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Dear Parents and Caregivers

A very warm welcome back to school for Term 3. We hope you were able to enjoy a lovely break with your families. We have a very full programme organised for the children over the next 10 weeks and look forward to working with you all to ensure that they make the most of these opportunities. A huge thank you to all parents who supported the distance learning programme during the lockdown period. I’m sure we can all agree that it was both challenging at times and rewarding at times for all concerned. The education of your child is a real team effort between home and school.

After our return to school in Term 2 we had a lovely transitioning period to settle the children back into school life.  We made the most of the incredible weather and enjoyed many outdoor and indoor team activities. Despite not being able to have a school cross country event we made the decision to run our own team event! We were extremely proud of the way the children performed! It was a gorgeous afternoon and thank you to those who were able to pop in and support the team. The children’s participation and attitude on their distance training and building stamina was excellent both at the start of the training and in the weeks leading up to the team Cross Country event. Another stand out favourite as picked by the children was our Science Challenge Day. The children had a wonderful time visiting each teacher in the team and experiencing some excellent science experiments and activities.

This term your child will receive a modified interim school report. Meetings will take place directly after school so we will not close the school this time and you will be able to book using the online system. The three dates for parent interviews are Tuesday 28 July 3:15-6:00pm, Thursday 30 July 3:15-5:30 and Thursday 6 August 3:15-5:30.

Following on from this you may want to check out the links and resources within the Home School Partnership pages on our Glamorgan School website for more information about Literacy and Mathematics and ideas on how you can support your child’s learning at home. With another action packed term planned we look forward to providing stimulating and exciting learning experiences for your children to enjoy.

Term 3 Theme: Gifts from The Past

Our major curriculum Social Science focus will be the Ancient and Modern Olympics.  We will look at the Olympics from the past and the influence they had on modern Olympics. During this inquiry we will also investigate the Ancient Greeks and the significant contributions that they made during ancient times that advanced science, technology, and the arts.

Life Education Caravan

Our minor focus this term will be investigating the human digestive system. To launch this unit, we will be viewing and discussing the movie “That Sugar Film”- an educational resource purchased by the school. This movie documents the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy human body, consuming only foods that are commonly perceived as healthy. The children will also have two sessions in the Life Education caravan to support this programme in weeks 1-2.

During this unit we will:

·        Investigate the human digestive system

·        Gather information from food labels in order to make healthier food choices

·        Identify how to keep our bodies happy and healthy

We’d like to reassure you that this is a science based investigation and we will be very mindful not to label foods as ‘good’, ‘bad’, ‘right’ or ‘wrong’.

Skillz 4 Life Swimming Lessons Term 4

In week 7 a letter will come home offering your child the opportunity to have paid swimming lessons in school time at the end of Term 4. We have been able to secure the expertise of the qualified swimming instructors from Skillz4life, swim school. Students will have their swimming lessons every day over a period of two weeks. This swimming programme begins Weeks 8 & 9 starting on the 2nd to the 14th December. Lessons will not take place on Tuesdays.

Their swimming lessons are aimed at all age groups and abilities and each lesson is tailored to the swimmer’s individual needs with a strong focus on water safety and fun. Structured lessons are based on ability levels after an initial assessment of students’ swimming ability.

The cost of the lessons is $50 per child for 8 x 30min lessons. Payments will need to be paid (No Later) than end of term 3 2020, last date for payment will be the 25th of September. The school office will not be collecting the payments instead you will need to pay Skillz 4 Life directly. This information will come home in a separate letter so no action is required until then.

Camp 2021 Meeting-A message from Mrs Cutfield

A camp information night will be held at 6.30pm on Thursday the 13 August in the staffroom, upstairs in the administration building. This meeting has two purposes. Under the Health and Safety Act we need to ensure that parents are informed about the risks and benefits of camp, which will allow you to make an informed decision about your child attending camp. The second reason is that if you wish to volunteer as a parent helper for camp, attendance is compulsory. If you need further information, please email. My email address is lynnecutfield@glamorgan.school.nz.

Home Learning Link

Writing- 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.

Reading- Please remind your child to read every night for 20 (or more) minutes. 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. The children can also access their Reading Eggspress accounts at home. This online programme is an opportunity for your child to practise their reading skills and you will be able to monitor their progress.

Numeracy-This term our Numeracy Programme will continue to teach and revise Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division and Proportions and Ratios knowledge and strategies. One of the ways that you can most easily support them is to help them develop the knowledge that they will need to be able to use these strategies. 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. Knowing basic facts will help students be able to solve more complicated maths problems with less effort.

Helping your child learn their basic facts at home is the best way to ensure a strong foundation from which to build their mathematics knowledge. Slow, steady practice is the key to making progress. Be creative and make the practice as fun as possible and your child will get a positive message about their learning. When children play games they are highly engaged, focused and motivated. 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. We would strongly encourage the children to use their Mathletics account at home to support their learning.

Important Conversations

Take time out with your child to have that very important conversation “Let’s talk about what you are learning at school”, and encouraging good discussion through open probing questions. Having this type of conversation with children on a regular basis does much to consolidate the learning at school, and this is one of the key objectives of homework. Encouraging further inquiry through enthusiastic discussion assists the process of a child gradually becoming independent with their home learning.

If you have any concerns or queries about anything in this newsletter or anything regarding your child, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher.

Kind Regards

Michaela Nicol (Team Leader) michaelanicol@glamorgan.school.nz

Glenn Sheers glennsheers@glamorgan.school.nz

Ann Morris annmorris@glamorgan.school.nz

Parenting Tip and interesting reading from The Big Life Journal

Quite often children compare themselves when they struggle with something. And it can be very discouraging for them (“Jake is always so good at math and I am not…”)

So when we witness that we want to jump in and HELP our kids so they stop struggling.

But is this really the best thing to do for them?
Let’s find out…

Should we let our children struggle or should we come to their rescue?

When we let our children struggle, we help them build the muscle they need to overcome challenges in the future.

It’s very difficult to see our children struggle and our immediate desire is to save them.

But imagine you’re lifting weights at the gym. At the first sign of struggle or strain, a well-meaning bystander lifts the weight for you. Every time. Are you going to get any stronger? Will you ever discover just how strong you can be?

The same concept applies when we refuse to let our children struggle. If we always solve problems for them, they will never learn to solve problems for themselves. We actually imply that they are not capable of overcoming obstacles or succeeding on their own.

So how can you empower your children when they are struggling, instead?

1. LISTEN and empathize. Sometimes children do not expect us to help and all they need is a listening ear. Practice listening when your child vents to you about a problem:

“You seem frustrated. I can understand why you feel that way.”

2. ASK open-ended questions:

“How do you think you can solve this?”

“What solutions have you tried?”

“What else can you try?”

3. PROVIDE options. Sometimes children are so consumed by their frustration, they can’t think of what to do next.

“Would you like to keep trying, take a break, or ask for help?”

4. ACKNOWLEDGE when they succeed:

“Wow, I know that was hard.”

“How do you feel now that you were able to solve that problem?”

It’s important to remember that success and achievement aren’t about talent. It’s all about the willingness to struggle and keep going.

Make the shift from “I’ve got this!” to “You’ve got this!” and your resilient, problem-solving, and gritty child will thank you.