Virtual School Meanderings

March 15, 2018

March Update 2018

One for my Kiwi readers.

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March Update 2018
Meet Nate - Airpoints™ for Schools
Meet Nate – Airpoints™ for Schools, by Air New Zealand
Halfmoon Bay School Showcases Air New Zealand Airpoints for Schools by Rachel Whalley
Great to see the wonderful Nate from Stewart Island share his story on the Air New Zealand website on how the Airpoints for Schools programme helped our Rural & Remote Schools get to Wellington in 2017. 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:

Create Connected, Passionate, Purposeful Learners

Our online programmes and projects are now underway and we can catch our breath after a hectic start to our first semester. This is a bumper newsletter as it also includes last month’s newsletter that we were too busy to get out! Please take the time to read through and find out about the opportunities for our learners and our schools.

We headline this month’s newsletter with a short video from AirNZ and Halfmoon Bay student Nate. Nate talks about the AirNZ Airpoints programme, and how it helped our Rural & Remote students get to Wellington last year for their camp. Nate, now Year 9, is a talented videographer and much of the AirNZ video is Nate’s own work.

We welcome three more new teachers to the VLN Primary. Whaea Ngawai will be working alongside Koka Jules. Between them they teach 25 te reo Māori classes! The demand for te reo Māori continues to grow & we are very lucky to have these two skilled and knowledgeable kaiako working with our tamariki. Madlen is our go-to person for elearning support & also teaches our Extension Spanish class. Madlen only has 10 hours a week, but between us we will do our best to make sure our teachers and learners get the support they need. I am working hard to find funding to get more hours for this much needed position. Finally a big welcome to Gayleen who is covering for Sofie’s French & Spanish classes while she is on maternity leave.

It’s not too for putting in late enrolments, and information is here on how to do this, but you really need to do this within the next week or two for individuals or small groups of students. If you want to enrol whole classes this can happen at anytime of the year. Over the Back Fence also welcome schools to join in at any time.

We are very proud to have gained the support of the Korean Education Centre for our Korean classes. We are offering free Korean five week taster classes, and longer term tuition at half our normal registration.  There are no VLN Primary membership fees for schools participating in their first taster class. This is a great opportunity to learn about Korean language and culture with your class (any age/year group welcome) and to see what it’s like to learn in our online classes.

Our AGM is coming up on the 3rd of May and we ask that you mark this in your diary and come along to support. The VLN Primary is a charitable trust and all participating schools are members. We welcome new trustees so please consider who in your community you could shoulder tap to put themselves forward for this important governance role.

FLANZ conference is coming up in April and part of this is a mini-conference for teachers. There are world class speakers in the field of online learning, so if you are in the lower North Island I would recommend this as valuable PLD. The VLN Primary is an affiliate member of FLANZ (Flexible Learning Association of New Zealand).

A big shout out to Te Papa for coming back into the virtual learning world & offering virtual excursions to their exhibitions.  Check out what they have to offer schools. An item of interest to all our schools who want to get their children ‘Growing’, from the Food & Soil Society, a competition for students, and access to teachers for open learning resources. Finally Sitech have a special offer, for VLN Primary schools only, on webconferencing equipment that would improve the experience of children who are learning in large groups or whole classes.

Kia pai tō rā

Ngā mihi nui



Ngawai Haitana-Tuhoro teacher of Te Reo Māori
Madlen Kunath, e Teacher Support & Spanish
Madame Gayleen Mackereth
Bonjour et Buenos Dias Gayleen Mackereth

Nau mai ki Gayleen Mackereth who will be teaching our Spanish & French classes until Sofie returns to work in Term 2 Read more

Rural kids wellington school trip jun 2017
2018 Semester One Enrolments Now Open

Do you want your students to be #connectedlearners, lead their own learning and build key competencies?  Do you want to share in the expertise of a growing collaborative network of schools?   Read more

South Korean Connections

An update on how to participate in global connections, tuakana /teina collaborations exploring health topics, and Philippine language lessons with students from Rosmini College. Read more

Yoomi Won (KEC Director) & Rachel Whalley (VLN Primary ePrincipal)
Free Korean language classes online

We are offering free Korean online taster classes supported by the Korean Education Centre. Find out how your students can participate. Read more

VLN Primary School Logo
Notice of VLN Primary AGM

Nau mai Haere Mai! All are welcome to join our VLN Primary AGM online Thursday 3rd May 4.00 pm.Agenda & Connection details are: Read more

Class of 2013 - Rural & Remote Schools
Expressions of interest for new Trustees on the VLN Primary Governance Group

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

FLANZ18 Conference
Inception to Infinity – Places, Spaces and Time for Learning

FLANZ – Flexible Learning NZ – Mini Conference. Calling all teachers who are interested in the ways in which digital technologies are changing the face of education! Join us for an evening of inspiring talk on the changing face of learning and teaching with a panel of internationally renowned exerts.   Read more

Aver CC30 HD Camera with Wireless Audio
Sitech Special Offer for VLN Primary Schools

Check out this web-conferencing camera and portable microphone suitable for larger groups and classes. Read more

Te Papa - Our Place
Te Papa – Virtual Excursions | Ngā hāereere Mariko

Bring the learning into your classrooms with Te Papa Read more

School edible garden competition plants the seed

School edible garden competition plants the seed of growing your own veggies with $500 prize Read more

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