#26 Newsletter 2022

Rāmere, te 2 o te Tīhema 2022

Kia ora Koutou,

As the year draws to an end and we reflect on what Kāhui ako ki Orewa has been for us in 2022. Despite the continued challenges of the pandemic and the life interruptions, we met so, so regularly in all of our six schools. 

We made steady gains and we all contributed to the mahi of the Kāhui Ako ki Orewa. 

Thank you to each and every one of you for your hard mahi, as a collective can and does make a difference!!! Farewell and big thank you to Bridget O’Dea, Across School Leader of 21St Century Pathways, we know you are taking the next steps in your career. Farewell and thank you to Within School Leaders.

Linda Reubens and Bev Stutchbury from Orewa College, Hamish Ross from Orewa Beach, Lindy Committie and Fran Earwalker from Dairy Flat.

We wish everyone a very happy holiday and a Meri Kirihimete!!!

Gillian Bray and Cameron Lockie

Co leaders Kāhui Ako ki Orewa

Meri Kirihimete 

This week’s kupu is Meri Kirihimete (meh-rde key-rde-he-meh-teh)

You have probably heard it before when someone has said the phrase, “Meri Kirihimete” (Merry Christmas). 


“Meri Kirihimete”

meh-rde key-rde-he-meh-teh

Merry Christmas

“Ngā mihi o te Kirihimete ki a koe” 

Ngar me-he oar teh meh-rde key-rde-he-meh-teh key ah kweh

Christmas greetings to you

“Ngā mihi o te Kirihimete me te Tau Hau”

Ngar me-he oar teh key-rde-he-meh-teh meh teh Toe Hoe

Greetings for Christmas and the New Year

“Kua tae ki te wā Kirihimete”

Koo-ah tie key teh waa key-rde-he-meh-teh

Christmas time has arrived


An Aotearoa Kirihimete – Giving and Decorating

Poi Princess

A range of resources are available from the Poi Princess. Check out the ornament activities:

These ornaments have been designed so the tiki image will look complete once the bits have been put together. Your download has four stars on it and will yield two decorations.

Instructions are on the downloads but basically you make a cut in one of the stars from the top point to somewhere near the middle. Make another cut in one of the stars from the middle bottom point to somewhere near the middle. Adjust the cuts so the image is aligned.

You can send the image flat as a gift in an envelope. The recipient only needs to open the pieces to stand the star up.

The downloads are a little different to what you see here (colourwise). The ones pictured were only to mock up the models.


Red Star Tiki Ornaments

Green Star Tiki Ornaments

Yellow Star Tiki Ornaments

Relationship Building

Looking for how to connect with your students at the beginning of 2023?

Check Out Icebreakers for Kids

An icebreaker game is an organized activity where children are encouraged to play, communicate, and interact with their peers. Like a warm-up before a workout, these games prepare kids for group experiences in classrooms, camps, parties, and sleepovers. They should incite laughter and conversations and share things about themselves. 

#1 Find a Friend Bingo

This simple icebreaker is a combination between a scavenger hunt and Bingo. It’s suitable for kids of all ages and works great with a large group.

What You Will Need: A pen and printed Bingo sheet for every child (feel free to copy the one below)

Find a Friend Who…

Set-Up: Bring everyone into a circle and pass around one Bingo sheet and pen to each participant.  

How to Play: Instruct the kids that they will have 10 minutes to find at least one person to write their name in each square. They will have to talk to each other to determine who meets the criteria for the box they want to fill. Only one person can write their name for one space. The first one to get a complete “BINGO” wins a prize. Then start a timer and say, “ready, set, go!” 

#2 Duck Duck Goose with Names

Perfect for younger groups, this game is a fun way for kids to memorize their classmates’ names while playing a familiar game that gets them moving around.

What You Will Need: An open space without anything that kids can trip over

Set-Up: Sit kids in a circle cross-legged and facing each other. To start the game, assign one kid to be “it.”

How to Play: The person who is “it” begins by announcing their name and walking around the outside of the circle just like Duck, Duck, Goose. They tap each participant’s head and say their word. If they get to somebody’s head whose name they don’t know, they have to say “you’re it!” and run around the circle to their original seat. 

The new “it” should stand up as fast as possible, announce their name, and trade places with the “it” person that tagged them. Then, they continue naming people until they get to a classmate they don’t know. The first kid to name all the classmates in the circle wins. 

#3 Toilet Paper Fun Facts Game

What You Will Need: A roll of toilet paper 

Set-Up: Sit everyone in a circle on the floor and pass around the toilet paper roll. Instruct everyone to rip off between 1 and 5 pieces of toilet paper (but don’t tell them why). You can get fun giggles or potty jokes as the kids pass around the roll and feel unsure about how much to take. 

How to Play: Similar to the candy bowl game, once everybody has passed around the roll, it is time to share. Announce that each kid must share one fun fact about themselves for every piece of toilet paper they ripped from the roll.  

 Read more at: https://www.scienceofpeople.com/icebreakers-for-kids/

Circle Time

There are many programmes out there that encourage students to build relationships and self esteem. Circle time is one that has many different ways to engage students but is structured. Check out the information below or link here

Aim: Quality Circle Time affords the opportunity for the teacher and class to communicate with each other about issues which promote self-esteem and positive behaviour. 

Quality Circle Time aims to develop:

1. The value and self-confidence of each child 

2. Specific behaviours which show caring and respect towards each other (e.g. ‘do be kind when others make mistakes’). 

3. The establishment, in an enjoyable and constructive way, of classroom routines that are necessary for quality teaching and learning. 

4. A climate of good relationships between teacher and children and child to child. 

5. A way of meeting children’s needs with regard to improving their behaviour, rather than saying ‘What they deserve is …’ 

6. Talking and listening skills in a way that helps such skills transfer across the curriculum.

 7. A sense of responsibility for one’s own behaviour and actions. 

8. An environment that is non-threatening where teachers and pupils can express themselves and listen to each other.

With Christmas edging closer now is the perfect time to embrace the festive cheer! However, that doesn’t mean your Christmas wellbeing has to take a pounding!

We believe that Christmas wellbeing is achievable! Check out our 4 top take aways from the article –  10 TOP WELLBEING TIPS

1. Savour the moments – disconnect to re-connect.

3. Spend more time being than doing

8. Get outside to experience the magic

10. Give more than you ever expect to receive

Digital Kete has a range of Christmas Activities available. Check out some of my favourites below:

Christmas Writing Prompts

RESOURCE OVERVIEW: 8 fun and festive writing prompts for Christmas.

SUITS ĀKONGA: Junior, Middle, Senior and Year 7-8

Eye Spy 

RESOURCE OVERVIEW: A Christmas themed Eye Spy – fun!

With some hidden kiwi kirihimete gems in there too! We also have an Eye Spy based on a Pūkeko in a Ponga tree too!

SUITS ĀKONGA: Junior and Middle

Christmas Word Find

RESOURCE OVERVIEW: A simple Christmas word find with words with a summer kiwi Christmas flavour.

SUITS ĀKONGA: Junior, Middle and Senior

Free Cyber Security Course – Term 2, 2023

Many of you are completing your course planning for 2023, so you may be interested in including the Cyber Skills Aotearoa Information Security Challenge in your Years 6-10 courses next year.  The free online courses provide learning materials and activities that support:

  • DDDO Progress Outcome 3:  “They understand that with storing data comes responsibility for ensuring security and privacy.”
  • Te Tupuranga Tangata me te Rorohiko (TmtR) (Human development and computing) Whakatupuranga 2: Ka whakatau tikanga ki te waihanga; te raweke; te pupuri; te tiki; te tuari me te whakamātau rānei i te kōrero o tētahi pūnaha tūturu. (Determine methods to create; manipulate; store; obtain; share or test the content of a real system.)


In April 2023, Grok Academy will be releasing a new Cyber Skills Aotearoa course: Information Security Challenge. Available in English and te reo Māori. There are two courses for both years 6-8 and 9-10, which extend on the content covered in Cyber Comp that was launched recently. The free courses will help students develop strong cyber security skills, helping them to keep their data safe online.

Topics covered:

  • Sharing information online
  • Passwords
  • Multi-factor authentication (9-10)
  • Phishing and scam awareness (9-10)

We are looking for a small number of schools to run this course with their students as a pilot in March 2023, to give us feedback and help us make it as impactful and effective as possible. If you would like to take part, fill in the form below. Please note: We can only accept a small number of schools into the pilot, so we may not be able to accept everyone who applies. The course will be available for everyone to take part in by the end of April.

Register for pilot

Computational Thinking Digital Progressions

Designing and Developing Digital Outcomes Digital Progressions

Here is an excellent Aotearoa New Zealand Histories Curriculum resource that is both user friendly and interesting. It is a series of videos and Podcasts created by RNZ. It covers the story of New Zealand and its people from its geological origins to modern day, hosted by William Ray, Māni Dunlop & Leigh-Marama McLachlan, with animation by Chris Maguren

It covers topics such as Māori the first 500 years, whaling, women’s suffrage, the musket wars, Moriori, and Te Tiriti o Waitangi to name but a few. With two seasons and 10 episodes in each there’s a lot of content covered.

It is 100% worth looking at. 

Resources Years 4-6

Below are two examples of resources that we have been working on. This is to show you how easy it is to apply the Understand, Know, Do framework within the ANZH Curriculum and a local curriculum. These resources are in the first stages of iterations so please feel free to feed forward your thoughts. 

All 10 will be introduced early next year. 

Kāhui Ako Hui Dates – Term Four 2022


15th December – No Hui

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