minutes for yourself every day giving your body and mind a break.4. Conscious consuming
When we are rushing around, our body simply doesn’t absorb as many nutrients and our mind forgets we’ve even eaten! This results in over consuming empty calories, making us more and more nutrient deficient and increases those dreaded cravings!
5. Move your lymphatic system
Your lymphatic system requires movement to eliminate the toxins in your body. Exercise is a great place to start to shift these toxins. Short bursts of jumping, dancing and sprinting are the best choices but power walking also has its benefits.
6. Get outside to experience Summer.The benefits of being in touch with nature; from reducing depression and anxiety to lowering blood pressure. It can even help with ADHD and autism in children. Find parks, green spaces or even your garden. Go for long walks with the family, a friend, your dog or on your own. Soak up the beauty of nature and notice how much more calm you feel. 
7. Practice daily gratitude
Writing 3 things you are grateful for every day for 21 days straight increased people’s happiness levels, decreased their stress load and even boosted their immune system!Top tip: Leave a notepad by your bed. Write three different things every day that you’re grateful for.
8. Give more than you ever expect to receiveDoing something for a friend, helping a stranger, volunteering, making a present, completing random acts of kindness or simply taking the time to genuinely thank someone will strengthen relationships and create experiences that material gifts can’t even get close to. 

21st Century Learning/Ako Ināianei Tonu

As we reach the end of the year I thought it would be a good idea to take a look back on all the posts this year about pedagogy and 21st Century Learning. 

If anything looks interesting just click on the newsletter which will take you to the post. 

Newsletter # 12 Do schools kill creativity? Sir Ken Robinson20/5/21
Newsletter # 13Teaching 21st Century Learners28/5/21
Newsletter #14 Emerging Principles of 21st Century Learning4/6/21
Newsletter #15  A curriculum that uses knowledge to develop learning capacity11/6/21
Newsletter #16  Technology in 21st Century Learning18/6/21
Newsletter #17 Collaboration not Silo’s25/6/21
Newsletter #18 Formative Assessment Part 12/7/21
Newsletter #19 Formative Assessment Part 29/7/21
Newsletter #20 Design Thinking30/7/21
Newsletter #21 Flipped Learning6/8/21
Newsletter #22 Learning made Culturally Responsive13/8/21
Newsletter #23 Student Agency27/8/21
Newsletter #24 Empowering Students in Distance Learning Environments3/9/21
Newsletter # 25 Inquiry10/9/21
Newsletter #26 Good Blogs to Read17/9/21
Newsletter # 27 What is Heutagogy24/9/21
Newsletter #29 Question Based Learning22/10/21
Newsletter # 30 Critical Thinking29/10/21
Newsletter #31 Formative Assessment Continuous Feedback Loop5/11/21
Newsletter #32 Developing a Local Curriculum19/11/21
Newsletter #33 Beyond Pedagogy – 8 things teachers need to be effective in the classroom26/11/21
Newsletter #34 Differentiated Learning 3/12/21

Future Ready/Digital Curriculum/Anga Whakamua


Aotearoa’s own Gamefroot worked with Te Papa to create an amazing game where you explore the deep sea as a giant squid! Link


Disney’s Moana – the popular Disney show showing your tamariki to code their way through the ocean. Link 

Computer Science Connections

Code.org’s newest curriculum makes the connections between learning computer science and other subjects like math, language arts, science, and social studies. Through CS Connections, K-12 classrooms explore their usual subjects in exciting new ways! Link

Open-ended Projects

Continue making connections between computer science and traditional subjects with Code.org’s cross-curricular projects. They take just 1-2 instructional hours to complete and are ideal for any teachers looking to develop topic-specific projects to fit within their existing curriculum.

Tip: These projects require some understanding of computer science basics, so we recommend completing our Hello World Hour of Code activity before getting started!





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