Y7&8 Syndicate Newsletter
Term 3 2023
Welcome to Term 3, it is shaping up to be an exciting and entertaining term. A reminder that we have our Parent/Student/Teacher Mid Year Conferences in Week 2, where you will receive your child’s progress statement and their learning goals will be discussed. Ensure that you have made a booking through School Interviews www.schoolinterviews.co.nz.
Exciting events and learning we have to look forward to are outlined below:
‘A Lesson In Time’
Performances will be on the nights of
Wednesday 23rd August and Thursday 24th August.
All our actors and dancers have been busy practising during Term 2. All students need to continue to show a commitment to all rehearsals. We are all looking forward to being involved in this exciting production either backstage, onstage or in the audience.
Learning in the Classroom ...
Mathematics - ‘Connecting the Strand’ classes continue to focus on Statistics, Measurement and Geometry. We also have students beginning their training for the Waikato Waimath competition in week 4 this term.
Writing - Speeches will be a focus for the first few weeks preparing for our Syndicate Speech competition in Week 5. Classes will also continue to work on specific writing and recrafting skills through persuasive writing.
Grammar - We continue to develop knowledge of spelling patterns, word origins, sentence structures, spelling rules and new vocabulary.
Reading - Our focus for Guided Reading is Inference and Evaluation and later in the term we will combine our reading and writing through discussing and discovering common themes, sophisticated plots with hidden messages and meanings, and comprehending unfamiliar texts.
Inquiry - We are completing our Aotearoa New Zealand Histories Inquiry. Once this is completed, if time allows, we will look to do something that is focused around the Arts.
Physical Education and Health - The focus for Term 3 will be building stamina and endurance through running to prepare for our Whole School Cross Country. Team building fitness sessions will also be activities that we will use to develop the students' fitness.
‘The Sexuality Road’ will be our health programme for Term 3. We will be having these lessons on a Thursday in our Year Level Rotation classes. Information regarding this programme was sent home last term.
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 ePortfolios to share our learning.
Science Fair - The first few weeks the students will spend time researching and completing a Science Fair entry. The students will be either completing a photography, video, wall chart or observational drawing project.
Key Dates for Term 3
Week 1- Technicraft new sessions - Year 7 (8.45-11.45am) and Year 8 (11.50am-2.50pm)
Week 2 - Mid Year Conferences (Wednesday and Thursday)
Week 3 - Ham-West Sports/Looking to Lead
Week 4 - ICAS DIgital TechnologiesI/Waimaths/ICAS Writing/Sports Photos(all day) / Classroom speech finals
Week 5 - ICAS English/Syndicate Speech Finals / Full School Assembly/School Cross Country
Week 6 - ICAS Science & Spelling/ Production Night - Wednesday & Thursday
Week 7 - ICAS Mathematics / Netball Prize Giving (3.30pm) and Hockey Prize Giving (3.30pm) WFPS Speech Finals
Week 8 - PTA Meeting- Wednesday Evening
Week 9 -
Week 10 - WFPS Cross Country / Full School Assembly and end of Term 3.
Term 3 Reminders