Wednesday 24 June 2020

Team Kahikatea: Reminders Week 11

PTA Disco Friday 26th June 2020 

Our amazing PTA is running a disco this week! The theme is Rainbow and your child/children will need a gold coin for entry. 
BRING your own NAMED drink bottle. 

Our YEAR 3 STUDENTS have the option of joining the NE to Year 3 disco from 4.30pm to 5.00pm OR Year 3 to 6 disco from 6pm to 7pm. 
Teachers from team Kahikatea will be at both disco's. 

Learning Conferences Tuesday 30th AND Thursday 2nd July 

Please remember, we have an earlier finish on both days. 
Your children can be collected at 2pm. 
Conferences start at 2.15.  We are looking forward to seeing you all! 

Kapa Haka 

Our YEAR 3 STUDENTS have Kapa Haka every Friday for 30 minutes with our new Kaiako Kath from 11am. 


We appreciate all of your donations (requested in our last blog). Please keep them coming. 

Saturday 20 June 2020

Kahikatea Newsletter Term 2 Week 10

Kia ora whānau
We hope you enjoy this update from our last two weeks at school.

Learning through play:
We are looking for donations of the following to support our play-based learning:  
  • Old newspapers and non-glossy magazines
  • Unwanted craft items e.g. wool, string, material scraps, 
  • Old clean socks 
  • Large suitcase (for storing dress ups)
  • Boxes for creations (eg biscuit boxes, soap boxes, etc) 
  • Clean plastic milk bottles 
  • Plastic caps (from milk bottles etc) 
  • Old kitchen pots, pans, spoons, etc. 


We continue to focus on children's wellbeing, with daily discussions and weekly home group circle time. Making time for gratitude, and making new friends have been key focuses recently.  Do feel free to discuss these at home with your child.

You might like to try this Sparklers Gratitude Journal in the next school holidays.

Personal "Space Bubbles"
Moving safely - We are noticing that some of our students are moving/playing in very busy and boisterous ways, and bumping into each other. Other times, some students are playing games that involved crashing, grabbing, pinching, and the like. 

While some of these games are fun for some students, they are upsetting for others. Thanks for your support in helping the children maintain their personal space bubbles, moving safely, and showing kindness to others. 

Take a look at this social story about maintaining safe spaces between people: 
 Space Bubble Social Story 

Parent Help
We are looking for some parents to volunteer their help during reading, by playing literacy games or supporting a group on a task, any day between 9.10-10.10 am. 
We also would love some volunteers to put reading books away. Putting reading books away can be done before school or at a time that suits you. If you can help, please email

Week 12 Learning Conferences: If you haven't already, please book in for learning conferences. Go to and entering the code yseec

Enjoy some of our latest learning through play photos:

Thursday 4 June 2020

Kahikatea News Term 2 Week 8


For the past couple of weeks, our learning in the middle part of the day has been around the theme 'Growing'. This has seen children involved in learning challenges and experiences involving nature, construction, and understanding how our bodies work.

Library Days

It has been great to get back into the school library and issue new books. Each home group now has an allocated day for returning and issuing. Please support your child to remember their library folder when it is their day.
Amber: Tuesday
Katie: Wednesday
Jules: Thursday
Charlotte: Friday

New Playground

Wow! What a fantastic time we have had this week exploring the new playground! It has been a very popular place during break times, and we feel very fortunate to have it immediately outside our hub.