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April 20, 2017

April Update 2017

One for my Kiwi readers.

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VLN Primary School

April Update 2017

By Helen Goldsworthy

VLN Primary School welcomes new Governance members at AGM by Helen Goldsworthy

The VLN Primary School recently held its annual AGM and are delighted to welcome new governance members Michael Brick and Hinerangi Murphy. 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

I hope you are all enjoying a well earned Term 1 break with whānau and friends, and are taking some time out for yourself to rest and recharge. Our thoughts are with colleagues and friends who are still cleaning up after recent flooding and storms.

We have had an exceptional first term with record enrolments and very little technical issues. This smooth start to the year has directly influenced learner engagement. Thanks to Ginette for the great job
she does behind the scenes to make everything happen for our learners!

In this newsletter:

We report on our recent AGM and welcome new Governance Group members, Michael and Hinerangi. Our 2016 Annual Report is included, please take the time to review this as it outlines our key operations and achievements for last year.

The Over the Back Fence (OtBF) project is profiled, with schools encouraged to think globally and communicate, collaborate and share with others through online connections.

Olivia from Wairakei School tells us about her visit from the Japanese advisor. Language advisors provide valuable support to schools in a range of different languages.

Check out the opportunity to apply for an immersion experience in Indonesia with Asia New Zealand. Several of our teachers have participated in these trips and they come highly recommended. Why not give it a go!

We welcome contributions to our monthly newsletter from schools in our network. We would love to receive some articles from our students. These can be sent to

Kia pai tō hararei

Ngā mihi nui


Rosmini College students teach Tagalog through the VLN Primary school network

Over the Back Fence (OtBF) -Learning derived from a humble concept that has become a global experience

Rosmini College’s Over the Back Fence (OtBF) project started seventeen years ago when students from the neighbouring primary school came over their back fence for weekly physical activity lessons. This concept provided the foundation for our OtBF global programme. And as we sought a platform to develop our model, integration with the VLN Primary School took place. Read more

Dr Kyoko Mikami (right) visiting Japanese teacher Olivia Graham

National Language Advisor for Japanese, Dr Kyoko Mikami, enjoys a visit at Wairakei School. 

Dr Mikami works for ILEP (International Languages and Pathways) and came to see how the VLN Primary is promoting Japanese to young people throughout New Zealand. Read more

Confucian Temple TM11 Jakarta indonesia

Opportunity: Indonesia Cultural Connections Trip 2017

New Zealand teachers have the opportunity to collaborate with teachers in Indonesia to establish online connections between their students. Open to primary, intermediate and secondary teachers, this trip includes cultural tours in Java. Read more

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Please note that I am a member of the Governance Group for this e-learning cluster.

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