Tuesday 16 August 2016

Kauri Whānau Term 3 Week 4 Update

Spellathon cards

Please return Spellathon cards to school tomorrow, Wednesday August 17th. Testing day is this Friday.


Our final day for soup fundraising is tomorrow, Wednesday. It would be great to see lots of Year 7 & 8s buying soup, as this is going towards our ski tip. Pumpkin, tomato or chicken, for $2. 

Ski Day Reminders

Just two more sleeps before we are off skiing. The weather forecast is looking great, sunny with light winds. We couldn’t wish for better than that! The high will be 0, so lots of warm layers are a must. By now clothing has been sent home to those who requested it. If your child still needs something, we must hear about this tomorrow, Wednesday. 

Please pack a hearty lunch and a water bottle. The café up the mountain is very expensive. Children may bring a little money, but they are responsible for this. All children should have some energy food (e.g. muesli bar or mini chocolate bar) in their jacket pocket, for snacking on the slopes.

Thanks to those of you who have already paid the $40 at the office. If you haven’t paid, this has been charged to your account.

Your child will need:
Several thin layers are much better for keeping warm and comfortable than a bulky layer. Cotton is not great for the mountains; thermal clothing is what’s needed.
  • Polypro or woolen thermal top
  • Thermal ‘long-johns’ or tights
  • Fleece or woolen top / jersey
  • Waterproof pants
  • A warm weatherproof jacket
  • Woollen or thermal socks, not too thick. Socks need to come up to mid calf at least. Pack a spare pair as well.
  • Weatherproof gloves or mittens
  • Either sun glasses or ski goggles
  • A scarf is optional, but must be tucked into their jacket, to avoid dangling ends.
  • All children will be given a helmet
  • A warm hat
  • Sunscreen, for the face
  • A substantial lunch, including a drink.
  • Long hair needs to be tied up. 

It looks highly unlikely that this trip will be postponed. If the mountain is on hold or closed we don’t go. If it is open we do. The ski report is updated at 6am each day: https://www.nzski.com/mt-hutt. If the day is postponed we will send out a text. If you don’t hear from us, we will see you at school by 6:45am in the Sandwich Rd staff carpark on Thursday.  We will be back at school by 6:15pm, possibly a bit earlier. A text will be sent with our ETA once we leave the mountain.

Treaty of Waitangi Workshops

Our Treaty of Waitangi workshops with Sharon Tipene finished last week. Over the past three weeks we, both students and teachers, have learnt so much about New Zealand history. Here are some student comments from reflections:

“I was amazed that all that happened and I never knew about it, I really enjoyed learning every bit of it.”     

“I enjoyed learning about the treaty because I now realise things that happened and how we are fixing them.” 

 “Crazy. How much the Māori have been through to make New Zealand how it is now.”     

 “I felt happy when I heard about the Parihaka protests, I thought the protests were really smart and it made me feel good.”


On Monday 15th August, the Year 7&8 Korfball Team took part in the second Christchurch Schools competition for the year, placing 5th out of 12 teams.

We placed 3rd in what was dubbed the 'pool of death', behind the two eventual finalists of the whole tournament, Kirkwood A & Heaton A.  

Special mention goes to Jaxon for being chosen for the 'Team of the Tournament' for a second time. This team is made up of the four best players for both boys a girls from all of the teams competing. 

Kirkwood A Intermediate were the eventual winners, beating out Heaton A Intermediate in a tough fought match. 

Congratulations to the Beckenham Guards on your excellent achievement, while representing our school with class.  

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