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May 16, 2016

VLN Primary School – May Update

An update for my Kiwi readers…

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VLN Primary School – May Update

Special visitors to Halfmoon Bay School
Special visitors to Halfmoon Bay School, by Kath Johnson

Awesome Airpoints Support by Rachel Whalley

Big shout out & thanks to our supporters who have been donating their Air New Zealand Airpoints – keep them coming please! Read more

Kia ora koutou katoa

Naumai, haere mai ki te Kura Tuatahi – Akonga Aka Mariko.Welcome to the VLN Primary School

Our goal is to:

Connect Schools for Enhanced Learning Outcomes

In this newsletter we celebrate the success of the Rural & Remote Schools project being recognised with a Merit in the national DEANZ award; and we update you on our Air NZ Airpoint progress and ask you to keep sharing and supporting this for our students. There is an offer to all our VLN Primary schools from the Pye Foundation to join up for a pilot project that offers access to Sunshine Classics online. Barrie Matthews from LEARNZ invites students and teachers to become Nature Watchers with the iNaturalist app and to join our newest WeLearn group to share their findings. Ginette writes about her big day out at Wairakei Primary School and we discuss the Arts Online curriculum with Education HQ.

It is as usual another busy month in the VLN Primary school. We are very excited to announce that Ginette our National Co-ordinator / eLearning Support, has now been employed full time for the remainder of the year. This will make a huge difference to the level of support for our eteachers and students and provide us with the capacity to work with new schools as they join us throughout the year. It will also free Rachel up to focus on developing sustainability for the VLN Primary School within the changing NZ education landscape. This involves a lot of advocacy, networking, proposal and fund writing applications. We are cautiously optimistic that we are starting to gain some movement in this area and will soon be able to focus on the business of teaching and learning online and not just surviving each year intact. We are trialling a new webconferencing tool Zoom and early indications show this is going to make a huge difference in providing quality, reliable connections between our schools. We will report further in our next newsletter. This week Rachel is at conference with the Sole Charge & Teaching Principals and presenting ‘Tips and Tools for Online Collaboration.’ This conference is always a highlight on our calendar and results in stronger networks and new ideas for schools collaborations.

Ngā mihi nui

Kia pai tō wiki

VLN Primary Schools Receives DEANZ Merit Award

VLN Primary School Recognised with DEANZ Award

The 2016 Distance Education Association of New Zealand (DEANZ) Award was awarded at the organisation’s biennial conference in Hamilton, at Hobbiton. The awards evening is part of the DEANZ conference that hosted around 200 delegates at the University of Waikato from 17-20 April. Read more

Sunshine Books

VLN Primary Schools Share in the Sunshine 

VLN Primary schools have been invited to become a part of the Sunshine Classics pilot project, which is funded by the Pye Foundation.  Read more

A NatureWatch observation of a Red Admiral, a butterfly species endemic to New Zealand.

Attention all Nature Watchers

Harness the power of children as citizen scientists, with iNaturalist, NZ Nature Watch, LEARNZ & VLN Primary.  Read more

Connected Collaboration with Wairakei Primary School 

Ginette met with participating children and teachers from Wairakei Primary School recently to meet the children and their contributing eTeachers. All Year 5 & 6 children participate in our programmes this year along with 2 eteachers, and 2 still to train.  Read more

 Opening of the My Story, Your Story, Our Story exhibition at Orewa Estuary Arts Centre - June 15

Arts Online Features in Education HQ

Rachel talks to Education HQ about how the Arts Curriculum is catered for in the VLN Primary. We have supported a few great projects, but there is scope to do so much more with the support of keen contributors and more funding. Get in touch if you would like to drive this in our learning community. Read more

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