Duathlon Information for Year 5 – 8 Competitors

 This message is for those with children who have entered the school duathlon. Please share this post with your duathlete. 

  • Our duathlon is this coming Tuesday afternoon, starting at 1:30. 
  • Duathletes can wear their house top and will need a warm jacket for before and after their event. For those who need them, please to remember their inhalers.
  • Children are to bring their bikes to the bike-stands which will be by the Norwood entrance to the park on Tuesday morning before school. Year 7 & 8 will need to be extra early, as they will need to do this before getting to the hub at 8:30 for tech. 
  • Children need to lock their bikes and take their helmets with them to their hub.
  • Duathletes eat lunch at 12:40 and then unlock their bikes.
  • The daily notices will tell them when to meet at the cricket pavilion.
  • Parents are welcome to support their children. Please stay on the park near the finishing area, to avoid getting in the road of the competitors.
We need the support of some adult helpers to run this event. Please fill in this form if you can help out.

The course description is below. It would be a great idea to practice this before Tuesday. Please email Nicky if you have any questions about the course.

Run 1 (1km)

  • Start on park, out from the adventure playground
  • Follow the marked course on the grass towards school and on around the park
  • Run along the fenceline of the park and down the hill towards Eastern Tce.
  • Once on Eastern Tce run towards Fisher Ave, along Fisher Ave to Norwood St and down Norwood to the park entrance.
  • Run into the park to the bike racks which will be on the right near the park entrance.

Bike: (1.8km)

  • On bike follow the garden loop track to the main path
  • Stick to the right-hand side of the path
  • Ride along the gravel path in front of school and around to the path that leads down to the ponds, before the adventure playground. 
  • Turn left onto the path that goes above the ponds
  • Ride to the hairpin bend that takes you back up to the park.
  • Follow the gravel path towards the adventure playground and on around in front of school.
  • At this point there will be bikes going both ways - stick to the right.
  • Keep following the gravel path up to where it branches off toward Norwood Rd
  • Loop back onto the garden path for a second full lap. (repeat what you have just done)
  • At the end of your second lap, hand your bike to the marshalls who will lay it on the grass

Run 2 (1km)

  • Run out to Norwood St and turn right heading to Fisher Ave
  • Run down Fisher to Eastern Tce
  • Run down Eastern Tce to the park entrance.
  • Run up the hill and follow the cones to the finishing chute which will be in front of school.

Kauri Whānau Week Update: Term 3 Week 2

 In this post:

  • Cantamath
  • Duathlon
  • Ski trip
  • Leadership awards
  • Sports news


By now your child should be underway with their Cantamath Project. We have had a number of conversations recently with children who needed some help to decide on their project. Encourage your child to see us urgently if they are yet to get underway with an idea. A reminder that this project is done at home and that it is due next Friday, August 13th.


This event is taking place next Tuesday afternoon. The sign-up form is on the Kauri Google Classroom.

Ski trip:

Many thanks to the 46 people who have filled in the ski trip form. We need everyone to complete this form, so if you are one of the 74 yet to do it, please click here. 

Leadership Awards:

At our assembly this Friday, starting at 12 noon, we will be presenting a large number of leadership awards. It is particularly exciting to be able to present gold awards, to those students who have earned 400 leadership points. At the start of term 2, we presented gold awards to: Ava, Grace, Zara M, Zoe C, Jonty and Molly. This Friday we will be presenting gold to Rosie, Tabea, Marcellus and Jayda.

Sports News:

Congratulations to Jenni's hockey team and Cory's netball team who have qualified for Canterbury Winter Tournament. This is held on the 26th of August. Hockey is playing at Nunweek Park and netball at Hagley Netball Courts.

On Monday this week, our volleyball and basketball players competed in the Canterbury Indoor Tournament. We were so proud of the sportsmanship and positivity displayed by all three of our teams who competed. We were also very proud of their achievements. Our volleyball team and our boys' basketball team were placed 4th. Our girls' basketball had a clean sweep finishing in first place! A big thanks to Cory, Jamie and Anna who coached and supported our basketball teams. 

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.