Government Policies in the Headlines
No doubt you will have seen the headlines about 2 policies impacting schools this year - cellphones, and teaching an hour of reading, writing and maths each day.
The Terrace is well placed in our systems around cellphones. There is no change to what we do.
Year 1 to 6 students are not to bring cellphones, or smart watches, to school.
Year 7 and 8 students, if families would like students to bring cellphones, they must be kept in their bag and not used during class or break times. On occasion the intermediate teachers may allow students to use their phones for a learning task. Students will be clearly directed about this.
Should your child need access to a cellphone for a medical or exceptional reason, please contact the principal directly so we can set up a plan.
In the information packs that we shared at the whanau connect conferences you will have received details about our expectations for device use at TTS. Please make sure you have read these.
The Terrace School is in a perfect position for this regulation, already delivering at least an hour of reading, writing and maths each day.
Generally speaking, our mornings from 8.55 am to 12.25pm - a total of 3 hours and 10 minutes are devoted school wide to teaching the literacy skills of oral language, reading, writing including spelling and handwriting, and maths. These skills are also keenly used in our afternoon programmes where we integrate the curriculum areas of science, social sciences, histories and technology in our inquiry topics. Students also visit our library each week, selecting and reading books.
We have a fantastic team of well trained and focused teaching professionals at The Terrace. Because of this we trust them to make the decisions about how they use this time to progress our students learning.