May 2016


May 16th, 2016|

In 2006, NZSL sign language became the third official language in New Zealand. Last week, Ormiston Primary School celebrated NZSL week 2016. It was a special occasion for all learners to learn more about Deaf people’s culture and identity.

Many of our learners enjoyed the benefits of being able to talk with their hands as they […]

February 2015

Powerful Powhiri Practice

February 3rd, 2015|

On Thursday 22 nd of January, thoroughly energised by our three days in Long Bay, the Learning coaches, Strategic Leadership team and members of the board had the opportunity to meet with cultural consultants from the East Auckland area to discuss our powhiri on the 3rd of February. These lovely people led us through details about […]

Voices Off – Learning NZSL

February 2nd, 2015|

During our time at Vaughn Park the Learning Coaches and Strategic Leadership Team had the opportunity to learn some New Zealand Sign Language with Pam from the Kelston Deaf Education Centre. This session was a “voice off” session so we had to pick things up very fast! We learnt greetings, colours and how to finger […]

Vaughn Park – team building & learning retreat

February 2nd, 2015|

Vaughn Park is a Retreat Centre in Long Bay. As a staff we went and stayed to discuss and create the amazing culture at Ormiston Primary School. This was a great way to get to know the people that we will be working with. The three days that we spent together has brought us closer […]

Working with NZSL Users

February 2nd, 2015|

We were very lucky to have Krista from KDEC come and spend the morning with us to give us insight into working with Deaf leaners. She gave us some great tips and tricks! We learned a few new signs, modified versions of the games Chinese Whispers and Bang and we were able to watch a […]

November 2014

Learning NZSL

November 27th, 2014|

New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) is recognised as an official language of New Zealand through the New Zealand Sign Language Act 2006. It is for this reason that NZSL has special mention in The New Zealand Curriculum (2007). When NZSL is taught as an additional language, it fits within the aims and objectives of learning […]