We are loving having your wonderful children back with us!
To once again hear laughter and chatter in the playground and see your children’s smiling faces is just lovely. Our teachers are really enjoying the spontaneity and warmth of face to face teaching, rather than the abstract online experience everyone has been involved in over recent weeks. Thank you for sharing your children with us! Unlike the national average, we have 95% attendance this week.
Thank you for all the preparation and support you have given your children over these unusual times – the transition back to school with strange new procedures and being dropped and picked up at the gate has really run happily and smoothly from our point of view, thanks to the children being well adjusted and prepared.
Learning and Assessment
Firstly, can we say – “Thank you – well done and congratulations!” for all the learning and teaching support you provided over lockdown. Most of our students have come back very ready to learn and positive about school in general. New IT skills have been learnt and levels do not seem to have slipped back as they can do over holiday periods. I hope you have also enjoyed your learning and teaching experiences.
At this stage, we are concentrating on settling all of our students back into a school routine and making sure they are happy and relaxed about their learning. Then we plan to get stuck into the forward momentum of solid teaching. Normally at this time of year, teachers would be assessing students abilities in preparation for mid-year reports and conferences happening at the start of next term. Right now, we feel you probably know your children’s learning abilities and needs better than you have ever done before! We plan to leave the testing for testing sake for a while and will look at different assessment dates and practices when everything settles into a more normal way of life.
As always, if you are concerned about your child/ren in any way please contact your classroom teacher so that we can support your child as best we can.
Online learning from home
We do have a few families continuing to work from home during Level 2, due to family situations with elderly and at-risk family members in their bubbles. That is your decision and we are happy to support if possible.
You can appreciate – preparing, teaching and marking for a class of 20 – 30 students face to face does not leave much time to also have an online platform for a few home learners. To help cover this the Government’s ‘Home Learning TV’ will be continuing for all of Level 2 and has many great teaching and learning programmes suitable to support extra learning.
If you can spend time on Reading, Writing and Mathematics that would be great. Do some reading with your child, reading to, and reading together are all beneficial – generally enjoying books. Talk about maths when cooking etc and practice basic facts. Have a writing opportunity, maybe a story or journal the day’s activities. All these will help keep your child’s learning supported. Your teacher may also be able to link you into some relevant Matiffic and reading sites, or give you some readers from school. They may be able to explain the class learning topic, so please touch base with your teacher and see if they can support in some way but don’t expect a structured individualised programme.
Fun Wheels Day
After finishing school in the heat of March and then coming back in mid-May, uniform requirements are quite different and we appreciate a number of families have been a bit caught out with not enough layers of the right size. At present we have plenty of on-hand stock of polar fleeces, jackets and tracksuit bottoms, as well as warm polar vests(old uniform material – $5.00 each). We also have New Zealand made merino jerseys available, with more on order, so now is a great time to get prepared for those colder days ahead of us. Please remember any undergarments must be plain black, white or the same colour green. This is the same for socks.
If you would like to purchase additional uniform items, under Level 2 conditions we are asking that you pay for the items by internet banking into our Tamahere Model Country School bank account (12-3152-0070140-00). Can you then please email firstname.lastname@example.org, confirming the items/sizes you have paid for, attaching confirmation of the internet payment. We will then arrange to deliver the items to your children’s classroom. If you are not sure of the sizing, please just let us know and we will call the children to the office, to be fitted.
Our Uniform pricing list is provided below:
Netball & Hockey Update
Unfortunately we are unable to share any details about when netball & hockey will be resuming under Level 2. As soon as we are advised we will let our school families know. Thank you for your patience.
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Guitar & Ukulele Lessons
Spanish Club at TMCS- Term 2
Fun Languages offers an opportunity for children aged 2-12 years old to learn Spanish. Our team are all fluent or native Spanish speakers and passionate about taking children on a journey of discovery through the language and culture of Spanish speaking countries. The focus is on fun games, activities, songs and crafts that will enable them to use their new language for real purpose.
Take a look at the content of our lessons Spanish for Kids
When: Fridays 2:30pm-3:30pm
Where: Tamahere Community Centre – downstairs
6 week term: 29th May – 3rd July
Cost: $15 per session. 6 week term = $90
FIRST SESSION IS FREE TO TRY
NEW STUDENTS CAN JOIN ANYTIME
Please register your interest at email@example.com or call 022 199 3958.