Matariki (Team 1) Newsletter Term 2 2018

“What children learn does not follow as an automatic result from what is taught. Rather, it is in large part due to the children’s own doing as a consequence of their activities and our resources.” Loris Malaguzz


Dear Parents and Caregivers,

We welcome our new families to Glamorgan School! We are glad to have you all with us.

There are many important events this term so please make a note of them later in this newsletter, but also make sure you read the weekly school newsletter and check the electronic noticeboard for alterations or upcoming events.


A few reminders:

  • No nuts or nut products at school
  • Brain food is fruit or vege. Please put in a (named) separate bag or container
  • School begins at 9am. Arrive with time for your child to settle
  • If your child arrives after the bell, they must report to “Mrs Watson’s window”
  • Lunch orders can be ordered on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday
  • Book bags and home learning books need to come to school every day
  • Reader books will not be given unless the previous day’s book is returned. Please keep these books in both the plastic bag and the book bag to protect them. Each book costs approximately $7-10.


Reporting to Parents:

Mid-year reports will come home on June 27. Those children who began school at the end of term 1 or this term will receive a summary report and be offered a discussion time with their class teachers.


Term 2 Focus

We will be studying NZ culture and tradition, looking at significant and special local places. Matariki (Maori New Year) will be one component of our learning as this is in June. This will lead into looking at the many cultures that make up our class and community, next term.


P.E. Term 2

Our focus this term is on the skills of movement, body and spatial awareness. We will be training for the cross-country teaching stamina and endurance. Other forms of movement such as dodging, jumping, hopping and skipping will also form aspects of the skills taught.


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.

April 30 – May 11 Dental van at school

May 14-18 NZ Bully Free week (pink shirt day Friday)

May 18: School FOTS Disco

June 1 Teacher Only Day. School closed.

June 8 School Cross Country (save day June 14)

June 12 Spell Athon test day (money due by June 22)

June 27 Reports home


Play Based Learning:


“Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent and independent with a tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play” Henri Matisse


If you are interested in finding out more about learning through play, and how children learn, Nathan Mikaere Wallis provides some interesting information.

There is much information easily available about the importance of play for learning. Any search on Play based learning will give you a large number of articles to read.



For our Play Based Learning we would like collections of:

  • interesting rocks/ stones/ gems
  • small wood rounds
  • cork sheets/ tiles
  • coloured glass/ plastic for our light-boxes

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


To contact us:

Room 2 Miss Lisa McLean

Room 4: Mrs Steph Masefield and Miss Becky Taylor

Room 24 Mrs Helen Barlow and Mrs Jo Barker


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.

Kind regards

Jo Barker, Helen Barlow, Lisa McLean, Becky Taylor and Steph Masefield (Team Leader)