Saturday 14 December 2019

Kauri Whānau Weekly Update: Term 4 Week 10

Lots of fun was had at Corsair Bay yesterday. No doubt your children came home with stories of sharks in the bay! Yes, two small sand sharks did come to visit, something we didn't have on our safety plan! Luckily there were only a handful of children on or by the pontoon at the time and we were able to ferry them back to the beach on kayaks. Everyone was buzzing on the way home.

On Tuesday, the children will be bringing school books and stationery home. Please make sure they have plenty of room in their bags.

Victoria Park Walk on Monday:

On Monday we will be leaving school soon after 10am, on our way to Victoria Park on foot. Children may wear mufti, suitable for walking, to school. The must have a sunhat, sunscreen, waterproof layer, water bottle, good sized lunch and any medication they may need, all packed in a backpack.

Year 8 Party:

 On Monday we are having a pool and pizza party for the Year 8s at the Cockfield's house (79 Dyers Pass Rd), which is up by Cashmere Primary School. Please check the map below for how to get there, via walking through the school grounds. It would be good to come with togs on under clothes.  We are hoping the rain will hold off until evening. We will also have access to the basketball court and playground at the school. Pizza and a drink will be provided. Please arrive at 4pm and arrange pick-up at 6pm. If plans need to change due to weather, we will send you an updated message.

Thursday 12 December 2019

Kauri Whānau Week 9 Update

The weather forecast for tomorrow, Friday, looks perfect for a day at the beach! A few important reminders for tomorrow:

All students are to arrive in school uniform and can bring mufti to change into later. They are welcome to wear their togs under their uniform if they would like to.

Please remember to bring the following:

  • togs/towel
  • drink bottle
  • lunch
  • sun hat
  • sunscreen
  • picnic rug (optional)
  • wetsuit (optional)

If they would like to arrange a shared lunch with friends, that is all good with us on this occasion.

Cell phones will be left at school. Please check that you child does not bring lollies.

We are having a rather busy week. It was fabulous to see two full houses for our production. Below are some picture's from Sherrilee's farewell, production, our makeover for South Hangere (the old Room 20) and our Year 8 transition to high school afternoon. 

Sunday 8 December 2019

Kauri Whānau Weekly Update: Term 4 Week 9

We are nearly at the end of the school year and have lots of fun activities planned before the 19th. Please read on for all details.

Monday (Dec 9) Production

Just one more sleep until the opening night of our production, Kauri Whānau Musical Mashup!  On Friday we made sure that everyone was sorted with the costume they needed. We have quite a few items at school that we have matched with children. All costumes need to be at school tomorrow (Monday), as we have a dress rehearsal in the morning and a performance for the school, in the afternoon.

Leggings or shorts - black, grey, white, beige, brown
Long-sleeved top (if possible) in similar colours
Greased Lightning
Dark pants
White T-shirt
We Go Together
Sneakers (converse if you have them)
You Can’t Stop the Beat
Party dress
Who Will Buy
Trousers / long skirts
Plain colours
Blouses / shirts
Dance wear
Pick a Pocket
Shirts and school shorts
Caps or messy hair
Bright t-shirts and shorts
You are more than welcome to bring as many friends and family as would like to come. Shows start at 7pm on Monday and Wednesday. We will be all finished before 8pm. Children needing face paint (Cats and Oliver) should meet in our hub between 5:30 and 6:30pm. All other children need to arrive at school dressed in costume and ready to perform by 6:45pm. 

Wednesday (Dec 11) Sherrilee's Farewell, Production and Year 8 Transition Afternoon

Sherrilee, who has taught Te Reo Māori and kapa haka  at Beckenham for 25 years will be farewelled at a special assembly in our courtyard starting at 9:30. Parents are welcome to attend. 

We love having Dave, our 24/7 youth worker, as part of our team. He is a friend to all and a support for many. On Wednesday afternoon Dave has organised for the 24/7 youth workers from Cashmere High to come along and meet our Year 8s. They will run through a slideshow and then move out to the field for some fun activities. All Year 8s can join in the fun, no matter what high school they are heading to next year.

Our final production performance starts at 7pm. Same applies as has been written above for Monday.

Friday (Dec 13) Final Assembly and Corsair Bay Trip

Our final celebration assembly for the year will start at the earlier time of 9:15 and will probably go for an hour.

At 10:30 we will be jumping on two buses and heading to Corsair Bay for a fun day by the water. The forecast is for a hot day - hooray! Children need to come to school in uniform and bring the following in their bags:
  • Togs and towel
  • Sunhat
  • Sunscreen
  • Lunch and water bottle (no ordering that day)
  • Personal medication, such as inhalers
  • Optional - picnic rug
We will be swimming, exploring the shore, playing on the beach, walking to Cass Bay and chilling out with friends.

Monday (Dec 16) Victoria Park Walk and Year 8 Pool and Pizza Party

Children are to come to school in mufti suitable for hill walking. We will be leaving school soon after 10am, headed for Bowenvale Ave and then up the walking track to Victoria Park. Once there we will have lunch and play before returning to school. We will be back by 3pm. Children need to bring the following:
  • Sunhat
  • Sunscreen
  • Lunch and water bottle
  • Asthma inhalers/antihistamine for those who need them
The Cockfield's have very kindly offered to host this year's pool and pizza party for Year 8. Their house is just below Cashmere Primary School. We will email out the address later in the week. As the name suggests, there is a pool and spa and we will provide the pizza and a drink. We also have access to the Cashmere Primary playground. The party starts at 4pm and children need to be collected by 6pm. 

Wednesday (Dec 18) Leaver's Graduation Assembly 

Graduation assembly starts at 11am. Year 8 are to arrive at school at the usual time, dressed in their best mufti. A lunch for Year 8s and their parents / caregivers will follow assembly at 12:30. By 1:15 all Year 8s should be on their way home. They will be finished for the year.

Thursday (Dec 19)

Last day for Year 1-7. School finishes for the year at lunchtime.

Sunday 1 December 2019

Kauri Whānau Weekly Update: Term 4 Week 8

Many thanks to the parents and high school students who helped us out with Top Team last Monday. The children had a blast; great teamwork, fun and lots of enthusiasm. Check out the pictures at the end of this post.


The opening night of our production, 'Kauri Whānau Musical Mashup', is just a week away. The children are really stepping up, enthusiasm levels are high and it promises to be a highly entertaining show. A reminder that we have two performances, Monday 9th and Wednesday 11th, and we need all children to attend both performances. The show will start at 7pm. Some children will need to be at school early for makeup. More details will be out later in the week.

We are in need of some old business shirts and the loan of a leather jacket (for Grease). If you can help out, please send these along early in the week.

Mural Success

This time last year we were putting the finishing touches on our mural down by the ponds. We entered this work in the Resene Masterpiece Mural Competition. Results came out last week and we were thrilled to hear that we had been awarded third place in the senior schools division!

What's coming up

Our end of term is a busy one, with lots of events. Please make sure these are in your diary:

  • Wednesday December 4th - Canterbury Athletics
  • Thursday December 5th - Kapa Haka Celebration, 6:30 start
  • Monday December 9th - Kauri Whānau Musical Mashup, 7pm start
  • Wednesday December 11th - Kauri Whānau Musical Mashup, 7pm start
  • Friday December 13th - Corsair Bay trip 
  • Monday December 16th - Walk to Victoria Park
  • Monday December 16th - Year 8 Pool and Pizza Party, 4pm start (more details coming soon)
  • Wednesday December 18th - Year 8 Leavers' Graduation Assembly, 11am start

Year 8 Leavers' Assembly

Many thanks to the vast majority of Year 8 families who have already filled out the reply form on the graduation assembly invitation. If you have yet to do this, please click here.

Corsair Bay and Victoria Park

We could do with a couple more helpers for these trips, especially the Victoria Park walk. If you can help and have yet to sign up, please click here.
Just to confirm, these people have offered to join us:
Corsair Bay (Dec 13, 10:30 - 3): Nicole, Heidi, Brett, Marianne, Anne, Bryan, Raewyn, Rebecca
Victoria Park (Dec 16, 10 - 3): Bryan, Raewyn, Rebecca, Liz