Welcome back to the first term for the Senior School of 2017. We hope you have all had a refreshing summer break and are ready for another successful year. The team this year consists of Claire Smith and Sherryl Crawford in Rooms 5 & 6 (the old library), Olivia Graham in Room 8 (previously Room 6) and we would like to welcome Tash Forrest who will be working in Room 7 (previously Room 5) this year. We are also pleased to have Colleen Green in Room 5 & 6 every Tuesday to cover Claire’s leadership release. We will begin the year as whanau classes and move towards working more collaboratively as the year progresses.
In Term 1 we are covering Statistics and we are making a big push in Number, particularly Place Value, Basic Facts, Addition and Subtraction, and Multiplication and Division. We will be using rich tasks to base mathematical discussions and group work.
Reading- Our expectation is that every child reads part of a chapter book from the library or a chosen book from home for three nights of the week. Your encouragement of your child’s reading is vital.
Writing- Our focus this term is ‘to explain’ and ‘to describe.’ This is also the term where we set our expectations around their book standards.
Our focus this term will be athletics skills as we will be holding the school athletics on March 15. From this day we will be choosing a team to represent our school at the interschool athletics later in the term. Each whanau group will also be focusing on team building and social skills.
Our focus is on POWER from a senior student leader’s perspective for the first three weeks.
The school offers guitar lessons for Year 4-6 students with a guitar tutor Jo Paull from the Taupo School of Music. These lessons are held on a Monday morning during school time. The cost is $5 for a half hour lesson with a small group. Your child will need their own guitar. If you are interested please ring the school office.
Thank you for your support of your child’s learning and we look forward to an excellent school/home partnership with you.
Claire Smith, Sherryl Crawford, Olivia Graham and Tash Forrest
Te Mihi team teachers