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WEBINAR 19 June, 2013: Engaging with whānau and the wider community - a kura perspective

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Started by Tessa Gray 11 Jun 2013 12:37pm () Replies (7)

Kia ora tatou,

Next Wednesday 19 June, 3.45-4.45pm, Guest presenter, Tui Yeager, Tumuaki of Te Kura o Matapihi will be sharing her kōrero about how their school encourages wānau, hapu and iwi to be involved in life at kura - through face to face and digital opportunities.

In this video from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, Tui talks briefly about the curriculum at Te Kura o Matapihi and how it is driven by the aspirations of the parents. These desires have fed into the vision and values of the school and become the cornerstone of their graduate profile. The video below shares some of those aspirations from whānau.

The connection between whānau and school with a digital lens – is on-going journey for Te kura o Matapihi. Communications, panui, updates and special memories, like the school centennial celebrations are captured and shared using a variety of e-learning tools, including:

  • video cameras
  • interactive school website
  • electronic newsletters
  • text messages

This is just some of the story. Come and join Tui next Wednesday, in our FREE online Webinar. Ask questions and feel free to share your own kōrero as well. We’d love to see you there, Noho ora mai.



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  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 12 Jun 2013 10:08am ()

    In relation to this story, you might also be interested in two more videos from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, that talk about whānau and their importance in developing the graduate profile.

    Helena Baker at Te Takaro School and Tūtarawānanga with Jan Tineti.

    Thanks Daphne Papuni for these links.

  • Daphne Papuni (View all users posts) 19 Jun 2013 2:59pm ()

    Fabulous - am looking forward to just hearing about what others are doing, have done in relation to supporting whānau, connecting with whānau...Laughing

  • Andrew Murray (View all users posts) 19 Jun 2013 4:50pm ()

    Enjoyed that. So many good ideas. Loook forward to the links.

  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 20 Jun 2013 10:58am ()

    Great hui yesterday, where participants joined Tui in sharing their experiences, about engaging with whanāu F2F and through the use of e-learning tools. We touched on culturally responsive ways to connect and communicate with whānau and some people also shared top tips for encouraging whānau to feel welcome and comfortable at school/kura.

    Tui shared examples of using electronic tools (cellphone, websites) for pānui, sharing celebrations and capturing stories to model Manaakitanga: showing integrity, sincerity and respect towards Mäori beliefs, language and culture.

    Tui also shared future plans for using their school website (Ultranet platform) to encourage parents to view and leave comments to their tamariki’s work, because they recognise that parents and whānau play a critical role in supporting their children’s learning at Te Kura o Matapihi.

    A big huge thank you to Tui for sharing with us. To view this recording, or share with others, click HERE.



    Ka Hikitia reads, "Māori learners excel and are successfully when realise their cultural distinctiveness and potential". We also know that student engagement with their family, whānau and iwi works. Ka Hikitia talks about Productive partnerships where, 

    "Learning is more effective when whänau and iwi are valued partners in the education process and when educators, whänau and iwi are open to learning from and with one another.”

    The challenge for us is, how can we invite, encourage and support our whānau to be involved in their tamariki’s learning - face to face and through e-learning opportunities?

    Once place to start might be to identify individual or school wide appraisal goals that align with; Tātaiako CompetenciesRegistered teacher criteria and e-learning and the e-Learning Planning Framework. For example, 

    eLPF:Beyond the classroom goals

    Click on this image to download

    How does this look at your place? Are you using e-tools or social networking to connect with your whānau and wider community? We'd love to hear more. Smile

  • Togi Lemanu (View all users posts) 20 Jun 2013 11:03am ()

    Thank you for the webinar yesterday Tui and Tessa.  There was a lot of great ideas and discussions going on.  There are things that I can take and use in my facilitation work with connecting and building relationships with the Pasifika learners, families and communities.  Faafetai lava the both of you. 

  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 21 Jun 2013 9:07am ()

    Thanks Togi, delighted this webinar provides some food for thought for schools - when they engage with Pasifika whānau as well. 

      Webinar opening slide

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