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Jump Jam Success

posted Jun 19, 2018, 8:43 PM by Reception @TMCS

On the evening of Wednesday 13th June our Year 5 and 6 Jump Jam Team competed in the Waikato 'Strictly Jump Jam Live' Competition.  This competition was designed for students who have never competed in a Jump Jam event before.  Our team trained for several months before the competition and were definitely ready to take on the challenge.  They took the stage after 7pm to perform and compete against 16 other teams in the Year 4 - 8 category and to huge success.  They were awarded with an excellence in presentation and an excellence in sportsmanship and were scored as the 5th team overall (only 2 points behind the teams in 3rd equal!).  It was a great evening and one that was enjoyed by all. Well done to all the students involved and to their parents for your amazing support.


Back: Emma, Claire, Safia, Ruby, Vicky, Liv, Preya

Front:Tyler, Madeleine, Lucy, Ella


On Wednesday evening our Year 3-4 Jump Jam Team competed at Marian School in the Strictly competition. They worked extremely hard in the lead up, giving up their lunch times to perfect the routine. They did Tamahere proud, not only receiving excellence awards in both Presentation and Technical Execution but also took out first place overall in their category with an incredible score of 84%! They can be so proud of themselves and all their hard work.


Thank you to all the parents who supported their children throughout the lead up and on the night! Well done Jump Jammers!


Back: Jess, Emily, Georgez, Hayley, Sophie, Ollie, Milly,  

Front: Emmi,Lily, Piper, Imogen, Mila.


Teacher Only Day Update

posted Jun 19, 2018, 8:42 PM by Reception @TMCS


Thank you very much to our parents for keeping your children home on our Teacher Only Day on Friday.  We know that this can cause inconveniences in your own work life and we thank you for making the necessary sacrifices to support our teachers’ professional development.  The learning was extremely valuable to our staff, both teachers and teacher aides, who gleaned a lot of quality information from the sessions. Please see below for more information about the day and the topics covered.


Firstly, we had Jenny Bell share with us in relation to Enhanced Emotional and Social skills development, which is aimed at empowering children to self-manage their emotions. She highlighted the importance of teaching children that all emotions are normal, even negative emotions, and that we can choose how to respond to our emotions. Essentially, emotions become challenging when they significantly impact on your life and interfere with your ability to engage in daily tasks. This is very timely and relevant with the percentage of children born with a predisposition to feel anxious having increased from 1 in 5 to 1 in 4. In addition to this predisposition, trauma, life transitions, temperament, major developmental stages and hormonal changes can result in children experiencing different levels of emotion. In contrast, factors that will enable children to cope with these experiences include having a stable, lifelong attachment (where love and acceptance is unconditional, stable and continuous), support networks, positive thinking, mindfulness and resilience programs.


The specific strategies include a focus on wellbeing and emotional health, preventing stigmatisation of negative emotions, explicitly teaching children resilience, as well as strategies to manage their emotions. Jenny highlighted the importance of children being taught how to recognise the body cues indicating the emotion they are feeling, naming that emotion, rating it out of 10, all of which are essential steps before they can self-manage their emotions.


We also had the privilege of a session with Ann Beckitt, a Resource Teacher of Literacy, discussing Dyslexia. Ann explained that Dyslexia has a genetic component and therefore is present at birth and persists throughout a person’s life. We were reminded that Dyslexia is often resistant to conventional teaching methods and thus requires a different approach in teaching strategies and techniques. She shared the teaching techniques she has found to be effective when teaching students with Dyslexia.


This was a rich and enjoyable day of learning and development for our staff.  


Health & PE Survey Closing Soon - Have Your Say!

posted Jun 19, 2018, 8:42 PM by Reception @TMCS

Thank you to the many families who have already taken the opportunity to have their say about how we deliver the Health and PE Curriculum to our students.  

We are so pleased with the number of responses we have received, but we still want to hear from you if you've not had a chance to respond yet.  The more responses we receive, the easier it is to gain a clear perspective of our parent community views.

Please click this link to read about the Health and Physical Education Curriculum and then CLICK HERE to start the survey.

The survey will close next week on Wednesday 27th June so we'd love to hear from you before then!

Education Review Office Visit / Congratulations to our Wonderful Librarian

posted Jun 19, 2018, 8:41 PM by Reception @TMCS


Every 3-5 years the Education Review Office spends close to a week each New Zealand school to evaluate and report on the educational outcomes and support of children in our schools.  Our three yearly review will take place in Week 4 of Term 3 (13th - 17th August).


While it may seem the ERO team were only recently on our site, their last visit was to learn more about why our reading achievement results were tracking above most other schools. One of the aspects they found and then focused on, was our library and how we use it. They looked at the significant enhancement this has on our children’s learning. We take this opportunity to recognise and  celebrate the wonderful contributions our talented Librarian, Mrs Theresa Kewish, makes to our school. Theresa is incredibly passionate about books and shares her love of them with our children, helping them find their own niche in the wide world of reading. If you would like to read ERO’s report based on our library, please follow this link, We cherish our library and are proud of this endorsement. Thank you Theresa for all you do for our children, staff and school.


While our ERO team are on site for most of a week a variety of activities will take place including meetings with our Board of Trustees, Whanau o Tamahere, parents and students, classroom observations and administration checks for safety and compliance. We may be holding a powhiri to welcome our ERO depending on their schedule.


Three Way Student Learning Conferences - School Wide

posted Jun 19, 2018, 8:33 PM by Reception @TMCS



We are pleased to confirm our Three Way Student Learning Conferences will be held on Thursday 26th July 2018, this is the first Thursday of Term 3.  All students will receive a Mid Year Report which will be sent home on Tuesday 24th July in advance of the conferences. This is a wonderful time for everyone to come together and really look at each child’s learning journey.


One Conference per child: So that each child can celebrate their learning journey with the ones they love and get all caregivers on the same page with the support required, we ask that all parents join together for this occasion to support your child and enable teachers to have the time needed for all conferences. There are not enough spaces for our split family parents to have an appointment each.  We appreciate your support in this matter.


Following your feedback we have extended the duration of our conferences this year. Taupiri and Pirongia Syndicates will have 12 minute Three Way Conferences, while Maungatautari Student Led Conferences will have a double slot of 24 minutes. If you wish to have a further one on one conversation time with your classroom teacher please contact them directly.


Maungatautari - Year 5 & 6

Following the success of  last year’s trial format, each teacher will again have two slots A & B running at the same times. Students will be leading their learning journeys for 24 minutes with the teacher moving between two families within that time.


Taupiri (Year 1 & 2) and Pirongia (Year 3 & 4)

All of our Year 1-4 students will be joining in ‘Three Way’ learning discussions with their teachers to share their learning and goals with you following their Mid-Year reports going home.


Important Learning Conference Arrangements for Thursday 26th July



To enable all of our students to have a quality Learning Conference in a focused environment, lessons will conclude at 12:00 pm on Thursday.   Children can then be collected and return for their conference at the allocated time.


If you are unable to collect your child, classroom care can be provided for children in with a Relief Teacher and Teacher Aides. Please let your classroom teacher know in writing that this is needed.


After School Care will operate as normal, as will our School Bus service.


Bookings for these conferences will be online as usual on a first come first serve basis. The interview booking system will go live in the next week or so, please keep a look out for an email advising of the access code.

 

Student Led Conferences

Three Way Learning Conferences

Maungatautari Syndicate

Pirongia & Taupiri Syndicate

Thursday 26th July: 12:30pm - 8:04pm*

(24 minute slot)

Thursday 26th July: 12:30pm - 8:04pm*

(12 minute slot)

*Finish time of last appointment slot.


We look forward to meeting with you and your child to discuss their progress and achievements.  


Grandparents Day

posted Jun 19, 2018, 8:24 PM by Reception @TMCS


What a wonderful time was had by all as we celebrated our annual Grandparents Day on Monday!  We were delighted with the huge turnout out and estimate over 1,000 people attended our special Assembly.  Many grandparents travelled significant distances to be with their grandchildren for the day - we are truly grateful for your efforts.  


We know how much the children appreciate having the opportunity to show their loved ones their classrooms, teachers and learning environments which are such an important part of their lives.  Thank you to all of our wonderfully supportive grandparents, we hope you enjoyed your time with us.




PTA Secretary

posted Jun 19, 2018, 8:23 PM by Reception @TMCS


Our wonderfully supportive PTA are looking for a new team member to take on the role of Secretary.  


PTA meetings are held monthly in our staff room and are very relaxed.  Your role as PTA Secretary would involve note taking of the discussions which will then be circulated among the committee.  


Our PTA is a friendly bunch who would love to hear from you if you would like to step into this role.  They would be very grateful for your help and this is a fantastic way of contributing to the life of the school and meeting new people.  If you would like more information or know this is for you - please contact Mike Calvert (PTA Chair) calvert.mike@virgin.net.


Hay Bales For Sale

posted Jun 19, 2018, 8:23 PM by Reception @TMCS


At the conclusion of Pumpkin Night we had 40 hay bales left on site.  These are being offered for sale at $10 a bale or $350 for the lot - pick up only.


Please email Allan Wickens allanwickens@hotmail.com if you would like to purchase any or all of these.


Chess Success

posted Jun 12, 2018, 7:43 PM by Reception @TMCS   [ updated Jun 12, 2018, 7:52 PM ]


This week our representative Chess teams competed with over 50 students from around the Waikato in the Hamilton Zone Junior Chess Power Competition held at Vardon School.  Students were chosen after playing many games in their lunchtimes to qualify for either our Junior or Rookie teams. Everyone represented us proudly and many had great success both individually and as teams.  Please see below for placings.


Team Standings - Rookies

Placing

Team Name

Top Player

1

Tamahere Model Country School - Rookies A

Luca D

3

Tamahere Model Country School - Rookies B

Reif W





Team Standings - Juniors

Placing

Team Name

Top Player

4

Tamahere Model Country School - Junior


This qualifies a team from our school to compete at the Nationals in October!

Alex S


Individual Standings - Rookies

Placing

Name

Team Name

1

Luca D

TMCS - Rookies A

2

Reif W

TMCS - Rookies B

7

Ella M

TMCS - Rookies B

8

James N

TMCS - Rookies A

9

Sam A

TMCS - Rookies A

12

Zac C

TMCS - Rookies A

14

Isaac K

TMCS - Rookies B

21

Summer S

TMCS - Rookies B


Individual Standings - Junior

Placing

Name

Team Name

12

Alex S

TMCS - Junior A

19

Tatva P

TMCS - Junior A

21

Ben E

TMCS - Junior A

-

Rock W

TMCS - Junior A

-

Jude B

TMCS - Junior A




Congratulations to you for your placings and your amazing efforts!


Thank you to the kind parents who transported students to the event and for those who stayed and helped supervise our teams, we are truly grateful for your ongoing support.


Health Survey Invitation

posted Jun 12, 2018, 7:14 PM by Reception @TMCS


We invite all of our parents and caregivers to complete our new Health and Physical Education Survey distributed by email this week.  


Please click this link to read about the Health and Physical Education Curriculum Delivery at Tamahere Model Country School, then follow the link below to complete our 10 minute survey if you have not yet had the opportunity.


Click here to start the survey.


As always, your opinions and feedback are valuable to us. We encourage you to take this opportunity to share your thoughts on how we deliver the  Health and PE curriculum to our students. Tell us what you think we need to improve on and what we do well.


To show our appreciation to those who complete the survey, all responses will go in the draw to win one of 5 x $20 Scholastic book vouchers. If you wish to be included in the draw, please make sure you provide us with your name and phone number at the end of the survey.


Please contact the school office if you have any questions on 856 9238 or reception@tamahere.school.nz


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