What’s happening in Fonuamalu Syndicate?


Rooms 27, 28, 29


Dear Parents/Caregivers,

Kia Ora, Talofa Lava, Malo e Lelei, Ni Sa Bula Vinaka, Kia Orana, Fakaalofa Lahi Atu, warm greetings to you all.


Welcome Back!

Welcome back! We trust you had a great break and are ready and excited for what the new year brings!


Robertson Road School Value

The Fonuamalu team will  have a core values programme with a focus on one value each term including kindness, citizenship, responsibility, honesty and determination. Our team value for this term is using our manners. We expect all children to use their manners, show thought and care towards others and make sensible choices.  We believe the team core value program will work alongside with the school values of respect, relationship and service.


Classroom helpers;

If you would like to be involved and lend a hand please contact your child’s classroom teacher. We would like to take this opportunity to let parents and caregivers know that you are welcome in class between 8.30am and 8.50am, and straight after school.


Fonuamalu Learning Term 1:


For Term 1 there will be a big focus on individual goal setting. You might like to ask your child what their writing goal is. During reading we will be focusing on gaining a deep understanding of what has been read.


Our focus for maths is ensuring all children have a solid understanding of place value and automatic recall of basic facts.



Homework is set each Monday, please see classroom teacher about this. It is really important that children read each night and practise their basic facts and spelling words.


Physical Education

This term children will be working on their small ball skills and fitness.



We are busy learning about ‘Citizenship’ and what it means to be a responsible citizen. We are also very lucky to have Harold’s Life Education Caravan coming in on week 4 and 5 to support the children’s learning about responsibility and how to be a valued member of our school community.



All parents should have received a newsletter about swimming this term and the costs. Please ensure you pay $5 before the first swimming lesson. Please refer to the timetable below;


We look forward to working with you and your children this year as we move students on with their learning.


Patricia Lelei, Taisia Havea, Lorenzo Davies

Fonuamalu team




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Room 27 12:30 pm 1:00 pm 1:30 pm 9:00am 9:30am 10:00 am 10:30am 11:00 am
Room 28 1:00 pm 1:30  pm 9:00 am 9:30 am 10:00am 10:30 am 11:00 am 11:30 am
Room 29 1:30 pm 9:00 am 9:30 am 10:00 am 10:30am 11:00 am 11:30 am 12:30 pm


2017 Events

Team Fonuamalu events for Term 2-

School Assembly Week 6- Tongan dance.

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Fundraising Bake sale.

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Room 29 students are learning to use SOLO Taxonomy maps in their writing to do a self/peer assessment for their learning against the Literacy Learning Progressions and set their next learning steps.


As part of their Inquiry Learning Topic on CHANGE- students are looking at the chemical change. They are learning about the DNA Fingerprinting, making slime and some other interesting experiments.


For DMIC OR Pasifika Bobbie Maths, Students are learning to use different strategies and their metacognition skills to solve various problems collaboratively.

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In Term 1,  Team Fonuamalu had the pleasure of  inviting over to our school,  Renee Liang to conduct a Creative Writing Workshop with the students in our syndicate.

A Second-generation Chinese Kiwi, Renee is  a poet, playwright, fiction writer, paediatrician and medical researcher-as described by NZ Herald : Paediatrician by day, poet and playwright by night.  She is a multidisciplinary artist, having written in many genres including short and long fiction, poetry, theatre, non-fiction, blogging and arts journalism.

The  main aim of this workshop was to inspire all the students in Fonuamalu Syndicate and to show them that writing is a process and it improves with effort. It was also to enable students to succeed in a variety of writing tasks and to build on their already developing writing skills in their own classrooms. IMG_3730IMG_3723IMG_3720IMG_3725IMG_3733IMG_3728IMG_3732