October 11, 2019

Term 4 2019

Kia ora! We hope you have all had restful holidays. Mr Young and Mrs Parkes are back planning for Term 4 and we are really excited about what this term will bring. We are hoping that we have a wonderful parent ( or other family member or friend) who may want to spend a day (or a few mornings) with us to do some sewing. We are after someone who can bring in their own machine and help to sew together (nothing fancy) material to create small bags... prior to the carnival (November 10). If this is something you can do please email either Lyndon or Wendy. Also this term please note the following: Your child will bring home reading books on a Friday to keep for the week and return the following Friday. This is NOT for all children so if you are unsure flick us an email and we can clarify. Library day is still WEDNESDAY. As your children head into term 4 we respectfully ask that you drop them off at the gate and pick them up from the gate to give them more independence. The end of the day is noisy and busy as we pack up it is better for our learners to have fewer distractions. If you need to speak to one of the teachers we are at school from 8.00 am. It gets really busy at 8.55 so please try to see us before then or email us to schedule a meeting for after school. Carnival is fast approaching and we will be advertising for families to help us on the day. One hour of your time is fabulous and we will have over 100-hour slots to fill. We have the Life Education Trust (Harold the Giraffe) visiting this term. This term is also a BUCKET HAT term. A cap is not sufficient and we ask that you all send a bucket hat with your child MONDAY. The contact email for Lyndon is lyndon@frankley.school.nz and for Wendy is wendyp@frankley.school.nz Please follow our Frankley School Community Facebook Page as this has SO much information on it daily. Also please remember to order your child's Calendar art as this closes Monday, October 21. Regards Lyndon and Wendy.

September 4, 2019

We are hosting the next whakangahau! Save the Date........

Te Pihinga is hosting the next Frankley School Whakangahau..... and we want to see you there!

When: Friday 13th September 2019
Where: Frankley School Hall

Starting at 2.15 so come nice and early to get a good seat.

PS: Next week your child will be practising a script.... please help them at home.

Be Kind!

Dear Te Pihinga Families. As we head into the end of Term 3 we are getting lots of 'squabbles', amongst our students. Our daily message to our class members is to be KIND. Respect each other and show manaakitanga, which means to show respect, generosity and care for others. At this age, our learners move from the egocentric bubble they are have been in, and they really start to analyse their peers. This analysis leads to new friendship groups being formed, based on who they want to play, interact and spend quality time with. It is a journey for our learners and these relationships can change daily. Please take the time to TALK with your kids, guide them in their decision making and remind them to always be KIND. Ngā mihi Wendy and Lyndon.

July 24, 2019

Grocery Raffle Items

Our Grocery raffle is the best one around - and raises close to $6000 for our school.  It is only a huge success with your amazing support.  Each week for the next 7 weeks please bring an item to school that is on the picture.
Items must be in good condition and not expired
Ngā Mihi
Wendy and Lyndon 

July 18, 2019

Welcome to Term Three!

Kia ora koutou

I trust you have all had wonderful holidays and time to relax and recharge ready for Term 3.

We have been working at school this week to prepare for the term ahead and are really excited about the learning opportunities that are scheduled for your tamariki.

We will be preparing for our school Cross Country this term.  This often brings with it a flurry of notes excusing children from participating.  We do not make children run.  We do however expect all children to be able to at least walk around the field to prepare for this event.  The teachers will also be doing this every day.  Your kids will need good shoes to do this in (heelies and gumboots are not good for this training).

We are really enjoying using Seesaw to communicate with you all and will continue to do so.  If you have not signed up to Seesaw yet or are having problems please let one of us know.

Thank you to those parents who are in regular communication with us about both highs and lows in your children's lives.  We love sharing pics of exciting events and appreciate when you let us know if your child has other events happening in their lives that can impact on their day.

Please keep that correspondence coming.

A few reminders:

Library day is Wednesday.
Headphones are essential to have at school - we do not have class sets.
Home readers come home on Fridays and you keep these for the week - then get new ones the following Friday.  Please see the teachers if these are not making the trip home.
We have an open-door policy and are always happy to chat.

See you Monday
Lyndon and Wendy 

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.

March 16, 2019

Week 8

Hello and welcome to Week 8.

This week we are hosting whole school Whakangahau starting at 2.15pm and finishing at 3:00pm.

Your child will have a choice if they wish to have a speaking part or not.  We will be hosting other
assemblies this year and it is ok if your child decides not to be a host.  As most of our mahi is on our walls it will not be an assembly to showcase our talents - but rather one to explain our Key Attitudes at Frankley School.  All Family is welcome to attend.

Our pool is now closed.  There will be no more swimming.  Massive thanks to the families who supported our kids by keeping it clean over a wonderful summer.

We have some students getting to school before the teachers.  This is very dangerous.  Students are not able to come into the classroom until 8.20.  If they arrive earlier they must wait at the hall.

Thank you to those parents who are supporting your child's learning by reading with them at home or practising their spelling words with them.  We can see this support in their learning.  A reminder we do not send home weekly spelling a list went home at the start of this term with highlighted words for your child to be practising.

Sadly we have had some stealing occur in Te Pihinga.  The items that have gone missing are TOYS that children are bringing to school.  The most effective way to stop this from happening is to stop bringing TOYS to school.  We have had to ban Pokemon Cards and Bey Blades are about to be next if they continue to be a problem.  Please speak with your child about this and make a decision together.  

Ngā Mihi
Wendy and Lyndon 

March 9, 2019

Welcome to Week 7!

Kia Ora Koutou

The term appears to be                            zooming by!

What do you need to know about this week:

Wendy is on Release on Tuesday and will be busy writing reports so Mrs Tania Scott will be in the classroom with Lyndon.

We are no longer having swimming as a class.  The water is just too cold to take specific lessons.  At this stage, there may still be an opportunity for your child to have a lunchtime swim if the teacher on duty is happy to take it.

Your child may come home and talk to you about taking tests over the next two weeks.  We are about to start our P.A.T and S.T.A.R tests.  These are tests that all New Zealand children do from Year 3.  It is really important that you and your child understand that these are not anything to be STRESSED about.  A test gives us valuable information for our programmes.  They help us to personalise teaching and we also stress that they are only a SNAPSHOT of what your child knows.  P.A.T maths tests are done online and S.T.A.R (language analysis)  are done in a booklet.

Hockey, Miniball/Basketball and Netball notices have all been advertised and sent home over the past week..... if you have missed any of these please contact Lyndon or Wendy ......ASAP!

Home readers do not seem to be making the trip home... please check with one of us if your child should be reading a book from the teacher.  This reading at home is so important to support our programmes at school.

Lastly I hope you have all enjoyed your long weekend and the kids have HEAPS to write about on Tuesday.

Ngā Mihi Nui
Wendy and Lyndon.

March 2, 2019

Week 6

Kia Ora Koutou

Week 6 is upon us!

We are really into the swing of things in Te Pihinga now.  Our learners are fully able to use the Online Classroom to support their learning and the classroom feels alive and humming!

It was so great to see our tamariki HAVE A GO at the Splash and Dash and mini Triathlon.  It is so important for kids to try new experiences, taking that first step is often the hardest. 

This week we are talking with Te Pihinga learners about having a positive Growth Mindset and how sometimes they may find themselves in the 'Learning Pit'.  Please chat with your child about how you have felt at different times in your lives when trying new things.  We can all relate to the learning pit!

Lyndon and I will not be in class on Wednesday this week as we have a release day.  We will be onsite.  Mrs Erin Smith and Mrs Tania Scott will be our relievers for the day.

We are having a MASSIVE push for our kids to take ownership of keeping our deck outside our classroom clean.  Far too much clothing is being left behind each day - they can do this and if they succeed there is a treat in store for them at the end of the term!  Gotta love incentives!

We have had real problems with Pokemon Cards and Toys being bought to school.  We are not the fun police but we need to really remind families and tamariki that they bring these items to school running the risk they may get broken, go missing or cause arguments that need to be solved by the children - NOT the teachers.  If this is a problem - leave these things at home.

Please check your child's bag for letters and home readers.  Winter sports notices are beginning to come home - Miniball/basketball has already been sent, hockey and netball are next to come home.  Soccer and Rugby are not offered at school - you need to register with a club.  Please come and see one of us if you would like more information about club sports.

The pool is getting REALLY cold.  We have decided that for this week we will offer a 'free swim' to our learners from 12.30 to 12.50 each day.  It is up to your child if they wish to go swimming or not at this time.  Please have a chat with your child about this.

Please check with us if you think your child should be bringing home a home reader every day .... it appears some of your children may have been telling you no ..... and yet the books are being given to them ..... thanks.

And last but not at all least - SFRC has their AGM this Wednesday at 7.00pm in the staffroom ..... Wendy is the teacher representative and she would love some company .... who wants to attend the meeting with her?  Mums, Dads, Uncles, Aunties and Grandparents all invited!
When: Wednesday 6th March, 7:00 pm
Where: School Staffroom
Please come along to share your thoughts and see what we do.  We have had quite a few parents move on as their children have left school and we could do with some fresh blood to keep all of our initiatives going.

Here is to a great Week 6!
Ngā Mihi
Lyndon and Wendy