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May 28, 2017

Budget Day Divides Education Community, More To Be Done On Teacher Supply, Technology Special Report

A newsletter for my Kiwi readers (note the article on the VLNP sharing tech expertise within the education community and Online learning creates desire to dream and explore that focus on the Virtual Learning Network-Primary).

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Policy / Significant investment in education enough on Budget Day?
A significant investment in New Zealand’s children and future has been made in the 2017 Budget, according to Education Minister Nikki Kaye. Meanwhile, New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) Te Riu Roa president Lynda Stuart says the Budget is not even a catch-up from previous years where education has suffered.
School news / New measures to increase teacher supply are not enough
While new government measures to increase teacher supply have been welcomed by the education sector, there are many issues yet to be addressed.
Technology / Creating maker movement magic at your school
According to teacher and blogger Elisa Bostwick, “every child is a maker by nature. As teachers we must ignite curiosity, embrace creativity, and inspire students to identify their passions and believe in themselves”.
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Technology / VLNP sharing tech expertise within the education community
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May 24, 2017

May Update 2017

One for my Kiwi readers…

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May Update 2017
VLN Primary snap shot of new web page
VLN Primary snap shot of new web page, by Helen Goldsworthy
VLN Primary School launches new website by Helen Goldsworthy
We are excited to launch our new website that better reflects our school and how we operate.   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

It has been a very eventful month in education with the appointment of Minister Nikki Kaye as the new Minister of Education and the passing of legislation that will pave the way for many changes in education. Of particular importance to us is Communities of Online Learning. This potentially has huge implications for the VLN Primary in providing the recognition and resources it needs to be able to sustain and develop online learning for NZ learners. We have been very active in our advocacy of online learning across the political and community spectrum and intend to be active in the consultation process leading in to the development of CoOLs guidelines.  We encourage you all to engage with this consultation process as well.

This month I had the privilege of joining our Rural & Remote Project kids and their Principals on camp in Wellington. This is our 3rd biennial  camp and we now have met several sets of siblings through the years. We had an amazing time, you can see some of our activities here. Look out for our students article in next month’s newsletter.

In this newsletter:

Our eteachers get the professional recognition they deserve from the Education Council, and can now be attested for renewal of their registration through our VLN Primary appraisal system.

We welcome our newest team member Matetu Herewini who will be working alongside Koka Jules as a kaiako of te reo Māori. Thanks to Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi who have been very supportive of us in working with Matetu.

Check out our Korean programmes with Sunny Yang. The best time is NOW to get your children involved in learning Korean, as this year while we are part of the ALLiS project there are no tuition costs.

For a cultural infusion in your school we encourage you to host a visiting teacher through AFS Educational Advantage. This opportunity is coming up very soon, so get in quick and consider sharing this opportunity with your local school cluster.

Thanks to all those who have contributed their viewpoints in our strategic planning consultation. There is still a couple of days to provide formal feedback (though of course you can tell us what you think anytime).

Finally we want to draw your attention to the World Rescue Game developed by UNESCO and designed to develop global citizenship skills, and knowledge of peace & sustainability issues.

Kia pai tō ra

Ngā mihi nui

Rachel

 

Nicki, Olivia, Ginette - eteachers VLNP
VLN Primary approved to renew eteachers registrations

The VLN Primary is really pleased to announce that we have recently become an approved institution through the Education Council to attest for our eteachers renewal of registration. Read more

Matetu Herewini and tamāhine
Haere mai to our new kaiako Matetu Herewini

Matetu has recently joined our team to teach Te reo Māori. Read more

Sunny Yang - Korean VLN primary school teacher
Learn Korean Online with Sunny Yang

Sunny, our new Korean teacher, is excited to be teaching her native language here in New Zealand with the VLN Primary School. Read more

Visiting AFS teacher Yaju, with Halfmoon Bay Students
Immerse Yourself in a Cultural Experience

Host a Chinese teacher with AFS, and provide a valuable cultural experience for the whole school.Read more

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Strategic Review – Community Consultation

The VLN Primary Governance team are seeking to consult with our community on our 2018-2020 Charter & Strategic Plan. All views are invited, from schools, whānau, & the wider community. Read more

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World Rescue Game

World Rescue Game fosters global citizenship and educates on peace and sustainable development. Read more

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May 21, 2017

Strategic Review – Community Consultation

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Strategic Review – Community Consultation
by Rachel Whalley
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The VLN Primary Governance team are seeking to consult with our community on our 2018-2020 Charter & Strategic Plan. All views are invited, from schools, whānau, & the wider community. Read more

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May 7, 2017

Strategic Review – Community Consultation

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Strategic Review – Community Consultation
by Rachel Whalley
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VLN Primary School Logo — Hail – Tom Barnett
The VLN Primary Governance team are seeking to consult with our community on our 2018-2020 Charter & Strategic Plan. All views are invited, from schools, whānau, & the wider community. Read more

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April 20, 2017

April Update 2017

One for my Kiwi readers.

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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 Helen.Goldsworthy@vln.school.nz

Kia pai tō hararei

Ngā mihi nui

Rachel

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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