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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 are helping in a myriad of ways in our busy classrooms. The education of your child is a real team effort between home and school.

There were many wonderful opportunities that presented themselves to our students in Term 2. They have taken part in many activities with great enthusiasm. A huge highlight as voted by the students was our Matariki festivities! Celebrating Matariki provided a wonderful opportunity for our students to explore the values of diversity, community and participation, and respect for themselves and others.

We are thrilled with the way in which our students are stepping up and taking responsibility for their school duties in and around the school. We were extremely proud of the way the children performed in the school cross country! Their participation and attitude on their distance training and building stamina were excellent both at the start of the term and in the weeks leading up to the whole school Cross Country event. It certainly was a busy active term!

At the end of Term 2, all children received an interim school report. 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: “Construction Zone” Science and Technology

Our Science and Technology topics will be integrated. The children will investigate how bridges are designed and constructed. They will be involved in many hands-on practical activities and experiments. There will be challenges to design and construct different types of bridges. We will also have a Harbour Bridge challenge. Using their knowledge of bridges, the children will create a prototype of bridge they would you like to see replacing the current Harbour Bridge. We will also have a science focus on Force and Motion, exploring the energy of pushes and pulls. The children will investigate and explore general concepts about simple machines, especially levers and gears. It will provide an excellent opportunity for students to expand their ideas and to investigate innovative solutions to practical problems.

Camp 2022 Meeting-A message from Mrs Cutfield

A camp information night will be held at 6.30pm on Thursday the 12 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.

Skool Loop

Glamorgan School has joined the list of schools using the Skool Loop app. Skool Loop is designed to help communication between schools and families and is free to download and use.
Download the Skool Loop App and select Glamorgan School to receive School Alerts, Newsletter notifications, Notices and Report Absences.

Google Play
Apple Store

Skool Loop – How to Download and Set Up

You also need to select your child’s classroom and any of the following groups or sports teams they are part of (we will be adding to the list of teams/groups as we become more familiar with the App).

o Athletics Team (Northern Bays Athletics Event)

o Swim Team (North Shore and Northern Bays Swimming Competition)

o Cross-Country Team (Northern Bays Cross-Country Event)

o Rippa Rugby (North Harbour Primary Schools Tournaments)

o Winter Sports Teams (Northern Bays Winter Sports Day)

o Netball Teams (Winter Tournament)

o School Choir

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.

Home Learning Link

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 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.

Learning Link

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 ongoing 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. 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.

Ngā mihi | Kind regards

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

Nicola Le Lievre nicolalelievre@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.