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Term 1 2015

Welcome back to the 2015 school year.  I trust you have had a great time during the holidays.  The weather definitely played its part (hope no one suffered from sunburn!).  

Your son is obviously in Room 11 this year.  For a number of reasons this is pretty special;
  1. it is a boys only environment (apart from the teacher!)
  2. Josh Hema will be our teacher aide from 10:30-12:30
  3. Jamain Waritini will be working with us from 1:30-3:00
  4. we have a number of leadership opportunities
  5. we are physical
  6. the technology is fantastic
  7. the learning is great
  8. we are open to any ideas

In the past I have used texting a lot to send home reminders & short comments that I need you to be aware of so I hope you don’t mind me using this mode of communication.  It is quick and convenient for me.  I am happy for you to use texting with me for anything similar.  Please be aware that I don’t have my phone on during class time so if you send an important notice for your child to me I cannot guarantee they will receive it.  Your best option for these messages is still through Suzie in the office.   

The beginning of the year can be a little tedious for older kids as we revisit classroom rules, routines and expectations, but I am hoping to start the week off with a limited amount of testing and a lot of learning.  The school is putting a big focus on basic facts knowledge this year.  We have extra hours set aside in the afternoons for teacher aides to work with children specifically on this that will support the teachers programme.

On day 1 (and there after) your child will bring home a sheet with multiplication practice, but will not receive real homework until all students have their stationery.  I want to set up homework books well, with passwords for websites included and expectations clear.  All homework handed in will be marked.  To support your son further throughout the year I encourage you to help them learn their basic multiplication & division facts.  Reading, writing and performing simple calculations with decimal numbers is the other mathematical area to concentrate on.  If you are looking for a good author & a novel for your son, Bear Grylls, Robert Muchamore and Michael Morpurgo are authors the boys have enjoyed in the past.  


This newsletter has letters & passwords attached for websites & apps we use in class, Studyladder, Sumdog & Kidblog.  I have included a parent code for kidblog so you are able to log in as a parent and view & comment on your child’s work.  We will also continue with our class blog (http://room11-huiarangeschool.blogspot.co.nz/).  You are welcome to comment on this site also.  Another website we use a lot is Kiwi Kids News (http://www.kiwikidsnews.co.nz/).

To help monitor student behaviour and keep it fair for everyone we will continue to use class dojo.  This site allows me to keep track of the positive & the negative behaviours and displays it visually for the kids.  For any inter-school event, class reward or education outside the classroom off-site, kids need to be 80% positive.  This has worked really well in the past.

I am particularly tough on school uniform and expect students in correct uniform everyday.  I find that as soon as they dress differently they behave differently.  Remember school uniform includes the hat, shoes and everything in-between meeting uniform standards.  White shoes, rugby/football shorts, jean material pants and track pants are not standard uniform.  I have no problem with them bringing mufti shorts and plain tee-shirts (preferably in their house colour) to wear for fitness only.  Please make sure everything is named, especially with swimming approaching.

We have 5 swimming lessons before our school swimming sports, on Monday 16 March.  We swim at 9:15 on Wednesday 18 February, Thursday 19 February, Wednesday 25 February, Thursday 26 February & Thursday 5 March.  After the inter-school swimming sports we will hopefully get involved in a swim-to-survive programme.  More details regarding swim-to-survive later.

Meet the teacher is scheduled for Monday 9 March & Tuesday 10 March.  There will be information regarding these interviews in the school newsletter closer to the date.  If you have any queries or need to see me before then, please get in touch.

Week 2, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday I will be out at Akitio with our Year 8’s on leadership camp.  Miss Kelly Gillard will be in Room 11 and I am sure the Year 7’s will really enjoy her teaching.

Please keep an eye on the school newsletter for any important dates that come to hand.  I look forward to teaching your son & helping them reach their 2015 goals.

Regards



7 May 2014

Welcome back to Term 2.  Hopefully everyone is refreshed and rearing to attack term 2 which starts off very full.  There are lots of dates for your calendars and I will keep updating these on the homework sheet each Monday. 

Technology - every Friday in Term 2 & Term 4 (unless advised) - DHS
Tuesday 13 May - Hip Hop Class (& every Tuesday there after)
Thursday 22 May - NZ Post Books Library Quiz - evening
Friday 23 May Tough Guy / Gal Challenge - Cape Kiddnappers (parent help required please)
Tuesday 27 May - National Young Leaders Day
Wednesday 28 May - Aerobics Leadership - Palmerston North
Monday 9 June (morning) - School Speeches
Monday 9 June (afternoon) - School Cross Country
Friday 13 June - Inter-school Cross Country
Wednesday 25 June - 7-aside tournament - Pahiatua (parent help required please)
Thursday 26 June - Inter- school mathematics (evening)

Although we were suppose to start hip hop classes on Tuesday the outfit delivering this assure me they will start next Tuesday.  We have never being involved in this programme before and are hoping that the skills & moves the kids learn will be put to use in our school production in Term 3.

The New Zealand Post book awards take place on Thursday 22 May and some boys have begun reading the books involved in this.  There is also an aerobics leadership morning in Palmerston North on Thursday 28 May.

The boys will attend technology at Dannevirke High School on Fridays.  To attend technology the boys will need covered in shoes and a cut lunch - there is no use of the canteen on Fridays. 

On Friday the 23 May we are taking Rooms 2 & 11 to Cape Kidnappers in the Hawkes Bay to have a go at the Tough Guy / Girl Challenge.  Here is the website http://www.eventpromotions.co.nz/Mud_Run/Tough_Guy_and_Gal_Challenge.htm if you would like to now more.  The cost of this day will be $30 and can be paid to Suzie in the school office.  To be eligible for this trip the boys need 80% green (positive) on the class dojo award system.

School speeches will be held on the morning of Monday 9 June (cross-country in the afternoon) with the inter-school speeches being held in the Hub on  the evening of Thursday 19 June.  We will do preparation for this at school but your son will be expected to do some of the speech writing at home.  Maybe you could start throwing around some topics now?

Cross-country happens this term.  We have begun training, having walked the new (apparently tougher) course and having had one running practice.  The school cross-country is scheduled for the afternoon of Monday 9 May (school speeches in the morning) and the inter-school is on the Friday 13 June.

The National Young Leaders Day takes place on Tuesday 27 June and in the past has involved a number of Year 7’s with leadership potential.  There will be more about this closer to the date for those involved.

I am presently trying to organise with Annette Lilo to timetable us into the swim-to-survive programme.  This programme involves 9 swims and previously we have done up to 3 sessions a term.  I will keep you informed with dates when I get them.

Last term the boys were fantastic at wearing correct school uniform.  Remember school uniform includes the hat, shoes and everything in-between meeting uniform standards.  White shoes, rugby shorts, jean material pants and canterbury track pants are not standard uniform.  All sun caps should have been taken home last term.  Black beanies are allowed to be worn to school.  Although it is the winter months and getting uniforms washed and dry can be trying at times your son is still expected to be in school uniform every day.  I have no problem with them bringing mufti shorts and tee-shirts (preferably in their house colour) to wear for fitness only.  Remember they can wear a black long sleeved thermal or shirt under their school polo shirt if they require it for extra warmth.

We have been using an app on our iPads called Kidblog.  It is great as I can comment on the boys work from home, without taking a lot of books home.  You also are able to view and comment on your sons work (everyone has an individual blog for making personal postings).  I know they look forward to the comments I make so am sure they would enjoy you making comments as well.  This is very easy to use.  Go to the website http://kidblog.org/home/ and click on parents.  You will be asked to enter a parent code. 

Your code is _____________________ This will take you straight to your son’s blog and you can start making comments.  Go on have a go.

Although we didn’t get a lot of followers or comments on our postings last term we will continue to post on our class blog page.  The boys enjoy learning the skills needed to make blog postings and making thought provoking questions and comments.  Get your son to show you what we are doing in class by visiting http://room11-huiarangeschool.blogspot.com/.

Homework will have a strong emphasis on reading daily and learning those basic facts.  I am well aware that many boys do not hand in their homework books for marking but I definitely mark those that are handed in.  It is also obvious the boys who are doing homework as their basic facts are improving.  Basic facts are tested weekly and unfortunately there are a number of children still on the x6 & x7 times table.  Check with your son where they sit on the ladder and encourage them to practice.

It is pleasing to see that only half a dozen boys in the class are not involved in a winter sport.  Winter sport is a great way to keep fit, keep those winter bugs at bay and make friends.  Practices begin this week with all codes beginning competition games this week.  Basketball begins on Tuesday.  If your son thinks they would like to be involved in basketball they need to pick up a form from Suzie ASAP.

As you can see Term 2 is pretty full so please check Monday’s homework sheet, school newsletters and the school website - www.huiarange.school.nz - for any changes and updates.  

Mid year reports will be out at the end of this term.  The serious part of the school year has well and truly kicked in with lots of Year 8’s beginning to talk about what secondary school they are going to attend next year.  Most school’s now require references and want to sight school reports if the student is wanting to win a scholarship.  Lots of Year 7’s are starting to think about leadership and what lays ahead for them next year.  We have introduced a Gold Award scheme and Year 6, 7 & 8 students received points for swimming sports.  Apart from sport, students can also earn points in the academic and cultural aspects of the school.  Ask your son for more information.  

I am finding the texting an easy way to keep in touch and send reminders so I hope you don’t mind me using this mode of communication.  It is quick and convenient for me.  Please be aware if you are texting me I don’t necessary have my cell phone on me or turned on during the school hours.  The boys and myself find it distracting if it rings so it is easier to have it turned off. 

Roll on week 2 as week 1 is all but over and there is just so much to get through.  Let’s hope for a mild term 2.  Graeme has begun marking the rugby and football fields so we want to get as much use out of them as we can!
 


 
16 May 2013



Welcome back to Term 2.  Hopefully everyone is refreshed and rearing to attack term 2 which starts off very full.



We head to Wellington Thursday and Friday (16 & 17 May) for a very full couple of days.  Please see Suzie about the payment of this trip ($50).  There will be a gear list to follow very soon.  Four boys are yet to earn enough points to attend this trip so are going to need to work hard over the next few days to confirm their place on this trip.

The boys will attend technology at Dannevirke High School on Fridays apart from Friday 17 May (they are in Wellington).  St Joe’s have kindly agreed to swap days with us next week so on Monday 13 the boys have technology.  They will need covered in shoes and a cut lunch when attending technology.  

We will continue with the swim-to-survive programme.  The boys had two sessions at the end of last term and will have three more this term.  I will have to get back to you with dates as the two scheduled for this term clash with other bits and pieces.  Annette Lilo & Kelly Weber will do these sessions with the boys.

Cross-country also happens this term.  Again this year we will be doing some of the training with the staff at the Activate Gym.  Beginning Tuesday (tomorrow) we will do a session at the gym, Wednesday on the spin bikes and in the pool and Thursday back at the gym.  The boys may wear mufti sport clothing for these sessions and need sneakers when we do the spin bikes.  The remaining days we will vary the training between the showgrounds and general fitness at school.  This continues through to Tuesday of Week 3 (May 21).  I will text reminders for this so the boys bring appropriate clothing.  The school cross-country is scheduled for the afternoon of Wednesday 22 May and the interschool is on the 7 June.

The literacy quiz takes place on Thursday 20 June and some boys have begun reading the books involved in this.

The National Young Leaders Day takes place on Tuesday 11 June and in the past has involved a number of Year 7’s with leadership potential.  There will be more about this closer to the date for those involved.

School speeches will be held Monday 10 June as the inter-school speeches are Thursday 27 June.  We will do preparation for this at school but your son will be expected to do some of the speech writing at home.  Maybe you could start throwing around some topics now?

Last term the boys were fantastic at wearing correct school uniform.  Remember school uniform includes the hat, shoes and everything in-between meeting uniform standards.  White shoes, rugby shorts, jean material pants and canterbury track pants are not standard uniform.  All sun caps should have been taken home last term.  Black beanies are allowed to be worn to school.  Although it is the winter months and getting uniforms washed and dry can be trying at times your son is still expected to be in school uniform every day.  I have no problem with them bringing mufti shorts and tee-shirts (preferably in their house colour) to wear for fitness only.  Remember they can wear a black long sleeved thermal or shirt under their school polo shirt if they require it for extra warmth. 

We continue to use the school laptops and iPads to improve our ICT skills including iMovie.  The Digi-awards information has come through.  We have had a go at book trailers and have some documentaries on the go.  We hope to try some graphic design and photo stories this term in preparation for the awards.

Although we didn’t get a lot of followers or comments on our postings last term we will continue to post on our blog page.  The boys enjoy learning the skills needed to make blog postings and making thought provoking questions and comments.  Get your son to show you what we are doing in class by visiting http://room11-huiarangeschool.blogspot.com/. 

Homework will have a strong emphasis on reading daily and learning those basic facts.  I will endeavour to provide that element of choice in the homework sheets.  Most seemed to enjoy this. 

It is pleasing to see that only half a dozen boys in the class are not involved in a winter sport.  Winter sport is a great way to keep fit, keep those winter bugs at bay and make friends.  Practices begin this week with most codes beginning competition games this week.

I am finding the texting an easy way to keep in touch and send reminders so I hope you don’t mind me using this mode of communication.  It is quick and convenient for me.   




Welcome Families to Term 1 2013 



Isn’t it great to be having a summer?  It was amazing the difference in the boys comments returning to school this year compared to last year.  They seem to have had great holidays - as have I.


Of course the beginning of the year can be a little tedious as we revisit classroom rules, routines and expectations.  I looked at the boys before I let them out to lunch on day one and thought there is no way they are going home saying they had a great day so I reshuffled my thoughts for the afternoon and we did some work on the iPads.  Hopefully they thought to mention this!  We had a staff only day on Monday with iPad facilitators from Christchurch which was really good.  I have lots of ideas and new apps to try with the class. 

It is an expectation that the correct school uniform will be worn every day. Remember school uniform includes the hat, shoes and everything in-between meeting uniform standards.  White shoes, rugby shorts, jean material pants and canterbury track pants are not standard uniform.  Staff are going to be particular hard on children wearing hats during Term 1 with the sun being so hot.  Everyone is expected to wear hat or cap.  The hat/cap does not have to be burgundy or black but needs to be only one colour (no logos, multi-colours etc).

Year 8’s go to leadership camp on Monday 11 February returning Wednesday 13 February.  The Year 7’s will be with Mrs Davies for the three days.  Year 8‘s wanting to apply for leadership roles in our school will have the opportunity to put themselves forward for appointment on Tuesday 19 February.  We have a staff meeting dedicated to listening to and looking at applicants that day.

As technology doesn’t start until term 2 the class will have Mrs Forbes on a Friday.  

Homework will begin next week and will again hold an element of choice.  Homework will have a strong emphasis on reading daily and learning those basic facts.  I will send home their spelling list as well as provide a web site that I have used to load the schools spelling lists on to.  They may find it more motivating to practice their spelling on line.  Please try to sight the homework sheet each week as I often put notes and important dates on this sheet.  

We are going to look at forensic science this term as our main area of study and will integrate this topic with our reading and writing.  For maths we are having a look at Probability before moving into addition and subtraction and for some this will involve adding and subtracting decimals, fractions and integers.

We continue to use the school laptops to improve our ICT skills including iMovie, Garageband and iWeb.  We have already started using the iPads to support our learning experiences.  We will continue to post on our blog page.  The boys enjoy learning the skills needed to make blog postings and making thought provoking questions and comments.  Get your son to show you what we are doing in class by visiting http://room11-huiarangeschool.blogspot.com/. 

We are only having two swimming sessions before our swimming sports this year - Tuesday 12 March and Tuesday 19 March.  Our swimming sports are Thursday 21 March.  The inter-school sports are Tuesday 26 March.  We are going to spend more time on the Swim-to-survive programme rather than swimming lessons that concentrate on stroke development.  I felt the swim-to-survive programme was far more beneficial.

There will be parent interviews this term.  Watch the homework sheet and the school newsletter for confirmed dates.  Please be aware that Easter falls during the school term this year - Friday 29 March, Monday 1 April and we are also having Easter Tuesday, 2 April, off.  The last day of term is Friday 19 April.





18 June 2012


Palmerston North Organisation


As you will be aware we travel to Palmerston North on Thursday for some education outside of the classroom.

Your son will need to be dressed in full school uniform and have their morning and afternoon tea, lunch and a drink bottle filled with water.

They will also need running shoes, shorts or trackpants, T.shirt, thermal pants and rain and windproof jacket for the ropes course.  Should the weather not be kind to us at the ropes course we can do snorkeling, so please ensure that your son has packed his togs, goggles and towel.

If your son is wanting to skateboard or scooter, he will need to bring this as well as a helmet.  No helmet, no skating.

Please have your son at school by 7:50 on Thursday.  We need to get away on time in case of delays in the gorge.  We should finish at the ropes course somewhere around 4pm, meaning we will be home about 5:15.  I will endeavour  to text you when we leave Palmerston North.

Please complete the Health and Safety form sent over by the ropes course people and return to school ASAP please.  Please remember to complete the permission slip I sent home last week and pay the $20 to Suzie.  

I will not be at school on Wednesday, however if you have any queries please text or get in touch with Suzie in the office.  






Outdoor Education - Palmerston North


I have organised a trip to Palmerston North for Thursday 21st June.  

I have confirmed a visit with Te Manawa Science Museum to look at Fizzing and Foaming.  We will be involved in hands-on experiments making gases and investigating chemical reactions.  The boys will practice scientific skills of observation, measurement and prediction.
The boys want to have lunch at the skate park in Palmerston North, which will not be too much fun without their skateboards or scooters.  If they have skateboards and or scooters they can bring these on the trip along with helmets.  No helmets no boarding or scootering.
It is still to be confirmed by I have made inquiries into a ropes course also.  When I have more information I will let you know ASAP.  Watch the homework sheet.
As with any trip that we undertake there is of course a cost.  We have some money raised from a barbeque that a group of parents helped me out with at the beginning of the year.  This has helped bring the cost of this trip down to $20 each.

I need two further parent helpers for Thursday 21st June.  If you are interested in a bit of science, seeing some boarding tricks, (and the odd fall!!) and helping at the Adventure Based Learning complex please indicate below.
This group of boys are a pleasure to teach and I am more than happy to organise learning experiences outside of the classroom for them.






Welcome back to Term 2.  Hopefully you got that all important vitamin D burst, that had been lacking during the summer months, during the holidays
This term is very busy.  
To begin with the boys will attend technology at Dannevirke High School on Fridays.  They will need covered in shoes and a cut lunch for this.
Mau Rakau continues this term and the new format seems to be meeting the needs of everyone this year.  The new learners are picking up the waewae moves surprising quickly by learning from those who have been previously involved.  The Mau Rakau programme is going to be shared with the swim-to-survive programme.  
We have not done the swim-to-survive programme before.  However with the help of Annette Lilo the boys will do nine sessions at the AMP pools.  This will happen on a Tuesday afternoon.  There will be two Mau Rakau sessions with the third Tuesday been swim-to-survive.  Our first swim-to-survive session will be Tuesday 8 May.  I will text a reminder of this.
Cross-country also happens this term.  This year, with the support of the school board of trustees, we will be doing some of the training with the staff at the Activate Gym.  Beginning Monday we will do a session on the spin bikes and in the pool and on a Wednesday afternoon we will be involved in a programme at the gym.  The remaining days we will vary the training between the showgrounds and general fitness at school.  This continues through to the end of week 4.  I will text reminders for this so the boys bring appropriate clothing.  The school cross-country is scheduled for the afternoon of Monday 21 May.
The literacy quiz takes place on Tuesday 8 May with Jordan, Josh and Adam being joined by Casey to make up the Huia Range Senior team.  
The National Young Leaders Day takes place on Tuesday 29 May and in the past has involved a number of Year 7’s with leadership potential.  There will be more about this closer to the date for those involved.
Although a date has not been finalised school speeches will be held somewhere around week 8 as the inter-school speeches are Thursday 21 June, week 9.  We will do preparation for this at school but your son will be expected to do some of the speech writing at home.  Maybe you could start throwing around some topics now?
Also during week 9 I would like to take the boys to Te Manawa in Palmerston North.  The focus would be around science as we will have a big focus on science and World Wars this term in class.  The painful punishments and cruel crimes unit we completed last term was very successful.  
Last term the boys were fantastic at wearing correct school uniform.  Remember school uniform includes the hat, shoes and everything in-between meeting uniform standards.  White shoes, rugby shorts, jean material pants and canterbury track pants are not standard uniform.  Although it is the winter months and getting uniforms washed and dry can be trying at times your son is still expected to be in school uniform every day.  I have no problem with them bringing mufti shorts and tee-shirts (preferably in their house colour) to wear for fitness only.  Remember they can wear a black long sleeved thermal or shirt under their school polo shirt if they require it for extra warmth. 
We continue to use the school laptops to improve our ICT skills including iMovie, Garageband and iWeb.  We have already started using the iPads to support our learning experiences.  I am attending a course early on this term on animation and hope to pass the knowledge I gain from this on to the boys so they can enter some competitions.
Although we didn’t get a lot of followers or comments on our postings last term we will continue to post on our blog page.  The boys enjoy learning the skills needed to make blog postings and making thought provoking questions and comments.  Get your son to show you what we are doing in class by visiting http://room11-huiarangeschool.blogspot.com/. 
Homework will have a strong emphasis on reading daily and learning those basic facts.  I will endeavour to provide that element of choice in the homework sheets.  Most seemed to enjoy this. 
It is pleasing to see that only half a dozen boys in the class are not involved in a winter sport.  Winter sport is a great way to keep fit, keep those winter bugs at bay and make friends.
I am finding the texting an easy way to keep in touch and send reminders so I hope you don’t mind me using this mode of communication.  It is quick and convenient for me.   
As you can see Term 2 will be busy.  Please feel free to call in and see me if you have any concerns.
Anna

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