Thursday 15 December 2022

Kahikatea News Term 4 Week 9

Kia ora e te whānau,

One final post for the year to say a huge thank you to you all for your support this year. We have had a wonderful year of learning in the Kahikatea Team. We have been honoured to work with your tamariki as they fill their kete for the journey ahead. 

Bubble Fun & Ice Blocks!

We had a fabulous time celebrating a successful year on Wednesday. We surprised the children with an afternoon of bubble fun and ice blocks. The delight on the children's faces and the squeals of glee were priceless. A common phrase we heard around us was, "This is the best day of school ever!"

Wishing you all a happy and safe holiday break! 

Katie, Krystal, Lisa, Emma, and Megan 

Thursday 1 December 2022

Kahikatea News - Term 4, Week 7

Kia ora e te whānau,

Wow, these final weeks are just speeding by! We have been having a lot of fun in Kahikatea and we hope that you are all well.

Word of the Week

This week, we have been focusing on Empathy.

We have been discussing with the students that:

Empathy is being able to know how someone else is feeling, even when you aren't in the same situation. Sometimes, in more simple words, we explain that empathy is being able to "put yourself in someone's shoes" and see things from their view.


On Tuesday and Friday afternoons this week, our students have been taking part in some transitions to help prepare them for next year.

Current Year 1 students --- 2023 Year 2 Students in Kahikatea

Current Year 2 students --- 2023 Year 3 Students in Kōwhai

During these transitions:

The 2023 Year 2 students remained in Kahikatea and were joined by the Koru Hub for a Learning Through Play session. These sessions allowed 2023 Year 2 students to meet some of the tamariki that will be in their hub next year.

The 2023 Year 3 Students went through to Kōwhai for some fun. This allowed them to begin to make connections with some of the teachers and students that will be in their hub next year.

Arts Rotations

We are still enjoying our arts rotation! By the end of this, all home groups will have had two lessons in each of the arts strands; music, visual art, dance, and drama. The kids have been having so much fun during these lessons and we have all loved teaching these areas!

New Junior Playground

We have had so much fun exploring the new junior playground over the past couple of weeks! We are loving seeing the kids enjoying it during break times, as well as after school!

More photos from the week:

Ngā mihi nui,

Team Kahikatea

Katie McFarlane

Emma Hayes-Smith

Krystal Hunt

Megan Harris

Lisa Collier

Friday 18 November 2022

Kahikatea News - Term 4 Week 5

Kia ora e te whānau,

Week 5 already, what fantastic fun we are having!

Word of the week

Our word of the week is kindness
Kindness is "the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate" (Oxford Dictionary)

Te Reo Focus

This week, our Te Reo Maori focus has been how to ask someone what their name is and how to tell someone your name. The following video has been helping our tamariki learn this knowledge:

Art Lessons

Over the next few weeks, our tamariki will be participating in a sustainable art rotation of 8 different lessons. These lessons cover all four art strands of the curriculum (visual art, drama, dance and music)
They had their first two lessons this week. 

Reading Books

Please ensure all Little Learners Love Literacy books are returned to school by the end of week 6. This will allow us to do a stocktake and work out what new resources we need to purchase to support literacy learning next year. 


We ask that our students leave their toys at home when they come to school. We have plenty of fun activities and things for them to play with whilst at school. When toys from home come to school they can get lost or broken. We know how special our toys are, and the best way to keep them safe is to keep them at home.

Photos from the past two weeks

Ngā mihi nui,
Team Kahikatea

Katie McFarlane

Emma Hayes-Smith

Krystal Hunt

Megan Harris

Lisa Collier