Monday, 30 April 2018

Welcome back to Term 2!

Tuesday 1st May 2018

Kia ora te whānau

Welcome back to Team Kahikatea for Term 2 2018.  

We hope you all had a wonderful 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 2 2018.

As you are aware Room 10 and 11 are working collaboratively this year as Team Kahikatea.

This means that while your child will have Room 10 or 11 as their homeroom, they may be taught by another
teacher.  The three teachers in Team Kahikatea are Sarah Cooper, Keshia Johnson and Briarne Oldham.
Please note that your child’s homeroom teacher is who you should contact first if you have any queries or

As you are aware Briarne Oldham will be sadly finishing at RPS at the end of Week 3.

We are looking forward to introducing you to the new member of our teaching team soon.  

When we do we will let you know the structure of the teaching team for the rest of the year.

Topics to be covered this term include:

Maths - Team Kahikatea will continue to use PR1ME Maths.
PR1ME Maths is a comprehensive maths programme which incorporates strand maths and problem solving.

Writing- Holiday writing and writing linked to Inquiry

Reading - Guided reading programme.

Te Reo Māori- Communicate about Feelings/Politeness Conventions

Inquiry - Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini
- My strength is not that of mine alone, it is that of many.
We will be building on our trips at the end of last term to the Art Gallery and Canterbury Museum and
looking at early Māori life in New Zealand and the technology used.

PE - Striking and fielding and Invasion Games. Hagley sports will also start in Week 5.

The Arts - Music- STOMP, Visual Arts- The story of the mask (mask making)

Languages- Mandarin

Technology- For Year 7/8 weekly sessions at Kirkwood will continue.
All Kahikatea students will also be involved in 3 sessions with Digital ignition (

Home learning
We want to create a homework system that encourages small, regular home learning that is meaningful,
supports what is being learnt in class and encompasses both our Club R3 values and the Key Competencies
in the NZ Curriculum- thinking, using language symbols and texts, self-management, relating to others, and
participating and contributing.

We also want to acknowledge the many additional out of school responsibilities, activities and sports
that our learners are involved in, as well as valuing the importance of family time in the evenings and weekends.

Every week there will continue to be an expectation that students will:

  • Read daily for at least 20 minutes.
  • Use an online maths learning programme for at least 10 minutes per day.
  • Learn their 10 spelling words and complete the spelling sentences to show understanding of
  • what the words that are being learned mean so they can be used with confidence.

In addition to this there will be an OPTIONAL Kahikatea Homework Challenge for those learners
who wish to participate.

Our Kahikatea Homework Challenge is optional, that means that your child can choose to complete
the Kahikatea Homework Challenge if they want to. These Kahikatea Homework Challenges are based
around our Club R3 values: Respectful, Responsible, Real Learner.

Our Year 7 and 8 learners travel to Kirkwood Intermediate in 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.
The Year 6 learners will spend the morning with Team Kāpuka completing work that has been provided for them.

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 learners. There are links for homework and class work for the learners to
use while at home.

Upcoming events for you to be aware of are:
  • Week 1- Tuesday and Thursday Team Kahikatea First Aid
  • Week 2- Friday- Year 8 day at Riccarton High School
  • Week 5 Thursday Hagley Sport begins
  • Week 6 Monday  Queen’s Birthday

Your child’s learning is a three way partnership between learner, teacher and whānau.
You are the expert on your child! If you have any concerns or successes to share in respect to your child,
we want to hear them. Please ensure you check out the recent postings on your child’s Linc Ed page.
Don’t forget you can like posts and make comments.

Please feel free to contact us either by email or in person. Before and after school are often very busy
times for a teacher, but if you would like to make a time to talk about your child’s needs, email us and we
will always make a time for you. E-mail is often the quickest and most convenient form of communication.
If you have changed you email recently please let us know.

We look forward to continuing with what has been a fantastic year so far. It is great to have you as part of
Team Kahikatea.

Ngā mihi

Sarah Cooper, Keshia Johnson and Briarne Oldham


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