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TOTARA SYNDICATE NEWSLETTER                                           TERM 3 2014



Despite the weather we hope everyone has had a great break and you are all ready for Term 3.




21 July                                                           First day of term 3

22 July                                                          First day of Gym (every Tuesday for 8 weeks)

24 July                                                          First Thursday of Te Reo with Matua Sam (Continuing on from term 2)

29 July                                                           ICAS English            

1 August (save day 4 August)              Whanau Commonwealth Games day

7 August                                                        Visitor to talk to syndicate about solar energy

7 August                                                        Re scheduled year 6 Netball field day

8 August                                                        Re scheduled sports exchange: Belmont, Hauraki, Vauxhall

11 August                                                      Syndicate speech finals

12 August                                                      ICAS Mathematics

13 August                                                      Show – Wala the spirit of Ghana (whole school)

14 August                                                      School speech finals 11:30-1:00 p.m. (Hall)

18-22 August                                                Book Week

21 August (save day 26 August)           Ripper/Tackle Rugby field day

29 August                                                      Zone Speech finals 1:00 p.m. St Josephs Takapuna

22 September                                               Auckland speech finals (winner from zone day)

22 September                                               Calendar orders in


Topics being covered this term include:

Mathematics: Numeracy, ratio/proportion (fractions/decimals/percentages), Geometry and Measurement.

English: Written language; speech writing and narrative writing, Reading: persuasive text, reading and discussing texts related to argument/ persuasive writing, and three level guides, (extending comprehension) read and retell (developing language strategies through quality text) and independent research.

Health and PE: Jump Jam, gymnastics, Commonwealth Games activity day

Integrated Topic: Art unit, Calendar Art, Pou for the sculpture on the Shore, Arts rotation, (Drama, Dance, Ukulele, Making Music), Sustainability of power sources (Social Sciences, Science, Technology), Elections.





  • Maths: Each week children are expected to complete the set tasks and then to go on Mathletics live to practice their basic facts and complete a minimum of 15 games per week. The expectation is for children to get a minimum of 1000 points each week.
  • English:   Each week children are to complete reading logs, homework pages set, and any additional task as required by their literacy teacher.


Speech writing:

From past experience, we know it is vital that parents become involved in the speech writing process.


Time line:

Weeks 1-3 (21 July to 8 August) - speeches are written, learned, notes put on cards, and presentation to audience practised.

Week 4 - Monday 11 August – Syndicate Speech Finals – 4 children from years 4, 5, and 6 are selected to take part in the school final.

Week 4 - School Speech Finals - Thursday 14 August – 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. One representative from either year 5 or 6 will be selected to represent Vauxhall at the Zone finals, which are to be held at St Josephs Takapuna.

Week 6 - Zone Finals – Friday 29 August - St Josephs Takapuna – 1 p.m.

Week 10 – Auckland Regional Finals – Monday 7:00 p.m. 22 September at Royal Oak. The zone day winner will represent the zone.


Bike Safety: We have asked all children walk their bikes, skateboards, scooters etc within the school grounds for safety reasons.


Points: All children have achieved their second certificate and know how to achieve points. Congratulations to everyone who is working so hard to achieve their points.


Thanks: to all the parents who helped in so many ways last term. Please let us know if you are able/unable to continue, or would like to become a helper.


Stationery: Hopefully all children have returned to school with their stationery replenished. If your child has any missing stationery please help us by purchasing it so we can start the term with everyone completely organised.


It looks like it will be an exciting and busy term with the Gym bus at school for 8 weeks and all the other events that are coming up. Remember, if you have a query or concern; please contact us so it can be discussed. We, like you, wish to ensure that all children learn in a safe and happy environment.


Kind regards,


The Totara Team


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