Welcome back to term three and a big welcome to the two new families joining us shortly.

By the third term we tend to notice a lot of maturity in the students and increased responsibility for their learning, especially in the year three students. We continue to foster the key competencies that are graded on their last report (self management, participating and contributing, relating to others, communicating effectively, and thinking).  Through working collaboratively and learning skills that help them question and evaluate information, they develop more complex thinking.

This term we have chosen several areas of interest and left weeks free for classes to follow their own particular interests and allow student agency.  We started off with the Olympics and moved into visual arts in readiness for the art festival on the 21st, 22nd and 23rd of September. Each child is also making a piece of art that you may wish to purchase as a calendar or notebook through the FOTS fundraiser.

Dance, Maori language and coding have a particular focus as does geometry. Maori language week starts on the 13th of September. Geometry for us is all about shapes and lines and following directions. We will do our best to ensure your child will then follow all your directions!

As part of the professional development, Glamorgan teachers have been exploring different ways to ensure learning is presented in ways that are accessible to all students.  On Friday the 27th of August there is a teacher only day with the facilitator we have been working with.

Thank you to the parents who are coaching our school teams and thank you to those of you who help in classrooms. We appreciate you. Thank you parents for looking at our Seesaw pages and engaging in the learning your child is doing.

Remember there is a wealth of information on our school website as well as links to other sites that are designed to help you in the precious job of parenting.

We look forward to seeing you at Share the Learning on the 23rd of September, if not before.

Nga mihi

Robyn, Gerry, Sharon and Sharon.