Kia Ora Koutou,

A very warm welcome to the start of another school year! 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. We are currently working in the new traffic light framework and our school Health and Safety plans are all in place, so we can support your children to learn onsite.

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 just how much of a privilege it is to be involved in educating your children. While working in the red setting does have some implications for how we organise some things at school we are very excited to begin our new year!

This year our team consists of four classes. The upcoming year promises to be bursting with stimulating learning opportunities!

Meet the Teacher will not go ahead on Thursday 10th February, instead, you will be sent a recorded message from your child’s teacher on 18th February. Also with the message will be a form to give the teacher any extra information you think we need to know about your child. You can complete the form, scan it and email it back to the teacher, send the form to school with your child or just email the teacher directly with any information you want them to have. Also included will be a slide show presentation that we had prepared for you for that evening. We hope you find it useful, and it answers any queries you might have.

Team 5 Classroom Organisation

Room 18           Year 5          Mr Glenn Sheers

Room 19           Year 4 & 5   Mrs Michaela Nicol (Team Leader)

Room 20           Year 5         Mrs Ann Morris

Room 21            Year 5         Mrs Kate Roberts

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 ongoing 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. https://www.glamorgan.school.nz/home-school-partnership/

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:

●       Thinking

●       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.

Thinking-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 by 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 students’ 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, as this ensures that it is both valid and fair to the student. Assessment is ongoing and is used to provide evidence of student progress. By gathering, analysing, and using the information collected, we can provide effective learning programmes for our students.

Chromebooks

This year your child will be moving away from using the online platform Seesaw, and instead will be using Google apps such as Gmail, (your child has their own email address) google docs and google slides.  Their files are stored on google drive. These functions are available to any device that has internet access. Teachers use an administration tool called Hapara that enables them to monitor and give feedback on their learning tasks, access their email accounts, and share and collaborate with documents. In the event that we would need to work from home, this will be the platform your child will be using to access their distance learning programme.

Term 1 Theme: “Ourselves”

This term our major.  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.

Literacy

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.

Numeracy

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, 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 2022, we will focus on water safety and survival skills. Your child’s classroom teacher will inform you of the timetable.

Year 5 Outdoor Education Programme 2022

Wednesday 9th March-Wenderholm Regional Park Walk  and Swim at Wenderholm beach

Friday 11th March-Snowplanet AND Orewa Estuary walk

Wednesday 16th March-Beach Surf Day with O’Neill Surf Academy NZ at Orewa Beach

The cost for all three activities with transport included is $77.50. More information will come home with your child with permission slips and parent helper’s availability.

Year 4 children in Room 19 will be included in the Team 4 EOTC trip to the Sir Peter Blake Marine Education and Resource Centre (MERC) rather than participate in the Team 5 EOTC Programme. There will be many opportunities at school, throughout the term for our Year 4 children to participate in team-building activities.

Date: Week 8 Friday 25th March.

Cost: $65.00

More information will come home later in the term.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Nayth Loft by email; naythloft@glamorgan.school.nz

Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement

All volunteers for outdoor education activities must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Please do not volunteer if you are not fully vaccinated. Evidence of your vaccination status such as a vaccine passport will need to be sighted before the event.

We are very excited to be able to offer this programme to your children. We have good processes in place to go ahead in the Red Traffic Light System. However, this is all subject to the Red Traffic Light settings staying the same and to having enough suitably qualified staff to run the trips if there was unexpected illness.

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.

glennsheers@glamorgan.school.nz

michaelanicol@glamorgan.school.nz

annmorris@glamorgan.school.nz

kateroberts@glamorgan.school.nz

Stationery 

Children need to take responsibility for the care of their own property so we strongly encourage them to name their stationery. 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.

We consider every child to be an important part of our classrooms, so please do not 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 2022, and we look forward to working with you and your child throughout the year.

Ngā mihi | Kind regards

Michaela Nicol (Team Leader)

Glenn Sheers

Ann Morris

Kate Roberts