Welcome back from the Easter Holidays. I hope everyone enjoyed a well deserved rest and were all looked after by the Easter Bunny.
Term 2 is an 11 week term, and is centred around the theme, "Matariki". After beginning the term with a focus on Anzac Day, our integrated unit will cover Matariki- Maori new year celebrations while also looking at when other cultures celebrate the new year, and how they celebrate it also. Matariki officially begins on the 18th of June when the Seven Sisters appear in our dawn sky. Our school we be involved with the Waihi Cluster Schools activities during Matariki, and we will let you know closer to the time the activities we will be involved in.
Our theme also covers the Science topic of "Stars, Planets, Moon and Solar System" while our Enviro-Schools focus continues with our Edible Gardens being created, established and planted, along with the planting of our fruit trees and the building of our school's own bee hives-an exciting technology aspect of our learning this term. There will lots of opportunities for families to connect with this project over the term, whether by offering help with class activities connected with our community gardens project, or whether donating plants, seedling, fruit trees or materials needed for bringing our children's garden vision and designs to life.
Our Health focus centres around the upcoming school X country at Dickey's Flat on the Sorley Farm, Soccer and Netball,Tapuwae and includes our Values focus over the term of Friendship, Co-Operation, Participation, Honesty and Being Positive.
Our Literacy focus is of course linked closely to our Term 2 theme, with our Reading and Writing programmes centred around Narratives (Myths, Legends and Folktales) and Persuasive Writing where possible. There are some hot topics to consider currently, including debate around whether we should have a new NZ Flag for example.
Our Maths focus for the Term is primarily Numeracy, but encompasses Geometry and Measurement also.
Keyboard and Piano lessons also begin the first week of Term on Wednesdays and Thursdays with Ting from 9am on both days. We had a massive response to the offer of Piano/Keyboard lessons last term and have 16 students attending lessons this term. A letter from Ting for these students will go home tomorrow afternoon.
Good luck also to our Soccer teams representing Waikino School this term, their games begin on Tuesday 3.30pm at Waihi Beach for our Year 3 and 4 team, and on Friday 3.30pm at Waihi College for our Year 5 and 6 team.
Finally this weekend is Anzac Weekend, and like all schools across the country we will be attending memorial services on Saturday, 25th of April at the Waihi Hall at 10.45am. Last year we were strongly represented at the service and I would like this to happen again this year-especially in light of the 100 years anniversary of World War 1. Our children are creating poppies of remembrance for all the men, women and animals that served NZ over the past 100 years and will be presenting these on a special wreath at Saturday's service.
In addition to attending Saturday's Memorial service, Waikino School will be holding a special "Fields of Remembrance Assembly" on Friday in Te Kauri at 2.15pm, where the children will share what they have learnt this weekend about ANZAC Day. The service will include the construction of a field of remembrance, which includes 30 white crosses and the names of 30 soldiers who served and died in the first world war from across NZ. This is part of the Ministry of Education and The Field of Remembrance Trust project which have sponsored and put together this educational resource for schools, to help us teach children about the special meaning and significance of Anzac Day to us as New Zealanders. Our Assembly will include the singing of the National Anthem, the observation of a minute's silence and the playing of the Last Post.
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