Whanake Team (Year Two), Newsletter
Term One, 2019
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
We would like to extend a warm welcome to parents and students who are new to Glamorgan Primary School and to our returning families. We hope that you have had a relaxing and happy summer holiday and look forward to working alongside you and your children during the 2019 school year.
This year, Whanake Team consists of four classes. Mrs Kirsty Hewitt will be teaching in room 5, Mrs Gerry Campbell in room 6, Mrs Nicola Couch in room 7 and we welcome Miss Casia Dunning who will be teaching in room 11.
Refining ‘self-management’ skills will be an area of particular focus for our Whanake students. They will be expected to work towards developing a greater sense of independence and responsibility for themselves and their learning by:
 Organising themselves.
 Making sensible choices.
 Accepting learning challenges.
 Working to the best of their ability.
The initial integrated studies concept for the year is ‘My Best Always’. Whanake students will focus on developing the knowledge and skills required in order to live and learn as effective citizens in our communities.
The following key understandings will underpin the learning:
 All citizens have a responsibility towards creating and maintaining effective communities.
 Effective citizens are able to self-manage, relate well to others, participate and contribute, communicate effectively and think independently.
Literacy programmes will focus on developing the skills needed for:
 Oral Language: listening actively and conveying spoken ideas clearly.
 Reading: reading, responding and thinking critically about texts.
 Writing: planning, composing and improving ideas.
 Viewing: retrieving and interpreting relevant information from a variety of visual texts.
 Presenting: organising and presenting information coherently.
Classes are timetabled to visit the library once per week. Books must be taken home in a book-bag and returned by the following library session please. The computer programme used for the issuing of books will not allow students to continue to take out books should there be any outstanding items.
Mathematics programmes will be based around collecting and plotting data (statistics), addition and subtraction (number) and length (measurement). Algebra plays an integral part in all aspects of mathematics.
Please ensure that your child has all the required stationery items at school as soon as possible. This year we have decided leave all exercise books uncovered as it makes the task of labelling and identification more efficient for teachers.
The physical education programme centres on water safety. Students who have opted into the ‘user pays’ programme run by the Skills4Life swimming instructors, will take part in a concentrated two-week programme in the school pool in weeks four and five. Please ensure that swimming gear is brought to school each day for the duration of these lessons.
Students not participating in this initiative will participate in classroom based activities that focus on developing knowledge and understanding about water safety. There will be an opportunity later in the term for all Whanake students to use the pool.
The arts programme for this term will focus on developing skills in dance and drama.
Homework provides a valuable independent learning opportunity for students. The aim is for students to practise and consolidate skills utilised in the classroom programme with an emphasis on literacy and numeracy. The format of our homework aims to ensure that the individual needs of each student in the team are met effectively. Tasks have therefore been designed to cater for a range of ability levels. A high standard is encouraged in this aspect of independent learning and we thank you for the support you give to your child in this area.
Please expect homework from the beginning of week four. Homework requirements will be pasted into homework books and may consist of basic facts, essential spelling words and reading. Requirements may vary from class to class. Spelling is a written skill and must therefore be practised in written form. Students will be expected to read on a daily basis.
The value of the homework and the learning for the student comes from when he/she is actually engaged in the task.
Immediate feedback and support from parents is important here, hence we ask that where appropriate you check the
homework with your child. Teachers will monitor and acknowledge rather than correct the homework.
We appreciate that there will be times when your child is unable to complete the homework due to other commitments.
Please remember that the children work hard at school and therefore need time to relax at home too.
Members of quality learning communities draw strength from their ability to collaborate and support each other in a
variety of contexts while developing and extending skills and key competencies. There will be opportunities for
students to participate in and contribute to a range of extra curricula activities throughout the year such as the culture
club, sports teams and music groups.
As we continue to enjoy the beautiful hot summer weather, it is vital that the students wear sun-block and bring their
named sunhats and water bottles every day.
School begins at 9.00am. Between 8.30am and 8.45am children need to come in to class and get ready for the day,
they are then free to play outside. Children should not come to school before 8.15am.
We maintain a commitment to reducing the amount of rubbish generated in the school environment on a daily basis
and request that students continue to take home any food wrappings or leftovers.
To help us to reduce the amount of lost property we ask that clothing be named and encourage students to put
anything they take off during the day into their school bag.
We currently have enrolled at our school a number of students who have a severe allergy to nuts, we therefore request
that products containing this item do not come to school.
Personal Items: Toys, mobile phones and electronic gadgets from home are not permitted.
Please refer to the school website for information regarding key events and opportunities.
Thank you for the generous offers to assist with various aspects of classroom programmes. Your support is very much
appreciated. Teachers will be in touch as required.
It is important to keep the home/school partnership alive for the benefit of your child and their learning.
Should you have any queries or concerns throughout the year, please contact the class teacher in the first instance.
Our email addresses are listed below.
Kind regards
Mrs Nicola Couch (Team Leader) nicolacouch@glamorgan.school.nz
Mrs Kirsty Hewitt kirstyhewitt@glamorgan.school.nz
Mrs Gerry Campbell gerrycampbell@glamorgan.school.nz
Miss Casia Dunning casiadunning@glamorgan.school.nz