Team 1 Newsletter Term 1 2017

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Welcome back to you all and a special welcome to our new families and children turning 5. We are excited about the year ahead and look forward to establishing and maintaining good relationships with you and your child.

To contact us:

Room 2 Mrs Brooke Mabbott

Room 4: Mrs Steph Masefield and Miss Becky Taylor

Room 24 (Discovery) Mrs Helen Barlow and Mrs Jo Barker

We find email contact with parents an effective way to keep in touch, especially those who are not able to visit the school regularly. We encourage you to email us. Please email us a short message so we can create a class list to help us with contacting everyone.

 Food at school:

Please try to provide a healthy lunch and snack options for your child. A sandwich, wrap or sushi together with fruit or vege and a small biscuit or cake treat are always good options.

Remember we do not allow nuts, nut spreads, muesli bars or eggs to be eaten at school due to children with severe nut and egg allergies.

Water bottles are essential for the long hot days.

 School Hours:

School begins at 9am. It is important for your child to be ready for learning at this time. Please help them to arrive at school with time to manage their belongings and settle. We find it difficult to settle our classes when parents are saying goodbye or children are arriving as the bell goes. Your help with this would be appreciated. If your child arrives after the school bell, please help them to get through the gates as the safety latches are not able to be opened by children. It is important they report to “Mrs Watson’s window”.

Parent Help

Our perceptual motor programme will start in week 3. This is a co-ordination programme for which we will need parent helpers to commit to a weekly session. Please contact if you are able to help us provide this for your children.


We would like:

  • PVC pipe offcuts and plastic gutter lengths for our sandpit play
  • Metal tubes/ pipe for making wind chimes
  • Planks
  • Cutlery set and kitchen utensils, including sieve/ colander

If you have access to any of these please let us know.

 Play Based Learning:

We believe that children learn best through play and all classes in Team 1 will use this approach.

This is Learning…

When learners choose the context, they are not left guessing why they are doing what they are doing, although sometimes we are! A bit of role reversal…

It is our job as teachers to look for the literacy, the numeracy and the learning in the choices the learners make. When the learners choose, it is an authentic and purposeful context for the learners…NOT FOR US! Better connections are made. Immediate connections are made. The context is transparent, no learner is left guessing why they are doing what they are doing.

No learning choice is wrong…never off-task! All levels, all day…It works!

Dates for your diary:

Please read the notes in the school newsletter (emailed to you and available on the school website) and on the school noticeboard as additional information is available on these.

Thursday 9th February: Meet the teacher evening. This begins at 5:45 for Team 1.

Swimming begins February 20th. (Please pay Swimbus for these lessons: Pay via internet banking into the bank account 38 9010 0781710-00 Account name Kiwiflippers Ltd. Please use your child’s initial and surname as a reference plus GM)

Many thanks from us all for your interest and support. Please don’t hesitate to come and see us or email us if you would like to discuss anything. We look forward to meeting with you on Thursday 9th February.


Kind regards

Brooke Mabbott, Helen Barlow, Jo Barker, Becky Taylor and Steph Masefield (Team Leader)