Spotswood College Te Waka Manaaki
March 2021 Newsletter
Kia ora koutou
Welcome to Te Waka Manaaki Term 1 2022
We are well settled into the routines of the term with a lot of interesting and exciting learning happening. Please see the photos below. Students have been utilizing the pool and pump track 2-3 times per week. We are so fortunate to have Dave Fox looking after the pool and keeping it in tip-top condition.
One of our departmental goals this year is to get TWM students out into classes and activities in the kura, developing friendships skills. Students have been going to Sing classes. Literacy, Numeracy, Spanish and Inquiry.
Thank you for supporting our learning at home day schedule. We hope to return to full-staff capacity soon, however, we will need to continue with the learning at home days until further notice. Ngā mihi nui to all staff on deck at present.
We would like to welcome new teacher aides to our team. A big welcome to Jacqui Mann, Jacques MacCallum Lind and Steve Cochrane.
For any further questions or enquiries please feel free to email me firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Paula Mattheson - Occupational Therapist
Whaea Nicola email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Daryn Shaw email: email@example.com
Mrs Paula Cast email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Hilary Takarangi email: email@example.com
Mr Darren Scott email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 12 and 13 Dean
Mr Wayne Cribb email: email@example.com
Year 11 Dean
Mr Daryn Shaw email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 10 Dean
Ms Ann Rodgers email: email@example.com
Year 9 Dean
Mr Airana Ngarewa email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Nicola Healy email: email@example.com
STUDENTS AT THE CENTRE OF LEARNING
Te Waka Manaaki Rūma 1
Term 1 2022 has been full of sunshine and smiles as we started back into the school year. Whilst things are a little different than normal with singing being done outdoors, and masks being worn, returning students have shown great flexibility in the new normal, whilst our new students seem to be really enjoying coming to our friendly, happy classroom environment.
Our health class is investigating healthy eating and our science class is tying in with that by learning about the human body and its vital functions.
We continue with our journey on learning NZ Sign Language and it is great to see staff and students alike using so many signs as another form of communication, our department is certainly leading in this area of knowledge within the school.
The pump track with its great circuit continues to be a hit within our department, and our students keep active at least twice a week using this or swimming in our heated pool.
Some of our senior students are now taking part in a transition group that takes place every Monday. The purpose of the group is to support our students in transitioning from school into adult life.
In the lessons, the students will develop skills and gain experience in many areas of adult life including:
Connecting with relevant services
Going out in the local community
Cooking and preparing food
Shopping for groceries and personal items
Social rules & expectations
We are going to start by exploring services and facilities in our local community. The students will be involved in all parts of the planning of these trips, from helping to decide where we go, how much time and money we will need etc.
We look forward to sharing photos and letting you know how we’re getting on in future newsletters.
We have some new faces in our Therapy Team this year.
Welcome to Occupational Therapist, Paula Matheson and Physiotherapist Stella Twigley who join Helen Griffiths, Speech-Language Therapist as our Specialist Service Providers. In addition to her teaching role, Lisa White is now our Kaitakawaenga / Māori Liaison Adviser ensuring culturally appropriate support for our students.
All of our Specialists will be busy this first term assessing and prioritising students to establish needs and goals with teaching staff ahead of IEP meetings in Term 2.
If you have any questions or concerns, they are always happy to chat with you.
Spotswood College will be using SchoolAppsNZ to send out notices and information to our whānau. This is a free app available on Apple and Android devices. You can also access newsletters, contact the school about absences and find helpful links as well as quick access to Kamar. (Link below).
TWM students supported our hapu MOTUROA, dressing up in yellow, cheering on their classmates and participating in events … Kapai!
TERMS AND HOLIDAYS 2022
Wednesday 2nd February – Thursday 14th April - (11 weeks)
Waitangi Day Monday 7th February
Anniversary Day Monday 14th March
Good Friday Friday 15th April
Easter Monday Monday 18th April
Easter Tuesday Tuesday 17th April
ANZAC Day Monday 25th April (falls in term vacation)
Monday 2nd May – Friday 8th July - (10 weeks)
Queens Birthday Monday 6th June
Matariki Friday 24th June
Monday 25th July – Friday 30th September - (10 weeks)
Monday 17th October – 9th December
Labour Day Monday 24th October