Waikato Literacy Association

Council Details

The Story of Our Logo:
The original concept came from 2 young students from a member school. They had used a very strong book page image- we asked our designer to modify this to include the changing forms that literacy can take – electronic media etc for future proofing of the image.

We think our logo represents…

the rivers, sea, lakes and blue skies of our region
the ‘wings’ could be water, pages or the links between oral language, reading & writing
the shades may represent the various levels of comprehension needed for literacy
‘wings’ which could be the furrows of a newly ploughed field: a reference to the farming carried out across our region
literacy ‘gives you wings’ apologies to red bull!
the various ages and stages of our population
literacy ‘flows on a sea of talk’ – (1970, Britton)
literacy is ‘uplifting’
the enlarged ‘L’ denotes the importance of literacy in our lives
3 kete of learning (Knowledge/ Matauranga, Personal & Social Development/ Hauora, Skills for Learning/ Ngā Tautōhito)
River, land, sea
Fibre optic cables connecting us to the world
Knowledge flowing from the past into the future

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Events

  • Wed 13th Feb 2019 — Fri 20th Dec 2019

    2019 Calendar of Events

    The Waikato team of organised an exciting line up of events for children and educators this year.

  • Past Events

  • Thu 16th May 2019

    Telling Tales with Tanya Batt

    Storying for Drama and Storytelling “I’ve always been a believer of magic - not the trick kind but the sort that suddenly makes visible what you couldn’t see and delights you in the process”— Tanya Batt

  • Thu 14th Mar 2019

    Boy oh Boy Dr Michael Irwin

    Boys make up the majority of the reluctant and underachieving writers in our schools. This majority lag behind girls in written language; they engage in a variety of behaviours to avoid fully participating in the writing process. This presentation will look at some of the reasons for these behaviours and…

  • Fri 1st Mar 2019

    Libraries Alive

    Come along to try out some STEAM workshop ideas that can be run in your library - linked to books/ literacy tasks

  • Thu 18th Oct 2018

    Jane van der Zeyden

    Jane van der Zeyden is the author of the Oral Language Toolkit. Join her and unpack the English Language Learning Progressions (ELLP's).

  • Fri 7th Sep 2018

    Books for Babies @ Te Awamutu Birthing Centre

    50 delicately gift-wrapped children's books kindly donated by Scholastic will be gifted to the Te Awamutu Birthing Centre where they will each be distributed by the amazing centre staff to the mothers of any babies born in the up and coming days or weeks. We like to foster children's love…

News

  • LIBRARIES ALIVE

    FULL STEAM AHEAD! 2019 Another great WLA 'Libraries Alive' event hosted by Southwell School library.A number of our regions more 'far flung' schools joined us to learn more about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics)

  • Boy oh Boy

    Dr Irwin challenged us to look at the way we engage with our boys and think about how our class environment and programmes could be adapted to be more ‘boy friendly.’  He acknowledged that some boys take up a large ‘space’ in the classroom with their noise, movement and energy.…

  • Books for Babies at Te Awamutu Birthing Centre

    50 delicately gift-wrapped children's books kindly donated by Scholastic were gifted to the Te Awamutu Birthing Centre. Committee members from Waikato Literacy Association who helped make this event possible were able to present a new book to the parents on behalf of their newborn babies. Every newborn will receive a…

  • Message from our President

    Here's a brief introduction to our new WLA (Waikato Literacy Association) President, Sandie Haddock