Wainui Intermediate Information 2017
Below you will find the information that was sent home to all families attending Wainui Intermediate (Year 7/8) in 2017.
Please read through what has been provided, and feel free to ask any questions by contacting Jason Irvine (team leader) or Gillian Bray (principal) via the email links below:
Email to – Mr. Jason Irvine
Email to – Mrs. Gillian Bray
Year 7/8 Information for 2017:
WS Year 7/8 – Covering Letter 2017
WS Year 7/8 – Bring Your Own Device 2017
WS Year 7/8 – Takahe Team Timetable 2017
WS Year 7/8 – EOTC Activities 2017
WS Year 7/8 – Specialist Programme 2017
Year 7/8 Team Leader
Wainui Intermediate ITC
Since 2015, Wainui Intermediate has been BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), which means that all children in Year 7 and 8 will be required to bring to school their own personal electronic learning device.
Below is the information that pertains to our BYOD, including the Cyber Safety agreement, and the BYOD agreement.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your classroom teacher.
Wainui Intermediate WISP
This year our Wainui Intermediate students will be involved in WISP (Wainui Intermediate Specialist Programme). WISP involves the students in a range of specialist opportunities including:
- Hard Tech – woodwork
- Food Tech – cooking
- Soft Tech – sewing
- Languages – Japanese or French or Spanish (TBC)
- Music – Ukelele
Please contact us if you have any further questions.
Wainui Intermediate EOTC
Once a term throughout 2016 we take our Year 7/8 students on an EOTC (Education Outside The Classroom) learning experience. EOTC is an important part of our school year and can expose the children to a variety of new experiences.
From EOTC Guidelines; Bringing the Curriculum Alive (Ministry of Education, 2009)
Education outside the classroom (EOTC) is an essential part of school life in New Zealand. To extend students’ learning experiences beyond the classroom, schools need to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the wider community and the environment. Students need to learn in a variety of contexts in order to gain the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values required to enjoy a healthy lifestyle; take responsibility for their own safety; form positive and respectful relationships with their peers, their teachers, and the environment; and participate in the creation of safer communities. Once decisions have been made about what students should learn, consideration needs to be given to how EOTC can best support the teaching and learning priorities. Learning beyond the classroom can support the direction and contribute to the breadth of learning described by the national curriculum. New Zealanders have easy access to the bush, beaches, rivers, and mountains, which provide excellent environments for learning, but where safety considerations are paramount. These guidelines support school boards and staff to enhance their students’ learning outcomes and to meet their safety obligations. I want to acknowledge all those who have contributed to the development of this resource: the writers, Reference Group, principals, teachers, students, parents, and others who joined in focus groups or provided feedback during the consultation period. These guidelines will help school communities to plan and provide learning experiences that extend the classroom walls, both within and beyond the school gates.
This year, 2016, our EOTC experiences will be:
- Term 1 – Stand up paddle boarding with the SUP Shed in Orewa – http://www.supshed.com/
- Term 2 – Robotics and Coding with The Mind Lab in Newmarket – http://themindlab.com/
- Term 3 – High-wire adventures with Tree Adventures in Woodhill – http://treeadventures.co.nz/
- Term 4 – Annual overnight camp at the Motutapu Outdoor Education Centre on Motutapu Island – http://www.motutapucamp.org.nz/
Information for each of these events will be available closer to the time.
Wainui Intermediate Otago Problem Challenge
The Otago Problem Challenge is a mathematics problem solving competition aimed primarily at children in Years 7 and 8 and mathematically able children in Year 6. It has been offered to schools throughout New Zealand since 1991 with the involvement reaching its peak in 2002 with some 728 schools entering more than 42,000 children.
Children participating in the competition attempt to answer five questions in 30 minutes. There are five sitting dates, which are done about a month apart. The children do the problems individually but they can share their answers and strategies in small groups afterwards. All three levels (Years 6, 7 and 8) attempt the same problem set although there are separate competitions for each level.
All children taking part will receive a certificate of participation. Those in the top 10% in each year will receive certificates of excellence and those in the next 25% will receive certificates of merit. If your child does particularly well they will be invited to sit the ‘Final Challenge’, where they will compete against the best problem solvers in the country to win some great prizes.
The best thing about the competition is that it will not cost you a cent! The children will get the opportunity to practice for the competition, as well as participating in regular problem solving activities. The five sitting dates are listed below:
DATES FOR 2017 TO BE ADVISED SOON
For more information you can visit www.maths.otago.ac.nz/pc
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