Thursday, February 14, 2013

Interesting professional reading from Ministry of Education library

Māori achievement in a mainstream school, by Liz Hawes.
Article in New Zealand Principal, 27 (4), 2012, p. 7-10.
Talks to the principal of Te Akau ki Papamoa School about factors that have led to raising Māori students' achievement. Looks at the school's values, its inclusion of whānau, teacher development, and curriculum focus.

5 myths about student discipline, by Laurie Boyd.
Article in Educational Leadership, 70 (2), 2012, p. 62-66.
Outlines common misconceptions about ways in which teachers can and cannot change classroom behaviour. Looks at the use of schoolwide behaviour systems to improve student behaviour.

A systematic evidence review of school-based group contingency interventions for students with challenging behavior, by Daniel M. Maggin et al.
Article in the Journal of School Psychology, 50 (5), 2012, p. 625-654.
Synthesises the research underlying group contingency interventions (GCI) for problematic student behaviour in classroom settings. Considers whether there is sufficient evidence to support the use of GCI as an evidence based strategy for addressing classroom behaviour problems.

Autism New Zealand Coffee Support Group.

Nelson/Marlborough Branch

Coffee Support Group
Our first Coffee  Support Group for this year is on Thursday 21 February 2013 at 10.30 am at De Ville Cafe, New St, Nelson. This is a child friendly venue with a fence & gate at the front. Everyone welcome.

Ten Pin Bowling  - Junior & Youth Group Activity
Who: For our kids and young people with ASD up to 16 years of age
When: Saturday 2 March 2013, 9.15 am - 10.45 am.
Where: Ten Pin Bowling, Action Indoor Sports Centre, 30 McPherson Street, Richmond
Cost: $3.00 per young person (rest is subsidized)
What to Bring: A snack and a drink (Café is available on site)
Socks, Cotton wool / Ear protectors if a bit noisy
Important Notes: A caregiver/parent must be with each young person.
How to Register for these activities:
Places are limited so it is on a first come, first served basis. Email:
with your Name, contact details & e mail address – name of student and age

Workshop Thursday 7 March 2013
Reminder that our Workshop with Celeste Littek is on Thursday 7 March 2013. Please come along & encourage your child’s teacher/teacher aides to   attend.  

Jill Hounsell
Autism NZ Nelson/Marlborough

Autism New Zealand Presentation by Celeste Littek

 Inclusion for Students on the Autism Spectrum

Professional Development coming to Nelson!

 Click here for link to flyer

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Restorative Practice Professional Development Opportunity Hosted By Waimea College. Contact Tony Enoka.

A Change of Heart –
Restorative Approaches in Schools

A 2 day training opportunity 9th and 10th April 2013
facilitated by Rich Matla and Greg Jansen of

Monday, February 11, 2013

Leanne's "Pacific People and their Health workshop notes"

Pacific People and their Health workshop
Presenters; Maureen Moala, Kathy Culfshaw and Feulata Fui, all based in Christchurch. Workshop organised by Ireen Manual who works in the health sector.

Topics for discussion;
Health promotion and health issues for Pacific people and effective engagement for Pacific people in our health system

Kia Oraana (Cook Island)
Malo e leilei (Tongan)
Ni sa bula vinaka (Fijian)
Talofa lava (Samoan)
Fakalofa lahi atu (Nuian)

·         Pacific population is growing rapidly due to constant migration and high fertility rates. Currently 1 in 9 is a pacific child and by 2051 this will have risen to 1 in 5.
·         Mental illness is seen as shameful and people worry about their community knowing. Some think mental illness is a curse
·         Take your time when working amongst these communities and work with the whole whanau
·         Laughing out loud is a Pacific trait and helps to solve problems
·         It’s all about attitude when meeting and spending time with a Pacific community- a smile goes a long way and dress in a lava lava with lei, this will help
·         Do your homework and meet and greet appropriately- Talofa lava , what village do you come from
·         Take time to build a relationship- could take 2-3 sessions before you discuss the main issue
·         In Tongan communities- the Fahu (eldest sister) is in charge/boss
·         In Samoan communities, Brothers are responsible for their sisters. Brother protects his sisters honour-a sister brings peace to the family
·         Sensitive issues are sacred
·         Show a willingness to learn and adapt. First engagement is important and body language important
·         Don’t use bureaucratic terminology- keep it simple
·         Don’t greet someone in the supermarket with” what a terrible day”

What are our organisational values?
Partnership, collaborative problem solving, empathy, non-judgemental
Pacific values are tapu, respect, humility and love

Tofa (Samoan

“I am not an individual
I am an integral part of the cosmos
I share divinity with my ancestors, the land, the seas and the skies.
I am not an individual because
I share tofi with my family, my village, my nation
I belong to my family and my family belongs to me
I belong to my village and my village belongs to me
I belong to my nation and my nation belongs to me
This is the essence of my sense of belonging”
Tui Atua Tapua Tamaeses Efi, 1997
Ole Ao ole Malon (Head of State, Samoa)