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Rangiora 7400
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Tipu Team

Our team consists of five classrooms in one hub

Tipu Team

Trudy Miles

Mrs Trudy Miles - Learning Team Leader
Tipu 1 - Year 2/3

Leona Starkey

Ms Leona Starkey
Tipu 2 - Year 2/3

Kylie Forrest

Miss Kylie Forrest
Tipu 3 - Year 2/3

Sinead McKinley

Miss Sinead McKinley
Tipu 4 - Year 2/3

Abby Washington

Miss Abby Washington
Tipu 5 - Year 2/3



The Tipu Team is made up of five classes in one hub

Tipu Team
Tipu 1 - Mrs Trudy Miles - Team Leader
Tipu 2 - Ms Leona Starkey
Tipu 3 - Miss Kylie Forrest
Tipu 4 - Miss Sinead McKinley
Tipu 5 - Miss Abby Washington

Innovative Learning Practice

As a school we are implementing our new learning model developing the values of being an Ashgrove STAR by encouraging and sustaining the values of  service, trust, attitude, respect / responsibility through becoming confident, collaborative and creative learners in the essence of our school vision statement, Growing Together for Success.  These values are embedded in our daily teaching and learning activities.  

We use a themed approach for our collaborative planning and implementation of units.  We are developing the early skills for Inquiry Learning according to the National Curriculum.   Time is made available at our team meetings to discuss ideas and strategies to best support all learners.

Planning for the teaching of inquiry/thinking skills is a major focus in topic work which integrates science, social studies, technology and arts based curriculum areas. We aim to ensure that all aspects of the curriculum are covered in a two year cycle. Literacy, Numeracy remain key focus areas for development in the Junior school.

Innovative practice highlights the importance of student led learning under the guidance of teachers and parents / caregivers. It embraces the five key competencies which focus on self-management, being an active learner, co-operating and collaborating with others and applying problem solving skills. Children are encouraged to reflect on their learning by considering where they have achieved success and what their next focus is. Throughout the day we focus on these competencies and arrange learning opportunities in the best and most practical way to support the needs of our learners. We continually reflect and refine our practice to continue along this changing educational landscape.


All lessons in literacy work towards developing the following skills.

Oral Language

  • Speaking and Listening

Written Language

  • Writing and reading

Visual Language

  • Viewing and Presenting
  • Handwriting

The Language Learning Processes

  • Exploring Language
  • Thinking Critically
  • Processing Information


We focus on the core skills and strategies as set out by the National Numeracy Project.  The other strands including Statistics, Geometry and Measurement are also covered throughout the year.

Te Reo Māori

Te reo (language) and tikanga (customs and protocols) are taught in our team. The learning includes waiata, correct pronunciation and the children learning their own mihi (personal greeting).  We also have a Junior Kapahaka group which runs on Tuesday afternoon beginning late in Term 1.

Health & Physical Education

Health and Physical Education continues to be an important component of our programmes for 2017.   As well as timetabled Physical Education lessons and daily fitness or jump jam sessions, classes will have a 30 minute skill teaching session each fortnight taken by instructors from the North Canterbury Sports and Recreation Trust.

In Term 2 we have swimming instruction timetabled for Fridays.  This is generously subsidised by Mainpower. 

Health units are part of our school wide integrated topic.  In Term 1 we will be teaching the Keeping Ourselves Safe programme.

The Arts

Visual Art

Visual art may be integrated with the current topic or taught as a separate curriculum area depending on the skills needing to be covered.

There is a focus on the use of different media each term with sketching and drawing being taught as part of visual art across the whole year.

Music, Dance and Drama

There will be an emphasis on the different arts strands of dance, music and drama over the year.

Many aspects of these disciplines are covered in daily programmes and weekly planning.

Assemblies and End of Term Celebrations

At the end of each term the Tipu team will host a celebration assembly where parents and whanau are welcome to come and join in the successes of the term.  A notice will be sent out prior to this to inform parents of the date for the term.

Trips / Education Outside the Classroom

Planning for Terms 3 and 4 has yet to be finalised so not all activities have been listed below.   When these have been confirmed they will be added.

Term 1

  • Kiwi Sport Coaching alternate weeks beginning Week 2
  • Keeping Ourselves Safe

Term 2

  • Weekly swimming instruction (Tipu 1,2,3,4 & 5)
  • Kiwi Sport Coaching alternate weeks

Term 3

  • Kiwi Sport Coaching alternate weeks
  • Proposed trip to Ferrymead

Term 4

  • Anniversary School Celebrations
  • Kiwi Sport Coaching alternate weeks
  • Junior Athletics
  • End of Year Celebration

Reporting to Parents

Reporting is aligned to children's birthdays and six monthly periods in between. All children will have two written reports per year at least one of which will include a learning conferences, where parents and students will meet with their home room teachers to discuss. This is in line with current school policy and Ministry of Education guidelines.

This means that your child will receive a  written report after 20 weeks, 40 weeks, 60 weeks, 80 weeks, 100 weeks and in some instances 120 weeks depending on when your child begins school. Teachers will contact families when a report is due to come home and make an interview time with you.

Tipu Team Newsletters

At the beginning of each new term a newsletter will be emailed home to outline upcoming programmes and advise parents of trips, additional programmes or changes within the team.  A copy of this will be put on the school website for parents information.


In line with the school policy children will have daily reading and a weekly spelling activity. Study ladder is also available for children in the Tipu team to access if you require extra resources for use at home.

Parent Contact

As classroom teachers we are happy to discuss any needs or concerns your child may have throughout the year.  To do this thoroughly please take the time to make an appointment that suits us both.  We thank you for your continued support in helping us make the most of your child's opportunities to learn successfully.

Useful websites

There are a number of useful websites to help you to support your child's education.

Ministry of Education - http://parents.education.govt.nz/

Maths - http://nzmaths.co.nz/faqs-families