Term Overview

Welcome to the first term at Marist Catholic School for 2018. It is wonderful to see all students back at school, excited about their new classrooms and ready to learn. We would like to extend a warm welcome to all new families who have just begun their association with Marist and to Mrs Michelle Neki, our newest staff member. We trust you will enjoy being part of our school whanau. 

Our overall theme for learning this term is “Making Connections” which encompasses, all areas of the curriculum.

The table below gives more detail of this term’s learning:


Hub 1 – My family & Me

Hub 2 – Whanaungatanga

Hub 3 - A Day in the Life of….

Key competency focuses

Confidently communicate in a variety of settings. Accept and value differing viewpoints. Set goals. Develop wondering through inquiry learning

Encouraging us to value

Our RICH values of Respect ,Integrity, Courage & Integrity as well as  Whanaungatanga, Arohatanga & Manaakitanga

Key understandings

Hub 1: What makes me special? Connections to those around me.

Hub 2: Through our connections, we belong in communities and groups.

Hub 3: Fulfilment means different things to different people.

Religious Education

Marist Charism, Lent, Jesus,  Holy Week,


Oral language

Class and group discussions /

Listening to texts.  Oral Language experiences related to Inquiry Learning and Drama.

Visual language


Viewing and presenting related to RE, Inquiry learning, English and the Arts.  Use of digital devices.

Written language

Reading and writing linked with a focus on

 Recounts, Descriptive Writing, Personal Experiences and writing linked with learning from other curriculum areas.


Independent reading, reading to/with and by, Shared reading, Guided reading, weekly library sessions,

Texts linked with Inquiry.  Reading Comprehension practice. 



Number knowledge /

Addition and subtraction strategies


Statistics and Measurement 

Social Studies

Understand how belonging to a group is important for people.

Understand how places influence people and people influence places.

Understand how people make decisions about access to and use of resources 

Health and Physical Education

 Adventure Education, Strategy games 

Visual Art

Drawing and Painting



Greet, farewell and acknowledge people and respond to greetings and acknowledgments


We continue with Mathletics, school wide this year, it is a good resource that helps students with their learning of Maths. Each student will have a log in and password

Home Learning

The purpose for home learning is to provide a positive link between home and school that promotes and enhances a child’s learning.

Students will bring a reader home every day, please encourage your child to read, discuss and retell their book to you or any other adult at home. Spelling words will be sent home from Year 2 onwards to learn for the week.

For some other activities to work on at home here are a few ideas that you could try: Start a garden, cook a meal together, go for walks and find native trees, name them, play a game together, visit your local library etc. Any activity that involves learning in a fun, inclusive manner for parent and child will enhance your child’s learning. 

Parent consent forms

 Students have received a form regarding guidelines for the use of Digital Technologies, which need to be signed by them. Parents need to sign the agreement too.

Please sign Travel Consent forms for Trips in 2018 and the Student Information Sheet 2018 and return all forms to your child’s classroom teacher.

PE Uniform

 Please ensure that your child brings their PE uniform to school daily as they participate in some form of physical activity everyday.


  • Please encourage your child to read the book / library book they bring home each day. 
  • Junior students need to bring back their readers back daily.

We are sure the year ahead will be a rewarding one for students as well as for us teachers.  We are happy to meet with you to answer any queries or concerns.


Mrs. Sharon Menezes

Deputy Principal