Whakamana i te Tiriti o Waitangi
Embodying Te Tiriti o Waitangi in your teaching practice
Janelle Riki-Waaka, our keynote presenter, was outstanding and her kōrero around success is one that is both challenging and inspiring, and certainly contained some “wedgie” moments!
Success as Māori (vs Success of Māori) encourages schools and kaiako to look at how to grow in their Māoritanga. Engaging with our school whānau to identify what success of their tamariki means to them is important. Janelle suggested a greater focus on Māori forms of giftedness can enable schools to reframe perceptions of Māori achievement and intrinsic value.
Janelle has shared her slides with us - we encourage you to go back and revisit the slides, either in your teams or as a whole school, and take some time to reflect on the statements that resonated or challenged you in some way.
Remember - one small action can make a big difference! What you do matters.
Iti noa ana, he pito mata.
With care, a small kūmara will produce a harvest.
We are excited to be meeting with you on Monday (1st August) at our Kāhui Ako Super Hui and are looking forward to connecting together.
At the end of our last Super Hui we were left with a wero from the words of Maya Angelou: "Do the best you can until you know better; then when you know better, do better." We took some time to reflect and come up with an action in order to be able to "do better". Please come ready to share about the action you have taken, and any impact you may have seen on your ākonga.
Here is the programme for the day.
Information you need to know:
There is no need to sign in - you have been registered as part of your school or Centre.
Venue: Wellington High School
Timata: Afternoon tea served from 2.30pm, doors to hall open 2.45pm.
Please say your own karakia mo te kai on arrival - one will be on display.
Please also refrain from taking food into the hall so we can remain masked when we are all together.
Bring - yourself, listening ears, open hearts, a smile and a face mask!
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Our Hauora workshop – Supporting Socially at-risk Students took place in Week 7. It was great to see people from across the school profile attending as well as the support from RTLB teachers and Susie Harcourt (Educational Psychologist) from MoE creating rich discussion.
There is always plenty to share in these sessions! Examples of personal concerns, students to consider as ‘at-risk’, and identifying actions taking place within schools. We discussed the complexity of factors affecting student connectedness and how to identify the needs of students using a Social Connectedness flowchart.
There is a good sense of school-wide systems in place to support socially at-risk students, and kaiako led initiatives, but not so much awareness of ‘how’ students support others who are socially ‘isolated’.
What does whakawhanaungatanga look / sound / feel like for your students?
How do students perceive the social inclusiveness of school environments?
How do we support students to be social inclusive?
These are the slides from the Supporting Socially At-Risk Students slideshow.
The link to Susie's Tips for Hacking Happy Hormones article is great reading.
The Hauora workshop group notes summarise some of the thoughts, and ideas arising.
Interesting to note:
We will build upon this work in the Term 3 workshop.
Community of Practice
It was amazing to get together to begin collective mahi in week 7 after term ones Community of Practice was cancelled. We had an amazing session with some very robust discussions about how much Power we kaiako yield in our learning spaces and in our school.
We delved into power being visible, hidden and invisible and were asked to reflect on what our ākonga would say? Integral to this collective mahi is how we are are being culturally responsive. Here are some pātai to reflect upon from the session.
AKO: To learn and to teach
The workshop was again facilitated by Dr Mark Osborne from Leading Learning. It was great to connect kanohi ki te kanohi and get some insights into different styles of leadership and how innovation is diffused within an organisation.
There was opportunity to test the models shared against WSL's own practice. We considered how to support change in a way that both challenges people, but also provides a level of safety and security to 'take the risk out' of adopting innovations. This enables each person to manage 'change' in a way that supports them to integrate new learning into their practice.
The resources shared during the session have been added to the WSL page on our website.
Further reading on the source material for this session can be found in this book.
Kia ora Koutou
We are looking forward to our upcoming Super Hui - bringing all our Schools and Centres together. We are excited about our keynote speaker Janelle Riki-Waaka and the expertise and challenge that she will provide us.
Here is the link to our Super Hui Flyer and Registration Form - please distribute this to all your staff. We would appreciate it if registrations could be completed by the end of this week.
We will have afternoon tea from 2.30pm as people arrive, please register by 2:50pm, and the Superhui will start at 3pm on Monday 16 May at Wellington High School (details on flyer).
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to let us know.
We look forward to hosting you.
Across School Lead Team
Ko taku reo taku ohooho, ko taku reo taku mapihi mauria.
My language is my awakening, my language is the window to my soul.
This is a whakataukī (proverb) closely associated with language revitalization, a struggle which is very important in maintaining culture
It has been exciting to start our year-long commitment to learning te reo Māori with Dr Alice Patrick from Arahia Associates. We have nearly 30 teachers coming along to begin their journey together. We are currently meeting online and looking forward to being “kanohi ki te kanohi” (face to face) in the near future!
With whakawhanaungatanga at the heart, Alice led our first two sessions, building connections, and getting to know one another - a very important part of Te Ao Māori. As we grow together, and build our confidence, we look forward to hearing more Te Reo Māori being spoken in our classrooms and learning spaces across our Kāhui Ako.
A huge shout out to all those who are investing the time and effort to learning Te Reo Māori - it is exciting to see the enthusiasm you all bring to our sessions together!
Ko te reo te mauri o te mana Māori
The language is the heart and soul of the mana of Māoridom.
It was great to see so many of our leaders at the first online hui this term. Each Leadership hui is an opportunity for ASLs and WSLs to share practice, hear about each other's work and strengthen their ability to lead inquiry and walk alongside colleagues.
This year, our sessions are facilitated by Dr Mark Osborne, Leading Learning, and is was great to be able to get started with him, albeit remotely.
The session allowed for a snapshot of what everyone is working on, and a dive into effective inquiry practices and relational trust.
The resources shared during the session have been added to the WSL page on our website and our next session is on Thursday 19 May.
Ko taku reo taku ohooho, ko taku reo taku mapihi mauria
My language is my awakening, my language is the window to my soul
— This is a whakatauki (proverb) closely associated with language revitalization, a struggle which is very important in maintaining culture
It has been a challenging term for Kāhui Ako-wide events, with a number of sessions being postponed as we grapple with Covid-related absences. That said, we were excited to start our year-long commitment to learning te reo Māori with Dr Alice Patrick, Arahia Associates. The first session might have been shorter, and online, but we had nearly 30 teachers come along to begin their journey together.
With whakawhanaungatanga at the heart, Alice took us into the first session, building connections, and getting to know who is in the room. It is vital that we embed our te reo learning in Māori tikanga and this will strengthen the feelings of safety and togetherness that we will need in order to develop our learning.
We look forward to continuing over the coming weeks.
Ko te reo te mauri o te mana Māori – The language is the heart and soul of the mana of Māoridom
It has been great to see all our staff and young people return after summer but, of course, we are still working to respond to the challenges we are all facing. Our Kāhui Ako is now in its third year of programming — and the third year of Covid! Flexibility is our middle name — but collaboration certainly isn't easy when each school/centre also needs to work hard to adapt and support their own families. We have shared ideas and expertise wherever we can.
We start the year with refreshed Achievement Challenges, vision statement and a full programme for 2022. We continue to work with Poutama Poutamu (University of Waikato) both in and across school, while Alice Patrick (Arahia Associates) will be leading Te Reo Māori classes for kaiako, and Dr Mark Osborne will be supporting our Within and Across School Leads.
>>>View our 2022 plan here.
Two year Wellbeing@School (NZCER) data
At the end of 2021, we explored the two-year data from the NZCER Wellbeing@School survey. There have been some positive shifts in how far students share school values and we intend to continue to focus on teacher/student relations around socio-emotional health and how we support students' capabilities to learn, and learn together. These are at the heart of our two Communities of Practice this year.
What do whānau value as tamariki move between our schools? >>
We completed a whānau survey in Term 4, 2021 which has it highlighted key themes about what our parents value, what they feel is working and what we might strengthen. This will inform conversations this year between school lead teams.
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