Hapori (Team Three)  Newsletter Term 1 2018

Welcome everyone and an especially warm welcome to our new families.

This newsletter is to introduce ourselves as a team. The Glamorgan website and the weekly newsletter on line are the main sites for information about school and links that support learning at home. Information specific to your child’s class has been emailed and you will get further emails from time to time.

Hapori is the new name for Team 3. We have chosen Hapori because this Maori word means we are learning as a community.  This is very much what we value, both in the ways children learn at school and in the connections with family lifestyles and cultures. Similar changes are being made throughout the school.

We have an evening to meet with you and tell you a little more of what happens in our class. Room 19 and 21 parents meet on February 8th at 5.45 to 6.15 and Room 22 will meet on the 15th at 5:45 to 6:15.  These meetings will be in the class your child is in. On these evenings we will be talking in general. Later, on March 28th, individual meetings are held between the teacher, parent and child. Of course you are welcome to make an appointment with your class teacher or send an email or note if you have concerns. Likewise, we will make contact with you if we feel it would be beneficial to meet. For urgent matters you need to contact the office as duty and meetings often mean we don’t check emails until after school. The phones in our classes do not leave messages even though they appear to do so when you are put through.

Through Seesaw.com you will be able to view and comment on some of the work your child is doing. You will have had an email or flyer inviting you to join. When your child posts something you will get an alert and can view and comment. All posts are seen by the teacher before posting on the site. Your child may want to post some work in progress, a finished article or something that was fun. You have a unique code so that only your family sees a post from your child. This really helps make learning a home and school partnership.

The beginning of the year is tiring for children as they adapt to their new class and new relationships. The heat of summer doesn’t help. Our first programmes are aimed at building a secure and motivating class culture in accordance with the curriculum. The New Zealand Curriculum promotes the following key competencies as necessary for lifelong learning and problem solving:

  • thinking,
  • using language, symbols and texts to communicate effectively,
  • managing self,
  • relating to others
  • participating and contributing

Generally speaking, we are delighted with how the children seem to be settling, however, if your child is anxious after several weeks of school please let us know.

Our classes start swimming lessons first, so swimming gear is needed from Monday please.  We will swim Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for the next two weeks. Please note that teachers are not able to book you into these lessons. You need the Skillz4Life website.   Labels on clothes and swimming gear are helpful for matching left behind clothes with the children who own them. Likewise clothes that they can get on and off easily for swimming would be appreciated.

Stationery packs have been delivered to most children now. It is important that all children now have at least a book and pencil to get started with if you are buying your stationery later. Book bags are needed for library books and other school reading material to go home. We cannot issue books to children who do not have their book bag at school.

We look forward to getting to know you better over the year.

Sincerely

Robyn Bennett in Room 21  robynbennett@glamorgan.school.nz

Sharon Close in Room 19     sharonclose@glamorgan.school.nz

Nayth Loft in Room 22         naythloft@glamorgan.school.nz