Tuesday 25 April 2017

Kauri Whanau: J-Rock costumes

We had a great last day of term at Beckenham putting together our J-Rock performance and identifying what still needs work. A reminder that performance day is Thursday May 18th, from 9am until 9pm.

Many thanks to those of you who have offered to help with J-Rock fundraising, food preparation and costume sewing. If you haven't signed up for this yet, and would like to, please click here.  I will contact costume sewers in later this week, or in the first week of term two.

Below are the costume requirements for each part. Some children have several parts. They will let you know who they are.

All girls (except the 'old' school children): black footless tights / leggings and black singlet or camisole.

All boys (except Joel and Fynn): long black pants (no logos showing) and plain black t-shirt (this can be a patterned one turned inside out).

Pond / Flames / Fire: Costumes will be sewn for these parts.

Builders: Overalls / dungarees or checked button-up shirts

Maori welcome: Sherrilee is helping us to source costumes for these parts.

'Old' school children: A white button up shirt (blouse) and black culottes for the girls and trousers for Joel.

Soldiers: Jarred is trying to source jackets and hats. If anyone has access to these, please let us know.

Modern school children: Black base and red school polo shirt.

Earthquake dancers: Black base and a fluorescent vest, either yellow, orange, pink or green.

If you are able to source your child's costume, that would be great. If you are able to help with items such as dungarees, checked button shirts, white button shirts and fluorescent vests, for other children, please let one of us know. If you need help sourcing any items for your child, please let us know by week one of term two.

Many thanks for your support with our J-Rock performance.

Monday 10 April 2017

Kauri Whanau Update: Term 1 Week 11

Thank you:

As term one draws to a close, we would like to thank all of the parents who have helped to make some of the more exciting aspects of our programme possible. To those who cooked, encouraged and supervised on camp, to those who joined us to run activities or sleep over night at leadership camp, and then there are more who have helped out with the running of, and transportation to, sporting events. A big thanks to Ivo who runs our Friday code club. We love teaching your children, and with your partnership we are able to offer so much more than we could on our own.

Thursday April 13th: 

On the last day of term, we will be spending the day at Beckenham, so we can use the hall for J-Rock rehearsals. Children need to meet at the hall at 8:50. Please do not order lunch-on-line for this Thursday. Do bring $2 for a hot cross bun.

J-Rock is on Thursday May 18th. This is a full day and evening commitment for all children in our hub. A bus will take the children to Horncastle Arena in the morning. Parents or caregivers will need to arrange for the collection of children at 9pm from Horncastle Arena. 

Inquiry Learning:

Inquiry learning has been a big focus at school over the past two weeks and will continue to be this week. We are aware that some children are requiring more support to stay on track. The children are showing a positive attitude to the challenge this learning requires, and to keep the experience positive, we are going to give them a 'do less better' message on Tuesday. Over the weekend we have read each child's work and given them feedback and next steps. We would rather they revise and improve what they have done so far and get maybe at least one more slide done, than rush to have something written on each slide. Many children will need to be spending some time on this at home as well as at school this week. Thank you in advance for encouraging this to happen.

Seeking more parent help:

Leading up to and on the day of J-Rock we need parent support for the following:

  • In order to take part in J-Rock there is a substantial participation fee. We will be holding two fundraising events next term to meet this cost. The first is selling jelly and ice-cream. We will do this in week 2, on the Wednesday for Beckenham and Thursday for Champion St. We are looking for one parent to help supervise some students to run this fundraiser. 
  • On the day of J-Rock we are at Horncastle Arena from 9:30am until 9pm. Children will bring their lunch. For dinner we would like some parents to help prepare a finger food meal. In the past this has been an american hotdog, muffin and piece of fruit. 
  • We are currently thinking about costumes for our performance. Some of these will need to be sewn. Prototypes will be made and we will need parents (grandparents etc) to do the sewing.
If you can help with any of the above, please click on this link and fill in the quick form

Looking ahead to ski day in term 3:

We have booked our annual ski day at Mt Hutt for Thursday August 17th. To transport the children we will book one bus and would like to use parent transport for the rest of the children. We need to know now, who would be able to help out and provide transport on the day. We are after people who are experienced in driving on ski field roads and have suitable cars, ie 4WD. Please click this link if you would be able to help on this day. 

Winter sports help required:

We are still looking for people who could help coaching teams in the Friday winter sport competition at Hagley Park next term. If you are able to help with hockey, football or netball, please email Jenny. jenny.diggle@beckenham.school.nz


Last Thursday, following a fantastic swim in our South Zones Swimming Sports, Daisy, Juliette and Kaia represented Beckenham school in the Canterbury Swimming Sports. All three girls swam well, doing themselves and the school proud.  A special well done to Juliette who was placed third in breaststroke.

A big thanks and well done to Amelia and Hannah who co-presented a workshop with Nicky, at the Delving Deeper conference for teachers last Thursday. What awesome ambassadors for our school.

After a week of downpours, the rain cleared just in time for the Huxter MTB Schools Relay last Friday. Four keen mountain bikers from the Kauri Hub competed alongside hundreds of other children, doing multiple laps of a very muddy McLean's Island course. The feedback from parents told of a very enjoyable and well-run event. Alex came an impressive second place his age group.