Welcome to 2016 at Te Uku School

 This year we expect that the school’s roll will reach around 160 Year 1 to Year 8 students.  Currently we have 7 full-time classrooms operating.  Other programmes include the Year 7 & 8 students attending one session of a specialised technology programme each week; extra support in mathematics (MST programme), Reading Recovery (Terms 1 & 2 only) and SPELD. 

This year we will continue to focus on building students’ learning power as we continue striving to achieve our school vision of “Expanding Hearts and Minds”.  We will develop learning power through our Three R’s; as stated in our Te Uku School Curriculum “the Three R’s enable students and teachers to live, learn, work and contribute as active members of this community.  These are not separate or stand-alone.  They are the key to learning in every learning area”.  The 3R’s are: ResilienceResponsibility and Relationships

Student achievement in literacy and numeracy is also important learning at our school.  Achievement in these areas is measured in relation to the National Standards.  We will continue to engage the children in a rich, varied learning programme which includes the learning areas of science, social sciences, health and physical education, technology, languages and the arts and through which the Key Competencies are integrated (these include the 3Rs).  Restorative Practices philosophy strongly underpins the way in which we interact as teachers and students to maintain a safe, respectful learning environment for everyone.   

We promote opportunities for children to talk about their achievements and with teacher support and guidance to set goals for future growth.  Student Learning Journals are used at all year levels as a means for students to reflect critically on their learning progress and achievement as well as a ‘reporting to parents’ procedure.     

As teachers, we love learning; this year our key focus is writing; we are also focusing on developing our te reo Māori and tikanga.  Our professional learning programmes are always planned to meet our learning needs and to ensure we keep up-to-date and well-qualified. 

We value strong family-school partnerships to help your children succeed as learners.  We acknowledge that parents are also an important contributor to their children’s on-going development.  Therefore we welcome opportunities to meet together with you to talk about and, if needed, to form plans to meet the specific needs of your children.  Collectively our wisdom can help achieve the best for our tamariki. 

This year the BoT is modernising 6 classrooms into open, flexible learning environments.  In March the building work will start in Rooms 1 to 4.  During the 4 months the classrooms are out of action the junior classes will be relocated - Rooms 1 and 2 to the library and multi-purpose room and Rooms 3 and 4 to the hall.  At the completion of that block of classrooms, Rooms 7 and 8 will be renovated (July to September).           

Please make contact with us if at any time you would like to discuss your child’s progress or to discuss any other school matters. 

Kind regards

Rachel Allan

Principal