Wednesday 20 November 2019

Kauri Whānau Weekly Update: Term 4 Week 6

Term four is zooming by in the Intermediate Hub. School reports will be coming home on Friday. Please read on for important updates and messages.


We are underway with our 'Navigating the Journey' lessons, focused on sexuality education. The children are very engaged and we have been impressed with the maturity they are displaying in discussions. This week we are looking at 'Who am I?'. This includes discussions around rights and responsibilities, the difference between sex and gender, looking at identity and gender stereotyping. Next week we move to the next theme which is about relationships.


This term in inquiry we are looking at how innovative technology makes a difference for people with a range of disabilities. Last Monday the children enjoyed learning about wheelchair rugby. Check out the photos at the end of this post. We are about to begin a research / writing project where the children will write an article, based on a fictitious person, to put their learning about innovation into action.

Zone Athletics

On Monday, just over a quarter of our hub headed to Hansen Park for the zone athletics competition. Before the heavens opened and caused an early finish to the event, a number of our child had great successes on the track and field. Special congratulations go to the following children who have qualified for the Canterbury competition which takes place on December 4th:
Thomas: high jump
Aaron: 100m
Connor: 80m, shot put and discus
Fingers are crossed that some more may qualify after the final events have been caught up on.

Top Team

On Monday next week, Nov 25, we have our annual Top Team event in the afternoon. Many thanks to the four parents who have volunteered to help. We are after some more adult helpers to join the fun. If you are free between 1:15 and 3:00 and would be happy to join us, please email Nicky Some of the events involve water, so all children will need to bring a change of clothes, a towel and their sunhat. Rash top, or polypro and board shorts work best. Please check these things are packed on Monday.


Our debating teams had their first competition against teams from St Martins, St Peters and Ao Tawhiti schools last Tuesday evening. Their topic was whether the voting age should be lowered to 16. Three of our five teams won their debates and four of our children were awarded 'best speaker' in their debate. This week the research and planning begins for the second round of competition.

Self Defence

Last term half of our Year 8 girls enjoyed learning about self defence. Starting this Friday, the rest of our Year 8 girls will get this very important training.

Redecorating Passion

A group of very keen children are currently researching, designing and planning how to give South Hangere, a learning space that we use behind our hub, a new look. We need some parent support to supervise small groups with painting. Times can vary to suit parent helpers. If you are available to help, please email Nicky. 

Literacy Film Study

We are about to begin a film study unit. The children have opted for one of the following films: 'Lion', 'Life of Pi' and 'The Blind Side'. All are rated PG. If you have any concerns about your child viewing one of these movies, please let us know.

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