From Trudi

As we get to the end of a busy first term I would like to acknowledge the support we have received from our families for all of our events this term.  We have been posting updates on our school Facebook page. This is a great place for the whole school community to keep up to date with school activities.  

Thank you to the families who came along to our Learning and Curriculum Design parent meeting.  We have been working on developing our CASS curriculum; how we can capture who our learners are, what they need to help them be ready for learning, while supporting their health and wellbeing, and including what their learning pathway may consist of.  If you missed the parent meeting and would like a copy of the presentation I shared please click on this link Learning Design - Parent Presentation

This means we will be replacing IEPs with 3 key documents 



Learner Portrait -  'who I am and how I learn'.  A learner portrait captures students strengths, interests and helps us understand what best supports your childs learning 

Hauora / wellbeing plan - 'what I need to be ready for learning'. A Hauora plan covers all the important information about toileting, health, behaviour , medical , health etc. It is a collaborative document that may link to more detailed plans if needed and ensures that every students health and well being is planned for

Learning Plan - " What I am learning" A learning plan is developed for the term for the whole class. Learning Intentions for 'core curriculum areas' ( reading, writing, math and communication) are listed and will show what students will be learning for the term.  The learning plan also includes learning intentions for 'exploratory curriculum' areas, that is the contextual, meaningful exploration of the learning areas from the New Zealand Curriculum.  This could look different in different areas of the school , with our senior students have areas drawn from the adult curriculum and our new entrants exploring more play based learning.  The learning plan will come home to you at the beginning of every term.

Home School Partnership  - All 3 documents are intended to create 2 way sharing of information.  Parent partnership meetings will begin next term and we are looking forward to developing these documents with you.  We will continue to use Seesaw as our main method of sharing with you, your childs progress and achievement across all three documents, there will be more about how we are planning to develop our use of Seesaw next term. 

Other News 

New School Building Update - 
MOAA architects have been appointed to work with us to design our new base school.  We are really excited to have the team from MOAA on board and work to get the big picture site plans complete is already underway.  

BOT Elections - Have you considered joining our Board of Trustees?

Elections will be held mid-year and a call for nominations will come next term.  If you would like to find out more or come along to a board meeting to see what it is all about please contact the school office. 


We welcome the following new staff to CASS:
Mija Ahn - Teacher Aide
Mila Arai - Teacher Aide Reliever
Lucy Fotu - Teacher Aide
Manjula Mallawaarchchci - Teacher Aide
Tina Tavita - Teacher Aide
Jacki Mayne-Davis - Occupational Therapist
Bronwyn Eeles - CRT Teacher
Last Day of Term 1
The last day of school for Term 1 is Friday 12th April 2019. 
School will be finishing early at 1.30pm. Parents can pick up students from 12.30pm but taxis will be taking students from 1.30pm. 
Free tickets to Southern Stars Show
We have a limited number of complimentary family passes to Robin Hood.
4th May @ ASB Show Grounds, Greenlane
10am, 1pm and 4pm sessions.
Please contact the school off ice of  620 7680 or
Syndicate Updates...


Te Ropu Manuka

Te Ropu Kowhai

Te Ropu Nikau

Te Ropu Kauri
Te Ropu Kauri consisting of Base 3, Base 4, StAR 4, Community 1, and Community 2 classes have enjoyed an eventful first term. We have appreciated the time to get to know new students in class. We have also had the opportunity  to meet and discuss with parents and families classroom set ups and timetables etc. As we are the older students of school we have moved away from the NZ Curriculum Document and are working from the newly developed Auckland Special Schools Adult Curriculum which has more focus on Vocational, Work Experience, Leisure, Social and Literacy and Numeracy skills in Community Settings. Among the activities enjoyed this term are Cross Fit, Swimming, Special Olympics, Gardening, Work Experience, Big Splash, Star Lab and various other curriculum visits.
We look forward to meeting with parents next term to share and plan out individual learning intentions for each student. 

Nga Mihi,
Trudi Brocas 

Tumuaki | Principal
48 Smallfield Ave | Mt Roskill

Ph: 09 6207680 


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