Goal for Term 1:  To build an inclusive, supportive, rights respecting learning environment.

Class Theme for Term 1:  Whanaungatana – Relationships, connections, working together and belonging



31 January 2018


Tena koutou Whanau


Welcome to our first newsletter of the year and a big welcome to Liz in the Junior room.

We look forward to working with your children and sharing plenty of co-constructed learning opportunities.  We also look forward to meeting you, the people at home.

We are presently understanding school routines, setting up routines and adjusting to a near full week back at school.


I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself.  I have worked at both Nelson Central and at Nelson Intermediate Schools.  Prior to entering the teaching profession, I completed a diploma in Veterinary Nursing – and worked for 7 years in a vet clinic in New Plymouth.

I have an amazingly patient husband, who understands the needs and demands of the teaching profession, having had b0th parents as School Principals.  Mike and I have 4 wonderful children.  Our eldest Tamara, lives in Sydney working in Property Law, Charlotte is in her second year, teaching in Dunedin (I tried to warn her), Jansson is loving being a scarfie, while studying Commerce and Logan (our very tuneful cornet player) is entering his first year at Otago University doing Health/Science.

We live at The Glen, and are surrounded by pets and brass music!!!!  The Glen use to be a quiet place to live – until we moved in!!!


Dates of interest


Camp Meeting:   Wed 7th Feb 3.30. 

Liz and I are excited and looking forward to the whole school camp at Totaranui from Tuesday 13th Feb to Friday 16th Feb.  This gives us two weeks to organise parent helpers and catering.  If you are keen to help with camp in any way please email me at [email protected]   or [email protected]. We will be holding a camp meeting on Wednesday 7th Feb 3.30 to discuss all camp information and itinerary.


Health and Consent Forms

To support us with our camp planning please complete the health and consent forms that will be going home with your child tomorrow.



Whanau Korero

We have scheduled a Meet the Whanau afternoon on Thursday 8th February.  We are wanting to meet as many families as possible with a focus on sharing your child or children’s interests and to hear thoughts and ideas about learning pathways.  Please email either Liz ([email protected]) or myself with a time that would suit.  We are planning 10-minute session times, please also make sure your child is attending. We are very keen to make the most of this opportunity and build valuable connections with you the Whanau at home.



Inquiry Learning – Term 1

Children will be developing a class culture using Whanaungatanga as the guiding principles.  Children will explore the skills and values of working together to build a rights respecting climate, where all learners take responsibility for their learning and social actions.  We will be exploring our connections to whanau, sharing the individual sense of belonging through a mihi.


Ngā mihi

Sue and Liz