Te Rapa Primary

Te Rapa Primary School

                           Welcome to the Year 7 & 8 Syndicate for 2021. 

Hi.  I am new to Te Rapa School and prior to coming here, I heard much positive feedback about your school.  To give you an insight into who I am, here is my 2019 Part 1 video of Sarah and I driving the Ring Road in Iceland.  Good friends of ours from England, David and his son Matteo, joined us for some of the journey.

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.  I 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:    
Guided Reading skills:  We will focus on; thinking about prior knowledge, visualising, making connections, asking questions, building our vocabulary, identifying the main idea and the author's purpose plus skimming and scanning. 

One of my four brothers, Ian Trafford, has a gift for writing.  He readily answers students' questions.  Ian has many stories and articles in School Journals and recently published this book.  This book is for adults.  It was in the New Zealand best seller chart.

Our topic this term is character writing.  We will be learning how to use adjectives, similes, editing, catch phrases, favourite objects and other tools to make our writing exciting to read.     
Oral Language
This will be incorporated into the Year 8 rotation on a Thursday.  I will be using my Toastmasters' experience and expertise through ‘Speech Craft’.    
Incorporating daily te reo Māori into the classroom. Teaching of te reo, tikanga and history throughout the term.    

Number strategies will be the main focus.  More 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.    

This term the focus is on ‘How we learn’.  This focus will be woven throughout all learning areas to help the students to develop their skills of becoming lifelong learners.

 Health and P.E.
We will use the Kiwi Swimsafe swimming programme and team building games.  

This will be incorporated as part of the Year 7 students' rotation on a Thursday.  Mr Louden' s topic is Light and Telescopes, (exploring, describing, and representing patterns and trends for everyday examples of physical phenomena, such as light and waves)

Spanish: Mrs Hoskin will continue to build upon the Year 8 students' knowledge from last year and introduce the Year 7 students to the Spanish language.    

The Arts   
Visual Arts
The students are drawing line self portraits, after looking at an example by Matisse.  Scrafitto is another project.
Expressing and shaping musical ideas by preparing and performing a brief musical performance. This will be part of the Year 8 rotation on a Thursday.     
This will be part of the Year 7 rotation on a Thursday.    

We are often discussing the values that underpin these concepts.  I have been impressed with the positive behaviour of Room 18 students.  

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 me by email or in person.

 Kind Regards 
 Ross Trafford
 Room 18 Teacher 

I operate drones and run a Facebook drone group with 3,000 members.  I like passing my skills onto the students.  Here are the first images, taken with a DJI Mavic Mini drone, safely operated by some students in Room 18.  They are also learning the New Zealand drone rules.


Here are some self portraits created by Room 18 students.  Can you recognise your child?