Announcement : 

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Whānau,   The Ministry of Education (MoE) is proposing the establishment of a new Year 1-8 co-educational primary school in Massey Redhills, Auckland.   A preferred site for the proposed Massey Redhills Primary School has been identified within the live zoned Redhills precinct area west of Fred Taylor Drive.  To cater for school aged population growth in the short term, the proposed new school will be temporarily located at 13 – 15 Trig Road, Whenuapai.  The proposed school would be known as Massey Redhills Primary School during its establishment.  The foundation learners and staff of the school would start at the Trig Road site and move to the permanent school site in Massey Redhills when it is built and ready for occupation.     As part of the proposal, the MoE is required to consult with the Board of any state school whose roll might be affected if the school was established.   If you have any feedback on this proposal, please email me at pa@whenuapai.school.nz by Friday, 15 October 2021. Your responses will be collated and form part of our feedback provided to the MoE (please note – the deadline stated in the attached letter has now been extended).   Subject to the Minister establishing the proposed new school, the MoE are also seeking nominations for the Establishment Board of the new school. Information about the role of the Establishment Board, a nomination form and the Eligibility Attestation form are attached for anyone who is interested.    Massey – Redhills – Letter consult.docx EBOT Massey – Redhills – Info pack candidates EBOTs.docx   Ngā mihi nui,   Jo Wright Principal’s PA

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ESOL

ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

Our ESOL learners benefit from in-class support from a Learning Support Assistant (Teacher Aide) and explicit instruction from class teachers based on their individual needs on a daily basis. 

We recently carried out a student survey asking our ESOL learners what has helped them with their learning in the past, what helps them now and what may help them in the future. Our students said that they enjoy group experiences linked to their learning. 

As a teaching team, we found this feedback invaluable to ensure student engagement. We acknowledged that our students would benefit from additional learning experiences before a nationwide holiday or event related to our New Zealand culture. As a result, we offer additional learning experiences that are hands-on, engaging and differentiated depending on their year group, for one or two afternoons per term, specifically for our ESOL students. Our ESOL students can then build on their knowledge and vocabulary when they head back to their classrooms with their class teacher. 

 

Matariki – Māori New Year

The photos show our Term 2 ‘Matariki Afternoon’, organised to prepare our ESOL students for Māori New Year. Our professional development has highlighted the importance of speaking and listening for our ESOL students. Our ‘Matariki Afternoon’ provided the time and space for plenty of enriching learning based conversations to support our ESOL learners, alongside the explicit teaching they receive daily with their class teacher. We integrated learning of the seasons, months, weather, new year, comparing New Zealand breakfast items to our own cultures, trying something new with tasting of unusual fruits, making toast with different toppings, and completing a Matariki star cluster artwork piece.