Karori Normal School

Rōpū Kōwhai  Year 1


Rōpū Kōwhai  Newsletter

Term 2 

Dear Parents/Caregivers,


Welcome back to a very odd version of Term 2 with Team Kowhai.  We made it back after lockdown and we are so impressed with how the children have just got on with ‘business as usual’. We were concerned that morning drop offs for our little people would be a bit scary when Mum and Dad couldn’t come into the classroom but they were so incredible. The vision of these confident little people walking into the classroom with bags on their backs and big smiles on their faces was so great. We feel we have underestimated how confident the children would be and boy did they prove us wrong.  We have also observed how the morning classroom has turned into a place that is the children’s own. It's been lovely for teachers to spend time with them straight away in the mornings. If this is working for you and your child then it might be worth keeping it up. The kids are so happy!!!   We value the connection you have with the classroom and so do nip in and see us in the afternoons if you have any questions or queries. We are always happy to touch base with you then or alternatively email us to make a time to catch up if you need a more private conversation or the afternoons don’t suit.

At the end of Term 2, you will receive a reflection letter outlining your child’s time at school this year. There will also be an opportunity to meet up with us at the beginning of Term 3 to discuss these with your child’s classroom teacher. We will keep you posted around this with more information to come. NB: Students in Room 7 will not receive a student letter until the end of the year and will be offered a Hui time with Louise Parsons after 6 or 7 weeks at school. 

A big welcome to all of our new students starting in Room 7 and also welcome back to Louise Parsons and Fiona Alcock to Team Kowhai. We now feel complete.

The smell of hand sanitiser will forever remind us of school from now on I’m sure. We will likely keep this up where possible leading into the winter months to keep us all healthier.

Thanks to the welcome ‘Level 1’ news we have been able to kick off PMP and Kowhai Time this week, and will also continue to meet up daily for Jump Jam, Yoga and mindfulness.  


General Reminders

  • Please make sure your child has suitable footwear so they can fully participate in sports and fitness activities.

  • If your child brings toys to school then they need to understand that they are responsible for them. 

  • Learning independence and self-management is important so please encourage your child to carry and unpack their own school bag.

What’s on this term

  • Cross Country - We are training for our Cross Country event that will take place on the 26th of June so pop this date in your diaries and we will send more information home in the coming weeks.

  • Te Reo Maori:  Each class will have Te Reo Maori lessons with our specialist teacher, Adrienne Troughton. 

  • Fitness:  Yoga, Jump Jam and Mindfulness. We bring the team together every morning to perfect our moves.

  • Perceptual Motor Programme (PMP): PMP is a programme aimed at developing a child’s perceptions and understanding of themselves in relation to their world.  It is a step by step programme that draws on facets of physical education, music, fitness, dance and gymnastics.  Further information about PMP can be found here:  http://www.movingsmart.co.nz/home/schools/pmp/what-is-perceptual-judgement/

  • Kowhai Time: This is an opportunity to get together as a team and provide a range of fun activities aimed at teaching the children skills for school (cutting, gluing, pencil grips, painting, relating to others, managing self, ball handling skills, fine-motor skills).

  • Kapa Haka: Kicked off this week and is on Tuesdays.  Hemi will be leading our sessions of song, dance and culture.

  • Library: All classes will visit the school library on Fridays.  The children will be able to issue two books a week.  Please remember to send these back the following Friday so that they can issue two new books.


At this stage, the most important thing is that reading continues to be a source of enjoyment, connection and relaxation that it has been in early childhood.  The children will get reading books to bring home and on Fridays they may bring home a poem to share with you in their poetry book. It would be helpful if they return this to school after the weekend.

The books sent home may be familiar to your child - which means they could seem 'easy' to read. We would like the children to focus on making the books we send home 'sound great' rather than focusing on decoding difficult words. The children will gain much more meaning from books they can decode easily. If your child comes across a word that they are struggling with, just tell them the word. This allows them to keep the flow of the story going and keeps the meaning alive.

If your child has chosen to bring home an unfamiliar / ‘interest’ book then please read it to them if it is too hard for them to read independently.

If you have any questions about what gets sent home, or anything else, please talk to your child’s teacher.


Kind regards,

Room 6:  Kath Walrond kwalrond@kns.school.nz

Room 7: Louise Parsons lparsons@kns.school.nz

Room 9: Lisa Hadfield  lhadfield@kns.school.nz

Room 10: Maria Gorrie mgorrie@kns.school.nz

Room 12: Jo Stevens jstevens@kns.school.nz

Room 13: Helena Henley hhenley@kns.school.nz


Many thanks to the parents who have offered to help with shelving books or processing our new readers.


We would still appreciate any offers of assistance. We read many books in a week at school and welcome any available help to return the books to their correct place.  Our new books also need to be labeled, taped and stamped. If you have only fifteen minutes a day available for organising books this would help us tremendously.  Full training will be provided!!!  Please email me if you are able to help us for the remainder of the year, indicating whether you are available to return books in the book room or process new books at home.


Kind regards

Jo Stevens jstevens@kns.school.nz