Friday 23 June 2023

Kauri Whānau Update: Term 2, Week 9

In this post:

  • Ski Day
  • 40 Hour Challenge
  • Wheelchairs next week
  • Matariki photos
  • Innovation inquiry trip
  • Ngarimu Video Competition
  • NOTE-ABLE Children's Online Instrumental Music Competition

Ski Day

Helpers for our Ski Day in Term 3 are still needed. Please fill out this Google Form if you are able and willing.

40 Hour Challenge

Money and booklets (if students have them) are needed as soon as possible. Please hand them in to the office.


On Wednesday and Thursday next week, as part of our learning around innovation we will have a trailer-load of rugby wheelchairs coming to school for children to learn about this sport through maneuvering the chair and actively playing the game. Each homegroup will have a timeslot throughout one of the days to participate. Many thanks to Nicky for organising this fantastic opportunity!

Innovation Inquiry Trip

Nicky's inquiry group headed to the Margaret Mahy Playground on Wednesday, armed with universal design checklists, blindfolds and a couple of wheelchairs to check out the playground equipment. We discovered how tricky bark chips are for wheelchair users and started thinking about modifications that could be done to make some equipment more inclusive. That said, a lot of the equipment got very high ratings on our checklists!

Matariki Evening

On Wednesday evening, we gathered as a school to celebrate Matariki. Te Whanau Mahitahi opened the event with an outstanding performance, and the hubs were filled with opportunities engage in learning around what Matariki is as well as why and how we celebrate it.

Ngarimu Video Competition

The Ngarimu Video Competition for ākonga Māori in Year 7–13 is now open for submissions.
This competition is funded by the Ngarimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarship Fund Board for the purpose of providing ākonga with an opportunity to practise storytelling and research, and to learn about the history of the 28th (Māori) Battalion.

Ākonga can submit a three-to-five-minute video in English and/or te reo Māori, and be in to win one of six prizes for themselves and their school or kura.

Entries for the competition close on Friday 8 September 2023.

More information about the competition and last year’s winners can be found on our website.
If you have any pātai, please email

NOTE-ABLE Children's Online Instrumental Music Competition

NOTE-ABLE was launched in 2020 by Nelson musician and music teacher Joel Bolton with the main goals of showcasing New Zealand’s talented young instrumentalists and inspiring  children everywhere to take up a musical instrument. Find out more here.

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