Thursday 2 December 2021

Kahikatea Newsletter Term 4 Week 7

Kia ora e te whānau,

It has been a busy few weeks in Kahikatea! Reports went online at the end of Week 5, and we loved connecting with whānau at Learning Conferences in Week 6. There were a few questions during these conferences about accessing reports. Please let your home group teacher know if you need any support with this.


Over the last couple of weeks we have started transition visits for our learners. We enjoyed participating in Learning Through Play with Kōwhai learners, in their hub, and we also connected with Koru learners, who visited us. Lots of laughs were had and connections made.

A Teddy Bear Picnic!

Next Thursday 9th December we invite all our tamariki to bring one favourite Teddy Bear from home. At lunchtime we will head out to Beckenham Park to sit under the trees and enjoy a picnie with our Kahikatea friends and their teddies. 
Your child can bring: 
A Teddy
A picnic blanket 
Some extra food in their lunchbox for a busy day! 
A drink bottle 


We were lucky to have some learners from Pōhutukawa, Rose and Ashlyn, visit us to teach us about eels. They spoke passionately about why eels are special, the different types and what we can do to help them. They also provided this video link if you want to hear more about eels. The learners all had a fun activity sheet to do afterwards.

Notices/ Reminders

We are now doing a stocktake of all of our books. This includes our structured literacy texts ('Pip and Tim' books) and school library books. Please return these as soon as possible with your learner. No more books will be coming home before the end of the year. Many thanks!

We are noticing learners taking their shoes off at school and are strongly encouraging them not to do so. We have had some incidences of bee stings, and minor cuts and scrapes with bare feet. Please remind your child about the importance of wearing their shoes at school.

Book Character and Rainbow Diversity Day

Wow, what an amazing response to our dress up day. We loved the variety of characters and colours of clothing in the hub! Thank you for your donation to the Child Cancer Foundation and Qtopia.

We read books, and spoke about what we liked about different characters. Here are some comments:

"I love how Elsa has frozen powers."

"Army characters have tanks and save other people."

"Wonder Woman can shoot lasers out of her eyes!"

"Velociraptors are so smart they can open doors."

"Horses have buckles on their saddle"

"Spiderman can shoot out webs"

"The Highway Rat has a sword."

"Melvin can make cool inventions."

"I like being a Gruffalo because I am scary!"

"Tinkerbell has wings!"

Have a lovely weekend!

Ngā mihi nui,

The Kahikatea Team

Wednesday 17 November 2021

Kahikatea Newsletter Week 5 Term 4

Kia ora koutou, It has been a busy couple of weeks for the Kahikatea team! A big highlight was our Year 0 to 4 athletics last week, which included adapted long jump, shotput, hurdles and relays. 
All our tamariki participated in each event with their house group, and it was wonderful to see our kete values in action!

As always, our hub has been a hive of activity. Here are some pictures to show you some of the things we have been up to during Learning Through Play.

That's all for now!

Team Kahikatea