Wakamarina Learning Area

Naumai haere mai! Welcome back for Term 2.

Our theme Te Hoiere and Me flows on from last term. This theme is helping students to consider the world we are a part of and how we can make decisions to manage and improve the quality of the school and town’s physical & social environment.

Establishing and strengthening cognitive functions and thinking skills continues as students become more at ease with Identifying emotions. It still remains a challenging to identify and take responsibility for their own emotions and to consistently manage them in a positive way – definitely improving though!

A natural progression from identifying emotions is the development of empathy, the ability to “walk a mile in someone else’s shoes” and this leads naturally into the next instrument ‘Empathy into Action’. Empathy without action is simply sympathy and sympathy by itself does not resolve or improve any situation. Deliberate and conscious action is required.

Accuracy and self-checking remain a focus for development and students are beginning to identify and understand the personal satisfaction that comes from a ‘job well done’.

We have been invited for an overnight visit on Te Hora Marae in Canvastown. While on the marae students will be enjoy hearing legends from around the Marlborough area, making connections with our past and present and learning about our culture.

Writing will incorporate legends and myths with a variety of publishing options – some of these like Storybird you will be able to view online as well as in hard copy in the classroom.

Mark these events on your calendar for this term:

  • 16th May- Enviroschools/ Small Township session
  • 17th May- Alex from World Vision coming in and talking to Havelock
  • 1st/2nd June - Marae visit
  • 14th June - KiwiCan estuary clean up
  • 16th June - Reports sent home
  • 22nd June - Learning conferences begin

As a form of daily communication we will continue to use a Boomerang Book which will require a parent or caregiver to sight and initial each night ready for return to school the following day. Ideally this will be used to communicate any suggestions/concerns that may arise and will also be a place to find important notices. This will work in conjunction with the Reading Log which is used to keep a record of how many nights reading students have achieved in order to receive reading awards every 25 nights.

Ka kite ano

Vicki Eden
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