Welcome to Term 3, Term 3 is shaping up to be an exciting and entertaining term. A reminder that we have our Parent/Student/Teacher Mid Year Conferences in Week 2, where you will receive your child’s progress statement and their learning goals will be discussed. Ensure that you have made a booking through School Interviews.
Focuses for Term 3
Mathematics - Streamed ‘Connecting the Strand ‘classes continue to focus on Measurement,Geometry and Algebra. ‘Prime Maths’ continue to focus on Fractions/Decimals and Measurement/Statistics
We also have two teams busily training for the Waikato Waimath competition.
Writing - Speeches will be a focus for the first few weeks preparing for our Syndicate Speech competition in Week 6. Classes will also continue to work on specific writing and recrafting skills. We will finish the term writing short stories.
Grammar - Continue to develop knowledge of spelling patterns, word origins, sentence structures and new vocabulary.
Reading - Guided Reading skills: Critical thinking ,Reorganisation and Synthesising Novel Study - Complex Plots/Themes/Reading Mileage Guided Reading: Inference and Evaluation
Inquiry - Individual Inquiry(Passion Project): Inquiry Question: How can I use my passion to give back to my community? Student will lead their own inquiry driven by their passion while finding a way to use their passion to benefit others.
Physical Education and Health - We will begin the term finishing off ‘The Sexuality Road’, we have four lessons to go so this will be completed by Week 3. Our PE focus for Term 3 will be Fitness and GAMES - Encouraging teamwork and leadership.
ICT- A range of activities to develop skills using Google Docs, Slides, Sheets and Forms within our classroom programmes. All classes are using technology as a tool to assist our learning on a daily basis. We will also continue to use our eportfolios to share our learning.
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 year, 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.
The Bigger Picture
Our production this year is a variety show where a group of primary aged students share their ideas about how people live their lives so differently. Just because life is different and can challenge us or make us feel uncomfortable, it doesn’t mean it’s wrong or right...it's just different…
The main cast has been busy learning their lines during Term 2, the dance groups have been announced and practices will begin Week 1.
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.
Auditions and practices will continue this term in preparation for the performance at the end of Term 3.
Key Dates for Term 3
Week 1- Technicraft new sessions - Rm 18,20,21 (am) Rm 17,19 (pm)
Week 2 - Mid Year Conferences/NEMP (selected Yr 8 students)
Week 3 -Sports Photos/ Ham-West Sports
Week 4 - Waimaths/Looking to Lead Student Councillors
Week 5 - Classroom speech finals/Yr 7 Vision Testing/ Full School Assembly
Week 6 - Syndicate Speech Finals.
Week 7 -WFPS Regional Speech Finals/ICAS Digital and Science/Netball and Hockey Prizegiving
Week 8 - ICAS Writing and Spelling/WFPS Cross Country
Week 9 - ICAS Maths and English/WFPS Speech Finals
Week 10 - Production Week/ Full School Assembly and end of Term 3.
Term 3 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.
Production students showing a commitment to all rehearsals.
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.
Mr Joshua Louden