Kauri Whānau Weekly Update: Term 2 Week 6

What a great first week we have had back at school. After a rather chatty Monday, the children quickly settled into the new routines. Yes, new routines. Following five weeks of learning at home, both teachers and children reflected on what we liked about the learning at home way of doing things and what we could change about our programme. One of the main changes is that we start each day with 40 minutes of self-directed learning. This gives the children greater agency, allows us to check in with individuals about their learning more frequently than before, and helps the children develop their self-management skills. With this new approach, it is really important for all children who BYOD to remember their device every day.

Headphones / Earbuds

All children need to have headphones or earbuds. These were on the stationery list at the start of the year. Not many of the children have these at school and they all need them.

Sport this term

Cross Country: We start training for cross country next week, with our cross country event taking place in the last week of term.

Winter Sport: Our winter sport competition will get underway in a couple of weeks. Children can opt to be in a competitive team or a development team. We need parent helpers to make this possible; please click here to see if you can help.

  • Competitive teams develop their technical skill and have a competition focus. They play games against other teams from our zone on a Thursday afternoon.
  • Development teams develop their technical skill and have a focus on fun. This option allows for increased variety and trying out new sports and activities on a Thursday afternoon.


We are off to tech again from this coming Tuesday. Remember that children need to be at school before 8:30. Buses will be running as usual and sanitising practises at South Intermediate are the same as here at school. At this stage, the canteen is not open. The children will be finishing projects from last term before switching to a new technology.

40 Hour Famine 

We are starting to fundraise for the World Vision 40 Hour Famine. The dates for the Famine are 5-7 June. This will be a paperless fundraiser this year so you can donate online by going to the link below. The World Vision Leaders this year are Zoe-A, Zara M and Emma. They are organising a short presentation that will be videoed and put on Tuesday's daily notices for the students to view. Start thinking of ways your family can get involved. There's only 2 weeks to go! Thank you in advance for your support!

High School Information: Cashmere High

Like other high schools, due to Covid-19 restrictions, Cashmere High School will not be holding an Open Night this year.

Photos from our week...

Kauri Whānau back at School!

Key reminders for Kauri students:

Please make sure you bring to school every day:

  • Your named water bottle - everyone
  • Your device (we need all children with a BYOD to bring these to school every day)
  • Your headphones or earbuds - everyone
If you use a skateboard to get to school, it must go in the bike area on Sandwich Road, under the staffroom window.
If your hands are sensitive to certain hand sanitizers, please bring a small bottle of sanitizer you can use. 

Passion and Art Choices:

Please encourage your child to go into Kauri Google Classroom before Monday and fill in their choices on the surveys for Passions and Art Week.


We are working towards having a weekly winter sports competition with other schools in our zone on a Thursday afternoon. Please read and fill in this form to indicate how you could help.

Kauri welcome back video :

Level 2 information for students. Please view this with your child before Monday.

Level 2 information for parents:

High School Information:

At this time of each year, we start to get information from high schools for our Year 8 students and their families. We will pass this information on to you as we receive it.

Hagley College

Please note that due to the Covid-19 crisis, and in line with all Christchurch secondary schools, we will be unable to hold an open evening for prospective Year 9 students in Term 2.

We are still very happy to provide information about Hagley for 2021 to all interested parents, caregivers and students.

Our 2021 Junior College Lookbook is now available on our website at https://www.hagley.school.nz/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/2021_Junior_Prospectus-web.pdf.

Families are also welcome to contact Suzanne Waters (Director of Students) with any questions about learning in Year 9 at suzanne.waters@staff.hagley.school.nz.

To request an enrolment pack, or for any other enquiries, parents/caregivers should contact lisa.amer@staff.hagley.school.nz.

Kauri Whānau: Term 2 Week 3 in Lockdown Update

Kia ora everyone,

This week has seen a greater uptake with video-conferencing across our Kauri learners. 

  • It was fabulous to see so may faces at our 'camp concert' yesterday afternoon. Despite a few tech issues, with lagging, there was a great vibe during the concert and we loved watching so much talent on show. 
  • Our daily social Zooms will now always be at 11am. The numbers are growing and we are enjoying a variety of games.
  • Writing and maths Zooms are also growing. It was interesting reading the children's feedback from the survey we put out today and hearing that video-conferencing can bring so much clarity and understanding when previously there may have been some confusion. 
  • In order to join one of these Zooms, the process is: 1. Watch the daily video to see what Zooms are happening that day, there are also listed on the Learning at Home page. 2 Email a teacher - Nicky, Hannah or Megan and say you would like to join a Zoom meeting. 3. We will sign you up to the Zoom and you will get an email with the code, just before the meeting is scheduled to start. 4. At the start time, click on the code and you are in. 
Each day we are in and out of children's work checking on progress. Today we noticed a number of children had yet to start their writing. After sending out a quick email to those learners, copied in to parents, there was a flurry of activity! We will keep sending out these prompts when we see the need. 

We are keen to see more children interact with our maths problem solving and hotspots. Attending a maths Zoom meeting might be helpful for a number of children. If you think this would help your child, please encourage them to attend on Monday. 

There has been a lot of impressive work happening and we are thrilled to see the progress that a large number of children are making. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you need some support with your child's learning or motivation.


Here is our welcome assembly for term 2 in a slightly different format than usual. Please go to full screen to watch it.

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.

Junior Neighbourhood Support Canterbury challenges you to…
Make a Stop Motion Lego Movie!

You can use lego or other toys to share one part of your Covid-19 isolation time. Some ideas for experience to share include (but are not limited to):
Keeping 2m away
Going to the supermarket
Staying at home
Leaving the house for exercise
Easter or ANZAC Day 2020

Send your entries to jns@canterburyns.net before Level 2 ends and we’ll put them into a movie that everyone can watch.

If you need some help getting started with Stop Motion, have a look at https://www.instructables.com/id/Stop-Motion-Animation-for-Kids/ 

Stop Motion Studio is a popular Apple and Android app to use to film and you should only need the free version. If you are using a Chromebook, you may like to try Stop Motion Animator (from the Chrome Web Store).

Kauri Whānau: Term 2 Week 2/3 in Lockdown Update

Kia ora everyone,

We are aware, from our phone calls with you over the past fortnight, that being in Level 4 is playing out in many different ways for our Kauri families. Some families are loving the opportunity to spend more time together and their children are thriving under the self-direction of learning at home and others are at their wit's end and can't wait for it to be a distant memory. And then there is everyone in-between.

We have enjoyed touching base with you and being able to do our bit to support the learning at home. This is looking different in different homes and that is just fine. The phone calls from us will taper off now, as we focus more on providing feedback and support so that our tamariki can get the most out of the learning we are putting on-line. This said, please do not hesitate to contact us (via email) if you have questions or need support with your child's learning. We can then give you a call as required. Keeping lines of communication open is very important to the success of this 'at home learning' approach.


A number of children have been joining us at 11am each school day for a social catch-up. We now have a sizeable bunch of 'regulars', showing that this form of connecting is making a difference. If your child would like to join the fun, they just need to send Hannah an email sometime between 8am and 10:45 to join with 11am catch-up.


We are looking forward to our 'camp' concert via Zoom on this coming Thursday at 4pm. Entries for items are dribbling in. We know there is lots of great talent out there. If your child would like to perform (and anyone in your bubble is welcome to join them) please encourage them to fill in the form on the Kauri Google Classroom by the end of Tuesday. 

Level 3 Changes

A small group of Kauri children will be part of the two school 'bubbles' when we hit Level 3 on Tuesday. Those families will be getting information from Sandy. Jenny is one of the 'bubble' teachers. This will mean that some of the children in Te Tai home-group will be getting learning feedback and support from either Hannah, Megan or Nicky, instead of Jenny. We will be sorting this out on Tuesday, our teacher only day, and letting you know of any changes in arrangements. 

Daily Routines for Learning at Home

In order to be getting the most out of our learning at home programme, your children should be:

  • Going to our 'learning at home' page (via school website or google classroom) each morning to view the daily video and scan through any page updates
  • Checking their emails every day
  • Accessing learning via Google Classroom
  • Emailing their teacher if they have questions about anything

Video Conferencing

We are using video conferencing to connect with children socially (11am each school day) and to support individuals and small groups with their learning. We have found these learning conferences can make a big difference and we are more than happy to arrange these. Please email us (or your child can) if you think your child needs a video conference to support their learning. We are currently using a mix of Google Meet and Zoom. 

A different way of giving feedback

One of the gems that we have uncovered over the past fortnight is using screencasts to give students feedback. The students get their feedback in the form of a video of their work on screen, with the teacher giving feedback and suggestions. This is proving to be much more powerful than feedback that is typed. If a child has difficulty opening the link to their screencast, they need to email us. Not every child will have got a screencast, yet. This is definitely something we will continue to do when we get back to school.

Dave, our 24/7 youth worker, is keen to make contact with any children who would like to chat.

Blogging about our school values 

A number of our children are reflecting on how our school values are being lived at the moment and writing about this on their blogs. Below is a lovely example of 'We get there together' from Zara M.

Finding Bears

Lots of people around the Beckenham neighbourhood are putting teddy bears on their balcony, in their windows or in their garden. So when people are going for a walk they can look for bears. People love this and when they're walking they can sing "we're going on a bear hunt". This will encourage more people to go for walks and stay fit during lockdown. 

There is also a map you can put your teddy bear on. So when people are walking around the neighbourhood they can see that you have one at your house. People are walking around competing against people see who can find the most bears. We put one at our house and I got some chalk and wrote look for the bear. It was fantastic seeing people walk past and read it and smile when they saw our bear in the living room window with hippy sunglasses on. 

One person wrote 'look for the beers' and they had 2 beer bottles in their window.  

I think this is an awesome idea as it will encourage people to go for more walks. But just remember if you're doing for a walk, run, like or scooter stay local so no one spreads Covid 19. 

Thanks for reading and start searching for bears. Or even just put a teddy bear somewhere on your property that people will be able to see from street view. 

All the best for the next couple of weeks and please do not hesitate to get in touch with us if needed.

Kauri Whānau: Holidays Week 2 Staying Connected

Kia ora everyone,

We have put together another presentation with video clips and another challenge for our tamariki to do in their holidays. Please suggest to your Year 7 & 8 child that they have a look by going to the Kauri Google Classroom. This is totally optional and it's a great way to keep in touch and stem any boredom.

So far half of the children have filled in the leadership points form. This is also on the Kauri Google Classroom for those who still need to complete it.

Stay safe and happy in your bubble!