TNIS Panui Wiki 2, Wā Kura 4 2021
Te Kura Waenga Whakangungu O Takapuna
Week 4: 8/11 - 12/11
- 10/11 - Teacher Only Day
Term Dates 2021
Mon 2 February - Fri 16 April
Mon 3 May- Fri 9 July
Mon 26 July - Fri 1 October
Mon 18 October - Tues 14 December
Kia ora whānau
Thanks for your ongoing support. Please find below some clarification around our online learning programmes. As you are aware our major focus is on Wellbeing and connection. It is always tricky to strike a balance between offering challenging tasks and enough support to cater for individual understanding and learning differences. Our learners have also been very clear that having some fun with their teacher and classmates is also motivating!
There are lots of ideas or activities to do with your young people to complement online learning. Thanks to Rudheath Senior Academy for some ideas below. https://rudheathsenioracademy.org.uk/fun-activities-for-your-teens-to-do-during-coronavirus-lockdown/
Ngā mihi nui,
Action - Connection - Excellence: Finding ways to remain resilient.
Wananga: Learning effectively with others online.
Assembly Week 2 - Staying Resilient!
Online Learning Programme
We would like to remind you about the way that our online learning programme runs at TNIS. Across all teams and classrooms, you can expect to see the following for your tamariki:
Each classroom teacher or pair of teachers in a collaborative space will run a daily morning class meet-up. The meeting will serve several purposes.
1. Pastoral care/social
The teacher can check in with learners in an informal setting and for peers to interact with one another.
Any relevant school news can be shared.
The schedule/plan for the day will be shared and the teacher can answer questions about what is required.
Throughout the week, each class will have a balance of learning tasks and activities from all areas of the curriculum, including:
PE / Fitness
Languages (Te Reo Māori in Term 4)
Workshops / Online Group Support Sessions
All learners have the opportunity to attend one learning workshop or session each day with their classroom teacher in either Literacy or Mathematics.
All learners have the opportunity to attend one learning workshop or group support session each day with a teacher from their team.
A group support session is a meet that learners can join whilst they are working on a learning task or activity. The teacher is available to answer their questions, which other learners can hear. This is like a “live classroom” situation.
While distance learning certainly has some challenges, something all of our learners can be proud of is how well they are all utilising our PYP Approaches to Learning, Self Management in particular. They need to be motivated and organised, and they are showing this by turning up to morning meetings, workshops, and handing in work on time. While this may look different from learner to learner, we know that they are all stepping up to the challenge!
"Where We Are in Place and Time" has been an interesting look into the history and voyages associated with Aotearoa, and we were able to start looking at aspects of the upcoming Aotearoa New Zealand Histories Curriculum. Links have been made to our own voyages, and to the migration of our families. Learners are now connecting what they have learnt with an aspect of the unit of inquiry they are particularly interested in, from designing a new land, to independently researching more about migration and the stories associated with this. We are looking forward to seeing what they come up with!
Here is a great guide to mindfulness and meditation from The Resilience Project blog - link below
School News and Information
It's been one month since Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW)
To inspire you and your school or kura to keep up the kōrero all year round, here are a few of our favourite wellbeing boosters for the rest of 2021 and beyond:
Created by All Right?, Sparklers is an online toolbox with over 70 wellbeing activities for tamariki. It was originally developed for classroom use, but there are heaps of resources to support home-learning too. If you haven't already, check them out here!
Our mindful colouring template is still available for your kaimahi/staff or tamariki to use, as well as our Te Whare Tapa Whā chatterbox and MHAW Guide. The activity ideas in these resources can be used all year round to encourage kōrero about the different things that make us feel good.
Have you heard about our other MHF campaign, Pink Shirt Day? It's taking place on Friday 20 May 2022 so make sure to put it in your diary! Learn more Pink Shirt Day and how to prevent bullying in your school or kura here.
Year 9 Enrolments for 2022
STEAM @ WGHS Applications Now Open
APPLY FOR STEAM IN 2022 HERE
Westlake Girls High School offers a STEAM programme involving an integrated and innovative approach to the teaching of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, aligned to the UN Sustainable Goals.
Do you want a quick overview of what STEAM is like from a student’s perspective? Check out Lily Winchester’s video HERE
Also take a look at our latest Newsletter HERE
More information can be found on the STEAM page of our school website.
Musical Instrument lessons available at school
Our School works with the Music Education Centre to offer parents the convenience of specialist instrumental lessons for their children here at school. If you would like to find out more about this opportunity, please contact the Music Education Centre directly on 0800 89 39 39 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guitar Lessons - Dave Gatman
Hi there! I have taught Guitar to kids in schools for over 15 years. I love working with kids and inspiring the next generation of musicians. I like to make my lessons as positive and fun as possible, teaching a range of songs from traditional folk/blues to the current pop and rock tunes.
I've played the guitar in a large variety of settings, and I'm currently in a covers band playing at weddings, bars and parties.
Lessons are in groups of up to 4 at a time, and cost $20.00 plus gst, for half an hour.
Individual lessons are offered if I feel like the student will benefit from them, and if I have space. These cost $35.00 plus GST per half hour.
Lessons are on Wednesday mornings at TNIS as well.
Feel free to contact me - email@example.com. Or text/call on 021 2221456.