Hapori Newsletter Term 3 2020

Dear Families

Welcome to Term 3.  Although we really did feel connected when working from home, it is lovely to have the children in class again. The next ten weeks are busy ones. Most of the information is on the school website for you. The Home School Partnership site is particularly informative with ideas on supporting your child’s learning.

Teachers are presently preparing progress reports. This will be a modified version showing effort and the level your child is working within. Parent teacher interviews will provide further information. As mentioned in the school notices, the dates for discussions are Tuesday 28 July 3:15-6:00pm, Thursday 30 July 3:15-5:30 and Thursday 6 August 3:15-5:30.

We start the term off with a unit from Life Education. Our focus is on developing understanding of how our body works and being healthy. The children have two visits to the Life Education van and further projects in class. They are already curious and learning new vocabulary and information.

Following on from this we will be focused on transport and travel. In social sciences we will look at progression from early time to now, and future possibilities.  We will consider how travel is related to resources and technology. The children will be inquiring into early Pasifika migration to Aotearoa, building models, and considering how shared spaces can work (in particular the future Auckland Harbour Bridge Skypath).

We have a trip planned to the Maritime Museum in Auckland city by the viaduct. This includes a short voyage up under the harbour bridge in a sailing scow called The Ted Ashby.  We will shortly send out permission slips. The bus cost is sponsored through the museum so the trip cost will be $10.00 per child. Parents who are interested in being responsible for a group of children are welcome. We can usually fit everyone on the bus but, if we have an abundance of helpers, parents may be able to meet us for the museum activities. Rooms 23 and 25 visit on Tuesday 8 September and rooms 22 and 24 go on Wednesday 9 September. This is a full day.

This term we have a book fair. The school notices will have all the information you need. On the last day, Friday 21 August, the children and staff are invited to dress as a book character. We have a parade and it is always a lot of fun.

School photos will be taken on September 17th.  This is for class, team and individual photos.

We know that life is busy. As families you are providing rich learning environments where discussions and shared experiences are valuable. We don’t want the children overburdened with too much homework but a few minutes each of maths and reading is expected.  The children are very familiar with Mathletics. Teachers set tasks appropriate for each child and the games build basic fact knowledge. Reading Eggspress or Epic or a shared reading book each day is also important.

As always, please feel free to email us to celebrate or voice concerns.

Robyn Bennett   Room 23   robynbennett@glamorgan.school.nz

Gerry Campbell  Room 22   gerrycampbell@glamorgan.school.nz

Sharon Topliss    Room 24   sharontopliss@glamorgan.school.nz

Sharon Close      Room 25  sharonclose@glamorgan.school.nz