Pukeko Newsletter Term 2 Autumn 2017

Dear Pukeko families,

Welcome back to Term 2. The Pukeko Team hope you all had a restful and interesting holiday. We would like to extend a special welcome to Eddie Robertson and Bella Thiele and their whānau who joined us at Marshland School during the first term. We are so excited to have you join our community.

Our school model talks about the 5 Rs, Reciprocity (Mahitahi), Resourcefulness (Matarau), Resilience (Matatu), Reflectiveness (Mahara) and Respect (Mataara) as being dispositions needed for learning now and for the future. This term we will be focusing on Reflectiveness and in the junior school we will be learning about Oscar Organisation as our Key To Success. We will be integrating our learning into many curriculum areas as we deliver a variety of interesting units of work.

Learner Licences

Towards the end of Term 1 we introduced our tamariki to our Learner licence system. This programme is to encourage students to take some responsibility for their learning. It is not based on academic success but rather work ethic. The students have all begun the school year with a Hatchling licence. This term, most students will still have this licence, however a small number have met the criteria to be given a Fledgling Licence. These children will be able to make more choices about where they work within the hub at certain times.

We are confident that this will not only boost their self efficacy but also motivate others to achieve a Fledgling Licence. The Pukeko teachers have noticed an increase in focus and students’ ability to self manage. The children are also taking pride in their learner licences and love to display them.


We will be starting the term by getting underway with our reading and books will be coming home for your child to read to you every day. Please ensure that books are put back in your child's reading folder so that they have them to use in class the following day. On a Friday we collect them in so that they are available for other teachers who may need them the following week. Remember to sign the Home Learning Book if you have listened to your child read.

This term for Writing we will continue to develop the children's understanding of recounts as well as writing procedures. There is always a focus on spelling which is strengthened through practising spelling words at home and our phonics sessions after lunch Monday to Thursday.


We will begin this term by building on our number knowledge and addition and subtraction problem solving strategies. The children will be solving authentic word problems which will support them to apply their knowledge in real life. We will work in flexible groupings so the children can share their knowledge and understandings with each other. Towards the end of the term we will be focusing on measurement. We will be learning to compare the duration of events and to tell the time to the hour and half hour using analogue clocks.

Physical Education

This term we have Cross Country for the first two weeks. We invite parents and whanau to come and watch the Pukeko children in the Fun Run on 12th May (time to be confirmed).

The children will be participating in Touch Rugby sessions later on this term. More information to come!

Te Ao Māori

This term our tamariki will be learning to introduce themselves in te reo Māori. They will learn how to write and present their pepehā, including information about their parents and where they live. We will practise our pepehā regularly throughout the year to ensure our tamariki remember their new language skills. As they progress through school they will add to their pepehā with more detail about their whakapapa.

We will be celebrating Matariki the Maori New Year this term. This is a special time in Aotearoa New Zealand. Around May or June the Matariki star cluster appears in the north-eastern sky. This will be an integrated unit exposing the children to stories and the meaning of Matariki. It will be our art focus this term and the children will use mixed media to produce Matariki art works.


This term we are learning about stars using our Marshland School Inquiry Model. The children will be formulating their own inquiry questions about stars. They will then explore a range of resources that will help them answer their question. Once they have completed this process they will communicate their findings to their peers. This Inquiry Unit will give them all a broad and varied understanding of stars.

Dates to Remember

12 May -School Cross Country Fun Run

5 June - Queens Birthday

19 -20 June - Student Led Learning Conferences

7 July - Last day of Term 2

House Keeping

We are really keen to administer effective systems for all staff, children and parents so that we can function effectively in our brand new school. With this in mind, please observe the following;

Our school uniform (old and new) including black shoes is compulsory.

Long hair should be tied back.

No jewellery (unless of cultural significance) or nail polish.

The Hubs will open at 8:30am (Children will need to wait outside the hubs until they hear the music signal).

Children who are waiting to be picked up must wait inside their hub to ensure they are supervised.

The fields and sandpit are out of bounds before school.

Hats are not required this term.

We are a litter free school. Children need to take their lunch rubbish home with them.

Home Learning

We had fantastic support with the Home Learning last term. Please continue to listen to your child read, test them on their spelling words and log on to Studyladder and Sunshine Classics at home. Their log in information is inside the front of the Home Learning book. Please do not feel like you have to complete all tasks every week, the children do get a chance to work on them in class. We understand that after school commitments take up a lot of time so do what is manageable for you and your child.


Remember to check our blog daily for posts and reminders - http://pukekohub.blogspot.co.nz/

Urgent messages: If you need to contact a teacher regarding an urgent message (e.g. an appointment that day, early pick up, lunch) please call the school office and ask for the message to be passed on to your child's teacher.

We value and understand the importance of a positive partnership between school and home and encourage parents/caregivers to speak with your child’s home-group teacher if you have any concerns. We believe in keeping the lines of communication open and invite your feedback. Feel free to email the teachers if you would like to discuss any matters or make an appointment.

Louise Kidd kidd@marshland.school.nz

Hannah Drury drury@marshland.school.nz

Georgina Matheson (Team Leader) matheson@marshland.school.nz


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