AGM 2017 Message from the Chair, Geoff Wood

The 2016-17 year has been a fantastic year for the Virtual Learning Network Primary. Securing and implementing the Asian Languages in School programme certainly encouraged growth within our core offerings.

I take this opportunity to thank the committed and hard-working ALLis Lead Teachers, the language teachers and those organisations that support that programme. I note the support of the Confuscus Institute and the Asia-New Zealand Foundation.

The second milestone I wish to boldface is the fact that the New Zealand, Australian and wider virtual learning community do recognise us as leaders. Our work here is New Zealand is admired and seen as a model for other countries and organisations.

To my fellow Governance Group members I ask that you continue to ‘Champion’ the Virtual Learning Network to anyone who will listen, and remind them that our mission is about providing support, leadership and advocacy for virtual learning initiatives that support our children to grow to be collaborative and globally thinking and informed students.  Read the full 2016-17 Report

2016-17 Annual Report: ePrincipal Rachel Whalley

New Members

We are delighted to welcome Michael Brick, Director of Legal and Corporate Affairs for Microsoft New Zealand and Hinerangi Murphy, Instructional Designer for Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi in Whakatane as new Board of Trustee members.  We also say farewell to Natasha Jackson and Rick Whalley and thank them for their exceptional contribution to all that we do as they now join our Governance Group Alumni.

Our Governance Group Roles and Responsibilities

The Governance Group are responsible for overseeing the strategic and financial planning of the VLN Primary School. All our team are passionate about empowering young people with equity & access to education, have networks and experience in business and the community, and are serious about making a difference. They also support the VLN Primary School management team to provide primary schools with:

  • support and leadership for virtual learning,
  • effective coordination of virtual learning programmes,
  • professional learning to enable quality online teaching and learning programmes,
  • personnel to advocate for virtual learning initiatives.

Our ePrincipal – Rachel Whalley 

Rachel has led the development of the VLN Primary School as ePrincipal for a number of years. She is passionate about equity and access to education for all learners and the potential of the internet to connect learners. Rachel is a Primary trained and NZ registered teacher.  I think technologies can be a great enabler for… Read More

John Owen

John has worked in technology for 25 years and has seen how it has brought many significant changes to the way businesses operate – both in terms of what they do and how efficiently they do it. The most significant changes have been around communication, culminating in the wide range of social and collaboration tools… Read More

Janine Chin

Janine Chin Manages the Confucius Institute in Auckland with the aim of promoting Chinese language and culture to all sectors of the community. A main focus is working with schools to enable students to successfully engage with Chinese people all over the world, particularly in China and in New Zealand. This is achieved through a… Read More

Melanie Matthews

In 2015 we started with a small group of 3 students to see how VLNP might fit in with our own school vision. It has now become an option for all our Year 6 students to participate in VLNP learning programmes. The VLNP fits with the management of our learning environments really well and includes… Read More

Wayne Howes

Wayne is an experienced primary teacher with a strong background in supporting classroom teaching through the use of technologies.  I can see great potential for this form of teaching and learning   He has been a teacher for more than 30 years and throughout that time has been involved in implementing evolving technologies in educational settings.… Read More

Dr Michael Barbour

Michael K. Barbour is an Associate Professor of Instructional Design for the College of Education and Health Sciences at Touro University, California in Vallejo, California, USA.  He has been involved with K-12 online learning for almost two decades as a researcher, evaluator, teacher, course designer and administrator. His research has focused on the effective design,… Read More

Hazel Owen

Hazel has been recognised for her work in education in New Zealand and the Middle East and is a recipient of several awards and nominations for programme design, research, and teaching practice. She has had more than 13 years experience working with e-Learning in a range of institutions, and has managed and developed projects, as… Read More

Michael Brick

Michael Brick is Director of Legal and Corporate Affairs for Microsoft New Zealand and is based in Auckland. Michael joined Microsoft’s Global Legal and Corporate Affairs Team in 2004 in Redmond, Washington.  Over the years he has supported different Microsoft product development and engineering teams, including Microsoft’s Online Services Division and Windows. He was appointed… Read More

Hinerangi Murphy

“Ka pu te ruha. Ka hao te rangatahi.” When wisdom emerges, transformation occurs. Toku maunga – Ko Putauaki  Toku awa – Ko Rangitaiki  Toku iwi – Ko Ngatiawa  Toku hapu – Ko Pahipoto Nau mai, Haere mai. Greetings and Welcome I was born Māori as Jeanette Hinerangi Eruera (now Murphy), grand daughter of the late… Read More