Karori Normal School


Rōpū Pōhutukawa  Year 3

Rōpū Pohutukawa Newsletter

Term 1, 2021

Kia ora,

Welcome back to school. We hope that 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 had a great few days getting to know your children and hearing about all of the interesting things that you have been doing over the holidays. Thank you for having classroom stationery ready to start the year, this is greatly appreciated.

Again this year, Karori Normal School teams are named after New Zealand trees. The Year 3 cohort is named Rōpū Pōhutukawa.

 In Rōpū Pōhutukawa this year we have:

  • Colin Lambie - Room 14

  • Alex Crawshaw - Room 15

  • Michele Mills - Room 16

  • Nick Dowson - Room 17

  • Jo Maurice - Room 17

Our Learning in Term 1

During the first few weeks of school, each classroom has been focusing on getting to know each other and building a positive and supportive classroom culture. The teachers have also been establishing the routines and systems within the classroom. 

Last Friday we successfully held our first collaborative team event to celebrate Chinese New Year. Each class explored a variety of activities including lantern making, dragon art, zodiac calendars and dumpling making. 


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. 


We have commenced our gymnastics lessons at the Karori Rec Centre. Each class will attend eight sessions and the students will engage in a range of activities which aim to develop their balance, strength, flexibility and coordination. 

On gymnastics days, please ensure that your child has a waterproof jacket, comfortable shoes for walking and is wearing appropriate clothing for exercise/movement.

Parents are welcome to join us at our gymnastics sessions to watch/support their child.  Teachers will reach out to parents if they require helpers for their class to walk to/from the venue.

Rōpū Pōhutukawa gym sessions are as follows:

Room 17 - Tuesdays 11.15am - 12.15pm 

Room 16 - Wednesday 9.15am - 10.15am 

Room 14 - Wednesday 11.15am - 12.15pm

Room 15 - Thursday 11.30am - 12.30pm


Each class will send home 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 to name all of 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.

In order to avoid congestion in the corridors outside the classrooms and overcrowding at the end of the school day, we ask that parents and caregivers arrange to meet and wait for their children outside the building please.


Rōpū Pōhutukawa Teachers