Wednesday 23 September 2020

Kahikatea Newsletter T3, Week 10

Clean Up NZ Week, 14-19 September 2020

As part of this national event, each class took turns collecting litter around our hub and playground. We learnt the impact our litter picking up efforts have....cleaner streets, rivers, and waterways, which in turn helps to keep our bird and fish life safe. 
Some students were very keen to make a bigger difference and gave up lunchtimes to collect rubbish.

Collected by three children collected in one lunchtime.

Well done Enviro-heroes!

Litter trap creations, made in our Learning Through Play sessions.

Calendar Art (Rainbow Fish)

Each child in Kahikatea created an amazing piece of Rainbow Fish art, that can now be ordered as calendars, diaries, notebooks, cards, and mouse pads. Information with your child specific code was sent home late last week.
Please order calendar art ASAP. 
Orders close Monday 28th September. 

Learning Through Play/Discovery

Water Safety Skills Survey 

Please keep an eye out for this important survey as we prepare for lessons next term. 

Talent Show 

This is being held in the school hall tomorrow from 1.45pm. Only parents/caregivers of the performer can attend because of limited space in our hall. 

Up-coming events: 

School Athletics Week 3 Friday (Term 4) 
Water Safety Lessons (at Pioneer Pool) 
Visit to Rāpaki Marae

Kia ora whanau

Thanks for all you support this term and we hope you all get to enjoy a break! 

Team Kahikatea  


Thursday 10 September 2020

Kahikatea Newsletter Week 8 Term 3

 Kete Awards 

Congratulations to these students who have been awarded a Kete certificate for showing our school values for Week 6 & Week 8: 
  • Noah Webster: We Make a Difference
  • Thomas O'Beirne:We Get There Together
  • Nicholas Reedy: We Love Challenge
  • Andrew Gillespie: We love Learning
  • Joseph Simpson: We Love Learning
  • Walter Stallworthy: We Love Learning

Talent Show 

On Monday afternoon this week Kahikatea students certainly demonstrated it really does have a lot of talent! Congratulations to everyone who showed our school value 'We Love Challenge' by getting up on the stage and giving it your best. Sue, Lisa and Katie have decided to put through three finalists for the school talent show, which will happen in Week 10 (if we move to Level 1). Those three finalists are...

Dance: Lottie & Poppy 

Singing: Art

Instrument: John



The date for this school-wide event is on the community calendar. Please remember to send your child to school in appropriate footwear and ensure they have a drink bottle full of water as we will be starting practices very soon! Thanks everyone for your support and encouragement as we undertake this new learning challenge. 

Kahikatea & Kowhai Water Skills for Life 

Our tamariki will be participating in a program of learning at Pioneer Pool. These lessons are based on the principles of water skills and do not replace or replicate the swimming lessons your child may already be engaged in. This is an opportunity to learn water safety.  Our students will have 8 lessons starting in late October

Water Skills for Life

Year 3 Football 

Our Year 3's are loving time out on the big field with staff from Cashmere Tech who are running football sessions this term. Please remember to send your child to school each day inappropriate footwear, especially if your child is part of this football session. 

Ako ma te Tākaro - Learning Through Play

We are on the lookout for lots of old bits and pieces for our tamariki to explore using in our Ako mā te tākaro time.  Quite a few tamariki have shown a strong interest in construction and design so we would love some of the following:

- hammers
- screwdrivers
- small saws
- nails and screws
- offcuts of timber or old wooden pellets etc

We really appreciate all the wonderful donations of bits and pieces that are regularly coming in for our tamariki to create with.  Some are in the process of building a 'glasshouse' out of clear 2-litre milk bottles to place over a wee garden outside our hub - this is an ongoing work in progress and we will post photographs on its completion.   

ESOL group and Little Garden

Our wonder teaching assistants, Pip and Jeanette, work with our ESOL group each week and are using a 'School Kit' activity to build a garden with the New World little garden seed pots.  If your child would like to bring in 1 little garden unopened seed set to pot, nurture, and grow for our glasshouse, please send them to see Jules at the atrium end of the hub and she will help them get it set up.

  Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori

Next week is our annual Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori and we will be exploring our Pepeha as well as our Turangawaewae - where our ancestors stand.  There are some wonderful resources for practicing Te Reo Māori at home that can be found on the following:

Kia pai ou mutunga o te wiki - enjoy your weekend