Welcome Back Everyone! 15/5/20


NEW DROP OFF AND COLLECTION PROCESS: please watch this. If you have any questions please email your child's home group teacher. 

PLEASE MAKE TIME TO WATCH THIS THROUGH AND TALK WITH YOUR TAMARIKI. many families will watch it two or three times or re-watch parts of it to ensure their child/children feel confident about their return to school.

Students Personal Belongings

At the end of each day, we will be returning all your child's/children's personal belongings, including sunhats (these can stay at home), jerseys, jackets, lunch boxes, and drink bottles. 
NO one can use the drinking fountains at school. 


We will have rigorous handwashing and sanitation routines throughout the day. Please let your child's teacher know if your child has a sensitivity to any of these products. 

Drop off and Pick-up Routines

Teachers will take groups of students over to the flag pole at 2.45pm for you to collect. At 3pm older siblings can meet their younger siblings at the entry to our hub. Please let your child's teacher know if you want them to wait in the hub until 3pm OR if they are attending BOSCO. 

Bubble Celebrations 

We'd love to see some pictures and hear about your bubble time! If you have any gems to share please email them to your teacher or we can find them on Seesaw.

Community Calendar

We have had to postpone and/or cancel some of our events for the rest of the term. The community calendar has been updated accordingly. 

Kahikatea Term 2 Newsletter

Warm Autumn Greetings from our Bubble to Yours

Firstly, our team would like to express how incredibly grateful we are for the amazing support you are giving to this new model of learning.
It is an absolute pleasure to see tamariki and their whānau engaging with the daily challenges on our Kahikatea Learning@Home webpage and Seesaw.
These platforms are dynamic and change each day. We love getting your feedback on the types of tasks and activities. Your feedback is incredibly helpful, so thank you. 
Many of you have developed your daily routines to include a balance of 'school learning' and other activities.
If you need any support or guidance with this please make contact with your child's homegroup teacher, we are here to help.


Our team is very familiar with the video conferencing app Zoom.
If you and your child/children are feeling the need for some face to face time with your teacher via a zoom (video) meeting we are really happy for that to happen. You may want to simply say hi, or to ask questions or get clarification on some of the tasks. 
Please email your child's homegroup teacher to let them know you'd like to do this and let them know what times you can't zoom.
Your teachers can email the invite to you once a time is arranged. (You will need to have Zoom App set up on your device).  
We will continue to maintain regular contact with families via email and/or phone calls. 

A fun Friday Zoom team meeting

Here is our Welcome Assembly for Term 2 

Junior Neighbourhood Support Challenge

Sharing Our Learning 

Zach's Jam Sandwich Writing      Sandwich Making - Yum!

Cyber Safety (when using school Google Logins)

As you may be aware from the school cyber safety agreement, Beckenham te Kura o Pūroto has various cyber safety systems in place in order to keep students safe. We have one system called “Highlights” that we would like you to be particularly mindful of during lockdown. 

This system allows teachers to see Chromebook screens and/or Chrome browser tabs whenever that device or browser is signed into a school Google account during school hours. This is an important tool that teachers use to keep students safe and to offer support while students are learning. It also has privacy implications and is one of the main reasons we always ask and remind students to only use their school account for learning purposes. If you want your child to use their personal device/browser for other purposes or without the school cyber safety systems in place, then it is important that students sign out of their school account and sign into a personal account created by you. If your child has borrowed a school Chromebook, they should only be using this with their school login and for learning purposes.

We also utilise a specialised web filtering system to help keep our students safe online. This filter automatically alerts staff whenever a student account is potentially being used to access unsafe content on the internet. Like Highlights, this filter system is active whenever a student is signed into their school account, even if they are at home. If we receive a concerning filter alert during lockdown, we will contact you via email.

It is important to note that teachers never rely on just the filtering system. We work hard to actively monitor students’ screens and always ask students to work in a place where their screens are visible. We strongly encourage you to adopt a similar approach at home by making sure children only use devices in a family area where they can be easily seen. We also encourage you to actively check that your child/children are using the device in a safe and positive manner.

Team Kahikatea Holiday Update March 31 2020

Kia ora whanau, 

We hope you are all doing well in your 'bubble'. Our team wanted to let you know what we are up to and how we are all doing.
We wish you all a safe and happy bubble holiday!

From Amber: 
Hello everyone!
I'm staying home in my bubble with my daughter Lilian-Lhamo, my husband Gyaltsen, and our dog Bodhi. We have been enjoying some time in our garden, going for little walks and bike rides, baking, tidying and keeping in touch with friends and family. I am looking forward to planting my spring bulbs and gettings some jobs around the house done these holidays. 

From Lisa:
Kia ora everyone! 
I am staying at home in my 'bubble' with my husband Darren, our three kids, Jade, Jordan and Luke and our dog, Ormeau. We have some of our teddies at the front door for anyone who walks past to see. Have you seen any teddies if you have been out for a walk or bike ride?

We have been for a few bike rides and enjoyed some exercise provided by Les Mills on TV1 and TV2.  Check it out if you haven't already, at 3pm on channel 2, it's quite fun!  

We are currently working on a puzzle, which is quite tricky. I am looking forward to doing some more sorting around the house and playing games with my children these holidays. 

From Charlotte:
Kia Ora!
I've been having lots of fun with online gym classes...and creating my own funky dance routines to pop songs! I've been setting challenges for myself too...I can now cancan for 3mins and do 40 star jumps without stopping. How many can you do? GoNoodle is a great free website for fun brain breaks inside. 
I've also been phoning friends and looking out for my gorgeous cat Tuppence. It turns out a new cat in the neighbourhood, who looks just like Scarface McClaw from Hairy McClary, has been coming into MY garden and spooking MY cat. I am NOT happy about that and grateful that I'm here to help my Tupps get confident outside again. 
I've loved time in the garden and have planted bulbs and peas for Winter, and gathered seeds to save. I hope you're enjoying the holidays with your family at home :-)  Aroha, Charlotte


From Katie:
Kia ora, gorgeous children! 
I hope that you are all enjoying your bubbles! I have been busy doing my holiday project for the past few days - painting Toby's bedroom. One more coat of paint and I should be finished! Our dog, Buzz, has been enjoying having us around and is LOVING his many, many walks. Isla and Toby have had a great time rediscovering toys that they hadn't played with for a long time. They have also enjoyed spending more time in their PJs! We have played Battleships, Uno and Twister. I have kept in touch with my mum and dad on FaceTime. Have you been using Skype or FaceTime to keep in touch with people too? 
Arohanui, Katie

From Jules:
Kia ora I te whānau
Jessica, Leo and I are home and have a couple of extras in our Bubble - Bounce and Skip!  They are getting used to their new temporary home and are currently holding residence in our kitchen window as part of our community's Bear Hunt.  
We are lucky to be able to do our regular walks down to the beach and back but stay out of the playground.  We have challenged ourselves to do a puzzle a day, a bit of gardening each day for fresh air (even in the cold) and Jessica is working her way through a cookbook she was given for Christmas so we are eating well - maybe a bit too well.  
We have made 1 day a week a 'P' day - Pyjamas and Popcorn in front of a movie, and Leo is loving having people home with him during the day for extra cuddles and attention.  He is not so fussed on Bounce and Skip wanting to play with him though.  
We are using Facetime, Skype and Hangouts to keep in touch with our whānau and friends in between doing some catch-up jobs around the house, and Bounce told me the windows are overdue for a clean - isn't he cheeky!  I have also been challenging Jessica to daily brain teaser challenges and have put one below for you to try.  Your challenge is to draw just the house.  Kia kaha I te whānau.  

From Paul:
I'm home in my "bubble" playing a card game called Bridge (online) and spending time on this lovely treadmill. 

Kahikatea Week 6-7 Term 1 News

Kia ora koutou,

We have centered much of our learning this week around the construction that is happening outside of our hub. It has been very exciting to see the landscape change over the past six weeks.

Children worked with their learning buddies to discuss the story, choose a strategy, and use materials to solve the problem together.


We have been writing about the playground construction site. Here are some photo's of our brainstorming...

At school there is a construction site. I can't wait until it is finished because it will be such fun to play in. The workers are doing a good job. I love it!

By Hannah

Plea for materials

One of the most popular choices during Discovery Time is 'making'. For this, we require a range of recyclable materials. At the moment we need...

  • milk bottle tops
  • cardboard boxes (small, e.g., cereal or muesli bar boxes)
  • tubes 
  • newspaper (for painting and art)
Board games provide opportunities for tamariki to practice taking turns and working together. If you have any board games or puzzles that you no longer require, we would gratefully receive these, particularly as we are heading into the cooler months.

That's all for now!
Amber, Charlotte, Jules, Lisa and Katie

Kahikatea Blog Term 1 Week 4-5, 2020

Kia ora whanau,

Our Discovery time runs daily from 9.20 each day. We love this time, and use it to pursue our passions, such as lego or playing schools, as well as try new things. We also enjoy getting to know new friends. We are learning to: 
* make eye contact 
* invite others to join our play 
* take turns
* share ideas
* work co-operatively on puzzles, games and constructions
* reflect on and make adaptations to our creations

Maths Time
Our students are enjoying partnered problem solving as well as independent maths time, where they can choose a variety of maths games and activities. We are working on identifying numbers and addition. We add by counting materials and by counting on from the largest number. 

Life Education & Haoura Time 
We all enjoyed time with Life Education this month. Harold the Giraffe was hilarious! We learnt about being healthy and thought about what makes us special. You might like to talk about what makes you special at home.