Kia Ora, Kia Orana, Talofa, Bula Vinaka, Malo e lelei, Fakalofa lahi atu, Namaste, Sat Shri Akal, Salam alaikum, Kumusta, Preevyet & Warm Pacific Greetings to you all. Randwick Park continues to be a vibrant learning community providing diverse educational experiences to cater for the learning needs of our tamariki.
Dear Parents/Whānau, Students & Community Members
We look forward to continuing to work with you and having you as part of our school community.
- Increase confidence and competence
- Having opportunity to contribute and share
- Actively take part with aim to develop confidence to self direct and initiate learning opportunities.
- Critically analyse their own and others actions by providing constructive feedback.
- Develop a positive and responsive attitude towards their own well being and others.
Students will be grouped according to their assessments at the end 2017. These will be flexible to ensure students are working at the appropriate level. Our tamariki will be learning how to think critically about texts. They will also know how to identify particular points of view and recognise that texts can position a reader. Building vocabulary is a further aspect that we will continue to focus on. Interpreting what they read is often a direct result on how well they can understand the vocabulary. Students will be encouraged to read biographies about well known, inspiring people.
As in Reading, Writing will be needs based and individuals will be grouped accordingly. Students will understand that writing has a purpose and that the audience with whom they are writing to determines how a piece is structured and written. Our writing will be based around individual inquiries and will include:
- how to convey and sustain personal voice in a piece of writing
- form and express ideas with increased clarity drawing on a range of sources e.g. internet, books, magazines, people
- use a range of vocabulary to communicate meaning
- organise and sequence ideas and information with confidence
In Numeracy, students will be grouped in a variety of ways including mixed ability, similar ability and social groups. The aim of this is to extend the number of children they interact with and expose them to new concepts, ideas and strategies. Being able to extract important information and the correct operation ( +, -, x or ÷) from a word problem, to reach a solution continues to be a focus. Students are encouraged to justify their thinking/working out. In Algebra students will learn further about linear equations, coordinate graphs which include integers (four quadrant).
Camp Adair 2019
The Kahikatea team will be going on camp in Term One. The purpose of this experience is for our students to:
- Develop relationships, build teamwork and foster leadership skills
- Improve self-confidence, willingness to take risks and problem solve
WHERE: Camp Adair, Hunua
WHEN: Wednesday 19 – Friday 22 February 2019
WHO: Kahikatea Team and Nga Manukura Year 7-8 tamariki
FOR HOW LONG?: Three nights and four days
COST: $100.00 (this will be confirmed during Term 4 2018). Final payment due by 3.30pm Thursday 31 January, 2019. This can be paid in instalments and either online or in person at our school office. The school is heavily subsidising the overall cost to ensure as many tamariki as possible have the opportunity to participate. If you have more than one child eligible to participate in the camp please discuss the cost with their class teacher.
Some of the activities that will be available for your child may include:
Initiative exercises and Teamwork
Air rifle shooting
A camp information evening will be scheduled for December 2018. This will be held in the staffroom, where teachers will share specific information about the camp programme. It is an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have concerning the learning experiences and safety for your son/daughter.
Te Reo Māori
Māori is part of the New Zealand curriculum. There is an expectation that all our tamariki will know their pepeha and mihi. To help your child, here is a suggested checklist of what they need to know to successfully complete their pepeha. If you are unsure of some of these you can either take up the challenge of finding out from extended whānau. There is also the option of omitting a particular aspect.
Name of Marae or village
Name of your tribe (iwi)
Name of chief of your village/marae
Waka or name of airline that transported your family to NZ
Name of your mountain (maunga) or a mountain close to where you are from
Name of your river (awa) or a river close to where you are from
Helping your child with these will be greatly appreciated.
Through our physical education programme, students learn values and morals such as patience and perseverance through skill building, games and fun activities. Our programme is a mix of verbal, written and physical communication. It teaches self-belief and that goals cannot be achieved without hard work (perseverance). Learning correct techniques and skills and then applying them in a game situation is our focus.
Students need a t-shirt to change into for PE lessons. Senior tamariki are encouraged to use deodorant.
Swimming forms part of our school programme. The expectation is that all students bring their togs and towel ready for their swimming lessons. They will also be learning how to remain safe in and around water.
New Zealand and Australia have among the highest melanoma rates in the world. We ask that all students wear a navy hat with a brim and that it is worn to and from school, and when outside during the school day.
Tamariki are encouraged to bring/drink water regularly through out the day.
Family/Whānau Hui Term 1 and Te Hui Ako Terms 2 and 3 2018
Thank you to all the families who consistently attend these to ensure you are up to date with your child’s learning.
These hui continue to be highlights of our Randwick Park learning community. They are a time for you to gain an understanding of how your child is achieving, the goals that they have set for themselves and how they plan to reach these. We look forward to your tamariki sharing information about their learning with you. Having a common goal we are all working towards supports your son/daughter with their learning. This is a priority for us.
Your son/daughter will be provided with homework. The goal is for students to complete part of this every night, to reinforce what they are learning in the classroom. If necessary, please go over the homework with your child. You may need to support them with clarifying instructions. We expect a high standard. Each child is asked to complete this to the best of their ability independently. This is part of preparing and reinforcing our tamariki to become self – managing learners.
Stationery/Annual School Donation/Technology:
Stationery is $25.00 for Term 1. There is an increase from Term 2 depending on the year level of the child.
School donation is $60.00 per student or $150.00 for a family of 3 or more siblings.
Year 7-8 Technology is $40.00 for the year.
Randwick Park School tamariki are required to wear our school uniform. If they are unable to do this, a phone call, email or a dated and signed note is required. Students will be asked to remove non uniform items and returned at a later date. Please ensure all parts of your child’s uniform are clearly named.
Uniform expectations include:
Shoulder length hair to be tied back.
Jewellery is not part of our uniform unless worn for cultural / religious reasons. Please advise your child’s class teacher or our school office so this information can be kept with our school records.
For safety we ask that students only wear small stud earrings.
Nail polish is not part of our school uniform.
Uniform items can be purchased from the Uniform Shoppe
L1 /185 Great South Rd
Southmall, Manurewa – Ph 267 6067
Learning commences at 8:40am. To allow your son/daughter time to unpack and be settled before learning starts, please ensure they are here by 8:30am. Our aim is to have 100% of learners attending school on time daily 100% of the time. If your child(ren) is going to be absent please contact our School Office prior to 8:40am. If dropping your tamariki off late please sign them in explaining the reason for this. If a child arrives late without any explanation they will be required to make up their lost learning minutes in their own time. Ongoing lateness or absences are addressed by our School Liaison Officer in the first instance. If this continues and is interfering with your child(ren)’s learning, it will be referred to the Manurewa Truancy Office.
Randwick Park School promotes healthy eating. We aim to build health knowledge and skills for and with our tamariki in order for them to make positive healthy choices about how they live their lives and what they put into their bodies including food and drink.
A healthy lunch is one that contains the four main food groups (fruit, vegetables, protein such as meat and starch such as bread, rice) and tries to reduce sugars and high fat foods like chips.
If you are delivering your child’s lunch please aim to have this balance and bring it to our school office. It will be available to collect at the next break time.
Before and After School Care – SKIDs
All students that are not part of the ‘Skids’ After School Care Programme or involved in Sports/Dance practices are to be off site by 3.00pm. This is for their safety, as staff are regularly in meetings after school and cannot be responsible for their care. If you are unable to collect your child by 3:00pm, please contact the ‘Skids’ team on 0276275001
Students at times may need to have a cell phone at school. We ask that they do not do this unless it is essential for communication after school. If your tamariki requires a cell phone it is to be given to the teacher at the start of the day and collected after the final bell. This assists with its security. If students are seen with a cell phone during the school day it will be removed. In the first instance, it will be returned, the second, it will be retained until a parent/whanau member comes to collect it. Once again if you have any questions relating to this please do not hesitate to contact us. We appreciate your understanding of this request.
TERM DATES 2018
Term 3: 23 July – 28 September
Term 4: 15 October – 20 December
Monday 22 October – Labour Weekend – Public Holiday
TERM DATES 2019
Family/Whānau Hui: Thursday 31 January (tbc)
Term 1: Class learning gets underway Monday 4 February
Please do not hesitate to contact us through our School Office on 267-0112 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have any questions or matters relating to your child’s learning or our School. Do not wait, the sooner we know about an issue, the easier it is to address.
We look forward to welcoming new members to our community while continuing to support your child with their learning during 2018 and having you as part of our Randwick Park School family.
Noho Ora Mai