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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

Soil food and society - open resource image provided.

Soil, Food and Society: An open education resource.

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

CTRL

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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February 22, 2017

February Update 2017

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February Update 2017

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VLN Primary School Logo, by Tom Barnett

VLN Primary – Our New Image by Rachel Whalley

The VLN Primary is proud to launch our new logo. We think it is a great reflection of what we think is important to us as a learning community. 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

Welcome back to the new school year! You will by now be back in the school routines and wondering where the summer break went. We have been super busy too, so this is a bumper newsletter to start the year.

Please take the time to look through the range of learning opportunities being provided through the VLN Primary School network and support your children to participate. These programmes are offered by teachers from our schools for the benefit of all our New Zealand children, wherever they are in the country. This newsletter contains enrolment information, if you have not already enrolled your children yet.

There is lots that is new to us this year: We are sporting a fresh new logo, thanks to the support of Hail; we welcome our new executive officer Helen who will help us with all the non-teaching admin; and we were welcomed into Moanataiari School who will be hosting us through our current MoE contract. Special thanks to Matapu School who have provided this support since the VLN Primary first started partnering with the MoE back in 2010. We have grown so much since then! We really need this support of our schools to enable us to  do what we do, but are looking forward to the opportunities CoOLs may bring to enable us to be self managing in our operations.

Finally please note the date for our AGM coming up in April. We welcome new trustees to the governance group. We particularly welcome parents and people from the wider community. If you know someone who would fill the role, please shoulder tap them and share this information with them.

Kia pai tō ra

Ngā mihi nui

Rachel

Moanataiari School Powhiri

Moanataiari School Welcome the VLN Primary

Moanataiari School are the new host school for the VLN Primary. Rachel was recently welcomed with a whole school Powhiri. Read more

Helen Goldsworthy, VLN Primary, Executive Officer

Helen Goldsworthy, Executive Officer

The VLN Primary School welcomes our newest team member. Read more

Study Poetry with Keryl

Students are invited to join in this literacy learning opportunity with Keryl, Principal of Tapora School and her students.  Read more

Philippines 

Filipino Children Connecting Online with Tagalog 

Did you know there are approximately 10,000 Filipino students attending New Zealand schools? As a result of the employment of a large number of Filipino’s in the agricultural sector, their children will be attending rural schools, and are often isolated from their home language and culture. Read more

Over the Back Fence

Over the Back Fence #Participate

Your weekly health and wellness lesson brought to your students by the senior students at Rosmini College.  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

New Zealand National Biomechanics Day 

Participate in National Biomechanics Day

Got a focus on STEM? This will be a wonderful opportunity to expose your students to cutting edge STEM in action. Read more

Mangere Central VLN Primary Students

Enrolments Open for 2017 Semester 1 Online Programmes

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? Are you looking to extend the walls of your classroom and work with other like minded schools?  Read more

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Notice of VLN Primary AGM 

Nau mai Haere Mai! All are welcome to join our VLN Primary AGM online Thursday 6th April 4.00 pm. Agenda & Connection details are: Read more

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February 21, 2017

Notice of VLN Primary AGM

Note this up-coming event.

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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 6th April 4.00 pm. Agenda & Connection details are: Read more

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December 19, 2016

VLN Primary School – December Update

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VLN Primary School – December Update

Learning Mandarin - Reuben's Story
Learning Mandarin – Reuben’s Story, by VLN Primary, Marco School, Taranaki Daily News

ALLiS Update by Rachel Whalley

It has been a busy year for the VLN Primary School ALLiS Project, and we are gearing up to grow participation in Asian Languages in 2017. Make the most of this FREE opportunity to get on the learning pathway with Mandarin, Korean, Japanese language and culture. Watch Reuben’s Mandarin Learning Journey! Here are some snippets from our MoE milestone: 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

Most of you will be already kicking back for the summer – well done -you deserve it!

Thank you all for a wonderful year learning online with the VLN Primary. Thank you to our wonderful eTeachers who have worked hard to provide the best learning opportunities for all of our learners; our classroom teachers and whānau supporting our learners at home and school; our Principals and Governance team who share in the vision of making a difference for all our learners through our collaborative efforts.

Please take the time to read through our newsletter over the summer and plan to participate in 2017.

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

Ngā mihi nui

Rachel

Mangere Central VLN Primary Students

Enrolments Open for 2017 Semester 1 Online Programmes

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? Are you looking to extend the walls of your classroom and work with other like minded schools?  Read more

Rural Principals - Planning Meeting

Collaboration Across New Zealand Rural Primary Schools: A Virtual Learning Perspective.

In 2017 I have been privileged to receive a TeachNZ scholarship to study Rural Education. I will still have a hand on the tiller of the VLN Primary, but will be taking time out to follow my research interests. Expect a visit from me as a road trip is on the calendar! Read more about my research proposal: Read more

Super Secretary

Looking for a Super School Secretary!

Every good school is run by a super awesome secretary and I know lots of them out in our schools. The VLN Primary is looking the right person to join our team in 2017 in a part-time Executive Officer role.   Read more

Ginette works with teachers

Congratulations Ginette

Ginette’s business, The Technology Hub Ltd is one of 9 organisations awarded a contract from the Ministry of Education’s $1m seed fund to Strengthen Digital Technologies teaching and learning in schools. Read more

Rebekah Lim - Korean Teacher

Annyeong gaseyo Rebekah

Our Korean teacher Rebekah is leaving us to complete her teaching studies. Our students really enjoyed chatting about K-Pop and meeting Korean students from other schools in NZ & Korea. Read more

Eva's Spanish Class

Adiós Eva

So sorry to say adiós to Eva our amazing Spanish teacher. Eva leaves us to take up other full time work. Our students have loved learning with you señora Eva. Muchas gracias por su excelente trabajo. Read more

Farewell Yue

Zaijian Yue

Farewell Yue! Yue returns to China after her year as an MLA based at Moanataiari school & working with schools around Thames and Halfmoon Bay School through the VLN Primary. We will miss her and wish her all the best! Read more

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October 30, 2016

VLN Primary 2017 Online Programmes

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VLN Primary 2017 Online Programmes

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

How We Work by Ginette Van Praag

New to us or just looking for a refresher? Here you will find supporting information and links to essential documents about how we work. Read more

Welcome to our VLN Primary School online learning programmes for 2017.  Our online classes & projects are open to any NZ children to participate (including secondary age students).  Here you will find information on our Programmes, our eTeachers and our Technology to help you choose the best we have to offer for your learners. When you are ready to enrol, please click on the online registration form link on any of the programme pages.  Please contact primary@vln.school.nz if you have any questions or queries.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Mangere Central VLN Primary Students

Enrolments Open for 2017 Semester 1 Online Programmes

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? Are you looking to extend the walls of your classroom and work with other like minded schools?  Read more

Mangere Central School Japanese students talk to their eteacher in Japan.

How We Work

New to us or just looking for a refresher? Here you will find supporting information and links to essential documents 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 new 2017 Guide. Read more

ALLiS - Asian Language Learning in Schools

ALLiS – Asian Language Learning in Schools

We are now in the second year of the government’s investment in Asian Language Learning in Schools (ALLiS) funding initiative and it’s going great! Read more

Japanese Lanterns

Our ALLiS Learning Programme

Whether you want your learners to get a taste for Asian Culture, or want your whole class or year group to study for the year, we offer a range of online classes to suit their needs. Read more

Eva's Spanish Class

Our Language Classes

In addition to our ALLiS languages we intend to offer the following language and culture classes in 2017: Te Reo Māori, Afrikaans, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Asia Aware Inquiry.  We may offer more as the year progresses, watch this space! Read more

Extension and Creative Classes

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

Students from India talking with Rosmini College students.

Over the Back Fence Project 2017

Check out the Over the Back Fence Project – Global Connections, Collaborative Inquiry, Reciprocal Teaching. Plan to participate for 2017! Read more

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