Pōhutukawa News Term 2 Week 12

Kia ora whānau,

What a busy term we have had! 

Winter Sport
We've been very unlucky with the weather this term for winter sport. Thanks to all of you who put your names forward to help with winter sport development and competitive teams. We are continuing next term on Thursdays - if you are unavailable to help next term please let us know, otherwise we look forward to working alongside you again in term three. 

Learning Conferences
Thanks so much for booking in for the learning conferences. We are looking forward to supporting all our learners to share their learning with you.  The weeks since returning to school after the Rāhui have flown by. Below is some information on what we have been up to.

In recent weeks, our focus  at writing time has been on identifying, understanding the grammatical structure of and creating simple, compound and complex sentences. The children have been  self assessing their writing skills in this context and will share more with you about this at the learning conferences this week.

A large amount of time and focus has been directed at the area of place value in mathematics. Place value is an area of the mathematics curriculum that will be covered every academic year through primary and secondary school, with a view to building upon previous knowledge. An understanding of place value forms the basis of many areas of mathematical understanding. Initially the focus might be on place value columns and reading numbers accurately, then it develops to being able to quickly identify the number of tens, hundreds, thousands and so on in numbers, in conjunction with using place value knowledge and understanding to manipulate numbers in addition and subtraction calculations, for example.

Another area of focus in mathematics this term has been tracking both reasoning and recall ability in relation to addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts. The children have done a great job of assessing their abilities in this area, and setting some goals for future focus. They will be sharing this with you at their learning conferences, and we will have some work that you can continue at home to support our learners in achieving these goals. Rob has created a brief video below to help you to understand the tracker system that we are using. The children are experts at this, so they will also be able to help!

Cashmere High School Combos and Big Bands will perform an evening of Jazz on Thursday July 2nd in the Cashmere High School McCombs Performing Arts Centre, 172 Rose Street at 7pm (Doors open 6.30pm). We would like to extend an invitation to our wider community to enjoy this event with us.

From Badminton Canterbury

A number of the children in our hub have shown an interest in badminton, so we thought that this might be of interest.

Keep fit and be active these school holidays with the opportunity to either give badminton a try for the first time or build on your existing skills.
Sessions will include a combination of fun games, skill practice and some game time. Racquets provided for all sessions.
Please bring food and drink bottles. Must have non-marking sole shoes.

ZHU Badminton Centre – 98 Aidanfield Drive, Wigram
Must have non marking sole shoes

Cost is $15 per session. 
Minimum of 4 children per session for it to go ahead

7th July 10am – 12pm Coach: Yuri
      12.30 – 2.30pm Coach: Yuri
8th July 10am – 12pm Coach: Yuri
      12.30 – 2.30pm Coach: Yuri
16th July 10am – 12pm Coach: Yuko
17th July 12pm – 2pm Coach: Yuko

Register online at: 
For enquiries email Jo on shuttletime@badmintoncanterbury.com

Term 2 Week 11 Koru News

Kia ora e te whanau, Welcome to all our new children and their whānau. The children have settled into school life quickly and with confidence. Ka pai! What a fun couple of weeks we have had! The learning happening through the play has been varied and full of wonderful ideas, and inquisitive questioning and wondering.
Fun with boxes
Literacy fun
Sandpit fun
Pyjama fun
PTA Rainbow School Disco
A reminder that the school disco is tomorrow, Friday 26th June, 4.30 - 5.30pm in the school hall. Bring a gold coin donation for entry, named water bottle and extra gold coins if you want to purchase popcorn or other snacks.
Learning Conferences
A reminder that these are on next week, Tuesday 30th June and Thursday 2nd July, from 2pm. School closes at 2pm both of these days.
Term 2 ends Friday 3rd July
As this is the last Koru Blog Post for the term we would like to take the opportunity to wish all the tamariki a safe and restful holiday break. We will see them back at school Tuesday 21st July.
Ngā mihi mahana,
Elizabeth, Sophie, Stacey and Jo

Team Kahikatea: Reminders Week 11

PTA Disco Friday 26th June 2020 

Our amazing PTA is running a disco this week! The theme is Rainbow and your child/children will need a gold coin for entry. 
BRING your own NAMED drink bottle. 

Our YEAR 3 STUDENTS have the option of joining the NE to Year 3 disco from 4.30pm to 5.00pm OR Year 3 to 6 disco from 6pm to 7pm. 
Teachers from team Kahikatea will be at both disco's. 

Learning Conferences Tuesday 30th AND Thursday 2nd July 

Please remember, we have an earlier finish on both days. 
Your children can be collected at 2pm. 
Conferences start at 2.15.  We are looking forward to seeing you all! 

Kapa Haka 

Our YEAR 3 STUDENTS have Kapa Haka every Friday for 30 minutes with our new Kaiako Kath from 11am. 


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