A community of agile and collaborative learners
Proud of who we are, empowered to make a difference
A very warm welcome to all our students and families in the Junior School, especially those who are joining the BBPS family for the first time. A special welcome to our new Junior teacher, Mrs Delwyn Jackson who is teaching in a collaborative space in room 5, along with Mrs Marlene Jackson.
Mrs Sarah Bartholomew – email@example.com
(Junior School Leader of Learning & Transition)
Room 5 Mrs Marlene Jackson Y1 firstname.lastname@example.org
Room 5 Mrs Delwyn Jackson Y1 email@example.com
Room 10 Mrs Donna Crowhurst Y1 firstname.lastname@example.org
Room 6 Mrs Liz Keel Y2 email@example.com
Room 9 Ms Anna Madgwick Y2 firstname.lastname@example.org
Room 8 Mrs Shari Knox Y2 email@example.com
As part of the BBPS Junior Team we strive to ensure that children feel secure in their class, enjoy coming to school, and develop confidence and independence. Our goal is to facilitate learning through project based learning, by guiding and assisting them with ongoing development of thinking skills, problem solving, working collaboratively and communicating effectively.
We really value the partnership with parents in helping to make our vision a reality. Initially the classes will be busy:
- getting to know the children’s interests, skills, talents, achievement levels and specific learning needs.
- establishing relationships
- setting up routines and expectations
We have been lucky enough to secure another swimming grant, so Farm Cove swimming school will be in to teach some lessons for students in term one. This is our PE for term one. Please make sure your child has his/her togs at school and that everything is named.
Room 5DJ has swimming on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday (Mrs Delwyn Jackson)
Room 5MJ has swimming on Tuesday, Thursday & Friday (Mrs Marlene Jackson)
Room 10 has swimming on Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday
Room 6 has swimming on Monday, Tuesday & Thursday
Room 7 has swimming on Monday, Wednesday & Thursday
Room 8 has swimming on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
See below for the library timetable. Please ensure the larger library book bag is returned containing any books your child has issued, so they can choose a new library book. The library times are as follows:
Room 5DJ – Monday
Room 5MJ – Monday
Room 10 – Wednesday
Room 6 – Tuesday
Room 7 – Friday
Room 8 – Tuesday
Monday – Thursday
- Daily reading books. Children may bring home the same book for more than one night depending on their reading level and the focus for lessons. Only one reading book at a time will be coming home due to the high use of all of our readers. The current reading book needs to be returned before a new one is issued. Please ensure readers are kept clean and dry and returned in book bags, as other groups and classes need them. They are very expensive to replace. Please also ensure a book bag is at school each day because no book bag = no book.
- On Fridays, instead of the reader, children will bring home their poem book and library book, which will need to be returned to school the following Monday. (Individual classes may have some variation to this procedure.)
- Reading Eggs is an optional online reading programme. There will be a separate letter coming out shortly if you would like to sign your child up. If you would like your child to access Reading Eggs, payment of $35 needs to be made through Kindo, or at the office. Students will receive their passwords when payment has been received.
- Alphabet/blend and word recognition practice.
- Maths – Have a close look at the NZ Maths website – this is an outstanding supporting resource: http://www.nzmaths.co.nz. On this site is the NZ Maths families’ link with lots of information for parents (and in particular the ‘Helping at home’ section) http://www.nzmaths.co.nz/families.
Teachers may send home Maths homework to support classroom learning. Please play lots of games at home such as cards and board games like ‘Snakes and Ladders’ and ‘Monopoly’.
Children can be attracted to classroom items that sometimes find their way into pockets. Please return any bits and pieces such as little teddies from the maths corner – we would be grateful …and no questions asked!
The School Day
Children settle better if they have had time in the morning to unpack, get their book bags organised, and briefly play with friends before school. The best arrival time is between 8:30am – 8:45am. Class starts at 8:50. If you are running late, please sign in at the office.
If your child is going to be late or absent, please phone the school on 534 6543 and leave a message with the reason why your child is away, or go to ‘Report an Absence’ on the school website and complete the quick form.
If you arrive before the 3.00pm bell, wait away from the classroom e.g. by the sun shelter or ‘friendship seats’, so that teachers can end the day with the children’s full attention for notices etc.
Children may ride scooters to and from school, but not within the school grounds when it is busy with parents, pre-schoolers and other children.
Please ensure all uniform is named so it can easily be returned, (including a spare pair of knickers/undies in school bags if needed). Lost property is stored outside the hall. In the summer terms, there is a ‘no hat – no play’ policy. Children have to stay in the shade under the rotunda if they forget their hat.
Brain Snacks & food
Many Junior classes eat ‘brain snacks’ to break up the morning, so please provide healthy food for this. There is NO sharing of food due to allergies.
We welcome your involvement through the PTA, or by being a class rep, returning readers to the reading room or helping on trips. Please contact your child’s teacher if you are able to help out.
We look forward to a happy successful year.
Sarah Bartholomew & the Junior School Teachers