Karori Normal School


Rōpū Pōhutukawa  Year 3

Rōpū Pohutukawa Newsletter

Kia Ora,

Welcome back to school. We hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas and a relaxing holiday this summer.  We really enjoyed meeting you at our He Hui Mihimihi. We have all had a great few days getting to know your children and hearing about all the wonderful things you have all been doing over the holidays. 

Again this year Karori Normal School teams are all named after New Zealand Trees names. The Year 3 cohort is named Rōpū Pohutukawa.

In Team Pohutukawa this year we have:

  • Michele Mills - Room 1

  • Katy Flintoff - Room 2

  • Phil McIntosh - Room 4

  • Sam Cockerton - Room 5

Our Learning in Term 1

During the first few weeks of school each classroom will be focusing on the concept of  Whanaungatanga, getting to know each other and building a positive and supportive classroom culture. This is also when teachers will work on establishing the routines and systems within the classroom. 


This year we would like the children to bring their own wide-brimmed or bucket hat to school. In our classes we are encouraging the children to start taking some more responsibility for being sun smart. 

Open Mornings:

We will hold an open morning in Week 5 as a part of our Well-being week. This will be a chance for you to spend some time in your child’s classroom with them. More information about this date will be sent out soon.


Each class will send home a number of readers during the week. Some of the books will be chosen by the teacher and will be at their instructional level. Other books will be chosen by the children themselves. Readers sent home will not be challenging or difficult. The purpose of these is to encourage independent reading skills and enjoyment of reading. We will not be sending homework sheets or further home learning tasks. 

General reminders:

Please ensure you name all your child’s belongings. This can make it much easier to match up lost property with owners at the end of the day and saves you time having to look through the lost property box.

We encourage independence as much as possible so it would be really helpful if children could be responsible for carrying their bags, making sure they hang their bags up, look for any property that may have been misplaced and return their books to the correct place.


Team Pohutukawa Teachers