Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Week 4 Update

OUR MISSION:
Maintain a challenging learning to learn community that responds to the interests, needs, and talents of our learners.

OUR VISION:
Positive difference, Creative learner, Effective communicator.

Week 4  Term 2

Tēna koutou Tūhono whānau,

Week 4 already and what a week it is going to be - Student Led Conferences, half days and reports coming home!  At the end of last week we said goodbye to Micah Lord who has moved onto another school. We wish him and his whānau all the best for the future.

TŪHONO WHAKANGAHAU
Celebration - Free images on PixabayFirstly, a big thank you to all those parents/caregivers that helped make our first whakangahau a success.  We had lots of parents attend the celebration to see what Tūhono have been up to.  We asked our class what they wanted to have as part of their whakangahau and they wanted to share their learning, talents and to have fun.  We most certainly did all of those things, every single one of them (even though we may have gone slightly over time)!  For those of you who were not able to attend, please click on this link to see our presentation from the day.

STUDENT LED CONFERENCES
These have been set for Wednesday 24th May and Thursday 25th May.  School finishes early on the Wednesday at 12:50pm.  If you need your child to be supervised at school until 3:00pm, please email Robyn in the office (admin@frankley.school.nz).  Thursday school hours are as normal.  The SLCs run from 2:00pm-7:30pm on Wednesday and 3:30-5:30pm on Thursday.  So far we have 31 families booked in out of 50.  We would love to see as many of you there as possible, so if you haven’t booked yet and still need to, please click on this link to make an appointment online and enter the code t5asq to access the site.  If you have any concerns or questions regarding the SLCs please do not hesitate to email us.
Free vector graphic: Notes, Office, Pages, Papers, Print - Free ...

REPORTS
Mid-year progress reports will be coming home with your child on Friday.  Keep an eye out for these in your child’s bag.  Sit with your child and share their report with them.  Celebrate successes and look together at next steps to get them to where they need to be by the end of the year.  We have enjoyed being able to write about each child’s learning and their achievements and goals met thus far.  If you have any questions about your child’s report or would like more clarification on what we have written, please contact us by email.

Free vector graphic: Choir, Emoticon, Smiley, Smilies - Free Image ...KIDS FOR KIDS CHOIR  - Performance evening 1 November - put it on your calendar or in your diaries.
Today we started our weekly choir sessions with a group of keen students from Years 4-6.  We had a look at the playlist which has a very kiwi flavour and sung a few favourites.  Check with your child if they are part of this or would still like to be.  We will run another couple of sessions for those that just want to check it out and then after that, we will form our choir list.  All songs and lyrics have been emailed to all of Tūhono, so encourage them to give it a go.  We know for a fact that we have lots of awesome singers in our class, so we would love them to come join us.



WEEKLY WĀTAKA (TIMETABLE)
Just a reminder that this is shared with Tūhono each week and is the one place that our students can go  to access their learning, to sign up to workshops and track their goals.  Take some time to see what we are up to each week, you could even help your child sign up for workshops and get in early.

WHĀNAU HUI
Free illustration: Meeting, Conference, Round Table - Free Image ...In the newsletter last week, it was mentioned that we are going to have a Whānau Hui next week on Wednesday 31 May at 7pm in Tūhono.  Another invite will go out also with further details.  Anyone is welcome to come and we will have a picnic tea together before we discuss our upcoming marae stay/visit, the blessing of the kapa haka uniforms and other items that whānau might like to address.  Children are most welcome and we will put on a movie for them to watch next door, so bring the whole family along :)

INTERSCHOOL SPORTS
Ball, Sports - Free images on PixabayLast week we were lucky enough to have a break in the weather and participate in our first interschool sports exchange for 2017.  Frankley was hosted by St John Bosco where we played netball, football and rugby.  We had a lovely day making new friends and seeing lots of fairplay and good sportsmanship.  Unfortunately, we were not able to get a win in any of our games, but both rugby and the A netball teams were very close!  A big thanks to all of our Tūhono families that took transport to and from the venue and also to the supporters that came to cheer for us.  We hope to see you all again next Friday when we take on Oakura School out at Oakura.  Please click on this link for the latest notice.

WIT - WILDLY IMPORTANT TASK
A big thank you firstly to the families that came and joined us at Puke Ariki to view the Bugs exhibition.  It was enjoyed by all of Tūhono and was a great way to ignite our WIT.

We are very much underway now with our WIT around invertebrate insects.  Tūhono have been learning about keywords, key phrases, needs statements, questions and a whole lot more and most are ready now to get into the “Find” stage of Te Ara Tika.  A lot of groups are now researching ways that they can trap or catch insects in our bush area and how they can handle them safely.  Check with your child about what they have found out so far; have they found the answers to their questions?

Butterfly, Girl - Free images on PixabayGroups will be starting to think about what equipment/tools they need, to carry out insect catching, so they may need to gather things from home to help with this.  They may need to think about containers for collecting insects in to observe them, digging tools to make traps, suitable footwear and clothing for going into the bush (even a change of clothes this term could be put in their bags just in case, as we also have a lot of invertebrate collectors that love the mud areas around the school too). Please name all of the belongings that are sent to school.

REMINDERS:
  • Our whanau wall is still looking a bare considering we have 49 students in Tūhono.  Please could you email through or send in a photo of your family for us to have up in our classroom.
  • We still have some emails being sent to only one of us.  As we are a collaborative pair and do everything together, it would be great if you could email both of us, so that we can address questions or concerns as soon as possible.
Ngā mihi,
Anna and Kim


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