Newsletters and Notices

Welcome back to school for Term 2!
We hope you have had a great break and enjoyed the warm weather! This term you can help to support your children by making sure they get plenty of sleep, eat properly and wear clothing appropriate to the weather. Layers are a good idea – so long as the children remember to take home any clothing they remove. It is a good idea to send in a change of clothes when the weather gets wetter, especially for those children participating in lunch time sports on the field.

Reminder of email addresses:
Rm 26 - Mrs. Marion Clark marion@staff.matipo.school.nz (Syndicate Leader)
Rm 27 - Ms. Ngaire Smith ngaire@staff.matipo.school.nz
Rm 1 - Mrs. Leanne Siaki leanne@staff.matipo.school.nz

 The school hours have changed to the winter hours with the school day finishing at 2.45pm. Lunch time is shortened by 15 minutes to accommodate this.

 Brain Food - We will continue using Brain Food during the day - they will be allowed to snack on fruit (fresh or dried) & nuts, and drink water in class. ( No sweets, artificial drinks, or fizz )

 Remember we have a Syndicate Page on the Matipokids website which will also link to a
class page. All important dates and information will be on the syndicate page with information relating to each class on their class pages.

 Language - The students’ reading and written language will be tailored to their individual levels, with the reading groups using a range of suitable texts and encouragement to use the library. This term we will focus on writing persuasive texts. The speech competition will take place toward the end of the term. You will receive more information about this separately. As always, we strongly encourage regular reading practice at home – please ask your class teacher for advice about suitable texts if you require it! How is your child doing in the 40 Book

 Mathematics – We are continuing to follow the Prime Mathematics system in our cross grouped classes. This proved to be very successful in Term 1.

 Inquiry – This term the inquiry topic is “I Am A Traveller”. The children will be studying
different countries around the world. If there are any experts out there please contact your child’s class teacher to arrange a time to talk to the children.

 Sport - This term the sports field days will be: Rugby League (17 th May), Football (7 th
June), Basketball (21 st June)

 Other Term Two dates – 
o Rhythm Interactive Show – 19 th May
o Samoan Language Week – 29th May to 4 th June
o Queen’s Birthday Holiday – 6 th June
o Te Atatu Intermediate Technology morning for year 6 – 14 th June
o Speech Contest – 30 th June
o End of term – 8 th July

There are other dates for activities which are yet to be confirmed. These will be sent home inseparate newsletters. You can also check the dates on the class websites.

The most important educators in a child’s life are their parents/guardians, and fostering a working partnership between teachers and parents is hugely beneficial. We are available by email individually through the addresses shown above if you have any questions or feedback. If you have any concerns at all, please contact the class teacher first.

We are also always looking out for volunteers in the classroom to help listen to children read, or be interviewed as ‘experts’ in their field – please let your class teacher know what you can offer!

Have a great term!
The Senior Syndicate Team
Marion, Ngaire and Leanne
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