Sunday, 19 February 2017

A Message to our Viewers

A message to our viewers

Our Blog Guidelines

Please take the time to browse through the learning activities on this blog along with the individual class member blogs attached.

  • These are learning Blogs. They show achievements and learning over time.

  • It is unique to the individual learner so please identify the positives.

  • Not everything will be perfect on these blog

  • We welcome positive quality comments
    • Compliment the Learner
    • Make a connection to the topic
    • As a question to encourage conversation and further thought

Following blogs and leaving comments

Our Class Blogs – how to follow your child’s classroom blog by email and how to leave a comment.
Hi all – please take the time to find your child’s class blog – go to , find classroom pages and from here you will find a link to the class blog. We would like to encourage you to bookmark this page or even make it your home page!!
To follow the blog by email and receive notifications of new posts, find the box similar to this one that allows you enter your email.
How to leave a comment
Students at Frankley school want to know how much you enjoy viewing their learning and hearing about their learning adventures..
Click on comment – usually found under a post
Write your positive message, then click on the button shown below to choose how you want to leave your comment – you may have your own google account and can use this or choose the name/URL or anonymous (But we do like to know who our comments are from, so please add your name under your comment)
Lastly click on ‘publish’ – the computer may say redirecting and then your comment will be published for the class to enjoy.
If you leave your comment using your email it may come up with a tick box (notify me). If you click this you will receive a email if a reply is made to your comment.
Some blogs also have a way you can leave them a voicemail too – simply click on the voicemail button on the side of our homepage, this will allow you to leave a comment -
We look forward to your comments.
Thank you
Frankley School Students

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Te Wera Camp Notice

Hello everyone, please note your child will have this notice with them today. (A few children who were not in class this afternoon will get receive their notice tomorrow.) A separate gear and map came home for you to keep. A medical form was also included. Please fill this out and the permission part of the booklet and return to school. Just cut that half away from the booklet.

Please contact us if you need any clarification with details or organisation. Thanks

Maintain a challenging learning to learn community that responds to the interests, needs and talents of our learners.

Positive difference, Creative learner , Effective communicator.

Te Wera Camp 2017
Tuesday 14 February 2017
Dear Parents
We are looking forward to our Kahikatea camp at Te Wera, which will take place from Wednesday 15 - Friday 17 March at Te Wera.

Included in this booklet are permission slips for you to complete, and other important information which needs to be reviewed by you. Please can the permission forms be returned to school by 20 February to allow us time to make the final camp arrangements. Please make sure that all forms are correctly and completely filled.
 In this booklet you will find information on:
           A map of where the camp will be held
           The cost for students and adults staying
           Student/Parent gear list
           A permission slip – please return to School
           Medical Form - please return to School
Parent  helpers: We already have 9 parents who have offered to stay full time at camp. We are still looking for a few more so would appreciate an email if you can stay and help with supervision.

Transport: We will be travelling out in private cars to help keep costs down so will need your help to transport students to and from the camp. Please note that you need to have a full license, current rego and WOF and seatbelts for the number of students you take. We will be asking you to sign a form acknowledging this.
Camp Fees: We have finalised our budget and the fee for students will be $115.00 each. We would like all fees before Tuesday 03 March 2015 to the School office. Speak to one of us if you have any concerns regarding fees. Please note in the event your child is unable to attend (due to ill health etc) we will only be able to return the accommodation portion of the camp fee.
Gear List: Please refer to the gear list to ensure you have the appropriate gear available for camp.

Lollies: Children may bring a sensible selection of lollies to share within their cabin. Please ensure that this is monitored so it does not become a problem.

Medicine: Needs to be in a safe storage container very clearly named and labeled with the instructions for administration. This needs to be handed to one of us who will then give it to the adult in charge of administering medication. The adult in charge of this records all medication when administered. The road to Te Wera is windy and if your child is prone to car sickness you may like to consider travel medication. A reminder to adults taking cars, travel sickness medication can only be given to students with their parent’s permission (medicines will need to come to school on the day the children leave for camp).

Please note we have attached the school contact and medical details. Please adjust any contact information that is not correct and return to School. You do not need to rewrite contact details on the medical form if these are correct on the school contact form.
All camp newsletters will be on our class blog.
Wanted - these are essential to running a full and varied programme (please let us know if you are able to help with any of these)
  • children’s life jackets
  • simple kayaks to borrow - a preference for sit-on-tops
  • an adult camp supervisor (full time) with a 4 wheel drive vehicle that can tow the kayaks to Te Wera and over farmland to the pond
  • inner tubes, bailing twine for raft making?
  • a pile of bamboo
  • flax
  • mini hacksaws

We are also looking for a few parents who would be interested in helping to coordinate the food for camp and/or have a kitchen responsibility at camp. We are aiming to keep the meals very simple so this will not be a massive job. Please contact one of us.

If for any reason your child will not be attending camp, please can you inform us or Mr Ritai as soon as possible.
Other items will be listed in further newsletters.
Please don’t hesitate to contact one of us if we can help you with any enquiries around your child’s camp.
Thanking you
Merryl and Brendon

Student Permission, Adult help with supervision and transport.
Camp dates: 15 - 17 March 2017

We require 12 parent helpers to assist with supervision for the duration of camp.  
There will be two teachers attending camp.
Please return this part of the notice to your child’s classroom teacher.

Please complete the camp permission form below for your child. You will also need complete the transport part of this form if you are helping to transport children.
I give permission for _____________________________________ to attend the

Te Wera camp 15 - 17 March 2017.
I give permission for my child to travel to and from Te Wera Camp in a private vehicle.
        Signed: __________________             Date: ___________
        I am able to transport children to camp. YES/NO
Number of seats  ______
I am able to transport children back from camp YES/NO
Number of seats _______

Once transport is established drivers will be asked to sign a declaration stating their car is fully warranted and registered, that the driver holds a full current license and has seatbelts for each child transported.

Camp supervision
Please email us to indicate your availability for camp. Please understand while we appreciate all the help our wonderful parents offer, if our parent numbers are too big this does impact on budgets and finding activities for all. Preference will be given to full time campers. Parents are still always welcome to visit their child during the day.


Note your qualifications or areas of interest/experience
Please fill this in even if you have emailed/notified us with your intended attendance/support at camp.

Activities may include eeling, bush skills, first aid, stream science, kayaking,
hobo stoves …

Please also note if you are able to help us within the above areas or if you have first aid or survival /safety/ outdoor qualifications. You may have another interest that might suit for an activity on camp. Please let us know. (You may wish to email us.)

List here:


If parent helpers suffer from a medical condition that would be important for us to know, please contact either Merryl or Brendon.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Thursday, 9 February 2017

What you need to know.

Maintain a challenging learning to learn community that responds to the interests, needs and talents of our learners.

Positive Difference, Creative Learner, Effective Communicator.

Hello to all our Whanau

All messages to you will be posted on our Hub Blog, please note the changed URL.
Please follow this blog by adding your email to the slot “Follow by email” to ensure you receive our information.

A few items to note.

1. Headphones
These are part of our stationery list and it is vital each child has a pair. Ear buds are fine and are a preferred option - it makes storage easier. The headphones should be able to be stored by your child within their storage box at school.

2. Camp Te Wera 14 - 17 March 2017
Notices re camp will be coming out next week.

3. Strengths, Talents, Interests and Needs Interviews STIN.
Please come prepared with the important information that you feel is important for us to know about your child to strengthen our relationship with your child and to support their learning this year.

Over the year we welcome you sharing further information with us around achievements, goals, new interest, matters that are important to your child. Emails, photos, you popping in etc are welcomed.

We do have many children we previously had in 2016 in our Learning Hub this year. We will let you decide if you have new information to share and still wish to come to STIN interviews.

4. How we Roll
Later this term we will be having an information evening for our parents to explain the way we work in Kahikatea. This dates will be advertised soon.

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you want to know any more information, have any concerns or wish to pop into the Hub to see your child learning in action - we are sure they would love to have you in class to see what they are up to.

Monday, 6 February 2017

Our first W.I.T. (Wildly Important Task)

Last week we started our first WIT for the year - on day one in fact! This is an important WIT and the ideas in it affect us all. Mrs McA and Mr A even spent a lot of time discussing and reading in the holidays about it. It is a Health and P.E/Social Sciences WIT.

 Have a read: