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September 26, 2018

Term 3 Update 2018

One for my Kiwi readers.

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VLN Primary School logo VLN Primary School
Term 3 Update 2018
Room1, Viscount Learning Community
Room1, Viscount Learning Community, by Kuinita Gayford
Kapa Haka online by Rachel Whalley
Did you know that you can learn Kapa Haka online with the VLN Primary? Read more
Kia ora koutou katoa, Nĭ hăo 你好, Annyoung haseyo 안녕하세요

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

I know many of you will be counting down the last few days and looking forward to a well deserved break – what a busy term it’s been! Please take some time to read through our newsletter and keep up with the opportunities we have to share across our schools.

We celebrated Te Reo Māori Language Week last week and share information about our Kapa Haka class with Koka Jules. Did you know that out of our approximately 1000 online learners, over half of them are learning Te Reo Māori or Kapa Haka! Of these students 36% are Māori learners & Māori learners make up 28% of learners in all our classes.

Hot on the heels of Te Reo Māori Language Week this week is Chinese Language Week and Korean Festival timed to coincide with Mid-Autumn Festival, an important Asian festival. We give you a peak inside our Chinese language classes with Laoshi Lisa and share a Mandarin resource we created for NZ schools.

We are proud to celebrate the achievements of one of our students participating in the Korean Speech competition and acknowledge the continued support the Korean Education Centre will be providing in 2019. We are able to offer new Korean 5 week taster classes in Term 4. We would love more of our schools to participate and would welcome our younger learners. Give it a go – there is no cost involved.

Keeping with the learning languages theme we profile a proposed language strategy for NZ and a private members bill (Hon.Nikki Kaye) aiming to strengthen languages provision. We support both the strategy & the bill before parliament. There is a huge need for support in schools to provide language learning opportunities, especially Te Reo Māori, which is why it is such a major part of the VLN Primary curriculum.

Our students and teachers have given us a report card on ‘How we are doing’. This is interesting to read what we do well, what are some of the challenges and what schools see as being the benefits for their learners.

The repeal of Communities of Online Learning (CoOLs) gets one step closer with the reading of the Education Amendment Bill (No 2) 2018 in parliament this week. This throws us back into uncertainty on how online learning will be supported by the government and future sustainable resourcing. Please discuss with your local MP and share your VLN Primary stories.

uLearn18 is on in the 2nd week of the holidays and this is the first year that the VLN Primary will not be present and contributing, and the first time in 14 years that I won’t be there myself! This is a great conference and for those of you who are getting along to Auckland this year have an awesome time and make sure you get along to the Hail presentation and find out why we love Hail so much!

Robert, our Digital Technologies teacher shares a recent PLD experience and contemplates how AI can be used in learning.

Finally a short video from Nate at Halfmoon Bay as a reminder that Air New Zealand AirPoints competition is now open – get your entries in!

Kia pai tō rā

Ngā mihi nui



Cherise - Korean Speech Competition
Annyoung haseyo 안녕하세요

This week is Korean Festival week and we were proud to have one of our students participating in the Korean Education Centre speech competition and also to hear that the Korean Education Centre and CAPE will be continuing to support our Korean classes in 2019! We still have opportunities for free Korean classes in Term 4 – we would love to see some of our younger children participate with their teachers! Read more

VLN Primary Chinese Class
你好 Nĭ hăo Happy Chinese Language Week!

What does it look like inside our Chinese language classes? This video shows our Chinese teacher Lisa in action with many different schools around New Zealand. Read more

Languages in Education – proposed strategy & legislation

There is a huge need for support in schools to provide language learning opportunities for our children, especially Te Reo Māori and also other languages, which is why it is such a major part of the VLN Primary curriculum. We support the aims proposed through this strategy & legislation that will strengthen language learning in New Zealand. Read more

How are we doing?

At the end of semester one we asked students, teachers and principals how are we doing? Students and schools were mostly positive about their learning with the VLN Primary. They talked about what was going well, what wasn’t, their teachers, their online environments, and the opportunities they had in learning especially for te reo Māori, second languages and programming. Read more

Repealing CoOLs – Back to the Drawing Board for Online Learning in Schools

On 13th September the government tabled the Education Amendment Bill (No 2) 2018 which seeks to repeal CoOL (Communities of Online Learning) legislation. What does this mean for the future of online learning in NZ schools? Read more

Hail - Create Curate Communicate
 Hail at uLearn18 

Stressless, effortless digital communications with student agency thrown in! Make sure you get along to Lisa’s presentation at uLearn18 and find out why we  Hail Read more

AVA - Automated Virtual Assistant
Machines as Learning Partners

Meet AVA (“Automated Virtual Assistant”) from ‘Soul Machines’ – the face of the future? The face of future learning? The face of future teachers? Read more

Meet Nate - Airpoints™ for Schools
Halfmoon Bay School Showcases Air New Zealand Airpoints for Schools

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

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