Sunday 24 February 2019

Kauri Team Weekly Update: Term 1 Week 4

The term is charging along and before we know it leadership week will be upon us. This Wednesday we welcome to school for a presentation with the children, to kick off our leadership week activities. In this blogpost there is important information about leadership week, Maths Whizz, our fundraising Bingo Evening and the school duathlon.

Leadership Week, March 4-8

What you need to know:

Year 7s:

Wear mufti to school for their leadership day on Monday March 4th.

Year 8s:

Thursday 7th - Friday 8th or March, two day leadership camp, with a sleep over at school on Thursday night.
We would like families of Year 8 children to send along food donations, on Wednesday March 6th, as follows:

  • Megan's homegroup (Te Awa) A bag of fresh fruit; apples, oranges, bananas etc.
  • Hannah's and Nicky's homegroups (Te Ngahere and Te Maunga) Baking
  • Jenny's homegroup (Te Tai): A packet of breakfast cereal

Gear list: Your child needs to come to school on Thursday dressed in clothes suitable for physical activity, i.e. track pants or shorts, t-shirt, polypro if cold, a warm top and sports shoes, suitable for running. The following needs to be packed in an overnight bag:

  • Sleeping bag, pillow and something to sleep on, e.g. sleeping mat, stretcher or lilo
  • PJs
  • Toilet gear
  • 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
  • Optional: camera, cell phone (these will be collected in) 

Please make sure asthmatic children have inhalers with them and that medication is in a labeled bag. This needs to be handed to the home-group teacher as soon as your child arrives at school.

Maths Whizz

The children are now well underway with Maths Whizz. They are getting 75 mins of Maths Whizz time at school and should be topping this up with around 15 mins at home each week. We have capped the time for each week at 2 hours. For more information on how the Maths Whizz tutor works, you can view this video.

Comedy Bingo Evening

Get your tickets for our Comedy Bingo Evening on Saturday March 23rd. Contact your friends and get a group together for a great night out, and at the same time help reduce the cost of camp for all of our whānau. Click here to book your tickets.


Our school duathon is coming up on the afternoon of Tuesday the 5th of March. This is an optional event and an awesome opportunity for the children to show our school kete value ‘We love challenge’.  House points are awarded to all competitors in recognition of their participation.

Over the past week, the children have been given the opportunity to enter the duathlon via a Google form on Google Classroom. Some children might need a bit of encouragement so please have a conversation about this opportunity with your child at home. The last day for entries is this Wednesday. If your child has had difficulty with the form, an email to me would be fine.

The course will be the same as in previous years. The children run a lap of the park, followed by a lap of the block, (Eastern Terrace, Fisher Avenue, Norwood Street). They then collect their bike from the Norwood Street side of the park and follow a serpentine course in Beckenham Park. Year 5 and 6s do one lap of the bike course, while Year 7 and 8s do two laps. After completing the bike course, the children leave their bike at the Norwood park entrance and run the block in the opposite direction, finishing back in the park. At no point do the children need to cross a road.

Before the race, we do a course walk with all competitors and we have lots of marshals on course to support the children in knowing where to go. If you are able to support us by being a marshal on the day, please email me at

Swimming sports

A report on the swimming sports will be included in the school newsletter. Here are some photos from last Thursday afternoon.

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