Kahikatea Newsletter Week 5 Term 2


Tuesday 8th: June Staff Only Day 

Thursday 10th: Park Explorers Trip - Amber & Charlotte's Home Groups

Library days: 

    -Katie and Lisa's Home Groups- Tuesdays (Thursday for week 6 only)

    -Amber and Charlotte's Home Groups- Thursdays (no library day week 6 due to trip)

Junior Park Explorers and Museum Trip

Katie and Lisa's home groups had a fabulous trip to the Botanic Gardens and Museum last week. Thanks so much to all of the whānau helpers for coming to support us on this trip. We were very lucky with the weather and the tamariki had a wonderful time. Amber and Charlotte's home groups are looking forward to their trip on the 10th June. Thanks to all of our helpers for rescheduling.

Learner voice:

Pippa- "I liked the museum and all of the stuff we had to figure out. We worked out the old fashioned washing board. At the beginning I thought it was something to do with music."

Shikani- "My favourite bit was when we went to visit the gardens and we were pretending to be birds, buzzy bees and ladybugs. I learnt that they are special to us because they help us survive."

Max G: "I liked it when I rode the bike at the museum. I liked the horse. I did like playing in the playground."

Myra: "I loved the games that we played. We learnt to be birds. We learnt about them and we had fun. I also loved the big, giant bike."

James: "I liked guessing the things at the museum. I liked the botanical gardens and climbing the tree."

Jeremy: "I liked the museum because we guessed the old things from the olden days."

Zak: "I liked nature and learning about the creatures. I found a bug under leaves and wood."


We are loving our new sandpit toys! Thanks to the PTA and Outdoor Spaces team for these. We have been working on showing our values when using these toys, especially 'We Care' and 'We Get There Together'

Here are some more photos of our learners for the last week:

Maths : making patterns

Sport Today

 With Hansen and Beckenham Parks closed, all winter sports teams, except for Year 7 & 8 A grade hockey, will be staying at school today. This includes netball games being off.

Art Gallery outing on Friday

 Kia ora, whānau,

A reminder to you all that Friday is our 'big day' out! We're off to the Art Gallery.

Please ensure that your children have their lunch, drink bottle and a change of clothing in their bags.

Also, please note that it will not be possible to order lunches that day.

We're looking forward with great excitement to our big day out, and thank you so much to those of you who have volunteered to come along and help us on the day.

Please note, that if you have volunteered to accompany us on this outing, your child will be bringing a note home for you, in their school bag tomorrow (Thursday).

Ngā mihi mahana,

Koru team teachers

Year 5-8 Winter Sport Information

Information for Competitive Winter Sport players

Competitive winter sport starts next Thursday and will run for ten weeks.

Children who are not in a competitive team will choose from three options back at school. 


The desired outcome of our winter sport programme is to provide an opportunity for interested children to play sport. The primary aim is for children to have an enjoyable experience. It is awesome that we have children trying a sport for the first time or joining a team in a sport that isn’t what they would usually play on a Saturday morning. To accommodate for potential variance of ability, adults are instructed to be flexible and make adaptations to the game as necessary. 


We set high expectations for our tamariki around sportsmanship. A model we often use is The 3 Rs:

Respect for my team

Respect for the opposition

Respect for the referee and the rules of the game

Game Locations

Most games start at 1:45 and children should be back at school for 3:00. 

Hockey - Beckenham Park (The 7/8 A grade team will play at Sydenham Park on turf) 

Football - Hansens Park 

Netball - a variety of local schools. 

All travelling teams will be walking to their game, (the ⅞ A grade hockey team will travel by car). They will be accompanied by teaching staff and/or parents. A huge thank you to the parents who have volunteered their time for this. 

Covid- 19 Guidelines

All schools will be keeping records of children and adults at each location in case we need to do contact tracing. 

Safety Gear and uniforms

Uniforms will be issued by Anne Chin at the library. Instructions will be given via the daily notices. 

Essential safety gear

Hockey - mouth guard and shin guards are essential

Football - shin guards and football boots.

Netball - short nails and no jewellery.

If your child needs shin guards or football boots, these can be lent out from school if required. Hockey players will also be able to borrow a hockey stick if needed. 


If you have any questions, you can contact myself or the teacher in charge of the sport that your child is playing. 

Football - Jenny and Steve

Hockey - Gayle

Netball - Caitlin and Anna