Tuesday 29 May 2018

Kauri Whānau Weekly Update: Term 2 Week 5

Thanks for your support with our comedy evening fundraiser. The evening was a roaring success, full of hilarity and good times. Many thanks to Leigh for overseeing the event and to everyone who donated, baked and helped out on the night. We raised $3300! $2000 of this goes towards camp and $1300 towards our ski trip next term.

We are now taking orders for our Dunedin camp photo book. This will cost $25 and payment will be required before June 8th. Please click here to order your copy.

Treaty of Waitangi Workshops:

We are learning so much from Sharon in our treaty workshops. Last week we learnt about some laws that were passed after the treaty was signed and the history of Parihaka. We also learnt a couple of fun games, practising our Te Reo Maori. We finish off with two more workshops this week. 

40 Hour Famine:

We're less than two weeks away from Famine Weekend. By now, students will hopefully have already gathered some sponsorship and will be looking to collect a few more sponsors before their weekend of going without. Roughly 3.7 million people have been forced to seek refuge from the civil war raging in South Sudan, many of whom are children forced to flee without their parents. The conflict has had a major impact on food resources, with 50% of crops destroyed and wartime conditions causing food prices to skyrocket. Any support is greatly appreciated!
If you haven't already been approached for sponsorship by a student, Beckenham has its own fundraising page here - https://my.worldvision.org.nz/fundraising/support-someone/1c71bff9-6137-4ea2-9364-ae3e29ea01a9 . If your child is taking part in the Famine Weekend, we thank you in advance for your support.


Well done to Maria, who has qualified for the national aerobic gymnastics competition in Tauranga later this year. Maria scored an outstanding result in the regional competition in Balclutha last weekend.

A brisk morning turned into a beautiful autumn day out at Halswell Quarry last week for our zone cross country event. Our competitors embraced the challenge of a muddy course, covering three km in their two laps of the park. As usual, our zone brought a high level of competition that encouraged our runners to push their limits. The tamariki showed our kete value ‘We get there together’, sometimes quite literally, by crossing the finish holding hands but also by encouraging and supporting others in their race.

A huge congratulations to all our runners. We noticed fantastic dedication by many tamariki in preparation for this event and this commitment to training showed during the race.

The following children have qualified for Canterbury’s on the 20th of June, which uses the same course at Halswell Quarry.
  • Roxy Murphin (4th equal)
  • Sophia Brown (4th equal)
  • Charlotte Grey (6th)
  • Tilly Harris (3rd)


Thursday afternoons are a real highlight in our hub. The children have opted to learn about one of the following: coding, theatre sports, volleyball, following their own passion, felt making and working with younger children. Below are some photos of wet felting last week.

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