Tuesday 29 November 2022

Kauri Whānau Weekly Update: Term 4 Week 7

 In this post:

  • Key dates
  • Production next Monday and Tuesday
  • Top Team next Monday
  • Corsair Bay next Friday
  • Relationships and Sexuality
The end of the year is racing towards us! Below is a reminder of key dates:
  • Wednesday, Nov 30:  Canterbury athletics
  • Wednesday, Nov 30: Whānau picnic and Kapa haka concerts. Picnic and games from 5pm. Te Whānau Mahi Tahi perform at 6:30pm.
  • Monday, Dec 5: Top Team in the afternoon (see below)
  • Monday, Dec 5: 'A walk through the 80s' opening night (see below)
  • Tuesday, Dec 6: Last technology session for the year
  • Tuesday, Dec 6: 'A walk through the 80s' final night 
  • Friday, Dec 9: Final assembly starting at 9:45am.
  • Friday, Dec 9: Corsair Bay trip (see below)
  • Tuesday, Dec 13: Year 8 pool party, 4-6pm
  • Wednesday, Dec 14: Leavers' assembly and lunch, 11am - 1pm (Year 8s finish)
  • Thursday, Dec 15: Last morning for Year 7

'A Walk Through the 80s' Production, Dec 5th and 6th:

This week we are putting the finishing touches on our production and will be performing for the school on Thursday afternoon. All children performing on stage need their costumes at school by Thursday.

The children are very much looking forward to performing for you next Monday and Tuesday nights, starting at 7pm. Children are to come already in costume and meet in the hub at 6:30pm. Caitlin will send out a separate message about the dancers. 

Please encourage family and friends to come along and enjoy an entertaining evening. We will not be selling tickets prior, simply turn up on the night with a gold coin donation. You are welcome to come both evenings if you would like to. 

Top Team Monday, Dec 5th:

We are looking forward to an afternoon of fun and fabulous teamwork next Monday. Top Team arrive with all their gear late morning and the fun begins at 1:30. Some of the activities involve water so children need to bring clothes to change into. We suggest a rash top, polypro, house shirt or quick dry t-shirt and quick dry shorts. Sunhats and sunscreen will also be required. Pack a towel too. Many thanks to the adults who have volunteered to help; we will see you on the park at 1:10 for the briefing.

Corsair Bay, Dec 9th:

Next Friday after morning tea we head to Corsair Bay. Swimming, a walk to Cass Bay, games on the beach and chilling with friends will be the activities of the day. Children are to come to school in uniform. It would be best if they had their togs on underneath their uniform. They are to bring:
  • togs and towel
  • sunhat
  • sunscreen
  • lunch (friends may arrange to bring a shared lunch and this needs to be nut-free)
  • water bottle
  • inhaler (if required)
  • Optional: picnic rug, non-electronic game such as cards, wetsuit, sunglasses
We should be back at school by 3pm. 

Relationships and Sexuality:

We are currently looking at the 'growing and changing' section of relationships and sexuality. We have discussed changes at puberty and how to manage these changes. We have learned about the male and female reproductive systems and are moving on to conception and the consequences of sexual activity, which includes talking about contraception. 

    Thursday 17 November 2022

    Kauri Whānau Weekly Update: Term 4 Week 5

     In the post:

    • Production reminders
    • Reports
    • Relationships and Sexuality
    • Fabulous trips


    A reminder that our production, 'A Walk Through the 80s', will involve all Year 7 & 8 children on the two performance nights, Monday, November 5th and Tuesday, November 6th. The shows will start at 7pm and we think they will take 90 minutes. Teachers have talked with the students about costume requirements and children should be organising these with your support. 


    Reports go live tomorrow. Please keep an eye out for the link on Hero.

    Relationships and Sexuality

    We are still working our way through the relationships and sexuality lessons and are currently looking at the changes that take place at puberty and how to manage these.


    We have been hugely impressed with how the children responded to the last two days of education outside the classroom. This is the first time we have organised trips to Adrenaline Forest and Waka on Avon and they both provided fabulous and well-organised experiences. There were plenty of opportunities for the children to step outside of their comfort zone and challenge themselves. A huge thanks to the parents who joined us and to Tim who ran the activity at Spencer Park. The behaviour and positive attitudes displayed by the children were commented on by all of the providers we worked with. We were very proud of your children!

    Wednesday 2 November 2022

    Kauri Whānau Weekly Update: Term 4 Week 3

     In this post:

    • Help needed with trips
    • Spikeball
    • Quiz Night
    • Year 7 Leadership 

    We need your help

    Our trips to Waka on Avon / Art Gallery and Adrenalin Forest / Spencer Park are just two weeks away. As of today, we have had very few parents sign up to help, in fact we have no helpers yet for the town trips. If we do not get enough adult help, some trips may need to be cancelled. Even if you could give half a day, that would help. Grandparents make great helpers too. Please fill in this form if you think you can help.

    Waka on Avon and Art Gallery:

    • Caitlin and Jenny's homegroups Wednesday Nov 16
    • Nicky and Megan's homegroups Thursday Nov 17
    Adrenaline Forest and Spencer Park

    • Nicky and Megan's homegroups Wednesday Nov 16
    • Caitlin and Jenny's homegroups Thursday Nov 17
    Please note that the full day trips will be going ahead on Nov 17, despite the school being closed early this day for staff to attend union meetings. 


    This term Spikeball is returning after school on Wednesdays, 3 - 4pm. If you have played Spikeball before or if you have never played before and are keen to learn, then come along! Talk to Dave to find out more. 

    Quiz Night

    Many thanks to the team who helped with our Quiz Night and to those who purchased tickets. We made $1580 that will help subsidise the cost of our Wainui Camp in term 1 next year.

    Year 7 Leadership

    This afternoon, we have sent out emails to the children who applied for House Captain, Deputy House Captain, Sports Leader and Student Council Exec for 2023. We had many more students apply than we have positions available and we know there will be a number of disappointed children. There are many more leadership positions that will be allocated at the start of next year. We ask the successful applicatants to take a humble approach when they come to school tomorrow.


    We had a superb day for our athletic sports last week and it was fabulous seeing the children have fun and give of their best. Jenny is currently collating results and we will be talking with children to finalise zone entries soon. The Zone Athletics will take place on Monday week, Nov 14th.