May 26, 2019

Week 5

Kia ora,

Frankley School is closed on Monday 27 May due to a Teacher Only Day.  Due to the nationwide strike actions, it is also closed on Wednesday 29 May.

Ngā mihi
Wendy and Lyndon.

May 15, 2019

Student Led Conferences NEXT WEEK

Hi all

Student Led Conferences are NEXT WEEK on Monday and Wednesday.  They are informal meetings between you and your child - with the teachers available to support the sharing of their learning.  If you cannot make either of these dates we are very happy for you to pop in when it suits you at any time next week - but just be aware if during class hours we will not be able to join in with the conversation.

We have up to 8 groups of families in our hub at any one time and there really is no particular time limit - that depends on how much your child wants to share.

This information has been shared in newsletters and on our Facebook Community Page over the last two weeks.

If you want a formal Parent Teacher Interview you will need to email us to arrange a time.

Nga Mihi
Wendy and Lyndon.

Click on the link below for all the information you need.…

May 10, 2019

What an exciting day!

What an exciting day we had today after getting an amazing invite from Custom Construction to watch a helicopter transport a 1 Tonne pool to its new home!

We got to FEEL the wind and HEAR the helicopter right above us!  It was an amazing sight to see.

Thanks so much to Jesse's mum and dad (Karen and Nathan) for this amazing opportunity!

Ngā Mihi

Te Pihinga

April 26, 2019

Term Two -------- All you need to know--------

Kia Ora Te Pihinga families.

We trust your holidays went well.
Lyndon and I are excited about what Term Two will bring for our learners.

Nuts and Bolts:

  • Our library day is still on Wednesday.
  • Every Child requires headphones for school.
  • Most notices go out via this blog or seesaw ... but please check your children's bags for notices every now and then.
  • Toys are not a good idea to bring to school.  Last term we had a lot of stealing take place.  We have plenty of wet day activities for your children to do if stuck inside.
  • Reading books that go home.  Last term we noticed a lot of books either did not make it home or were not read at home.  Because of this, we have decided to change the way we send readers home.  For this week your child will not bring home a home reader until FRIDAY.  Then they will bring home 4 books - that they have read during the week and they can keep them at home until the following FRIDAY.  Then we will exchange books for the next week.  This allows your child to read at their leisure - also allowing reading to take place during the weekends if your weeknights are jam-packed with activities - or your child is too tired to enjoy this experience with a family member.  Please ensure your child has a reading bag especially heading into wetter weather.  Home readers will ONLY come home with learners who are reading on the colour wheel (red to purple levels).  Our more independent readers are encouraged to choose a book of their choice and read independently each night for at least 20 minutes.  Please pop in to see Wendy or Lyndon if you are unsure where your child is at with their reading.
  • School Reports.  Some learners will bring home school reports at the end of Week 3 this term.  Some learners will bring home school reports at the end of Week 10 this term.  We send home reports at different times of the year depending on your child's birthdate and/or time spent at school.
  • We are LOVING seesaw and it is so great to see so many parents interacting with their children.  If you are having any problems with Seesaw please pop in to see one of us.
And lastly please remember we are available to chat with you if you need us.  Please either email to make a time or come between 8.20 and 8.50 as after that we do need to be available for our learners and their needs.

Ngā Mihi
Wendy and Lyndon.

April 7, 2019

Week 11

Wow Week 11 Already!

It is very hard to believe that just 11 weeks ago we began our 2019 journey with our Te Pihinga learners!

This week we are taking part in some Tennis Lessons on Monday - so please make sure your child comes to school with appropriate footwear.

We also have a Whakangahau presented by Tuhono on Friday at 2.15.  Our easter raffle draw will take place then .... have you returned your tickets?

On Thursday we will be sending home readers with some of our learners.  There will be 10 books that your child is familiar with.  Please encourage your child to read one book per day over the holidays to keep their mileage up.  We appreciate your support with this.

Your children have worked extremely hard this term.  They have learnt new routines, new systems and most of all new maths, reading, and writing strategies to improve in these areas.  They have had soccer skills, regular fitness and aquatic lessons to improve both their fitness and skills in these areas.  They have also produced some stunning artworks and worked collaboratively in both small and large groups to achieve Wildly Important Tasks of investigating their own choice of animal or insect and creating a poster to advertise how our new Buddy Bench will be used.  They have learnt how to make new friends and how to manage themselves and their gear at school.  They have spent time singing Waiata and other songs of their choosing.  They have learnt how to make choices in their learning and how to manage their time effectively.

They have also managed to keep the deck clean for nearly the whole term!  If they continue to keep it clean this week there is a whole class reward on Friday of an iceblock (lemonade popsicle)  coming their way.  If you do not want your child to have this reward on Friday please email one of the teachers.

Reports for some of your children will be coming home AFTER the holidays.

Last week as a whole school we also raised over $300 towards the 'I am hope' promotion that provides mental health care for New Zealand kids... thanks so much for your support!

So thanks for a great term .... Lyndon and I are looking forward to some non-contact time to write reports, catch up on paperwork and fingers crossed also have a break and spend some quality time with our own families.

Have safe and happy holidays.
Wendy and Lyndon.

April 1, 2019

Fun for this Friday ........

Please wear your gummies 
(or be creative and make your own Gumboot wearable art) 
and bring a gold coin to support this important cause.

Join the nation and support Mental Health.
Ngā Mihi

March 24, 2019

Week 9

Welcome to Week 9

This week we have many of our learners taking part in the Weetbix Tryathlon - it is so great to see you having a go at something new - Kia Kaha!

We also have been doing a lot of standardised testing over the past week and it has been great to see our tamariki persevere and not get upset by these tests.  We use these tests to refine personalised learning tasks to your child's needs.

We are about to share with you an email that asks you to sign up to our new way of sharing your child's learning - this is via the app SEESAW.  
We are no longer using blogs as the app that made it really easy to post learning experiences no longer exists and SEESAW is a great replacement.  We will share with you all the relevant information and please be patient as we are also learning how this new system works.  We will continue to have this Class Blog.
Our school guidelines are as follows:
Through using Seesaw students will be able to:
  • Share their learning with families
  • Actively act as responsible online digital citizens
  • Learn about staying safe online
  • Develop and use the language of Learning through sharing not only finished products but the process of learning too.
  • Understand and use the co-constructed criteria to support robust posting of learning.
  • Make good choices around what they wish to post on their site and justify their decisions (Age appropriate)
  • The frequency of posting can vary between students. Some support/tracking of this may be necessary.
  • Teachers will use opportunities within Seesaw to enhance cross-competency skills and key attitudes.

This is a work in progress and while we will begin to send out emails asking you to join .... we do not anticipate sharing learning with you until Term 2.

It has been wonderful to hear from families how happy their children are and how they are really noticing how 'grown up' and 'independent' their children are with packing their bags.... bringing home readers and making good learning choices.  

We love this positive feedback!  

And last but not least Mr Young will be on release on
Friday and Mrs Scott will be at school ..... we feel an ART DAY coming on ......

Have a great week
Wendy and Lyndon.