Saturday, 11 November 2017

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Inquiry Term 4- Habitats

Animal habitats

Use these websites to gather information about the different habitats and complete the activity sheet.

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

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

What Now- Tamariki Titans!-

Please note: This is not a school organised activity. If you want to participate please speak with your family. They will have to organise getting you to What Now and home.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Kahikatea Collaboration Feedback

Hi Team Kahikatea !

We would like to collate some student voice around our colloboration as Team Kahikatea.

Please click on the link below to complete the survey.

Mrs C, Miss J and Mrs O

Kahikatea Collaboration Feedback

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Making recycled art

Kia ora koutou,

Here are some links to check out if you are keen to see how people make their recycled materials into artworks.

Welcome to New Zealand Sign Language Week!

Hi everyone

NZSL Week is being held from Monday 8th to Sunday 14th May 2017.

Have a go!

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Homework revamp!

Monday 1st May 2017

Dear Parents and Whānau
Home learning Revamp
After reflection on our Term 1 homework and feedback from whānau and students, it has been decided that for Term 2 we will modify our homework expectations and how it will be run.

We want to create a homework system that encourages small, regular home learning that is meaningful, supports what is being learnt in class and encompasses both our Club R3 values and the Key Competencies in the NZ Curriculum- thinking, using language symbols and texts, self-management, relating to others, and participating and contributing.
We also want to acknowledge the many additional out of school activities and sports that our students are involved in, as well as valuing the importance of family time in the evenings and weekends.

Every week there will continue to be an expectation that students will:

  • Read daily for at least 20 minutes and complete the provided reading log.
  • Practise either basic facts speed and accuracy or a current concept being covered in class using the online websites provided.
  • Learn their 10 spelling words and complete the spelling sentences to show understanding of what the words that are being learned mean so they can be used with confidence.

In addition to this there will be an OPTIONAL Kahikatea Homework Challenge for those students who wish to participate.

Our Kahikatea Homework Challenge is optional, that means that your child can choose to complete the Kahikatea Homework Challenge if they want to. These Kahikatea Homework Challenges are based around our Club R3 values: Respectful, Responsible, Real Learner.

The challenges recognise the importance of family time and all of the things that your child does outside of school hours. At the end of each term, students who have completed the Kahikatea Homework Challenge will receive a certificate of recognition.

Teachers will support students with the challenges when required and they will approve and help with student designed challenges. This will help students to follow their own interests. Teachers will give feedback as every student will complete challenges differently, given their own progress as learners.

We hope that this revamp will provide a more motivating and individualised approach to Home Learning for our students.
As always we appreciate your support, and welcome any feedback and comments around this revamp that you may have.

Kind regards
Sarah Cooper, Keshia Johnson and Briarne Oldham.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Zeta Maths - Tuesday week 10 Term 1

Hi Zeta Maths,

To go over our strategy to use multiplication to find fractions of a set or find the number in a set, check out these two videos. You might like to get a piece of paper or whiteboard to work the problems out as you watch.
Birthday Cakes 1
Birthday Cakes 2
When you are done, grab the sheet from your folder and use the strategy to work out the practise questions. Any issues or confusion, be sure to tell me on Friday.
Mrs O

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Drama- Taking what you have filmed and turning into an iMovie!

Today we will work through the following steps

1. Importing what you have filmed into iMovie

2. Creating an iMovie

3. Taking away the background noise of your iMovie

4. Adding sounds/music to your iMovie

5. Sharing what you have created

These tutorials will help to refresh your memory or may even show you some great things to try!

Apple Help- iMovie

You Tube iMovie: Tutorial For Beginners

Importing into iMovie

How to create a movie in iMovie – beginner’s guide

How to add Music From Youtube into iMovie

Monday, 20 March 2017

Self Portrait

Today we started working on our multi medium self portrait.

Here is a good tutorial to help remind you of the process to follow.

How To Draw a Quick, Simple, and Easy Self-Portrait

Thursday, 2 March 2017

'What to Feed My Child'

Community Conversations @ St Marks, Avonhead


Helen Potter and Mikaela Battaerd from he Nutrition Room

What to feed my child? Raising Healthy Eaters

- How children approach food, how to tackle fussy eaters, tips and strategies.

- Interactive discussion about food label reading

- Snack and lunch ideas

- Question and Answer Session

Check out ‘The Nutrition Room’ on Facebook

150 Withells Rd

Monday 20th March 2017
7.30pm - $10 per person

Join us after for Supper.

For Bookings;

E-mail –

Ph – 358 5443 (9-12 weekdays)

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Martial Arts

Today we were treated to a lesson in Martial Arts which was organised by our Mandarin tutor Felicia. The classes watched a demonstration and then learned some basic moves, as well as the meaning behind the moves they were doing.
We were so impressed with how quickly they all picked the moves up!!

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Learning Conferences

We had a fantastic two evenings last week meeting so many of our students and their families to discuss the year ahead and set goals. It was wonderful to see so many of you!

If you were unable to attend, please touch base if your child's teacher as we are very happy to organise a meeting for you over the next few weeks.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Homework help- syllables

Hi team

As Miss Johnson and I marked your homework we noticed that a lot of people were having a hard time with syllables.

Watch this video to help you this week!

Syllable Lesson Video

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Whanaungatanga: Parent, Teacher and Child Interviews

Kia Ora Parents/Whanau/Caregivers,

IMPORTANT BOOK NOW FOR UPCOMING: ​Whanaungatanga: Parent, Teacher and Child Interviews, Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd February

Please take this opportunity to come and talk with your child and their teacher about their goals for this year.

We want these interviews to be based around the concept of whanaungatanga which is about relationships, kinship, and a sense of family connection. We know that we are better able to understand and teach your children when we have strong and positive relationships with them and you, their parents/caregivers. We want this to be a time where we all share information - It will be a chance to talk to your child’s teacher and your child about the year ahead and how we can work together to help your child be successful. It is also an important interview to share information about your child.

These interviews will take place on Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd February starting at 2.15pm with the last interview being at 6.45pm.

Each interview will be fifteen minutes long. To book a time slot, please go to and use the code v8rt9

If you have no internet capability please book at the office.

Please note that school will finish at 2pm on both of these days.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Pi & Sigma Maths Groups

Some possible topics to think about for your Statistical Investigation.

Uniform: Is it time for a change?
- Looking at whether students/teachers/parents believe our uniform is outdated or not needed
How dangerous is our school’s street?
- Looking at our school’s street and the traffic, the number of cars, cyclists and pedestrians,  then comparing to other schools
Do we spend too much time looking at a device and not enough time in books?
- Looking how much video games and television are watched compared to books that are read at home
Are we safe on the road?
- Looking at numerous aspects of road safety (eg. seatbelts, cars not indicating, cars not stopping at stop signs, cars cutting corners)
Should fast food be on the menu?
- Looking at the nutritional value of fast food and how much it is consuming by people

What are the reasons families immigrated to New Zealand?
- Looking at how many families immigrate and their reasons

You hopefully have even better ideas! Will be checking in Thursday so we can get started. Good luck!

Mrs O

P.S. If you finish the checklist and worksheet, go to BBC Bitesize to do some more on median, mean, mode and range.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Room 10 & 11 home learning

Hi everyone,

We have spent some of today looking into the history of the Treaty of Waitangi and how this relates to us. As part of our investigation, please think about and discuss:
- when, why and how your own family came to New Zealand and the reasons they had for immigrating here
- in England at the time the settlers came to New Zealand (approx. early-mid 1800s), there was a class based system. What was this and why would coming to New Zealand appeal to the settlers?

We will pick up with this tomorrow (Friday).

Monday, 23 January 2017


Whāia te iti kahurangi ki te tūohu koe, me he maunga teitei
Pursue excellence – should you stumble, let it be to a lofty mountain