Tuesday 6 March 2018

Kauri Whānau Weekly Update: Term 1 Week 5

We are underway with our leadership week. Year 7 enjoyed learning about the '7 Habits of Highly Effective People' in a practical context on Monday. Jarred will be in to work with our Year 7s on Thursday and Friday, while the Year 8s are on their leadership camp. 

Parent Helper Needed:

We still need one parent to accompany us on our trip to the Airforce Museum next Thursday, from 10am until 3pm. Please email nicky.dunlop@beckenham.school.nz if you can help.


We are concerned by the growing number of children who are being dropped at South on a Tuesday morning. On the odd occasion when students need to be dropped at South, e.g. following an appt,  please contact Jacky in the office to let her know that this is happening.  The child must report to reception at South when they arrive.  Please contact your child's home-group teacher if you have special circumstances that require your child to go straight to South on a Tuesday. 

Year 8 Leadership Camp Final Reminders:

Our Leadership Camp for Year 8 is almost upon us. Here are some important final reminders.
Please bring food donations to school tomorrow, Wednesday. 
  • Mountains (Nicky's home-group): A packet of breakfast cereal
  • Forest (Hannah's home-group): Some baking
  • Coast (Jenny's home-group): A bag of fruit
We will be sleeping in our hub on Thursday evening, so something to sleep on and sleep in is required. The weather forecast for Thursday and Friday is cooler with some rain. A number of our activities are outside, so children need to have appropriate clothing. On Thursday come dressed in clothing suitable for physical activity. 
  • Sleeping bag, pillow and something to sleep on, e.g. sleeping mat, stretcher or lilo
  • PJs
  • Toilet gear and towel
  • A change of clothes for the next day, again suitable for physical activity
  • These things should be packed in a day pack:
  • Packed lunch and refillable drink bottle
  • Sunhat
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Warm hat (woollen or fleece)
  • Optional: camera, cell phone (these will be collected in)
Arrive at school at the normal time on Thursday. Take bedding and bag to the nook on arrival. Bring a packed lunch for the first day. We will be back at school before 3pm on Friday. If you need to contact us in an emergency, Nicky's cell is 0276229403. 


Our next fundraising project is the making and selling of cheese rolls. Order forms will be coming out next week. We got great feedback about our delicious cheese rolls last year. Please spread the word far and wide so that the orders flood in!


The last day for duathlon entries is tomorrow, Wednesday.  Course maps are available from our theatre.

Next week:

Monday: School duathlon in the afternoon.
Tuesday: Zone swimming sports all day.
Thursday: Trip to the Airforce Museum for writing motivation.


One of the synergy activities the Year 7s did on Monday, was to make a container to catch water. The children were in pairs: one couldn't see and the other had lost use of their arms. There were a number of very successful containers and also a number of rather leaky ones!

Builders and Architects was an activity that put into action Habit 5: Seek first to understand and then be understood. Their goal was for the builder to reconstruct an identical lego model to the architect's one, through verbal instructions alone.

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