Spotswood College Te Waka Manaaki
September 2021 Newsletter
Kia ora koutou
The end of this term has caught us by surprise. We have a lot of new and exciting projects underway. It is fantastic to see Te Waka Manaaki students contributing to the wider school community. This term Te Waka Manaaki teachers have started to learn about interoception.
Interoception is a lesser-known sense that helps you understand and feel what's going on inside your body. Children and adults who struggle with the interoceptive sense may have trouble knowing when they feel hungry, full, hot, cold, thirsty or need to use the toilet.
The body is filled with sensory receptors that tell you where your body parts are. These receptors are located in your muscles and joints. This helps you to understand what is going on around you and how your body moves within that environment.
Something similar goes on with Interoception, except that the receptors are inside your body's organs and skin. All of these receptors report to your brain with information about what is going on inside your body.
As a team, we are learning how to teach the communication (both verbal and non-verbal) of interoception- what the body is saying and /or feeling. We are using a resource called 'Zones of Regulation' to help support our lesson planning. When we can all understand how to meet our own basic needs then we can learn more readily.
Below is a link to more information about interoception
We wish you a very safe and relaxing holiday.
Ngā mihi nui
Leonie and the Te Waka Manaaki Team
Te Waka Manaaki Staff
Trinity Lovell email: email@example.com
Jackie Molloy email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah-Lee Pheloung email: email@example.com
Leonie Sole email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Georgina Thorpe email: email@example.com
Lisa White email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Janet Wrighton-Lean email: email@example.com
Helen Griffiths- Speech Language Therapist
Steph Henderson- Physiotherapist
Anna Carre- Psychologist
Whaea Nicola email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Daryn Shaw email: email@example.com
Mr Chris Lapworth email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Paula Cast email: email@example.com
Mrs Hilary Takarangi email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Darren Scott email: email@example.com
STUDENTS AT THE CENTRE OF LEARNING
Te Waka Manaaki Rūma 2
Lisa made a volcano with the students in the sandpit to demonstrate the reactions of acids and bases and to show what a volcano could look like. The students loved watching the reaction, taking turns picking the colour of the lava and putting the active ingredients into the bottle to see the results.
The pure joy that animals can bring is evident on Troy's face … captured when our animal-loving staff member Donna Mann brought an injured baby Mallard duckling in to show the class. The students helped to feed the duckling and made sure that it was always warm.
As well as the arrival of our lambs we have also helped a Mallard duckling that was found alone in a carpark. We also continue to enjoy our weekly visits from Donna’s dog Shrek. Shrek is a Leonburger (German Lion Dog). This breed of dog is known for being sensitive and we always love to see him.
Te Waka Manaaki Rūma 1
Aidan, Zac and Jai have been making fabulous tea light candle holders in their wood-technology class and proudly got to take home the finished product last week.
At the end of the year, we will be having a Ball/dance party day, as the school ball had to be cancelled for our senior students this year due to Covid. We will have a day when we put on our “ glad rags'' and celebrate our students who are leaving school this year as well as our other achievements for the year.
We have started working together to make some props and decorations to turn our classroom space into an “enchanted forest” and make it feel really special for the day.
In Manaaki 1 we have also begun working on some improvements to our garden space and have started by planting seeds for a flower garden that we hope will be healthy and ready for our students to be picking flowers in term 1 next year - watch this space!
COMMUNITY AT THE HEART OF WHO WE ARE
BLUE SEPTEMBER PROJECT
Students Mitchell Searancke & Joshua Jury-Thompson have been working on a business project this term as part of their STEAM course ‘Be Your Own Boss’
They decided to create a fundraiser for BLUE SEPTEMBER- a Prostate Cancer charity.
With the expert guidance of Speech-Language therapist Helen Griffiths, the boys made delicious ‘blue brownies’ for sale to students and staff during interval and lunchtime in the quad. Their operation was well organised and visually appealing with excellent attention to detail …. No cash wasn't an excuse, they even had a mobile eftpos …. ka pai boys!
TWM - PROJECT REME:
We are working with Dean Redshaw, Spotswood College Farm Manager in a business venture to raise a small family of lambs. There are two groups of lambs, one group is about five weeks old and the other a little younger. Our students are learning to measure and mix up the milk mixture and feed the correct amounts for the different aged lambs.
At the moment we are bottle feeding the younger lambs, while the older lambs are feeding from the “lambateria”. Currently, we are tasked to feed three times a day!.
It is a big responsibility but very rewarding and we are learning a lot about how to handle lambs and what they need to thrive.
TERM 3 Monday 26th July – Friday 1st October
TERM 4 Monday 18th October – 3rd December for Te Waka Manaaki students
-10th December for all Junior Students
Labour Day Monday 25th October
Year 13 Dean
Ms Tracey Laurence email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 12 Dean
Mr Wayne Cribb email: email@example.com
Year 11 Dean
Mr Carlin Kumeroa email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 10 Dean
Ms Rebecca McKerchar email: email@example.com
Year 9 Dean
Mr Darren Scott email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms Jana Robertson email: email@example.com
Ms Stephanie Julian email: firstname.lastname@example.org
International Director / Careers
Mrs Nicola Healy email: email@example.com
We also have a large accumulation of uniforms that are a part of lost property that is kept in this space, If your child has a missing school item, please encourage them to check the lost property racks.
Uniform shop hours
Uniform shop hours each week are as follows:
8.00 am to 9.00 am & Interval - Monday to Friday.
Phone 751 2416 Ext 721.
SPOTSWOOD COLLEGE CALENDAR
Reminder school finishes at 2.10 pm every Wednesday.
UPCOMING EVENTS FOR YOUR CALENDAR:
- 24th November - TWM Craft Fair
- 2nd December - Students Ball / Dance Party
- 3rd December - last day of term for TWM students