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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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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

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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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March 30, 2017

VLN Primary School Annual General Meeting – Thursday 06 April, 4.00pm.

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VLN Primary School Annual General Meeting – Thursday 06 April, 4.00pm. by Helen Goldsworthy

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All VLN participants and supporters are encouraged to attend our AGM online. Read more

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March 21, 2017

March Update 2017

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March Update 2017

VLN Primary Kids #connectedlearners
VLN Primary Kids #connectedlearners, by Rachel Whalley

Expressions of interest are sought for appointments to VLN Primary Governance Group by Rachel Whalley

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

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

Things have got off to a great start with our online classes this year. We have a record number of classes on our weekly timetable, and at last count over 580 learners! It is great to see so many schools picking up on these opportunities for their children. Welcome to our new schools – Kiwitea, Waiotira, Puriri, Viscount, Waverley Park, The Gardens & Ngatapa. It is awesome to see such a mix of different schools from across the country. We also have three new families who have enrolled their children in our classes.

In this newsletter:

We profile our German class. Stephanie who teaches this class from Kaimata has been teaching online for many years and is one of our first VLN Primary eteachers. German is often overlooked when choosing a language of study and for students who continue in their studies there are some great scholarship opportunities.

We have, as always, had a high demand for Te Reo Māori and have had to close off taking more enrolments for now until we can find another team member to work with Koka Jules. If you know someone who would love this opportunity, here is the information. It is currently advertised in the Gazette.

Our ALLiS (Asian Language Learning in Schools) team has had it’s first PLD meeting for eteachers recently in Auckland. If you are interested in doing more with Asian languages in your school for your students or for your own professional learning find out more here. We profile the opportunities for hosting visiting teachers through AFS to immerse yourself in a cultural experience and encourage you to start your planning for this now.

We share with you a couple of competitions that your children will find interesting and challenging. Look for a way to integrate them into your school programme. Add ons are often difficult to manage – plan to participate, make time to participate and map against the curriculum to make these experiences purposeful and relevant to where your children are at. Check out the new open resources about Soil, Food & Society.Teachers are invited to give feedback on these resources and join their online community.

Last but not least we are inviting interest for appointments to our Governance Group. The VLN Primary School is your organisation – get shoulder tapping in your community with people you think would stand up for this opportunity to make a difference for our learners. Save the date for the AGM – Thursday 6th April 4 pm – We need you there!

Kia pai tō ra

Ngā mihi nui

Rachel

Prince Harry visiting the German class, Halfmoon Bay

Learn German online with Frau Michel

Some pretty exciting things have happened in our German classes and there are always spaces for new faces. Read more

Paparimu children join in Te Reo Māori Online 

Wanted – another Te Reo Māori kaiako to join our awesome team!

Are you a registered teacher with a sound knowledge of te reo Māori, tikanga & kaupapa Māori? Have good level of digital fluency? Want to develop your skills as an online kaiako? We have a part-time position & would love to have you join our team! Read more

ALLiS Teachers Explore Zoom

Asian Language Teachers PLD

VLN Primary ALLiS teachers had their first PLD session of 2017. They not only explored the tools for teaching online, but shared their experiences unique to teachers who work in the online environment. Read more

Yaju with the Junior students at Halfmoon Bay School.

Immerse Yourself in a Cultural Experience

AFS Educational Advantage Teacher Exchange  coming up soon. Contact Prue at AFS & prepare to participate now. Read more

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Soil, Food and Society: An open education resource.

Check out this great new open online science resource for Primary teachers. Read more

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Create a GIF around a Gaffe  

Create a short GIF* to best showcase an intercultural or a linguistic gaffe of some kind.                                            Read more

Learning from Nature

This annual essay contest is organised in an effort to harness the energy, creativity and initiative of the world’s youth in promoting a culture of peace and sustainable development. Read more

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