Our overarching learning concept is ‘Change’ this term and this is very apt for what is happening around us.
New Assistant Principal and Puriri 5 Class teacher. We are delighted to have Annette Howard as our new Assistant Principal and Mrs Sarah Singleton as the morning teacher in Puriri 5. We also welcome Mrs Gillian Stantiall as the co teacher with Mrs Howard in Manuka 16. (More details around many support teacher changes were sent out last term in Week 10).
The Tamahere Recreational Reserve is progressing well and now we are completely fenced into our own site, so we only have limited field space for our winter sports this season. We are very lucky to have so much space still. To us we feel cramped but compared to many New Zealand schools, and certainly most international schools, we still have a wonderful amount of grass space to run around on. This short term inconvenience will become an amazing long term asset.
New class locations while building work is occurring:-
Karaka 15 and Mr Higgison are now located in the Koromiko suite / After School Care.
Manuka 16 and Mrs Howard are now located in Kahikatea / our Library in the mornings and in Kawakawa 3 in the afternoons.
Mahoe 17 and Mrs Bennetts are located in Titoki 6 for the next few weeks.
Maungatautari Syndicate Refurbishment: The builders have been in all holidays and are making good progress with the 3 classroom Maungatautari refurbishment. This area is fenced off and is operating as a separate island in our school with its own Health & Safety procedures and practices.
Road Crossing: Our new road crossing is nearly completed. Once all components are finished a warrant for use will be issued and our Year 6 students will be trained by the NZ Police in the correct procedures. From then on if you see the flags flying it means the crossing is in operation and cars are required to stop for the children when the signs are put out. More information will follow once we are all certificated and ready to go.
A number of car parking spaces have disappeared due to the crossing, which is inconvenient for some who regularly use this area. The Waikato District Council have surveyed our school and see the car parks outside the TCC as under utilised. This may be a good area to use in the future once you have set up new meetings with your children.
School Fencing: The ministry process is getting closer for the safety fencing and upgrading certain safety features around our school. We hope this may start to happen later in the Term.
Our overarching, deep learning concept this term is Change. Our focus will be with the Social Sciences area and looking at the ‘Continuity and Change’ and ‘Identity, Culture and Organisation’ strands of the Social Science Curriculum.
This term we will also have the Firewise programme being taught in our Year 0 - 4 classes supported by the fire service. All classes will also be having lessons around Financial Literacy facilitated by ASB bank. Environmental Education will be a significant component this term also with the Para Kore,or Zero Waste, theme coming through. Most students will also be involved in the Maths Road Show during Week 8.
As always, there will be a strong emphasis on Literacy and Numeracy across all of our school and the Key Competencies; Thinking, Participating and Contributing,Relating to Others, Managing Self, Language, Symbols and Textswill be interwoven into all aspects ofourlearning, Along with our Vision - values and principles.
Physical & Outdoor Education:-
-Our Pirongia Syndicate will be preparing for their EOTC – Education Outside the Classroom experiences happening in Week 6. The Year 4’s will be going to Finlay Park, while the Year 3’s build camping and other experiences on site and spend an exciting day at Narrows Park.
-Winter Sports are all about to get underway from this weekend. We have 13 Soccer, 9 Netball, 5 Rugby, 5 Hockey and 4 Mini Ball teams competing for our school as well as having students involved in other sporting activities such as; squash, badminton, gymnastics, karate and cycling. Huge thanks go to all the parents who are supporting these teams and going the extra mile with coaching and managing our young athletes.
-Our te reo Maori learning will be continuing with support from facilitator Jeanne Gilbert. Language this term will be focused on Marae and Marae protocols. Our whole school will be visiting the Cambridge Community Marae in Week 10.
-Kapa Haka will continue for all of our school and we may soon learn when the Cambridge competition is happening for our Performance Ropu Group.
-Grandparents Day - This very special day will be onMonday 20th June.
-The Country Music Festival is coming up this term, culminating in a show on Thursday 30th June in the TCC.
-Jump Jam –This year we will have a Year 3 & 4 and a Year 5 & 6 Jump Jam squad. Our senior team is aiming to enter the National Jump Jam competition. Thanks to Mrs Hawthorn, Mrs Metcalfe and Mrs Ballantyne for enabling this opportunity.
-Our Target Students who have been clearly identified across all levels of our school will be given extra support and tracking.
-Mid-Year Reports:- This term our Year 4-6 teachers will be busy writing reports for their students, which will be followed by conferences at the start of Term 3. Our Year 0 -3 students will continue to get their reports around their anniversary of starting school, as well as mid anniversary reports at 6, 18, and 30 months.
-ICAS Exams – Our seniors who have taken up the extra challenge to sit these international examinations will be starting to take these exams from Week 3.
All parents and caregivers on our Electoral Roll have been sent Nomination Forms for our upcoming election, these should arrive to you in the next few days. Please remember to return these to the school office no later than 12noon on Friday 20th May to be including in this election.
A reminder that our school will be closed for a Teacher Only Day on Friday 17th June (Fieldays Week). This will create a long weekend for families.
Our staff are involved in a professional learning contract around learning and teaching in collaborative and device rich environments, as we prepare our students for careers in a rapidly changing future.
Uniform UpdateThank you to all of our families who have placed orders for our new uniform, we appreciate your patience during the order process.We have now received some items from our initial order (not sports uniform) and are working through packaging and distributing these. For all prepaid items, we will send the garments home with students. Please be aware that some items are on backorder and these will be sent to you on arrival. In the meantime, we will provide you with part of your order as we are able to.If you are yet to pay for your order, on its arrival we will email you to advise this is ready for payment and collection.Thank you once again ...
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Ezlunch - Free Apple Snappz!Week 2 – FOR YOU – FREE Apple Snappz New on the Casalinga Café menu this term is Apple Snappz. Great for kids who love eating apples as they are always crisp! All Ezlunch orders placed during the week Monday 9 to Friday 13 May, will receive a FREE bag of Apple Snappz (while stocks last). Please visit www.ezlunch.co.nz to register for ezlunch and remember to place your child's order before 9am on Friday for delivery that day.
Posted May 3, 2016, 5:08 PM by Reception @TMCS
Kelly Sports Term 2 Sports AcademyA flyer regarding the Sports Academy was sent out to our senior students at the end of Term 1 from Kelly Sports. If your child is interested in this opportunity please fill out the form ASAP. Forms are also in the office.
Posted May 3, 2016, 4:49 PM by Reception @TMCS
Ambassador VisitNatasha Hansen, ANZ Olympic Ambassador, will visit our school next Thursday to talk to a group of Maungatautari and Pirongia students about her sporting endeavours, the Olympic values, and her journey to Rio 2016. Natasha is a cyclist and specialises in the Keirin and Sprint events. We are excited to have secured her for the visit and look forward to her presentation and thank the ANZ for making this programme available to our school.
Posted May 3, 2016, 4:48 PM by Reception @TMCS
Winter Sport starts this week!After many hours of organisation the winter sports of hockey, netball, soccer, mini-ball and rugby set to start this week. There are plenty of children involved in at least one of the sports. A massive thanks to all parents who are helping out as coaches, managers, shirt washers, taxi service … the list goes on… in order for children to have these valuable experiences. Good luck for the first game!! Rugby: The draw can be found at http://www.cjrs.co.nz/
Posted May 3, 2016, 3:44 PM by Reception @TMCS
Entertainment Book for Mother's Day!Many of you have already shown your support by purchasing a 2016 | 2017 Entertainment™ Book or Digital Membership. With over $20,000 worth of valuable offers, have you thought about buying a Membership for your Mum, other family members or friends? For every Membership we sell, 20% of the purchase price goes directly to us. The money we raise this year will go to support Our new Multi Purpose Facility.Purchase your Entertainment™ Book now to ensure you receive it in time for Mother’s Day, or take advantage of the great offers instantly on your smartphone with an Entertainment™ Digital Membership.Please see the information provided with the Entertainment Book sent home, call us on 078569238 or email hwilson ...
Posted May 3, 2016, 2:38 PM by Reception @TMCS
Ultrafast Broadband MeetingThe community is invited to attend a Townhall Meeting at Tamahere Community Centre on Thursday 5th May 2016 from 7:30pm regarding Ultrafast Broadband in the area.Please also follow this link for a Waikato District Council online survey.
Posted May 2, 2016, 5:34 PM by Reception @TMCS
SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital AgeThe Waikato AP/DP Association, in collaboration with 3MLearning presents: SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age, a documentary about the biggest parenting issue of our time. Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that happening with her own kids and began a quest to uncover how it might impact their development. As with her other two award-winning documentaries on mental health, Ruston takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising ...
Posted May 2, 2016, 3:54 PM by Reception @TMCS
Ezlunch Promotions!Week 1 - FOR MUM our Mothers’ Day Promotion All Ezlunch orders placed during the week Monday 2 to Friday 6 May, will go in the draw to WIN one of TWO cookbooks by one of our lovely customers Allyson Gofton. Week 2 – FOR YOU – FREE Apple Snappz New on the Casalinga Café menu this term is Apple Snappz. Great for kids who love eating apples as they are always crisp! All Ezlunch orders placed during the week Monday 9 to Friday 13 May, will receive a FREE bag of Apple Snappz (while stocks last). Please visit www.ezlunch.co.nz to register for ezlunch and remember to place your child's order before 9am on Friday for delivery that day
Posted May 1, 2016, 5:25 PM by Reception @TMCS
Board of Trustees Election NominationsTamahere Model Country School Board
of Trustees electionNominations are invited for
the election of 4 parent representatives to the board of trustees.A nomination form and a notice
calling for nominations will be posted to all eligible voters in Week 1 Term 2.You can nominate another
person to stand as a candidate, or you can nominate yourself (make sure you
sign both parts of the form).Additional nomination forms
can be obtained from the school office.Nominations close at noon
on 20th May 2016 and may be accompanied by a signed candidate’s
statement.The voting roll is open for
inspection at the school and can be viewed during normal school hours.There will also be a ...
Posted Apr 21, 2016, 4:03 PM by Reception @TMCS
Vision Hearing Technician VisitVision Hearing Technicians from Rural and Community Services will be visiting our school on Monday 23rd May.The objective of the vision is to identify previously undetected hearing and vision defects.Which children are routinely checked? catch up screening for children who have not completed hearing and vision checks as part of their B4 school checkchildren absent from previous visit, require re-tests or follow upin special circumstances, parents, teachers or others may request a hearing or vision check new immigrantsWhat tests are carried out?Earsaudiometry – hearing testtympanometry – middle ear function test (only carried out when hearing test is not within a normal range)Eyes long distance vision tests – not a complete visual examination, but ...
Posted Apr 17, 2016, 3:42 PM by Reception @TMCS