Curriculum in Action

2020 Term 3 Week 7

Week 6

Kia ora e te Whānau,

Wishing you all a warm mihi of remembrance of those that we have lost to cancer on this Daffodil Day 2020. For those that continue to battle this unforgiving disease, we wish you strength in your pursuit. Kia kaha tonu ki a tātou katoa.

Our resilience has been tested again with the threat of Covid-19. I wanted to thank our parents and caregivers for entrusting us with your tamariki. We have worked relentlessly to ensure that our practices have kept all of our hauora at the fore. Thank you for allowing us to all function effectively under our updated Alert Level 2 Management Plan. Please stay active in keeping the whole whānau as well as can be.

Today we welcomed back Whaea Joan Knapp and Whaea Sally Masson to judge our Thames South School Speech Competition in our middle and senior years (English). Ngā mihi manahau ki ēnei ngā kaiwhakaihuwaka!

Senior English (Years 7 & 8)

1st: James Fitzgerald

2nd equal: Hohepa Rewi-Wetini & Amiria Bearman

Middle English (Years 4 – 6)

1st: Maia Whitney

2nd: Skye Alexander

These poho kererū will represent us at the Thames Speech Competition. Next week, we will be running our very own Manu Kōrero for our Te Reo speaking experts. Mauri ora e te whānau!

Our ePro 8 Challenge is moved to September 9th. Our Colour Fun Run has been moved to a later date so that whānau can come and be a part of the celebrations. Pānui will go out with these updates.

At our BoT hui Wednesday night, we wanted to acknowledge some people that have been absolute legends with the improved functionality and beautification of our school gardens.

Whaea Jeannie & Whaea Sue our Board wishes to acknowledge the magic that you both share with us! You are appreciated! Thank you for the extras that you always do.

We have some exciting things on the go in all of our syndicates and can not wait for the Alert Levels to decrease so that we can action these.

Be kind & stay safe whānau! Mauri ora!

Whaea Barbara Hetaraka

Te Ama Maaori

For the past couple of weeks Te Ama Maaori has been working together on our kaupapa, ‘Ngaa Kete o te Waananga.’ We are looking into the Hauraki recollection of this koorero. This is our Science focus and from where our social studies, Te Reo Maaori and Hauora will stem. Our tamariki have enjoyed learning about the reciprocity needed for whaanau to work together better. There have been humbling examples of tuakana and teina working together throughout the second block of every day. This is looking to be a regular feature in our whaanau, with Te Kawenga as our experts in Te Reo, Te Haapai Oo and their IT skills and our senior students learning how to be responsible tuakana. Kaua e wareware, our weebly online learning page is:

We are all excited about the possibilities ahead. Tuurou Hawaikii!

Adventure Zone

Project Based Learning for the Adventure Zone on Friday.

Visual Arts, Technology, Science and Environmental Ed.

Engaged students learning through relevant and authentic contexts.

Junior Explorers

Term 3 Week 6 Junior Explorers

We continue exploring through our science / pūtaiao eyes and our knowledge of rainbows, the many different types of clouds that nurture & affect our environment and the winds from Tāwhirimātea (Beaufort Wind Scale) .

Nearly all, except for a couple of our explorers are back in our class spaces exploring & learning together. Hoki mai whānau, can’t wait to see you!

To keep up to date with our class learning journey, pānui & information please LIKE the Thames South FaceBook page, DOWNLOAD the Skool Loop app, CHECK the e newsletter and the

Junior Explorers Weebly

KidsCan Thank You!

We would like to recognise the ongoing support KidsCan gives Thames South School. They provide kai, plasters, tissues, headlice treatment & combs and today we received a school wide allocation of raincoats!!!

Wow, the generosity of these guys is outstanding - we truly appreciate you.

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

· Orienteering

· 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

Junior Explorers

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

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.

Adventure Zone

Nau mai, haere mai

Whaea Carolina!

AZ2 exploring fractions!

Welcome Grace!

Buddy Reading!

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

Ngaa manaakitanga,

Whaea Barbara Hetaraka


Junior Explorers

Food Sovereignty, Seedlings & Matariki!

Check our JE Weebly for waiata & kemu that we are learning -

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!

Adventure 2

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.

Te Amorangi

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.

Matariki Concertina Pukapuka are also beginning to take shape as they are now putting all their research together. Great to see them all so engaged.