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December 13, 2017

You Have 715 Highly Engaged Readers

I received this from one of my open scholarship networks.

You have 715 highly engaged readers

A total of 1,758 people have read your papers on Academia.

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12 December 2017: Google Alert – LRN

The corporate alert for K12, Inc. from yesterday.


As-it-happens update ⋅ December 12, 2017
Palisade Capital Management Raised By $453900 Its K12 (LRN) Holding; Bridges Investment …

Palisade Capital Management Llc increased K12 Inc (LRN) stake by 2.47% reported in 2017Q2 SEC filing. Palisade Capital Management Llc acquired 26,700 shares as K12 Inc (LRN)’s stock rose 6.74%. The Palisade Capital Management Llc holds 1.11M shares with $19.87M value, up from 1.08M last …
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December 12, 2017

December Update 2017

One for my Kiwi readers.

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December Update 2017
Mangere Central School Japanese students talk to their eteacher in Japan
Mangere Central School Japanese students talk to their eteacher in Japan, by Maria Heron
CoOLs or Not CoOLs? A sustainable future for online learning in NZ primary schools by Rachel Whalley
The VLN Primary continues to grow in leaps and bounds every year, yet we are still not quite there in terms of becoming a recognised and fully supported part of our education system. This year we had 870 learners in the VLN Primary School network! What will next year bring? 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

When the rush and excitement of the last days of the school year has passed and you have time to come up for air, please take some time to read through our latest newsletter which is packed full of our good news stories from 2017.

Our leading story highlights the current challenges we are grappling with around reduced funding and growing numbers of online learners. There is uncertainty over future support of online learning including the possibility of Communities of Online Learning. Concerns about sustainability are not unfamiliar territory to us, as our long term schools will be well aware of. However we ask that you use your collective efforts to help us advocate for increased resources and support for the VLN Primary.

We share our 2017 Yearbook created in Hail, showcasing the highlights of the year that has been. Students share their work and stories from our Rural & Remote Schools project, our visual arts class and our Tagalog tuakana from Rosmini College.

We farewell the wonderful Ginette and introduce three new members of staff who will be teaching with us next year. Best wishes to Lisa Wang, our Chinese teacher who is away on maternity leave next year; and big congratulations to Sofie Jacobs and her husband Will, who recently welcomed their new baby Jack into the world. It is great to see our VLN Primary family growing! Sofie will continue in her teaching role next year, working in the flexibility of being an eteacher with the demands of being a new mum.

A big thank you to our teachers, governance group, partners and supporters for enabling us to extend learning opportunities for our children.

Ngā mihi mō te Kirihimete me te Tau Hou ki a koutou katoa



Meri Kirihimete
Meri Kirihimete – 2017 A Year in Review

Another successful year for the VLN Primary and online learning in NZ schools. We wish all our school communities, whānau, students, teachers, partners and supporters a very Meri Kirihimete and a safe and enjoyable summer break. Read more to browse the highlights of the year that has been… Read more

Rural Schools are special schools!
WOW – Webpages – Rural Kids

WOW – stands for Work of the Week – a tradition shared in the Rural & Remote Schools project. This term they share their webpages, made with Google sites, that showcase their cool schools and the unique places they live. Read more

Tauriko School Visual Arts students 
Tauriko students learn Visual Arts online

Tauriko School children share their experience of learning visual arts online with Sofie, and proudly share their favourite work. Read more

Students helping students to learn - Filipino
Talking Tagalog and Tuakana Teina

Rosmini College Student John Yap talks about his Filipino language experience with VLN Primary School. John has been teaching other students the Filipino language, Tagalog, online with the VLN Primary School for 2 years. Read more

Nicki, Olivia, Ginette - eteachers VLNP
Farewell Ginette

The VLN Primary team, eteachers and trustees would like to thank Ginette for her support of our students, teachers and schools over the last three years. Read more

Rick Whalley - eTeacher in Action
Rick Whalley – Digital Technologies

Previously our extension maths teacher, Rick returns to teaching online with the VLN Primary. He will be teaching our Digital Technologies programme. Read more

Campbell Potter
Campbell Potter – learning through Minecraft

Campbell is a  part time teacher, farmer and family man. He is an experienced, digitally fluent teacher specialising in outdoor education and social studies.  Read more

Su Yang - Mandarin 
Mandarin eTeacher: Su Yang

Welcome to Su who will be relieving for Lisa Wang who is on maternity leave for Semester 1 (2018). Read more

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