Kiwi Team Newsletter


Welcome To Term 3, July 2017

Kia Ora Kiwi Team Whanau,
Tena Koutou katoa, Talofa, Kia Orana, Bonjour, Malo e lelei, Bula,
Fakaalofa lahi atu, extending a warm welcome back to you all.

We hope you enjoyed the holidays!

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Meet The Kiwi Team

Annitta Nin: Teaching new entrants in Room 15 (

Fiona Wickens: Teaching years 0/1 in Room 1 (

Mariah Handley: Teaching years 0/1 in Room 2 (

Amela Nikolao: Teaching years 1/2 in Room 5 (

Julie Austin:Teaching years 1/2 in Room 6/Reading Recovery and Team Leader (

Salome Bergs: Teaching years 1/2 in Room 6/Reading Recovery and Team Leader (

Sophia O'Kane: Teaching years 1/2 in Room 7 (

A very warm welcome to Annita Nin, who has opened a new entrant class in Room 15, and Sophia O’Kane, who will continue to teach in Room 7. With the current climate of low teacher numbers in Auckland at present, we are very fortunate to have found two very capable and enthusiastic teachers to join us in Kiwi Team.


For Topic this term we are focusing on the third of the GEPS values - manaakitanga (showing care and respect) - and incorporating this within the learning areas of health and science. Students will be learning first about action they can take to contribute to their personal health and then moving onto what healthy environments look like for bugs and plants in the school community.


Our Maths focus for the first two weeks of the term will be Measurement. This will involve lots of hands-on learning, comparing and measuring temperature, the length of objects and the duration of time.
From week 3 onwards we will be focusing on Place Value, Addition and Subtraction. Please continue to help your child by discussing maths whenever you see it used in the community, as well as providing support with the next steps that will be highlighted at student led conferences this term.


As in the last two terms your child will come home with their book bag everyday. It is important that your child is reading for at least 15 minutes every day. This does not have to be a book from school, in fact, it is great if your child is reading a wide variety of texts and particularly books they enjoy. Just as a general reminder your role is to make reading time an enjoyable time for both you and your child. You can:

  • Have the child read the book to you.
  • You can share reading with your child, they can read a page and you read a page.
  • Talk about the story, ask questions.
  • Read the story in your first language. (We also have bilingual Pasifika books available that your child can take home, please see your child’s teacher if you would like to borrow these).
  • Encourage, stay POSITIVE and CELEBRATE your child’s progress in reading.
  • Some children may bring home basic sight words or spelling words that they need to learn. Again make learning these fun. Please see your classroom teacher if you want ideas about how to encourage your child to learn these.

Spare Clothes

Since we will still be experiencing wet weather this term it is always useful to keep a spare change of clothes in your child’s bag. Although we discourage children to play on the fields when they are wet accidents undoubtedly happen and it is always useful if they have a change of clothes just in case.

Don’t forget if you have any questions or require any support please contact your classroom teacher. Student Led Conferences will be happening in week 4 of the term so this will be a wonderful opportunity for your child to share their learning with you. We are looking forward to catching up with all our families then.

Glen Eden Primary School
makes learning an enjoyable
and rewarding experience
for our tamariki.



Phone: (09) 818 6686
Mobile: 021 610 364 or 027 337 7002



Glen Eden Primary School
3 Glenview Rd
Glen Eden,
Auckland 0602