2014 Learning Theme: Together We Are Strong
Kia ngãtahi ai te tu
E pakari ai te tuarã
Stand united, stand strong!
Kia Ora Tatou, Greetings to all
We would like to welcome everyone to the 2014 school year and extend an especially warm welcome to all our new families. I hope you have had a restful and happy time during the holiday break.
As a staff we would also like to warmly welcome our one new staff member Carolyn Davison. Carolyn will be teaching in the Year 4 level of the school.
At Epsom Normal Primary School our vision and values guide our daily practices and inform our learning programmes.
Nurtured by community (inclusive)
Inspired by creativity (teaching)
Empowered by strengths (learning)
To be responsible global citizens (thinking critically to make a positive difference)
LEARNING FOCI 2014
For each term we will have a different focus as follows:
Term 1 I am an Environmentalist
Term 2 I am a Zoologist
Term 3 I am an Archeologist
Term 4 I am a Creative Designer
Term 1 – I am an Environmentalist (incorporating achievement objectives from the Social Studies, Technology and Health Curriculum documents)
The Senior School has an exciting plan for Term One’s topic ‘I am an environmentalist’. Week 7 includes trips to the ‘Tread Lightly’ Caravan, and border control at the Auckland Airport. As well as the Year 6 camp at a marine reserve in Week 9, many opportunities are offered to create unique and critical learning experiences for all students.
We all form a part of a dynamic living planet. This term students are learning how their actions make them an environmentalist. Students will enjoy exploring, creating and nurturing our natural environment. The students will be visiting the ‘Tread Lightly’ Caravan at school and creating some wearable arts from recycled materials. We will also go on a field trip to the Arataki Centre in the Waitakere Ranges. There we will have opportunities to act as an environmentalist.
This term the Junior School’s topic focus is ‘I am an Environmentalist’- Waste Not Want Not. We will be learning about the impact humans have on our local, national and global environment. We will be finding out how we can make small changes to help sustain and maintain these places and we look forward to our trip to the Auckland Waste Transfer Centre later in the term to discover more about sustainability. The school values for this term are Respect and Optimism. These values are embedded in our everyday teaching and learning at ENPS and we are looking forward to exploring them in more depth during the term.
ART FOCUS 2014
Terms 1 and 2 - Harvesting Our Dreams
Our 2014 art focus is motivated by Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser (15 December 1928 – 19 February 2000) who encouraged a passion for the environment. “Painting is to dream,” said Hundertwasser. “When the dream is over, I don’t remember anything I dreamed about. The painting, however, remains. It is the harvest of my dream.” Hundertwasser was an eccentric artist, humanitarian, environmentalist and architect who dedicated his life to the beautification of the world we live in.
Through exploring his artwork and philosophy, it is our hope that the reactive powers of every individual child in our care will be mobilised. We want our children to be comfortable expressing their naive world view through organic and evolving pictorial art forms. It is our hope that as their confidence develops, their two-dimensional forms will develop through the use of curves and sensitive lines to suggest movement and life and then they will fill their shapes with luxurious, sumptuous colour. We look forward to viewing the children’s creations and observing their excitement and enjoyment.
Terms 3 and 4 – Cultural Art From Around The World
In preparation for our Garden Party, the teachers will select a variety of art forms, genres, media and styles derived from different cultures.
The school wide music composer for this year is Johann Strauss Jr. He is renowned as ‘The King of Waltz’, and his music belongs to the Romantic era. We will be looking at the story of his life and career, and his music which is predominantly in 3/4 time. This is something new for the children to explore so we will be playing pieces in 3/4 time, learning to conduct in 3/4 time and also learning to waltz, in addition to other activities.
“If you learn to be creative in everyday life, you will change the way you experience the world.” (Csikszentmihalyi, 1996) Together as a learning community (children, parents and Epsom Normal staff) we will, I am sure, experience a wonderful, exciting and rewarding learning year.