Tuesday 25 February 2014

Awesome Attitude

Today Christain from Attitude.inc came to talk with us about how we can get the most out of life. We had so much fun, laughed so much and came away with some key messages to think about:

  • We are all different and that's a great thing.
  • We need to try new things, to meet people with similar interests and find out what we are really good at.
  • We need to 'Dump dumb thoughts' and believe in ourselves.
  • We need to do the right thing
  • We need to help others ... this is a real win-win, people appreciate it and it makes us feel good.
We are looking forward to spending more time with Christain next week, during workshops as part of the Year 7 Leadership day on Monday and the Year 8 Leadership Camp on Thursday. 

Totally engaged, for a full hour.
Christain was one cool dude!
Boy did we get to laugh.

Thursday 20 February 2014

Week 3 Update

Literacy: This week we have launched into our literacy programme and we are pleased with how the children are responding. There is a large component of self-management in our literacy approach. For example, by lunchtime today each child needs to have completed two writing sessions of 30 mins and the weekly current events quiz. If this isn't completed on time the consequence is 30 mins at lunchtime catching up and if there is still work to complete, this will need to be done at home before Monday.

On Monday we made and played with gloop and slime, as a motivation for writing.

Swimming Sports: You should have received a newsletter about our School Swimming Sports two days ago. Entries will be taken today. Swimming Sports are on Wednesday morning, 26th Feb.

Leadership Camp: Year 8 Leadership Camp is just two weeks away, March 6th and 7th. A notice and medical form came home either yesterday or will come home today. Please complete the medical form and return it by Wednesday the 26th. Food donations can be sent in on the week of camp.

Home Learning: The first maths home learning is due this Friday. A couple of classes are now underway with Mathletics and the other two should be operational next week. SDLs (self directed learning) are nearly ready to go, these can also be worked on at home.

Responsibility: Leadership positions have been announced, trainings are underway and our leaders are stepping up. For those who are interested there will be jobs to do around the Twilight Fair later in the term. Congratulations to the following Year 8 leaders:

House Captains:
Fisher - Abigail & Cameron Waimea - Bryar & Nathan Tennyson - Keiana & Dom Heathcote - Lucy R & Flynn

Student Council Exec:

Chairperson Claudia Secretary Melanie Treasurer Oscar L

From this week, the children are choosing their daily fitness options.

Wednesday 12 February 2014

This week in Kauri Whanau...

This week we are starting to learn about the '7 Habits of Highly Effective People'.

On Monday we looked at what 'Being Proactive' means. We had a go at putting this into action with a class lap sit...

The first few attempts resulted in collapse, but we kept positive and persisted until...

On Tuesday we looked at 'Begin with the end in mind' and discussed what it means to be in the driver's seat, controlling the direction of our lives...

Today we explore 'Put first things first' and on Thursday we will learn about 'Think win win'. At our Leadership Camp in Week 5, we will be exploring the habits in greater depth and have lots of fun putting them into action.

Wednesday 5 February 2014

End of week 1 reminders...

Passion Friday starts this Friday: Those who are doing 'Fabulous Food' have been asked to form a group of 3, and between them to bring a packet of wine biscuits, a can of condensed milk, a tablespoon of cocoa, a cup of coconut, a mixing bowl, a teaspoon, a spatula and a mixing spoon. Yum scrum!

Self Defence: We are lucky to have Lynda Maindonald from Self Defence New Zealand, running a 5 session course for our Year 8 girls. This starts on Friday afternoon, with each session running for 90 minutes during school time. Funding is provided so there is no cost to families. We have worked with Lynda in the past; the girls have totally enjoyed it and learnt heaps.

Leadership Applications: These need to be handed in this Friday. Please give your children a gentle reminder.

Tracy led a great discussion on the Treaty of Waitangi today. We all learnt heaps.

Monday 3 February 2014

Underway with Day 1

What a fabulous start we had to the year in Kauri Whanau today! We were really impressed with the children's attitude, enthusiasm and adaptability.

Coast group getting underway with Google Docs.

Great team discussion about  how our House points system will work. 

Plains group get creative with bucket label painting.

All ready to go...

It was great to meet with everyone at learning conferences last week. A few important reminders for week one:

  • Must have sunhats from day 1
  • Return ICT Agreement, signed, on Monday
  • Return Passion Friday options and Bus Form on Monday
  • Bring togs on Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Leadership information will come home on Tuesday, please discuss options at home, fill in forms and return to school by Friday.
  • Cell phones can be carried in pockets, but must be switched off
  • No electronic devices to be used before school or at break times
Can't wait for the fun and learning to begin!