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Room 6 - Ti kouka


Nau mai, hoki mai ki tēnēi wahanga 3 o 2017.  Welcome to term three everyone!

Rekha Tiwari and I have had a lovely start to term three.  Many thanks to everyone who made the effort to book in for the HVS Three-Way Conferences.  It was fantastic for our tamariki to be able to share their learning maps with their whanau and take ownership for their next steps in their learning journey. 


Mrs Watson has taken up a new Principal's position at Ngaio School and will begin her new role at the start of term four.  The HVS Community will say farewell with some events planned at the end of this term.  Please keep an eye on the school newsletter for updates.


This was going to take place on Saturday, August 12th with the support of the Project Crimson Trust and the Mazda Foundation.  HVS were fortunate to win a $10,000 grant to undertake the project and it was overseen by Jill Holmstead and our Tumuaki, Raewyn Watson.

The build up for this initiative began in term two and carried on into the early parts of term three.  The Bug Man, Ruud Kleinpaste and the Shark Man, Riley Elliot spent the Friday before the Treemendous Makeover with our students, educating them about the importance of insects and sharks in their respective ecosystems.  It was enthralling and inspiring!

We continue to look at 'Kaitiakitanga-Guardianship' and the focus for Ti kouka are 'Te Atua o Te Ao Māori - The Māori Gods and The Creation Tale'.  The writing focus will be on exposing the children to descriptions, poetry and procedural writing to help them record their ideas.

The Term 3 Newsletter 
This has been shared with everyone, but please do not hesitate to contact Rekha or myself if you have questions, queries or comments.

HVS Aquatics
We have started HVS School Swimming and it has been great for all our whanau to support this very important part of the curriculum and a key initiative to keep out tamariki safe in the waters of Aotearoa.

Phonological Awareness - Term Three

The HVS Junior school continues to conduct our phonological awareness system four times per week, from Monday to Thursday at 9.10 - 9.30 am. This involves students being placed into an appropriate stage to work with a different teacher throughout the terms.  The children move through to the different levels depending on what stage they are at.

* Stage 2/3 in Ngaio/Mahoe with NE/Year 1 with Jos 
* Stage 4 in Mahoe with Nicola
* Stage 5 in Mahoe with Jasmine (our TA)
* Stage 6 in Harakeke with Mary/Jill
* Stage 7 in Ti Kouka with Whaea Monnie

Phonological Awareness is a system which teaches children all the phonological sounds required to support them with good reading and writing.  It is run daily, four times per week, with the junior syndicate and students learn the appropriate sound stage for where they are at.  The children use sound-picture cards and whiteboards with markers to record all the sounds, words and sentences that they need to become more confident with their reading, writing and spelling.

Harakeke and Ti kouka have flexible classes for reading.  Mary, Jill, Rekha and I will have mixed-ability groups from both classes.

Harakeke - children from Harakeke are expected to bring their bookbags to school everyday and take books home from their book baskets.

Ti kouka - tamariki will bring home at least 6 readers or several chapter-type journals on Tuesdays.  These books should last them the week.  They return their book bags on Mondays to be checked.


Rāhina - Monday:

Ti kouka students need to return their book bags to the yellow bin in the classroom after the weekend.  Whaea Monnie checks the home diaries for any messages and will write the occasional reply if needed.

Rātu - Tuesday:

Book bags will be returned for students to bring home.  Children can bring home six readers or one or Junior Journals.  If they have books from the school or public libraries to read at home, that is wonderful.  Many children are now reading chapter books, which is fantastic - so they must keep that up!

Homework will be coming home occasionally for tamariki to practise.  It will consist of mathematics like basic facts and we have done in class and some spelling lists.

Ti kouka has a bike riding session scheduled for 2.30 pm on Tuesday afternoons.

Rāapa -- Wednesday

Wednesday is now another Ti kouka bike time.  There is another session at 12.00 pm each week.

Rāpare - Thursday:

Junior school bike day.  Students can bring their own bikes from home or use the school bikes on fine days at lunchtimes.

Rāmere - Friday:

We have kapa haka at 12.00 pm every Friday.  

Due to the hall being out of use for the rest of the year, assemblies are now conducted a couple of times per term for juniors and a whole-school one  towards the end of the term.  
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Monica Mercury,
18 May 2016, 18:08