Thursday, 7 September 2017

Kahikatea Canterbury Museum Visit 2017- a video

Thanks to Mailinoa Elia for sending through this video that she took during our day at the museum!


Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Delta/Zeta Must do Week 7

Delta/Zeta Must do

  • Finish sheet from Tuesday
  • Watch coordinates video (on class blog)
  • Algebra AWS Page 9 Task 16


  • Complete Algebra AWS Page 9 Task 16
  • Coordinates sheet in your folder

If you are finished watch this map and coordinates video

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

24-7 YouthWorkers Student follow-up survey 2017

Please click on the link to complete the 24-7 YouthWorkers Student follow-up survey 2017.

Thank you for participating in our survey. Your feedback is important.

You have been asked to complete this survey because you have been involved in the 24-7 'YouthWorker in Schools' programme.  We’re keen to learn about what works (and doesn’t) in this programme. Your responses will help us do that.

The survey will take about 10-15 minutes to complete.
If you don't want to answer any of the questions in the survey, you don't have to.
Responses will be analysed by an independent evaluation team from The Collaborative Trust and any data that could identify you or your school will be anonymised.

The researchers will study the survey responses and write a report on what has been said for 24-7 YouthWork.

Any comments from the surveys that are used in the report will be anonymous; this means that no one will know who said them.

Friday, 1 September 2017

Chinese Cultural Day

On Friday Team Kahikatea was very lucky to be involved in the 2017 "Chinese Culture on the road" day which is arranged through the Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury (CIUC).

Chinese Culture on the Road is a one-day mini cultural fair to promote multicultural awareness, increase the understanding and appreciation of Chinese culture, and stimulate interest in Chinese language study amongst New Zealand school students in Christchurch.

Team Kahikatea was split into three groups and had the opportunity to participate in; Chinese calligraphy, Martial Arts and cooking dumplings.  We were incredibly lucky to be part of such a wonderful day. All of the tutors were very friendly and enthusiastic, and really sparked the enthusiasm of our students. It was an excellent experience which tied in well to our weekly Mandarin lessons.

Check out the photos from our fabulous day here!

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Kahikatea Canterbury Museum Visit 2017

Team Kahikatea recently visited The Canterbury Museum as part of our year long Inquiry Sustainability → Taking Action, Making a Change - Citizenship and te reo Māori programmes.

The focus of our visit was to participate and learn through the following programmes:

  • Iwi Tawhito Whenua Hou-How did the first people arrive from East Polynesia around 800 years ago?  What challenges did they face and how did they adapt to meet those challenges?

  • Ngā Taonga Te Ao Māori – Tangata Whenua – Manaakitanga. Our cultural practices hold an important and significant place in our heritage, how do we acknowledge the past in today’s society? Interwoven with korero and hands on exploration in the Ngā Taonga Gallery, students gained a greater understanding of our tikanga and how Māori interacted with their environment to meet their needs.

  • Māori technology- how Māori applied their skills and knowledge to develop tools in a new environment. Why did this technology need to be adapted to suit their survival needs and new lifestyle?

We had a fantastic day and everyone came away with a greater understanding and appreciation of tikanga, taonga and the challenges faced (and how these challenges were overcome) by Māori in New Zealand.

Check out the photos from our trip here!

Friday, 28 July 2017

Term 3 Newsletter

Tuesday 25th July 2017

Dear Parents/Caregivers.

Welcome back to Term 3 2017. We hope you all had a great holiday and managed to spend some quality time together as a family.

The purpose of this letter is to explain to you how the classroom programme will run for Term 3 2017.

Room 10 and 11 are working collaboratively this year. This means that while your child may be in Room 10 or 11 they may be taught by another teacher.

Mrs Sarah Cooper will be teaching Monday-Friday, but will have release Thursday and Friday to complete Deputy Principal responsibilities.  
Miss Keshia Johnson will be teaching Monday- Friday.
Mrs Briarne Oldham will be teaching Thursday and Friday.

Each teacher will be responsible for specific reading, writing and maths groups as well as the following curriculum areas:
Keshia Johnson- PE, Inquiry, Mandarin, Te Reo, Careers
Briarne- Te Reo, Careers
Sarah- Art, Mandarin, Inquiry

Topics to be covered this term include:

Maths- Probability, Algebra, Number
Writing- Personal recount, comic strips, writing linked to Inquiry
Reading- Guided reading programme.
Inquiry-  Passion Projects, Health- Keeping Ourselves Safe
PE- Gymnastics and Athletics
Art- Art from different cultures
Languages- Mandarin

For home learning this term we will be continuing with the same system as Term 2. There is an expectation that all students read, work on their maths and learn their spelling words each night, plus students have the option to participate in the Kahikatea Homework Challenge if they wish.

Our Year 7 and 8 students travel to Kirkwood Intermediate on a Wednesday morning for technology. On a Wednesday morning your child MUST be at school by 8:30am as we do the roll and are on the bus by 8:45am. During Term 2 we had a large number of students arrive late and therefore missed technology which is very disappointing. The Year 6 students will spend the morning in Room 8 and 9 completing work that has been provided for them. If any students arrives after the  technology bus has left they MUST report to the office to let the office staff know they have arrived.

This year we have a major focus on student agency and supporting students to become more responsible for their own learning. Ako (teaching and learning partnerships between teachers and students) promotes shared ownership of and responsibility for learning, with well-known benefits for engagement and achievement.

We continued to develop this during Term 2 through the creation and sharing of learning maps, discussing and setting goals in reading, writing and maths, and having regular discussions around learning. We will continue to further develop this student agency over Term 3. We would encourage you to regularly ask your child how they are going with their learning goals (which you can access on their Linc Ed page), and discuss what changes they are making, and what they are doing to reach these goals. Don’t forget that you can “sparkle” and comment on your child’s post on Linc Ed!

Our class blog will help keep you up to date with what is going on in the classroom, as well as sharing quality work which is produced by our students. There are links for homework and class work for the students to use while at home.

Please make sure you have checked your child’s Linc Ed page recently, as several new posts were made last term.

Please also book in for a Learning Conference. To book a time slot, please go to and use the code vjtmt.

As always, if you have any questions, please call in or send an email.

We look forward to another fantastic term.

Kind regards
Sarah Cooper, Keshia Johnson and Briarne Oldham