#17 Newsletter 2022

Rāmere, te 1 o te Hūrae 2022

Competition – 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

Congratulations to   Dianne Sinclair   this weeks winner! 

This weeks Question: What does the colloquium Me he tētranslate to? 

Have something to share? Get in contact with one of our Across School Leaders – we would love to hear from you!

markralston@silverdaleprimary.school.nz Te ao Māori

l.evans@orewacollege.nz Hauora

jackieboyd@silverdaleprimary.school.nz Future Ready

bodea-bayes@orewaprimary.school.nz 21st Century Pathways

Matariki Celebrations

‘Mānawatia a Matariki’

On the Hibiscus Coast, we have been all coming together to celebrate Matariki with rekindled enthusiasm, gathering to fly kites, perform kapa haka, share kai, karakia, tell stories, reflect on our tīpuna and look to the new year ahead. 

All across our kura, and the community as a whole, the new public holiday has seems to have shone a spotlight on the importance and beauty of Matariki. It is wonderful to see Māori and tauiwi coming together and celebrating something unique to the Pacific.

Our local marae, Te Herenga Waka o Orewa gathered the community together at Orewa beach at dawn for rolling karakia on Friday 24 June to welcome in the Māori New Year. People of all cultures and religions attended and looked to the future as one. 

Orewa College/ Ko te Kāreti o Orewa student kapa haka rōpū perform at this years annual Matariki concert held at Whangaparāoa College. It is great to see so many tamariki participating in kapa haka at the college this year.

Students from Silverdale School fly kites at Metro Park, an annual Matariki event that brings whānau together.

Orewa Primary students made whetū circuits out of dough and LEDs. Other students wove stars – whetū, on discs.

Upcoming Kāhui Ako ki Orewa Pōhiri for Staff at Marae

Check out our invitations for the upcoming Pōhiri for all staff who have never been to Te Herenga Waka o Orewa.

It’s been a long time coming and it’s a big moment for us to be able to head back to the marae again.

If you want to get on this waka, let your Maori leader know at your kura and you’re in. No matter how long you have taught in the area, if you have never been then this is for you.

If you would like to attend, please fill in the form via this link

Nau mai haere mai ki tō tātou marae.

Invitation below:


The last two years of disrupted learning at school have created an observed effect on the way many of our tamariki interact with each other.  Our Kahui Ako Learner support team have discussed how our students have missed out on social development stages during important growth time. We concluded that emotional regulation skills are lacking in some of our tamariki.  

We have invested in a set of very useful books for each of our Kahui Ako ki Orewa schools.  These story books can be read to a whole class, group, pairs or individuals, in many different settings.  They are a useful tool in aiding emotional regulation.

The set of books can be found with your Kura SENCO, who can also give you advice on ways to help students manage their emotions and social interactions.

These story books do not need to be just for students with Asperges / ASD. They are beneficial stories with lessons for all.

Deep inside everyone, a red beast lies sleeping. When it is asleep, the red beast is quite small, but when it wakes up, it begins to grow and grow.

Have you ever felt a sense of dread and worry creeping over you? That might be the Panicosaurus coming out to play…Sometimes the Panicosaurus tricks Mabel’s brain into panicking about certain challenges. With the help of Smartosaurus, who lets her know there is really nothing to be afraid of, Mabel discovers different ways to manage Panicosaurus, and defeat the challenges he creates.

When things don’t go our way, the Disappointment Dragon can come to visit and take us down to his home in the Valley of Despair… The Disappointment Dragon sometimes comes to see us all and, if we let him, he can make us feel sad or angry.

This is the story of the awakening of a Green-Eyed Goblin. It is about how to cope with jealousy and how it can sometimes make us feel not good enough.

Spotlight: Orewa Primary School

Makey Makey

Following on from their Inquiry into simple circuits, Room 20 applied their new learning to see if they could make a banana scream!  They used the Makey Makey which is an invention kit designed to connect everyday objects to computer keys. Using a circuit board, alligator clips, and a USB cable, the Makey Makey’s use closed loop electrical signals to send the computer either a keyboard stroke or mouse click signal which brings engineering and coding concepts to life in exciting new ways. Room 20 wired up bananas to a Makey Makey and with a little bit of help from Mr Ellis and some Scratch code they were able to use the bananas to connect the circuits and make them scream!  Later on, the students learned to record their own sound effects and some even made a piano out of bananas!  The Makey Makey ignites curiosity in the classroom, and fosters creativity and collaborative learning in an environment where success is not measured by a single correct answer but from the actions of making mistakes and trying different solutions. 

Contact:  Andrew Ellis aellis@orewaprimary.school.nz

Matariki from OMGTech!

Hope you had a fabulous Matariki with whānau, kai, and cold starry mornings!  OMGtech! is running a bunch of free online wānanga with kura across Aotearoa, using Scratch and MakeCode Arcade.

Next week, join Matua Maikara, Kawana, and Geoff for an awesome live 1-hour Matariki Wrap Party! He will be reflecting on Matariki, making a StarChaser Game, and creating Matariki raps in Scratch!

Being Safe Online:

Resource 2:

Many details that raise “red flags” for adults can go overlooked by kids. Help them learn what they are, what to look for, and how to “trust their gut” when they encounter suspicious or possibly harmful emails, websites, and apps.

Know The Signs of a Potential Scam

Kiwaha o Te Wiki (Idiom)

“Pāia” (Par-e-yah!)


This is a handy saying for our tamariki and rangatahi

Histories Curriculum…Where do I start? 

Start where you are.

Introducing the Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories curriculum content means building on what you are doing and opening the conversation for deep discussion.

There are two ways in which ākonga will explore history. 

The first is ākonga learning about themselves and their world. The second is exploring connections to the wider world. The skills learnt will support ākonga as uri whakaheke (descendants), who bring with them their own unique backgrounds and ancestral stories and will help ākonga to understand their own identity as Māori in Aotearoa.


The critical inquiry that is part of the new curriculum will help ākonga evaluate their history and their place in the world which will allow them to become better citizens – not just of Aotearoa but globally. This inquiry will be delivered through…

Understand, Know, and Do. 

These elements are not separate, and do not operate in a sequence. Instead teachers weave the elements to create learning that is deep and meaningful to the contexts of their own classrooms. 

‘Understand’ relates to the big ideas surrounding Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories that connect students to their learning to help ensure that the learning is not just important but also relevant to the āko nga and their whānau and community. 

Credit Paul Tucker and Pip Cowley

‘Know’ is exploring rich contexts that come from stories, events, and people from local rohe, hapū, iwi so that learners can help to understand what has shaped the world that they live in. 

Credit Paul Tucker and Pip Cowley

‘Do’ involves thinking critically about the past and interpreting stories from it. It allows the students to consider and take actions based on valid information from various sources that have multiple perspectives.  

Credit Paul Tucker and Pip Cowley

Kāhui Ako Hui Dates – Term Three 2022

28th July – Orewa Primary – 10.35am ASL

28th July – Orewa College – 3.30pm WSL

4th August – Wainui Primary – 10.10am ASL

11th August – Silverdale – 11.05am ASL

11th August – Orewa College – 3.30pm WSL

18th August – Orewa Beach – 11am ASL

25th August – Orewa College – 10.15am ASL

25th August – Orewa College – 3.30pm WSL

1st September – Dairy Flat School – 11am ASL

8th September – Orewa Primary – 10.35am ASL

8th September – Orewa College – 3.30pm WSL

15th September – Wainui Primary – 10.10am ASL

22nd September – Silverdale School – 11.05am ASL

22nd September – Orewa College – 3.30pm WSL

29th September – No Hui

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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