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Photo by Joe McMenamin

New in SNU

Julia Lee —

Exciting new developments in the SNU: Chromebooks!

We have twenty new Chromebooks and we have used them a lot for things like web-based reading and maths programmes, and our Inquiry Project in Term 3. We have learned to use Google Docs, Drive and Slides. We also like to just have fun on them sometimes.

Perceptual Motor Programme (PMP)

This programme was introduced into rooms A3 and 4 in 2014. This year it has gone from strength to strength. It helps students to develop their perceptions and understanding of themselves and their world through movement and motor experiences.

Communication Board

This programme in A3 and A4 helps students to communicate by using symbols and visuals to communicate their needs.

Inquiry Project

We broke into groups to answer the question: How do we show the ‘tangas’ (Rangatiratanga – leadership, Manaakitanga – caring, Kotahitanga – togetherness, Whangaungatana – relationships, Pumanawatanga – atmosphere in the SNU?

Students came up with their own ideas on this and worked together to film, photograph and then produce a slide show. We presented these to our parents and caregivers, Mr Russell and Miss Campbell. A survey showed that most of our students really enjoyed taking charge of their learning in this way.

New Staff

Mrs Julie McGillicuddy and Mrs Alex Kleyn joined the SNU team this year.


Departing staff this year include teacher aide, Jamie Bridewell, who is going to begin studying at Victoria University next year with the goal of becoming a teacher. Jamie has made a brilliant contribution in his years at the SNU and will be very much missed. We wish you all the best, Jamie.

Departing students include: Chris Richards, Agnes Schaafhausen and Jamie Barr. We wish them all the best for their future. Come back and visit us sometimes, dear friends.