Parent and Whānau Resources
Families and whānau who support and encourage their children to learn can make a huge difference to what they can achieve with their learning.
Below are a list of resources you might find useful in supporting your child’s development.
Information about the Revised National Curriculum.
‘Te Ara’ in Māori means ‘the pathway’. This encyclopaedia offers many pathways to understanding New Zealand. It is a comprehensive guide to the country’s peoples, natural environment, history, culture, economy, institutions and society.
A thought provoking and entertaining talk on how schools can promote creativity in students.
A quick review of the theory which outlines the belief we also hold that a child is at the centre of the curriculum and can present their learning in a variety of ways.
Click on the link above to view. The password is: play
Filmed over the course of a school year, the viewer experiences how play helps a child discover how to become a productive student and have better adult skills. The film highlights the benefits of additional play in that essential educational growth time. Filmed in schools across the United States and at a Reggio inspired school in Italy, the documentary includes interviews with leading educational experts such as Noam Chomsky, Debbie Meier, and Howard Gardner. Where Has All the Play Gone? examines how some of the most innovative schools in the country are meeting new challenges in education today.
Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain’s capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve.
Our staff at Ritimana are involved in Professional Development this year as we embark on our Pause, Breathe, Smile approach to promoting and developing Mindfulness with our students. This link provides parents and whānau with some background on this approach as we explore and encourage the links between the development of positive emotion for best learning conditions for our students. There is also a parent section.
This is an excellent resource for supporting numeracy skills taught at school for Home Learning. The Families area is a resource that contains ideas and activities that can be downloaded at home. It will also inform you about the national Numeracy project.
The National Library website keeps you up to date with current and upcoming exhibitions and events, allows you to search for items using their various catalogues and view their digital collections on-line. You’ll also find useful links and information on how to use the National Library and the various services offered.
Provides access to Auckland City Libraries on-line catalogues, for you to search at home.
www.sunshineonline.co.nz (Username and password: rrs123)
Astronaut stories and National Geographic Kids.
Stories read by Astronauts from their spaceship in space…
Books in English and Te Reo:
An excellent website for resources on waiata and Te Reo.
Technology and Wonder:
This site explores all sorts of interesting subjects with clear fun explanations.
Provides links to websites and interactive games relating to Maths, Science, and Technology. Also features a student newspaper and a weekly challenge poll.
Samoan literacy sites:
In School Activity Co-ordinator Contacts
Kapahaka (Monday lunchtimes): Principal Jacqui
Wastewise Green team Teacher contact: Beatrice
Road crossing responsibility Teacher contact: Vesna
Peer mediators: Teacher contact Florence
Jump Jam (Tuesday & Thursdays) Teacher contact: Florence
Sports teams Teacher contact: Uala and Florence
Student council co-ordinators: David and Emma
School Band with Lewis Eady: David
Mandarin/Chinese classes Teacher contact: Vesna
Paid Music classes: Modern School of Music & Lewis Eady: contact the office