January 24, 2018

Te Pihinga 2018

Te Pihinga
 Term 1, 2018
Kia ora and welcome back to 2018.  We are looking forward to building relationships with you and your whanau along the learning journey in 2018.

Starting the day
The bell goes at 9:00am.  It is important for your child to be at school before the bell goes to unpack and have time to socialise and play.  We encourage students to be independent and organise their belongings.
Home Learning
Home learning is setup to support the learning that takes place in class. We believe that regular reading is important.  Apps and websites to support the reading, spelling and basic facts are linked on our class blog.  Home readers are available for your child to take home.  They will also have a weekly spelling list to learn. 
We encourage the children to read for enjoyment rather than log their reading.  If you child chooses to read their own personal selection this is desirable. 
We also acknowledge that the children’s lives are busy and we support the extra curricular activities that the students are involved in. We would like to set up a culture within Te Pihinga that home learning is self directed and enjoyable for the children. 

Te Pihinga will visit the Library as part of their Literacy Programme. Issues and returns will be Thursdays.  Home Readers and Library Books must be transported to and from school in a Book Bag (available from the office).
Te Pihinga Blog & Individual Learning Blogs
Our main method of communication will be via the Blog.  
Click here for Te Pihinga.  You are required to subscribe to Te Pihinga Blog.  As a school we value sustainability, therefore most of our correspondence will be done electronically.  Please make sure to subscribe to your child’s individual Blog, the school app and the school website to obtain up to date notices, newsletters and communication.  Each child’s individual learning blog can also be accessed via the link.  We encourage you to comment on your child’s learning and acknowledge that this is their learning journey so please view rather than edit and correct.  
Our Te Pihinga Values 

  • Choice, creativity & collaboration
  • Safe and secure learning environments
  • Student, teacher & whānau partnerships  

We believe that during year 2 and 3 it is an exciting time for the children as they consolidate their foundation learning and continue to develop their self-management skills including independence, friendships and social skills. Children transition from parallel play to interactive play. They begin to understand rules for games and the concept of winning and losing along with fair play. We witness students developing academically, socially and emotionally and we feel privileged to support your child on their learning journey.

Contacting the team teachers 
If you would like to discuss your child’s learning, please contact the classroom teacher to arrange a suitable time. Student Talents Interests and Needs Conferences will be held in Week 3, further details will be sent out soon.

Important Dates 

Tuesday 6 February
Waitangi Day:  No school
Thursday 15th February: Community Picnic: Come along and meet the school community.
Wednesday 21 February: Frankley School Beach Picnic - weather permitting.
10.30 to 2.30 Whole School goes to Ngamotu Beach Parents Welcome.
Friday 23 February:Mr Ritai’s Community farewell : There will be more information about this.

If you have any queries or concerns please chat with us.  Our email addresses are wendyp@frankley.school.nz or bonnie@frankley.school.nz 

Kind regards
Wendy and Bonnie