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        Joining the Kaikohekohe Network

A guide for inducting new schools into our network and a clarification as to how and when the Kaikohekohe Network is able to support new schools coming into the programme.


Inside the Kaikohekohe Network School Leaders and Boards have elected to work together in an intense and cohesive way to share resources, knowledge and support one another to raise shared student achievement outcomes. Principals, then the Boards, staff and whanau are committed to working together across the community to get better outcomes for the children that they all share. The Kaikohekohe Network therefore is a local community based on the coalition of the willing, and inclusions of any additional school should happen as a result of consultation and consensus.

To seek membership of the Kaikohekohe Network the applying school leader and their corresponding Board will need to ascertain that this is something they really wish to commit to over time.  We recommend therefore that the first step is determining alignment of purpose and that this takes place during an initial 3 month discovery period in a staggered process.

The four stage process for joining the Kaikohekohe Network is outlined below. Each stage includes a number of activities to assist the new schools to fully understand the disruptive nature of the programme and the commitment required. The process also allows time for existing members to satisfy themselves, regarding buy in for partnership and alignment of purpose of the proposed new member/s and allows KET (Kaikohekohe Education Trust) the opportunity to consider resourcing needs and appropriate timing of expanded delivery.

  1. Approach the principals of the network.

The first stage in requesting membership will be in discussion and consultation with the existing Principal members. Once involvement as outlined above has been made, then the lead principal will meet with the Principal of the new school to discuss opportunities for new schools to visit schools within the network and for more robust discussions to be entered into with principals, staff and Boards.

2. Participation in Learning opportunities

During the initial period the new school is encouraged to participate in many of the shared activities that are existing and operating within the cluster. At this stage there will be no official support directly, to the applying school, from the Kaikohekohe Network. Attendance by the Principal at scheduled principal meetings is essential.

Participation during this initial period for the lead teacher and principal will be at the invitation of the principals group and may include:

  • Attendance of network PLG sessions for the Principal, enthusiastic lead teacher from the new school.

  • Attendance by invitation to Principal, lead teachers and staff at ToolKit sessions.

  • Attendance at the shared Board Forum where Board members from the new school participate at a governance level.

During this period schools should also be consulting with all stakeholders (this includes parents and community) to ensure that everyone has a clear understanding and that new schools  have the full support of all stakeholders.

During this preparatory period the lead principal will notify the Kaikohekohe Educational Trust chairperson of the intended involvement of any new schools. This then allows for the Kaikohekohe Education Trust to consider resourcing needs and the appropriate timing of an expanded delivery.

3. Memorandum of Understanding

If after this initial period the new school remains interested and determined to move into a disruptive change of practice, and in discussion with the existing principals; it appears that the respective goals and purposes align, then the principals will make a recommendation to their Trust to expand their membership.

A Memorandum of Understanding would then be signed between the Kaikohekohe Education Trust, the new school and its Board of Trustees. When this is signed, the school may be asked to make a financial contribution to the Trust which is used to offset the financial liability carried by the Trust in its financing of student devices, along with other support costs.

Within 12 months of signing the MOU parent owned chromebooks must be rolled out to all students in the new schools in  Years 4-6 (Contributing), Years 5-8  (Full Primary),  Years 7&8 (Intermediate) or Years 9-10 (Secondary).  

4. Becoming part of Kaikohekohe Network

The Principal members, upon growing certainty that the goals of the proposed member school align with Kaikohekohe Schools, will recommend to the KET Chairperson that we consider expanding our network membership.

During this period schools must sign a contract with the network’s current IT provider New Era so that the new school can prepare its IT infrastructure to the required level for a 1:1 learning environment across the school. This equates to sufficient wireless coverage  throughout,  local network capability and sufficient internet bandwidth. In addition establishment and bedding in of the appropriate support framework to manage the the proliferation of individual client devices.

5. Benefits of being part of the Kaikohekohe Network

  • Engaged learners

  • Empowered whānau

  • Buying power

  • Financial backing of the Kaikohekohe Education Trust

  • Kaikohekohe facilitator

  • Manaiakalani outreach facilitator

  • Collaboration of colleagues on shared achievement challenge/s

  • Whole school approach

  • Research based and evidence

  • Toolkits/workshops to grow pedagogy

  • Distributed leadership opportunities

  • Taitokerau focused /strength

  • Access to up to date technologies

  • Professionally challenged

  • Technical support for digital structure

  • Improved achievement for your students

  • Students prepared for the future.

Welcome to the Kaikohekohe Network

Once part of the Kaikohekohe Network new schools will become active members of the Network. This will include the continued regular attendance at scheduled meeting and participation in the planning and development of network activities.


Our pedagogy,” learning together is empowering” ensures that our children, teachers, whanau and schools are learning and working together.. Our teaching is not based on assumptions but the desire for every child to succeed in a future focused environment .

Expectations for schools belonging to the Kaikohekohe Network

It is the expectation of the Kaikohekohe Network that all member schools show a full commitment to the Network through:

  • commitment of principals to attend all planning and organisational meetings

  • a commitment to the Network through being available to attend Kaikohekohe Education Trust meetings as required.

  • lease agreements are entered into by parents or whanau to purchase devices for their children through the Kaikohekohe Education Trust

  • individual school Board commitment to combined Board forum (twice yearly)

  • participation of all staff members at PLG and Toolkit sessions

  • gathering and submitting of data as detailed in Principal meetings

  • support of new initiatives as agreed to by the Principals group

  • uphold the principles of the Kaikohekohe Network “Learning Together is Empowering” and Manaiakalani Outreach “Learn, Create, Share”.

  • retaining an ongoing relationship with the network infrastructure and IT support provider

  • sourcing and obtaining through the network to maintain the best buying power available

  • fostering and promoting the pedagogies of  “Learning Together is Empowering” and “Learn, Create, Share”.

  • implement 1:1 devices (chromebook) as a learning tool

Schools new to the Kaikohekohe Network also need to consider:

  1. Teacher Enthusiast

The Teacher Enthusiast will work with the principal in driving the school forward within the network. They will also be expected to take part in the PLD planning sessions with Teacher Enthusiasts and Principals from other network schools and to help in the planning of Network PLD sessions and Toolkits. The Teacher Enthusiast is not necessarily the IT person but someone who is confident, able to communicate well with others and enthuse  and support other teachers.

  1. A Plan for the Implementation of 1:1 Chromebooks

Schools will need to make a plan as to how they will move into the introduction of 1:1 chromebooks. Considerations within this plan should be::

  • Which classes within the school will be 1:1 chromebook classes?

This will vary from school to school depending on the make-up of each individual school. It is however a whole school approach with all teachers embracing the pedagogy. Junior children will experience blended learning in preparation for moving to 1:1 devices. All other students will use 1:1 devices. Schools should consider how they group their year levels and also the realistic life span of a device so that students are not needing to replace their chromebooks while at that school.

  • What support will be available to teachers so that they are confident and prepared for the change in teaching?

Network support is available for teachers in terms of PLD and Toolkits but schools will also need to have their own support mechanisms in place. The Kaikohekohe Network employs a part-time facilitator who is rostered amongst the member schools who can provide some support for teachers. In 2015 the Kaikohekohe Network also became part of Manaiakalani Outreach which provides facilitator hours. Many of the schools involved in the Kaikohekohe Network have also undertaken the MOE Supplementary PLD “Learning with Digital Technologies” but this is not a pre-requisite. Access provided for professional development plan around Google Chrome, as well as expertise within schools. This plan would include learning about Google docs, blogs and sites, plus Hapara Teacher Dashboard. It is recommended all staff have access to a Chromebook prior to students getting theirs so they are familiar with them as a resource.

  • What support will be available to students so that they are confident and prepared

for the change in learning?

The Kaikohekohe Facilitator may be used to work with both teachers and students to help both to prepare for the move to 1:1 chromebooks. Kawa of Care and Cyber Smart skills will be explicitly taught prior to using the Chromebooks, and this will be ongoing.

  • How will this concept be presented to parents so that they are able to see the

benefits to their children’s learning?

Moving into 1:1 chromebooks schools need to consult with their communities to ensure that they have the support of parents for the purchasing and or leasing of the chromebooks. As chromebook orders are done at the beginning of term 4, this consultation needs to be done before this. There will be on-going consultation, as regular consultation is important to keep whanau informed.

  • What will the timeframe be for introducing 1:1 chromebooks?

When setting a timeframe schools need to consider the time allowed for teacher and student PD as well as consultation and ordering of chromebooks. This will vary from school to school.

  1. The Ordering and Purchasing of 1:1 devices

All chromebooks must be ordered and purchased through the preferred network supplier in coordination with the Kaikohekohe Education Trust and Manaiakalani, because purchasing as a group means we are able to obtain the best prices. In early Term 3 of each year a schedule will be sent out to schools with dates etc. for orders for the following year.

  1. Support Available to Network Schools

As previously mentioned the Kaikohekohe Network employs a part-time facilitator to work in schools with teachers and students. The facilitator is allocated on a pro-rata basis. From 2015 to 2017 the Kaikohekohe Network is part of Manaiakalani Outreach. Schools also have access to the expertise of all teachers and leaders within the our network and Manaiakalani.

  1. What will it cost our school to be part of the network?

Schools within the Kaikohekohe Network pay an annual subscription of $300 per FTTE. They will need to forward a copy of their staffing entitlement to the Kaikohekohe Education Trust who will then forward an invoice to each school. This subscription is due before the end of February each year.

Schools will also need to provide release so that both the Principal and the Teacher Enthusiast can attend meetings as required. Travel costs may need to be factored due to the distance between schools and meetings. There may also be workshops or meetings that other teachers might be expected to attend where release will be required. There are two Principal meetings held each term.

PLD meetings are rotated around the member schools and the host school is expected to supply afternoon tea for those attending.

The Network has negotiated good rates with New Era IT, but it is up to each school to negotiate which plan and level of support they require.

Induction for new teachers

New teachers are expected to attend a two day orientation programme held in the Christmas holidays each year. It is expected that new teachers who join the network during the year will be provided with support from their own school, together with further assistance provided by the trust facilitator as part of the facilitator’s work in that  teacher’s school. There may be some support provided by the Manaiakalani Outreach facilitator.

It would be a good idea for new teachers to buddy up with a teacher who is an experienced teacher working in the network.

New teachers should make use of the Google community to share their ideas and to also ask for help.