by Amy McBeath

Middle News

Welcome back to Kaikorai for 2021! While many of you may not have been able to pop into the classroom this year, we hope you have been able to see some things children have been working on through our Seesaw posts.

The last few weeks seem to have flown by.  Teachers and children have been working together to settle into some routines and to set some classroom expectations that align with our school values.  Art and other pieces of work are beginning to fill the spaces around our rooms which we look forward to sharing with you later this term.

Each class has been working on a range of getting to know you activities to help build classroom community.  Incorporating our school values with an emphasis on being kind has been a focus.  It has been wonderful to see children helping each other out, offering to do jobs around the classroom, and thinking about what kindness looks like in our classroom and around our school.  Classes have also been spending time with their buddy classes.  This has provided many opportunities to share their work and learn together.

We were fortunate to have a session with Melanie Harper earlier this week.  It was great to learn a range of golf skills from an expert.  Children were able to learn correct techniques while using different sized balls - this certainly made it more fun to master techniques as the size of the ball got smaller once they had practised their golf swings several times.  Melanie was impressed with the improvement of skills from the start to the end of each session.  

While we were unable to share some of our learning at the Meet the Teacher picnic this week, we look forward to meeting up with parents at Parent-Teacher Interviews.  The purpose of these interviews is to meet the teacher, for us to share goals and what we have learned about your child so far, and it is also an opportunity for you to share with us anything you think we should know.

Ngā mihi,

Amy McBeath and the Middle Syndicate Team