Uenuku Newsletter

Term 3 Week 7

Kia ora

Isn't it lovely to see the sun shining this weekend! The change in weather has enabled us to start exploring the Adventure Zone and our outdoor environment more regularly.

Over the last few weeks we have especially enjoyed reconnecting with our kindy friends by visiting them, and them coming to visit us to play in the classroom and Adventure Zone.

We are delighted to have welcomed Aven and Noelle to Uenuku last week, and look forward to Taj and Sione joining us this coming week.

Health Education this week

This week we will begin our series of lessons covering the Health Education curriculum.

Monday's lesson is 'How my body moves' thinking about the different ways they can move their body and the benefits of exercise.

Thursday's lesson is 'My growing body and the things it can do' discussing how they have changed from a baby until now, and the things that they can do e.g. the toys and games they play with and their ability to crawl/walk/run/ride a bike etc. We will predict what they think they will be able to do as an older child, teenager and adult.

It would be wonderful if you are able to email your child's home class teacher a photograph of your child as a baby or toddler for us to use in Thursday's lesson. Thank you.

Toys and watches at school

We ask that toys are left at home as they can cause distraction during learning time and upset children if they are lost or broken. On occasion we may invite the children to bring a toy to school, but this will be communicated by email prior. We do have soft toys at school that the children are allowed to play with or cuddle if they need to.

Some tamariki have brought their wonderful new watches to school too. We appreciate the value of children learning to tell the time, but we must request that the smart watches that have games and the ability to take photos and make recordings are also left at home. We have a duty of care to protect the confidentiality of our tamariki and we are unable to monitor any photos or recordings made - either deliberately or accidentally - on these devices.

We understand that some children have comfort toys/blankets that they need to have with them. We think that this has caused other tamariki to choose to bring their toys to school too. If your child has a comfort toy then we encourage them to leave it in their bag or tote tray during the day. Please let us know if this is the case so that we can support them with this. Thank you.

Helping at School

We are grateful to those of you who have recently offered to help out at school. Under the orange setting we are able to welcome you into the classroom - mask wearing is required. If you would like to volunteer some time to help in Uenuku then please let us know and we will get back in touch with you to arrange details.

Daily reminders

  • Classrooms open at 8:30am. Prior to this teachers may be in meetings or busy preparing for the day and are not available to supervise the children.
  • Please provide a change of clothes in your child's bag. It's also helpful to have a warm jersey and a raincoat even if the weather seems warm and dry in the morning.
  • Please check your child's school bag each day - they may have a new reading book in their book bag, a notice, or have some of their wonderful creations to share. Wet/dirty clothes might be a possibility too!
  • Please send your child with a water bottle every day.

Coming up in Term 3

Week 7 Tongan Language Week

Conservation Week

Week 8 Te wiki o te reo Maori

As always, please feel free to pop in for a quick chat before or after school with any queries or wonderings. We are also available via email and can always give you a call if you prefer.

Ngā manaakitanga

Team Uenuku teachers

Team Uenuku

Mr M - Jason Middlemiss jason@paparangi.school.nz (part time teacher)

Miss Jensen - Michaela Jensen mjensen@paparangi.school.nz

Rebecca - Rebecca Arrowsmith rebecca@paparangi.school.nz (team leader/AP)