Te Rapa Primary

Te Rapa Primary School

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 Camp Adair in Week 6. We are looking forward to seeing our students interacting with each other and taking on some new challenges in a different environment.

What have we been up to

Over the past term we have been focussing on report writing. They were given items from a soldier in WW1 and then had to research who this item belonged to. This involved them looking through WW1 archives and the online cenotaph. This was a challenging task but thoroughly enjoyable. Check out some of Room 17's awesome reports.

To complete Term 2 we looked at Poetry. We wrote and completed a free verse memory poem using the following sentence starters.

I am all the things of my past
I am all I see and hear
I am all I have been taught and I remember
The class had to select a memory or memories from their childhood and write about how they impacted them or taught them a lesson. We got some fantastic pieces from the class which they should be very proud of.
Here are some examples below.

Ashvin Peiris

Julia Sharratt

Nik Wilson

Term 4 Focuses

Students will be focusing on writing exposition essays. This will then be followed by short stories.

Developing knowledge of spelling patterns, word origins, sentence structures and new vocabulary

Students will be focussing on Analysing and Synthesising poetry and song lyrics. We will finish the term off using a programme called Availl which uses popular films, based upon books to teach reading skills.


We will be focusing on Statistics, while also GLoSS testing. Following by components of Geometry, Measurement and Algebra to finish the year off. 

Our main focus for this term will be careers. We will be exploring the idea that the trades industry can lead to innovative and rewarding careers.

Physical Education
We will focus on techniques for shot put, sprints, discus, long jump and high jump. We will then start swimming, focusing on survival skills.

Activities to develop skills using Google Apps to support learning within our classroom programmes.

Health Education
After camp we will be beginning our unit around personal hygiene as well as physical and emotional change. More information will come home prior to this unit starting.


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.

Key Dates

Week 1
Japanese Students Powhiri- Tuesday 16th October

Week 3

Week 5
Y7/8 Athletics Day - Wednesday 14/11
Full school Assembly
Friday 16/11

Week 2
Labour Day Holiday- Monday 22/10
WFPA Kapahaka Festival- Thursday 25/10
Japanese students farewell- Friday 26/10

Week 4
Senior classes complete first aid course.

Week 6
Camp Adair

Week 7
WFPS Athletics Day Wednesday 28/11                 Kapahaka Whanau Evening Wednesday 28/11

Week 9
Y7/8 Big Day Out Wednesday 12/12Disco Thursday 13/12Full School Assembly Friday 14/12

Week 8
Rainbows End for Student Councillors
Wednesday 5/12

Week 10
Prizegiving- Monday 17/12  Year 8 Leavers Dinner Tuesday 18/12                         Last day of school 20/12 at 12pm