Mataī 11 - Term 1 2020

Welcome to a new year at New Lynn School.

We are ready for a great first term of learning in Mataī 11!

Kia ora parents and caregivers. I’m Laura Robertson and am looking forward to another exciting year at New Lynn School. Our class was initially named Kahikatea 4 but the way the numbers have worked out this year has meant that we are staying within the Mataī syndicate which has been expanded to include years 0-4.

Our Topics this term are:

Maths: Statistics, Measurement, Addition and Subtraction

Writing: Recount writing, report writing

Topics: Te Tiriti o Waitangi and school values (weeks 1-2), Science: Change on Planet Earth

Phys Ed: Swimming, Athletics

I.C.T.: Using Seesaw (online journal), looking after iPads, using learning apps

Art: Self-portraits (painting, pastel and drawing)

Music: Singing, Te reo Kori (te reo Maori action songs), Beat

Te reo Maori: Introducing myself, counting in te reo, waiata (songs), asking and answering simple questions, whakapapa (genealogy)

The five Key Competencies of the NZ curriculum run through all that we do; these are: Relating to others, Managing Ourselves, Participating and Contributing, Thinking, Using symbols and texts

‘Meet the teacher’ evening:

This is being held in week 2 on Thursday 13 February. A notice will come home soon asking you to pick a time to come and see me if you feel you need to. School will close at 1pm on this day. This is an opportunity for you to tell me more about your child, for me to talk about how they have settled in, and for us to look at some next steps for their learning.


Warehouse Stationery in New Lynn have packs for sale under the name Kahikatea 4. The other half of the stationery needed this year is available at the office.

Arrival to School:

School starts at 8.55am. Please ensure your child is at school by 8.45am so they are able to organise their belongings and get ready for the day, as well as having some time to play with other children in the classroom or playground.

Home learning:

This includes a reader/book and either a bag of words that children are currently working on learning or a spelling book. Reading with them and lots of talking together are two great ways to help their literacy development.Please return the Book bag every day with the reader, reading log and word bag/spelling book in it. Check it each evening for notices, and sign the notebook to show you have heard your child read.

Children are tested every Friday on the words they bring home and new words are put in ready for Monday.

Children will bring home their book bag from Monday to Thursday - there is no homework for the weekend.

Home learning may also include passion projects or information gathering, depending on our topic.


Ensure each item of uniform is named. Hats are needed in terms one and four when the sun is fiercest. A plain blue hat is fine.

Change of clothes:

Sometimes accidents happen so it is very helpful for children to have a change of clothing in their bag (it does not have to be school uniform) as we do not have a lot of spare clothing.


We will be swimming on Mondays and Thursdays in Weeks 2-3 and weeks 6-10.

Please ensure all togs, towels etc are named and in a separate bag.

Contact Information:

If you move or change phone numbers, please let the school office know as soon as possible. It is very important if we need to contact you that we can reach you, especially in an emergency.

Thank you for your support of our school. If you have any queries, questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me or come and speak to me directly.

Laura Robertson

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