Our Learning

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. A special welcome to our new principal Miss Sarah Gleeson, we also extend a warm welcome to Mrs Raenette Taljaard, teacher in Hub 3 and Mrs Leena Rebello, teacher in Hub 2, We trust you will enjoy being part of our school whanau.

Our overall theme for learning this term is “Our Place in the World” which encompasses, all areas of the curriculum.

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

Theme Our Place in the World
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 What makes me special? Through our connections, we belong and participate in  communities and groups.
Religious Education Marist Charism, Lent, Jesus,  Holy Week,
English Oral language Class and group discussions /

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

Visual language Handwriting.

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.

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

Texts linked with Inquiry.  Reading Comprehension practice.

Maths Numeracy Number knowledge /

Addition and subtraction strategies

Strand Statistics and Measurement


Social Studies L 1.Understand how belonging to a group is important for people.

L 2. Understand how people make significant contributions to New Zealand society.

L.3 Understand how cultural practices vary but reflect similar purposes.

Health   and

Physical Education

Life Education units

Manipulative Skills ( Throwing , Catching, Striking)

Visual Art Drawing and Painting




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

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

Please encourage your child to keep working on Mathletics activities and tasks set each week.

Years 4 to 6 students need to get their Marist RICH challenges completed and signed off by their teachers by Friday 16 November.

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 name/label uniforms as it is very helpful particularly if an item gets lost.


  • 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.

Teachers are happy to answer and queries or concerns, please feel free to email the whanau teachers or set up a time to meet with them.