Wednesday 8 March 2017

Kauri Whanau Update: Term 1 Week 6

Camp is now a warm and happy memory as we settle back into classroom learning. We were so pleased with the way your children rose to the challenges presented on camp. The Wainui staff also commented on their politeness, at the end of the week. A huge thanks to all the parents who helped to make the week possible, from all the pasta bake chefs, to those who spent the week with us. The children are writing poetry, descriptions or instructional writing, based on their camp experiences. The aim is to compile a book of photos and writing extracts that you can purchase as a memory of the week. More details about this later in the term.

Home learning:

Maths home learning is due in this Friday.

Leadership week:

In week 8, March 20 - 24, we will be running our leadership week. Today all Year 8s left Champion Street with a notice about their two day leadership camp on March 23- 24. Please fill in and return the reply slip, by this Friday. I will copy the text from this notice at the end of this post, just in case you didn't get the paper copy. The Year 7s have a leadership day on Monday March 20th. They may wear mufti on this day. Year 8 wear mufti for the two days of their leadership camp. The whole week will be spent delving into the 'Seven Habits of Highly Effective People', through inquiry learning and practical activities.

Guest speakers:

Next week we have two guest speakers in our hub. On Monday afternoon, Ben Diggy from 'Fill Their Lunch Box', will be interviewed by the children about how he uses the 7 habits in his self sustaining social enterprise. Then on Wednesday we have a speaker from coming to present to the children. While his talk will discuss self leadership, there will be a focus of cyber citizenship.


The Student Council fluro mufti day to support the emergency services who fought the recent Port Hills fires, will be next Thursday, March 16th.

Zone swimming sports:

Good luck to our swim team who will be competing at the South Zone swimming sports next Tuesday morning at Jellie Park.

Toastmasters opportunity:

St Peters School are repeating a very successful toastmasters programme they have participated in in the past, next term. They have room for up to six of our students to join their group. Sessions are from 6-7pm on a Tuesday, for all of term 2. If you would like your child to take part, please let Nicky know by Monday March 13th.

A few final photos from last week...

The Coasteering Crew

Fun at the camp fire. 

Year 8 leadership camp letter that was sent home in paper form:

Dear Parents,
We are looking forward to holding our annual leadership camp for Year 8 students, based on the ‘7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ on Thursday March 23 and Friday March 24.
The programme will consist of practical activities that will put the leadership habits into action. On Thursday ‘Attitude Inc’ will run a workshop with our students, followed by group initiative activities and a guest speakers. After a pizza dinner we will head to Pioneer Pool for a swim. Sleeping will be marae style in the Pohutakawa Hub at Champion Street, so children will need to bring a sleeping bag, a pillow and something comfortable to sleep on, like a bed roll, air matress or stretcher. If you need help to source something to sleep on, please let us know by the end of this week. On the Friday we will be visiting Spencer Park to practise ‘synergy’ and ‘being proactive’. The camp will finish with a self-reflection and sharing session before returning to school by 3pm.  
All three Kauri teachers will be involved in the camp; Year 7 students will be taught by Tracy Inwood on Thursday and  spend a leadership day in the junior classes on Friday.
We would appreciate donation of the following foods:
Forest: A bag of fresh fruit; apples, oranges, bananas etc.
Coast: Baking
Mountains: A packet of breakfast cereal
Please send these goods to school next week, by Wednesday, March 15 at the latest.
The costs of this camp have been covered by a generous donation from a parent.
Please complete the attached permission form and return it to school by Friday of this week, March 10th.
We anticipate this being a fun filled and memorable two days for the students and look forward to their full participation.  If you have any queries, please contact your child’s teacher.

Kind regards
Nicky Dunlop, Jenny Diggle and Jarred Skelton
I give permission for  ________________________________________ to attend the Year 8 leadership camp on March 23 – 24.            
Signature(s): ______________________________________________
Parents/Guardians Name(s):______________________________________________

Homegroup Teacher: _______________________
Contact Phone Numbers:    day: ______________ contact: __________________ 
        night: _____________ contact: __________________
We have dietry and medical information already, from Wainui camp forms.

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