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Rāmere, te 27 o te Hune 2024

Orewarewa whenua, puāwai māhuri

On the fertile ground of Orewa, the sapling blooms

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Matariki Lesson 

This lesson is designed to help both kaiako and students to learn about the whānau Matariki and each of the starts in the cluster. The children of Matariki and Rēhua each have a domain here on Earth and this slideshow will help you learn these through actions and a story.

Give it a go! Learn with your students. Make mistakes. Have fun!

Mānawatia a Matariki!



Online Resources/Sites

Matariki Website TWoA

Matariki Resource Pack Download

Matariki Media Packs and Downloads


This year at Silverdale School we are going to try something new to practise our learning from our morning hui in a real life context in the form of an interclass whakatau.

Each class will be allocated a buddy class. One will be assigned the role of hosts/haukainga (Oldest class) and the other the role of guests/manuhiri (Youngest class). 

Each class to prepare kaimihi (speaker/s), practice and have things to share from their learning so far this week.

The junior visitor/manuhiri mihi is on slide 11. If you have one student who is confident enough to stand and deliver it, ka pai, but if not you could stand as a class and deliver it together.

Make sure to chat with your buddy class kaiako prior to this so you have an idea about how it could run. Make sure that the kaimihi, kaikarakia etc… have had a chance to practise. For a whakatau, anyone can take lead roles but usually, your best are put forward.



Format of Whakatau: Matariki Whakatau Hui Master

Order of Whakatau (Less formal pōhiri)



Te Herenga Waka o Orewa Marae warmly invites the Hibiscus Coast community to join us for our annual Matariki Ahunga Nui ceremony.
Join us for a special event to celebrate the rising of the Matariki star cluster and the start of the Māori new year. During the ceremony, we will honour our loved ones who have passed and share mātauranga Māori, including knowledge about the Matariki star cluster and its cultural significance. This gathering will provide a dedicated moment for reflection and remembrance, where we will collectively name and pay tribute to those who have left us throughout the year.
We recommend that you wear warm clothes and bring rain gear and a seat if you wish to be comfortable.



Kia ora Kaiako mā,

I have created this Matariki resource in Te Reo Māori. It is a rangahau (research) workbook made in Keynote, where tamariki (children) will need to rangahau in order to answer some of the patai (questions) associated to Matariki. I made it through keynote so that it can be made into a movie once the tamariki have completed, which also makes its easily shareable. Their is also a creative component at the end of the workbook where tamariki are encouraged to try their creative hand using some of the Apple core apps and features to design and create their own picture (apps used are highlighted in the last slide).

I hope you find this resource useful, please let me know of any feedback or comments you may have.

 Nā mihi

Keynote resource 


Kia ora,

Matariki is a special time of the year in Aotearoa, celebrated in many different ways around the country.

I have created this Keynote to support my learners to discover what each star in the Matariki cluster represents. By reading the content to them, I am supporting all levels of Reo and enabling every child to access the learning within a rūmaki setting. 

I love using the drawing tools in Tayasui Sketches school as a creative way to represent what they have learnt. My children really enjoyed drawing an abstract picture showing what each star means – choosing the best colours and shapes allowed them to express their understanding in a fun and creative way.

Here is the Keynote I used for this project, you can download and use as it is or edit / feel free to record your own voice.

If you go to the Everyone Can Create drawing book – you can f  ind out more ways to use Tayasui Sketches School. https://books.apple.com/nz/book/everyone-can-create-drawing/id1357353820

Ngā whetū o Matariki

Reflection and Gratitude are Key Tools


During this time of Matariki, we remember those who have passed on from our lives especially in this last year.  


We can reflect on the memories we created, time we shared with them and remember how they made us feel when we were together.  


Sharing these memories can have a very positive impact on our mental health.  Remembering happy times can disrupt negative thought patterns, relieve anxiety, lower cortisol and even help us enjoy the present. 


Another way to reflect is to be grateful.  Gratitude is being thankful. 


Gratitude helps mental health by helping to improve sleep, decrease depression and anxiety and difficulties with chronic pain. This is because being thankful makes us reflect, producing warm, positive emotions like joy, happiness and love. 


Some great ways to reflect this Matariki include:

  • Look through old family photos with whanau
  • Share stories of memories with loved ones
  • Create a memory box with tamariki/children
  • Make and send a thank you card showing your gratitude for the recipient
  • Brainstorm as a family ways in which you are grateful
  • Write a list of moments in your life which you are thankful for
  • Create a flower of gratitude link to activity










Dibels & Next Steps by Robyn Joyce


“Think of Dibels as being like a thermometer. It is not the weather but a powerful indicator of the weather”


Therefore it helps identify students who are at risk and require some further diagnostic testing and either Tier 2 or 3 intervention.




  • Master Spreadsheet Updated to Colour Code Traffic Lights for you: Spreadsheet (Make a copy of the spreadsheet individually please)



Dibels Definitions by Robyn Joyce


ORF (Oral Reading Fluency – Words Correct) measures the ability to read accurately and fluently. For year 3 and above it is the most predictive of reading difficulties/success. Simplistically an ORF alone is approximately 70-80% predictive.


Maze is the measure of metacognition and an indicator of a student’s comprehension. It requires a student to attend to a passage and check for understanding. Simplistically a Maze alone is only approximately 60% predictive.


When you put both pieces of data together you can calculate a composite score.



(Which is approx 80-90% predictive. This is why we put them together).

Important – Mindshift – These tests do not give you a level as such. They indicate how much support a child needs to participate in the classroom program at their year level.


  1. Use both tests and add into the spreadsheet provided which uses the traffic light system you can see in the infographic above.
  • ORF (1. Words Correct 2. Accuracy)
  • Maze (3. Maze Score Correct = 1 point / Error = deduct ½ point)


  1. Put the data into the spreadsheet to calculate a Composite Score. What level of risk does the composite score indicate? (See the infographic above)


  1. Get the FlowChart (RJ DIBELS Next Steps Flowchart.pdf) ready to think about the next steps for the child. Start by looking at the spreadsheet data. Look at the ‘ORF Correct’ and ‘Accuracy %’ first. 
  • If the ‘ORF Correct’ is ‘Green’ and the ‘Accuracy %’ is ‘Green’ and Maze is not aligned (Yellow or Red) then consider that the child’s results could be due to:
  • ESOL
  • Focus and Attention
  • Motivation to do the task
  • Background knowledge and vocabulary knowledge could also be the reason for this sort of result.
  • Very rarely it is because of language comprehension issues (less than 5%)


  • If the ‘ORF Correct’ and ‘Accuracy %’ is not “Green” then use the FLOW CHART provided to plan the next steps for the child. The Flow Chart moves from simple skills to complex.


Remember it helps identify students who are at risk and require some further diagnostic testing to plan for Tier 2 or 3 intervention instruction.



Kāhui Ako Hui Dates – Term 3 2024


Thursday 1st August – ASL @ Silverdale School – WSL @ Orewa College 3.30pm


Thursday 15th August – ASL @ Wainui School – WSL @ Orewa College 3.30pm


Thursday 29th August – ASL @ Dairy Flat School – WSL @ Orewa College 3.30pm


Thursday 12th September – ASL @ Orewa Beach School – WSL @ Orewa College 3.30pm


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