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Room 20 - Mr Kevin Jones

Room 20 2017


Welcome to Room 20 for 2017. I hope everyone has enjoyed their summer break and have had the opportunity to spend time with family and friends. A big welcome to all my students, Year 7’s beginning their time as seniors and Year 8’s, your final year at Te Rapa Primary. We have a really busy term so everyone will need to be organised each day for learning and work extremely hard to achieve to the best of their ability.


Brief outline of learning areas for Term 1


Reading - guided focus - summarising. Skills to prepare us for researching.

Writing - grammar, punctuation, spelling, vocab development, personal recounts and information reports.

Maori - Visual mihi and oral presentation, commands and instructions, myths, legends and contemporary stories

Mathematics - Number and Algebra (streamed classes).

ICT - Developing Google Docs skills, collaborating with peers during writing, class Blog contributions

Inquiry - Big Idea - Belonging - Our School, Our Community.

Health and P.E. - Kiwi Swimsafe Swimming Programme.

Arts - Visual Art - Warren Pohatu artwork using chalk and pastels

Technicraft- Science, Visual Art, Soft Materials, Technology.

Y7/8 Syndicate Rotation: This year we are also trialling a 45min rotation each Monday. Students will complete a unit of learning over the course of the year in the following subjects: Music, ICT, Technology and Design, Geography and Spanish.



Technicraft is each Thursday (unless advised) and is broken into two groups. Students travel by bus to Hamilton Junior High School for classes. This year, Rooms 18, 20 and 21 will be the second group, leaving school at 12pm and arriving back just before 3pm. Please make sure your child comes to school in covered shoes for technicraft due to health and safety regulations. The first day of technicraft is this Thursday the 9th February. Students will get further information from HJHS during this session.  Please discuss with your child the responsibility they have to adhere with HJHS behaviour expectations.



Attached to this letter is your child’s stationery list. It would be appreciated if all students had their stationery asap. I would really like all students to begin in their books by Week 2. Covering student books is not compulsory, however naming all items is critical. Students will have opportunities in class during the first week to do this.



We will have swimming lessons every day using the NZ Swim Safe Programme. Swimming is compulsory so if your child cannot swim on a particular day, a note written by an adult is required. Suitable swimwear at school: Boys- shorts and/or rash top.  Girls - one piece swimming togs, shorts can be worn over togs if wanted. (no bikinis at school please).



Please remind your child to use sunscreen everyday before school and to bring a sunhat to school. We have extra sunscreen here at school to top up with during the day. Students are also encouraged to have a water bottle in class for hydration.



There will be no homework in the first week back at school. However, beginning Week 2, formal homework will commence. A homework guide will be sent home so there is no confusion about what needs to be done. All classes in the senior syndicate will undertake similar homework each term.



The senior school offers students many opportunities to exercise leadership skills in a range of activities. This is your child’s opportunity to extend themselves and prepare for high school. Please encourage them to discuss with you the types of goals they have as a senior student and what they would like to achieve. Students need to remember to listen out for notices and to step forward when various opportunities are offered.


Class Blog

We have a Blog which the students will learn how to contribute with messages, opinions or work samples. Over the coming weeks all students will be co-authors of this Blog:



Parent/Teacher Contact

You are welcome to contact me through email or phone message. If you would like to visit you are welcome to drop in, however I would advise you make an appointment for lengthy queries.

Important Dates

  • Y7/8 Immunisation Education- Tuesday 14th February- 10am

  • Orientation Evening - Thursday 16th February, 5 – 6.30pm

  • PAT Testing Week 4

  • Full School Assembly - Friday 10th March

  • Swimming Sports – Tuesday 14th March

  • Class and Portrait Photos – Wednesday 15th March

  • Top Schools Games- Sunday 9th April

  • Conferences Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th April

  • Good Friday/End of Term - Friday 14th April


Kevin Jones





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