Dear parents, whanau and friends, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to a brand new school year.
The first week back has been positive and busy and is hopefully an indication of how the rest of the year will be.We have jumped right into our learning, with the students already writing about themselves, learning new maths games, and beginning our inquiry.
This terms focus, which I aim to continue throughout the year, is on growth mindset. Growth mindset is based on research carried out by Carol Dweck. It teaches that intelligence is not fixed - just because you aren’t good at something, or don’t know how to do something, doesn’t mean you aren’t able to learn it if you put in the effort and practice. It encourages students, and teachers and parents, to focus on the process of learning. Mistakes are welcome and have been proven to be a huge factor in learning - the more you challenge your brain (doing difficult things, making mistakes and trying again) the more you learn. In our classroom this means that we will be practising changing the way we talk about learning and our own efforts. I have attached a separate letter about Growth Mindset that you may find helpful. It would be great if you could try it out at your own home. Let me know if you would like help understanding anything in the letter.
We have already begun our swimming programme. Room 5 swims on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. 6 members of the class will be able to swim at lunchtime on a Tuesday with some students from other classes so it would be appreciated if students could bring their togs every day except Friday. As we swim in the mornings, towels and togs can usually be dried outside the classroom before the end of the day. Students are welcome to leave their togs at school for the week if they are dry. They must take them home at the end of the week. Later in the term we will be travelling to Waihi Beach for the day. The students will be learning about beach safety, facilitated by the surf lifesavers at Waihi. It promises to be a fun day with a very important learning focus.If you have any concerns or queries about our classroom or your students learning and well being, please feel welcome to come and talk with me. Alternatively you could email me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
If your child is absent from school, please ensure that you contact the office. You can phone directly 8556284 or text the office on 021 50 2978. Remember to include a brief reason as to why your child is absent.