Te Rapa Primary

Te Rapa Primary School

Kia ora and welcome to term 4, 2022

As much as possible, I hope that you and your child/ren had a relaxing break.

Below, I have placed some screenshots off a video I am editing of our trip to Motutapu Outdoor Camp.  Hopefully, these will give some idea of what it was like.  Thank you to all who helped in some way to make this fantastic experience happen.

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


During the term, the room 18 maths  class will cover the following Strands: Measurement and Number. 

Homework will differ from class to class; in order to focus on the requirements of the students. 


The students will focus on writing recounts.  We will be looking to use a strong writer's voice, adjectives, the senses, similes, onomatopoeia and alliteration to make the experience vivid for the reader.


Students will continue to develop their knowledge and understanding of spelling.  This includes spelling patterns, word origins, prefixes and suffixes as well as new vocabulary through our school wide Spelling Under Scrutiny Programme.


As much as possible, the texts read will be about outdoor experiences and school camps.  The important skills of inference and skimming and scanning for information will be continued during the term.   We will also be building our vocabularies.


 Our focus curriculum area is : The Arts.   Our Compelling Question is:  How do the Arts teach us about culture? 


The focus will be on “How can I prepare for the future?”  We each 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.

Physical Education and Health

The students are participating in a rotation where they have the opportunity to develop their athletic skills.  The rotations include: discus, shot put, long jump, high jump and sprints.  Later this term, we will be beginning our daily swimming programme. 

Digital Technology

There will be activities to develop skills using Google Docs, Slides, Sheets, Forms and a range of apps that will enhance the students learning within our classroom programmes.                                                                                                                                                           

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.   




Whilst it is not compulsory, those students who choose to wear masks indoors will be supported in doing so.

Tech Arts @ Hamilton Junior High School 

Tech Arts began on Thursday, 27th October. The students receive specialised teaching in the following areas:  

Food - Design and Evaluation

Bio Tech - Body Products 

Digital Imagery & Product Labelling

Hard Materials - Design Process

Visual Art


This term the bus times are rooms 17,18 & 20 (11.50am-2.50pm).      

Key Dates for Term 4 

Week 2 - Friday 28 October: Tech Arts (catch up). 

 Week 3 - Wednesday 2 November: Looking to Lead / Thursday 3 November: No Tech Arts. 

 Week 4 - Monday 7 November: Year 8 Leavers Photo / Wednesday 8 November: Whaanau Hui / Thursday 10 November: Tech Arts. 

 Week 5 - Tuesday 15 November: WFPA Kapa Haka Festival / Wednesday 16 November: Year 7/8 Athletics Day (Postponement date: Monday 21 November) / Thursday 17 November: Tech Arts  / Friday 18 November: Full School Assembly / Year 8 Immunisations. 

 Week 6 - Book Week / Thursday/Friday(catch up): Tech Arts. 

 Week 7 - Tuesday 29 November: Looking to Lead / Thursday 1 December: Tech Arts (Last class for the year) / WFPS Athletics - Porritt Stadium. 

 Week 8 - Monday 5 December: Student Council Trip / Tuesday 6 December: Year 7/8 Big Day In / Wednesday 7 December: Whaanau Performance / Thursday 8 December: No Tech Arts and Year 7/8 Disco.  

 Week 9 - Wednesday 14 December: Year 8 Leavers Dinner / Thursday 15 December: No Tech Arts / Friday 16 December: Full School Assembly. 

 Week 10 - Monday 19 December: Prize Giving & Reports go home / Tuesday 20 December: Last day of the year (finishing at 12pm). 

 Term 4 Reminders

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

Your child needs to have their swimming togs each day once swimming begins. If they are not swimming they require a note explaining why they need to be excused from the daily swimming programme. 

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me through email.  Thank you for the efforts that you put into your child's education.