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September 15, 2022

Making the rest of Term 3 count!

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GCSN Upcoming Events and Workshops                                                     View this email in your browser
Kia ora,

Nāu te rourou, nāku te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi 
With your food basket and my food basket the people will thrive  

With Term 3 drawing to a close 2022 is flying by! We hope you have made the most of the year and are excited about what the rest of the year has to offer. Our Digital Wellbeing modules can support you to better understand what contributes to digital wellbeing and how we can support schools and whānau to engage with digital technologies safely and in a way which supports good psychological outcomes.

This week is te Wiki o te Reo Māori (12 – 18 September 2022). We have been exploring what resources and events are on offer for our Ōtautahi education community and want to share what we are excited about with you.

Noho ora mai rā,

The GCSN Team

Our series of Digital Wellbeing modules support schools and whānau to engage with digital technologies safely and in a way which supports good psychological outcomes.
The modules cover:

  • Technostress
  • Cybersafety
  • Digital Citizenships
  • Cyberbullying
  • Technoference
  • Video Games
Access the modules here
Each module is based on modern areas of psychological research and provide recommendations for schools and whānau about promoting high wellbeing outcomes amongst ākonga. Within each module is an interactive, self-directed slideshow as well as presentations to support staff PLD, whānau information evenings and resources that can be used in workshops.
Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (12 – 18 September 2022) is a week to celebrate te Reo Māori, its history, and support its survival as an official language of Aotearoa New Zealand. This year is extra special as today marks the 50th anniversary of the Māori Language Petition, the event that led to te Wiki o te Reo Māori and many of the other kaupapa recognised today.

Whether introducing a new word of the day into the classroom, learning a new waiata or completing the Reo Māori Kahoot quiz there are a number of amazing resources and events available to you and your ākonga.

Online Whakataetae Reo Māori 

Hosted by Education Perfect these competitions encourage learning and celebrate the practice and inclusion of Māori language. There is a competition design for schools with prizes up for grabs.

Reo Māori Kahoot quiz

The Reo Māori Kahoot quiz is designed to be a fun activity for beginners to te Reo Māori. If you are a BYOD school or have access to a number of devices this quiz could provide a fun teaching and learning opportunities for ākonga and kaiako.

Māori Language Week Game Jam 

The game jam encourages teaching and learning about Reo Māori and Māoritanga through games. This online activity encourages teams to create an online game that is then voted on by users.

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Are you changing education?

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September 13, 2022

Kia kaha te reo Māori!

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Kia ora Michael,

Today marks the start of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori | Māori Language Week, so we’re sharing some resources that support your language learning mahi.

To celebrate, we’re giving away a registration to popular online programme, Te Reo Puāwai. Head to our Facebook page and check out the pinned post for details and your chance to WIN!

Normalise it, use, it, hear it

Gemma Stewart and Hana O’Regan share a kōrero on the revitalisation of te reo Māori, and how this has impacted culture, historically and today. They talk about the challenges of normalising te reo, noting if you “build stepping stones with words” you can “erode the fear factor”.
Listen to the podcast

The importance of fun

“Start in your heart.” Gemma Stewart and Rebbecca Sweeney talk about the importance of knowing your “why” when learning te reo Māori. They also note that positive experiences create positive attachments, so it’s helpful to approach learning te reo “with the mindset of having fun with it”.
Listen to the podcast

Learn te reo Māori online

Te Reo Puāwai Māori provides learning modules that support you to learn practical te reo Māori for use in your everyday life. Registrations are now open for 2023. Gemma Stewart tells us more about the programme.
Watch the video

Build cultural capability

What does giving mana to te reo Māori look, sound and feel like in your learning environment? This helpful infographic shares ideas you can easily implement. To further strengthen cultural capability, you can register your interest in next year’s Te Whakamānawa online programme.
Check out the infographic

Other related learning opportunities

If you’re looking for personalised support, get in touch! Please feel free to share this email with colleagues and whānau who may find it useful.

Kia kaha te reo Māori!

Ngā mihi nui,

CORE Education

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September 11, 2022

24 Hours for Change

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An item for my Kiwi readers.

24 Hours for Change – 20 October 2022

This special edition of the FutureMakers newsletter is to announce the 24 Hours For Change event that is taking place on Wednesday 20 October, beginning with a presentation from New Zealand at 10am (NZ time!)
FutureMakers has the privilege of coordinating the NZ contributions and this newsletter invites your participation in this event.

Ways you can participate…

  • The 24 Hours For Change web site contains all information regarding the project.
  • You can start contributing now with this week’s question, “What should we stop doing at schools now?”. It would be wonderful if you can share this with staff, school parents and colleagues so that we get as many answers as possible and we mobilize our voices for change.
  • Use this page to submit an innovative project. If you are doing something interesting and that should be featured on our page please share this link with them so that we can showcase their projects.
  • I’m now looking for 2-3 innovative projects that can be profiled during the live feed slot that NZ has (10-11am on Wed. 20 October) We’re first on the list, so the event will open with us!
    If this is something you’d be keen to be a part of please contact me using the link below.
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September 8, 2022

Explore Te Puna o Mātauranga | National Library Resources

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