Te Rapa Primary

Te Rapa Primary School


Kia ora e te whaanau, and welcome back to Term 4! 

Fakaalofa lahi atu kia mutolu oti, and welcome back to Term 4. 

I hope that you have all had a relaxing break and were able to spend quality time with family, as well as friends.  These holidays have been difficult for everyone, with the Level 3 restrictions taking up the majority of our break.  I am hoping we can continue Term 4 without any more Level 3 restrictions, and cancellations of events. 

With camp and athletics soon approaching, there are many opportunities for our children to 'Step Up and Step Out' of their comfort zones.  The whakataukii above means to 'Feel the fear and do it anyway!' A more literal translation is: Tūwhitia te hopo – eliminate the negative; mairangitia te angitū – accentuate the positive.  

The start of Term 4 opens with celebrating Faahi Tapu he Vagahau Niue 'Niue Language Week.'  This year's focus is, Kia Tupuolaola e Moui he Tagata Niue - May the Tagata Niue thrive.

Fakaalofa lahi atu ki a mutolu oti. (Greetings to you all) 

 Koe higoa haaku ko Isaako Hunia. (My name is Isacc Hunia) 

Hau au he maaga ko Tuapa. (I come from the village of Tuapa) 

Fiafia lahi au ke fakaako ke vagahau moe taofi e Vagahau Niue neke galo.  

 (I am so happy to learn and to uphold the Vagahau Niue language so it will not die)  

Amanaki au ke monuina a tautolu oti. (I wish you all good blessings) 

Fakaaue Lahi (Thank you) 

Outlined below are major learning focuses for the term and key dates for Syndicate events

Mathematics: The classes will be continuing to work through the strands in the mathematics curriculum with a focus on consolidating number knowledge and introducing new concepts. 

Writing: Classroom teachers will identify surface and deep features which need to be developed using the student's term 3 writing samples.  They will plan targeted lessons to teach these through narrative, recount, and poetry writing.

Grammar: We continue to develop knowledge of spelling patterns, word origins, sentence structures, spelling rules, and new vocabulary.  

Reading: Each class will be working on addressing any common gaps in reading comprehension strategies with a particular focus on critical thinking and evaluation.     

Inquiry: The Arts - Compelling Question: Why do humans create through The Arts?      

Due to the disruption of Term 3, they will continue to develop the same Inquiry focus through Term 4.  Most of the classes are at the Finding Out stage answering, sorting, and going further with their wonderings.

Physical Education and Health: The students will participate in a rotation where they will have the opportunity to develop their athletic skills.  The rotations will include: discus, shot put, long jump, high jump, sprints. 

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 E-portfolios to share our learning. 

Careers: The students will complete a careers unit during their Thursday rotation time.   The focus will be on “How can I prepare for the future?” as the students inquire into these understandings: We have a distinctive set of qualities and interests. There are different ways of learning the skills we will need in the future. A career is not a job  - and it isn’t only about work.                                             

Te Rapa H.E.A.R.T: Each fortnight, a different aspect of H.E.A.R.T will be the focus. One student, from each class, will receive the class award at the end of each fortnight. We will begin the term with Honesty and finish off with Teamwork.   

Week 1: Faahi Tapu he Vagahau Niue - Niue Language Week 

Week 2: Monday 25 October - Labour Day 

Week 3: Monday 1 November - ICAS Science  
              Tuesday 2 - Friday 5 November: Year 7 and 8 Camp at Finlay Park 

Week 4: Monday 8 November - ICAS Spelling 

Week 5: Book Week
              Monday 15 November - ICAS Maths
              Tuesday 16 November - Book Day
              Wednesday 17 November: Years 5 - 8 Athletics at Porritt Stadium
              Friday 19 November - Full school Assembly

Week 6: Monday 22 November - Teacher's Only Day
              Tuesday 23 November - Rainbows End Trip: Student Councillors 
              Friday 26 November - BIG DAY OUT: Road Patrollers (Waterworld)

Week 7: Wednesday 1 December - WFPS Athletics Day &  Production rehearsal day &                        Opening Night  
              Thursday 2 December - Production second evening performance

Week 8: Tuesday 7 December - Big Day Out
              Wednesday 8 December - Whanau Performance Night
              Thursday 9 December - Year 7 & 8 Disco 
              Friday 10 December - Full School Assembly

Week 9: Tuesday 14 December - Year 8  Leavers’ Dinner 
              Thursday 16 December - School Prize Giving
              Friday 17 December - School finishes at 12pm

We wish all our Te Rapa representatives all the best in the events they are involved in this term!

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: Year 7’s need to be at school by 8:30 each Thursday, ready to leave on the bus for TechArts Year 8’s depart school at 12pm for their afternoon session at Hamilton Junior High.

Students are also reminded about our 'Shorts for Sports' policy when playing out on the fields during intervals and ensure that your child has a spare pair of clothes for athletics training at school each day. 

Review classroom homework requirements and establish this routine for the term. 


Please feel free to email me with any questions or queries during the term.

Mr. Isacc Hunia 
Email: ihunia@terapa.school.nz