Friday 30 June 2023

Kauri Whānau Update: Term 2, Week 10

 In this post:

  • Farewell Sarah
  • Cantamath project
  • Basketball South Zones
  • Wheelchair Rugby (video)
  • Term 2 highlights video

Farewell Sarah

We've been incredibly lucky to have Sarah teaching in our hub over the first two terms of this year. Thank you to all the students who wrote kind messages in the card we presented as a hub, and thank you to Te Whānau Mahitahi for "Sarah-nading" her in our farewell hui with a waiata and a haka. While we will miss her, we know she won't far as she is joining Koru and starting a new entrants class next term.

We are also excited to welcome back Jenny and hear about her adventures over the first half of this year!


Next term, children will be given three weeks to complete a maths project, and while we will help with ideas if needed, children will need to complete the project at home. Please have a look through this slideshow to learn more. We will kick into this next term, but some students may be keen to get ahead over the break.

Basketball South Zones

Two Year 7 and 8 teams recently showcased their skills at the Christchurch South Zone Basketball tournament on Monday. Despite facing formidable competition from schools such as Hillview, St Martins, Ōpāwaho, and Rudolf Steiner, our girls and boys teams demonstrated remarkable resilience and determination, securing third place in the tournament. The students truly embodied the spirit of 'We Love Challenge,' displaying fair play and enthusiasm throughout the day. Thank you to Ibnu and the parents who joined us in cheering on our teams.

Wheelchair Rugby

Nicky's Inquiry group has been looking at innovations for people with disabilities. To culminate our learning, we got in 12 wheelchairs for two days of wheelchair rugby for all the students. This immersive wheelchair experience fostered an incredible blend of education and enjoyment. The students embraced the challenges and discoveries that came with navigating the world from a different vantage point. This was a fantastic experience for everyone (even the staff!). It was great to witness the empathy and understanding they developed. A huge thanks to Nicky for organising this amazing experience.

Term 2 Highlights Video

Friday 23 June 2023

Kauri Whānau Update: Term 2, Week 9

In this post:

  • Ski Day
  • 40 Hour Challenge
  • Wheelchairs next week
  • Matariki photos
  • Innovation inquiry trip
  • Ngarimu Video Competition
  • NOTE-ABLE Children's Online Instrumental Music Competition

Ski Day

Helpers for our Ski Day in Term 3 are still needed. Please fill out this Google Form if you are able and willing.

40 Hour Challenge

Money and booklets (if students have them) are needed as soon as possible. Please hand them in to the office.


On Wednesday and Thursday next week, as part of our learning around innovation we will have a trailer-load of rugby wheelchairs coming to school for children to learn about this sport through maneuvering the chair and actively playing the game. Each homegroup will have a timeslot throughout one of the days to participate. Many thanks to Nicky for organising this fantastic opportunity!

Innovation Inquiry Trip

Nicky's inquiry group headed to the Margaret Mahy Playground on Wednesday, armed with universal design checklists, blindfolds and a couple of wheelchairs to check out the playground equipment. We discovered how tricky bark chips are for wheelchair users and started thinking about modifications that could be done to make some equipment more inclusive. That said, a lot of the equipment got very high ratings on our checklists!

Matariki Evening

On Wednesday evening, we gathered as a school to celebrate Matariki. Te Whanau Mahitahi opened the event with an outstanding performance, and the hubs were filled with opportunities engage in learning around what Matariki is as well as why and how we celebrate it.

Ngarimu Video Competition

The Ngarimu Video Competition for ākonga Māori in Year 7–13 is now open for submissions.
This competition is funded by the Ngarimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarship Fund Board for the purpose of providing ākonga with an opportunity to practise storytelling and research, and to learn about the history of the 28th (Māori) Battalion.

Ākonga can submit a three-to-five-minute video in English and/or te reo Māori, and be in to win one of six prizes for themselves and their school or kura.

Entries for the competition close on Friday 8 September 2023.

More information about the competition and last year’s winners can be found on our website.
If you have any pātai, please email

NOTE-ABLE Children's Online Instrumental Music Competition

NOTE-ABLE was launched in 2020 by Nelson musician and music teacher Joel Bolton with the main goals of showcasing New Zealand’s talented young instrumentalists and inspiring  children everywhere to take up a musical instrument. Find out more here.

Saturday 10 June 2023

Kauri Whānau Update: Term 2, Week 7

In this post: 

  • Student-Led Conferences reminder
  • Winter Sports Reminder
  • Senior Jacket Check
  • Hagley College enrolments
  • Cheese Rolls

Student-Led Conferences

Thank you to all the whānau who have signed up for conferences on Wednesday June 14th or Thursday  June 15th next week. Reports are available to view on HERO, and these conferences are an important opportunity to ask questions and find out more about progress and achievement.

Please remember that we will be closing early, at 2pm, on Wednesday and Thursday next week. Children who usually attend BOSCO will be able to be there from 2pm. 

If you have not yet completed both of the forms below, please make sure you do that today. Each family needs to fill out BOTH forms, please:

If you haven't already done this, please book a Learning Conference for each of your children by clicking on this link. (The code you might need is 8f6xx)

Then, please fill out this form, to let us know what you want to happen for your child at 2pm. We need this form filled out by EVERY family, please.

Winter Sports Reminder

Due to student-led conferences, Winter Sports will not be taking place on Thursday afternoon of Week 7. Competitive and non-competitive sports will resume in Week 8.

Senior Jacket Check

We have had a spate of Senior jackets going missing over the last couple of weeks. Can you please double-check that students have their correct jacket, and that it is clearly named.

Hagley College: Enrolments Closing Soon

Enrolment applications for Hagley College Year 9 2024 are closing soon, on Friday 23rd June at midday.

Their close-off date is firm and they will not be able to receive any new applications after this date. Please be aware that this closing date is a little earlier than for many of the other high schools.

If you are interested in applying but haven't put an application in yet, please go to and click the button to start a new enrolment application as soon as possible.

Any questions can be directed to Lisa Amer via

Cheese Rolls

Thank you to everyone who has been involved in our annual Cheese Roll fundraiser. Whether you pitched in directly on the day, or provided equipment, or even if you bought some of the delicious end product, we are incredibly appreciative of your support.

The students worked incredibly hard in shifts throughout the day on Wednesday, as evidenced by the photos below. A sepcial big thank you needs to go out to Nicky, who organised and led the effort.

If you have not received your cheese roll order yet, or if you didn't get part of your order, please get in touch with Nicky via email ( If you still have equipment at school to collect, please feel free to pop in before or after school to collect it, or send an email to your child's homegroup teacher and we will organise for your child to bring it home.

Friday 2 June 2023

Kauri Whānau Update: Term 2, Weeks 5 & 6

In this post:

  • Cashmere High Open Afternoon
  • Winter Sports
  • Learning Conferences
  • Te Whanau Mahitahi performance
  • Technology

Cashmere High School Open Afternoon

Usually Cashmere High hold their Open time after school hours, in the evening. Due to the threat of industrial action this year, they have made the call to hold their Open Day during the school afternoon on Thursday June 8th.

We understand that many of our Year 7/8 students will want to attend this, and therefore, we have requested a 'bye' in the Winter Sport round for that afternoon.

If you want to take your child to the Open afternoon, please make sure that you come into school and sign them out. If they are attending with someone else's parent, please let the office know in advance. We will NOT be allowing children to leave school unless their primary caregiver is signing them out, or we have been advised who is taking them and they are here to sign them out. Thanks for your support!

Winter Sports

Winter sports has been going for two weeks now, and all teams have been outstanding in demonstrating our school values and getting a few wins along the way too! Please remember that there is no Winter Sport next week due to Cashmere High Open Afternoon, and in Week 8 because of Learning Conferences.

Learning Conferences 14 & 15 June

These are coming up in Week 8 of the term, on Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th June. 

Reports are live on Hero, and these conferences will be an important opportunity to learn more about your child's learning progress and achievement.

The school will close at the earlier time of 2pm on both days. Children who are usually booked into BOSCO on those days will be able to attend from 2pm. We will provide supervision for children between 2-3pm IF NEEDED... 

Each family needs to fill out BOTH forms below, please:
First, please book a Learning Conference for each of your children by clicking on this link.
Then, please fill out this form, to let us know what you want to happen for your child at 2pm. We need this form filled out by EVERY family, please.

Missing Senior Jacket

A brand new senior jacket (size large) has gone missing.  Please check if you child is bringing the correct jacket home. This was recently purchased and has no badges or leadership awards on it. If found could you please return to the school office.

Te Whānau Mahitahi Performance

Our Year 7 & 8 Kapa Haka group, Te Whānau Mahitahi, performed on Sunday afternoon as part of a performance by the Garden City Orchestra. By all accounts, the children were outstanding at representing themselves and our school. Kia ora Whaea Cath for all you to to make this group so outstanding, and thanks as well to all the parents for their support leading up to and on the day.

Technology photos

Some photos from our Year 7 group learning about Fabrics Technology at Christchurch South.