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Room 3 Jan Pickett                         Karearea Team leader
Room 4 Annette Chapman
Welcome to the Thour Zone. We hope your child will have a wonderful time in our Modern Learning Environment. 
In our space your child has many opportunities to explore how they learn best. Whilst they are given choice, we ensure that their learning pathways are focused. 
Our aim is to create self directed learners through collaboration with the teachers, parents and each other.

Thank you to the adults who came with us on our outing today. Your assistance was very much appreciated.

Just a reminder that e-portfolios are ready to be viewed. Ask you child to present it to you. Please don't forget to record your feedback comments -two stars and a wish.

A big thank you to those parents who provided transport today. The children had a wonderful time. A slide show can be viewed on the 'Card making' page

On Friday two trip forms should have come home. One is or a visit to the Museum at at 62 Ridgway Streetfor card making on 28 November and the second regarding our end of year treat to the movies.
Any assistance you can offer is very much appreciated.

Thank you for those who are providing transport tomorrow for our museum trip. Please note: we will be going to the Museum classroom located to the rear of the Museum at Queens Park.


Welcome back to our final term! An especial welcome to two new learners joining us -Connor and Jake. There will be a term newsletter out shortly which will outline our programme for the term.
A reminder that digital homework is found on the homework page (left menu).

Well done Tour Zone learners, you have worked really hard this term and deserve a wonderful break!
If you need something to do over the holidays try the Whanganui Museum and Sarjeant Art Gallery for some fun activities!

You are welcome to access the eportfolios today. For instructions, click on the E portfolios page -see navigation column on the left of this page.
In week 2 of next term, we will be participating in the 'Let's Go' programme. Children will need their bicycles if they have one
Well done Thour Zone runners, you completed the cross country with determination and perseverance. Congratulations to those who will be representing SJHS at the Interschool competition.

On another note, is there anyone who would be able to work with a group of our learners nurturing our class gardens please? This would involve in mentoring our learners about preparing, planting and maintaining the gardens. Please let us know if you can help.

Thanks Kristen! A big thank you from the Thour Zone for working with us with presenting our poetry. Josh's mum very generously shared her expertise and we learnt how body language and voice can give real impact to our
Just a timely reminder to monitor your child's online activity. It is always good to talk about what they are accessing.
For information to support online safety, click here

Fabulous news! Our Zone is now all enrolled on MathsBuddy which will now form part of both our classrom program and for Homework. Your child will have their loging glued into their Homeowrk book

Our learners are going to need to bring recyclable material to create a toy from. Cardboard boxes, milk bottle lids, tape, rubber bands etc.. would be very welcome

The Term 3 newsletter will be coming home tonight. (You will need to use your child's Google account (that is first name.surname@ to access.

Welcome back to Term 3
The homework has been changed so don't forget to check this out.

Thank you for your attendance at the Conferences, it was a really positive experience and the learners enjoyed sharing their progress with you. Thank you also to those who helped with transport to the Art Gallery on Monday.
A reminder that there is a Sausage Sizzle on Friday -$2 per sausage.

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Thanks for your attendance at the conferences last night. You should be very pleased with your child's progress, -we are! A reminder the second round is on Monday.
Thank you also for the positive feedback about the e-portfolios. We understand they are being shared around the world!

Nikki Kaye reveals digital shakeup for school curriculum

On that note have you seen the latest education announcement by Nikki Kay? 28 June (Click on link)

Your child will bringing home a letter regarding our trip to the Art Gallery.
Could please fill in and return if you are able to supply transport.
Thanks so much!

15/5/2017   Brain Breaks: 
Research strongly advocates for students being able to nibble on brain food and drink water throughout the school day.
We suggest fresh peeled & sliced fruit and vegetables. Our learners can be self directed when they need a brain break.

It's been a wonderful start to the term. Thank you to those parents who have come in to view the e-portfolios with their children this week. You are more than welcome to call in to see your child's work.
We are excited to start basic computer coding this week.
The Term 2 Newsletter should have reached you yesterday. If not, click here.
Thank you to the Gibson family  for donating some Mitre10 headphones to us. It is very much appreciated.

Thank you for your positive responses to the E portfolio. Yes it is quite acceptable to share this with family overseas.
On another note, I spied headphones suitable for ChromeBooks at the Warehouse. Some sets were as low as $6.00! 
It is really helpful for our learners to have their own sets. 

Thank you for attending the Information meeting. Thanks also for such wonderful feedback!
Information Meeting:
We thought it would be great to meet you informally, show you our space and answer any questions you may have about our new learning space.
This will 5.30 pm- 6.00 (ish) Wednesday, 8 February Thour Zone
Sports notices need to be back by Tuesday 7 February

Your child will be given websites they can use for consolidation of learning gaps and for extension and enjoyment. See Homework page. Homework should be no more than 30 minutes, five times a week. If children are set a task, this takes priority.