Room 01

Katrina Bush Room 1

Kia Ora and welcome to Room 1!

My name is Katrina Bush and I am the team leader for Kereru Syndicate. I have many years of experience teaching at Birkdale Intermediate and have developed many good relationships with the families that make up this vibrant community. I look forward to getting to know the families of this years students. It would be greatly appreciated if parents would monitor assigned homework tasks (approximately 4 hours per week), assist with spelling and sign the students’ homework every week. I would also like to encourage all parents to contact me to discuss any aspect of their childrens learning.

Term 1 – Our first term is always a very busy one. Children will be adapting to new routines and improving their work and study skills. There will be many opportunities for students to have new learning sporting and cultural experiences. Our school uses a Problem Based Learning approach, which involves real problems where children learn vital problem solving skills. The first Quest this term is “Let the Buyer Beware”. The students will use skilful compare and contrast in order to make an informed decision based on the geology of two coastal locations. As part of this Science Quest, we have planned a field trip to Takapuna Beach and Thornes Bay. Our second Quest is ‘Pocahontas’ which asks the question; Is Disney’s portrayal of Pocahontas accurate? In English we will be focusing on Poetry. Mathematics in term one starts with a focus on addition, subtraction and algebraic equations. It concludes with Geometry and Measurement. Throughout the term problem-solving strategies will be taught. The children will also be completing PAT tests early in the term. I encourage parents to monitor homework tasks, spelling lists and sign homework books once a week. The homework book also offers a direct means of communication between yourself and the teacher 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. In addition to all this, we have the Shore-to-Shore Fun Run, Softball and Cricket zone days, and Swimming Sports! During this year you child will also learn some te reo Maori and Spanish! What a busy start!

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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 and I am new to Birkdale Intermediate this year. As a former student I have many fond memories of the school and I know I am going to 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 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 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

Emily Creasey Room 3

Hello and welcome to all of the students and parents of Room 3. I am looking forward to working with a great group of children over the next year. We have many exciting activities planned throughout the year for children to get involved in.

Term 1

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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 those students beginning this year as a 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 at Birkdale Intermediate. Welcome also to Room 4 parents. I look forward to meeting you at parent/teacher 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

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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 and welcome to all parents and students of Room 7!!

We are a Year 8 class and part of the Weka Syndicate. I have returned to teaching full time after being on maternity leave and relieving in 2015. Our classroom has had a few upgrades over the holidays and I look forward to the fresh start with you all.

This term I hope to meet with all parents at the Parent-Student-Teacher conferences to discuss your child’s goals for 2016 and how we can best support their learning. Please take the time to encourage your child to participate in any of the sporting, cultural and academic activities available at our school.

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Room 08

Matt Sides Room 8

Welcome to all parents and students of Room 8.

The beginning of Year 7 means a lot for both parents and students. The first half of this term will be an exciting and challenging time, learning new structures and routines for the class and the school. I hope to meet with all parents at the Parent-Student-Teacher conferences to discuss your child’s goals for 2016 and how we can best support their learning.

Intermediate school life is all about opportunities! Please take the time to discuss daily events as well as upcoming events, but most importantly encourage your child to participate in anything or everything Birkdale Intermediate School can offer.

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November 19, 2012 |

Room 09

WHAEA MEL DAVIS –NGA HUA O TE PURAPURA PAI –ROOM 9

Tena Tatou e te whanau o Nga Hua, nga tau whitu hou, ratou ko nga tau waru mai I tera tau, he mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa.
We have a very exciting year planned for Nga Hua this year. I would like to encourage our Matua 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 Whanau Learning Class, we are very lucky to have the opportunity to learn and speak in both Te Reo Maori and English. This year we will continue our focus on strengthening Te Reo Maori by continuing our weekly Te Reo Maori lessons in class and also encouraging ‘Nga Wahanga Korero Maori’.

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Room 10

Debbie Cornelius Room 10

2016 is upon us! Hello and a warm welcome to all new students in Room 10 and their parents and caregivers. This will be an exciting, and stimulating year for all of us! I look forward to meeting you at teacher/parent information evenings and school events. The link between home and school is of vital importance so please offer children your time, support and interest to encourage success in their learning.

Term 1

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November 18, 2012 |