Dear Parents and Whanau,
Welcome to the beginning of another exciting term. We hope you all enjoyed the break with your families and friends. 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.
Our Te Huka junior learning community will continue to be based around a collaborative open plan classroom in Rooms 8 and 9. The children enjoy the benefit of two teachers who will work as a close team to meet the learning and social needs of your child. Tracey O’Sullivan will be teaching until the end of Week 2 after which your child’s teachers will be Helen Dredge and Susannah Driver. Helen Dredge will run the “Steaming into School” programme on Wednesday afternoon during which Mel Matthews will be in the classroom. Cindy, our teacher aide, will be joining us in Room 8 & 9 this term to support one of the children in our class during his transition to school.
Our school polo shirt is compulsory at Wairakei Primary School. School sweatshirts along with the polo shirt can be ordered from Brandfuel in Oruanui Street. We also have a school hoodie which can be ordered from the office. For your benefit please make sure all clothing is named clearly. School hats can now be packed away until Term 4. Please ensure your child has warm clothes/footwear as well as a jacket at school each day as the weather can be very changeable at this time of the year.
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. We are learning to demonstrate them in the classroom and outside in the playground.
This term we will continue to focus on Turangawaewae with a celebration of our learning in Week 5. We have a junior school class trip scheduled for early in Term 2 to allow us to experience our local community first-hand. You should have received a trip letter with all the information. Our next inquiry will be a science based one, Systems. We will be learning about the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere and the lithosphere.
This term our PE focus will be on Ball skills to learn and practice skills required for many of the Winter Sports including netball, hockey, soccer and rugby.
We will also be starting more regular jump jam to make sure we keep moving on those wet days.
Brain break and Drinks
For children new to our class 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. This is also a great opportunity for us to talk to them about healthy eating. They also need a named drink bottle filled with water that they can leave at school to help them stay hydrated.
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 focus on strengthening students’ problem solving skills, creativity and self-management. If you have any skills or interests you would like to share with students please talk to your classroom teacher and we would love to include you in our discovery programme. These might include activities like flax weaving, carpentry, sewing crafts and sports.
Bus students must have the correct tag to travel on the bus. These will be available at the school office.
For children new to our class 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.
Room 8 & 9 library time will continue to be on Tuesday so please ensure your child returns their library book each week so they get the chance to change them.
Don’t forget to look out for other important dates in the school newsletter which comes home every week on a Tuesday afternoon. Log-ontoMail 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.
Tracey O’Sullivan, Helen Dredge & Susannah Driver Room 8 & 9
Phone 374 8035 Ext 208 & 209