Our Learning Areas

KAITUNA LEARNING AREA

Welcome to Kaituna!

Our class is New Entrance and Year 1.

Children approaching their 5th birthdays will be invited to attend approximately 2-4 visits in the classroom in the month leading up to attending school full time. If your child is nearing this exciting time and you have not heard from me, please ring the office to be sure we have your contact details.

Kaituna’s morning routine is based around Calendar maths, which children take turns leading. This follows into our numeracy section, which is a mixture of whole-class, individual, and small group learning. Our class literacy programme focuses on a letter/sound each day. We also follow a literacy framework (Daily 5), to encourage independence, and create a positive classroom of highly engaged readers, writers, and learners. Children in Kaituna, are actively encouraged to explore materials and experiment by looking at patterns, reactions, and focus on communicating with each other.

Ako ngātahi kia tupu tātou

Together we learn – Together we grow

Nga mihi,

Emma Parnwell

Kenepuru LEARNING AREA

Welcome to Kenepuru. We are a class of students ranging from Years 2-3. Whaea Selena teaches in Kenepuru 2 days per week; Mrs Pretty teaches 5 days per week.

Our students are building independence and developing the skills to make good choices in their learning journeys. We see ourselves (teachers and students) as a team, paddling the Kenepuru waka towards our learning goals. Our students have said that the most important qualities in our classroom space are that it is a place for cooperation, kindness and calm. Our Mahi Board (just inside the classroom doorway) lets students know their daily responsibility for caring for our classroom environment.

We make use of Class Dojo for messages from parents to teachers, as well as to record 'ticks' for students throughout the day. Ticks are given for demonstrating the values of our school and classroom, as well as for simple actions, such as bringing the right materials to school. We also use our school-wide system of tūtohu to recognise students showing Respect, Responsibility and Resilience.

This year we will have a Wellness focus on Wednesdays. This will include our Kiwi Can lessons, our Hauora topic and our Porowhita Plan. Porowhita Plan time will focus on the mahi of being in the Kenepuru waka, social skills, listening and self esteem, amongst other topics.

Our school-wide topics this year include ecosystems, the impact of technology on society and environments, everyday examples of physics and cause & effect.

WAKAMARINA LEARNING AREA

Welcome to Wakamarina, a class of Year 4-5 students.

Watch this space for an update soon!

PELORUS LEARNING AREA

Welcome to Pelorus. We are a class of students ranging from year 6 - 8.

Our class has a strong focus on self-management and learner agency, in which students drive their own learning, with support as necessary. I believe in having fun while we learn, with respectful boundaries and appreciation of one another.

Reading is a key focus in Pelorus this year. We will be participating in Chapter Chat. This involves a novel being read aloud by the teacher and students engaging in weekly tasks and questions, which are then shared in class. This regular activity allows students to develop listening comprehension, think critically about texts and respond actively and imaginatively to literature.

We will also be following the Sheena Cameron framework, to deepen reading & writing comprehension, accuracy, fluency and to also expand vocabulary. Students are grouped according to the strategies they need.

Math will be scaffolded to the needs of the students. I will be expecting fluent basic facts knowledge so that we can extend our mathematical thinking into real life contexts and problem solving. Math will be entwined into a STEM approach where the engineering design process will produce hands-on learning experiences.

Health and well-being will be a constant learning area in class where Wednesday has been set aside for personal reflection and growth, team building and appreciation of each other and reinforcing PB4L values.

LIBRARY

This school and community shared resource has for many years operated under the direction of the Library Committee with generous support from the Marlborough District Libraries.

The school encourages students to borrow books regularly. Indeed parents are encouraged to do so too as a wide range of adult material is available and updated regularly. Books can also be requested from Marlborough Libraries.

Sometimes children will bring home a book that is beyond them and be too difficult for him/her to manage alone. Please enjoy the book together. Your interest and time with them will echo volumes about what you value. If you don’t see your child reading regularly, ask them if you can help, create a time before lights out for some independent or shared reading with you.

The library has a collection of over four thousand books available for loan by both school children and the community. A number of adult fiction books are inter-loaned every two months from the Marlborough District Library, giving a wide selection of choice. This is a very well stocked library, better than one might anticipate. Come and check it out. A variety of periodcials are also available for borrowing.

At the Feb 2013 AGM, apart from the usual agenda, a tidied constitution was adopted by those present. Should you be interested in attending the quarterly committee meetings just keep an eye out in the school newsletter. You are most welcome to attend.

The Community Library hours are 2:00pm – 3:30pm on both Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.

Contacts:

Rita Jacobson, Library Assistant Ph 574 2176 Email ritacolletjacobson@gmail.com

Glenn Webster, Committee Chairperson Ph 520 7491

PELORUS CLUSTER ACTIVITIES

Throughout the year a number of activities are hosted across the five cluster schools (Waitaria Bay, Linkwater, Havelock, Canvastown and Rai Valley Area) and include public speaking, athletics, cross-country, swimming, Math/Tech Challenge and a non-competitive Top Team event. Incidental activities are also arranged from time to time and can include cricket, tennis, gymnastics, softball, tabloids, volleyball, basketball, netball, rugby and soccer. All activities are constantly under review with the intention that as wide a range as possible is offered. Advance notice is given and help is usually required with transport and a whole day given to the event. The school calendar and HERO notices contain further details about these events.

MARLBOROUGH TECHNOLOGY CENTRE

Year 7 & 8 students attend the Marlborough Technology Centre in Blenheim in four five-week blocks/semesters for practical aspects of the Technology Curriculum. The centre has the facilities to teach all areas of the curriculum: Materials Technology, (textiles, wood, metal, and plastics), Biotechnology, Food Technology, Electronics and Control, Digital Technology, Structures and Mechanisms and Production and Process Technology. Design & Graphics are an integral part of all areas.

Every endeavour will be made to ensure that students cover all technological areas during the two year period they attend the Centre.

A materials fee is charged at the beginning of each year and payable to our school office (included on the stationery list). It covers resources that the students use in the centre or that can be taken home. This includes all fabric or textiles, wood, metal plastics, electronic components and consumable materials such as paper and photocopying.

The safety of students is very important during practical classes. Students are not permitted to work in the centre without covered shoes. Shoes must cover all of the foot up to the ankle. Leather lace up school shoes are the most suitable. Long hair must be tied back. No chains or rings should be worn.

Parents are asked to ensure that their children prepare in adequate time any requirements necessary. This preparation should be seen as an integral part of homework.

From time to time, parents are invited to visit the centre and see one of New Zealand's foremost centres in operation. Do take the opportunity - some great things are done and horizons extended.