#9 Newsletter 2022

Rāmere, te 8 o Aperira 2022

Te whare tapa whā and wellbeing

The Four Pillars of Our Hauora

The Māori holistic model of health, te whare tapa whā, reminds you to take care of all the different aspects of your life to support your wellbeing. With 4 walls, the wharenui (meeting house) is a symbol of these 4 dimensions. The wharenui’s connection with the whenua (land) forms the foundation for the other 4 dimensions. Connection to the land and to nature has been shown to improve mental and physical wellbeing.

The four pillars are explained as:   (For the full article click on this link)

Taha tinana (physical wellbeing)

Taha tinana is your physical wellbeing. It is about how your body grows, feels and moves, and how you care for it. 

  • Nourishing and strengthening your physical wellbeing helps you to cope with the ups and downs and life. 
  • Feeling physically well helps you feel mentally well.  
  • Some key things to take care of taha tinana are physical activity, healthy eating, sleep and not smoking. 

Taha hinengaro (mental and emotional wellbeing)

Taha hinengaro is your mind, heart, conscience, thoughts and feelings. It’s about how you feel, as well as how you communicate and think.

  • Taking care of taha hinengaro is important for everyone, regardless of whether or not you’ve experienced mental illness or distress. 
  • When taha hinengaro is strong, you can better cope with life’s challenges.
  • You can express your feelings and reach out for support from friends, whānau and hoamahi (colleagues) if you need to. 

Taha wairua (spiritual wellbeing) 

Your spiritual essence is your life force – your mauri. This is who and what you are, where you have come from and where you are going. 

  • For some, wairua is the capacity for faith or religious beliefs or having a belief in a higher power.
  • For others, wairua is an internal connection to the universe or the sacred. 
  • There is no right or wrong way to think of or experience wairua, but it is an important part of your mental wellbeing. 
  • Spiritual wellbeing can be expressed through beliefs, values, traditions and practices that support self-awareness and identity.
  • Taha wairua provides a sense of meaning and purpose as well as experiencing a sense of connectedness to self, whānau, community, nature and the sacred.

Taha whānau (family wellbeing)

Taha whānau is about who makes you feel like you belong, who you care about and who you share your life with.

  • Whānau is about extended relationships – it’s not just your immediate relatives, it’s your friends, hoamahi (colleagues), community and the people you care about. 
  • Everyone has a place and a role to fulfil within their whānau, and whānau contributes to your individual wellbeing and identity.
  • Spending time with whānau, doing things for them and getting involved gives you a feeling of purpose, connection and wellbeing. It benefits you and strengthens your whānau. 
  • As a core source of strength, support, security and identity, whānau plays a central role in your wellbeing. 

Bloom’s Taxonomy

Bloom’s Taxonomy was a remarkable attempt to create a system of learning that focuses on how people learn and organise content around those natural aptitudes.

Created by Benjamin Bloom in 1956, Bloom’s Taxonomy offered a method and structure to think about thinking. 

Below, we’ve collected a list of blog posts, apps, tools, videos, and strategies to help educators become more proficient with the system.

Course: An Introduction To Bloom’s Taxonomy

How To Write Lesson Objectives Using Bloom’s Taxonomy

Myths About Bloom’s Taxonomy For Teachers

The Padagogy Wheel

Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy full version pdf

Alternatives To Bloom’s Taxonomy

Changes To Bloom’s Taxonomy

Three-Dimensional Bloom’s Taxonomy Model

Reflection Prompts Based On Bloom’s Taxonomy

Bloom’s Taxonomy Power Verbs

Strategies For Teaching With Bloom’s Taxonomy

50 Ways To Use Bloom’s Taxonomy In The Classroom

The Definition Of Bloom’s Taxonomy

Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy Power Verbs For Planning

Ways To Use Twitter Based On Bloom’s Taxonomy

Bloom’s Taxonomy is a framework for classifying learning outcomes, and objectives are one of the most important aspects of any education system. Objectives help students determine what they need to know in order to succeed, and can be tailored to the specific needs of each student. When writing objectives for your students, you can use Bloom’s Taxonomy to create effective and attainable goals that are based on the concepts and skills the framework provides.

SPOTLIGHT – Orewa Primary

Simon Koziarski

This week we are shining the spotlight on one of our kaiako who’s getting the mahi done at Orewa Primary School. Simon is one of our within-school leaders and has spent the past few years developing te ao Māori in his kura and in his own personal life.

Kia Ora Tātou

Ko Hāimona tōku ingoa. He Kaiako ahau ki Te Kura Tuatahi ō Orewa. 

One of our focuses in terms of Te Ao Māori in our kura has been on upskilling kaimahi(staff). We’ve found that one of the biggest barriers for our teachers in our school community to be able to deliver quality Te Reo content is our own skill levels and confidence. 

We currently have a weekly staff Te Reo Rōpū held before school on a Wednesday. It’s been really heartwarming to see many of our teachers and teacher aides commit the time and energy it takes to further their own Te Reo. It has been a great place for teachers to ask pātai (questions) and to share resources and successes that they have had in their own Te Reo teaching practice. Our students are really benefiting from having staff more confident and more capable of delivering and facilitating meaningful Te Reo content in our classrooms. 

Another way we have met this goal is through a more formal Te Reo study. I wanted to take this opportunity to congratulate the 4 staff members of Orewa Primary who have just completed and graduated from various levels of their Te Ahu O Te Reo Māori studies. Tēnei te mihi ki a rātou i tā rātou mahi. Māuriora! He tino waimarie ā rātou akōnga. Your students are lucky to have you! 

Lastly, it has been great to be able to relaunch our Mau Rakau and Poi sessions at our kura recently. Ongoing covid restrictions have made Kapa Haka difficult to implement, but with the tautoko (support) of our Kāhui Ako we’ve been able to engage and immerse our senior students in some really meaningful Te ao Māori activities on a weekly basis.

SPOTLIGHT – Orewa Beach School

Road to Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

Starting in Cardiff, Wales visit all of the past UK Commonwealth Games locations as well as a few famous spots we are sure you will recognise. Your mission will be completed when you reach the Opening Ceremony of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games at Alexander Stadium. This is a great way to add some fun to your fitness, increase movement within your class and also start a conversation about New Zealand athletes and why we are part of the commonwealth games. 

Another thing that you can do through the New Zealand Olympic Committee is get a athlete to come into your school to do a presentation. Sometimes this is a local legend like Barbara Kendall or you might be lucky enough to get someone competing at the Commonwealth games before they head off. 

We are going to be using this as part of our daily fitness challenge and also in conjunction with the new bike track we have. 

Click on the picture below to register. 

For further information on how the kaiako and kura are using this to support learning contact Hamish at Orewa Beach School – h.ross@orewabeach.school.nz

Podcast – Ten Minute Techie

Hosted by Digital Circus – Every week learn about some new tech tips for the classroom in ten minutes with your host teacher and educator, Toni Westcott. Follow at @TechieTen

Ignite Creativity with iPad

Join, Paula and Mandy for their 2022 Digital Series, especially designed for NZ Primary kaiako and catering for kura using Google Workspace! Take part in Matariki-themed iPad creativity challenges, earn badges and gain access to a wealth of resources you can take straight back to the classroom to explore with your ākonga. Don’t miss out! Enrol now! Link

Kāhui Ako Hui Dates – Term Two 2022

5th May – Orewa Beach School – 11am ASL

5th May – Orewa College – 3.30pm ASL and WSL

12th May – Orewa College – 10.15am ASL

19th May – Dairy Flat School – 11am ASL

19th May – Orewa College – 3.30pm ASL and WSL

26th May – Orewa Primary – 10.35am ASL

2nd June – Wainui School – 10.10am ASL

2nd June – Orewa College – 3.30pm ASL and WSL

9th June – Silverdale School – 11.05am ASL

16th May – Orewa Beach School – 11am ASL

16th June – Orewa College – 3.30pm ASL and WSL

23rd June – Orewa College – 10.15am ASL

30th June – Dairy Flat School – 11am ASL

30th June – Orewa College – 3.30pm ASL and WSL

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