Friday, 5 February 2016

Welcome to 2016!


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Welcome Back


A warm welcome to all students and families as we get back into the swing of things for another exciting year of learning and fun in Room’s 11 & 12. A special welcome to Ben who is a new student at Te Puna school. As always, the first term is a busy one, which includes Beach Ed, Camp Waitomo, swimming sessions, Country Fair, and much more.


Camp Waitomo
In week 4, rooms 5, 11 & 12 will be going on a 4-day camp, staying at Tokikapu Marae in Waitomo. Activities will include caving, abseiling, team-building and fossil-hunting. In order for the trip to go ahead we require adequate parent numbers. If you would like to come on this fun camp from 23-26 Feb please email hamishw@tepuna.school.nz with your name and contact details. The relevant consent and medical form was emailed yesterday - please keep those responses coming through.


Eleven | Twelve Blog
We are operating a class blog this year, which the students will end up taking ownership of, in terms of the content that is displayed on it. This will be a great way that families can keep up with what has been happening in the senior school. You can find it at www.r12tepunaschool.blogspot.com - if you add your email address to the ‘FOLLOW BY EMAIL’ field, you will be notified each time the blog is updated.


Beach Ed
On Monday (15th Feb), rooms 5, 11 & 12 will attend a Beach Education programme run by Surf Lifesaving NZ at the Mount Surf Lifesaving Club. This will be a great day where the kids will learn about beach safety as well as having a refreshing swim in the waves too. A big thanks to those parents who have offered to come along on the day. It is still not too late to offer your services for this day. If you are keen to come along, click here to complete the parent helper (consent) form.


Swimming
Students will be swimming every second day at school (Mon, Wed, Fri in odd numbered weeks and Tue, Thu in even numbered weeks). It’s probably easiest if children bring togs and a towel every day. If students are unable to swim for any reason they must bring a signed note from home explaining why.


Homework
Weekly homework is given out on a Monday and is due back for marking on the Friday, starting in week 2. Occasionally students may be given a homework project that may take up to 2 weeks to complete.


Uniform
Our year 7/8 students are required to wear the correct Te Puna school uniform. Just a reminder that this consists of either the school polo or sports shirt and black tidy shorts. School wide-brimmed hats are compulsory in terms 1 & 4. Any uniform items can be purchased through the school office.


As always, Melissa and myself are able to be contacted via email or by dropping into the classroom. You are welcome anytime.


Regards,



Hamish Wadsworth hamishw@tepuna.school.nz

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