Sunday 18 February 2024

Kauri Whānau Update: Term 1, Week 3

 

IN THIS POST:

  • Technology
  • Leadership Week
  • Swimming Sports
  • Attitude Parent Evening
  • Cheese Rolls
  • CSM try outs
Kia ora whānau, another great week in the Kauri hub. There was much excitement around our first Technology session on Tuesday, everyone managed to get to school on time and all went smoothly. We are gearing up for Leadership week next week and rallying parents together for another fundraising opportunity.

Technology:
The students represented Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto with pride. They had a great morning and there were many proud, smiling faces as we wandered around checking in on what they were making and doing.








Leadership Week:
Leadership week is coming up next week, students will work with their own year group. Both year groups will be participating in activities based around the 7 habits of mind, aimed to grow their leadership abililities.

Year 7 students will have a day participating in a rotation of activities, they have been asked to come to school in activewear on Wednesday.

Part of the plan for our Year 8 students is to have two EOTC days-Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd February, they may wear activewear on these days. On Thursday students will participate in school based activities, they will then be provided dinner here before we head off for an evening play at Margaret Mahy. We need parent helpers from 1:15-3:00pm on the Thursday at school to help run these activities.
The Thursday is an overnight stay, students sleep in the hub. More information will be sent out in a separate HERO post to all Y8 parents including a gear list and a medical form to fill out. On Friday we head to Spencer Park by bus from 9:30-3:00pm. We need parent helpers for this also.  If you are able to help please email sarah.junghenn@beckenham.school.nz. 

Swimming Sports:
This is happening on Thursday 29th February 12:30-2:30 at Wharenui Swimming Centre. Please fill in the parent help form in the HERO post if you are able to help on the day.

Attitude Parent Evening: Parenting in the digital age
To be held on Tuesday 20th February (next week) in our school hall 6:00-7:00pm.


Cheese Roll Fundraiser:
We are making/selling cheese rolls to go towards our EOTC funding. This will be happening on Thursday 4th April. If you are able to help with this please fill in this google form.
Thanks to all whānau who have paid or have set up payments towards school donations, this is enabling us to plan ahead to provide EOTC opportunities for our Senior students.
Please contact the school office if you would like to set up an automatic payment.

CSM Try outs:
An opportunity for students to give an instrument a go! This will be in Pohutukawa on Wednesday the 21st of February from 4:00-6:00pm.


Kia Kaha Fire Fighters:
We appreciate everything you do!












Friday 9 February 2024

Kauri Whānau update: Term 1, Week 2

 

IN THIS POST:

  • Leadership Week
  • Attitude 
  • Memories
  • Quiz Night
  • Young Writers workshop
  • Passions
  • Swimming Sports
  • EOTC for 2024

Leadership Week:
We are excited to announce that Leadership week is going ahead in Week 4. This is a leadership programme which has been run and perfected at Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto over many years. The activities throughout the week are based upon The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. Students' have started learning about these habits and how they can help us in our daily life. 
The Year 7 programme focuses on them working as a small group to plan and implement an activity that they can teach to our younger tamariki. Over the week they will be scaffolded through the process of how to do this.
Our Year 8 students will particpate in a variety of challenges where they will have to draw on their knowledge and use the 7 Habits to help guide them. This is all about co-operation and working as a team. As part of this the Year 8 students will have an evening excursion to Margaret Mahy playground and a day out at Spencer Park. More information to come.

Attitude:
The students' participated in a wonderful session with Christian from Attitude. The sesion was titled 'Tackling Technology' and was all about how to cope in the realm of social media. He gave them some great advice and tips.
A reminder that we are having Attitude back to present a parent and whānau evening on Tuesday 20th February from 6pm-7pm. This is open to all parents of Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto and will be held in the school hall. Children need to stay at home please.


Memories:
Thanks to all of those who have brought an object to school and shared a memory with your home group. There have been some really interesting tales being told! Please bring in a memory next week if you haven't already.


Quiz Night:
We are hosting another fabulous Kauri Quiz night fundraiser. This is to be held in the school hall on Saturday 23rd March 7-10pm. All proceeds will go to education outside of the classroom for the Kauri hub. We will needs all hands on deck so please if you can help, let us know by filling in this google form.

Young Writers Workshops:
The Write on team is ready to support out budding authors with a range of oppurtunities:
Masterclasses: This is for Year 7-13-classes are limited click here to find out more.
Workshops in schools: working with small groups for either weekly or 1 or 2 day workshops. Click here to learn more.
Write on: Saturday classes, Years 4-13 click here for more info.

Passions:
Passions has started off with a bang! The kids had their first session today and were fully engaged and excited. Here are a few pics from our coding club run by Kate:




Swimming Sports:
Swimming sports is coming up on Thursday 29th February. If your child would like to enter please make sure they have filled out the google form located in our Kauri hub google classroom.

Education Outside the Classroom for 2024:
This year we have planned a variety of EOTC (education outside of the classroom) opportunities for our Year 7 and 8 students. This is due to what this cohort of students missed out on during Covid times and with the transition to camp being every second year. The majority of EOTC is funded through school donations. Any overnight stays through the school will have an additional cost. Due to the extra activities planned for this year,  we will need to do some fundraising as a team to contribute to the cost. Your support with this is much appreciated, and we will provide more information about these efforts later this term.




Friday 2 February 2024

Kauri Whānau update: Term 1, week 1

 

 IN THIS POST:

  • Welcome
  • Workshops
  • Passions
  • Maths Club
  • Team Sports
  • Memory Object
  • Parent Evening

Welcome Back!

A very warm welcome to all of our students' and their whānau, we thouroughly enjoyed meeting you all and connecting with you at our recent Learning Conferences. It was a great way to kick of the school year! We have been very impressed by the leadership that is already being displayed by our Year 8 students' and many of our new Year 7 students' also. Our Senior students' did an amazing job of being the flag bearers and presenters in our Welcome Assembly this morning. Please feel free to contact your child's homegroup teacher by email if you have any questions or are unsure about anything.

Workshops:

We are underway with our start of the year workshops, these are Setting up a Kete site for blogging, Art-making bucket labels, Leadership-investigating and learning about what it is to be a good leader and choosing the Kauri hub leadership jobs and an introduction into this term's Inquiry topic which is Identity. The students' will rotate and spend three sessions doing each of these things over the next two weeks.

Passions:

Everyone made a first and second choice for their passion today! There was a lot of excitement around this. We aim to begin our passion's sessions next Friday so we are busy sorting students' into groups.

Maths Club: 

For those who are needing some Maths extension and challenge this is for you! Nicky is running Maths club on Thursday mornings starting next week. Be at school at 8:20am to join in!

Team Sports:

Our team sports sessions have kicked off with a bang, student's have impressed with their demonstration of our school values and fair play!


Memory object:

Based upon the book Wilfred Gordan McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox students' have been asked to bring in an object connected with a memory that they can share with their home groups. Thanks to those that have done so already, they have been super engaging and interesting to listen to.

Parent Evening:

Our students are participating in a workshop with a group called Attitude. They learning about Tackling Technology-Social Media, Technology and Bullying.  We are also hosting a Parent, whānau evening presented by Attitude around Parenting in the digital age. It will be held in our school hall on Tuesday the 20th February 6pm-7pm. Please watch the promotional video below.





Friday 8 December 2023

Kauri Whānau Update: Term 4, Week 9

 In this post:

  • Production Key Reminders
  • EOTC in Week 10
  • Pool Party
  • Uniform Reminder
  • Relationships and Sexuality
  • Week 10 Overview

Production Reminders

We had our dress rehearsals this week, including one on Thursday afternoon to the whole school. The performance is continuing to look great, and we look forward to sharing it with whānau and friends on Monday and Tuesday evening next week. Key points to note are as follows:
  • There will be two performances, Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th of December. Both start at 7pm.
  • Entry is by gold coin donation at the door.
  • The sound and lighting team will need to be at school for setup by 6.30pm.
  • All other students need to be in the hub, in costume and having been fed by 6.40pm.


EOTC in Week 10

Wednesday December 13th: Vic Park Walk

This event involves leaving school by 10am to walk to Victoria Park where we students will take part in some game and activities before returning to school by 3pm. Parts of the walk are quite steep, so good walking shoes (and some fitness) will be required. On Monday we will send out a social story that we will have shared with the students. It would be good to review this at home.

For this trip children will need:
  • Sunhat
  • Sunscreen
  • Backpack
  • Water bottle and lunch
  • Good walking shoes
  • A warm jacket or raincoat
    Activewear can also be worn instead of uniform on Wednesday.

    Thursday December 14th: Cass Bay Trip

    We will leave school by 11am and once at Cass Bay, students can swim, explore, chill, and play in the environment. There will be a guided walk to neighbouring Corsair Bay for those interested. On Monday we will send out a social story that we will have shared with the students. It would be good to review this at home.

    For this trip children will need:
    • To wear school uniform
    • Sunhat
    • Sunscreen
    • Water bottle and lunch (they can arrange a shared lunch with friends, and this would need to be nut free)
    • Togs and towel (best to wear togs under their uniform)
    • A warm jacket
    • Optional: wetsuit, book, game (non-electronic), drawing book, sunglasses
    Phones will be left at school. We will be leaving school at 11am and will be back by 3pm. 

    Previously this has been at Corsair bay, with a walk to Cass bay. We have switched this around due to water quality advice.

    Year 8 Pool Party

    We have booked Waltham Pool and two BBQ spots for Wednesday from 4.00 - 6.00pm for our Year 8 pool party. Children are to bring a water bottle (no fizzy drinks), their togs, towel, sunhat, and sunscreen. We will provide the sausages, bread, and sauce alongside various alternate dietary options.
    If we are not contacted, we will assume that children are being collected at 6pm. If other arrangements are made, please let the homegroup teacher know.

    The cost of entry to the pool is $2, and it is an additional $2 for the hydroslide. A teacher will collect this from students on entry.

    Uniform Reminder

    For the last full week of school, we would like to remind all students to keep their uniform and senior jackets in pristine condition. Year 8s might like to bring a spare school shirt to have signed by their peers. This is not to be worn. Students also need to provide their own pen for signing.

    Relationships and Sexuality

    This week, the homegroups have been talking about intimacy and what this means within the context of different relationships (friends, family, romantic). Some groups have discussed consent and what this means. We also have had an activity which has discussed same and different gender relationships. We have also covered some discussion around communication modes and styles. Finally, some groups have also covered the changes that happen at puberty.

    As always, if you have any questions please contact the homegroup teacher in the first instance.

    Week 10 Overview

    Monday 11th - Production performance (7pm)
    Monday 12th - Technology, Production performance (7pm)
    Wednesday 13th - Victoria Park Walk, Year 8 Pool Party
    Thursday 14th - Cass Bay Trip
    Friday 15th - Final celebration assembly

    Friday 1 December 2023

    Kauri Whānau Update: Term 4, Week 8

    In this post:

    • Cass Bay Trip
    • Pool Party
    • Production Key Points
    • Relationships and Sexuality
    • Week 10 Overview
    • Staff vs Students Basketball

    Cass Bay Trip

    On Thursday December 14th (Week 10) we are hoping to go to Cass Bay. We still need more helpers for this event to go forward, and helpers who are willing to be out on the water for some of the day. If you are able, please sign up via this google form as soon as possible. These events are not possible without the support of whānau.

    Pool Party

    We have not had any volunteers to host the Year 8 Pool Party on Wednesday December 13th from 4pm to 6pm, and so have made the decision to take the event to Waltham Pool. Students will need to pay the cost of entry and hydroslide. We will be in touch with Waltham to confirm the price per student.

    Production Overview

    We had our first full run throughs of the production this week, and things are looking great! Key points for whānau to note are as follows:
    • There will be two performances, Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th of December. Both start at 7pm.
    • Entry is by gold coin donation at the door.
    • The sound and lighting team will need to be at school for setup by 6.30pm.
    • All other students need to be in the hub, in costume and having been fed by 6.40pm.
    • Please see our previous blog post for details about costumes. Most will be in black pants and a colourful top. We don't want whānau spending money on this, so please get in touch if you need assistance.
    • Our dress rehearsals are on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday afternoon this coming week. Our Thursday performance will be in front of the school. Students will need their costumes at school on Wednesday.

    Relationships and Sexuality

    This week, the homegroups have been talking about intimacy and what this means within the context of different relationships (friends, family, romantic). Some groups have discussed consent and what this means. We also have had an activity which has discussed same and different gender relationships. We have also covered some discussion around communication modes and styles. As always, if you have any questions please contact the homegroup teacher in the first instance.

    Week 10 Overview

    Monday 11th - Production performance (7pm)
    Monday 12th - Technology, Production performance (7pm)
    Wednesday 13th - Victoria Park Walk, Year 8 Pool Party
    Thursday 14th - Cass Bay Trip
    Friday 15th - Final celebration assembly

    Staff vs Students Basketball

    On Wednesday this week, the students organised a game of basketball between Year 8s and willing teachers. It was a well-attended game and while both teams competed strongly, The teachers managed to steal the win on this occasion!



    Friday 24 November 2023

    Kauri Whanau Update: Term 4, Week 7

     In this post:

    • Production
    • Pool party
    • Leavers assembly
    • Parent Help Needed
    • Relationships and Sexuality
    • Ski Day Video

    We're inching ever closer to the end of the term, and while this can often be a tricky time of the year with learners (and teachers) tired and ready for a break, the Kauri team is enjoying the vibe we currently have in our hub. So many students are demonstrating our school values and are enthusiastically engaging with the learning taking place throughout the week.

    Production

    If you need a reminder, see the previous blog post for a reminder about costume requirements for each production group.

    Please make sure that you have the two performance nights (Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th of December) blocked out already so all students are able to take part - we can't get there together without everyone!

    Pool Party

    We are still on the lookout for someone who would be able to host our low-key pool party for Year 8s on on Wednesday December 13th, from 4pm to 6pm. If you are able to help with this, either because you have a pool or would like to volunteer someone else's pool, please get in touch.

    Leaver's Assembly

    Thank you to the Year 8 whānau who have already RSVP'd via this google form. Please fill this out as soon as possible if you have not done so. We have limited capacity in the hall, which is why we invite up to two people to support our leavers on the day. Some whānau may need than two people. If this is the case, please get in touch with Thomas directly; We need to keep a close eye on the numbers to ensure everyone can fit in the hall so ākonga are able to be represented and supported.

    Parent Help Needed

    Thank you to those who have offered to help on our Cass Bay and/or Victoria Park outings. We still need a few more volunteers in order to make sure these events can go ahead. These two days are for all Year 7 and 8 students, and are always a really great time for all. Please fill in this form to indicate how you can help.

    Wednesday December 13th: Vic Park Walk

    This event involves leaving school by 10am to walk to Victoria Park where we students will take part in some game and activities before returning to school by 3pm. Parts of the walk are quite steep, so good walking shoes (and some fitness) will be required.

    Thursday December 14th: Cass Bay Trip

    We will leave school by 11am and once at Cass Bay, students can swim, explore, chill, and play in the environment. There will be a guided walk to neighbouring Corsair Bay for those interested.

    Previously this has been at Corsair bay, with a walk to Cass bay. We have switched this around due to water quality advice.

    Relationships and Sexuality

    We have completed the "Who Am I?" section of the curriculum, which looked at identity and stereotypes. We have discussed relationships in light of the different types of relationships we have and the qualities that we value in different relationships. We are also discussing through intimacy and consent at the moment. If you have any questions, please get in touch with your child's homegroup teacher.

    Ski Day Video

    Despite our very best efforts, we have been unable to share the video in a school assembly of the fantastic day we enjoyed last term up at Mount Hutt. The media team have done a fantastic job of putting together a reflection of the day, and on the off-chance you missed it last time, it's attached below for all to enjoy!




    Saturday 18 November 2023

    Kauri Whānau Update: Term 4, Week 6

    In this post:

    • Production Costumes
    • Year 8 Pool Party
    • Parent help: Cass Bay & Vic Park
    • Graduation RSVP
    • Cashmere High School Whānau Hui
    • Relationships and Sexuality Education

    Production Costumes

    Our aim is to keep costumes for the production simple and effective. We have chosen a colour scheme that reflects the original illustrations of Oh The Places You'll Go. It is our hope that whānau can source costumes from clothes that children already have, can borrow, or can cheaply buy. We also have a large collection of clothes from previous productions, and so may be able to help out if needed. If you get stuck or have any questions, please let us know.

    Students taking part in the dramatic speaking group will wear block colour shorts, and will be making Dr Seuss "Thing" characters at school to pin onto their tops. They can wear black shorts/pants and will have crazy "Thing" hair, so either a wig or crazy hairstyle will do.

    Students who are part of the singing group will be wearing a plain pastel-coloured top with black pants.

    Students who are part of the Geometric Dance group will be wearing a black short-sleeved top or singlet and black leggings, shorts, or trousers.

    The Giant and Lovely dance group will be wearing pastel shades and colours as much as possible, though white would also be fine. This should be a plain t-shirt or singlet and leggings, shorts or trousers.

    The students who are supporting with sound and lighting will be wearing black or similarly dark colours.

    Pool Party

    It has become one of our traditions to have a low key pool party for our Year 8s one afternoon in the last week of school. We organise pizza and drinks along with games. We are hoping for it to take place in Week 10, on Wednesday December 13th, from 4pm to 6pm. It is optional for children to attend. Those that are there need to be picked up at 6pm, or teachers notified that they are walking home.

    Each year this has taken place, it has been generously hosted by school whānau. Is there anyone with a suitable property who would be willing to host this year?y

    Parent Help Needed

    We have two outdoor education events planned for this term and will require parent help for them to go ahead. Please fill in this form to indicate where you can help.

    Wednesday December 13th: Vic Park Walk

    This event involves leaving school by 10am to walk to Victoria Park where we students will take part in some game and activities before returning to school by 3pm. Parts of the walk are quite steep, so good walking shoes (and some fitness) will be required.

    Thursday December 14th: Cass Bay Trip

    We will leave school by 11am and once at Cass Bay, students can swim, explore, chill, and play in the environment. There will be a guided walk to neighbouring Corsair Bay for those interested.

    Previously this has been at Corsair bay, with a walk to Cass bay. We have switched this around due to water quality advice.

    Graduation Invitation

    On Monday December 18th, in just over a month, our Year 8 students will be completing their primary and intermediate education. We would like to warmly invite whānau to their graduation assembly. Please click this link for the invitation and to RSVP.

    Cashmere High School Whānau Hui

    Cashmere High School has formally invited our Ākonga Māori and their whānau to attend the CHS Year 8 hui to welcome them to their kura. It's a great opportunity to meet some of the CHS ākonga and kaiako before they are welcomed with a pōwhiri next year. 

    Date/Time: On Thursday 30th November at 5:30pm
    Where: Wharenui, Cashmere High School


    Relationships and Sexuality Education

    We will be keeping you informed as we work our way through the Relationships and Sexuality Education curriculum on the content of our lessons.

    Our first session focused on creating shared expectations for these lessons. The children identified what would make them feel safe during these conversations, which included sentiments such as respecting everyone’s contributions and questions, laughing along with someone, not at them, and being mindful of your own boundaries and the boundaries of others. 

    Rights and Responsibilities

    We reflected on how our rights and responsibilities changed as we matured. The children thought about what rights and responsibilities they would have in the future and how some of these would occur automatically while others would occur according to individual readiness. 

    Stereotypes

    In these sessions we identified the different stereotypes that we see in society today and how these have changed over time. We also looked at how stereotypes may be reinforced in the media and how these are being broken down. We talked about the influences that stereotypes have on people's lives and how can can stand up to these and be our own person. 

    If you have any questions about anything that's been covered so far in Relationships and Sexuality Education, please get in touch with your child's homegroup teacher in the first instance.