#12 Newsletter 2022

Rāmere, te 13 o te Mei 2022

Kia ora Koutou,

The across school leaders, the within school leaders, Cameron and I are thrilled to be able to meet back in person again. The 4 goals we have in place are moving along well we look forward to meeting in all your schools again over term 2. Meanwhile, keep safe and healthy and vigilant with your health and safety practice COVID hasn’t quite gone!!! Ka kite ano Gillian Bray 


Each week we will have a competition. One lucky winner will receive a $20 Millie’s Coffee voucher! It’s simple, just email your answer to kahuiako@orewacollege.nz before 4pm Wednesday 18th May to be in the draw.

This week’s Question: What does the colloquialism ‘Karawhuia’ translate to? 

Pink Shirt Day – Friday 20 May

Click on the link Pink Shirt Day to register, find ideas, see photos and access resources. 


By taking part in Pink Shirt Day, your school/kura is a part of a powerful movement to spread aroha and kindness and end bullying. You can celebrate Pink Shirt Day at a time that suits you, and keep the kaupapa going all year round.

Pink shirt day ideas:

  • Download our free resources, including posters, compliment cards, bunting, cupcake toppers and more! 
  • Staff and students wear pink – clothing, accessories, wigs etc. 
  • Best dressed PINK competition
  • Have a fun run, skipathon, or activity afternoon involving pink things e.g balloons, pink gumboot throwing.
  • Host a Pink shirt day Pink food competition or fundraiser bake sale
  • Make a Pink T-shirt Washing line – write positive / anti bullying messages on paper t-shirts – peg them on string and display them.
  • Paint a mural with a positive message e.g “Bee Kind”,  “Manaaki”
  • Make a class poster to promote anti bullying – give prizes in each year level
  • Read case studies about all kinds of people and organisations who have either experienced bullying or are taking a stand against it.
  • Hold a fun Pink quiz with your friends and colleagues! We’ve put together some questions you may want to use here.

Tech Week 2022! Real World Experiences

16th May – 22nd May

New Zealand’s tech and innovation sectors are growing rapidly. Techweek22 will foster that growth by providing the nation with a week-long, nationwide, opportunity to meet, share ideas and connect for a better tomorrow.

Techweek22 will be a mix of live, virtual, hybrid events and Techweek TV, so there’s something to suit everyone. They will explore six themes that showcase how technology can help keep people connected, the economy active, and how New Zealand can become a tech hub for thought leadership in what is a new dawn for all of us.

Techweek Themes:

Skills and Knowledge – The future we live and work in will be technologically advanced. New Zealand is focused on growing its tech and digital skills and talent pool to match the growing demand for jobs and careers in tech.

Digital TransformationWe are on a path to digital transformation with technology helping to keep people connected and the economy active.

Leaders & Innovation NZ is home to some of the most innovative people and businesses in the world. Now is the time to share inspiring stories of local tech innovation and leadership.

Climate & Sustainability NZ is defined b its natural environment, and its progressive and entrepreneurial spirit – qualities that can put us at the forefront of climate and sustainable tech solutions.

Global ImpactNow is the time to tell the story and position of NZ as an exciting tech industry to engage with.

Māori Tech Participation – Inclusivity is the bedrock of innovation. Techweek22 will elevate and showcase Māori excellence in digital and tech business and encourage our tangata whenua to explore digital career pathways.

Read more about Techweek Themes here

Techweek TV is a series of live, online video sessions. Recordings are also made in case you miss a session. Check out the lineup below:

Monday – Global Impact; & Leaders & Innovation – Your host and MC: David Downs, CEO, NZ Story Group

Tuesday – Leaders & Innovation – Your host and MC: Rosalie Nelson, CEO, Edmund Hillary Fellowship

Tuesday – Māori tech participation – Your host and MC: Kaye Maree Dunn, Director,Making Everything Achievable; Director, Ahau Limited

Wednesday – Climate & Sustainability; & Skills & Knowledge – Your host and MC: Mitchell Pham, Chair of NZTech and its Sustainability Subboard; Co-chair of FinTechNZ Sustainability Working Group; Director of CodeHQ

Thursday – Skills & Knowledge; & Digital Transformation – Your host and MC: Victoria MacLennan, CEO, IT Professionals 

 Friday – Digital Transformation – Your Hosts : Lauren Salisbury, CEO & Co-Founder, Platform8  & Greer Wilson, Founder, Young People Have Voices

Tune in from Monday 16th May each day from 9am Techweek TV here.

I recently asked my three grown children what were their lasting memories from their years at school. All three commented on remembering the teachers that cared or took an interest in them and how much that determined how they felt about the subject. When pushed, one of them said ‘ I liked the subject more and I did better that year because I could tell that the teacher cared about me and it just made me like going to class more. If I mucked around I would have let her down and I didn’t want to do that’.

This teacher demonstrates an awareness of Relational Pedagogy. Relational Pedagogy is one of the 5 main pedagogies we could be applying to our practice. 

How to build a Relational Pedagogy?

Invisible teaching practices include the feeling you have of sincere curiosity about your students or the deep sense of support you hold when you notice a student struggling. Even the empathetic mindset you use to plan a lesson or the facial expression you give to a student to show that they matter to you are examples of invisible teaching practices.

Treat Students as Subjects, Not Objects Relational teachers, teachers who value their students as learning subjects, see the time with their students as an opportunity to cultivate one of the most basic human needs: belonging. These teachers help students recognise that their thoughts matter and respect and care for each student regardless of their level of proficiency. 

Relational teachers see teaching first and foremost as a conversation with students. To teach our students effectively, we should know what they know, what they care about, who they are now, and who they are becoming. Taking time to initiate interaction and listen to what the students are trying to say about themselves while you teach is essential in being more relational in our practice and understanding our students.

Dialogic assessment is using assessment as a vehicle to measure the relationship quality with our classrooms. Teachers use assessment not solely to evaluate students but also as an opportunity to get to know their students. Dialogic assessment tends to stimulate student thinking better and drive more conversations which teachers can use to guide their instruction. Teachers achieve this by adding questions to their assessments such as “How is the exam going for you right now? Write a few words or details.” or “Did you guess or were you sure when you answered the previous question?” When Teachers add questions like these to their assessments, they increase the likelihood that their students see them as mentors in their lives.

Make Dialogue A Central Part of Your Practice Suppose we are sincere in our devotion to getting to know our students. In that case, we should feel more empowered to ask students about their internal and external experiences throughout the learning process.

Learning should be the student’s responsibility, and the responsibility of the conditions of learning should be the teachers. A gardener is someone who prunes, waters, and tends to the plant but does not tell the plant how to grow–the plant is responsible for growing itself. This gardening process should be the same in the classroom, where students learn how to develop themselves, and the teachers nurture this growth.

Create a family-like context for learning by rejecting deficit explanations for learners’ learning. By caring for and nurturing the learner, including their language and culture. Voicing and demonstrating high expectations and knowing what learners need to learn.

Use ways we know promote learning– 

  – Drawing on learners’ prior learning,

   – Using Formative assessment: Feedback,

   – Using Formative assessment: Feed-forward,

   – Using Co-construction processes,

   – Using Power-sharing strategies,

Extra reading if interested

Relationships are fundamental to learning

Doing the Invisible Work – Relational Pedagogy

Relation Based Practices for Todays Children

Te Ahu o Te Reo Māori Support

Across our Kāhui we have at least 40 people from our Kāhui Ako ki Orewa kura doing the Ministry initiative, Te Ahu o Te Reo Māori. 

The first wananga was last weekend and the feedback from staff who attend has been really positive. With the level of Te Reo and knowledge around tikanga lifting rapidly through this course, we see this as a real tipping point in the growth of te Ao Māori in our kura.

We are wanting to offer support to anyone who needs help with the content/homework or who has any questions relating to the learning. If you would like to kōrero, you can contact Mark Ralston by email at markralston@silverdaleprimary.school.nz. We are happy to help or point you in the right direction.

To all of you out there participating in weekend wananga and fortnightly night classes, we recognise the work you’re doing to improve your teaching practice, the  place of te Ao Māori in our kura and the outcomes for our ākonga.

Kia kaha, kia māia, kia mānawanui!

Kiwaha (colloquialisms) 

Each week we will introduce a new colloquialism to include in your vocabulary. This week is:

Karawhuia – Give it heaps

Kar – rdah – phew – ah

A great phrase for sporting events and encouraging others! 

A New Te Reo Māori Resource for Staff Discussions – NMSSA  

The NMSSA (National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement) findings have been used to develop a site with resources/tools to assist kaiako and/or kura on their journey to improve and strengthen te reo Māori learning opportunities. 

The resource was developed alongside the Ministry of Education and uses questioning cards to help spark engaging, thought-provoking discussions amongst staff. On the flip side of the cards are QR codes that direct users to resources to support the implementation of new ideas.

Examples below:

Kāhui Ako Hui Dates – Term Two 2022

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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