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The school recently enjoyed a colourful Friday dressed up as their favourite book character! Ii hope everyone who was not there has checked out the latest newsletter and Facebook page for pictures.

Book Fair was a lot of fun for those involved and special thanks must go to Cara for helping to set up and run the fair and to Paula for her excellent read-aloud skills. Thank you to you both for an awesome job.



Hectors World - Netsafe (click for info)

The online world creates opportunity and a wealth of information but it brings with it a plethora of dangers, tricksters and scams. Netsafe promotes safe, confident and responsible online activity and through its websites provides information that will help provide guidance in almost every aspect of online safety.

Children can play and learn in the magical undersea world of  Silicon Deep with Hector and his friends. Hector's World gives young ones a great start to life online, teaching them online safety by way of games and stories. Teachers and caregivers can use its wealth of quality resources to support children's learning.



Totara Student - Ethan

Term 3 Week 8. Well done, Ethan. You earned 4 Totara leaves over the last fortnight.



Story Jumper Sensory Poems- The Triceratops

A collection of sensory poems written by the Cougar Literacy Group about the mighty Triceratops.

http://www.storyjumper.com/book/index/15361762



2014-2016 School Charter

At its 31 March 2014 meeting, the Board of Trustees ratified the 2014-2016 Hikuai School Charter.  The Education Act requires every school to have a charter and also to submit the charter to the Ministry of Education.  The Charter is a key planning document that sets out the school's objectives and targets for the year.  Our 2014 goals around increasing the number of students achieving 'at' or 'above' National Standards in reading are set out in this year's Charter.  I encourage you to read it. 

Regards,

Mark Milmine
Chairman, Board of Trustees



Chair Chat

I will be using this newsletter to ensure the parent body are kept abreast of matters relating to the governance of the school.  The school newsletter remains your key communication for day-to-day happenings and upcoming events.  Regards, Mark



Science Fair 10.12.14 (click pic)

Hi Hikuai parents, children and community.

We just wanted to let you know that this year we will be holding a science fair at our wonderful school. We have finalized the date as the 10th of December in Term 4 with a topic of “CHANGE” to reflect our curriculum concept this year.

The students, parents and community will be given more information as we move closer to the date but we just wanted you to be able to add this event to your diary.

Please keep a sharp eye out for updates throughout the following terms.



Room 4 Term 1 Newsletter

Hi parents and students of  Room 4. Please find attached our Term Newsletter.

 



Room 4 Maths Masteries Programme 2014

Hi parents of Room 4 children and Mr Steins Maths TLP class. Please read the below information about our basic facts programme this yearand hown it will run

BASIC FACTS

IN THE

HIKUAI MIDDLE SCHOOL

This year in the middle school maths with Mr Stein it is our aim and intention for each child to know their basics facts fully and completely by the end of the year - if not sooner. The tool we are going to use to do this is called “The Mastery Programme”.  This is a programme that progressively tests the basic facts knowledge of each child.  Every child starts at the same starting point and then there are 12 tests to work through. To move onto the next basic facts paper the student has to pass the “Thursday Mastery Test” by getting no less than 49/50 correct. Each student will be given a sample test to take home and practice with in preparation for their Thursday Mastery Test.

There is a strong emphasis on the ‘Family of Facts” so no basic fact is learnt in isolation

e.g. 5 x 2 = 10 therefore 10÷2 =5      or      13 + 6 = 19 therefore 19 – 6 = 13

 

This is the order the Thursday Mastery Tests will take:

  1. Subtraction Below10
  2. Basic Facts to 10 (addition and subtraction)
  3. 2 X Tables & divide by 2
  4. 10 X Tables & divide by 10
  5. 5 X Tables and divide by 5
  6. Basic Facts to 20 (addition and subtraction)
  7. 3 X Tables and divide by 3
  8. 4X tables and divide by 4
  9. 6X Tables and divide by 6
  10. 7X Tables and divide by 7
  11. 8X Tables and divide by 8
  12. 9X Tables and divide by 9

Completion Times: Year 3 – 10 minutes, Year 4 – 8 minutes, Year 5 – 6minutes,

If you have any questions about this programme or your child’s performance over the course of the year please email me at jared@hikuai.school.nz

Kind regards from Jared Stein



Room 4 Spelling Programme 2014

Hi Parents of Room 4 children. Please read the information below about our spelling in class this year.

Dear parents and middle school students, this year our spelling will be based on the NZ Essential Word List.

  • Students will be allocated 10 spelling words from the level they are on each week (starting week 3 after testing- that’s the 17th of Feb). You will know what level they are on when their homework book comes home. All the words from their allocated level will be in their Homework books too. They will be tested on their take home words each Friday morning over a 4 week period; however on the 5th week they will be tested on all the words in their level. There will be a small amount of words (10) that will have not been tested at school so it is vital that parents go over the entire list with their child.
  • The note books will go home on a Monday and be returned on Friday as testing will be done each Friday morning.
  • The expectation is that parents will test their child every night (where possible) and will sign that their child has been tested in their Homework Book.
  • To go up a level the students will have to achieve 38/40 or better on their level test. If they don’t achieve this they will have to repeat the level and parents will be asked to further help achieve success on their child’s next attempt.
  • The desired outcome is that by then end of the year all the middle school students will know how to spell all the words in the NZ Essential Word List.
  • When the child has completed the NZ Essential Word List Spelling Levels they will then go onto another spelling list programme called “The Essential Vocabulary”.

If you have any questions about the lists or your child’s performance throughout the year, please don’t hesitate to contact me at jared@hikuai.school.nz

Kind regards from Jared Stein



BOT - Governance Manual

Below is a link to the Hikuai School Governance Manual.  This document was updated and ratified by the Board in August 2014.  It outlines the Board's policies and how the Board conducts its business.



Totara Student - Ethan

Term 3 Week 8. Well done, Ethan. You earned 4 Totara leaves over the last fortnight.



Science Fair 10.12.14 (click pic)

Hi Hikuai parents, children and community.

We just wanted to let you know that this year we will be holding a science fair at our wonderful school. We have finalized the date as the 10th of December in Term 4 with a topic of “CHANGE” to reflect our curriculum concept this year.

The students, parents and community will be given more information as we move closer to the date but we just wanted you to be able to add this event to your diary.

Please keep a sharp eye out for updates throughout the following terms.



Hectors World - Netsafe (click for info)

The online world creates opportunity and a wealth of information but it brings with it a plethora of dangers, tricksters and scams. Netsafe promotes safe, confident and responsible online activity and through its websites provides information that will help provide guidance in almost every aspect of online safety.

Children can play and learn in the magical undersea world of  Silicon Deep with Hector and his friends. Hector's World gives young ones a great start to life online, teaching them online safety by way of games and stories. Teachers and caregivers can use its wealth of quality resources to support children's learning.



Library News


Thank you


The school recently enjoyed a colourful Friday dressed up as their favourite book character! Ii hope everyone who was not there has checked out the latest newsletter and Facebook page for pictures.

Book Fair was a lot of fun for those involved and special thanks must go to Cara for helping to set up and run the fair and to Paula for her excellent read-aloud skills. Thank you to you both for an awesome job.