Friday, 13 October 2017

Term 4 Newsletter

Dear Parents/Caregivers
Welcome back to Term 4. We hope you all had a relaxing holiday and we are looking forward to an exciting summer term with lots of positive learning.
Our driving question this term will beHow can we share what we know about jungle animals?” We had a fantastic trip to Orana Park last term and we are looking forward to using this experience to further our learning.
Athletic Sports
We will be preparing for our whole School Athletics Sports on Wednesday 18 October.
Religious Education
Our focus for the term for RE will begin with the Rosary and the Church. We will also centre our lessons around the school values.  In week 4 we will begin to talk about Myself and Others. We will be teaching about the season of Advent leading into Christmas. The children will also be learning about the Sunday Gospels. The Kakano team will attend mass on Friday 10 November - you are welcome to join us.
We will continue to work collaboratively with our Reading. Children will continue to bring a reading book each night and please continue to support your child with this. Remember to sign the reading log. The children have embraced the new approach to learning and are enjoying the choices they have.
Daily numeracy groups will continue and our Strand Maths focus will be Algebra and Money
The Arts
A further focus for the term is visual art, dance and drama.
Growth Mindset
The children will continue to learn about Growth Mindsets. We will be focusing on how we learn and how our mindset can enable us to take on new challenges and skills. This is a school-wide initiative to encourage children to approach their learning as positive and self-regulated learners. Health and fitness will be a key aspect.
Book Week
This will be in Week 3 (30 October - 3 November).  This will include a dress-up day of a book character so please start thinking about this.
Summer Uniform
From Labour Weekend summer uniform will be compulsory.
Please ensure your child has a named sun hat at school at the beginning of term 4.  This hat will need to stay at school.  We recommend that you please put sunscreen on your child in the morning before school.
Please check your child has the correct stationery to begin the term.
Please continue to read daily with your child and fill out the reading log. Spelling words and basic facts will continue on as usual.
The Junior Team will be presenting at the whole school assembly on Week 1, Friday 20 October.
We are hoping to visit Lady Isaac Lady to sing to the residents in December.
Halswell Pool Trip
We are planning to visit Halswell Pool with the Year 3/4 Hub on Thursday 7th December.
We all look forward to a sunny, busy and productive term.
God bless,

Paula Brown, Angela Shea, Cath Shaw, Angela Bailey, Mackenzie Kane and Louise MacKay

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