Kura Teina

Kia ora e te Whanau – greetings to all!  To our new whanau new to Kura Teina, nau mai haere mai.

Term 1 

“Let us remember that one book, one pen, one child and one teacher can change the World” Anon.   


This quote reminds me of the impact schooling can have on our tamariki’s future – teachers have worked hard during the break to be prepared  for the arrival of your tamariki.  Prior to starting the year, the Kura Teina teachers participated in a week of Professional development learning at the end of January.  They are excited, skilled at what they know and do and are ready for an awesome 2024!    


Student learning this term is focussed on Health.  We welcome back after a 3 year hiatus (due to COVID) Whaea Nicky and the Life Education Caravan.  Our team leaders are focusing on building positive relationships and being a good friend.  The Junior syndicate will explore qualities of this through nurture, patience and manaakitanga. The Yr 3-4 team are looking at Problem Solving and Resilience while our tuakana Yrs 5-6 will explore decision making and teamwork.  

We continue with our DMIC Maths and Structured literacy programmes and just on that, the new Government has stipulated a mandate that all schools (up to Year 8) must carry out at least 10 hours of literacy (including reading, writing and oral language) along with 5 hours of maths.   As you know these are not only stand alone subject areas but are almost always integrated with our other studies.  


On Friday 23rd February some of our juniors participated in the “Ready Set Go” module at Horotiu school.  A great day was had by all and a big thank you to the parents who supported the tamariki at this event as well as Whaea Kim who organized it.  Without parent support we would not be able to participate in these events so any help you give is much appreciated.    Look out for notices for more Western Cluster events in the future.   


A reminder to read all the notices/newsletters so you keep up to date with what is happening at kura. We have facebook, emails, Edge App and our website – check in regularly whanau. 


Coming up we will be finishing at 12pm in Kura Teina for our staff to attend an NZEI paid union meeting on Wednesday 27th MarchClick here to see further information.


If you have any patai or questions, feel free to contact the classroom teacher first, and then the team leaders, or  alternatively contact me at haylee_webber@raglanarea.school.nz.  


Hope you have had an awesome Term 1 so far e hoa ma! 


Nā Whaea Haylee Webber DP (Kura Teina)


Kura Tuakana
E ngaa mana, E ngaa reo, E ngaa hau e wha teena koutou katoa.

Welcome to term 1 in Kura Tuakana

Year 7-8

We would like to welcome Whaea Serita Drewery (team Lead) and Whaea Emma Taylor into the year 7-8 team with Matua Eddie Martinez.  Modules for tech arts have begun and EP8 Technology challenge completed. Our Year 7 and 8 students are preparing for Camp Kawhia which is next week. (just before the Easter break).  

Years 9-10

Our rangatahi attended the Old School Art Centre Te Tiriti exhibition. The exhibition brought the Treaty alive into the real world. I particularly enjoyed both times our students have attended seeing young Maori wahine connect with this.

Years 11-13

Outdoor Ed students have been on the water and on the trail with Matua Liam.

 Year 11 are off to Adrenalin park in Tauranga for their whanau day trip on Wed 27th March.

Year 12 have returned from Kaituna white water rafting adventures in Rotorua.  

Welcome back Whaea Ruth for drama with our keen NCEA kids.

We have completed our NCEA for Whanau hui held on the 7th March in the hall. Key points from that hui are below:

Learning rather than assessment and credentialing will be the focus. Parents and Caregivers might ask their young person: “What did you learn today?” rather than: “What assessment are you working on?” This will look and feel different for whānau who have had older siblings experience NCEA.

Students can gain an NCEA Level 1, 2 or 3 Certificate endorsement by attaining 50 credits (out of 60) with Merit or Excellence, for a Merit or Excellence endorsement. This remains the same.

If a student achieves 14 or more credits in a course which includes at least one external standard, they will be eligible for Course endorsement.

External assessments will look and feel different from external assessments of the past. There will also be variations in external assessments between and across subjects.

EDGE mobile App – We encourage whanau to download and sign up to this. You will be able to track your child’s attendance, timetable and NCEA progress. See reports for mid and end of year

 Follow the link https://www.raglanarea.school.nz/wp-content/uploads/2022/12/How-to-access-edge-app.pdf

To contact whanau teachers or Deans via email please use firstname_lastname@raglanarea.school.nz (all lowercase). Deans names are below

Y 7-8 Serita Drewery
Y 9-10 Joseph Rao
Y 11 Linda Holmes
Y 12 Stevie Gardiner
Y 13 Pauline Sweetman
Learning support Gwyn Brodie

If you would like to contact me for anything here is my email quenten_browne@raglanarea.school.nz 

Ngaa mihi mahana Na te Kura Tuakana