Tuesday 23 March 2021

Kauri Whānau Weekly Update: Term 1 Week 8

 In this post:

  • Technology on Tuesdays
  • Cheese Rolls
  • 'Positive behaviour for learning' focus this week
  • ShowQuest, save the date Monday May 17th
  • Photo Gallery


It has been great to see the children so organised for technology on Tuesdays by arriving at school by 8:30. Occasionally parents are dropping children directly to South Intermediate. The team at South have requested that our children all arrive together on the bus. We realise a small group needs to be dropped off after a band session. All children who do not arrive with the main group on the bus must check-in at the South office when they arrive. 

Cheese Rolls

Please keep those cheese roll orders coming in. We are up to 157 dozen and would love to hit at least 300 dozen. I have extended the due date for orders to this Sunday. We appreciate those of you who have made the extra effort by contacting people beyond your immediate family to gather orders. My fingers are crossed that there are still a few big orders to come in. 

Many thanks to those who have offered to help with this fundraiser. We are still in need of support, especially for the morning session on our making day, Thursday April 8th, ordering supplies and loaning equipment - chopping boards and electric knives. Please fill in this form if you can help.

Positive Behaviour for Learning

Every week we spend four short discussion-based sessions with the children on PB4L. What we focus on reflects the needs we identify within the group. We thought it would be helpful for you to be aware of what we are talking about so that you can back the messages up at home. Getting there together does make a big difference! 

This week we have explored:

  • What happens when others make a joke about something you feel insecure about? We unpacked vulnerability and shared some insecurities.
  • Apologising and what makes a meaningful and sincere apology. A genuine apology includes a change in behaviour alongside the words "I'm sorry."


Our ShowQuest Passion group have been working hard to conceptualise and choreograph a dance for our hub to learn and perform at ShowQuest. ShowQuest is a stage performance competition for primary and secondary schools. You may know it by the name Stage Challenge or J-Rock. ShowQuest is a fantastic opportunity for the children to experience the performing arts. On the 17th of May, we will spend the day at the Town Hall. We will have time to rehearse our dance on the stage, opportunities to watch other school’s rehearse and prepare for our evening performance. 

We understand that for some children the idea of performing on stage can seem like something that is well outside of their comfort zone. We know also that there will be others who will be in their element on stage. We choreograph a range of parts in our performance to cater to different confidence levels. The children watched the Passion Group perform the different dances on Monday and now have the opportunity to identify their preferences. 

Our performance for 2021 is based on our inquiry concept of change. The children came up with the idea of exploring how dance has changed over time and so have created their own evolution of dance. This will take the audience from the flapper dance of the 20s, the disco fever of the 70’s, the flamboyance of the 80s, through to the modern-day. Our inquiry learning will sit alongside this with the children learning about key events, inventions and pop culture from these decades. 

Costume, hair and make will work with the choreography conveying the style of the decade. We would love to start collecting iconic items to help with this. If you have any of the following that might fit one of our tamarki and you are happy for use to borrow and use in our performance then, please let us know. 
  • Flared trousers

  • Hoop skirts

  • Leg warmers

  • Fluro leotards

  • Other iconic clothing from any of the featured decades

Photo Gallery

One of our PE options this term is ultimate frisbee. One aspect of this game that is particularly empowering is the self-refereeing by the teams as they play.

Love this image that was taken in our passion photography session last week, when we were learning about how to take action shots.

A small group of our seniors are helping with miniball this term. We have heard wonderful feedback about their positive leadership.

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