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Connect Week
Week 8, Term 2, 2024
17th - 20th June

Connect Week is a chance for teachers to attend a short professional development session of their choice and to connect with teachers from other schools.  Principals have agreed to limit other school meetings that week so that the PLD session should replace something else, rather than add to workload.

Registration is essential for these workshops.  You may register for as many workshops as you like. 

Monday 17th of June 2024

Two sessions start at 3:45pm and go through to 5:00, please be ready 5 min prior.

Understanding Challenging Behaviours


Kathryn Berkett  



Wakefield School Library

Kathryn will share her specialist insights as to why we are experiencing increased challenging behaviour in New Zealand schools and society and what neuroscience can tell us about this increase.

Kathryn will also share insights into ‘What is resilience?’… and how, by understanding resilience helps schools and communities support tamariki to regulate their behaviour.

Structured Literacy – An Introduction


Dan Green & Janine Higgins 

MoE Curriculum Advisors


Ranzau School

For those who are wondering: What is structured literacy?  Why are we moving towards teaching literacy in this way?  What might it look like at different levels across the primary/intermediate school? 

For secondary teachers, knowing how literacy will be taught through the primary school pathway may inform your practice also. 

Bring your questions to this introductory level workshop.

Tuesday 18th June 2024

Two sessions start at 3:45pm and go through to 5:00, please be ready 5 min prior.

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Localised Stories/Histories


Vanya George

Kura Haupo


Waimea College Library

Ngati Kuia will present their published histories of the Waimeha rohe to our Kahui Ako.


Vanya will speak to this taonga and we will discuss a potential differentiated approach to the teaching these histories.


Recommended for ANZH Implementation Group.

Kapa Haka PD


Bailee & Hana Tava

Kura Haupo


Waimea College Staffroom

Join us for the continuation of our Kāpahaka PD program from 2023. This initial session will be an intro into the fundamentals of Kapa haka plus delving into a waiata that has significance for Kurahaupo or Te Tah Ihu.

There will be a planning element to the session to find out who is keen to continue, when we will meet and how we will cater for the various levels of members going forward.

Participants, please bring a device if you can. You’ll receive a digital copy of the presentation slideshow, ensuring you carry a piece of this experience with you. 

Wednesday 19th of June 2024

Two sessions start at 3:45pm and go through to 5:00, please be ready 5 min prior.

Learn how to engage Generation Z students - in particular Māori students and whanau - in future focussed education.  Janelle will share what works, based on relevant research and also through the story of her own son in the NZ education system.

Computational Thinking is becoming an increasingly important skill in our increasingly digital world.  At school computational thinking plays a part in the NZC in both Digital Technologies and Mathematics.

This workshop will give an overview of computational thinking in the Digital Technologies curriculum and how this integrates with Mathematics.

Teachers of all levels welcome.  Classroom based content will be most useful for teachers over transition points  of Years 5-10.

Generative AI - Can you really save 10 hours a week?


Danny Bedingfield

Digital Skills Facilitator at Cyclone


Waimea College Hall

Join Danny Bedingfield on a hands on journey of getting the most out of these new artificial intelligence tools.

What tools should you use? How can you use them best and what are the pitfalls and concerns about their use.

With the proper know how and the right tools, you could save 10 hours a week and free that time up for the important stuff!

Come with a laptop and an open mind.

Neurodiverse… What does it Mean? 


Jenn Arai 



Waimea Intermediate Staffroom

One in four of us is Neurodiverse…but what does that actually mean? 

And what does it look like in my classroom?

When we know why a student is acting or reacting in a certain way, it is easier to support their wellbeing…and our own.

This session is an introductory look at seven areas of neurodiversity and their strengths, coupled with discussion on common classroom experiences and practical tips for the classroom.  

Please come with a pen and a smile.  The rest, we can work out together.

Thursday 20th July 2024

Two sessions start at 3:45pm and go through to 5:00, please be ready 5 min prior.

The Science of Learning in a Secondary Context


Janine Higgins

MoE Curriculum Advisor


Garin College Library

One of the current government’s six educational initiatives is to establish a knowledge-rich curriculum grounded in the science of learning. 


What is the science of learning?  Why does it matter?  How does it fit with culturally responsive practice?  How can I use it to support my learners who are struggling?

Student Behaviour


Paul Johnston



Waimea Intermediate Staffroom

How mindful are your responses to student behaviour? 


This session will explore some of the latest information about how you may be more strategic.


It will provide some practical ideas to support all adults in schools in how to act and react to increase the probability of positive outcomes.

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