Tui Team Newsletter - Term 1

Tui Team News

Year 5 and 6; Term One 2018

February 2018

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Whānau,

Tēnā koutou katoa, Talofa, Kia Orana, Bula, Malo e lelei, Mauri, Taloha, Greetings.
Welcome back to the school year! We hope that you had a great Christmas and New Year break with your whānau!

The Tui Teaching Team:

Room 3 - Francis Paopao-Brown - Francis is of Samoan and Pakeha descent and is keen on PE, the arts and writing. He has played rugby overseas and has travelled extensively around the world.

Room 7 - Connie Igasan - Connie is a very experienced teacher who is joining us from Flanshaw Road School. She is in the process of completing her Masters in Educational Leadership. Connie has represented NZ for hockey and will co-lead sports.

Room 8 - Leonard Davids - Leonard brings many skills to Glen Eden Primary. He is a talented guitar player and is very interested in performing arts and physical education. Leonard is of Samoan descent, a current rugby player and a youth leader at the Ranui Baptist Church.

Room 11 - Casey Bellingham - Casey began her teaching career at GEPS, and we are very happy to welcome her back. Casey has many years of experience and is joining us from Sunnyvale Primary. Casey spends most lunchtimes out coaching and playing sports with students - she is passionate about sports, the outdoors and art and will co-lead sports.

Room 14 –Monica Topia – Whaea Monica is in her second year at GEPS, and we are very fortunate that she will be taking Kapahaka this year. Monica also enjoys sports, especially Netball, League and Rugby and is fluent in Te Reo Māori.

Timetable change:

As you may have read in the school newsletter, we are trialling a new daily timetable.

9.00-11.00am - Block One

11.00-11.30am – Morning Tea

11.30-1.00pm – Block Two

1.00-1.10pm – Supervised lunch eating time

1.10-1.50pm – Lunch playtime

1.50-3.00om – Block Three

This year’s Theme and Term One Topic:

This year’s theme is all around Kairangi – striving for personal best. We have some exciting topics planned throughout the year which you will hear about as the year progresses. Our aim is to get our parent and wider school community involved in many different ways this year, establishing some strong partnerships with whānau, friends and local businesses. We also hope to involve a lot more Education outside the classroom and make the most of our local environments.

Tui Team’s topic for Term One is Whānaungatanga – building connections and productive learning relationships. This will be an integrated unit that will involve activities and tasks involving reading, writing, maths, social studies, health and physical education and the arts.

In Weeks 6 to 9 of Term One, we will have Electives again after such a success in Term 4 of 2016. This will involve teachers selecting an activity to run twice a week in the afternoon sessions. Your child will bring home a notice in a couple of weeks time to select what Elective they would like to be involved in.


Swimming is a very important part of our Physical Education Programme, and it is important that your child participates as much as possible to get the most out of the lessons. If you do not want your child to swim because of illness or injury, please write a note to your child’s teacher or pop in and let them know. Swimming happens approximately 4 times a week for each class. We have begun the term with two weeks of Skillz4Life lessons with Swimming Instructors. We are fortunate to have these instructors come in and work with our students, at no cost to our families, as they are in high demand and the progress we see with our students over these two weeks is incredible. A fantastic experience for all involved.


Year 5 and 6 students will have regular homework that will help children consolidate on work covered at school. Students would not be expected to spend more than 30 minutes per evening on these tasks. Homework may include Maths (basic facts, maths, games), Reading, Writing and/or Spelling activities. We encourage students to read every night for at least 15 minutes and spend some time learning their basic facts at the very least. Although Homework is not compulsory and should not be onerous for the students or family members, we encourage our Year 5 and 6 students to attempt to complete their homework the best that they can. This helps not only the consolidation of skills learnt at school but also starts instilling work habits and time management skills that will be beneficial to them at Intermediate and High School. We appreciate Parents/Caregivers support with encouraging homework.

Whānau Hui and Meet the Teacher Evening:

On Tuesday 20th February we will be having our Year 5/6 Meet the Teacher Evening. This will give you the opportunity to meet your child’s Teacher and the Year 5/6 Teaching team to hear a little bit about what is going to be happening this year. This will be followed by a sausage sizzle and swim. We will be meeting at 6pm in the hall for the information part of the evening and then move off to classrooms so that you can have an opportunity to see your child’s classroom and learning environment. We will then head over into the pool area for a sausage sizzle, mix and mingle and swim until 7pm. You will get a separate letter regarding this evening with an RSVP form so that we can get an idea of numbers attending to ensure we have enough kai for all.

Bike and Road Safety sessions:

Towards the end of the term, Year 6 students will participate in Bike Safety sessions. This involves both a theory and a practical session with Dave Powell from Auckland Transport to learn about Bike and Road Safety. This is also free of charge. There is an opportunity for your child to bring their own bike to school for their practical session if they have one, along with their helmets. Otherwise, Dave brings along enough bikes for each group of students to use. If there are any parents that would like to come along and help out at these sessions, especially to help out some of our students who have had little experience on a bike, please speak to your child’s teacher so that we can let Dave. Your help, as always, is gratefully appreciated. We will send a note home closer to the time letting you know the days and times of the sessions.

Garden to Table:

We are fortunate that our Year 5 and 6 students will once again be participating in the Garden to Table programme this year. The Garden to Table programme aims to change the way children approach and think about food. Students, in their classes, participate in the programme once a fortnight, learning how to grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh, seasonal food. Students take turns planting and maintaining the gardens and worm farms, harvesting the food from the garden, right through to preparing and cooking the food, ready to share with their peers at the end of the session. They learn skills that will last them a lifetime and discover just how much fun it is to grow and cook their own seasonal vegetables. If you want to know more, pop onto the Garden to Table website to have a look.

Our Garden to Table programme at Glen Eden Primary is run by 2 of our fabulous Teacher Aides Julie McCallum and Margaret Thorby and with the support of wonderful volunteers and friends of our school. We are always looking for more Whanau members to come along and help out whether it be in the kitchen - preparing and cooking food with the students, or in the garden – planting, watering, weeding or harvesting with the students! It is really important that all students wear covered shoes, have long hair tied back and a hat in the Summer months for their Garden to Table sessions.

Term One sessions





Waitangi Day

Room 3


Room 7

Room 8


Room 11

Room 14


Room 3

Room 7

Weeks 6-9 Electives


Easter Tuesday

Room 8


Room 11

Room 14

If you are keen to come and have a look or help out, please leave a message at the office with your name and number for Julie or Margaret. Any help is gratefully appreciated! Our programme runs on a Tuesday and Thursday from 12.30-1.00pm and 1.50-3.00pm.

Lunchtime activities:

The Year 5/6 students are lucky to have a range of lunchtime activities they can take part in. We encourage all students to have a go and make the most of the opportunities offered to them. Some of the activities will be training for tournaments or events – such as Cricket and Basketball on a Friday - others are just for fun.

Here are some of the activities offered at lunchtimes this term:






Tui Dodgeball

Tui Basketball

Tui & Takahē Kickball

Tui Touch

Tui & Takahē Cricket training

Tui & Takahē


Tui & Takahē


Tui Kapahaka

Tui Basketball

Tui Basketball teams training







Sports events coming up:



GEPS Y5/6 Swimming Sports

9.00-11.00am Friday 23rd February

Interschool Cricket Tournament

Wednesday 7th March

Interschool Swimming

Wednesday 14th March

That’s all from us for now. We look forward to working with you and your children this year.

Nga mihi nui,

Mr Francis Paopao-Brown (Room 3 Teacher)

Ms Connie Igasan (Room 7 Teacher)

Mr Leonard Davids (Room 8 Teacher)

Ms Casey Bellingham (Room 11 Teacher)

Whaea Monica Topia (Room 14 Teacher)

Mrs Alana McKenzie (Assistant Principal and Tui Team Leader)

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