#13 Newsletter 2022

Rāmere, te 20 o te Mei 2022


Each week we will have a competition. One lucky winner will receive a $10 Millie’s Coffee voucher! It’s simple, just email your answer to kahuiako@orewacollege.nz

Congratulations to Lisa Wallace this week’s winner! 

This week’s question: What does the colloquium ‘Āna’ translate to? 

 Clarifying Hauora

This video was created by a Waitakere College staff member. It clearly explains the four areas of Hauora using Te Whare Tapa Wha.  What a fantastic video to share with your staff, students and community – perhaps through your school newsletter.

Over the next few weeks, we will be looking into the New Zealand Mental Health Foundation’s tips. We will break down each of the seven sections to help us all look after our own Hauora and wellbeing.

  1. Acknowledge this is a really challenging time

Our Mental Health Foundation says:

  • This is a time of increased pressure and stress for all of us. It is a time where things might feel they are constantly changing and there is uncertainty about how things will go in the coming weeks and months.
  • People will be experiencing a wide range of thoughts and feelings, including stress and worry about whanau and friends, continuing to work from home or returning to the workplace. 

  • Some will still have uncertainty about their employment or have lost their job because of the pandemic.  Financial hardship and uncertainty about the future is a reality for many right now.
  • Being a parent or carer of tamariki will, at times, add extra stress and pressure.  
  • Some parents will still have limited access to their usual networks (like neighbours, other families or grandparents).
  • Now that schools and early childhood learning centres have reopened, parents and carers of tamariki as well as tamariki themselves will be feeling a range of emotions about this change.

Allow yourself to acknowledge and accept this has been and continues to be an exceptional situation and that it can feel really tough.

  1. Be kind to yourself

Our Mental Health Foundation says:

  • Once you can acknowledge this is a challenging time, cut yourself some slack.  You are not going to be the perfect parent, carer, or employee during these changing and uncertain times.
  • Parents may have a strong sense of guilt or sense of failure about not being the kind of parent or partner that you would like to be right now.
  • You may feel frustrated, angry or disappointed in yourself. Recognise these feelings and try to respond to them with compassion – just like you would if a friend was feeling this way.

Remember: being a good enough parent is good enough.

Spotlight – Silverdale School

Jackie Boyd – Code Fitness

Our fitness programme was getting boring and the kids wanted to be part of the decision making on what we do and how we exercise.

We planned a Code You Fitness programme where students could design 3 activities that we complete in sequence for fitness. We brought in the language of computational thinking:

Sequencing – our 3 activities (needing to be 3 different styles of fitness; cardio, weights, stretch)

Debugging – can everyone do this activity? Do we need equipment? Do we need a classroom/gym/courts/field?

The student created their own fitness activities on their whiteboards using stick figures. Once ‘debugged’ they were then copied across to cards. 

Every day we draw out two cards from our fitness box and code ourselves to complete the fitness programme. The kids love it! They all participate and then give feedback to the creators.

CS Unplugged Lesson Plan


Check out the upcoming FREE online workshops being offered in Week 7 & 8 celebrating Matariki! A great opportunity to use digital supports to engage with learners and Matariki.

Find out more here

Bullying-Free Week NZ

Netsafe receives hundreds of calls every week from young people experiencing bullying online.  We know this can be a tricky problem to get in front of, but it is important to have processes in your school that prevent or minimise bullying happening and those that support a useful response.   

This year’s Bullying-Free New Zealand week is all about focusing on the positive mahi already happening in school communities across Aotearoa to support safe, inclusive school cultures where everyone is being heard and listened to, and feels they belong. 

Netsafe has advice dealing with online bullying and incident management

Kīwaha o Te Wiki (Idiom)

Āna! (Ahhh-nah!) 

Yes I agree, that’s right!

Curriculum Refresh

Part 1

Over the next few weeks our Within School leaders will be presenting information around the Curriculum Refresh. This will be structured in different parts, the first being around the 

To help front load this information below is some information and a short video you might find helpful. Just click on the image.


‘The New Zealand Curriculum’ is being refreshed to make sure every child experiences success in their learning, and that their progress and achievement is responded to and celebrated.

To create this future, the goals for ‘The New Zealand Curriculum’ refresh and for teaching and learning are to:

  1. Honour our mutual obligations to and through Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  2. Create curriculum that is inclusive so that all ākonga see themselves, and succeed in their learning
  3. Make sure ‘The New Zealand Curriculum’ is clear about the learning that matters
  4. Make sure ‘The New Zealand Curriculum’ is easy to use for teachers.

Snapshot of what’s changing

Vision for Young People, purpose, and principlesThe vision, purpose, principles and will provide a call to action to design responsive local curriculum – to support all ākonga to succeed in their learning.
Learning area statements describe the knowledge and skills that are important to each of the eight learning areas, but they are not consistent or clear about the learning that must be covered.All learning areas will be refreshed and made clear about the learning that matters in a consistent ‘Understand, Know, Do’ framing. This will support schools to design local curriculum and make it easier to integrate learning from across the curriculum.
Learning area statements are not clear how they support the development of Mātauranga Māori, key competencies, literacy, and numeracy.Knowledge derived from Te Ao Māori will sit at the heart of each learning area, along with other knowledge-systems that reflect the cultural uniqueness of Aotearoa New Zealand. Each learning area will contain and be explicit about how it contributes to ākonga development of key competencies, literacy, and numeracy – meaning teachers can focus on teaching, learning and progress for every child.
The curriculum levels are not clear on progression. Each Learning Area has Achievement Objectives but these are not clear on showing progress, are inconsistent in their size and importance, and are therefore difficult to use when designing local curriculum that support ākonga progression.Curriculum levels will be redefined as progressions, and progress outcomes will replace Achievement Objectives.  Progression will be shown as five phases of learning. Each Learning Area will have one progress outcome per phase so that it is easy to see the next focus. 
The guidance section (this includes ‘The School Curriculum Design and Review, Effective Pedagogy) is based on 2007 known best-practice.The guidance will be updated to reflect the goals of The New Zealand Curriculum refresh, using latest evidence, research, and emerging best practice.
Teachers and kaiako use a range of methods to understand, respond to, and provide feedback on each students’ progress and achievement across the curriculum. Schools and kura have flexibility around assessment practices and discretion on the assessment tools they use. The Ministry provides a range of supports for this.To better support learner’s progress and achievement, digital Records of Learning (RoL) for all ākonga are being developed in line with the refresh. These records of learning will be collaboratively generated by ākonga, whānau and teachers. RoL will support teachers more easily respond to the learning needs of young people, recognising their unique identities, aspirations, and achievements. Ongoing focus will be to strengthen assessment tools. The current PLD priority of assessment for learning to support practice will continue.

Learning areas will be refreshed, starting with the inclusion of the new Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories content within the refreshed Social Sciences learning area, ready for schools to use in 2022. English, Mathematics and Statistics will be refreshed in 2022. Science, Technology and The Arts will be refreshed in 2023, then Health and Physical Education and Learning Languages in 2024.

Coming Soon –

Te Herenga Waka o Orewa Marae Hui/Pōhiri for Staff and Leaders

We are currently in the process of organising a leaders hui and pōhiri for staff who haven’t yet been to our local marae, Te Herenga Waka o Orewa for next term.

Leaders Hui

We try our best to head to marae with tumuaki/principals and heads of Māori across our kura every year to establish and maintain connections/relationships with the marae, strategise and measure progress in our kura.

We have booked the marae for this hui for Thursday/Tāite 11th August/Ākuhata from 9am and will be inviting all leaders to participate in the process. Kereama Nathan, the kaumatua of the marae, plans to work with us to create a whakatuākī (Proverbial Saying) for the Kāhui Ako ki Orewa and guide us to reflect on, review and set goals around our Rautaki Reo Māori/Language Strategy document moving forward.

An official email/invite will be sent out in the coming weeks once the details are finalised.

Pōhiri for Staff

For all Kāhui staff who have never been to Te Herenga Waka o Orewa Marae, we are holding a pōhiri to officially welcome you to the area and to connect you to this special taonga/treasure of our area. We have booked the marae for Tuesday/Tūrei 9 August/Ākuhata at 3:45pm.

Many of our staff and ākonga have been through the doors of Te Herenga Waka o Orewa in the last few years and all have revved about what a great experience it is. This is something we recommend for all to do.

As with the Leaders hui, an official email/invite will be sent out in the coming weeks once the details are finalised.

Kāhui Ako Hui Dates – Term Two 2022

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

Other Dates:

New Staff Pōhiri @ Te Herenga Waka o Orewa Marae 9th August/Ākuhata – 3:45pm

Māori Leaders Hui @ Te Herenga Waka o Orewa Marae 11th August/Ākuhata – 9am

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