Kauri Whānau Weekly Update: Term 3, end of week 1

Many thanks to the students to helped to run our Open Night for Year 6 families on Thursday evening. The night was a great success and they definitely did us proud.  We have a busy and exciting term ahead. Below are some reminders for next week.

Tomorrow, Saturday July 25: Painting 

A group of children have been working on our mural passion project, on the sports shed, over the past two terms. We are not quite done and tomorrow looks like a warmer day, just right for painting. I (Nicky) am going to be at school doing some paining on the shed between 11am and 1pm. If any of the mural group would like to join me, I would love to see them. They are welcome to bring a friend or family member.

Monday, July 27: Year 8 Whānau Meeting with Joe Eccleton, Principal of Cashmere High, at 6pm in the staffroom.

Good luck to our girls' basketball team who will be competing in the Canterbury Basketball Tournament on Monday.

Tuesday, July 28

All the best to the ShowQuest team who are going on location on Tuesday morning to film their dance video. Jenny has sent out information to the families of children involved.


Please mark Saturday, August 22nd in your diaries. We are having a Quiz Night, with a comedy twist, to raise more money for camp. Get a group of friends together and come along for a great night out. Liz, who is coordinating this event, will be in touch with the people who offered to help shortly.

Nicaela has been in contact with CottonSoft to arrange our toilet paper fundraiser. Order forms will be coming out next week. Everyone needs toilet paper! It would be great to see you collecting orders from family and friends.

Open Evening for Year 6 Families Tonight

Open Evening for Year 6 Families Tonight

We are looking forward to seeing you at our Open Evening in the Intermediate Hub tonight between 7 and 8pm.

When you arrive we will ask you to write down a question (children and adults). These questions will direct our sharing in the second part of the evening. Have a think about what you would like to ask.

Open Evening for Year 6 Families Tonight

We are looking forward to seeing you at our Open Evening in the Intermediate Hub tonight between 6 and 7pm.

When you arrive we will ask you to write down a question (children and adults). These questions will direct our sharing in the second part of the evening. Have a think about what you would like to ask.

PTA Newsletter July 2020

PTA Newsletter July 2020


Here is a quick update of what the PTA has been up to, and what we have still to come this year.

We were so happy to get some community events up and running again after Lockdown with our disco and supporting the Mid-winter breakfast. It’s also been great to see the new playground being opened, after so much work by the BOT, staff and PTA to get that space into usable, playable shape. We have also been pleased to donate last year's Calendar Art proceeds to the purchase of the Seesaw software that enabled the junior classes to connect with their teachers and work online during Lockdown. We have also been able to help purchase Learning Through Play resources, with these funds.

Silent Auction

The prizes sourced by the PTA for the fair still need a good home! Our silent auction has been transferred online and is running at the moment- there are some absolutely gorgeous things to bid on. Follow this link to have a look at the treats on offer.  

It takes about 2 seconds to register and then you can browse the amazing packages put together by the prize team. Some of the things to buy include: scenic flights, nappies, nights out, bike helmets, bike seats, massage, pizza, coffee, beauty therapy, jewellery, original art, swimming lessons, ferry tickets, mohair rugs, massage - honestly our sponsors have been incredibly generous, so please go and have a browse. Get in quick, bids close on Friday 24th July.


Clubbercise is a fun, sweaty, dance exercise class - set to pumping fun dance anthems from the 90s. 2000s and today! The lights are low, with disco lights flashing so no one can see how unco you are, but Chloe is a master teacher and even those of us with two left feet can join in and get the heart rate up! Tickets are $10, and thanks to Chloe’s generosity, almost all of the ticket price comes back to school. We can only do these in winter when the light is dark enough, so don't miss out, the first night is coming up soon 29 July at 7pm. Click this link to register and book your ticket. 

What else is coming up?

The Fair was our major fundraising event, and it’s cancellation has left a hole in our fundraising for 2020/2021. We had planned to update the sports uniforms and help buy resources for the digital curriculum, as well as our usual support of the annual bus trips. But COVID has meant massive disruption and uncertainty for our community, so we have decided that fundraising will not be a major focus for the PTA this year. We will run some key events because the school still requires support, but there is absolutely no pressure to donate to any of the events we run. The PTA will not be running a quiz this year (there will be a fun adults night out though, the Kauri hub are organising a quiz of their own, to fundraise for camp) Our main fundraiser will be the Read-a-thon - details to follow in term 3.

In spring our Top Team event on Sunday the 29th of November will become a Community Fun Day, incorporating Top Team, but also with food stalls and some of the fair games that our crafty fair team had already made. We will run the live auction at the Community Day to sell the beautiful collaborative art each home group made to auction at the fair.

Come and join us!

As always we would love to see you at our PTA meetings. They happen on the 4th Wednesday of the month, typically in the Green Room at school. Like our facebook page or check the school calendar for exact dates and places.

Mini-Newsletter, Friday 17th July 2020

Reminder: Term 3 starts on Tuesday 21st July.

Monday is a Staff Only Day and school will be closed.

Road Works on Eastern Terrace

We have been advised that the section of Eastern Terrace between Fisher Ave and Sandwich Road (where the ponds are) will be closed off for wastewater work being undertaken by Citycare. There will still be pedestrian access along this section, and through the parks.
Please allow the extra time needed if you are planning to drive to school, and be aware that you won't be able to park on this section of road. If you are able to walk or bike to school with your children, this would be a great option.

Year 6 Caregivers & Whānau meeting, Thursday 23 July

This is an important opportunity for all caregivers of our Year 6 students. Come along and find out how our Year 7/8 team cater for the learning needs of intermediate aged students.

Year 8 Whānau meeting with Joe Eccleton, Cashmere High School, in the Staffroom, Monday 27th July 6pm

Come along and meet Joe Eccleton, Principal of Cashmere High, who will be speaking about what Cashmere High can offer your Year 8 students, as they transition to high school in 2021.

Basketball 3 on 3 champions 

(final week of Term 2)
The ‘Beckenham Warriors’ came away with a hard-fought win in the final of the Year 5/6, A Grade Competition on Wednesday night at Pioneer Stadium. The team had gone right through the whole competition with only one loss. Luckily, in the final, we were back up against the same team that had previously beaten us… but this time we put it right! A huge thanks to Jamie for all your time spent coaching and for your expertise on the sideline. (Quinn, Robbie, Bella, Lola)