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July 3, 2018

Term 2 Update 2018

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Term 2 Update 2018
Calf and Lamb Day
Calf and Lamb Day, by Rachel Whalley
Rural Education, Virtual Learning and Collaborative Practice by Rachel Whalley
There are many challenges in being a principal in a small rural school in New Zealand, but when principals work collaboratively across schools they can relieve some of those challenges and provide benefits for their students and themselves. 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

In this newsletter we update you on research findings and recommendations on rural education, virtual learning and collaborative practice. We report on our recent AGM and newly formed Governance Group and discuss the proposed repeal of CoOLs (Communities of Online Learning) legislation. There is a lot of consultation taking place in education right now it is quite overwhelming to be able to respond to the sheer volume of it.  I am concerned that online learning doesn’t get left by the wayside within the wider process of review, small rural schools get equitable and fair opportunities, and the government understands there are many models of working online across schools and they all require adequate funding and support.

It’s not too late to get your enrolments in for Semester 2, starting at the beginning of Term 3.  We have a couple of exciting new programmes on offer and Korean classes at NO COST.  We introduce four new eteachers who strengthen our team and extend the opportunities we can share with our schools. If you have been thinking about getting involved now is a great time to jump in!

Sadly we also farewell Madlen Kunath who has been our awesome elearning support person for the first Semester. Madlen is accompanying her husband on sabbatical to Berlin for the remainder of the year.

Funding is an issue in maintaining an elearning support role, also at this stage we have no contract with the Ministry for 2018 and beyond. We have started a Give a Little Page to attract sponsorship. Please share this with your community and networks and encourage those who can to support our work.

Finally Sitech advise me they still have a special offer for schools on web conferencing camera and audio equipment at reasonable prices.

I hope you all have a restful holiday break

Kia pai tō whakatā

Ngā mihi nui

Rachel

 

Team work
Governance Group Update

In May we held our AGM welcoming new governance team members and reporting on our 2017 year. Read more

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

What does this mean for the VLN Primary school? Make sure your voice is heard in the consultation process about online learning in schools. Read more

#connectedlearners #lovelearning
2018 Semester Two 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

Kiwitea Students Korean Cultural Day Nov 2017, Sunny Yang VLNP teacher
Free Korean online language & culture classes

Join our free Korean online taster classes supported by the Korean Education Centre (KEC). Find out how your students can participate & take advantage of this offer in Term 3 & 4. Read more

Future Planning
Future Planning – Life Skills

Students will investigate financial literacy through a variety of authentic tasks that prepare them for the future but inspire them now! Read more

Web Design
Web Design

Could you be a web designer? Jen Hammonds is our web design tutor. Jen is a teacher but also a graphic and web designer, a PERFECT MATCH Read more

Poetry Study

Students are invited to join this literacy learning opportunity. Read more

Robert Bain - Digital Technologies eTeacher
Robert Bain – Digital Technologies

Robert, is Head of Digital Technologies at Amuri Area School close to Hanmer Springs in North Canterbury. Read more

Margaret Bullen - French teacher
Margaret Bullen – French

I am an experienced French teacher with a BA in French. Read more

Carolyn Drahohs - Visual Arts & Literacy Programmes
Jen Hammonds
Jen Hammonds

Kia ora whanau! My name is Jen and I’m originally from Taranaki, although living in Alaska during winter (making it an endless summer with endless Alaskan salmon). 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

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June 20, 2018

2018 Online Classes

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2018 Online Classes
#connectedlearners #lovelearning
#connectedlearners #lovelearning, by Rachel Whalley
2018 Semester Two Enrolments Now Open by VLN Primary School
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
Kia ora koutou katoa

Naumai, haere mai ki te Kura Tuatahi – Akonga Aka Mariko. Welcome to the VLN Primary School online learning programmes for Semester 2 2018.

We have the spaces to take your kids places!

Our online classes & projects are open to any NZ children to participate. Here you will find information on our learning programmes, our eTeachers and the technology that we use. When you are ready to enrol, please click on the registration form link here oron any of the programme pages. Email primary@vln.school.nz if you have any questions or visit our websitefor further information. We look forward to hearing from you.

Final date for enrolments for Semester 2 will be 6th JulyLate enrolments may be accepted and will be dependent on timetable and available space. 

Please share this pānui with schools and families.

 

Room 4 Boys Haka
Kapa Haka with Koka Jules

Parents in one VLN Primary school were skeptical that Kapa haka taught online would be any good, but these same parents gave their tamariki a standing ovation for their performance at end of year assembly! Read about the benefits of Kapa haka from our awesome kaiako Koka Jules. Read more

Te Reo Māori

Nau Mai, Haere Mai. Our Te reo Māori programmes with Koka Jules and Whaea Ngawai are our most popular classes. Read more

Kiwitea Students Korean Cultural Day Nov 2017, Sunny Yang VLNP teacher
Free Korean online language & culture classes

Join our free Korean online taster classes supported by the Korean Education Centre (KEC). Find out how your students can participate & take advantage of this offer in Term 3 & 4. Read more

Future Planning
Future Planning – Life Skills

Students will investigate financial literacy through a variety of authentic tasks that prepare them for the future but inspire them now! Read more

Web Design
Web Design

Could you be a web designer? Jen Hammonds is our web design tutor. Jen is a teacher but also a graphic and web designer, a PERFECT MATCH Read more

Rosmini Year 7 and 8 students connected to students in Busan, South Korea
Asian Language Online Classes

Enrol now for 2018 placement in these popular classes. Read more

More Language Classes

We offer the following language and culture classes, aligned to NZC: Afrikaans, French, German, and Spanish. We use Google Classrooms with our classes. Read more

Extension and Creative Classes

We offer classes that extend learners in Maths, Astronomy, Computer Science, Programming and Visual Art.  We welcome your ideas for other courses we can run. Read more

Connecting Globally
Global Connections – Making it Work

Having been asked often, “How do you establish and maintain your global connections?” Geoff Wooddetails the nuts, bolts and issues relating to this. Read more

Olivia Graham & Melanie Matthews present at ULearn17
How Does the VLN Primary Work?

New to us or just looking for a refresher? Here you will find all the essential information you need about how we work. Read more

Online teaching and learning becomes more visible using this platform
Using Google Classrooms to support student learning

This year some of our eTeachers have been using Google Classrooms to share activities and resources with students and as a tool to collate and evaluate student work. eTeacher, Sofie Jacobs, shares her experiences so far. Read more

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March 15, 2018

March Update 2018

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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

Rachel

 

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
OVER the BACK FENCE PROJECT 2018

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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March 13, 2018

Notice of VLN Primary AGM

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Notice of VLN Primary AGM
by Rachel Whalley
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VLN Primary School Logo — Tom Barnett
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

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February 4, 2018

2018 Online Classes

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2018 Online Classes
Rural kids wellington school trip jun 2017
Rural kids wellington school trip jun 2017
2018 Semester One Enrolments Now Open by VLN Primary School
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
Welcome to our VLN Primary School online learning programmes for Semester 1 2018.

Our online classes & projects are open to any NZ children to participate. Here you will find information on our learning programmes, our eTeachers and the technology that we use. When you are ready to enrol, please click on the registration form link here or on any of the programme pages. Email primary@vln.school.nz if you have any questions or visit our website for further information. We look forward to hearing from you.

Final date for enrolments for Semester 1 will be 23rd FebruaryLate enrolments may be accepted and will be dependent on timetable and available space. 

We have the spaces to take your kids places!

Please share this pānui with schools and families.

 

Olivia Graham & Melanie Matthews present at ULearn17
How Does the VLN Primary Work?

New to us or just looking for a refresher? Here you will find all the essential information you need about how we work. Read more

Kids Guide to 2017 Online Classes
Learner’s Guide to our Online Classes

Help your learners choose online classes that match their interests with our Guide for Semester 1 2018. Read more

Room 4 Boys Haka
Kapa Haka with Koka Jules

Parents in one VLN Primary school were skeptical that Kapa haka taught online would be any good, but these same parents gave their tamariki a standing ovation for their performance at end of year assembly! Read about the benefits of Kapa haka from our awesome kaiako Koka Jules. Read more

Rosmini Year 7 and 8 students connected to students in Busan, South Korea
Asian Language Online Classes

Enrol now for 2018 placement in these popular classes. Read more

VLN Primary Chinese Class
Learning Chinese online

Here are some snapshots from Laoshi Lisa’s online Chinese classes to give you an idea of how learning online works in the VLN Primary school. All NZ schools and children can participate in our classes. Contact us to find out more. Read more

More Language Classes

We offer the following language and culture classes, aligned to NZC:  Afrikaans, French, German, Spanish and Italian.  We use Google Classroomswith our classes. Read more

Citizenship through Minecraft
Citizenship Through Minecraft 

Learn about and develop your Citizenship through Experiential Education using Minecraft. Read more

Extension and Creative Classes

We offer classes that extend learners in Maths, Astronomy, Computer Science, Programming and Visual Art.  We welcome your ideas for other courses we can run. Read more

Enjoying Holi Festival of Colours
Expressions of Interest for Learning Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi and Arabic

Did you know that Hindi is the 4th most spoken language in New Zealand? We want to hear from schools, communities and families who are interested in joining online classes for any of these languages.  Read more

South Korean Connections
OVER the BACK FENCE PROJECT 2018

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

Connecting Globally
Global Connections – Making it Work

Having been asked often, “How do you establish and maintain your global connections?” Geoff Wood details the nuts, bolts and issues relating to this. Read more

Online teaching and learning becomes more visible using this platform
Using Google Classrooms to support student learning

This year some of our eTeachers have been using Google Classrooms to share activities and resources with students and as a tool to collate and evaluate student work. eTeacher, Sofie Jacobs, shares her experiences so far. Read more

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