Welcome back to Term 2. I hope that you have all had a relaxing break and were able to spend quality time with family and friends. We have another busy but exciting term ahead as we move into the winter months. Outlined below are major learning focuses for the term and key dates for syndicate events.
Focuses for Term 2
Mathematics - We will be continuing with Number and then onto Measurement later in the term. Students in Rooms 17 & 19 math will continue with Prime Maths. Dragon Maths will continue to be a homework focus for all students.
Writing -Students will be focused on developing complex sentence structures, figurative language and paragraphing. Writing will also be integrated with our ‘Wellbeing’ inquiry with the purpose being informative and entertaining.
Spelling - Developing knowledge of spelling patterns, word origins, prefixes and suffixes and new vocabulary through our school wide spelling programme.
Reading - Researching and using keywords to locate relevant information will be the initial focus. The skills of inference and reorganisation will also be covered during the term.
Inquiry - Through the curriculum area of Science and Health/Physical Education, our topic will be: ”Wellbeing”. The context will be “Living World - Life Processes” where a combination of different programmes and learning areas will be used to cover a range of factors which contribute to a person’s well being - Discovering Me - Keeping Ourselves Self, Functions of the Human Body Systems, Sexuality Road, Nutrition, Self Image and Self Esteem.
Physical Education - We begin the term with Cross Country training- teaching strategies for running middle distance races and developing endurance and stamina through a range of games and running. The second half of the term will see the students involved in developing knowledge and skills linked to a range of winter sports.
ICT- Activities to develop skills using Google Docs, Slides, Sheets, Forms and a range of apps to enhance learning within our classroom programmes. E-portfolios will continue to be developed showing a snapshot of the students learning and reflections. 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 first group, leaving school at 8:45am. Your child will need to arrive at school by 8:30am for the daily roll each Thursday in Term 1. 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 12pm.
If your child is absent on a technicraft day, please ring into the school office before 8:30am. The first day of technicraft is Thursday the 14th February. 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.
Attached to this letter is your child’s stationery list. It would be appreciated if all students had their stationery asap. I would really like all students to begin in their books by Week 3. Covering student books is not compulsory, however naming all items is critical. Students will have opportunities in class during the first week to do this.
Sexuality Education lessons
A letter was sent home on the 9th April with an overview of each lesson for the Sexuality Education lessons starting in Week 3 of Term 2. If you did not receive a copy and would like one please contact your child’s teacher and request a copy.
As a parent/caregiver you have the right to withdraw your child from a specific lesson or lessons. Please email the principal - firstname.lastname@example.org stating your child’s name, year level and what lesson or lesson(s) you want them exempt from.
If you are choosing to withdraw your child/children from a lesson this will need to be emailed by Monday 6th May, 3 pm to allow time for this to be communicated with the teacher taking the lessons.
The school cross country is being held on Friday 31st of May (Week 5, Term 2). We will be training on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday therefore students need to ensure that they are prepared. They will need to be dressed in clothing that is comfortable to run in and running shoes if they prefer/or need to train with shoes.
Finlay Park Camp - 29th October- 1st November (Term 4 Week 3).
Applications for parents who wish to attend camp will be issued early Term 2 and confirmed by the end of the term. Towards the end of Term 2, students will have the opportunity to sell Cadbury Chocolates to further reduce their own individual camp fee. This fundraising is optional and will only reduce the camp fee of the student selling the products. 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. Queen’s Birthday Holiday, No Tech, Tough Guy/Gal Challenge
Auditions and practices will continue this term in preparation for the performance at the end of Term 3.
Key Dates for Term 2
Week 2 - EPro8 Competition, PTA Mad Hair Day, Sports Camp parent meeting
Week 3- Young Leaders Day
Week 5 - School Cross Country, Full School Assembly
Week 6 - Queen’s Birthday Holiday, No Tech, Tough Guy/Gal Challenge
Week 7 - Sports Camp Week
Week 8 -Looking To Lead- Student Council, Northwest Sports
Week 9 - Gymsports Festival, PTA Quiz Evening
Week 10 - Full School Assembly
Term 2 Reminders:
Return all permission/health slips as soon as possible.
Review classroom homework requirements and establish this routine for the term.
Cross country training clothes and shoes.
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