The Link Term 1
(from the Glamorgan Home/School Team)

The Glamorgan Home/School team has been established for several years now. The intention of the team is to improve and develop the partnership between school and home. We recognise the importance of parental involvement in their children’s learning and that children learn best when schools and parents have similar goals and expectations for their children and can work together to achieve this.

The Home/School Team has actively promoted literacy with Avoid the Summer Slump campaigns, holiday library openings, teachers reading at lunchtimes and parent evenings about reading and writing.

We have been equally active in helping parents to understand the Maths curriculum and how we teach Maths, with evenings and an open afternoon.

The Link is the communication page of the Glamorgan Home School Team. The Link gives us the opportunity to provide some handy hints to help you with ways to support your child’s learning at home. Each term we try to focus on a different area.

Reading Eggs and Mathletics Evening
Thursday March 30 @ 7pm – 8pm

This year our school has signed up to 3 P Learning for two excellent on-line programmes that can be accessed at school and home. We had Mathletics being used in senior classes, but after being given a free trial of Reading Eggs for a term it was decided that this would benefit all our students. Years 1 and 2 are using Reading Eggs. Years 3 and above are using Reading Eggspress and Mathletics.
To get the best out of these programmes parent knowledge of how they operate and what resources are available is essential. Wayne Marr from 3P Learning is an experienced teacher himself. He is an excellent presenter who will enable you to help your child get the best out of these two great resources.

Please join us in the staffroom on Thursday March 30 at 7 pm.

You will not want to miss it!

RSVP to the school office with numbers attending or download and print out the flyer and complete the return slip – Mathletics Reading Eggs Information Evening.

The Key Competencies referenced from TKI NZ GOVT
Your child is learning a range of skills and abilities (Key Competencies) to help them to do well in life. The world your child lives in is very different to what it was like when you were growing up and is continuing to change.

It is no longer enough to just learn “facts”.

No one knows exactly what life will be like for today’s children when they become adults, but we do know that they will need to develop a range of key competencies, so that they can adapt and function well in the world.
There are five key competencies in the curriculum. They are:
– Thinking
– Using language, symbols, and texts
– Managing self
– Relating to others
– Participating and contributing
These key competencies are an important part of your child’s learning at school. They are included in the New Zealand Curriculum and are woven into all the teaching that takes place. Your child uses these key competencies in many different situations at home, at sport, at church, at cultural occasions, and eventually at work.

Key competencies are not just for school, but for life

The key competencies are a really useful way to think about and get involved in your child’s learning. There are lots of ways to do this:
– Understand what’s happening at school – ask your teacher how they are teaching your child about key competencies, why, and what you can do to help at home
– Be enthusiastic and interested in what your child is doing at school – ask your child what they learned today, talk about the skills that they are developing, and how useful they are in life.

In Term 1, we have a major focus on the final three competencies. These competencies play a very important part in establishing class routines and expectations.
Here are some suggestions to support your children to manage themselves, relate well to others and to participate and contribute.

Managing Self: This means being self-motivated, having a can-do attitude and understanding yourself as a learner.
Things to try at home:
– Notice and praise your child when they do chores or homework without having to be asked. This shows them that you value their independent self-management.
– Talk about the challenges of learning, not just about what has been learned, and show them that you are always learning as well.
– Encourage them to be responsible for themselves. They need to get themselves organised for the day’s learning and know where their readers and homework books are.

 Relating to Others: This is about relating well to a diverse range of people and includes things like being able to listen well, see different points of view, negotiate and share ideas.
Things to try at home:
– Talk openly about different ways of “being” in the world. Compare the different cultures in your life, so you can talk about how things are in different contexts, and why.
– Be open to, and show respect for difference. No-one is the same. Children are then more likely to show respect too.
– Think about how well you listen to, and negotiate with your children.
– Your child learns how to relate to others from you.

Participating and Contributing: Means being involved in things that are going on, being a good group member, contributing, including and creating opportunities for others.
Things to try at home:
– Be a good role model. You might be surprised at what knowledge and skills you have that the teacher would appreciate you contributing.
– Encourage your child to take part in things they haven’t tried before. This challenges them and gets them involved in new activities and groups. Talk to them about the new skills and knowledge they gain.
– Support your child when they take on leadership roles at school or in the community. This could be something as simple as being the bin monitor for a week, looking after younger students during breaks or at a sports day, taking care of equipment or resources or speaking during an assembly.
– Talk to the teacher about how they are developing your child’s key competencies. Ask what you can do at home to build on what they are doing at school.

For further information Key Competencies area of the Te Kete Ipurangi (TKI) website.


From the Home/School Partnership Team