Tuesday 8 May 2018

Kauri Whānau: Weekly Update Term 2 Week 2

Comedy Evening:

We need everyone to click on this link to indicate how you can support the Comedy Night. This is our last major camp fundraiser and could also provide some funds towards ski trip next term.

Self Defence:

Our Year 8 girls have started their 5 week self defence course. They are working with Lynda Maindonald from Self Defence NZ. This is a programme that our Year 8 girls have been involved in for a number of years. Past feedback has been extremely positive, and no doubt the girls are practising their moves and responses on you at home already!


The inaugural whole school cross country event is this Thursday. Our team will be the first to run, with the event starting at 1:40. Following their race the Year 7 & 8s will be supporting our younger tamariki. They may wear their house t-shirt on this day.

Winter sport starts next Friday. Information can be found in last week's school newsletter. Those not travelling to Hagley Park will be involved in a sports programme at school. If you have any shin guards or football boots that your whanau have out grown or no longer require, please consider donating them to the school for children who don't have their own gear to borrow.

Basketball games get underway this week. On Friday we have the zone competition at Hillview in class time. If your child is involved in this you would have already received information. We are still looking for a couple of cars to call on for transport if it is raining. Please email Jenny if you can help. Pioneer competition starts next week. The draw for the first three weeks of competition will be emailed to you within the next day. Next week our Monday teams play each other at 5:30pm and our Friday team plays at 4pm.

40 Hour Famine:

Last week our famine leaders spend a day with World Vision, learning about the 40 Hour Famine and how they can support and encourage tamariki at school. Famine packs have been sent home with those who are interested and permission forms need to be returned to Hannah this week. If you have any questions about the famine, either check out this website, or contact Hannah.

Leadership Awards:

At our assembly this Friday, starting at 11:00, we will be awarding bronze and silver leadership awards to the following children. You are most welcome to attend.
Bronze: Jordy, Kate and Lucy
Silver: Gabriel, Joel K, Marlonique, Tilly, Rekha, Thom and Constantin

Kete Programme:

We are excited that our first Kete Badge has been earned and will be presented in assembly on Friday. A big congratulations to Lucy. We are currently looking at offering more support and encouragement to work towards these badges. It will be an expectation that all children are working towards a badge. Each Monday they will have 35 minutes of class time to focus on this, as well as 45 mins of self directed learning time on a Friday, when this can be a priority. Of course giving some time to this at home will result in more speedy progress.

Sleep Programme:

Over the next few weeks our classes will be taking part in Yes, I can! Sleep. This is a learning unit based around sleep and finding ways to improve your own sleep. Research has shown that as little as 10 minutes of lost sleep a night can lead to symptoms similar to ADHD. Our school is doing this unit in partnership with the University of Canterbury to try to improve the duration and quality of children’s sleep. We would like to equip children with the knowledge and skills required to make positive changes to their own sleep.       

The tamariki will have the opportunity to learn about sleep. They will conduct their own research and present their information in unique ways. Together we will learn about the benefits of sleep and positive sleep hygiene. Tamariki will then be given the opportunity to monitor both the duration and quality of their sleep. They will be given a clock to put near their bed so that they can track the duration of their sleep. During this time, we encourage you to talk to your child about sleep and support them if they would lie to make small changes to their sleep environment and routines.

If you would like sleep support or to share your own knowledge on sleep, please join the parent Facebook group….

Ski trip helpers:

Our next big outdoor education experience is our ski trip on Thursday August 9th, next term. We will have a very early start this day, with buses leaving school at 6:30am. At this stage we need offers of adult help, both on the snow skiing and around the base lodge and beginners slope, on foot. If you are willing to help, please fill in this form.

High Schools Info:

Christchurch Rudolf Steiner School
OPEN DAY  on May  24th. We have only 5 places for students in our Year 9 class next year, so if any are interested, this is a  perfect opportunity for them to see our school in action, watch what  students do and even interact with potential class mates for 2019.

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