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Room 21 - Mr Tony Su'a

Talofa and welcome to Room 21 for 2017. I hope you have all enjoyed your summer break and have had the opportunity to spend quality 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.

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 with  note taking.

Maori - Visual mihi and oral presentation, commands and instructions.

Mathematics - Number and Algebra (streamed classes).

ICT - Developing Google Docs skills, typing skills and collaborative tasks.

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

Health and P.E. - Kiwi Swim Safe Swimming Programme.

Arts - Visual Art - Sketching & Drawing.

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 in the following subjects: Music, ICT, Technology and Design, Geography and Spanish.


Technicraft is each Thursday (unless advised) and is broken into two groups. This year, Room 18, 19 and 21 will having Tech Arts in the afternoon. The bus usually departs from Te Rapa Primary School at 11:50am and return to school by 2:55pm. Please make sure your child comes to school in covered shoes for technicraft due to health and safety regulations.

If your child is absent on a technicraft day, please ring into the school office before 8:30am. The first day of technicraft is this  Thursday the 9th February. Students will get further information from Hamilton Junior High School 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.


During the first week of school, students will complete a range of tasks so that I can get to know them and your families as quickly as possible. Some of these will come home next week for completion and will require a little input from yourself. 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.


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.

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

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

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

      PAT Testing Week 4

      Swimming Sports – Tuesday 14th March

      Full School Assembly - Friday 10th 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


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