Welcome back for 2017
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
Kia ora, and welcome to 2017. I am very excited to be teaching in Room 1 this year and I look forward to getting to know your children better throughout the year.
The Room 1 class are the leaders of Mayfield School and we expect them to be role models for the rest of the school, with the ability to manage themselves and their belongings, and use their initiative in the playground. This week, the children have been applying for leadership positions for the year, which will give them special responsibilities. We will have a special assembly to present their leadership positions at 9am Monday 20th February.
This term our topic focus is ‘Our Changing Land’, and Room 1 children will be able to decide what they would like to research, based on this topic. It may be man-made changes, or natural changes. We will be exploring the different directions they could take in class.
We will also be learning about ‘Digital Citizenship’ – or how to be responsible citizens while using the internet. I believe this is very important as social media is very popular with teenagers today, and they need to be educated in how to use it appropriately and learn about the potential dangers. I will also be sending home ‘Family tip sheets’ based on what your children are learning in class.
We will also be going swimming most days (as the weather permits) and preparing artwork for the Mayfield Show.
Team Building Camp
We will be going on an overnight camp from 23rd – 24th March to focus on team building, as it is important to establish a positive classroom culture in the senior classroom. More details about this camp will be sent home soon.
The notebook is for home-school communication and they are where you will find any class notices. Please write any important messages in these. In these notebooks, your child will also write down the names of any school journals they are taking home to read.
We will visit the library on a regular basis. Your child can borrow two books which must be returned after two weeks. Any books that do not get returned will be charged for, for their replacement.
For those of you who are new to Mayfield School, we have recently begun our digital learning journey with Office365. Your child each has their own account which gives them access to an online portal with Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, OneNote and more. They also have the ability to download these for free on up to five devices at home. I am very excited to be able to explore our digital learning options in Room 1, which will be based in our Class Notebook in OneNote. Your child will be able to access this Class Notebook from home via the internet, and share their learning with you or finish off incomplete work. Their username and password will be found in their notebooks.
It is important for your children to become proficient in the use of digital technology as this years’ Year 8s are expected to be the first year group to complete their NCEA exams online in 2020.
Reading: at least 10 minutes each night is encouraged. This is your child’s choice of book – either novels, library books, school journals or books you have at home. Your children need to choose books they are interested in to read for enjoyment and develop a love for reading.
Mathematics: - your child’s username and password will be in their notebooks. They can play as much as they want – the website chooses questions based on their ability. On occasion, there may be simple maths games taught at school that your children will be asked to teach you at home.
Spelling: Your child will begin to get weekly spelling words and chart words every Monday which will be tested on Fridays. They may wish to practise these at home.
On occasion, there may be an extra homework task that needs to be completed at home.
Year 7&8 travel to Ashburton for manual / technology lessons every fortnight beginning Tuesday 14th February
- Monday 6th Feb – Waitangi Day
- Friday 10th Feb – Swimming Sports
- Tuesday 14th Feb – Meet the Teacher
- Friday 17th Feb – Foothills Swimming
- Mon 20th Feb – Leadership Assembly
- Tues 7th March – Counties Swimming
- Saturday 11th March – Mayfield Show
- Friday 10th March – Floral day
- Thursday 13th April – Last day Term 1
Please attend the ‘Meet the Teacher’ evening on Tuesday 14th Feb to learn more about Room 1.