Kauri Whānau Weekly Update: Term 3 Week 1

 In this post:

  • Cantamath projects
  • Ski day
  • Choice programme
  • Speeches
  • Key dates for term 3
  • Cashmere High Enrolments

Cantamath Projects

Over the next three weeks all Kauri children have a home learning project to work on. Today, Monday, we introduced them to Cantamath projects. Ideas have been shared on a slideshow, which they can access at home on google classroom, and each child has brought an assignment sheet home (or will bring this home on Tuesday). The children select one project category to enter. They have been given three weeks, as it will take this long to do a good job. If by Friday they have not got an idea underway, please encourage them to speak with their maths teacher for some help. 

Ski Day

Our ski day to Mt Hutt is on Thursday September 2nd. Please click this link and complete the form so we can support whānau to ensure every child is well prepared for their day in the mountains. We will be leaving school by 6am and return at 6pm. More information will come out in following posts.

Choice Programme

From weeks 3 - 5 we will be working through the 'Choice' programme, in class and with our community constable. Choice is a programme that aims to strengthen young people’s ability to make positive life choices with special emphasis on drug use.


A single word that strikes excitement in some and fear in others: speeches. Starting in week 2, we will be working with the children to write a persuasive speech. In week 6 these speeches will be shared in literacy groups. We are aware that this may cause anxiety for some children. While we strongly encourage the children to share their speech with their literacy group, no child will be forced to do so and we have other options for sharing. We look forward to supporting the children in taking on this challenge.

Term 3 key dates for Year 7 & 8:

July 30         Learn, Create, Share Expo
August 2         Canterbury Indoor Tournament for basketball and volleyball
August 10 Year 5 - 8 Duathlon 
August 11 Beckamath event at school
August 13 Cantamath projects due at school
August 15 Choice sessions begin
August 19 Last winter sport session
August 20 Book character day
August 25 Cantamath (for problem solving teams)
August 30 Canterbury duathlon
September 2 Ski day
September 6 Hub speech finals
September 20 Zone speech competition
Sept 21-23 Koru Games

A message from Cahsmere High School

2022 Year 9 enrolments for Cashmere High School close at 4pm, 30 July 2021. Late applications received after this date may not receive their first choice academic options. Please share this information with friends and family. 

This message is for everyone who has entered the student council KidsCan fun run.

Firstly, thanks so much for taking part. We have about 150 people signed up to run, including some parents. Hopefully, you have managed to get some sponsors on your sponsor card. 

The fun run is this Friday. We will be running laps around the park. The course will be marked out with the house flags. We will all meet in front of the cricket pavilion at 12 noon for instructions. Every time you run past the cricket pavilion we will make a pen mark on your hand or arm. The run goes for 30 minutes. It is ok to walk when you get puffed. Keep moving to get as many laps as you can. We will have a warm-up before the run and a cool-down afterwards.

After the run, please collect your sponsorship money, bring it to school and put it in the purple fun run collection box that will be at the office. We’d love to get all money in before the end of the term. 

Thanks for making a difference for KidsCan. See you ready to run on Friday.

Kauri Whānau Weekly Update: Term 2 Week 8

 In this post:

  • 40 Hour Famine this weekend
    • Period products at school
    • Missing jacket
    • Koru Games
    • Fun Run
    • Ski Trip
    • Current learning focus
    • Treaty of Waitangi Workshops

    40 Hour Famine

    We hope that all who are taking part in the 40 Hour Famine this weekend and going well. We would love to see some photos of your child's famine in action. After the your child's famine in complete, please encourage them to collect their sponsorship money quickly.

    Period products at school

    The access to period products initiative aims to provide free period products to children and young people in all state schools and kura across New Zealand during 2021. Please click here to find out more and fill in a form to indicate if you would like your daughter to access free products through school.

    Missing Jacket

    Could you please check to see that your child has the correct senior jacket. Marcellus is missing his and it is clearly labelled.

    Koru Games

    We have many enthusiastic children who are keen to take part in Koru Games next term. A number have said their parents can help out, but have yet to notify Jenny via email. Once we have confirmation of adult support, we can enter teams and we really don't want to miss out on the limited spots available for each sport. 

    Fun Run

    The student council fun run for Kids Can is on this coming Friday. If your child is signed up, please encourgae them to collect sponsors. 

    Ski Trip

    Many thanks to the parents who have offered to help on our ski day to Mt Hutt on September 2nd. We have sufficient helpers and would like to take everyone who has already signed up. Please mark this date in your diaries. The children will be away from 6am until 6pm. The cost of this trip is covered by your school donation and a generours donation from our PTA. More details on clothing requirements will come out early next term.

    Current Learning Focus

    We are aware that some children come home full of news about their school day and what they have been learning about. There are also a lot of children who do not do this. Just to keep you in the loop, our current learning includes:

    • Literacy. We are currently integrating science with writing. Each Monday we do an experiement and during the week we write up the method, results, explanation, conclusion, wider world implications and wonderings. Last week we learnt about acids and bases and ph indicators.
    • Maths. Earlier this term we have been exploring the geometry of triangles, and position and orientation (navigating maps, grid references etc.). We have recently started a new topic on proportion and ratio, initially exploring fractions. The children also complete a weekly basic facts challenge. 
    • Positive behaviour for learning. Recently we have been talking about gender as part of Pride Month and also discussing issues around social media. 
    • Afternoon programme. Earlier in the term we have had a visual art and music focus. Last week we started another 'Learn, Create, Share' block, with the children selecting their own learning focus. They are working towards sharing their learning at the end of week 1 next term. 

    Treaty of Waitangi Workshops

    At the beginning of Term 2, students in our hub were lucky enough to participate in a series of Treaty of Waitangi workshops. These workshops were a fantastic introduction into the history of Aotearoa and understanding the journey our country has been on. Together with our regular te reo lessons, students are feeling inspired to normalise our native language through speaking, singing and incorporating tikanga practices into their daily lives. Here are some of the photos of our tamariki getting involved and stuck into learning activities. 

    Kauri Whānau Weekly Update: Term 2 Week 6

     In this post:

    • Fundraising complete
    • BYOD ready to learn
    • Koru Games
    • Year 7 & 8 Choir
    • Ski Day
    • Buddies


    A huge thanks to all the parents who helped with the Quiz Night organisation and to everyone who donated items for the hampers. The night was a huge success. The hall was rocking with hilarity and we made $3000! Camp fundraising is now all done and dusted.


    It is fabulous that we have so many students signed up to bring their own devices for learning this year. Recently a number of children have been leaving devices at home or forgetting to make sure their device is fully charged. This has put pressure on our limited supply of devices at school and some students are missing out on devices. If your child has a BYOD, please remind them to bring it to school every day fully charged.

    Koru Games

    Koru Games is a three-day sports tournament held across multiple locations in the Selwyn District. There are a wide range of sports involved, including volleyball, ultimate frisbee, ki o rahi and korfball. In previous years, Koru Games has been a highlight for many of our tamariki.  Some of the children are already talking about it and want to start practising!

    Finding adults to manage teams is a key factor for us when making entries. If you would be interested in supporting us with Koru Games this year and are available from the 21st to 23rd of September, please get in touch with Jenny.

    See the link below for more information on Koru Games.


    Year 7/8 Choir

    A Year 7/8 choir has been started and, after some challenges finding a time to meet, we have settled on Monday mornings from 8:15am - 8:45am. Initially this will be in the Kauri theatre, until a different space becomes available in Term 3.

    Sandy will be taking the choir, with support from one of our parents, Amanda Atlas (international opera singer and vocal teacher!)

    If your child is keen to join, they do need to commit to attending every Monday from 8:15am, please. We already have a keen core group of students and can accommodate more. 

    Rehearsals will begin from Monday 14 June, 8:15am

    Ski Day Term 3

    Our next outdoor education excursion is our annual ski day to Mt Hutt in term 3. The costs for this day are covered by your school donation and the PTA generously fund the buses. At this stage, we need a supply of enthusiastic parent helpers for the day to go ahead. Please fill in this form if you would like to join us on September 2nd. 

    Cashmere High Open Day

    A reminder that Cashmere High School is having their open day tomorrow (Thursday June 10th) day from 4:00 until 6:30. They are having issues with car parking on the school grounds and ask you to come early enough to find a park and walk into the school grounds.

    Friday Buddies

    It was fabulous to receive great feedback about our team of buddies who work in the new entrant hub on a Friday afternoon. Our children were thanked for their calm, engaging, helpful and respectful natures.