Te Rapa Primary

Te Rapa Primary School

Welcome TO Term 1 in rOOM 17!

Welcome to Year 7 & 8 Syndicate for 2021. I hope everyone has enjoyed their summer break. A big welcome back and welcome to new students joining the Te Rapa School community. Also a big welcome to Miss Curtis who is joining our team from the Year 5 & 6 syndicate and taking on the Health and PE Lead Teacher role along with Sport. We would also like to welcome another experienced teacher to the team, Mr Trafford who has expertise in photography and new technology such as drones etc.  It is an exciting time with the Year 7 students beginning their time as seniors and Year 8 students, beginning their final year at Te Rapa.  We are looking forward to getting to know all of you during the year and providing an exciting and rewarding year of learning. 

Term One Learning Focus:   

Reading - Guided Reading skills: Making connections, asking questions, identifying the main idea.    

Writing -  Revise writing skills and personal recounts.   

Oral Language - This will be incorporated into the Year 8 rotation on a Thursday.  Mr Trafford will be sharing his Toastmasters experience and expertise through ‘Speech Craft’.   

Māori - Incorporating daily te reo Māori into the classroom. Teaching of te reo, tikanga and history throughout the term.   

Mathematics - Number will be the main focus for Term 1. More specific information will be available from your child's mathematics teacher from Week 2.   

ICT and Digital Technologies - Developing Google skills and discovering our rights and responsibilities as Digital Citizens.   

Inquiry - This term the focus is on ‘How we learn’. This focus will be weaved through all learning areas where the students will use the learning assets to develop their skills of becoming lifelong learners with the ability to transfer these assets to any learning situation.  The five assets require the students to know when and what they do when: They are researchers;   They are thinkers;   They are self managers;   They are collaborators;   They are communicators   

Health and P.E. - Kiwi Swimsafe swimming programme and team building games. 

Science - This will be incorporated as part of the Year 7 students rotation on a Thursday.  Light and Telescopes - Exploring, describing, and representing patterns and trends for everyday examples of physical phenomena, such as light and waves.  

Languages - Spanish Mrs Hoskin will continue to build on her teaching of the Year 8 students' knowledge from last year and introduce the Year 7 students to the Spanish language.   

The Arts  

Visual Arts - with a focus on I see, I think, I wonder. Developing ‘The Assets’ through art.   

Music - Express and shape musical ideas using instruments by preparing and performing a brief musical performance. This will be incorporated as part of the Year 8 rotation on a Thursday.    

Dance/Drama - This will be incorporated as part of the Year 7 rotation on a Thursday.   

Te Rapa HEART - Revising the values that underpin these concepts while continuing to develop the students’ understanding and how these concepts are key to their success not only at school but out in the wider community.



Important Dates for Term 1

  •  Y7/8 Immunisation Education Talk from Public Health Nurse -  Wednesday 17th February 
  •  Orientation Evening - Thursday 18h February @ 5 – 6.30pm   
  • Year 7&8 Girls Self Defence Sessions -  Monday 22nd- Tuesday 2nd March 
  •  House Leaders - Y-L.E.A.D Conference: Friday 5th March 
  •  Class and Portrait Photos – Wednesday 10th March  
  •  Full School Assembly - Friday 12th March  
  •  Yr 7&8 Syndicate Swimming Sports – Tuesday 16th March 
  •  WFPS Swimming Sports (St Peters Cambridge) - Friday 26th March (TBC) 
  •  Immunisations - Tuesday 30th March 
  •  GOOD FRIDAY - April 2nd 
  •  Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences - Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th April 
  •  End of Term and Full School Assembly - Friday  16th April

 If you have any queries or concerns please contact classroom teachers through email, dropping into school or for longer discussions through appointments. Kind Regards

Joshua Louden

Room 17 Teacher


Kind Regards,

Mr Joshua Louden