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Are You Concerned About How Your Child Uses the Internet or Mobile Phone? 


Does computer access cause arguments between you and your child? 

Do you worry that your child is vulnerable to cyber bullying and other inappropriate use of the internet? 

Do you worry about how to keep your child safe on the internet as he/she grows towards the teenage years?  


We can help... 

If any of these questions are a concern for you, or could become a concern, we can help.  Join us on Monday 27 March at 7.00 - 8.30pm in the school hall for a presentation and Q&A with John Parsons, New Zealand’s highly respected cyber safety expert. 

Cybercrime is a very real issue facing families in NZ, but there are easy practical steps to help prevent it.  In this presentation John will cover:

  Online grooming 


 Damaged reputations 

 Cyber bullying 

 Reputation Management 

 Learning to repel & report 

 Future proofing for employment 

We will also talk about how to set up good habits for computer use, how to avoid (or at least reduce) arguments about computer use at home, and how to support your child to make the internet a positive experience.  Share and hear ideas and strategies from other parents  - know that you are not alone in trying to manage safe internet and computer use.   


To confirm your attendance at Monday’s cyber safety presentation please return the information slip that was sent to all families this week, or contact the school office,  

541 8332.  


Educating young people to understand the value of their online identity is 

the first step to using ICT safely 


Educating young people to respect and protect the identity of friends and family is the second step 



Peter Verstappen











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Here’s What We Mean by ‘Student-Led Learning’


Jordan, who is six years old, was recently appointed to our Student Council as a representative of Matai Kereru team.  Last week our Council meeting clashed with scooter training for Jordan.  He came to the office to tell me but I was out, so what did Jordan do?  He wrote me this letter:



To mistir vstn

Sore I cant go to the

Shooht cousool

Becose I

Got scooti

Chraning at



from Jordan.


I love this letter, for two reasons.  First, it is a beautiful expression of a child learning to write; look at how he has made sense of the words ‘student council’, you can hear Jordan picking out the sounds in his mind. 


Second, it is a beautiful expression of student-led learning.  You might ask, ‘what’s he learning?’ but consider this.  Here’s Jordan, 6, as a thinker: he knows he has an obligation to the Student Council, he sees he cannot fulfil it, he comes to tell me, that doesn’t work, he decides he needs to write to me so he creates this letter and brings it to the office.  This is even more impressive because Jordan doesn’t know much about the Student Council yet, he’s only attended one meeting, but he knows he has some sort of obligation to it.  Here’s Jordan as a communicator: if he can’t tell me in person, he’ll slave over this letter to get the message to me.  Here’s Jordan as a planner: he’s thinking ahead and balancing his commitments.  Okay, Jordan will have had some prompts from his teacher, but he’s taken up the challenge and look at what he’s achieved. 


I value the opportunities children have to be leaders at school through the Student Council, committees, monitors and other roles.  Their work in these roles contributes to the smooth running of the school, but as well as leading others they provide real occasions for children to lead themselves, to become masters of their own learning.  And that’s what a democratic curriculum looks like.


Have a good week,




Peter Verstappen 


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