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March 21, 2017

March Update 2017

One for my Kiwi readers…

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VLN Primary School

March Update 2017

VLN Primary Kids #connectedlearners
VLN Primary Kids #connectedlearners, by Rachel Whalley

Expressions of interest are sought for appointments to VLN Primary Governance Group by Rachel Whalley

Our AGM is coming up soon, and we are looking for new trustees who will help take our work to the next level. If you are passionate about empowering our young people with equity & access to education, you have networks and experience in business and community, and are serious about making a difference then we need you! 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

Things have got off to a great start with our online classes this year. We have a record number of classes on our weekly timetable, and at last count over 580 learners! It is great to see so many schools picking up on these opportunities for their children. Welcome to our new schools – Kiwitea, Waiotira, Puriri, Viscount, Waverley Park, The Gardens & Ngatapa. It is awesome to see such a mix of different schools from across the country. We also have three new families who have enrolled their children in our classes.

In this newsletter:

We profile our German class. Stephanie who teaches this class from Kaimata has been teaching online for many years and is one of our first VLN Primary eteachers. German is often overlooked when choosing a language of study and for students who continue in their studies there are some great scholarship opportunities.

We have, as always, had a high demand for Te Reo Māori and have had to close off taking more enrolments for now until we can find another team member to work with Koka Jules. If you know someone who would love this opportunity, here is the information. It is currently advertised in the Gazette.

Our ALLiS (Asian Language Learning in Schools) team has had it’s first PLD meeting for eteachers recently in Auckland. If you are interested in doing more with Asian languages in your school for your students or for your own professional learning find out more here. We profile the opportunities for hosting visiting teachers through AFS to immerse yourself in a cultural experience and encourage you to start your planning for this now.

We share with you a couple of competitions that your children will find interesting and challenging. Look for a way to integrate them into your school programme. Add ons are often difficult to manage – plan to participate, make time to participate and map against the curriculum to make these experiences purposeful and relevant to where your children are at. Check out the new open resources about Soil, Food & Society.Teachers are invited to give feedback on these resources and join their online community.

Last but not least we are inviting interest for appointments to our Governance Group. The VLN Primary School is your organisation – get shoulder tapping in your community with people you think would stand up for this opportunity to make a difference for our learners. Save the date for the AGM – Thursday 6th April 4 pm – We need you there!

Kia pai tō ra

Ngā mihi nui


Prince Harry visiting the German class, Halfmoon Bay

Learn German online with Frau Michel

Some pretty exciting things have happened in our German classes and there are always spaces for new faces. Read more

Paparimu children join in Te Reo Māori Online 

Wanted – another Te Reo Māori kaiako to join our awesome team!

Are you a registered teacher with a sound knowledge of te reo Māori, tikanga & kaupapa Māori? Have good level of digital fluency? Want to develop your skills as an online kaiako? We have a part-time position & would love to have you join our team! Read more

ALLiS Teachers Explore Zoom

Asian Language Teachers PLD

VLN Primary ALLiS teachers had their first PLD session of 2017. They not only explored the tools for teaching online, but shared their experiences unique to teachers who work in the online environment. Read more

Yaju with the Junior students at Halfmoon Bay School.

Immerse Yourself in a Cultural Experience

AFS Educational Advantage Teacher Exchange  coming up soon. Contact Prue at AFS & prepare to participate now. Read more

Soil food and society - open resource image provided.

Soil, Food and Society: An open education resource.

Check out this great new open online science resource for Primary teachers. Read more


Create a GIF around a Gaffe  

Create a short GIF* to best showcase an intercultural or a linguistic gaffe of some kind.                                            Read more

Learning from Nature

This annual essay contest is organised in an effort to harness the energy, creativity and initiative of the world’s youth in promoting a culture of peace and sustainable development. Read more

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