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News from Western Heights Primary

Room 7 at Western Heights Primary School, (Satellite Unit) has 8 students of mixed ethnicities. We have one Classroom Teacher, Savi and two Teacher Aides-Delaney and Aarti. Cynthia is our release teacher. Students enjoy Waiata and te reo Māori with Matua Aiden and music with Jono. We also have a team of specialists working closely with us - Katie and Kath are our Speech and Language Therapists, David, our Occupational Therapist.

This Year we focus on ‘The Four Elements’. In Term One our topic is ‘Water’. In Term Two we learn about ‘Fire’. Term Three we cover ‘Wind’ and in Term Four we concentrate on ‘Earth’.

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), Key Competencies Pathways and appropriate levels of the New Zealand Curriculum . The students are engaged through group and one on one learning experiences. A focal point for our class will be Communication, improving our reading, writing, listening and speaking skills

Opportunities are given for Community Integration through Riding for the Disabled (RDA), swimming, Mid Island Gym Sports (MIGS), Library visits, Polynesian Pools and hikoi to the shops and parks nearby.

Room Seven 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.


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