Karori Normal School

Rōpū Kākano - New Entrants Year 0

Poipoia te Kākano kia puawai

Nurture the seed and it will blossom

Dear Parents/Caregivers,


Welcome to term 1 with Team Kākano.  We are rooms 6 and 9. The philosophy of our team is ‘having fun’ while learning.  We have planned an enjoyable term for the children, the first few weeks will be spent establishing routines and expectations and getting to know each other.  


General Reminders

  • Sunhats are compulsory when children are outside in Term 1.  They will need to bring one from home and must be a fully brimmed  hat or a cap with a back flap. 

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

  • We discourage children from bringing in their precious toys from home. These can become misplaced or get damaged. If your child does bring something to school they should be named and your child will be 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

  • Fitness:   Jump Jam and Mindfulness. We focus on our brains and our bodies every morning to start our day in a healthy way.

  • Perceptual Motor Programme (PMP): PMP is a programme aimed at developing a child’s perceptions and understandings 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. This happens on Thursday afternoons.  

  • Singing: Every Thursday we will have a session with our specialist music teacher Ms Ward.

  • Kapa Haka:  Every Tuesday we will have a Kapa Haka session with our specialist instructor Hemi Pride.

  • Library: Each class will visit the school library once a week, Room 9 on Mondays and Room 6 on Tuesdays.  The children will be able to issue two books a week.  Please remember to send these back on or before the following library day so that the children can issue two new books.

Reading at home

When children transition into school we find they can become overwhelmed by the changes and all the ‘newness’ of the classroom and school. This can be very tiring for them as it is a lot of new learning. 

We will begin to send books home when the children are settled and ready. This timing may vary for different children and between classes. When books start coming home it would be helpful if you could read these with your child.  If they want to read to you, go for it, but if they don’t want to, you can read to them. The most important thing is that your child is immersed in language and loves books. When you read with your child, have fun with the way it sounds and read with expression. This models a behaviour that makes reading fun and not a task to be completed.  Reading to and with your child should continue to be a fun, relaxing and bonding time.  

If you have any questions about anything, please talk to your child’s teacher.


Kind regards,

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

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

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