Junior Syndicate


Junior Letter

Belmont Primary School – Junior Newsletter  2022

Dear Parents and Caregivers

A warm welcome to all our  families.

Our Junior Syndicate team includes    
Year 1      Sarah Allen/ Pat Holdich ( Wednesdays) Room 8
Year 1      Louise Todd Room 9
Year 1&2   Jenny Harris/Fiona Knight (Thursdays)  Room 10
Year 2      Michelle Perry Room 11

Year 2      Stacey Sykes Room 12

Jen McKinley, Libby Inch, Michelle James – Teacher Aides

Chris Bioletti – Associate Principal

School Times: 
At the Red Traffic Light Setting 
Start Times

Children should arrive for school between 8.30 and 8.50, we ask they are not here any earlier than 8.30 please. Please allow time for your child put their bag away and put their book bag in the classroom so they are ready for the day. C
hildren will need to be dropped off at the Harrison Rd entrance or the bottom courts after 8.30 amUnfortunately parents are unable to come on to the school grounds to avoid mass gatherings.

If you are late, please  let Vesna  know that your child is here. If your child is unable to come to school please contact the office – 4456605 or email bpsoffice@belmont.school.nz or use our Belmont School app – In Google play and  App Store search ‘Skool Loop’ and choose our school once installed – Belmont Primary School.

If your child has to leave during the school day, they need to be collected from the school office where you can sign them out, please.

End of the Day times

2.30- Rooms 8 & 9 
2.40 – Rooms 10, 11 and 12

The class teacher will bring the children down to the bottom courts.

  • Please avoid catching up with other parents, children and whānau at the gates.
  • Please wear a face covering
  • To ensure children’s safety, we ask you to be on time and once you have collected your child/children, please leave to help us adhere to our schedule.

The children will  bring home, readers, Monday to Thursday and some will have a poem on Fridays. Please take time to hear your child read. I have included some suggestions , below.

Uniform Reminder- 
Please ensure all clothing is named. Footwear, including trainers, need to be black, blue or white. No high boots please. Jumpers and jackets must be school uniform. We ask that thermals not be visible. Uniform is purchased through our online shop on this website. 
Just a few points:-
In Term 1 and 4, children need to wear hats outside. These are available from the school office. They will also need named swimwear and towel, in a separate bag please. 
Keeping in touch –Newsletters  are posted on our website every second Thursday, www.belmont.school.nz.
Any notices will come home with your youngest or only child. 

Lunch Orders –  
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Sushi – Thursdays. Fishy Business
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Thank you very much for your continued support. It is really appreciated.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries.

Yours sincerely
Junior Syndicate Staff

“Reading at Home”
Here are some suggestions to help with your child’s reading.

Make a regular time for reading. Make it a special, enjoyable time. Let your child know that you enjoy this time together. If your child is not in the mood don’t force them to read.

Talk about the book before you read it. Look at the cover, the title, the pictures. Ask, “What do you think it is about?” 

Be patient. Give your child time to work out words. 5 seconds or more is reasonable, after 10 seconds encourage your child to use the following strategies:-       

  •  “What do you think the word is?   
  • “What letter / sound does the word start with?”                                       
  • “Have a go.”                                          
  • “Look at the picture.”  Never hide the picture!                                          
  • “ Read on.”Praise every effort.

Correcting mistakes. If the mistake makes sense, let the child continue the sentence. Then go back and ask, “What word is that?” If the mistake does not make sense, allow time for the child to self-correct. Reread what the child has said and ask “Does that make sense?”

Take turns reading parts of the story. Read together.

Talk about the book after reading it. Ask questions – Did you enjoy the book?, Who were the characters? Which was your favourite character? 

Be a good role model and be seen as a reader yourself.


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