“Kia ora”, "talofa", "mālō e lelei", "kia orāna", "fakalofa lahi atu", "mālo ni", "fakatalofa atu", "mauri", “namaste”, greetings to you all.
My name is Gina Yelchich, and I am pleased to let you know that I am KingsGate School’s new Pacific Nations Community Liaison Person!
This position is new at our school, so I’m looking forward to working alongside all our Pacific Nations families to make sure you all enjoy being an active part of our KingsGate School community. (I am also the teacher of the Year 5 and 6 students in Room 2, 😊)
My role is to help support all our Pasifika families in our lovely school. The following are just some things that I will be doing as part of the position.
I will keep you informed about your child’s learning.
I will keep you up to date with school events, making sure you’re all invited to all of them.
I will be your contact person if you have any school-related questions or concerns.
I will show you precisely what our Pacific Nations students are accomplishing in their learning by posting regular photos and examples of their work on Facebook, Seesaw, and the school website.
I look forward to getting to know you personally and look forward to engaging in talanoa with you this year. Please feel free to see me if you have any questions or need help with anything at school. You can always email me as well at email@example.com.
I am looking forward to getting to know you and support you at school this year.
😊 Greetings to our Pasifika families.
I hope you and your family are all well in your bubble at home during this Covid Lockdown.
I would like to share the following information and tips to help you at home with your children’s learning, There are translations available in ten Pacific languages by clicking on the links below. I hope this is of some help to you.
KingsGate School’s Pacific Nations Community Liaison
👨🏫 Learning Tips
Families are the source of learning. You have everything in your family, and through community connects to support your children during an emergency event.
Make sure your house is happy and healthy, and you know where to get support that can help you.
Talk and listen to one another, be kind and patient and remember – you are not the teacher and if things get frustrating have a break.
Parents and families don’t have to be teachers – don’t need to turn days into lessons and as a guide for time spend on academic learning for:
Don’t think this is a time to keep ‘lessons’ up. Include your children in planning what they want to learn. Focus on areas of interest and strengths.
🔆Everyday activities are opportunities for learning:
🔵 Routines and special activities in this very special set of circumstances become important:
For children to develop self-management skills:
🔴 Set aside dedicated time everyday where you do something together as a bubble:
😊 Note: not being a teacher here means you don’t spend time ‘correcting’ (e.g. spelling) younger children.
Social media is important to remain connected with family, peers, church family, community and teachers:
Is a problem at the extremes (isolation or obsessive) so need boundaries, but this is a powerful opportunity to develop more skills, keep connected and stay informed.
👍 School web sites / platforms, like summer learning journey, work well. Can be a very good vehicle to support all the skills children need.
The kids below are from Room 1, that's our Year 7 and 8 classroom in the Senior Gateway. Click on each of the pictures to enlarge.