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  • Anthony Faitaua 02 Sep 2013 10:04pm () in Celebrate Tongan Language week

    Malo e lelei,

     

    Tongan Alphabet

     

    Motuʼaleá Faka-Tonga

    • 17 letters in the Tongan alphabet.
    • 5 vowels; a-e-i-o-u
    • 12 consonants; f-h-k-l-m-n-ng-p-s-t-v- ‘
    • pronouncing the consonants you add ʻaʼ to the end – Fa-Ha-Ka-La-Ma-Na-NGa-Pa-Sa-Ta-Va
    • Fakaʻua (glottal stop) is considered a consonant and the last letter in the Tongan alphabet

    Tongan Alphabet song

    Found this great website called "lets learn Tongan"

    Happy Tongan week

     
     
  • Anthony Faitaua 02 Sep 2013 10:03pm () in Celebrate Tongan Language week

    Malo e lelei,

     

    Tongan Alphabet

     

    Motuʼaleá Faka-Tonga

    • 17 letters in the Tongan alphabet.
    • 5 vowels; a-e-i-o-u
    • 12 consonants; f-h-k-l-m-n-ng-p-s-t-v- ‘
    • pronouncing the consonants you add ʻaʼ to the end – Fa-Ha-Ka-La-Ma-Na-NGa-Pa-Sa-Ta-Va
    • Fakaʻua (glottal stop) is considered a consonant and the last letter in the Tongan alphabet

    Tongan Alphabet song

    Found this great website called "lets learn Tongan"

    Happy Tongan week

     
     
  • Anthony Faitaua 02 Sep 2013 10:02pm () in Celebrate Tongan Language week

    Malo e lelei,

     

    Tongan Alphabet

     

    Motuʼaleá Faka-Tonga

    • 17 letters in the Tongan alphabet.
    • 5 vowels; a-e-i-o-u
    • 12 consonants; f-h-k-l-m-n-ng-p-s-t-v- ‘
    • pronouncing the consonants you add ʻaʼ to the end – Fa-Ha-Ka-La-Ma-Na-NGa-Pa-Sa-Ta-Va
    • Fakaʻua (glottal stop) is considered a consonant and the last letter in the Tongan alphabet

    Tongan Alphabet song

    Found this great website called "lets learn Tongan"

    Happy Tongan week

     
     
  • Anthony Faitaua 02 Sep 2013 12:14pm () in Celebrating Tongan Language week

    Mālō e lelei,

    Poetic scribe. Peotry and Prose blog. Celebrating Tongan Language week. Some awesome Tongan blogging stuff. Enjoy.

    Poetic scribe

  • Anthony Faitaua 02 Sep 2013 12:13pm () in Celebrate Tongan Language week

    Mālō e lelei,

    Poetic scribe. Peotry and Prose blog. Celebrating Tongan Language week. Some awesome Tongan blogging stuff. Enjoy.

    Poetic scribe

  • Anthony Faitaua 23 Aug 2013 10:18pm () in Engaging with our Pasifika parents, families and communities

    One of my best parent interviews was a three way conference. My son at a decile 2 school, interviewed me and his beautiful mother, while his teacher sat behind him as a facilitator prompting him. To my surprise, he told us where he was at with National Standards and where his next step is before he moves to Intermediate 2014. To me, it was the most powerful conference I've ever been involved because, it allowed a pasifika child to interview his/her parents, puts the ownership back on us as parents. It makes it a 3 way partnership. However, after the interview, I heard from his teacher, they had a Pasifika PD before hand. 

    On the other hand, to get the Pasifika parents you really want to engage, makes it's a real challenge. How do we we engage those parents? To take a leaflet from Togi and I totally agree with Togi's suggestion, you need to go further than a phone call. Home visits is scary but trust us.... we will either talk to you outside the door, or we will invite you in with some refreshments. Either way, our motto has always been about being humble and hospitable. 

    If we talk outside the door, it means the barrier hasn't been broken. 

    Just wondering, have you have noticed any subtle gestures from your Pasifika students? Please share, would love to explain. 

  • Anthony Faitaua 22 Aug 2013 10:56pm () in Engaging with our Pasifika parents, families and communities

    Talofa Kaine, Anne and Maggie,

    I totally agree with Togi on this one. From my experience working at an Intermediate school with a small number of Pasifika students (27 out 720 students), I was able to create a Pasifika cultural group to build that relationship with the students. As individual learners, they come across as quiet, and modest about their giftedness. As a group, they seem to show more of their talent and skills. This derives from the ideal "it takes a village to raise a child" proverb. In saying this, Pasifika students tend to show more of their skills because they feel they're in a safe environment. From here I had identified some beautiful singers and created a Pasifika music group. Some students had some hidden talent and were able to play the guitar, drums and keyboard and sing. I also found some artist in the group and created a Pasifika Art exhibit. I asked the music teacher and the art teacher for their support and we worked on ideas on putting these groups together to bring in the Parents. We held a Pasifika gathering an hour and half before the parent interviews. The hall was packed and more importantly all Pasifika parents went to their child's interview. We had food organised...trust me...it works a treat. The students were fantastic, the parents were happy and the school was on board. The biggest thing though was holding a staff PD on how to engage with Pasifika families that lead up to the interviews. Always a good idea to hold a Pasifika eveing at least once a term to sustain that relationship. It doesn't have to ba a Pasifika performance night, it could be a Pasifika keynote speaker, Trivia night, coffee club, music night, art auction.  One good thing came from all this was a parent offered to lead the group...and I just facilitated from the back, watched the group grow with confidence and created ideas best for the school to meet Pasifika learners. It was a long challenge, but well worth the time and effort. Hope these ideas are helpful.

  • Anthony Faitaua 19 Jul 2013 5:13pm () in Powering Pasifika families using technology tools

    Empowering Pasifika families using eLearning tools

    Talofa, Kia orana, Mālō e lelei, Ni sa bula, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Talofa ni,

    I'd be interested to find out how to empower Pasifika parents and families with elearning so they understand what their children are learning in schools using technology tools and devices. If you have any fantastic resources, I'd be keen to discuss some more.

  • Anthony Faitaua 16 Jul 2013 8:19pm () in Mid-year reporting and three way conferences

    Talofa Tessa,

    We had to book an interview for my daughter at her high school by online called 'schoolinterviews'. It's fantastic because I can pick and choose the times suitable around our family time. On the other hand, my son at decile 2 school, we still use the old paper appointment time, infrastructure in progress. However, the best thing I enjoyed the most, my son was the interviewer and took control of the interview, while his teacher was a passive facilitator. We were pleasantly surprised but it was very effective. To get a Pasifika student to share his learning and progress report and speak to his parents outside his comfort zone was a stroke of genius. The fact my son told us where he is at according to National standard and what his goals are, it was the best interview I have ever been involved in. Congratulations to Linwood North Primary for the initiative. My only regret I didn't record it.

  • Anthony Faitaua 27 May 2013 9:43am () in Vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa | Samoan Language Week 2013

    Talofa lava, malo le soifua Karen.

    Ia manuia le aso ae maise fo'i ia manuia le vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa.