Tēnā koutou katoa
Ngā mihi nui, kia koutou katoa – Warm greetings to you all.
Welcome back to school. We hope you have all had a relaxing break with your children and created some lovely memories together. We would also like to extend a special welcome to all the new families who have joined us this term.
We have had a fantastic start to the year with the children settling into their new classrooms and diligently carrying out their school-wide responsibilities. We would like to also acknowledge the excellent support you give us and your children. Working with parents and whānau as partners in learning is important to us so that we can enhance the academic and social outcomes for all of our learners.
Outdoor Education Week
We had a brilliant Outdoor Education Week, with our students experiencing a variety of challenging outdoor activities. The programme provided an excellent learning environment for students to grow and develop their competencies as self-managers, thinkers, communicators, team players, and contributors. It was great to see many displays of inclusion, encouragement, participation, and perseverance. They had many opportunities to test their personal limits through a variety of physical challenges! Needless to say in order for any of these programmes to take place we require a large amount of parental assistance, so a special thank you to the many parents who put their names forward to assist us in these most valuable learning experiences.
The Learning Links mentioned in this newsletter are home learning suggestions for how you can support your child’s learning at home. We hope you find these helpful. Thank you to all those family members who came to parent/children discussions last term. This was a great opportunity for your child and teacher to discuss their assessment results and learning pathway going forward. Together we are looking forward to yet another busy, engaging and productive term with your children!
Term 2 Theme: Astronomy
We have a number of exciting learning experiences planned for students this term. We have integrated learning across curriculum areas around key concepts or big ideas to ensure students make connections and link their understanding.
Our term will start with a Science focus on Planet Earth and Beyond. We will investigate and understand relationships between planet Earth and its solar system, galaxy, and the universe. This will lead us into Matariki, the Maori New Year. This is an important festival that reflects our bi-cultural heritage. Matariki provides an ideal opportunity for us to explore the ways that people pass on and sustain aspects of their culture and heritage.
Teams 4, 5 and 6 will be taking part in a series of dance lessons beginning Week 1 of Term 2 on Thursday 2nd May. We have secured the expertise of the Limelight Studios professional dancers. This year we will have Krystal Stewart who has been a Dancing with the Stars professional dancer. She has an impressive range of credits, titles, and experience in all areas of competitive and social dancing. The students will be tutored in a variety of dance genres; introducing the children to a range of exploratory movement activities while providing opportunities to create movement sequences on their own and/or with a partner. In particular, they will focus on hip hop, ballroom, and Latin dancing. The cost of this course of six lessons is $18.00 per student, payable before the first lesson.
Please pay by one of the following methods:
- EFTPOS or Credit Card at the school office
- A named envelope with cash/cheque to the school office.
- Internet payment to Glamorgan School bank account 12-3080-0059486-00.
Please ensure that you complete the reference section with your child’s name, room number and specify what the payment is for.
|e.g. J Brown (Initial and surname)||e.g. Room 6||e.g. Waterwise|
Students will continue to revise and develop their knowledge of the features of different writing structures including narrative, report, argument, recount, and description.
As part of our home school partnership, we strongly encourage you to look for opportunities for purposeful writing at home. Try to provide opportunities for writing letters/emails to family and friends in other parts of the country or overseas. Play with words. Thinking of interesting words and discussing new ones can help increase the words your child uses when they write and speak. Share your own writing with your child – lists, planning for family events or an email. You can help them to see that you too use writing for different purposes.
Please remind your child to read every night for 15 (or more) minutes. Your child also has a Reading Eggspress account. Website: https://readingeggs.co.nz/ Please take the time to sit with your child and look at the programme and the activities it offers. They should be reading a wide range of fiction and nonfiction texts on a regular basis. Show an interest by asking them questions or talking to them about what they are reading. You could take them to the public library or read aloud to them. By reading the books your children are reading you will be able to have discussions with them. Reading to your children provides the opportunity to meet and discuss new vocabulary. You could try reading a classic to your child or a text which is slightly beyond their reading ability to stretch their language and content knowledge. A good website to practise developing children’s vocabulary is http://freerice.com/
Your child will bring home spelling words each week. Get them to practise these words. They continue to practise grammar and spelling activities in class. In addition to this, test your child throughout the week and get them to learn any words they are unsure of.Spelling & Vocabulary Website: http://www.spellingcity.com/
This term our Numeracy Programme will continue to teach and revise Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division and Proportions and Ratios knowledge and strategies. It is important that your child continues to practise their basic facts for homework, as speed and accuracy will support this programme at school. This term our strand focuses are Measurement: length, area, perimeter, volume, capacity, weight, and mass as well as Geometry – 2D and 3D shapes.
You can help them to learn their basic facts by encouraging them to study a particular times table or set of multiplication and division facts. They will know from their programme at school which basic facts they are up to learning. Once they have studied these you could ask them questions while doing the dishes together or travelling in the car etc. This on-going practice at home and school will help your child to gain more confidence with their mathematics. Please also encourage your child to complete the set tasks that have been assigned to them on their Mathletics accounts. Website: http://nz.mathletics.com/
The Physical Education programme will focus at the start of the term on distance training and building stamina in the weeks leading up to the whole school Cross Country event. Students are encouraged to improve on their own personal best times whether running or power walking. Can your child please bring appropriate clothing to train in once we have timetabled these sessions. Our school cross country will be held on Friday 7th June with a Save Day on Thursday 13th June. As part of the KiwiSport initiative, our students will take part in a Kiwisport Soccer programme.
If you have any concerns or queries about anything in this newsletter or anything regarding your child’s, learning, social or behavioural needs please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher. They are the people that will have the best insight and experience to deal with any issues that your child may be experiencing at school. If the issues continue, you may be directed to Mrs Nicol (Team Leader), who may decide to follow it up with the senior management team if needed.
Please note on your calendars that we will be closed on Friday 31st May for a teacher only day and Monday 3rd June for Queen’s Birthday public holiday.
As always thank you for your support, whether it be helping with homework, discussing school with your child, coming in and helping out, or encouraging your child in the background. We always appreciate your time.
Michaela Nicol (Team Leader)