Te Rapa Primary

Te Rapa Primary School

Welcome to Room 21

Term 1 2019 Room 21 

A massive Happy New Year and welcome back to all Room 21 students, parents & carers from your classroom teacher Mr Tony Su'a. 

We look forward to all the upcoming events that are coming up this term. Below are details of what is happening in Room 21 this term!

Reading - guided focus will be on comprehension & summarising themes, articles and stories that they read.

Writing - grammar, punctuation, spelling, vocab development, personal recounts and biographies.

Maori - Pepeha (as part of our Inquiry focus: belonging), maori culture the correct pronounciation of Maori placenames.

Mathematics - Basic facts, Problem Solving, Number and Algebra (streamed classes). 

ICT - Developing Google Docs skills, collaborative tasks and E-portfolios.

Inquiry - Big Idea -Belonging and Leadership.

Health and P.E. - Kiwi Swim Safe Swimming Programme, team building games and investigating the impact of leadership on peer relationships.

Arts - Visual Art - Sketching & shading, creating our own Te Rapa Tartan design and hot seating drama activities to portray the lives of great leaders.

Technicraft- Visual Art, Soft Materials, DVC-electronics, Food Technology


Technicraft is each Thursday (unless advised) and is broken into two groups. This year, Room’s 18, 20 & 21 will be the second group, leaving school at approximately 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. 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.


We will have swimming lessons every day using the Kiwi Swim Safe Programme. Swimming is compulsory so if your child cannot swim on a particular day, a note written by an adult is required. Suitable swimwear at school: Boys- shorts and/or rash top.  Girls - one piece swimming togs, shorts can be worn over togs if wanted. (no bikinis at school please).


Please remind your child to use sunscreen everyday before school and to bring a sunhat to school. We have extra sunscreen here at school to top up with during the day. Students are also encouraged to have a water bottle in class for hydration.


The senior school offers students many opportunities to exercise leadership skills in a range of activities. This is your child’s opportunity to extend themselves and prepare for high school. Please encourage them to discuss with you the types of goals they have as a senior student and what they would like to achieve. Students need to remember to listen out for notices and to step forward when various opportunities are offered.

Parent/Teacher Contact

You are welcome to contact me through email or phone message. If you would like to visit you are welcome to drop in however, I would advise you make an appointment for lengthy queries.

Room 21 Key Dates in Term 1

Week 1   Feb 6th - Waitangi Day

                Feb 7th - Term 1 starts

Week 2   Feb 14th - Tech Arts starts today/ Orientation Evening for parents

Week 3   Feb 20th - Immunisation talks with Yr 7/8 students

Week 4   Feb 25th - PAT testing begins

Week 5   Mar 8th - Full School Assembly

Week 6   Mar 13th - Year 7/ 8 Syndicate Swimming Sports

Week 8   Mar 27th - Classroom Photos

Week 10   Apr 10th/ 11th - Parent, Student & Teacher Conferences

                   Apr 12th Full School Assembly/ End of Term 1

Sports Camp Team 2018 at Totara Springs, Matamata in Term 2.

Rm 21 students working on a lawnmower engine.

Special guests at Term 2 Full School Assembly - Chiefs (L to R) Shaun Stevenson, Luke Jacobson, Tony Pulu & Karl Tu'inukuafe (current All Black prop)

Art skills rotation during Tech Arts every Thursday.

Playing a new game called Spikeball outside Room 21.

Strategy thinking playing with the large Draughts (checkers) set.