#4 Newsletter 2023

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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]

This Week’s Question/Pātai o te Wiki: What does the kīwaha/colloquium “Tuhia ki te rae” 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

Kia ora koutou, with another busy term, we are heading into a break. It has been great to meet a lot of new people this term and I’m looking forward to getting to know more of our community next term. Have a safe and restful break! – Jackie

Unless you’ve been out tramping for the last few months, you’ve probably heard about ChatGPT.

It’s an app that can generate realistic, human-like text, based on user prompts.

It can write lesson plans for teachers, and essays for students, prompting excitement and concern from educators around the globe

We’ve run several workshops to get kaiako up-to-speed with this technology and have put together a FREE ChatGPT for Kaiako course on our Kaiako Wharenui, so you can:

  • Learn how to use ChatGPT effectively for yourself, or in class
  • Consider the implications for education
  • Understand the bigger picture of Generative AI

And if you’d like a workshop for your kaiako, get in touch!

Digital Learning Hub

Computational Thinking Digital Progressions

Designing and Developing Digital Outcomes Digital Progressions

Tuhia ki tō rae Two-he-ah key tor rdeye

Don’t forget them/it (Literally “Write it on your forehead”)

Use it when talking about something that shouldn’t be forgotten

Te Ahu-a-Rea Community Day at Orewa College

One exciting event worth celebrating was last weekend’s inaugural community day at Orewa College. It was a great success with many friends and families of the school turning out to share in the celebrations. Stalls, sausage sizzle, hāngī and live performances were a few highlights of the day. Staff, students and whānau worked together tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure the day was a success. Kaumātua Richard Nahi oversaw the preparatory and uplift of the on-site hāngi which were all pre-sold prior to the event.


Orewa College has held and participated in a wide range of events in the Te Ao Māori space this term and those leading the way deserve a mihi. It’s exciting to see so many opportunities for our rangatahi. Koia kei a koutou!

Photos of the hāngī preparation below:

Looking for ways to include wellbeing into your Term 2 programme? Check out this resource we found! 30 Creative Activities for Well-Being. Some great simple ideas on how to engage students in wellbeing activities. Have a great break and see you in Term 2!

Wishing you all a very happy Easter and hoping you have an awesome and relaxing holiday.  Hopefully you can “switch off” for a bit after a very busy Term 1.

The 21st Century Team will be continuing to explore the refreshed curriculum framework. Orewa Beach, Wainui and Dairy Flat Schools are having a combined Teacher only Day on Monday the 24th April about the new framework. More information on the framework will be shared with all teachers next term.

Maths problem solving is great for all levels. So here is one for you!  Looks simple, but be careful!

This one could also be used for those older students.

Solve this!

 1  +  4  = 5

2  +  5  =  12

3  + 6   = 21

5  + 8  =  ?

Answer in Kahui Ako newsletter next term!

Happy EASTER everyone – enjoy that chocolate!

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