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


Kahikatea Newsletter Week 3 Term 4

Kia Ora Whānau, 

What a busy start to the term it has been! We are loving seeing all the tamariki with their hats, drink bottles and bright smiles each day. Thank-you for all you are doing to support them and us, especially with the level 2 working conditions. A gentle reminder too, that if your child is sniffing, sneezing or coughing please keep them at home. It doesn't take long for even a little bug to spread.

Student Language Therapy Student Teachers 

We are very fortunate to have two student language teachers in our kura this term. They are working with tamariki in team Kahikatea and Koru. Lisa is overseeing their work with small groups of students and one to one to help build speech, language and literacy skills.

My name is Leianne. I’m one of the speech-language therapist student working with the children in the school. I’m in my final block placement block after 4 years of studying. I feel very privileged to be working amongst the most dependable and passionate staff.  I look forward to supporting the students through fun and interactive activities to advance them in their speech, language and social abilities.

My name is Gurleen Kaur and I'm a Speech Therapy student at the University of Canterbury. I'm currently working alongside the amazing staff of Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto and the lovely children as a part of my speech therapy work. This has been a great opportunity. I'm looking forward to learning from all the staff and giving back in all ways as I can.



We are working hard with our Athletics practises! We are enjoying hurdles, relays, long jump and shot put. Please make sure you send your child's named hat, water bottle and running shoes every day.  We will have our final athletics on Thursday if weather allows. We cannot invite whānau due to level 2 restrictions, but will do our best to take lots of lovely photos to share.



Calendar Art 

Calendar art order forms went home last week. Please return your order to the office. Thanks for supporting our PTA in this initiative.

Congratulations to our Kete Award Recipients!


Wellbeing this Week

We have been learning about and showing Respect, which is demonstrate through all our school values especially 'We Make a Difference'. We have talked about what respect looks like when we are speaking and treating others. We respect ourselves, others, our teachers and things. Watch this video and discuss with your tamariki. 

How can we show respect?

For our value 'We Make a Difference' we have been making an extra effort to notice and pick up the rubbish we see. We have made a special effort to do a rubbish sweep of the junior playground each day, and also look after our cubby area.


Enjoy photos from our recent Discovery sessions:

We continue to appreciate donations of: 

  •  Newspaper
  • Construction Boxes (cereal boxes, egg cartons etc.) 
  • Crafting items (beads, cardbard, ribbon etc.) 
  • Floor Puzzles you are no longer using

Week 7 Term 3 Kahikatea – Welcome Back!

Kia ora e te whānau,

It has been wonderful to be back at school for the past two days! Our hub has been a hive of activity since the children arrived on Thursday morning. Here are some photos of our wonderful children in action.

We hope that you have a lovely weekend, and we look forward to another week of fun and learning next week as we venture into Week 8!

Katie, Amber, Lisa, Charlotte, Sarah


Kahikatea Week 3 Term 3 News


Wow! What an incredible start we have had to gymnastics in Kahikatea.

It has been wonderful to see our tamariki showing each of our Kete Values during the sessions.

We Love Challenge Nau mai te wero

- We love trying new things at gymnastics

- When something is hard we try and try again

- We know that challenge is good!

- It feels great when we achieve new things!

We Make a Difference Nā mātou he rerekē te ao 

- We encourage each other when things are tricky

- We help each other

- We show each other how to do things

- We let our coaches and bus driver know that we appreciate them by saying thank you

- We follow the rules at gymnastics to keep everyone safe

We Love Learning He taonga te ako

- It feels great to learn new things!

- We listen to our coaches so that we know what to do

- We practise and practise until we get it

- We know how important movement is for our bodies

- We ask questions and try to improve all the time

We Care Arohaina te tāngata me te taiao

- We encourage the people in our group

- We show others kindness and use our manners

- We follow the rules to keep others and ourselves safe

- We help others if they fall down

- We make sure that everyone gets a turn

We Get There Together Mā tātou katoa te waka e hoe

- We encourage each other

- We take turns and wait patiently

- We listen to our coaches

- We put the equipment back in the right place

- We move safely to the bus

Latest News in our ESOL Classes

If your child attends ESOL classes (please see your classroom teacher if you need to verify this) you are welcome to attend our Parent Hui next Wednesday at 2.15pm in the Staffroom. 
We will share pictures of our learning ...as well as the soup we made for you!

Read-a-thon and Book Character Dress-up Day 

We hope the Readathon is going well!
There is one more week to continue reading and reaching your daily target.
Don't forget to keep thinking about who you will come dressed up as for Book Character Day, Friday 20th August.