Week 3 Term 3

Talofa families,

Our students this week have completed their first part of their inquiry tasks. Their results posted in their OneNote page.

Many thanks to the parents and caregivers who attended the Student Led Conferences in Week 2, Term 3. Great feedback from our students and families.

Welcome to Miss White who will be the teacher in Nga Hau e Wha on Fridays. Mrs Connings continues to teach our students on Mondays and Wednesdays. Mrs Gates in class on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

BYOD contracts were handed out this week for students wanting to bring in devices. All mobile phones must be kept at the school office. If you would like your child to bring a IT device ( laptop, tablet, ipad to assist with learning) the BYOD Kelston Intermediate contract must be filled in by a parent or caregiver and brought to school to Mrs Laing.  Mrs Laing will load the necessary wifi onto your child’s device. As a class, we decided our devices will be kept locked during break times in a locked cupboard. The classroom is locked during the breaks.

Homework is now available on OneNote from Nga Hau e Wha’s content library.

We look forward to supporting the Tongan fundraiser this coming Friday.

Tofa Soifua

Have a great week everyone!

Mrs Gates







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Students taking on Leadership roles

Kia orana Turou Oro Mai,

Last week we had a great Reo Kuki Airani week with Team Taonga, and our students in Te Kei o Te Waka stepped up to lead the different workshops.  Mathius, Ben and Afa taught the Cook Islands Drumming ‘Rutu Pau’ and Halamalu helped with teaching the ‘Ura’ Cook Islands Dance.  The most important aspect of the day was to experience learning the language of the Cook Islands and Arizona and Shakyna taught the students the Cook Island alphabet and Nadia and Monique taught the Cook Island National Anthem.  To end the day we had a Mr and Miss Cook Islands pageant competition and we thank Michael and Monique for taking on the challenge to represent Te Kei o Te Waka.  Like all things Cook Islands we finished off with a big kaikai or kaimanga with a shared lunch with all of the Team Taonga classes and teachers.

The beginning of week three has been busy with the beginning of our Puberty Talks and preparing our speeches that will be delivered near towards week 6.  Looking back at the work the students have done over the year the students reflected on how they could improve their online student profiles.  Students are asked to try and aim for their academic goals and achieve a higher level in all their subjects.  This weeks words so far to help with good work habits has been ‘Lets be organised!’ and ‘Lets be committed!’.

There are still parents who are contacting Mrs Tamati for their child’s student led conferences and that is fine.  Please call 0211376760 for an after school appointment.

Kia kaha, kia maroiroi,

Whanau Te Kei o Te Waka

Mathius, Afa and Ben teaching the Cook Islands Drumming to Team Taonga tamariki during the Te Reo Kuki Airani week.

Arizona and Shakyna teaching the Cook Islands alphabet to Team Taonga.

Halamalu teaching Cook Islands Dance – ‘Ura or Koni’

Nadia and Monique teaching the Cook Islands Anthem.

Ofa learning how to tie a pareu with Seian and Raina as the tutors.

Monique was amazing representing Te Kei o Te Waka in the Kerehana Mr and Miss Cook Islands pageant 2017.

Michael Davies was our Te Kei o Te Waka Warrior in the Mr and Miss Cook Islands pageant.

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Critical Thinking

Kia ora,

We are currently discussing issues that enable us to think critically.  We are beginning to write more persuasive arguements with evidence to back our predictions, thoughts and ideas…

Here are some of our ideas and questions:

??? Why should we have homework???

??? Why do people join gangs ???

??? What is it like to come to another country ??

For homework we need to find evidence and consolidate our understandings so that we have topics that we are interested in.  We are also writing speeches.

Congratulations:  YAY, we have our name on the board for coming 2nd for ATTENDANCE.  Keep it up Mauria !

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Appreciation and Thanks

Kelston Intermediate really appreciates the effort Mrs Brown has put into supporting students with learning needs. She has been assisting the Samoan, Bollywood and SUPA groups at our kura. Students enjoyed the company of Colleen Brown and felt comfortable asking her something that they were struggling with. Team Kotahitanga students, whanau and teachers farewelled her in style on Friday the 4th of August.  They sang her favourite songs and spoke about her contribution to our kura. Enjoy your maternity leave and all the best for the future.

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Websites students could use

Websites that would be useful

http://www.teachertools.co.nz                                                 http://www.mathletics.co.nz

www.nzmaths.co.nz                                                                    www.primaryresources.co.uk

http://www.mathsbuddy.co.nz                                               http://nzmaths.co.nz/student-sites

http://www.publicspeakingforkids.org/blogs/speeches    http://esolonline.tki.org.nz/






  • Let your child read to you for 30 minutes every day. Ask Why, When, What, Who, Where and how type questions. Ask their opinions about the story. Let them make predictions, clarify meanings, ask questions, and write a summary.
  • Our topic this term is “Environment – Maori and the Forest”. Talk to your child about pollution, native plants, plant medicine, how did early settlers store food.
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