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Josh - Makuri School

Student Voice

“This opportunity has been amazing, I’ve really enjoyed being able to have more control in my learning but have good support. My teacher is awesome and I love his style and how interested he is in what we have to say and who we are”

Secondary student

I have really loved having the chance to take a subject my school doesn’t offer.

Learning online was not a barrier for me. I developed some important skills in managing myself to meet deadlines. I am proud that I passed all my assessments and exams in my online subject

The feedback from my student in the programme has been really positive. She enjoys the challenge and a chance to do more outside of what she would normally do in class.

Class teacher Primary

Having the opportunity to learn about Spanish when you don’t have a teacher in your own school

Learner from Ngamatapouri School

I just like it, it feels comfortable for me like I’m in my own skin and normal and learning my own culture

Te Reo Māori Primary learner



  • Kōtui Ako | Virtual Learning Network Aotearoa Pānui June 2024

    Nau mai, haere mai ki te Kōtui Ako | Virtual Learning Network Aotearoa

    Kia ora koutou katoa, Kia orāna, Talofa lava, Malo e lelei, Nĭ hăo 你好, Annyoung haseyo 안녕하세요, Namaste, Assalām alaikum, Hola, Bonjour, Hallo!

    ✨️Mānawatia a Matariki ✨️

    Matariki is a time to remember the past; to celebrate with loved ones; and plan for the future. We lead our newsletter sharing recent professional learning with Tewaiehu, Kaiarahi Mātauranga Māori. If you don’t know the purakau or whakapapa of Matariki, or the meaning behind each of the Matariki stars, this is recommended viewing over Matariki weekend.

    “Through listening comes awareness,
    Through awareness comes understanding,
    Through understanding comes knowledge,
    Through knowledge comes life and well-being.” 

    We are seeking interest from schools with students in Years 5-8 who are fluent in reo Māori. Te Whare Rūmaki o Kōtui Ako is open to schools without their own rumaki or access to specialist Māori support. We welcome expressions of interest from schools with ākonga who may be keen to participate.

    Learning Languages Week has passed and we celebrated everything special about learning second languages, especially our wonderful e-teachers who make the magic happen for our learners. You can look back on the week’s celebration on our Facebook page. We are proud to share the story of e-teacher Gayleen and her lifetime of learning and teaching languages.

    Experienced e-teacher, Morgan Scott, shares a little about himself and his passion for “all things geo”.

    Meet Darcy McCully, a student devoted to her passion; protecting the environment!

    Attending NZEI Rural Teaching Principals was a highlight for Rachel Whalley (Primary ePrincipal). It was wonderful to meet many of our Kōtui Ako member school Principals in person and connect faces with names.

    Lucie and Rachel were invited to speak at a FLANZ (Flexible Learning Association of New Zealand) webinar on our work in New Zealand schools. Find out more about the Kōtui Ako VLN story and our work with ākonga across Aotearoa.

    Finally, our Annual Reports for 2023 are now available. We look back into the year that was, celebrate today and plan for the future!

    Mānawatia a Matariki ✨️

    Rachel, Amanda and the Kōtui Ako VLN team

    Read the full publication

    Kōtui Ako | Virtual Learning Network Aotearoa Pānui June 2024