Sunday, November 4, 2018

Whanau Aparangi T4 Wk 4

Tēna koe e te whānau! Greetings to our students and their families. Term 4 is in full swing and our Aparangi students are making the most of their final term at Balmoral.

Welcome Taylor
We'd like to welcome Taylor Adair to the Year 8 team. She is teaching in Rm 4.75 for the remainder of 2018 as Rose has moved across to the ESOL position.

Sports & swimming
We have enjoyed the transition into summer sports, including finishing off our athletics training then competing at Mt Smart Stadium. It was fantastic to see our students rise to the challenge in soggy conditions. This term, each class has two swimming sessions a week and it is important that they bring their swimming gear to fully participate in this opportunity. We also ask that the students bring their PE gear on Wednesdays for house sport.


Keeping ourselves safe
The Year 8 classes are starting the keeping ourselves safe lessons this week. For more information please go to the six focus areas for Y7/8: http://www.police.govt.nz/advice/personal-and-community-advice/school-portal/resources/successful-relationships/kos-7-8?nondesktop

Punctuality & attendance
We are monitoring punctuality and attendance very closely at the moment. Later comers are expected to check in via the school Office and will often have a discussion with Trish to explain why they are late. If you are aware that your son/daughter is going to be absent, please let us know in advance, as it helps us when scheduling assessments and learning tasks.


End of year events
The staff are currently preparing the end-of-year events for Year 8. These will include:
Prizegiving - Mon 3rd Dec (afternoon)
Day out at Parnell Pools - Wed 12th Dec (all day)
Farewell assembly and early finish - Fri 14th Dec (school ends at 1pm)

Inquiry learning around the classrooms
Classes are at different stages of their inquiry, with some further extending their Term 3 focus and others on new pathways. For examples, the students of Room 3 have been exploring their big idea through the Arts by preparing artworks, models, movies, poetry, song lyrics, music and photos. Room 8 have been investigating light through different mediums, including scientific investigations, light installations, Diwali and art. Watch this space for examples of our learning this term.


Thanks for your ongoing support. Feel free to pop in and visit your classroom teacher to say hello.

Nga mihi nui,
Jacqui, Taylor, Elsie, Janelle, Dan & Joe.
Whanau Aparangi



Thursday, August 16, 2018

Camp update - one week to go!

Hi everyone

We have one more week of school before heading down to Finlay Park Adventure Camp at Lake Karapiro.

It is a good time to find those last warm and waterproof items: polyprops, waterproof jacket and 2-3 pairs of old running shoes that can get muddy.

On Tuesday 28th August, students should arrive at school by 8:30am. They will need to carry their packed lunch, drink bottle and raincoat in a small day pack. Medication must be in a clearly named ziplock bag.

On Monday 27th August our Year 8 students will participate in team building activities in preparation for camp. Students should wear full uniform on this day.

Please go over the updated gear list with your son/daughter.

With thanks,
Jacqui, Rose, Dan, Janelle, Elsie & Joe.



Amount
Gear required
Tick box  
1
Ice-cream container of baking to share

1
Day 1 - Packed morning tea, lunch and full drink bottle required

1
Sleeping bag + fleece blanket (optional)

1
Pillow

1
Fitted sheet (optional; mattresses are vinyl covered)

1
Set of pyjamas to sleep in

1
Torch (with fully charged batteries)

1
Named water bottle (at least 750ml)

2
Towels (showering and swimming)

1
Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo & conditioner,
personal medication in a ziplock bag, sunscreen, insect repellent,
hair ties if required.

1
Sunhat

1
Raincoat (must be waterproof with sealed seams)

3
Woollen jersey or fleece

4
T-shirts (including at least 2 that are old and can get dirty)

2-3
Shorts

1
Trousers/Track pants (no denim)

3
Polypropylene top

2
Polypropylene long johns

1
Warm gloves

1
Warm beanie

1
Wetsuit (optional - recommended)

1
Togs

1-2 sets
Night clothes ie  very warm pants and tops (for evenings and after activities)

2-3
Shoes (lace up running shoes or similar): Walking trackshoes, activities trackshoes
(old pair that can get dirty), wet shoes (optional)

4 pairs
Socks & underwear

1
Day pack

3
Plastic bags

1
Tea towel

1
Book or other quiet activity (s)



No devices
No other food (no lollies)

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Whanau Aparangi Newsletter - Term 3 Week 2

Tēnā koutou e te whānau! Greetings to our students and their families. The Year 8 students have returned to school, looking refreshed and ready for their final five months at Balmoral School.

This term, we are pleased to welcome Janelle Palliser who is going to teach the students of Room 8 for
the remainder of the year. Janelle joins us after spending time teaching and travelling in Europe. She has
previously taught at Halsey Drive School.


Inquiry Learning Around the Classrooms
Our classes are fully engaged in their inquiry pathways, many of which are still linked to our Y8
whakatauki from the beginning of the year: Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari, he toa takatini.
We are seeing Y8 students involved in a range of investigations including setting up businesses, carrying
out science investigations and exploring technology.


Our literacy continues to be closely linked to the classroom 'BIG IDEAS', giving students a clear
purpose for gaining and communicating information. Some of the skills we are practising through this way
of learning are: thinking critically - questioning, making predictions, summarising, sorting information,
hypothesising, testing and making conclusions.


Balmoral Intermediate Open Night Helpers
Camp Update
As you know, the Year 8 camp is taking place from Tues 28th - Fri 31st August, at Finlay Park Adventure
Camp near Karapiro. The staff have been on a site visit and we are impressed with the location,
quality of the EOTC activities, accommodation and catering.


It is imperative that the students have many warm layers (polypropylene or wool) and a fully waterproof coat.
We will be participating in the activities whether we have rain, hail or shine. There is a drying room at
camp for us to use.


Please note that the final camp payments are due this Friday. If you have any further queries about camp,
please get in touch with your class teacher  jacquib@balmoral.school.nz or trish@balmoral.school.nz


Samoan & Cook Island Cultural Celebration Night
We would like to let you know that you are warmly invited to the Samoan and Cook Island Cultural
Celebration night. It is on in the school hall from 6-7:30pm on Wednesday 8th August. All families are
welcome to see our wonderful cultural groups in action.


Mathematics (A message from Jesse McBride, Whanau Turanga)
We are all about growing the mindset of our students, especially in the area of Maths as this can be an
area where we put up a lot of perceived barriers.
We want to create a Mathematical Mindset Community, where...
- Teachers and students believe everyone can learn maths at high levels
- Communication and connections are valued
- The maths is visual
- The maths is open
- The environment is filled with wonder and curiosity
- The classroom is a risk-taking, mistake valuing environment
We want to ask questions like...
Why does that answer make sense?
Why does that method work?
Can you prove it? Visually?
Can you predict what would happen if... ?
Did you make any interesting mistakes?
Please follow these links to help bring investigative, growth mindset building maths into your home. The
first video is especially valuable and explains this approach more fully (for adults). The second video is
aimed at students....
Both these websites contain hundreds of investigations (that can be levelled and sorted by subject)
Lastly, this approach (sometimes called 'Common Core Maths') is explained by Dr Raj Shah using a
multiplication problem.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_CK1e0Lmxw


Rich Challenge
This week all Year 8 students will return their Rich Challenge goals to their teacher. It was wonderful
to see the variety of projects that the students worked towards last term. Many have reflected on their
learning and have identified a way of refining their skills for this term. Thank you for supporting your
son/daughter with their chosen project.


Thanks for your ongoing support. Feel free to pop in and visit your classroom teacher to say hello.


Nga mihi nui,
Jacqui, Rose, Dan, Elsie, Joe & Janelle
Whanau Aparangi

Monday, July 30, 2018

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time


Author: Mark Haddon

A Book Review by Emil Hinchliff


‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime’ is an intriguing murder mystery. However, not in
the way most would expect.


It is about a boy called Christopher. As you will soon find out, he has autism. Sometimes, in the
middle of the night he likes to get up and walk up and down the street, pretending he is the only
living thing, and owns the entire world. However, when he gets up one night, he finds a dog.
His neighbour's dog, Wellington. Unfortunately, Wellington is dead. Stabbed to death with a pitchfork,
to be exact.


So, he decides, with the help of Siobhan, his teacher, he wants to write a novel. A murder mystery
to be precise. The main characters; him, Christopher, the detective, Wellington, the victim, and the
rest of his world, are his suspects.


This is a heart-wrenching, gripping novel by Mark Haddon, with twists that will one moment make
your heart soar, and the next fall, as the book takes some unexpected turn.


Rating: 4.5/5 “Kind of like a better written, more mature version of Wonder” Emil

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Year 8 Camp - Gear List

Here is our gear list for Finlay Park Adventure Camp. Please encourage the students 
to bring only older, preloved gear as they are likely to get muddy. We are sharing this
with you as early as possible so you can borrow from friends and family if required.

Amount
Gear required
1
Ice-cream container of baking to share
1
Day 1 - Packed morning tea, lunch and full drink bottle required
1
Sleeping bag
1
Pillow
1
Fitted sheet (optional; mattresses are vinyl covered)
1
Set of pyjamas to sleep in
1
Torch (with fully charged batteries)
1
Named water bottle (at least 750ml)
2
Towels (showering and swimming)
1
Toiletries: Tooth brush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo and conditioner,
personal medication, sunscreen, insect repellent, hair ties.
1
Sunhat
1
Raincoat (must be waterproof with sealed seams)
3
Woollen jersey or fleece
4
T-shirts (including at least 2 that are old and can get dirty)
2-3
Shorts
1
Trousers/Trackpants (no denim)
3
Polypropylene top
2
Polypropylene long johns
1
Warm gloves
1
Warm beanie
1
Wetsuit (optional)
1
Togs
1-2 sets
Night clothes ie  very warm pants and tops (for evenings and after activities)
2-3
Shoes (lace up running shoes or similar): walking trackshoes,
activities trackshoes, wet shoes (optional).
4 pairs
Socks & underwear
1
Day pack
3
Plastic bags
1
Tea towel
1
Book or quiet activity

Whanau Aparangi T4 Wk 4

Tēna koe e te whānau! Greetings to our students and their families. Term 4 is in full swing and our Aparangi students are making the most of...