Kia Ora Koutou,

A very warm welcome to the start of another school year! In particular, a special welcome to all new families who have joined Team Haepapa! We hope you all enjoyed your summer break and feel refreshed for the year ahead. This is a wonderful time of the year to observe the children as they catch up with their friends, meet new classmates and their new teacher. It is also a reminder to us all of just how much of a privilege it is to be involved in educating your children. We are very excited to begin our new year.

This year our team consists of three classes. The upcoming year promises to be bursting with stimulating learning opportunities! Meet the teacher evening is scheduled for Team 5 on Wednesday 12th February at 6:30-7:15 pm in your child’s classroom. This is a great opportunity to come along, meet your child’s teacher, and hear about our Outdoor Education Week activities and your child’s classroom programme.

Team 5 Classroom Organisation

Room 18           Year 5          Mr Glenn Sheers

Room 19            Year 5         Mrs Michaela Nicol (Team Leader)

Room 20             Year 5         Mrs Morris

At this time of the year teachers are establishing routines, setting standards, encouraging independent work habits and assessing students’ needs through various testing methods. During the year, we strive to ensure that your child is happy and provided with a challenging learning environment that emphasises literacy, numeracy, appropriate social skills, and an on-going love of learning.

You play a big part in your child’s learning every day, and you can support and build on what they learn at school too. The link below will take you to the Glamorgan Home /School Partnership page. Here you will find links and resources for assisting with your child’s learning at home.

Glamorgan School’s Steps to Success and the Key Competencies

As part of our classroom programme, we actively promote and celebrate Glamorgan School’s Steps to Success. We use the key competencies, which are included in the New Zealand Curriculum and are woven into all the teaching that takes place. They are an integral part of your child’s learning at school.

These key competencies are:

Using language, symbols, and texts (Communicating Effectively)
Managing self
Relating to others
Participating and contributing

Your child will need to develop a range of key competencies so that they can adapt and function well in the world. Please feel free to talk to your child’s classroom teacher about how they are developing your child’s key competencies and what you can do at home to build on what they are doing at school.

For more information, you can visit the Key Competencies area of the Te Kete Ipurangi (TKI) website. This is a website developed for teachers and educators but anyone is welcome to visit it. It provides a more detailed look into the key competencies and some good videos of children talking about their learning.


Is about developing the sort of thinking skills that children need in the world today. They are using creative and critical ways of thinking to make sense of information, experiences and ideas.

Communicating Effectively (Using language, symbols, and texts)

Is about the different ways to communicate and understand information, experiences and ideas.

Managing self

This means being self-motivated, having a can-do attitude and understanding yourself as a learner.

Relating to others

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.

Participating and contributing

Means being involved in things that are going on, being a good group member, contributing, including and creating opportunities for themselves and others.

Assessment of Students

At this time of the year, students are being tested in literacy and numeracy to provide teachers, students, and parents with information on their progress and level of achievement. Our assessment benefits students through clarifying for them what they already know and what they still need to learn. In this way, we aim to maintain their motivation and increase their confidence to become independent learners. Assessment is planned by teachers but they will also respond to student’s ability levels and adapt the teaching programme, the learning goals and the assessment as appropriate. The type of assessment used will depend on the learning experiences taking place, and the purpose for which the information is to be used. This could take an informal (for example, teacher observation, self or peer assessment) or formal (a set task or test such as Progress and Achievement tests) approach. Feedback to students on their achievement will often use a mixture of both formal and informal assessment information collected over a period of time, as this ensures that it is both valid and fair to the student. Assessment is on-going and is used to provide evidence of student progress. By gathering, analysing and using the information collected, we are able to provide effective learning programmes for our students.

Term 1 Theme: “Ourselves”

This term our major curriculum health focus will look at how we can set personal goals, know strategies to meet challenges & plan for success!  We will also be implementing a new programme called The Zones of Regulation. An information sheet about this programme will be handed out at the Parent Information Evening. This integrated unit will focus on all four Health and Physical Education curriculum strands.  We also have a social science focus planned, “ANZACs and Us”. We will look in-depth at the specific events that took place at Gallipoli and how it has affected the lives of New Zealanders in the past and today.


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, as well as ensuring your child reads a wide range of fiction and nonfiction texts on a regular basis.


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 Statistical Investigations and Measurement.

Swimming Lessons

As part of our swimming programme for 2020 we have been able to secure the expertise of the qualified swimming instructors from Skillz4Life Swim School. Our Team 5 children will complete their swimming lessons every day over a period of two weeks in Term 4. More information will come out later in the year.

We will also be allocated pool time this term, where our focus will be water safety and survival skills. Your child’s classroom teacher will inform you of the timetable later in the term.

Outdoor Education Programme 2020

The cost for all three activities with transport included is $75.00. More information will come home with your child with permission slips and parent helper’s availability.

Our Team 5 school assembly is scheduled for Friday 3rd April. We will be sharing highlights of our EOTC experiences with the school. We hope you will be able to attend.

Parent/Teacher Communication

We feel it is important to have effective communication between home and school. Often concerns can be discussed and solved very effectively if you make an appointment to speak to your child’s teacher in the first instance, and if necessary refer unresolved issues to Mrs Nicol. We value any feedback regarding your child. Teacher email addresses as below.


Children need to take responsibility for the care of their own property so we strongly encourage them to name their stationery. We would really appreciate it if you could endeavour to cover your child’s exercise books, as this strengthens the covers and helps to keep each book in good condition. Teachers are happy to collect the children’s extra pencils, glue sticks, etc. and store them away until your child requires them during the year.

Home Learning

Learning at home is important for children to help develop organisational and self-management skills and to support the learning that happens at school.


To encourage purposeful communication at home.

To participate in a range of activities outside of school.

To reinforce learning in class.

To provide a positive link between home and school that enhances a child’s learning.

To assist children in developing an independent attitude to their own learning.

To develop personal interests, skills, attributes, responsibility, self-management, time management and a lifelong love of learning.

We encourage you to help your child to succeed by providing learning experiences at home. All children in the team will be given homework to take home on Friday afternoons. If children would like feedback on their work they need to bring it back completed by the following Thursday. An information sheet with guidelines will be glued into the front of your child’s homework book as well as some helpful hints on how you can support your children at home with their learning. Would you please read these guidelines as they may help to clarify any queries you may have concerning the programme.

We consider each and every child to be an important part of our classrooms, so please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher if you have any concerns or queries about anything in this newsletter or anything regarding your child. Again, welcome to 2020, and we look forward to working with you and your child throughout the year.

Kind Regards

Michaela Nicol (Team Leader)

Glenn Sheers

Ann Morris