Kia Ora Koutou / Warm Greetings

We are a Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) School.

Be KIND                  Be HONEST                 Be SENSIBLE

Welcome to Pakaraka School's HomePage -  2014

Term 3.

This is week 10 of Term 3. The last week of this term ...

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!

Our Speech Finals will be held on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 at school. Venue is Ruma Toru, and we will start at 1:15pm sharp. All parents / whanau are invited to attend.

UPDATE (Wednesday, 23/09/14). THANK YOU to all parents and whanau who came along to support tamariki at our very successful Speech Finals! It was great to see so many of you attend. Thank you also for the very positive comments you gave us about the event. At school, we are all very proud of each student who stood up and delivered their prepared speech. We are equally proud of the 5-year olds who did their best to recite the poems they had learnt. AWESOME! 

Term 3 ends on Friday, 26 September 2014. Students will be on a two week term break. Term 4 starts on Monday, 13 October 2014. 

Do remember... Daylight Savings starts on Sunday, 28 September 2014. 

 

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...

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.

Nga mihi

Vee Singh

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

http://elearning.tki.org.nz/Teaching/Curriculum/Resources/Maori-resources

LEARNING OUR REO...

http://www.korero.maori.nz/forlearners for learners;
http://www.korero.maori.nz/forspeakers for speakers; and
http://www.korero.maori.nz/forbusiness for businesses.

http://www.maoridictionary.co.nz/index.cfm?dictionaryKeywords=aroha

 

Hiwi the Kiwi visited our school and put on the Hiwi the Kiwi Fishing Show. Click here to watch the Hiwi the Kiwi video.

 

 

We are very proud to offer a fantastic literacy programme called 'Reading Together'. This programme was developed by Jeanne Biddulph and has been used in NZ for 30 years - and is supported by the Biddulph Group.

www.readingtogether.net.nz

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SECRETS OF SUCCESS   (Click on this link to watch)

This is an excellent video to watch. It talks about what it takes to enjoy success. It is short and to-the-point. Highly recommended.

Careers Education resources for our Y7/8 students. Click here

READING:

 Some things to do to help your child with reading:

  • Help them realise that reading books can be a refreshing and rewarding alternative to TV, movies, shopping, or hanging out with friends.
  • Help them discover, or remember, the pleasures of reading.
  • Require and encourage the reading of a variety of fiction and non-fiction, and steer them toward good Young Adult books.
  • Help them connect with what they read, and nudge them to works related to what they’ve just read, or, if they’re in a reading rut, nudge them into something different.
  • Read some of their books yourself and talk to your children about what you read.
  • Listen to them read
  • Read aloud to them, and give them a set time to read every afternoon, evening or night.

 

 

More Centenary Photographs

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Please use our excellent online resources to benefit your child's learning.

 

We will continue updating information and pictures (please see the 'Classes' section for the latest updates, with photographs) so you will be able to keep current with newsletters, events and what's going on in the classes here at school. Our latest newsletters are now available online.

If you wish to get in contact with us, please use the contact form on the website. It will send an email to the office.