Welcome back everyone. I hope you were able to enjoy some of the wonderful sunny days over the holidays with your children and that you all had a very happy and restful holiday break. Our teachers took time to relax, as well as spending time at courses and planning and preparing for this term of learning. We are all looking forward to a productive and positive term ahead.
A few reminders to start with:
Year 4 - 6 Learning Reports will be coming home to you on Friday.
Year 4 - 6 Student Learning Conferences will be occurring on Wednesday and Thursday of next week. - Have you booked in your time yet?
Maungatautari Year 5 & 6 Students will not have classes on the afternoon of Wednesday 29th. They will be finishing at 12 noon, and coming back for their individual Learning Conferences. We apologise for the inconvenience of this for parents but with 15 minute learning interviews, we need more time to physically fit all the conferences in.
New Look Uniform and Cyber Safety Evening - Thursday 6th August at 7pm in the TCC.
Our Year 0-3 students will be getting a new look report on their anniversary of starting School (12, 24 and 36 months). This will show where they are at in relation to the National Standards, as well as other learning areas and the Key Competencies. At this time parents and students will have their Student Learning Conferences - spread across the year.
All of our Year 0-3 students will also be getting a Mid Anniversary - Progress Report (at 6, 18 and 30 months of schooling). Parents may have a learning conference at this stage if they would like one.
While we are transitioning into this new system we may need to catch up with some parents to ensure all bases are covered. If you are not sure, please check with your class teacher. You will be contacted as the year progresses, but you are not part of the Student Learning Conferences next week.
The Board of Trustees at Tamahere Model Country School have a casual vacancy as a result of the recent resignation of Guy Irvine. The BOT would like to hear expressions of interest from our parent community in filling this parent trustee vacancy by selection as a co-opted member through until the next election, May 2016. Expressions of interest should be submitted as a brief paragraph on the prospective candidate by email firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of the day on Thursday the 7th of August. Anyone wishing to discuss the nature of the potential role can do so by phoning Waveney Parker – Principal (07-856 9238) or Dave Houlbrooke – BOT Chairperson (027 4544630).
The BOT would like to take this opportunity to thank Guy for the past 26 months of service to our school through his contribution as a parent trustee. He played an active role in the school’s governance and in addition contributed to the school’s IT infrastructure upgrades and to both the property and health and safety portfolios.
We are pleased to have our new staff now with us; Mrs Christy Paladin has taken on our role growth Year 1 & 0 Class in Harakeke 18 and Sarah Singleton and Renee Ward have joined us as very much needed Teacher Aides. We also have Sara N with us in Karaka 15 as a student teacher from Denmark.
We welcome 10 new students and their families to our school. We hope you have a very happy and successful time with us.
This term our deep learning idea is Communication / Whakawhitiwhiti. We will be exploring this concept through the Science Learning Area, along with, as always, our Reading, Writing and Maths.We will be looking at Science through the Physical World strand looking at properties, inquiry and physics concepts.
Our te reo Maori focus this term will be based on numbers, along with being able to develop formulaic language and simple sentences to communicate.
All children will be involved in writing and presenting their own speeches. This year we will be having three different speech evenings so that parents can enjoy each family member and not have to rush from class to class.
We will also be holding a Basic Facts Athon this term. We are hoping this will achieve a number of things all at once: 1) Be a fun way to practice and learn Basic Facts with the added incentives of Whanau points and possibly prizes as well. [Any offers?], 2) Knowing everyone is involved helps families to become enthusiastic and practice together, 3) To improve overall basic facts at our School. 4) A positive fundraiser to generate funds for children focused projects e.g. to start the swimming pool fund off, more devices and class sound systems.
Physical Education:- as well as other daily activity and games, all students will be involved in Cross Country training and competitions this term.
Cultural:- The Country Music Festival is coming together in the TCC at the end of this term. Many senior students will be involved in this. We have over 25% of our students involved in music tuition as well learning their own instruments. All children are involved in Kapa Haka and we now also have a performance group, who will be extending their skills and possibly performing in a competition later in the year.
From The Syndicates
Taupiri students will explore Science as their big Learning topic this term. We will look closely at the physical world focusing on physical phenomena such as movement, forces, electricity and sound etc. We will also explore winter and the changing seasons. This topic will be used to encourage writing and oral language. Speeches will take place towards the end of the term culminating in an evening for parents in which all children will participate. Speeches will be written in class and practised at home.
Pirongia Syndicate children are finding out about Electricity and the safe use of it through a drama experience – Mantle of the Expert. This will involve the children learning about drama firstly, and then using this drama to put themselves into role and form a company that knows about Electricity. Children will attend workshops, taught by the five Pirongia teachers who will focus on an aspect of Electricity, to gain knowledge to help with our inquiry. Children will be working individually, in pairs or in small groups to research a particular aspect of this inquiry that interests them. Together, each class will produce a manual with helpful ideas, knowledge, suggestions and hints about Electricity after researching online. Later the company will be wound up, highlights shared and inquiries answered.
Maungatautari students will be collaborating and use their devices to achieve the following:-
Inquiry: This term we are basing our inquiry around 'innovative learning' under the umbrella of 'Environment’. Within this the children will be choosing a learning path from three options. These options include: Innovative Learning Environment crew - which unpacks how learning isn’t contained by four walls and will take the children on a journey of discovery into what an innovative classroom can look like and how this could be used to enhance learning. The children will have the opportunity to design, create and pitch the optimum learning space for the new look Maungatautari Syndicate. The Outdoor Environment Crew - which delves into the physical features of the outer classroom environment and how this can be enhanced to value and deepen learning for children within the school. The children will have opportunity to design, create and assemble inspiring creations for the outdoors that will enhance learning and our environment. Documentary Crew - which involves a team of children who will track what a ’Maungatautari Learner’ looks like over the term, in the form of a live documentary. This digital documentary has the potential to be presented to parents, children and teachers.
Before our School wide referendum to determine if we are going to have a compulsory Uniform or not, our new look uniform is being launched on Thursday 6th August. There will be an opportunity to see this at a 1:30pm School Assembly, as well as at a special evening to launch the new look uniform at 7pm in the TCC.
This evening will also provide parents with some tips and tricks around Cyber Safety and keeping your children safe in this world wide web world. Please see the flyer. Please feel free to bring along your child’s device or a home device to this evening.
Please follow this link to record any questions you might like to ask or have addressed so we can prepare for these ahead of time. Looking forward to seeing you all at the meeting. Questions are due by THURSDAY 30TH OF JULY.
On Friday all of our 7 and 10 year olds will be put through a 550m fitness pre test with Project Energize staff as part of an extensive research project that all schools with Project Energize are involved in. Can students please be wearing appropriate clothing for activity. This is important all term, with our Cross Country training happening daily.
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Posted Jul 26, 2015, 2:00 PM by Reception @TMCS
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Posted Jul 21, 2015, 1:54 PM by Reception @TMCS
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Posted Jul 20, 2015, 3:12 PM by Reception @TMCS
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Posted Jul 20, 2015, 2:38 PM by Reception @TMCS
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Posted Jul 5, 2015, 2:06 PM by Reception @TMCS
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Posted Jul 1, 2015, 3:02 PM by Reception @TMCS
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Posted Jul 1, 2015, 1:34 PM by Reception @TMCS
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Posted Jun 30, 2015, 5:50 PM by Reception @TMCS
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Posted Jun 29, 2015, 4:47 PM by Reception @TMCS
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Posted Jun 25, 2015, 5:49 PM by Reception @TMCS
Gold Chain FoundA gold chain has been found on the school grounds. If you believe this may be yours, please visit the school office.
Posted Jun 21, 2015, 8:46 PM by Reception @TMCS