Kia Ora Koutou / Warm Greetings
We are a Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) School.
Be KIND Be HONEST Be RESPONSIBLE
Welcome to Pakaraka School's HomePage - 2014
This is week 9 of Term 3.
A HUGE THANK YOU to all parents / whanau who are making a real effort to put healthy, nutritious foods into children's lunch boxes. Let's keep on with making healthy choices!
In our school foyer (outside the front office), we currently have on display a range of drinks, and how much sugar each of them contains. Anyone who comes to the front office is amazed to learn just how much sugar is contained in what they thought were acceptable drinks to have. At school, we are encouraging everyone to have healthy drinks like water or milk. Both of these are available to all children at our school. Thanks to our Public Health Nurse Margaret who brought along the items to put on display.
Recently, an important article was published in the NZ Herald highlighting how children across NZ are being involved in conversations, and whether our children are being spoken to enough. Our children learn most, if not all their words in their first few years, by listening to what others say around them. The first 3-5 years of a child's life are very, very important (formative years) in which they develop their brain function, learn vocabulary, routines, eating habits, values etc. Families and loved ones play a huge role during this developmental period, and so do early learning centres (which help a child develop very important social interaction skills - especially: relating to others; using language; managing themselves; participating and contributing). At primary school level, teachers and support staff across the school work hard with students to continue developing these very important skills - called Key Competencies. The home continues to support and play a very important role in the development of the child (helping the child develop identity; learn about morals and values; explore how they think, and how their actions affect themselves and others... ; learning to work together; problem-solving etc.)
Oral Language is a huge part of the school curriculum, and most people spend a great deal of their day speaking. Children learn to speak with confidence in small groups, and to an audience. They spend time thinking about which words they want to use, in order to convey a message effectively...
Students are now delivering their speeches (and poetry recitations) in class.
Everyone at school is now looking forward to participating in these speech contests. Speech finals will take place on Tuesday, 23 September 2014, starting at 1:15pm at our school.
We're looking forward to a bit more sunshine, and a whole lot more outdoor activities, now that Spring is in the air!
Have a great week.
Principal / Tumuaki
Click on the word to access LearnAnywhere from any internet enabled device to view your child's work / homework.
Click on the word to access StudyLadder from any internet-enabled device so that your child can access learning activities in most curriculum areas. Parents are also able to access this account (with assigned username and password) to be able to check progress the child is making, and to be able to print certificates.
Click here to visit MangaHigh
We continue to promote the use of te reo - “Arohatia te Reo – cherish the language”.
Click on the link below to view some resources relating to Maori Language Week
LEARNING OUR REO...