Dear Parents and Caregivers
Welcome back to a new and exciting second term! I hope you enjoyed a well-deserved
break! Also, we welcome Riley Stewart from the University of Canterbury, who will be
in Kowhai for the first five weeks of this term.
With the beginning of a new term it is a good idea to check whether your child needs
any additional stationery and with coughs and colds beginning to appear, tissues.
Many of the children in Kowhai were running low on glue sticks, pencils and books at
the end of last term and they will need to be replaced as soon as possible. This is also
a great time to purchase a reading log (green) from the office if your child does not
currently have one.
Part of the Learning Extension for the term
will be similar to last term. There will be
reading, maths and spelling each night sent
home. This will still be monitored closely so
don’t forget to keep signing those reading logs!
With the introduction of UltraNet as our
school website, your child may be able to
complete some of their Learning Extension
online if you have internet access at home. If
you do not have internet access at home, there
are always laptops for your child to use before
school and the traditional Learning Extension
sheets will still be available.
Your child also has the option to complete more
activities from the Trinity Quest. Each year level has different challenges that are
designed around our Three Cs, Caring, Co-Operating and Called to Others. The
challenges are broken into different categories and they get harder with each year.
Your child can choose any of the challenges to complete and they can even design
their own. It is a good idea to discuss these with your child, as the challenges require
a supportive relationship from both home and school. When a challenge is complete, a
parent or caregiver signs part of the Trinity Quest form that your child has. After a
brief presentation by your child to the class and myself to share and celebrate the
learning that has taken place, I also sign this form. The Trinity Quest enables
community and family based learning, learning that is not just with the head. It
involves an appreciation of the arts, the outdoors, others and giving, and encourages
excellence. Many children in Kowhai have already begun their Trinity Quest
challenges and I am impressed with the learning that is happening already! I can’t
wait to see what exciting things people present this term!
Our topic for the term has a science focus. In keeping with our explorations theme
for the year, we will look at the changes that ice and water can have followed by
explorations people have had in the frozen regions of the planet.
Our Cross Country is this Wednesday 18th May so we will be using every spare minute
to practise! During the term, we will continue to have P.E on a Friday afternoon.
Please remind your child to pack their running shoes each week. Our focus this term
will be on ball skills and gymnastics
Our Library day is Friday and any early
returned books can still be placed in a green
box in the classroom library. Unfortunately,
some pupils did not return their library
books at the end of the term. These need to
be returned as soon as possible.
Our class Mass is on Wednesday of Week
Five this term, at 9.00am sharp. I will send
home a parent invitation that week to
remind and invite you to join us.
Term 2 promises to be a busy but fun term! If there are any queries regarding your
son or daughter, do not hesitate to contact me to arrange a time, which is convenient
for us both, to sit and discuss your concerns.
A letter to parents outlining life in Kowhai for Term 2.