Room 01

Alicia Tutara: Room 1

Nau Mai Haere Mai Room 1.

Welcome Year 7 students to Room 1 and the to Kereru Syndicate and to the next stage in your learning journey. As first year students of Birkdale Intermediate you will have an opportunity to be involved in exciting events, take on new challenges both in and out of the classroom and everything we have planned for 2018.
I also would like to say welcome to the parents and families of Room 1. I look forward to meeting you throughout the year. I invite and encourage your involvement in your child’s learning and development. As this is their first year they will need your support, time and encouragement in their learning.
This year students will be learning Te Reo Maori and Mandarin. This will provide knowledge of the language and traditions of both cultures. Kia Haneanea to tatou tau. Looking forward to a great year!

Term 1 –This term we will develop new routines, habits and connections with those around us to be successful both in and out of school.

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November 22, 2012 |

Room 02

Kate Davidson: Room 2

Kia Ora and a warm welcome to Room 2
My name is Kate Davidson. As a former student I have many fond memories of the school and love being involved in the school and local community. I look forward to getting to know the families of those students I haven’t met, and reconnecting with those who know me through their siblings, the Northcote-Birkenhead rugby club, basketball, hockey and softball. Intermediate is the perfect environment to gain new skills, try new things and meet new friends. There will be many opportunities for students to have new sporting and cultural experiences, which I encourage our students to take advantage of.
I encourage parents to monitor homework tasks (approximately 4 hours per week), assist with spelling lists and sign homework books once a week. The homework book and email offers a direct means of communication between us that is specifically about your child. I encourage you to use either of these and I look forward to hearing from you. ‘Meet the Teacher’ evening will be early in the term and I hope to meet all of my parents and whānau in order to establish meaningful relationships which will help our learners succeed. I have an open door policy and hope that all parents and caregivers contact me to discuss any aspect of their children’s learning.

I encourage parents to monitor homework tasks, (approximately 4 hours per week), assist with spelling lists and sign homework books once a week. The homework book also offers a direct means of communication between us that is specifically about your child. I encourage you to use it and I look forward to hearing from you. ‘Meet the Teacher’ evening will be in term one and I hope to meet all of my parents and whanau in order to establish meaningful relationships for our learners. I would also like to encourage all parents to contact me to discuss any aspect of their childrens learning.

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Room 03

Hosea Taani: Room 3

Welcome to Room 3

Malo e lelei, Nau Mai Haere and welcome to Room 3.

I look forward to be working with the Year 8 of Room 3 Kereru Syndicate. I have experience teaching in both England and South Korea (English Academy), and have spent 4 and a half years working as a Specialist Teacher in the Birkdale area (Resource Teacher for Learning and Behaviour). I return to the Birkdale community after working as a class teacher at Northcote Intermediate (2017).

I look forward to learning and where possible, adding value to the learning experiences of the students of Room 3. I welcome all conversations with whanau concerning your child’s learning, and I hope to create greater partnerships to overcome the challenges 2018 may bring. Looking forward to the year ahead!

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November 21, 2012 |

Room 04

Vikki Glenn: Room 4

Welcome to Room 4.

We are a Year 8 class and part of the Kereru Syndicate. For the students beginning this year as part of Room 4, welcome to the next step in your learning journey. It is a time to take on new challenges and get involved in all of the exciting events and learning that we have planned for you as second year students of Birkdale Intermediate. Welcome also to Room 4 parents. I look forward to meeting you at teacher/parent information evenings and school events. I encourage you to introduce yourself to me and to be involved in the your children’s learning. Your children are at a vital stage of their learning and development, and they will require your time, support and interest. As part of our classroom programme Room 4 students will be learning French and Te Reo Maori. This is an opportunity for them to be introduced to an international language and the culture of that country as well as the unique culture and traditions of New Zealand.

Term 1 – This is the term for developing the routines and habits for success at school and beyond. We will learn about being a community of learners and the skills that will enable children to continue to be successful.

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Rooms 05 and 06

ROOMS 5-6

These are used by small groups working together on a particular task.

November 20, 2012 |

Room 07

Juanita Heremaia: Room 7

Kia ora to all parents, caregivers and students of Room 7.

We are a Year 8 class and part of the Weka Syndicate. This term I hope to meet with all parents at the Meet the Teacher evening early in Term One to discuss your child’s goals for 2018 and how we can best support their learning. Please take the time to encourage your child to trial and participate in the wide variety of sporting, cultural and academic opportunities at our school.
Students should use the first couple of weeks to set up routines that include being prepared for each day with the correct equipment and doing homework which students have access to through their Homework Diaries and on Google Classroom.

Term 1 – Tuesday 30 January to Friday 13 April (11 weeks)
The major Quest is ‘Let the Buyer Beware’ for Science and this will include a trip to Takapuna to view the local area and build knowledge of purchasing property. Our Transactional Writing and Visual Language poster will be integrated with this topic.
We will begin with Number/Algebra 1 for Mathematics, which focuses on addition, subtraction and place value. Following that will be Geometry/Measurement 1 looking at estimating and measuring. PAT testing will also take place this term.
English includes looking at the different forms of poetry and using the Connect-Extend-Challenge routine to enhance their learning.
The Shore-to-Shore Fun Run, Swimming Sports, Talent Quest and Meet the Teacher Evening will be held this term.

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Room 08

Lauren O’Sullivan: Room 8

Kia ora to all parents, caregivers and students of Room 8.

I am looking forward to joining the team at Birkdale Intermediate School. I grew up on the North Shore and I am absolutely loving being back again after many years in other places. I have a wealth of teaching experience, which includes teaching in Auckland, Switzerland and Germany. I am very passionate about ensuring learners are meaningfully engaged in authentic learning experiences. I also aim to develop a classroom culture of collaboration, respect for each other and fun. In my personal time I enjoy reading, outdoor activities, especially tramping, kayaking and cycling.

We are a Year 7 class and part of the Weka Syndicate. This term I hope to meet with all parents at the Meet the Teacher evening early in Term One to discuss your child’s goals for 2018 and how we can best support their learning. Please take the time to encourage your child to trial and participate in the wide variety of sporting, cultural and academic opportunities at our school.
Students should use the first couple of weeks to set up routines that include being prepared for each day with the correct equipment and doing homework which students have access to through their Homework Diaries and on Google Classroom.

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November 19, 2012 |

Room 09

Whaea Mel Robinson: NGA HUA O TE PURAPURA PAI – ROOM 9

Tēnā Tātou e te whānau ō Nga Hua, ngā tau whitu hou, rātou ko ngā tau waru mai I tērā tau, he mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa.
I am so pleased to welcome you all to Nga Hua (Room 9) this year. We have many exciting opportunities for our tamariki to ‘Strive for Excellence’ and showcase their abilities. I would like to encourage our Mātua to take an active role this year by checking that your tamariki have completed the tasks that they have been set and homework diaries are signed. These tasks are given to help strengthen the week’s lessons and should take approximately 40 minutes each night.
Nga Hua o Te Purapura Pai is our Whānau Learning Class. We are very lucky to have the opportunity to learn and speak in both Te Reo Māori and English. This year we will continue to focus on strengthening Te Reo Maori by introducing 3 x 20 minute Te Reo Māori sessions in class and also introducing ‘Ngā Wāhanga Kōrero Māori’.

Term 1 – We will begin this year investigating the Science Quest ‘Let The Buyer Beware.’ This Quest sees students’ study the geology of the Takapuna area to determine which property could be the best to purchase and why. We will also be undertaking a field trip for this Quest to discover more about the geology first hand.
Our English programme begins with Poetry from around the world and an introduction to the Connect, Extend, Challenge reading strategy. During Reading, students will analyse poems as well as craft their own poem in a given style for Writing.
Throughout the year, Mathematics will focus on developing core Number, Algebra and Measurement skills. Ensuring the students continue to strengthen their basic facts also remains important.
School wide events this term include school swimming sports, the Shore to Shore fun run, and an opportunity to meet the teacher.

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