Discovery 3

Term 2 2017 Newsletter

Discovery Three

Welcome back to Term 2, 2017.



As part of technology, children are designing and creating playground installations for the juniors, using recycled and natural materials based on Reggio Emilia playground designs. Children may be asking for support with bringing materials to school, such as wood, nails, screws, containers etc. All these designs have been approved and checked for safety and children will be monitored whilst creating these. Please contact us if you are unsure about what your child is asking to bring in and/or if you would like to come in and give them a hand.

Cross Country and Large Ball Skills:

This term we will be training for our school cross country. Shortly after that we have the interschools cross country. Please encourage your child/ren to bring a pair of comfortable sneakers that they can run in.


We visit the library once a week on Fridays. Children are able to take two books from the library to bring home. These must be renewed or returned within two weeks. If they have any outstanding books they will not be permitted to take out any new books until the books have been returned.

Upcoming events:

Term Two

Tuesday 9th May - School Photographs

Wednesday 10th May- Friday 13th May - Ngaruawahia Camp

Tuesday 16th May - Auckland Writers Festival

Wednesday 24th May - Te Uku School Cross Country

Friday 2nd June- Interschool Cross Country

Friday 30th June - Ki o Rahi Horotiu School

These dates also appear on the Te Uku School calendar  -

Pare Kore:

We will continue to work alongside Zero Waste to increase the reuse, recycling and composting of our school waste. Zero Waste is a call to action that aims to end the current take, make, and dispose mentality of human society.

Seesaw - Online Portfolio:

We have noticed that some parents do not have access to their children's online learning portfolio - Seesaw. If you would like access please click on to sign up -- it takes just 30 seconds. THis is available as an App as well as on a website. Those families without internet access can view their child’s portfolio online at school

Home Learning:


Children are encouraged to read everyday for about 20 - 30 minutes. Possible reading materials include novels, magazines, newspapers, internet research sites, etc.  Children have access to We have purchased this excellent programme and are using it as part of our spelling programme. We also have access to , which provides support for children with reading comprehension through questions and immediate feedback.


We encourage daily practice of basic facts. This can be done by playing card games, and assessing the following website: . The following website provides information on how you can support your child at home: Other highly recommended math sites are, and .

Please feel free to contact us with any questions, concerns or feedback.  We can be contacted through the school office or via email.


Oli Ryks:            

Bev Turilli:


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