Relationships – Whanaungatanga, Resilience – Manawaroa, 

Respect – Manaakitanga, Responsibility – Tiaki 

A community of agile and collaborative learners – Proud of who we are, empowered to make a difference


We would like to extend a warm welcome to all those students and their families who have joined the Middle School this past term. 


Team leader  and Room 12   Debbie Rist   Year 4

Room 13   Philip Duncan   Year 4 

Room 14   Jacinta Howie   Year 4  

Room 15   Anushka Patel   Year 3

Room 16   Marlene Jackson  Year 3 

Room 17   Samantha Millar Year 3 

PE this term

This term the Middle school students will continue with Mrs Trotter for P.E., dance and drama on Wednesdays. Year 3 – odd weeks of the term. Year 4 – even weeks of the term. 

On Fridays, from week 3, all of the students will take part in a sports rotation. We will focus on fitness, skipping, and coordination skills.

On Friday 6th August all students will participate in the whole school cross country event. Further information will be sent home through Hero. 

Please help your child to remember their PE shirt and a pair of suitable shorts on Fridays and on their PE day. Students are to arrive at school in their school uniform and get changed into their PE gear once at school, depending on the time of their lesson. Shoes are to be worn during PE.

Home Learning 

Students are asked to complete home learning on a regular weekly basis. Home learning encourages the development of good study skills and habits, will provide opportunities for parents to have a sharing time with their children, and will help students to develop responsibility for their own learning. 

For Year 3 and 4 children, up to 20 minutes Monday – Thursday is sufficient. In the Middle School, home learning will be set weekly. Home learning will usually consist of daily reading, learning of spelling words and rules, and maths problem solving or investigation. These skills support the writing, reading and maths programmes within the classes. 

Your child may bring home the same book for more than one night depending on your child’s reading needs or the learning focus within the classroom. School readers and journals are to be returned to school each day as they are necessary for your child’s reading programme to continue, and are to be returned before a new one is issued. 

From time to time teachers will set additional tasks to be completed and these tasks will be explained in the Home Learning book. 

Book bags / library bags are to be used to transport readers and library books to and from school and the library. Please take the time to read to or with your child on a daily basis. Reread the class readers with your child, read books from the library or read a book from your own collection. Make it a regular and fun time. 

On Fridays, instead of the reader, children will bring home their poem book which will need to be returned to school the following Monday. (Individual classes may have some variation to this procedure.)

Maths home learning will include activities such as number investigations, problem solving, or practising and using strategies that support the classroom programme. The website has some very helpful and valuable support and activities for families. 

Project Based Learning 

This term we’ll be learning about ‘How To Express Ourselves Through the Arts’ – concluding with a whole school production of ‘Peter Pan’.  Performances will be during the last week of this term. Each child will participate in an area of their choice. There will be many roles, including speaking parts, singing, costume, and backdrops that the children can choose from. “Second star to the right and straight on ’til morning. ”

J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

Speeches and Oral Reading Presentations

This term our writing focus will be narratives and persuasions. As part of our Oral Language programme, the Year 4 classes will participate in a Speech presentation and the Year 3 classes will participate in an oral reading presentation. This is to give our students the opportunity to develop and practise the presentation skills needed for reading and speaking to a large audience. 

The final presentations will be on Friday 10 September, when two students from each class will present their speech or reading to the whole Middle team.

The students will bring home further written information about the speeches and oral reading.

Kapa Haka and Singing

This term we are excited to continue to give the children the opportunity to take part in Kapa Haka or in singing as a large group. We are fortunate to have a kapa haka performer, Whaea Jalayne, to help us with our actions and waiata this term.


I hope you have all managed to install the Hero App, so you can see the learning goals your child is working on in class and receive messages from the school and your child’s teacher.  You can also report an absence quickly through the app.  If you have any questions about your child’s learning goals, please book a time to talk to their teacher.  If you would like any help navigating Hero, please email Moira Rowlands to book a time in or email any questions. Mrs Hunt, in the office, is also very happy to help with any questions you may have.

Please remember that we see every child as an important member of our class, team and school, so please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or the Middle School team leader Mrs Rist with any queries or concerns.

We look forward to a happy, exciting term.


Debbie Rist & the Middle School Teachers