#6 Newsletter 2023

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Rāmere, te 19 o te Mei 2023

Orewarewa whenua, puāwai māhuri

On the fertile ground of Orewa, the sapling blooms

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 [email protected]

Congratulations to   Marion Robinson    this week’s winner! 

This Week’s Question/Pātai o te Wiki: What does the whakataukī/proverb “Kōrero atu, kōrero mai” translate to in regards to Pink Shirt Day? 

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

[email protected] Te ao Māori

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It’s Pink Shirt Day!

Enjoy dressing up in Pink to promote


  • Bullying is deliberate – harming another person intentionally
  • Bullying involves a misuse of power in a relationships
  • Bullying is usually not a one-off  – it is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated over time.
  • Bullying involves behaviour that can cause harm  -it is not a normal part of growing up.
Speak up, Stand Together and Stop Bullying You can find activities at https://pinkshirtday.org.nz/engage/schools

Matariki – It’s Time to Prepare

Matariki is fast approaching and kura are preparing all of the motu for the event. Matariki is celebrated from the 11th to the 22 of July/ te 11 ki te 22 o Hūrae.  As most of Matariki runs over the holiday period separating term 2 and term 3, some Kura are holding their celebrations prior to and others after the holidays. Our team will be gathering and sharing resources among our kura to use in the classroom via Māori leaders and this update.  In the meantime, here are some key websites for events, resources and activities: Matariki Festival Facebook Page Te Wananga o Aotearoa Matariki Page  Auckland Council Matariki Festival Website Te Papa Matariki

Hemi Kelly – Te Reo Māori: A new era for the Language

Hemi Kelly is famous here in Aotearoa amongst those who are learners of te reo Māori. He is a lecturer at AUT and is well known for his book, ‘A Māori Word a Day’ and its follow up, ‘A Māori Phrase a Day’.  Both sought to normalise the language by providing people with a resource with words or phrases that can be applied in their daily lives.  Hemi spoke at a Tedtalk a few years back about the progress that has been made over time and it’s quite inspiring. Since his Tedtalk, we believe that we have made further progress as a nation and as a Kāhui towards a future where our tamariki will be to experience and participate in te reo Māori. It’s well worth a watch.

Phillipa Cowley, who teaches years 9 and 10 Social Studies and L1 and L2 History at Orewa College has shared these insights from the Social Studies Conference she attended. There are soem great insights for all teachers, regardles of the level or subject you teach. Thanks for sharing Pip!

During Week 2 I had the opportunity to attend an ASSEN (Aotearoa Social Studies Educators’ Network) conference down in Ōtautahi (Christchurch). This was held over 2 days and covered all things relating to the new curriculum. We went from looking at how we can incorporate Numeracy into Social Studies to how we can be more culturally sustaining within our teaching practice. My biggest takeaway from this conference was to take a step back, place our ākonga at the forefront of our teaching practice and reflect from there. The new curriculum that is slowly coming out gives us the opportunity to embrace change and allow our students to work at a pace that suits them and their needs. We should be moving away from a one size fits all model to much more student centered learning.
When planning a unit of work (mainly relating to Social Studies at the moment) the idea is that you look at the big picture- what do you want your students to gain from this unit and then look at the KNOWs- choose 2-3 and then look at the DOs- choose 2-3 and make your unit from there. There is no need to focus on all the DOs during your unit of work. Choose 2 and do them well. Get students to complete tasks over the term that will help them see a progression in their learning and understanding. The advice from the conference was to look beyond your own band of learning (e.g Yr 9-10) and look back as well as forwards for what students should know and what they are going to have to know. This will help inform your teaching. 
In regards to assessment. Their advice is to assess the DOs. But do it formatively rather than a summative assessment. Look at a range of classroom activities and how those fit your DOs and see if they can be used to show student understanding. This is a developing space and one that is still very much open to interpretation. As part of the Social Science department we are the first to try and use this framework for assessment.  My last take away from the conference was an interesting video that is highly impactful. I recommend you watch and see how your own teaching practice answers to what this student is saying in her speech.  Takunda Muzondiwa – Mount Albert Grammar School – finalist Race Unity Speech Awards 2019

Canva with Year 4 Students

During Term 1 we looked at different cultures within our classroom and then in a wider perspective of different countries and their cultures. At the end of Term 1 we did an intro to Canva and used this to create posters about a country and its culture we had been learning about.
Because our students hadn’t used this platform before the students need scaffolding into its use.  Before the session they had completed research firstly about the country and secondly on the countries culture (see examples above). We then used this new knowledge in creating our Canva posters about countries and their cultures (see below).
The students were thoroughly engaged and loved being able to design using templates or from scratch. They were able to tie together images, information and design and then share this with family using our SchoolTalk.                   Links to Y0-3:
  • Create a digital presentation that reflects my understanding of what I have learned.
Links to Y4-6:
  • Create and share work digitally

Digital Learning Hub

Computational Thinking Digital Progressions

Designing and Developing Digital Outcomes Digital Progressions

Kōrero mai! Kōrero atu! 

Core-rdeh-rdor ar-two Core-rdeh-rdor my

Speak up! Speak out!

Kāhui Ako Hui Dates – Term 2 2023

1 June – Orewa Beach – ASL – WSL – meet at Orewa College 3.30pm 15th June – Orewa Primary School – ASL – WSL – meet at Orewa College 3.30pm 22nd June – Orewa College – ASL – WSL – meet at Orewa College 3.30pm

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