Winter 2019

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The Community Issue

The value of strong connections

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15 Aug 2019

Building bridges at Owhiro Bay School

For Amie Roberts, a New Entrants/Year 1 teacher at Owhiro Bay School in Wellington, community means that teachers, parents and families are all working together to support the child in a holistic way, be it social, emotional, developmental or academic. “We’re a team,” she says.

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14 Aug 2019

Kapa haka at Kapanui School

For nearly a decade, Kapanui School in Waikanae has been using kapa haka as a way of building community in and around the school – and the benefits have been extraordinary for both Māori and non-Māori students.

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10 Aug 2019

Virtually connected

More than a quarter of New Zealand schools have fewer than 100 students. They are often rural and remote, with minimal infrastructure and fragile economies. For teachers in these places, the challenges are high. How can they provide a rich, varied curriculum with only one or two teachers? How can their students gain meaningful connections with the wider world and overcome their isolation? Ako spoke with teachers who are grappling with these questions and finding solutions through online communities.

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31 Jul 2019

Children’s book reviews

Read reviews of eight new New Zealand picture books for children of all ages, covering topics including anxiety, transport, the Treaty of Waitangi, dinosaur discoveries and more.

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26 Jul 2019

Strengthening, growing and reaching out

The interplay between a school and its community is complex and rich with potential – for personal connection, professional support and building capability. A range of schools throughout the country illustrate the myriad ways – and reasons why – school communities come together.

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Rongomai School
25 Jul 2019

People power

School principals from around the country explain how strong communities of staff bring crucial benefits for children and whānau, from South Auckland to Southland.

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