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TOTARA SYNDICATE NEWSLETTER TERM 4

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TOTARA SYNDICATE NEWSLETTER            TERM 4 2014

Welcome back to the fourth term. It is always a busy and exciting term with sport, culture and fun!

What’s on?

14 October                     First day of Waterwise, Waterwise will continue each Tuesday for weeks 1-9

21 October                     First day of Golf programme Weeks 1-9

17-24 October                 Polio Awareness and fundraising. Donations to be presented to Rotary at assembly Friday 24 October

22 October                     Testing in the hall, for year 6 pupils attending BIS

29 October-7 November   Totara End of Year testing

31 October                     BIS testing at BIS for anyone who was absent on the 22 October

31 October                    Monster Mash

31 October                     Whanau morning; Halloween themed and games

3 November                   BIS and Totara teachers to meet re year 6 students going to BIS

10 November                 12:30-3:00 p.m. Totara visit to Sculpture on the Shore

13 November                 Show for whole school 2 – 3 p.m.

14 November                 Senior Athletics children aged 8 years and older

17 November                  Peninsula Kapa Haka festival

19 November                 Team photos come with sports uniform / netball shoes / Vauxhall school T-shirt etc.

20 November                 Totara Sausages Sizzle (Junior athletics day) We need someone to lead and other support for this please

26 November                 Visit to BIS by Year 6 pupils who are intending to attend BIS (bus to be sent: 9:00-11:00 a.m.)   

24 November                 Kea Crossing Training with Police Education Officer Julie Brown (Year 5 children will need to apply)

2 December                  Interschool Athletics day (save day 4 December)

5 December                   Totara’s Rainbows End Visit; (parent help will be needed; $17 for rides, no cost for supervision)

9 December                   Last day of Waterwise (Year 6 children are able to pre order lunch) and Totara picnic

12 December                  Reports home

15 December                  Year 6 disco 6:30-9:00 p.m.

16 December                  Last day of term 4; Final assembly 11:30 a.m.

           

Our “over arching topic” for the Year is Our Place - Sustainability topics being covered over the term include:

Mathematics: Algebra, Statistics.

English: reading; Research into the lives of identified famous people and play reading and presentation; Survival Game; Visual: viewing and presenting, Oral: listening and speaking, Written, linked in to reading: children to write and present plays for puppets, use a variety of writing genre including, descriptions, personal recount and integrated topic writing.

Integrated Topics: The Arts: Rotation ukulele playing, creating music, dance and drama , Science/Social Science/Technology: Food miles, global warming; Health and PE: Kea crossing, mediation – mediation life skills, social responsibilities, (helping in the wider community), key competencies, friendships, social and cooperative, (with continued integration of SOLO thinking into curriculum activities); Jump Jam, Golf, athletics and waterwise (please help by making sure that children come prepared to take part in these activities).

Homework: Homework is set every week in Math and English (mathletics and pages in their homework book, Basic facts and reading logs).

Mathletics will continue to be set each week (Monday). Children are expected to achieve 1000 points per week made up of live Maths and the assigned topics in maths

Points: Most children have achieved their third certificate and are confident in achieving points.

Requirements for school: by this time of the year many children have run out of glue sticks, blue, black and red pens and of course pencils, rulers and erasers. It is helpful if you are able to purchase any of the stationery requirements that your child requires.

Children who are attending BIS next year will need blue and black pens for the testing.

Thanks: to all the parents who have helped last term. We always welcome any new parents who would like to help in Totara. Times table testing is a great benefit to the children and encourages their basic fact knowledge. Please let us know if you are able / unable to continue or would like to become a helper.

Remember, if you have a query please contact us so it can be discussed. We like you, wish to ensure that children learn and are happy and secure in the learning environment.

Thank you,

    

The Totara Team

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