Te Huka Junior Community

Dear Parents and whanau,

Welcome to the beginning of a busy and exciting new school year.  We hope you all enjoyed the summer holidays with your families and friends. We all enjoyed a relaxing break with our families and enjoyed the fantastic weather.  To our new families, welcome to Wairakei Primary School. I am sure you will enjoy the transition of your child from pre-school to the school environment.

Here is a brief outline of our classroom expectations and what we will be covering this term in Room 8 & 9.

Class organisation

Our Te Huka junior learning community for 2016 is based around a collaborative open plan classroom in Rooms 8 and 9. While the children will have a homeroom it is our intention that the children enjoy the benefit of three teachers who will work as a close team to meet the learning and social needs of your child.  These teachers are Tracey O’Sullivan, Helen Dredge and Susannah Driver. Tracey O’Sullivan will continue to run the “Steaming into School” program on Wednesday afternoon.


Our school polo shirt is compulsory at Wairakei Primary School. School sweatshirts can be ordered from the office.  Children must wear their uniform every day.  School hats (full brim or bucket) must be worn every day in Term 1 & 4. The rule is no hat, no play. For your benefit please make sure all clothing is named clearly.

Rules and expectations

Students are expected to manage their behaviour and follow our school vision of P.O.W.E.R. P-ride, O-pportunity, W-hanau, E-xcellence and R-espect.  We will be learning about these  values and talking about what these mean to us throughout our classroom programme so we have a positive first term together as a class.  This term we will be focusing on POWER and Turangawaewae during our class inquiry.

Physical Education

This term our PE focus will be on Athletics with our school athletics held later in the term.  The junior school will also be participating in our annual swimming lessons at the AC Baths in the last two weeks of Term 1. More information will be sent out closer to the time.

Brain break and Drinks

We have a daily brain break in class to allow children to “fuel their bodies for learning” so all children need to bring fruit each day in their lunchboxes.  They also need a named drink bottle filled with water that they can leave at school to help them stay hydrated in this hot weather. 


Discovery is a "hands on" activity based programme which will be held on Fridays from 11.30-1.00pm in the Junior School where students can be in control of their own learning.  All activities inspire an interest in learning and focus on strengthening problem solving and self management.  This programme allows teachers and students to co-create a positive learning environment where learners can share their learning with others. While the weather is hot could you also please send your child with their togs and a towel for discovery as water play may be available. We welcome parent support at this time.


In your child’s bookbag we have enclosed a homelink book which provides valuable information on literacy/numeracy standards and some fun ways that you can help support your child’s learning.  Each night we will send home a book for them to read as well as sounds/basic sight words for them to practice.  

Library day

Room 8 & 9 library time will be on Tuesday so please ensure your child returns their library book each week so they get the chance to change them.  


All bus students need to ensure they get the correct tag to travel on the school buses. These will be available at the school office.

Upcoming events

Don’t forget to look out for other important dates in the school newsletter which comes home every week on a Tuesday afternoon.  Log-on Mail Chimp on the contacts page of the school website to receive a digital copy of the school newsletter.

I hope this letter has been an informative introduction to our class. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to meet to discuss any aspect of your child’s learning.  We look forward to starting this special journey to school with you and your child.

Kind regards

Tracey O’Sullivan, Helen Dredge & Susannah Driver

Tracey O'Sullivan         

Helen Dredge

Susanah Driver

Phone 374 8035 Ext 208 & 209

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