Kauri T1 Team Newsletter 2020

From the Team Leader
Welcome to team Kauri 2020. As usual it is great to see so many familiar, smiley faces, as well as some new ones. This includes welcoming Miss Brittany Morron to our Kauri teaching team. She has moved into Room 15, creating an additional Year 4 class. Brittany was previously in Team Manuka, and some of you may already know her from her time in the Junior area of the school. We are excited about the year ahead and we can’t wait to work alongside you to create the best learning opportunities for your child. This year Team Kauri are starting with a hiss and a roar with a small trip booked for Week 2. Our focus is around ‘body systems and nutrition’, so we are going to learn a little about how to read food labels. Naomi Sutton (a nutritionist from Food for Thought) will be coming in and taking some sessions in our classrooms and then we will venture out to New World in Howick for a session to apply our learning. We will be looking for roughly 4 helpers per class with this too, look out for our notice.

There will continue to be a focus on our 4 values and PB4L within the team and school. We will have 5 units of inquiry this year, rather than the previous 4 units, which just gives us an opportunity to further your child’s knowledge even more! Camp will also be coming up for Year 6 students in Week 6 this year. If you ever have any questions in regards to what is happening in the classroom, feel free to please contact your child’s teacher at anytime. We are more than happy to meet with you. We are also often looking for help or expertise from our parents. If you have spare time, or an area of expertise that may be of interest to our learning please get in touch. We love making connections with you.

Team Kauri 2020

Rm 13 Year 5 Miss Tineke Oed: tinekeo@pmps.school.nz
Rm 14 Year 4 Mrs Balvinder Kaur: balvinderk@pmps.school.nz
Rm 15 Year 4 Miss Brittany Morron: brittanym@pmps.school.nz
Rm 16 Year 6 Miss Kim Timmins (Team Leader): meganh@pmps.school.nz

Coming onto the school grounds during the school day
Due to health and safety laws and in the interests of student safety: All parents, caregivers and school visitors must sign in at the school office before proceeding to their child’s classroom. This includes things like dropping in a child’s lunch if it has been forgotten, picking them up for appointments or wanting to visit teacher. Thank you so much for your cooperation and support with this.

Team News

How you can help:
Volunteer to be a parent helper at camp or other trips (Forms will come out soon)
Talk about the school values at home. Notice when your child does something that exemplifies a school value and tell them. E.g “When you did that….you were being resilient”.
Volunteer to read with a group
Help with preparing art materials
Help with creating costumes for our production in term 4
Share your expertise with us for inquiry


All students should have their stationery on the first day of school. Please ensure all books are labelled clearly with their name and room number.


We would like to remind you that all students from Year 4-6 should have PE gear with a house t-shirt. Unfortunately we are having a number of students still turn up without PE gear when it is needed. We do Jump Jam on a Friday morning and they must be in PE gear for that. Please help ensure that your child has this packed in their bags. Also don’t forget to name it.
Hats are also compulsory at present. Please make sure they have one, that it is named and brought to school every day. No hat, no play.
Term 1 means no long pants or jackets. It is very hot at school and in our classrooms.
In case you haven’t noticed previously in the above bullet points, please make sure all items are clearly named – we always end up with way too many lost items due to having no name on them.

Our Learning

Our focus for our first inquiry this term is around body systems and how they function.

Our Big Idea is:

Body systems work together to enable the functioning of the human body.

Our Understanding Goals are:

How body systems function and are interconnected
Factors that contribute to a healthy body
How to take responsibility for physical health and well-being

As mentioned at the start of this newsletter, we will be looking for some parent helpers that can spare some time to come with us to New World on the 13th/14th of February. A notice will be on its way shortly. Also if you have any expertise with nutrition, the human body or physical education and would be happy to come in and talk to our team, please let us know.

Our focus for our second inquiry (which will start later in Term 1) is around Earth and our Solar System.

Our Big Idea is:

Changes in the Earth and its spheres impact on our daily lives.

Our Understanding Goals are:

The interconnection between Earth and the solar system
Why the Earth has changed and continues to change
How humans respond to Earth’s changes

Please let us know if you have any area of expertise for this unit. Maybe you are a Scientist or Geologist who would love to share their knowledge or do an experiment with the students. Whatever it is, we would love to hear from you.

Dates for the Diary

Picnic and Meet the Teacher
We are hoping to see as many parents as possible at our meet the teacher evening on Wednesday the 5th of February at 7pm, just meet in the hall. The following week is the annual school picnic at 5.30pm on Tuesday the 11th of February.

New World Visits

In Week 2, Thursday 13th and Friday 14th February our classes will be doing a small trip to New World to further our knowledge and learning about nutrition. If you can help with these, please return the notice and talk to the classroom teacher.

Year 6 Camp is coming up in week 6 of this term 10th to the 13th of March. Of all events in your child’s year 6 year this is a one of a kind experience. Most students recollect it as the best time during their year 6 year. The personal learning and growth that takes place on camp is huge. More information will come out soon.

Kauri Team Whakatauki
Me mahi tahi tātou mō te oranga o te katoa
We should work together for the wellbeing of everyone


Below is a current team photo (selfie!) and some photos from our recent PD in the holidays.

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