Curriculum in Action
2020 - Term 3 - Week 1
Kia ora e te Whaanau,
Ka huri ngā whakaaro aroha ki a Hamoni
E te iti Pounamu
He mihi aroha, he mihi tangihia
Hoki koe ki ou tūpuna i Hawaiki nui, Hawaiki roa, Hawaiki Pāmamao
E okioki ana
Mā ngā Atua e manaaki
Welcome back to Term 3. To our new whānau starting their journey with us – Nau mai, whakatau mai.
To our amazing ‘newish’ kaiako Whaea Carolina – this has been a looooooong time coming! Welcome to our kura; Thames South School – Te Kura Tuatahi o te Kauaeranga.
Our reports went home this week for our Year 3s – Year 8s. We have our Hui Ako (Parent Interviews) scheduled for next Wednesday and Thursday, please let us know what time you would like to see us. We want to hear your thoughts and ideas on how our partnership can be maximised for the betterment of our tamariki.
We have classes consolidating their learning on Matariki, the Maramataka, Hauraki, Financial Literacy, Te Whare Tapa Whā, waiata and our new kanikani that kaiako, kaiawhina and even Matua Barry have been working on.
This term we have some exciting new learning for our tamariki. We welcome Whaea Angelique to our kura community as a fine art expert. Some of our lucky tamariki will be getting the chance to work with her. We have Whaea Lynley returning for little windows of time to share her magic. We have Whaea Ann Smith doing time with us, so that we can get improve our craft and much more.
Coming up this term:
· Mahi Toi
· Tree Planting
· Pā Wars
· Rugby Tournament
· Cross Country
· Speech Competition
· School Photos
· EPro 8 Challenge
Exciting times ahead whānau, lets make sure that we stay informed and connected. See you at our Hui Ako next week.
Nāku iti nei,
Whaea Barbara Hetaraka
Nau mai hoki mai whaanau - welcome back to term 3, week 1 of a 10 week term.
⭐Hari Matariki e te iwi⭐
Nau mai, haere mai to Violet, Aaron and Rylei - welcome to your exciting learning journey with the Junior Explorers!
To keep up to date with our class learning journey, paanui & information please LIKE the Thames South FaceBook page, DOWNLOAD the Skool Loop app, CHECK the e newsletter and the Junior Explorers Weebly https://juniorexplorerclass.weebly.com/
Remember whaanau next week when the rest of the school are conferencing about school reports the Junior Explorers will call you in when your child(s) anniversary report is due. We will be here after school if you would like to pop for a chat and catch up.
Nau mai, haere mai
AZ2 exploring fractions!
AZ1 sharing their holiday experiences.
AZ1 - Extension Reading Group
Redecorating AZ1 - Living Bookcase
Term 2 - Week 11
Ngaa mihi manahau e te whaanau,
I wanted to start by celebrating our leaders of our kura; Whaea Jeannie, Whaea Tineka and Whaea Janna. Over the past two weeks, they have all stepped up and ensured that our school was led with integrity and determination, keeping our core values of whaanau and connectedness at the fore. Thank you all for the parts that you played as individuals and as a collective in guiding and leading our kura through my absence. Ngaa mihi mahana.
Ko Te Amorangi ki mua
Ko Te Haapai Oo ki muri
This whakatauki refers to the front of the marae only being as strong and effective as the mahi being done in the back, behind the scenes. Our good fortune as a kura is that we have exemplary people working in the back. Our Whaea Di working her magic in our front office ensuring we can all do our jobs to the best of our ability. Matua Barry making sure that our kura is presentable and warm on entry every day. Our kaiawhina helping our students work towards realising their potential and our kaiako setting the tone and pace of learning programmes that are pitched at progressing all of our kids. I would also like to acknowledge our Board of Trustees, most of whom are new to the role. This month marks the first year anniversary of governing and serving our school community. Humble mihi to you all.
Important Upcoming Dates
I wish to inform you of the upcoming Teacher Only Days where the school will be closed. Please use this time to ensure that a plan is put in place for our tamariki on these days
Monday 20th July
Friday 23rd October
Tuesday 27th October
Mid Year Reports will be sent home with our tamariki – Thursday 23rd July
Parent Interviews will be: Wednesday 29th July & Thursday 30th July
Term 2 ends at 3:00 pm on Friday 3rd July
Whaea Barbara Hetaraka
Food Sovereignty, Seedlings & Matariki!
Check our JE Weebly for waiata & kemu that we are learning - https://juniorexplorerclass.weebly.com/
Exploring within Taha Whenua...growing, sowing, reaping, eating om nom nom. Healthy eating and growing things ourselves support the five dimensions (walls) of our whare tapa wha...taha tinana, taha whaanau, taha hinengaro, taha wairua & taha whenua.
We wrote about the gardening tools we used todig, scrape, clear, prune and water. We labelled & described what the tools did and how we used them. We counted out the seedlings, weeds, bulbs and grouped them accordingly - maths eyes, literacy eyes! Ka mau te wehi!
Angles & Maramataka!
Adventure 2 showing us their obtuse, acute and right angles!
Adventure 2 have been continuing their learning about Maramataka - Maaori Lunar Calendar.
They are applying their knowledge practically by creating their own Maramataka.
Adventure 1 and Te Kawenga
Mauri ora ki a koutou katoa. Te Kawenga and AZ1 prepping the garden for planting our kumara.
This week Te Amorangi has had the privilege of having Te Kawenga in our space as reo experts. Te Amorangi recognises the skills and expertise Te Kawenga has and enjoys the lessons taught by our little tohunga.
We have also been working through our tuakana profiles, identifying the attributes of a leader and how we implement these in our everyday lives. We are taking on board the attitude that ‘leaders make improvements, not excuses.’
Te Haapai Oo
This week Te Haapai Oo has finished designing their own Tukutuku panels which have now been printed on to burlap. Their next learning is needle point as they begin to embroid over their designs using coloured wool to match their designs.