#8 Newsletter 2023

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Rāmere, te 29 o te Hune 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 Fran Earwaker  this week’s winner! 

This Week’s Question/Pātai o te Wiki: What does the kīwaha/colloquium

“Mānawatia a Matariki” translate to? 

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

[email protected] Hauora

[email protected] Future Ready

[email protected] 21st Century Learning

Kāhui Ako Lessons Te Ao Māori Overview for Term 3 2023

We are close to completing our latest set of Te Ao Māori Lessons (Overview) for next term and thought that we’d share the overview in it’s current form for you to be able to access for planning. Feel free to take a look at what we have installed for next term and note that we have a few things to adjust and create over the next few days. You can see an example of our lessons below by following the link. The Kāhui Ako ki Orewa now puts out a junior set and a senior set of lessons that cover a broad range of areas of Te Ao Māori including games, language structures, kupu/words tikanga/protocols, waiata/songs, mihimihi, pepeha etc…in a way that supports both teachers and students. Junior Lesson Slideshow Example Senior Lesson Slideshow Example Junior Lesson Teacher Notes Example Senior Lesson Teacher Notes Example
We encourage our kaiako, everyday kaiako like you, to jump in and have a go. Any feedback is welcome. All sets are free for you to use at any level so don’t get hung up on the junior or senior thing, just choose the set depending where you and your ākonga are at. Kia māia, kia kaha, kia mānawanui!

Digital Integration – Literacy

Y0-3 Progress Outcome: I can break a simple task into smaller tasks Y0-3 Progress Outcome: I can create and/or debug simple instructions in non computerised contexts This was a great way to combine a reading group lesson for The Little Red Hen (Year 2) with a Lego-building Algorithm activity. It combines the idea of breaking a task into smaller steps with creating and following non-computerised instructions.

First I took a reading lesson with the students (Green level text) We retold the text together. Then I gave students the cut up story. They were able to reorgainse the story into the correct order.
Students could then build the lego barn or the oven or the animal house.
The next step was for students to write instructions (write a code), on how someone else could build their lego creation. Using clear scope and sequence.
Finally, they gave their friend their instructions and theri friend had to ‘test’ their code. Students had to ‘debug’ along the way. Story: The Little Red Hen Building: Lego Building Algorithm Resources: Kahui Ako Digital Hub
It’s on! Get your blocks ready for the INTERFACE Minecraft Student Competition 2023, ‘Build a Big Blue Future’. We’ve teamed up with the Marine Stewardship Council and your challenge is to create a new exhibit for the National Aquarium of New Zealand.
You choose the type of environment for the exhibit, which will help visitors to the National Aquarium to better understand marine life in and around our oceans. It could be an enclosure for penguins, a refuge for an endangered species or a sea creature from the deep, a hands-on encounter for aquarium visitors, a display area for viewing … or whatever you choose. But you will need to make sure the animal’s needs can be met through your design! As you plan your exhibit, your design needs to meet these requirements:
  • Have natural surroundings relevant to the species,
  • Have access for visitors to view the animals,
  • Be a self-contained, sustainable environment that can house an appropriate number of animals with what they need
  • Be a safe and nurturing environment for the animals inside and encourage natural behaviours
  • Be designed for National Aquarium staff to easily maintain, as well as feed and look after animals.
Find more information here

Digital Learning Hub

Computational Thinking Digital Progressions

Designing and Developing Digital Outcomes Digital Progressions

Mānawatia a MatarikiMaar-nah-wah-tee-ahhh Matariki

Not a kīwaha but a salutation or greeting to honour and welcome Matariki 

Used as a way to say “Happy Matariki!”

Note: In Te Reo Māori, when a word/kupu ends in a vowel and the next word/kupu starts with a vowel, you blend the two into one word/kupu e.g. you say

Mānawatiaaa Matariki 

There are two events coming up which support Hauora for parents and for students

Survey results from the Curriculum Refresh Survey 

Thank you to every body who filled out the recent survey about the refreshed curriculum.  73% of respondents have had time to look at the curriculum framework Te Mātaiaho.  Reactions to how people felt about it were generally positive  with 33% feeling excited about it, 60 percent ok and just 7 % dreading it.  We recognised in your feedback that one of things that you wanted to know more about was the progressions model which is one of the things that is changing with the curriculum.


Phases of learning replace the curriculum levels of 2007. They ‘chunk’ progression. They also will provide more clarity about what is expected in both the learning and the teaching focus. It is not expected that all ākonga of the same age will be achieving at the same level. The phases provide a basis for reporting ākonga achievement to parents. Steps within a phase: At this stage only the Mathematics and Statistics curriculum and the English curriculum have progress steps within a progress outcome. These occur within Phase 1 (Years 0-3). Progress steps are what is deemed as essential, time sensitive areas of learning. There are 3  progress steps within phase 1 for both of these curriculum areas.  These consist of during the first six months, during the first year and during the second year. As students work towards a progress outcome, teachers can use the progress steps to notice, recognise and respond to learning needs in a timely manner. Here is the timeline letting you know about what to expect with the curriculum rollout and links for the curriculums that have been already released. Timeline for Curriculum Refresh 
  • Aotearoa New Zealand’s Histories was released in 2022 and is mandated to being taught in all schools.
  • Social Sciences was released in November 2022, and is available to download and teach.
  • English available now – final version will be released Term 3
  • Mathematics and Statistics available now – final version will be released Term 3
  • Science is in development for release in 2024
  • Technology is in development for release in 2024
  • The Arts is in development for release in 2024
  • Health and physical education is in development for release in 2025
  • Learning languages is in development for release in 2025
  • While schools don’t need to have implemented the new curriculums (excluding Aotearoa Histories) prior to 2027, it is advisable that they start using them as they become available so the implementation is staggered.
The Ministry has said they will release support around the English and Maths/Stats in Term 3. It will be good to have more clarity as we get into using them

Kāhui Ako Hui Dates – Term 3 2023

20 July – 10.00am Silverdale ASL – WSL @ 3.3pm Orewa College 3 August – 10.00am Wainui ASL – WSL @ 3.3pm Orewa College 17 August – 10.00am Ahutoetoe – WSL @ 3.3pm Orewa College Thursday August 10 – Leaders Hui 10am-1pm – Te Herenga Waka o Orewa Marae 31 August – 10.00am Nukumea – @ 3.3pm Orewa College 14 September  – 10.00am Dairy Flat School – @ 3.3pm Orewa College

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