Thursday, 21 January 2021

Kauri Whānau: Here we go 2021!

 Kia ora everyone,

We are looking forward to meeting with you at learning conferences on Feb 2nd and 3rd. If you have yet to book a conference, please follow these instructions: Log onto and, using the code 4ga7w, log in to the site and book a 30min conference with your child's new teacher.   

$5 to Learning Conferences

At the end of last year, your child would have brought home a stationery list. The lists are here if you have misplaced the paper copy. In addition to the stationery that you organise for your child, we have ordered some very good quality maths books for each child. It would be great if you could bring $5 with you to learning conferences to pay for these books. 

Megan Recovering

In mid-January Megan Culver had a scheduled operation. She is doing well and will return to school in late February. Tracy Inwood will be filling in for Megan while she is recuperating. Georgie Jones, who will be working in our hub for one day a week throughout the year, will join us for learning conferences and will meet with Megan's families. 

The Circle of Life

Sadly one of our hub guinea pigs, Fidget, passed away a few weeks ago. We were sad to see her go and knew it was important to find another friend for Snowy. Last weekend Minky joined Snowy and is settling in well. 

Wainui Camp: March 1-5

We are currently getting planning sorted for our outdoor adventure-based camp at the start of March. We have plenty of camp parents. In order to accommodate everyone, we would like to take a caravan to sleep some of our camp adults. If you can help out, please let me know.

Tuesday, 15 December 2020

Kauri End of Year Bits and Pieces Part 2

Leavers Assembly is always a day of mixed emotions and today was no different. On one hand, we are proud to see our Year 8s graduate and, on the other, we are sad to see them go. It was lovely to share and celebrate their achievements with whānau.

Our fingers are crossed that, bar the leaver's books or camp books arriving, this will be our last blog/email for 2020 so we would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a safe and happy holiday season.

Just a few bits and pieces below:

Year 8 Leaver's Book and Dunedin Camp Book

Our photo book orders are taking slightly longer than we expected them to. The leaver's book is yet to arrive - Year 8 families, we will contact you when these arrive. We have had half of the Dunedin Camp books arrive and are hoping the remainder may arrive tomorrow - fingers crossed!

Photo Slideshow from Graduation Assembly

If you would like a copy of this, please email Hannah -

Year 7 Waterfight

A reminder that Year 7s are invited to bring togs, towel and 'water propelling devices' for our water fight and slip and slide tomorrow. Drink bottles make great water propelling devices. 

Monday, 14 December 2020

Kauri End of Year Bits and Pieces

We've just come back from a really successful walk up to Victoria Park. There were lots of smiles on faces and the weather really came to the party.

Below are some key bits and pieces: 

Year 8 Pool Party

We will be seeing Year 8's very shortly! 

Final directions to the Cockfield's House on 79 Dyers Pass Road:

Take Dyers Pass Road up the hill
Continue past Cashmere Primary
Turn Left onto Hackthorn Road and find a park close to the school
Look for the sign made of tinsel to direct you in through Cashmere Primary and through to the Cockfield's House
Please do not park in the school car park. 
Pick up is at 6:00pm

Tuesday at School
Please ensure that your child comes to school with room in their bag to bring home books, art, stationery and so on. 

Friday, 11 December 2020

Kauri Trip Update

We had an adapted trip to Corsair Bay after the weather posed some challenges. After a quick swim in the shallows, we retreated back to school for the afternoon. 

We are aware that a number of children had their phones on the trip. A few have come forward and made themselves known and we really appreciate their integrity in doing this. This afternoon, we reiterated the importance of handing your phone in at the start of the day and we appreciate you backing up this message at home. 

Gear List for Monday

  • Sturdy shoes suitable for walking

  • Morning tea and lunch

  • Water bottle

  • Sun hat

  • Warm layer

  • Personal medication, such as asthma inhaler as needed

Thursday, 10 December 2020

Kauri Whānau Weekly Update: Term 4 Week 9

 In the post:

  • Trip reminders
  • Year 8 Pool and Pizza Party
  • Year 7 on Wednesday
  • Nicky away


Corsair Bay, tomorrow

The weather forecast is not looking so rosy for tomorrow. We will make a call in the morning. Children are to come to school in uniform with their togs, towel, jacket, lunch, hat and water bottle in their bag. If the trip is canceled, we will arrange some fun activities in the hub. 

Victoria Park, Monday

The forecast is still showing a sunny ball for Monday. Mufti can be worn for our walk up to Victoria Park. Sturdy shoes are essential. In their daypack, they will need a drink, lunch, sunhat, sunscreen, asthma inhaler (if needed) and a warm jacket. 

Pool Party

On Monday the Year 8s are invited to a pool and pizza party at the Cockfield's house in Cashmere. The best way to get there is to park on Dyers Pass Road by Cashmere Primary and walk through the school, down past the tennis courts. Liz will put a sign by the back gate. The street address is 79 Dyers Pass Road. They have a lovely outdoor pool and spa and also access to the school playground. Drop off is at 4pm and pick up at 6pm sharp.


School finishes for Year 8 after graduation assembly on Tuesday. Year 7 finishes with the rest of the school at 12:40 on Wednesday. Year 7 are invited to bring their togs, towel and a 'water propelling device' on Wednesday. We are planning a water slide and a water fight on the park between interval and lunch. Water bottles make great water propelling devices! 

Nicky away

Sadly, my sister-in-law passed away last night, so I will be finishing at school at lunchtime tomorrow, Friday, to head north to be with Grant's family. Caitlin, who will be teaching in our hub next year, will be in for me. If you have any queries about the final few days, please contact Megan, Jenny or Hannah. 

Wishing you a restful and happy holiday. All the best to our fabulous Year 8s and good luck for the next step on your life's journey.

Below are some pics from the last few weeks.

Saturday, 5 December 2020

Kauri Whānau Weekly Update: Term 4 Week 9

 In this post:

  • Photo orders
  • Camp photo books
  • End of term events
  • Wainui Camp 2021
  • Photo gallery

Photo Orders

Last week order forms were sent home for special group photos: house captains and deputies, student council, school ambassadors and Te Whānau Mahi Tahi. As some order forms didn't head home until Thursday - we have arranged to extend the cut off date for orders until 9am on Monday. If you are yet to order a photo, please get the form and money to the box in the office first thing on Monday.

Camp Photo Books

The camp photo books are due to arrive on Wednesday, December 16th. Sometimes they arrive earlier than the date they quote us; fingers are crossed that this will happen. If you missed the deadline and would still like a book, please email Nicky this coming week. A late order can be put in, with books arriving next year. 

End of Term Events

This coming Friday (Dec 11) we are off to Corsair Bay for a day of fun after the final celebration assembly. Children need to come to school in uniform.  We leave school at 11am and will be back by 3pm. Children are to bring with them:
  • Sunhat
  • Sunscreen
  • Swimming togs (wetsuits are optional)
  • Towel
  • Jacket
  • Water bottle
  • Lunch (children are welcome to arrange a shared lunch with friends if they would like to)
  • Picnic rug (optional)
Monday (Dec 14) we are walking up to Victoria Park for lunch and a play before walking home. Children are to bring with them:

  • Backpack 
  • Sunhat
  • Sunscreen
  • Jacket / Raincoat
  • Water bottle
  • Lunch 
  • Asthma inhalers (if required)
On Monday (Dec 14) starting at 4pm, we have the Year 8 pool and pizza party at the Cockfield's. We will send out instructions for how to get there in the next blogpost. Children need to be collected by 6pm. Food is provided.

Tuesday (Dec 15) Year 8 Graduation Assembly starting at 11am and finishing with a luncheon. Year 8s are to come in their tidiest clothes. School finishes for Year 8 after the luncheon. 

Wainui Camp 2021

Yes, it feels like we have just got back from one camp and we are talking about another! We are off to Wainui from March 1-5 next year. If you are keen to come along as a parent helper, please click this link and fill in the form.

We have been very impressed with how well your children are maintaining focus on their learning as the end of year approaches. Below are some photos from the last couple of weeks.

There has been a bit of a felting frenzy at school this term. Here we are making felt pods.

Many thanks to the parents who helped out with our Top Team afternoon.

A few days ago six of our ex-students who are now in Year 9 spent a session with our Year 8s, sharing useful 'hacks' for high school.

Thursday, 26 November 2020

Kauri Camp Book Ordering

 Kia ora everyone. I am currently putting together our Dunedin camp photo-book and need to have order numbers and payment by Monday of next week - November 30th. This short timeframe is so that I can get the order in on Monday evening and hopefully have the books arrive before the end of the school year. 

Book details:

  • 20 pages
  • 20cm X 20cm hardcover
  • packed with photos and snippets of the children's writing
  • our aim is to include every child in at least one photo
  • a great way to remember our fabulous week away
  • $20
Please complete this form and pay either online or at the school office by Monday. Orders will be placed for those who have paid.