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
This week we had our powhiri to welcome our new students, their parents and our new student teachers to the school. Our ENPS Kapa Haka group gave a strong performance which was appreciated by all who attended.
Topic Learning Programme for Term 3: I am an Archaeologist - The land is a Taonga
I am an Archaeologist has a social science focus where students learn that ‘putting together the pieces of the past helps us to understand societies’.
Students are currently excavating on the school grounds and are finding many hidden artefacts. We anticipate our topic for Term 3 will transport our children on a journey to “Discover how to visit the past and bring yesterday’s stories into our lives today” Gillian Hovell, ‘Visiting the Past’.
The Term 3 school values, inclusiveness and respect, will be integrated throughout the curriculum. Students will also have explicit teaching and learning opportunities to further develop the key competency focus from the New Zealand Curriculum which is using language, symbols and texts to create meaning.
DOT DAYS (Development of Talent) will be held on 24 and 25 September
Every child has unique talents and strengths that should be encouraged to flourish within the school environment. Once a year there is a school-wide, two-day event during which students have opportunities to develop their talents in focused workshops. Teachers incorporate enrichment approaches, such as those of Renzulli and Howard Gardner, into their programmes. This is a fun time at school and we are all looking forward to it.
The school will be celebrating Maths Week from 11 to 15 August. The World of Maths will be visiting the school on 11 and 20 August. There are many interesting activities planned for the students. We encourage parents to spend time during this week exploring some maths activities at home with your children.
We have had a positive and excellent response from our parent community. The discussion documents were handed out prior to the interviews and were a platform for discussion during these interviews. If you were unable to attend an interview for your child, please do not hesitate to make arrangements with your child’s teacher to do this at a later time.