#22 Newsletter

Rāmere, te 22 o te Hepetema 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   Emily Dixon      this weeks winner! 

This weeks Question: What does the colloquium “Tau kōe” translate 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


Moonhack is set for Lift Off! In 2022 Moonhack will run for 2 weeks in October as part of World Space Week celebrations, to give everyone the best chance to take part.


Moonhack is a free international event bringing kids from across the world together for two weeks of coding!

Suitable for kids ages 8-15, it’s a free, easy and hands-on way to get coding, no matter where you are.

Now in its 7th year, Moonhack has seen more than 150,000 kids who have coded as part of this global event.


10 Free Design Tools

  1. SocialSizes.io – get the right size images with social sizes
  2. Smart Mockups – create stunning product mockups easily and online
  3. Gradihunt – create auto-generated gradient backgrounds
  4. Gimp – a free and open-source image editor
  5. Colorbook – choose colour combinations
  6. Wordmark – help you choose the best font
  7. Coverr – get free quality stock video footage
  8. Undraw – free illustrated drawings for your presentations or website
  9. Iconfinder – find awesome icons to add spark to your designs
  10. CloudConvert – an online file converter that supports nearly all formats

Source: Tessa Davis (Original Tweet)

Local Hītori – Local History

As a rōpū we are collecting local history resources that cover from the North Shore up to Mangawhai. 

We are after historical information in any form including photos, articles, books, websites etc… These can be both Māori and Pākehā historical accounts. These might be stories handed down from grandparents about there time growing up or living in the area.

Historical information about all of our Kāhui Ako kura would also be highly valuable process in putting together a picture of the local area over years gone by for our tamariki.

If you know any experts, have knowledge, resources or skills that could help us, please contact Mark at markralston@silverdaleprimary.school.nz

Next week is…..

After the last two years where Covid-19 has caused a lot of separation or distance between friends, family and perhaps nature, there is a shift in focus.  This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) theme is….

Take time to reconnect with Friends, Whanau and Nature.  Connection is a fundamental part of our hauora/wellbeing.  Connecting with those we care about in our lives, helps us to be supported, purposeful, relational and share love.  Connecting with nature helps us to relax, take time out, be peaceful, have time for ourselves, get some fresh air and treasure the natural world around us.  Connection can refresh us, remind us we are loved, help us appreciate, give us a boost, and allow us to give back.

The MHAW website has downloadable resources. Click on this link to access these helpful resources (as shown in the picture below) for your whanau or students.

Take time to RECONNECT!

Aotearoa New Zealand Histories Years 4-6

The Aotearoa Histories Curriculum is divided into four bands. 

Years 1-3, Years 4-6, Years 7-8 and Years 9-10

Below are some examples of how the Aotearoa Histories Curriculum could be used from Years 4-6 (the link  for more information is below them)

EVERYTHING is framed up within the Understand, Know, Do framework.

Link to resource

Another example on how to use AHC in your Years 4-6 class

Theme: identity and representation (Years 4-6) Who we are, and who gets to tell the stories of who we are.

This theme focuses learners on the subjective nature of representation – and how values, attitudes, and beliefs impact on how identity is communicated to others. Learners explore the ways in which costume and adornment can communicate identity, and consider the ways in which their developing identity is expressed. They consider the power of storytelling and the ways in which we can ensure it is authentic.Learners look at the ways in which art and technology can be used as tools to respond, redress, and retell history. They consider and then respond to the motivations and purpose of the artist Lisa Reihana’s work as a reaction to the colonial lens.

Check Out this resource from Digital Kete

Sign up and you can download for free!

Kiwaha o Te Wiki (Idiom)

“Tau kē” Awesome! Cool!

“Toe keh”

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