Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Week 7 Update

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Week 7  Term 1

Tēna koutou Tūhono whānau,

Large, Umbrella, Beach, Sun, ...We hope you had a lovely, long weekend with your whānau and friends.  We have spent some time over the weekend getting our learning environments organised to suit our learners better, as we are always reflecting and changing how things work in Tūhono.  Along with this are the final touches on camp organisation.  We will not be holding a meeting about camp as we have sent out all the information through booklets and newsletters and our weekly updates.  Parents attending camp will receive a clearfile with all of the information needed to help do their job at Vertical Horizons.  If you have any questions, please send us an email.  One request we have is for sun umbrellas.  As we will have sunshine all three days, it does get hot whilst out on the activities and there are a lot of unshaded areas at Vertical Horizons.  If you have a beach umbrella that you wouldn’t mind lending to Tūhono, could you please let us know or drop it off to us at your nearest convenience.

Only 7 more sleeps until our Tūhono Camp!  This means that it is definitely time to start gathering up the gear needed and checking you have everything.  Click on this link for a copy of the gear list.  We also have confirmed the camp programme, click on this link to take a look.  You also all received an email last week about the transport organisation to and from camp, please click on the link if you need to check on these.  We also have some keen students that are practising hard for our Frankley’s Got Talent camp concert on the Tuesday night.  We still could do with some more entries, so have a chat to your child about what talents or strengths they could show off to others.  Please ensure that you have paid the camp fee of $155 per child to Robyn at the office.  Also note that the Bingo Night didn’t go ahead as there wasn’t enough interest from our families.


The Science Roadshow offers school children an opportunity to explore various science and technology concepts by ‘touch and feel’. It provides a unique, informal learning opportunity that:

  • excites and enthuses visitors;Science, Lab, Test, Tubes, ...
  • nurtures curiosity and discovery;
  • improves motivation and attitude;
  • adds to teacher knowledge;
  • supports numeracy and literacy;
  • encourages social interaction and cooperative learning;
  • provides memorable real life contextual elements and exemplars.
We are looking for 40 students with a strong interest, talent or ability in Science who would like to attend. Names will be recorded on a first in basis. Have a chat with your child about whether they would like to attend. If they do, please return the following form or information to Mr Anderson as soon as possible.

A lot of discussion has been going on in Tūhono about the expectations around riding bikes and scooters at school.  Our students are being good role models during lunchtimes and after school and taking responsibility for the equipment they use.  Please click on this link if your child bikes or scooters at school to make sure that they are fully aware of the dos and don’ts.

Last week saw the return of the Frankley School Kapa Haka group.  We all met with Whaea Mata, Whaea Bobbie, Mr Ritai and Mrs Trinder to find out what the Kapa haka group was all about.  Last year’s group performed their bracket and we started to learn a new Te Ati Awa waiata “E Nga Iwi o te Motu Nei”.  We look forward to seeing lots more Tūhono faces tomorrow and the next session before we choose our final performance group.

Free vector graphic: Handball, ...Even though it’s not officially winter yet, we are well into organising and registering sports teams for the upcoming season.  Just so no one misses out, we have had Miniball (Year 4) and Basketball (Year 5) notices go out, and Netball.  If your child would like to be involved in one of these sports codes, we have plenty of spare notices in Tūhono.  If we have keen hockey players, more details about that will follow.  Also for those of you who are new, we don’t have a rugby or football school team, we only have teams for interschool.  If you were interested in playing these sports, your child would need to join a club.

Tūhono have been working hard over the past few weeks on goals set by the students.  Most have progressed further than their original goal.  This week we are going to be self-assessing our progress, reporting back on what we have learnt and showing evidence of our learning through a video.  These will then be added to our google slide presentation and shared on the blog.  We will also identify next steps for future learning.  Please note that even though it is getting colder, swimming is still a compulsory part of our physical education programme.  If your child is unable to swim for medical reasons, a note or email needs to be provided to Mrs Trinder.  Note that we are trying to have swims later in the day so that the pool is warmer for our swimmers.

Another special display that we would like to have in our classroom is a whānau wall.  This is a place for us to show off and be proud of all of those people that help us in our learning, because the students and we, as teachers, could never do it alone.  Thank you to those families that have already sent their photos in, we are looking forward to seeing more of them.  Could you please send along a beautiful family photo with your child for us to hang on our wall, or alternatively you can email it to Mrs T or Mrs Cribb for us to print it for you.

What a week!  Remember if you want to chat or just have a question, feel free to email us or drop in to catch up with one of us or both of us!

Ngā mihi

Anna Trinder / Kim Cribb

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