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Free mid-year opportunities for gifted learners

We had a great uptake from schools enrolling gifted learners in VLN Primary’s range of online programmes free of charge – and now we’re ready for our semester two enrolments. The Ministry of Education granted VLN Primary funding to support gifted learners access a range of online learning opportunities free of charge. Semester one placements… Read More

2021 Semester Two Enrolments Now Open

Do you want your students to have choice and agency, build key competencies and have access to a wide range of curricula? Keen to build your school’s resilience and capacity for online learning? Check out how to participate in VLN Primary and enrol in Semester Two classes starting in Term 3. The VLN Primary is… Read More

2021 VLN Primary Enrolments Now Open

Do you want your students to be #connectedlearners, lead their own learning and build key competencies? Do you want to share in the expertise of a growing collaborative network of schools? Enrolments are now open for Semester 1, 2021. Our online classes & projects are open to any NZ children to participate from school or… Read More

Digital Technologies

The VLN Primary offers Digital Technologies classes at NZC Technology Learning area levels 1-4. Students develop knowledge, understanding and skills of the underlying concepts of computational thinking for digital technologies and designing and developing digital outcomes.  They learn programming skills to create their own interactive stories, animations and games. They think creatively, reason systematically and… Read More

Digital Citizenship

“A digital citizen understands the rights and responsibilities of inhabiting cyberspace” (MoE, TKI). “Digital citizenship is a powerful enabler of inclusion in social, cultural and civil society” (Netsafe). The VLN Primary offers Digital Citizenship classes to develop students digital fluency. Classes are based on the NZ Curriculum values and key competencies and build Digital literacy and… Read More

Supporting Safer Internet Day

The VLN Primary and NEX are offering teachers a free webinar supporting Safer Internet Day on Tuesday 11 February 4 – 4.30 pm. (Nau mai Haere mai – all teachers welcome!) Register tinyurl.com/VLNPsafer The VLN Primary has signed up to become an official supporter of Safer Internet Day, the world’s biggest campaign to make the… Read More

Going deeper for gifted learners

VLN Primary has recognised the need for affordable and specific opportunities for Gifted & Talented students to better understand themselves as learners. All our programmes are fully funded for gifted students enrolled in New Zealand schools for 2021. See here for more details. Connecting like-minds All of our online programmes provide learners with opportunities to be… Read More

Rural & Remote schools meet in Wellington

What a great time our kids and teachers had on our recent Wellington camp! The Rural & Remote Schools Project is a collaboration between Halfmoon Bay, Whataroa, Marco, Makahu, Tapora & Kaitoke Schools. Our Year 7 & 8’s learn online together throughout the year with the support of the VLN Primary. We get together every… Read More

Congratulations Koka Jules!

We are very proud of our Koka, Julie O’Donnell, who recently graduated from Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi Ngā Mana Whakairo a Toi: Bachelor of Māori Performing Arts. Koka Jules shares her knowledge and passion for Kapa Haka with tamariki from all over Aotearoa | New Zealand through her online Kapa Haka classes. Get in… Read More

Our Schooling Futures

We see the Tomorrow’s Schools review as a real opportunity to reorient the system and change the way we ‘do school’ in New Zealand. We believe that every school and kura should be supported to be the best it can be, making the most of what is locally available, embedded in a strong community base,… Read More

OnlineTaster Classes

Schools who are new to the VLN Primary can now have their membership fee waived when they enrol in a 5 week taster class. Jump right in and try it out! Sometimes the only way to get your head around something new or different is to try it out. Participate in an online taster class… Read More

Halfmoon Bay School Showcases Air New Zealand Airpoints for Schools

Great to see the wonderful Nate from Stewart Island share his story on the Air New Zealand website on how the Airpoints for Schools programme helped the VLN Primary Rural & Remote Schools get to Wellington in 2017. The Air New Zealand Airpoints for Schools programme is a great initiative and one that helped our… Read More

VLN Primary Korean Day enriches students’ cultural diversity

Students learning Korean with the VLN Primary and students from Kiwitea School recently enjoyed a Korean Cultural Day to expand their knowledge of the culture. Students experienced a variety of traditional events, such as games, fan making, calligraphy, playing instruments and savouring Korean foods. VLN Primary eTeacher Sunny Yang worked closely with Kiwitea School to… Read More

Global Connections – Making it Work

Having been asked often, “How do you establish and maintain your global connections?” Geoff Wood details the nuts, bolts and issues relating to this. We have been on an exciting journey since we initiated an on-line, collaborative, web-presence 13 years ago. We have also hosted 4 live video-conferences. It is not easy developing and sustaining… Read More

Using Google Classrooms to support student learning

This year some of our eTeachers have been using Google Classrooms to share activities and resources with students and as a tool to collate and evaluate student work. eTeacher, Sofie Jacobs, shares her experiences so far. Google Classroom is a versatile, flexible platform to work with. From a teacher’s perspective it is really handy to… Read More

VLN Primary approved to renew eteachers registrations

The VLN Primary is really pleased to announce that we have recently become an approved institution through the Education Council to attest for our eteachers renewal of registration. This is an important milestone for us as it recognises and values the professionalism of our eteachers. Being an online teacher requires the same level of professional… Read More

Expressions of Interest for Learning Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi and Arabic

Did you know that Hindi is the 4th most spoken language in New Zealand? We want to hear from schools, communities and families who are interested in joining online classes for any of these languages. We can provide short cultural taster programmes for schools, language classes for beginners or extension classes for native speakers wishing… Read More