Te Rapa Primary

Te Rapa Primary School

Welcome TO Term 4 in rOOM 17!

Welcome back to Term 4. We hope you have enjoyed a well earned break and some time together as a family. We have a very busy term ahead of us with the first major event being our syndicate camp at Finlay Park during Week 3. We are looking forward to seeing our students taking on some new challenges in a different environment.

Important Reminders

  • Camp meeting for Camp parents - Wednesday 16th October 5:30pm- Staff Lounge

  • Please ensure your child has a spare pair of clothes for athletics training at school each day.

  • Rm’s 17 and 19 depart school at 11:45 for their afternoon session at Hamilton Junior High.

Focuses for Term 4

Mathematics - We will be focusing on  components of Geometry, Measurement and Statistics to finish the year off. Prime math students are continuing to work towards completing their current book and will be completing another review before the end of the year. All students will also be reassessed on their basic facts and number knowledge before the end of the term.  All classes will also be completing the Moneytime programme which leads students through a range of financial literacy concepts as they develop an understanding of earnings, interest, loans and budgeting.

Writing - Students will be continuing to work on essay writing skills, developing paragraphs and supporting evidence. We will also look at report writing and finish off with letters.

Spelling and Grammar -We will continue to develop knowledge of spelling patterns, word origins, sentence structures and vocabulary development. We will also be focusing on proofreading & editing skills.

Reading - The reading focus   will be the Availl Programme - Comprehension using subtitles, Critical thinking ( identifying bias, fact, opinion, perspective, relevance, validity) and Evaluation . Students will learn how to make informed decisions about topics using their texts.  

Inquiry - Our main focus for this term will be careers and digital technology. We will be exploring the future and how we can develop  skills and knowledge that will benefit us, as begin to plot out our future pathways.

Physical Education - We will be preparing for Athletics Day which is in Week 5. We will focus on techniques for shot put, sprints, discus, long jump and high jump. Towards the end of the term we will be starting our summer swimming programme, focusing on survival skills.

Art - With the Waikato Full Primary School and the Te Rapa Primary School Art competitions to enter, students are invited to enter their best pieces from over the year or can complete a new piece either at school or at home.

Culture- We will be welcoming and hosting 11 Japanese students into our classes over the next two weeks. They will experience our education system, our language and what it means to be a ‘Kiwi’. Our visitors will also share ideas and activities around their culture with our students, a worthwhile experience for all involved.

                                                                                                                                                        Te Rapa H.E.A.R.T : Each fortnight a different aspect of H.E.A.R.T will be the focus with one student from each class receiving the class award at the end of each fortnight. We begin the term with Honesty and finish the term with Teamwork.


As part of our ‘Positive Behaviour for Learning’ school wide programme we will be focusing upon “Te Rapa H.E.A.R.T” this term. Te Rapa H.E.A.R.T incorporates the school values we already have and will be part of everything we do at school. This term we will be developing our class understanding of each aspect of H.E.A.R.T. We will be co-constructing what each aspect looks like, feels like and sounds like within our school environment.


Technicraft is each Thursday (unless advised) and is broken into two groups. This term, Room 17 and 19 will be the second group, leaving school at 11:45am. Please make sure your child comes to school in covered shoes for technicraft due to health and safety regulations. Students travel by bus to Hamilton Junior High School for classes and return by 3pm.

If your child is absent on a technicraft day, please ring into the school office before 8:30am. Students will get further information from HJHS during this session.  Please discuss with your child the responsibility they have to adhere with HJHS behaviour expectations.

Finlay Park Camp - 29th October- 1st November (Term 4 Week 3).

We are encouraging families to start making small regular payments towards the cost of this camp or to set up automatic payments at the office anytime from now.  

Key Dates for Term 4 

Week 1   

Monday : Japanese Students Powhiri

Wednesday: Camp Meeting for Parents Attending @ 5.30pm 

Week 2 

Wednesday: Amazing Race

Friday: Japanese Students Farewell                             

Week 3 

Monday: Labour Day

Tuesday - Friday: Year 7&8 Camp (Finlay Park)

Week 4 

Wednesday: Looking to Lead (School Councillors 9-12.40pm)

Week 5

Tuesday: Yr 5-8  Athletics at Porritt

Friday : Full school Assembly 

Week 6 - Book Week

Tuesday: St John working with Senior Classes (3 classes)

Wednesday:  St John working with Senior Classes (2 classes)

Week 7 

Wednesday :WFPS Athletics Day

Week 8 

Tuesday: Rainbows End for Student Councillors 

Wednesday: Yr ⅞ Disco

Thursday: Last Day of Tech

Week 9 

Wednesday: Big Day Out at Te Awamutu Pools

Friday: Full School Assembly

Week 10 

Monday: Year 8 Leavers’ Dinner

Wednesday: School Prize Giving

Friday: School finishes @ 12pm

Term 4 Reminders

  • Stationery - Please ensure that your child has replenished their stationery supplies such as their pens, pencils and rulers ready for another term of learning.

  •  Technicraft - Room 18/20/21 need to be at school before 8.30am so they do not miss the morning bus.  Room 17/19 will attend the afternoon session leaving Te Rapa at 11.45 am and returning at 2.50 pm.

  • Students are also reminded about our “Shorts for Sports” policy when playing out on the fields during interval and lunchtime.

  • Review classroom homework requirements and establish this routine for the term.

  • Camp is coming up Term 4, Week 3- Finlay Park. Permission slips and health forms etc will be coming home soon, please return these promptly to school. Thank you for the fantastic response we had to our request for parent help, we will be letting you know as soon as possible who will be accompanying us on camp.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to  contact me through email, dropping into school or for longer discussions through appointments.

Kind Regards,

Mr Joshua Louden