Room 2 at Kea Street, Base, currently has 6 students - five boys and one girl of mixed ethnicities. We wish Sifa and Kalais the very best as they transfer to Room 1 and welcome Tahumatua Week 1 Term 4. We have one Classroom Teacher, Savi and three Teacher Aides, Raewyn, Vicki and Anna. Cathy is our Classroom Release Teacher. Students enjoy Waiata and te reo Māori with Matua Aiden and music with Jono. The dance programme with Clare is another favourite. Sensory Activities facilitated by Lisa and Sensory Stories shared by Judith are other wonderful experiences for our students. We also have a team of specialists working closely with our class and teacher- Jenna is our Speech and Language Therapist, Brigid, Occupational Therapist, Chris our Physiotherapist and Michelle our Vision and Mobility Therapist.
This Year our theme is ‘Our Place, Our Legends’ – Māori myths and legends in and around Rotorua. In Term One we will focus on the beautiful story of Hinemoa and Tūtanekai. In Term Two we learn about Ihenga and the Patupaiarehe of Ngongotaha. Term Three we cover Hatupatu and the Kurangaituku and more local pakiwaitara Term Four.
Teaching and Learning programmes are designed to effectively meet the students’ needs through the Individual Education Plans (IEPs), the expanded Level One curriculum goals based on the Central Regions Special School Cluster (CRSSC) and Key Competencies Pathways. The students are engaged through group and one on one learning experiences. Another focal point for our class will be Communication using Core boards and the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and also increasing their use of verbal language when able to.
Opportunities are given for Community Integration through Riding for the Disabled (RDA), swimming, Mid Island Gym Sports (MIGS), Library visits, Flip Out, Polynesian Pools and hikoi to the shops and parks nearby.
Room two has an open door policy. Parents/ caregivers and whānau are welcome to visit anytime, email or phone. The classroom teacher communicates daily on their child’s day and progress through the Home Books and Class Dojo posts.