Tuesday 20 June 2017

Kauri Whanau: Term 2 Week 8 Update

Life in the Kauri Whanau is getting busier as we head towards the end of term 2. Please check below for important messages and celebrations.


The choir are sounding fabulous and we are looking forward to their performances tonight and tomorrow night, at Hillview gym. Please make sure your child is dropped off at Hillview by 6:30 both evenings. The performance starts at 7pm. Collection is at 8:30pm. Tickets are still available from the school office.

Cheese Rolls:

There are just two days left to get your cheese roll orders in; click the link to order. If you have ordered, please make sure you have paid by this Thursday. Many thanks to the parents who have offered to help with this fundraiser. So far we have help from:

  • Thursday June 29: Tamsin, Nicola, Kim
  • Wednesday July 5: Melisa, Amanda, Sonja, Richelle

To all the people who have offered equipment, we are very grateful and would like everything you have offered. Please make sure this is sent to school by the middle of next week. We will send out reminder emails. If you are able to help and have yet to let us know, please fill in this form.

Art Week:

Last week we enjoyed exploring our creative sides, as we learnt about and developed our artistic skills. The children chose either cartooning, mixed media or drawing lego self-portraits. We're already looking forward to our next art week later in the year.

Self Defence:

Yesterday afternoon when I stepped out of our hub, I could hear a very loud and forceful cry of "Back off!" It was our Year 8 girls embracing empowerment during their first self defence session. They loved it! Over the next 3 weeks the girls will spend at least five hours learning about self defence.


Since J-Rock, we have been exploring the concept of diversity. This week the children will begin an inquiry, that will eventually result in the creation of either a poster, presentation, song or video, with the purpose of making a positive difference in the lives of others. The children will chose to focus on either disability, gender or cultural diversity.


We are just over two weeks away from our showcase evening, on Thursday July 6th. All children will be involved in the showcase, which will be held at the Hillview School gym, starting at 7pm. We will be having a rehearsal on Monday morning, July 3rd. On that Monday we will walk to Hillview from Beckenham.

Being aware of actions on social media:

Last week we were having a hub discussion around social media and our digital footprint. We talked about 'liking' posts and being aware that you have carefully read what you are 'liking' and are happy for others to know that you support the ideas in the post. It became apparent that many children scroll and 'like' without reading the text that they are 'liking'. When the text was brought to their attention, they were dismayed that they had 'liked' without looking deeper. This would be a great discussion to have at home. Liking something means that you support what the post is saying. Make sure you know what it says before you like it.

J-Rock Photos

If you would like to view and download the professional photos taken on stage during J-Rock, please click this link. We have paid for this photo package, so the images are free of charge for you. If you have trouble accessing these images, please let me know.

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