Nga Tama Toa 2K17

Mauri ora,

Welcome to our website for Nga Tama Toa 2017. We are a Year 8 digital class. We are also a all boys only class and the other half of Hinekaha (the all girls class).

In our class we embrace all cultures and learn about the history and culture of Aotearoa as well as the wider world. We committed ourselves to the class when we went through the process of selection for Nga Tama Toa so there is a high expectation of us to be strong role models, great leaders and encouraging students.

We are willing to give new experiences and challenges a go and are looking forward to a year of great growth through making the most of all learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom. We encourage each other to be the best they can be and this is something we aspire to day in day out.

Whāia te iti kahurangi ki te tūohu koe me he maunga teitei!

This whakatauki is about aiming high or for what is truly valuable, to be persistent and don't let obstacles stop you from reaching your goal. This is also our whakatauki we utilise during our everyday learning.

Homework

Student in intermediate are often overloaded with a lot of extra-curricular activities and after-school interests. I am very aware of the extra commitments students are dealing with and as a result, I would like to minimise extra work that students need to do at home.

However, there are two key skills that should be practised at home on a daily basis and benefit greatly from parental and whanau support - Mathematics Basic Facts and Reading.

Please ensure that your child is reading every night for at least 20 minutes - this can be in the form of novels, newspaper articles, online articles, short stories, comics, or even poetry. Please take the time to talk to your child about what they are reading and what is happening in their reading at home.

Mathematics knowledge is essential to engaging with Maths at school. By Year 8, students should know all of their multiplication and division facts to 12 and be able to recall them instantly (within 2 seconds). Unfortunately, this is not the case for the vast majority of our students.

Please practise multiplication and division every night. One number at a time until students can instantly recall all of their tables.

Thank you very much for your support. If you have any further questions, please contact me; pomanek@rotorua-intermediate.org.nz