Dear Totara Parents,
Welcome to Term 4. It is great to be back and into learning once again. Here is a bit of information to keep you informed about what we are up to.
Once again, thank you very much for your support and help with our production of In The House. We were extremely proud of each child’s effort and the part they played in making it a success.
Our Inquiry focus (and a large amount of Literacy) for weeks 1- 6 is Science based. We will be focussed on Chemistry and will use a resource kit from Mr Science, who visited us earlier in the year! Costs are covered by the school.
Spelling lessons happen each Friday middle block as per previous terms. Students go to different teachers across the Syndicate depending on their group. Students will record their words within the Weekly Integrated Plan document (on Google Docs / in their Drive) and / or in their Spelling Notebook. As with last term, all students are very aware that it is their own responsibility to make sure they are taking home their spelling words and finding the meaning of any words they are unsure of.
Weekly PE sessions will be every Monday and Friday afternoons (weather dependent) and our focus this term is Athletics (running, throwing, jumping) and outdoor education.
This year we are heading to Motutapu Outdoor Education Camp in the final week of the school year. We depart school on Monday December 18th and return the afternoon of Wednesday December 20th. This term we will be working with the children to organise aspects of camp, including the menu, activity groups etc.
In a few weeks we will be sending home a notice to ask for the balance of the camp costs.
Spelling - learning words each week
Reading for enjoyment
Basic Facts and/or Mathletics
Ag Day - Rural Traditions Week 1-2
Novel Study Week 3-6
Treemendous - All term
(Links and details of these projects are in fortnightly timetables - these are not exclusive homework projects, we are working on these at school and these can be worked on at home as an extra).
You are very welcome to pop in and have a quick chat with your child’s teacher before, or after school, or if you would like a more in depth discussion about your child’s learning please contact your child’s teacher to make a time.
We are really looking forward to the learning opportunities this term, including Ag. Day, science, athletics and camp.
Keith Miller, Sophie Hickmer, Mark van Dam and Prue Blackmore
From Fred, Barry and Billy with their Hilux and awesome one liners....
To our fantastic speaker and convincing members of parliament.
To our spectacular Taniwha and water dances.
Not to mention the awesome songs, ad breaks, interviewers/reporters, tech experts, light masters, skit members ! Everyone had a role to play behind the scenes or on the night.
Well done one to every single member of Totara, so much awesome work has gone into this- you guys are stars.
Thanks to our parents for your fantastic support and for coming to watch 'In The House'.
Have a great holiday,
Mrs Cragie and Isobel play us Beauty and the Beast!
When Mrs Craggie started telling us about the harp, we all switched into what was happening. Mrs Craggie said that harps are a traditional instrument, it is often played to sick babies also to sick people, and used to make humans feel better when sick.
What a beautiful piece of music - thank you for wanting to share it with us Isobel!
By Amalie and Hannah
Opinion on playing piano
When you play piano you are concentrated on the music page. When you are playing the song you are looking down at the notes and up at the music, I think that playing music is a wonderful thing and great fun.
Fitness and PE
We had great fun as a syndicate doing fitness this week - we were practicing our balancing skills on our playground! We had to be careful and make sure that people who were high has spotters, to keep them safe.
Production, IN THE HOUSE - It's getting near!
Our Production is coming up quickly. Watch Fred and Barry (Oscar and Joseph) share a bit about it at assembly above :)
Our shows are in week 10 on Wednesday the 27th of September at 3.30pm and 7pm. All Totara students will be required to stay at school until the end of the 7pm performance on this day (probably about 830pm).
Below is an image of us practicing together this week.
E Award For Room 3
Room three has won the E Award for this week!
We are very happy we have only won 3 times this throughout the year so far.
Basicly the E award is an award for keeping our cloak bay clean and tidy and having no plastic or anything that doesn’t belong in the recycling bin, you can only put paper and cardboard in the recycling bin. We also have a soft plastic bin for all our soft plastics.
On Thursday the E award monitors from room 1 come and check that we have kept our cloak bay tidy and they mark how tidy it is and which ever classroom is cleanest wins the award. If you don’t already know what E award stands for, it’s Environment Award.
By Mack, Jack & Oscar
On Wednesday a teacher from ASH (Albany senior high) came and spoke to us about Kinetic sand, he took up groups of six to eight to let us see what happens when you move the store bought sand, unt der the projector and you get to see how the colors changed, as you moved the sand around. When you made a mountain with it, it would turn red, orange, yellow, blue and green, and when you made it thin and flat it turned into water! Sophie explains why it does that, “the blue down the bottom is like water and the top is like snow”, the Nintendo aspect of the design measures the depth so that the colours change to represent land, water or the snow.
We interviewed a few students to let them tell us how to describe what the sand felt like and what they thought about the sand was:
Emily’s thoughts: how it changed the colour of the sand.
Charlotte: when you dipped your hand in it felt like you were touching snow but it wasn't cold.
What an awesome experience!
By Caitlin, Georgia and Sabine
A special thanks to Sophie for your science knowledge.
Totara Speech Finals Newsletter
Currently we are presenting our speeches within our own classes building up to the Totara Syndicate Final. The final will be held on Monday the 28th August at 11:45am in the school library. The finalists will be advised by Thursday this week that they have a place in the Totara Syndicate Final. We would like to invite parents of Totara Syndicate students to attend the final should they wish.
The winner of the Totara Syndicate Final will be representing Coatesville School at the North Shore Cluster Speech Finals at Kristin School on Thursday 31st August from 10:45am - 12:25pm, in the Dove.
Wow, hasn't Mrs Blackmore done a great job of Calendar Art with Room 3 this year!