Te Huka Learning Community Term 2, 2016

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Welcome to the start of another busy and enjoyable term. We hope you all had a relaxing break with your families and friends over the holidays. Here is a brief outline of our classroom expectations, routines and what we will be covering this term in our team.

Welcome to any new families that have joined us over the last term.

Class Organisation

Your child is part of the Te Huka Team which consists of Angela Painter in Room 4, Sara Sprague in Room 11, Claire Smith in Room 10 and Leanne Jackson in Room 7.


Our school polo shirt, polar fleece and/or hoodie are compulsory at Wairakei Primary School. These can be bought from Brandfuel in Oruanui Street. The school hoodies can be ordered from the office. Children must wear their uniform every day. The school hats can now be put away until Term 4. For your benefit please make sure all clothing is clearly named.

Rules and Expectations

Students are expected to manage their behaviour and follow our school vision of P.O.W.E.R- Power, Opportunity, Whanau, Excellence and Respect. We continue to learn about these values and how they help us with our learning. We are learning to demonstrate them in the classroom and outside in the playground.

Physical Education

The focus this term is ball skills so we can learn and practice those skills required for winter sports such as hockey, rugby, soccer and netball. We will also be starting more regular jump jam to make sure we keep moving on those wet days.

Brain Break

Thank you for supporting us in the daily brain break we have in class. This allows children to ‘fuel their bodies for learning’ with fruit/vegetables or nuts each day. This is also a great opportunity for us to talk to them about healthy eating.


This is a ‘hands on’ activity based programme which will be held on Fridays from 11.30am to 1.00pm in the junior school area. 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.


Each child should have a clear-file as their home-link communication book. This needs to be returned daily as we use this as part of our literacy programme. It will contain information on literacy and numeracy and some fun ways you can help them with their learning at home, eg, games, website links and apps. They will also contain spelling and sight word lists for them to practice. The clear-file will also have a reading log with a check in and check out box so we can keep track of our readers going home. We will be signing these in and out in class. If they do not bring their reader back, they will not be able to take a new one home.

Library Days

Please make sure your child brings their library book back on the correct day so they may change them.

  • Room 7- Tuesday
  • Room 10 - Thursday
  • Room 11- Monday
  • Room 4 - Wednesday

Term Inquiry

We will be continuing with our Turangawaewae inquiry for four weeks into this term. To conclude this inquiry we will be having different activities in the four different classes on Wednesday afternoons for children to choose. This gives students a chance to work with other teachers and children in the team. We will also having a trip out into our local environment. You should have received a trip letter with all the information. Our next inquiry will be a science based one, Systems.

Upcoming events

Any important events will be listed in the school newsletter which comes home every week on a Tuesday. Log on Mail Chimp on the contacts page of the school website to receive a digital copy of the newsletter.

Please feel free to contact us if you would like to make a time to meet to discuss any aspect of your child’s learning.

Our contact details are:





Kind regards,

Claire Smith, Leanne Jackson, Angela Painter, Sara Sprague

TeHuka Term 2