Friday, 28 July 2017

Term 3 Newsletter

Tuesday 25th July 2017

Dear Parents/Caregivers.

Welcome back to Term 3 2017. We hope you all had a great holiday and managed to spend some quality time together as a family.

The purpose of this letter is to explain to you how the classroom programme will run for Term 3 2017.

Room 10 and 11 are working collaboratively this year. This means that while your child may be in Room 10 or 11 they may be taught by another teacher.

Mrs Sarah Cooper will be teaching Monday-Friday, but will have release Thursday and Friday to complete Deputy Principal responsibilities.  
Miss Keshia Johnson will be teaching Monday- Friday.
Mrs Briarne Oldham will be teaching Thursday and Friday.

Each teacher will be responsible for specific reading, writing and maths groups as well as the following curriculum areas:
Keshia Johnson- PE, Inquiry, Mandarin, Te Reo, Careers
Briarne- Te Reo, Careers
Sarah- Art, Mandarin, Inquiry

Topics to be covered this term include:

Maths- Probability, Algebra, Number
Writing- Personal recount, comic strips, writing linked to Inquiry
Reading- Guided reading programme.
Inquiry-  Passion Projects, Health- Keeping Ourselves Safe
PE- Gymnastics and Athletics
Art- Art from different cultures
Languages- Mandarin

For home learning this term we will be continuing with the same system as Term 2. There is an expectation that all students read, work on their maths and learn their spelling words each night, plus students have the option to participate in the Kahikatea Homework Challenge if they wish.

Our Year 7 and 8 students travel to Kirkwood Intermediate on a Wednesday morning for technology. On a Wednesday morning your child MUST be at school by 8:30am as we do the roll and are on the bus by 8:45am. During Term 2 we had a large number of students arrive late and therefore missed technology which is very disappointing. The Year 6 students will spend the morning in Room 8 and 9 completing work that has been provided for them. If any students arrives after the  technology bus has left they MUST report to the office to let the office staff know they have arrived.

This year we have a major focus on student agency and supporting students to become more responsible for their own learning. Ako (teaching and learning partnerships between teachers and students) promotes shared ownership of and responsibility for learning, with well-known benefits for engagement and achievement.

We continued to develop this during Term 2 through the creation and sharing of learning maps, discussing and setting goals in reading, writing and maths, and having regular discussions around learning. We will continue to further develop this student agency over Term 3. We would encourage you to regularly ask your child how they are going with their learning goals (which you can access on their Linc Ed page), and discuss what changes they are making, and what they are doing to reach these goals. Don’t forget that you can “sparkle” and comment on your child’s post on Linc Ed!

Our class blog will help keep you up to date with what is going on in the classroom, as well as sharing quality work which is produced by our students. There are links for homework and class work for the students to use while at home.

Please make sure you have checked your child’s Linc Ed page recently, as several new posts were made last term.

Please also book in for a Learning Conference. To book a time slot, please go to and use the code vjtmt.

As always, if you have any questions, please call in or send an email.

We look forward to another fantastic term.

Kind regards
Sarah Cooper, Keshia Johnson and Briarne Oldham

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