Te Rapa Primary

Te Rapa Primary School

Welcome TO Term 4 in 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 Motutapu Island during Week 2.  Outlined below are important reminders, major learning focuses for the term and key dates for syndicate events. 

Important Reminders 

 Motutapu Camp dates: Monday 19th October - Friday 23rd October. 

 Please ensure your child has a spare pair of clothes for athletics training at school each day. 

 Year 7 students need to be at school by 8:30 each Thursday, ready to leave on the bus for   technicraft.  Year 8 students depart school at 11:45 for their afternoon session at Hamilton Junior High. 

 Focuses for Term 4 Mathematics - We will be focusing on  components of Algebra (Expressions, Formulae, Equations, Relationships and Patterns)  and Number Review to finish the year off. Room 19 maths students will also be completing Measurement and Geometry before moving onto the topics above. Prime math students are continuing to work towards completing their current book and will be completing another review before the end of the year. All students will also be reassessed on their basic facts and number knowledge before the end of the term.   

 Writing - Students will be working  on Explanation & Essay writing skills, developing paragraphs and supporting evidence. We will also look at some Narrative & Poetry Writing. Spelling and Grammar -We will continue to develop knowledge of spelling patterns, word origins, sentence structures and vocabulary development. We will also be focusing on proofreading & editing skills. 

 Reading - The reading focus   will be the   Availl Programme - Comprehension using subtitles, Critical thinking ( identifying bias, fact, opinion, perspective, relevance, validity) and Evaluation . Students will learn how to make informed decisions about topics using their texts.   

 Inquiry - Our main focus for this term will be The Human Impact on our Environment. We will also be exploring career pathways for students to have a look at. 

 Physical Education - We will be preparing for Athletics Day which is in Week 5. We will focus on techniques for shot put, sprints, discus, long jump and high jump. Towards the end of the term we will be starting our summer swimming programme, focusing on survival skills. 

 Art - With the Waikato Full Primary School and the Te Rapa Primary School Art competitions to enter, students are invited to enter their best pieces from over the year or can complete a new piece either at school or at home.  Room 17 will also be participating in our annual School PTA Calendar Art work. Key Dates for Term 4 


 Week 1                       

Monday 12th October - Term 4 begins - Preparation for Senior Camp 

 Week 2                Senior Camp - Motutapu Island                           

 Week 3                 Monday 26th October: Labour Day Looking to Lead (Student                                             Councillors 9am - 12:40pm) 

Week 4                   Possible Arts Performance: The Minstrel 

Week 5                    Wednesday 11th November: Yr 7/8 Senior Athletics Day                                                     Friday : Full school Assembly  

 Week 6                  Looking to Lead (Student Councillors - Time to be confirmed)                                            Formal Dance Lessons begin                                                                                                      Swimming Instruction may start this week (weather dependent) 

 Week 7                  Wednesday 25th November :WFPS Athletics Day 

 Week 8                  Tuesday 1st December - : Rainbows End for Student Councillors         Week 9                  Wednesday 9th December - : Big Day Out at Te Awamutu Pools                                        Friday: Full School Assembly 

 Week 10                Monday 14th December -: Year 8 Leavers’ Dinner                                                                  Wednesday 16th December - : School Prize Giving                                                                Friday 18th December - : School finishes @ 12pm 


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






Kind Regards,

Mr Joshua Louden

jlouden@terapa.school.nz