BLENNZ: Blind and Low Vision Education Network NZ

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BLENNZ Gisborne

August 18, 2015 by blennzict | 1 Comment

Dad and son sit reading a book

Figure 1 – Walter reading to his son David at home

Inspired by research, “that one of the most effective approaches to helping young children develop literacy skills, is a home environment that supports literacy,” – quote from the Reading is Fundamental website – the BLENNZ Gisborne VRC has provided workshops for BLENNZ parents, grandparents and whānau in the area of literacy with their children.

In figure 1 Walter is reading to his son David at home. Continue Reading →

Emergency Services Visit Homai ECC

August 4, 2015 by blennzict | 1 Comment

Two boys sitting in front of iPad holding model helicopter

Figure 1 Matene and Haydon comparing model of rescue helicopter with picture on the iPad, listening to audio recording

Over the course of the year, there has been an ongoing interest in emergency services in our community.  We have had visits from the fire service with their fire engine and three visits from St Johns Ambulance with their model Ambulance.

The children have had opportunities to compare the sound of the sirens, to explore the uniforms and equipment and to become familiar with and people in the community who help us. Continue Reading →

Emil Secker: A Success Story

July 21, 2015 by blennzict | 0 comments

Headshot of Emil Secker

Figure 1 – Emil Secker who is moving to Auckland to attend Kickstart

BLENNZ Nelson farewells Emil Secker as he moves to Auckland to participate in the Kickstart Programme in 2015.  Emil came onto the Nelson roll as a pre-schooler and has been a real success story.

He has been an enthusiastic user of technology throughout his schooling and has achieved NCEA Level Three.  He has developed into a very resilient, empathetic and upbeat guy with a great love of life. Continue Reading →