Monday, October 26, 2015

Term 4 Newsletter

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Term 4 2015

Dear Parents/Caregivers;

Welcome to term 4! As is always the case with the final term,  it is shaping up to be very busy and likely to fly by.
We have hit the ground running this term with our RWC Touch tournament in Week 1, and Athletics and tennis in Week 2.  Thanks to all of the parents who came out to support the children at the Touch tournament and Athletics day.  It was great to see the children being such Versatile Players.  A big thanks to Miss K and Mr Jack, who were the chief organisers of both of these events.
This week, we’ve also had Neil Shaskey (artist) come in to take a lesson on how to do cartooning.  The children thoroughly enjoyed working with him and many of them have shown impressive artistic talent.

Term 4 topics
Maths: Proportions and Ratios, Decimals and Fractions, Geometry (3D shapes), Algebra (patterns and rules)
Arts: Cartooning workshop
Writing: Poetry, procedures
Spelling - the children have new lists of words in their notebooks. Please check that these are at home for the children to practise during the week.
PE/sport: Athletics, Swimming (for those who have opted into this programme), Invasion games
Health: Sexuality Education, Food for Thought
Social Sciences: Christmas and cultural traditions

Dates for your diary:
Swimming: Weeks 5 and 6 9th-20th Nov
Zone Athletics: Friday 6th November at Ellesmere College
End of year fun swim: Thursday 17th December 12-2.30pm
Tough Kids: Tuesday 8th December
End of Year Prizegiving: Friday 18th December

Sexuality Education
As per previous communication, this programme starts in Week 4 (2nd November).  The children will work with their T Group teacher.  Please let Mr Burn know, in writing, if you do not wish your child to participate in this programme.

Camp fundraising
This term the Year 5 children will be involved in fundraising for their 2016 camp.  We will be running a general knowledge quiz (similar to this year’s Spell-a-thon).  The children will need to collect sponsors for this.  More information will be sent home about this very soon.

PoP - Projects of Passion
Thanks to the parents who have contacted us about helping with PoP.  Your T group teacher will be in touch to make arrangements.  If there are any other parents out there that are keen to get involved, we’d love to hear from you!

This term we are focussing on Versatile Players and Achievers.  The children will be developing and working towards goals related to these ACTIVE characteristics.  A lot of the goal setting will relate to working effectively in an MLE and developing self management and social skills.  You may like to discuss with your child what their goals are and how they are progressing towards them.

Please feel free to speak to any of the teachers if you wish to know more about the upcoming term.  Also, keep an eye on our Otawhito blog to see what we have been up to.

Kind regards
Anita Head, Sam Jack, Rachel Dixon, Carolyn Adams, Deb Kingsland and Chris Williams
Otawhito (Y5/6) Teachers

T30 Anita Head (Team Leader) Studio B Kowhai
T31 Sam Jack - Studio A Koreke
T32 Carolyn Adams/Melissa Barber - Studio A Kowhai
T33 Chris Williams - Studio A  Koreke
T34 Rachel Dixon - Studio B  Kowhai      
T35 Deb Kingsland - Studio B  Koreke

High Jump 2015
The first jump was easy but slowly it got harder and harder! By the fourth jump most of the other kids said it was near impossible. But not for Jalen and Leo, we never stopped trying. As soon as the bar hit 1.26 m we could not jump any higher so it came down to a tie.
Jalen 1.24m and also Leo 1.24m. (10yr Boys).
By Jalen and Leo


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