Term 3 2021 Newsletter to Kura

Term 3 Newsletter

Kia ora koutou,
RTLB Cluster Vision: To ensure success for all ākonga through collaboration and inclusive education. He waka eke noa
RTLB Cluster Mission: We strengthen and empower kaiako to enhance educational outcomes. 
Values: Whanaungatanga, Manaakitanga, Rangatiratanga & Kotahitanga

Well where did that term go? Our team is back in schools/kura and it is ‘business as usual’ for us. Thank you for continuing to welcome our team into your schools/kura. We understand there are a lot of layers, we will work with you to find the best way of supporting you in these ‘Delta’ times. 

This newsletter is to let you know what is happening in the RTLB service. 

Overview of newsletter content:

  • Staffing News
  • Allocation Dates
  • RTLB visiting schools/kura
  • Te Paeroa Website
  • Term 4 Support
  • In-Class Support (ICS) Funding
  • Incredible Years Training (IYT)

Staffing News:
We would like to congratulate Lynne Hazeldine who has won the Permanent Appointment of Practice Leader in our team. Lynne has worked in our cluster as a RTLB and kaitautoko for the last 7 years. It is very exciting for our team and we look forward to learning more from Lynne as she joins our senior leadership team.

We would also like to take this opportunity to wish Paula Ewing and Elesha Robinson all the best as they take time to rest before growing their family and welcoming a little person into the world. Paula finishes today and Elesha in the middle of Term 4.

Dates for Allocation of Requests for Support
Week 9-Friday 24th September, due to COVID we may allocate outside of this time. 

Visits to schools/kura
If you have new staff or staff that may want to know more about the RTLB service and how we support kaiako or even a school-wide systems approach, please contact your liaison RTLB and discuss a time for a couple of us to visit a staff or team hui. We love sharing how we could support your kaiako!

Quotes from other schools: 
” This was a team referral around our writing programme and catering to the varied needs of our learners. It was really helpful to have RTLB share new ideas and resources with us. We really appreciated their willingness to find solutions with us and their input into discussions to help us achieve realistic goals in our literacy programme.”

“It was great to have RTLB alongside us for our collaborative journey and transition to the new hub. It allowed our team to have an outside voice to see things and share ideas that we had not thought about. They were both always VERY approachable and found
ways to relate to our team when things got a bit tricky. Thanks again for your support in these transitions – it was very helpful to have another voice / person available. It also allowed the team to share their experience with the rest of the school for their transitions.”

Te Paeroa Website
Purpose: To provide a place for schools/kura to refer to like a resource bank. Outlines our vision and mission, introduces the team, outlines our practice and there are downloads of previous presentations and newsletters. Cluster 34 | Te Paeroa RTLB | Te Paeroa | Cluster 34

In-Class Support Funding (ICS)
Reminder that nomination forms for In-Class Support (ICS) are due 5pm 20th October 2021. Your liaison RTLB will be available to support your SENCos/LSCs review the applications throughout the process, and before submitting the application as final. We have invited four of our 12 Clusters/Kahui Āko to select a SENCo/LSC to join us in the moderation process. This is on a rotating basis. The panel usually consists of 4 school personnel, 4 RTLB and 4 MoE Service Managers. 

Incredible Years Training (IYT)
Our Te Paeroa IYT team is excited to announce that we will be running one programme next year, which will begin early in Term 1 2020. This is an amazing community of practice for kaiako that focuses on increasing mokopuna self-management and social/emotional skills.

If you have mokopuna with challenging behaviour or communication in your classrooms, this highly relational Teacher Classroom Management Programme will provide kaiako with strategies to help improve the way things are managed in classrooms, help promote prosocial behaviour and help to reduce aggression or a lack of cooperation with peers and teachers.
There will be three workshops during Term 1, another three during Term 2, together with a final workshop (Workshop 7)  to be held some time at the end of Term 3. 

Due to the popularity of the programme, we are confident that the 16 places will be filled up quickly. Our criteria, apart from teachers leading a class of students between the ages of 5 and 9, are that teachers will have completed at least one year of teaching experience. We have had a number of requests from teachers in a leadership position wishing to participate in the training, and consider these on a case-by-base basis.

We have attached a school information sheet for further consideration. Any questions please direct them to our IYT co-ordinator: Jo Falloon, jof@rtlb34.school.nz   Ph: 0221895194

RTLB Professional Learning & Development

  • Oral Language - led by Speech Language Therapists at MoE
  • CORE Education: Coaching & Mentoring - led by Amira Aman
  • Action Plan for Pacific Education - led by MoE
  • Te reo Māori PLG

Ehara taku toa, te toa takitahi engari ko te toa takitini
Success happens when we work together

Ngā mihi nui
Michelle Maule
Cluster Manager, RTLB34
Te Paeroa
Cellphone: 0272766713