Term 4, Week 3, Tuesday 1 November 2022
A warm welcome to Maya, who started in Room 3 this week.
We have had two significant events to celebrate and strengthen our sense of community over the last few days. It was wonderful to have the school together for our first full whole school assembly for the year on Friday morning. It was also a treat for many of our parent community to come together on Saturday night for our Music Bingo night. What a magnificent event the PTA put on with a real highlight being a performance from Flip n Fly Circus School at the start of the night. Whilst there was a focus on fundraising it was even more important for us to have a community event. Huge thanks to Tina Jerabek and Erica Carey, along with Sarah McNulty, Sarah Harvey, Stefanie Boyer, Felicity Rumble, Chris Kelly, Tim Sharp, and Wendy McRae. A special thanks to Nathan King for hosting the quiz and to Sarah Heares for the beautiful flowers. A great team for a great night.
Thank you so much to those who took the time to complete the Board’s Community Survey last term. The Board have looked closely at the results and summarised the findings as follows: Community Survey summary. If you would like to see the full summary, please contact me email@example.com.
It is good to see the construction company properly underway with the replacement of the balconies and stairwells. I would like to acknowledge how well the Year 4 and 5 classes have adapted to their new learning spaces at the University and how respectful they have been to the staff working there.
With just 7 weeks until the end of the school year there is lots going on, please remember to take note of key dates. I look forward to seeing many of you at the various events coming up – Alison
Could all students who received a trophy at last year’s prize giving please return it to the school office this week so that it can be engraved for the next recipient.
As we come to the end of another school year, some families are preparing to leave the school for the last time. You may want to consider purchasing a cornerstone plaque, which will be placed on the pillars outside the intermediate classrooms. In years to come, they are a great record of your involvement with the school. The order forms can be found on the front page of the website. http://www.kts.school.nz/
Curriculum Update #2
Further to the information included in last week’s newsletter, there are some other key approaches proposed in the curriculum refresh.
Literacy and Numeracy key competencies and values will be explicitly integrated within each learning area. At KTS we currently have focussed literacy and numeracy times in the school day with an integrated approach to inquiry in our inquiry times. Our values and learner competencies have been an integral part of our curriculum planning and delivery for some time.
Mātauranga Māori (Maori knowledge) will be included in the Understand, Know, Do (UKD) structure as a deliberate feature. The concept of mātauranga Maori was a discussion point in our last hui with our Māori community. We are continuing to build our understanding of this and how it can be reflected in our classroom programmes, although our Matariki celebrations this year were certainly a good start.
The Learning Areas remain the same, however Social Sciences now incorporates a focus on Aotearoa NZ Histories. We have spent some time as a staff building our understanding of the key areas of focus in the Aotearoa NZ Histories curriculum.
We have received the draft Mathematics and Statistics and English curricula, which staff are becoming familiar with. The table below details the time frame for the rest of the curricula.
Congratulations to the following students who received a KTS Learner Competency certificate at the assembly last week (our first for a very long time!)
Thank you to everyone who came along to our first ever Music Bingo Night on Saturday. It was a lovely opportunity to gather as a community and lots of fun was had by everyone. The circus performance by Flip N Fly was incredible! A huge thank you to our hosts, Erica Carey and Nathan King, and to the many parent and staff helpers who put in so much work to make it happen.
This event is one of the ways the PTA fundraises for the school. Many of the wonderful facilities and resources at KTS including the playgrounds and Mara Kai have been built through the generous support and volunteering of parents. We still have more events happening this year, including our big International Night and we would love to have more parents involved. Please consider coming along to our final meeting of the year Monday 7th November at 7:30pm.