Kahikatea is the new name for the Middle Syndicate.
Room 1a, Room 2 & Room 4 have moved into the new Innovative Learning Environment. 
We are now known as Kahikatea; K1, K2, K3 & K4.
Mrs Vaega has stayed in Room 3 for now but is part of the Kahikatea team.
Mrs Mana'o, Mrs Mildon & Mr Riley teach collaboratively upstairs in the new building.

A little about how our day runs: K1, K2 & K4 meet together. One teacher welcomes the students while the other 2 do the roll on Ipads. We share a Google slide which lets students know the timetable for the day. This includes a daily goal, which students are withdrawn for specialist classes, including Te Reo, Orchestra, Maths, Reading, Lego Club, Science Club and ESOL lessons and any other important notices. Reading follows this and students have been divided among the 3 teachers. Those students not working with a teacher complete a weekly Reading Menu independently. We break for milk and a story at 10 then do writing. After morning tea we have SSR (sustained silent reading) followed by Maths and Spelling or Handwriting. Our afternoons after lunch consist of Library, Topic, Art and Syndicate Singing on various days.
We have a very busy timetable and it is important that students learn to manage themselves to the best of their abilities so that our programme runs as smoothly as possible. This is now a shared website. Team Kahikatea aim to share our learning journey with you.

Term 4 is here! I hope you've enjoyed your holidays and are ready to continue learning together.

We will be studying...

Writing: Information reports, recounts, procedural texts, poetry based on student voice topics. 

Reading:Strategies for Comprehension -  Summarising. Guided reading at individual levels.

Maths: Number; place value, subtraction & money. Measurement; length & weight

Art: Puppets, pastels, crayon & dye, recording & presenting based on student voice topics.

P/E: Jump Jam, dances for school concert & Sports Activator. 
PB4L: Participating & Contributing; active listening; managing self; manaakitanga; manners; respect for the environment.

Topic: Choices based on student voice; puppets & plays; marine biology & the Pacific Ocean; coding & poetry/ cooking; robots & plants

Maori: Greetings; What is your name? Where are you from? Inquiring questions; How are you? Common classroom language.

ICT: Continued use of Seesaw; research and recording learning using own words.

Week 10 / Term 4: This is the last week of 2017. Special things to note: Swimming on Monday, visit new classes on Tuesday and Year 6 Graduation Assembly on Wednesday. School finishes at 12pm on Wednesday. We wish all of our students and families a very safe and happy summer holiday and hope to see you all back in 2018.

Week 9 / Term 4: Congratulations to all those students who won prizes at the School Prize Giving Assembly. Every single student should be proud of their personal achievements throughout the year. We are on the final countdown to the end of 2017. Mei Lao Shi was farewelled at Assembly on Friday. She was presented with a gift and each class made her cards thanking her for teaching Mandarin this past year. We wish her well as she returns to her University studies in China.

Week 8 / Term 4: On Tuesday 5th December the author James Russell visited out school to introduce his Dragon Hunter books. He was entertaining and everyone is looking forward to exploring these new books, especially using the app so that they can enjoy the augmented reality. There is a set in the school library so make sure you have a look. Mr Riley has been busy cooking with small groups of students making gingerbread men. Students cook them one day then ice and eat them the following day. There have been some interesting creations. The venue for the school prize giving has been changed and we are now going to hold it at school in the courtyard on Tuesday 12th December at 10am. 

Week 7 / Term 4: This week we enjoyed swimming in the school swimming pool. Kahikatea's swimming days are Monday and Wednesday so remember to bring your named togs & towel on these days. We got to walk to the new playground and take a look but unfortunately it is not quite finished so we couldn't have a turn. We went back to class and wrote about what parts we liked and didn't like then we got to design our own playground. There are only 13 days left of this term and they are going to be busy. We have Prize Giving on Tuesday 12th December at the New Lynn RSA and there will be two practices this week, weather permitting. Keep working hard Kahikatea. Not long to go now until we all get a summer holiday.

Week 6 / Term 4: We have had another busy week. For writing we had three options. Mrs Riley worked with a group writing recipes and cooking. They made smoothies. Mrs Mildon worked with a group keen to learn more about plants. Each student choose an area they were interested in and did an inquiry project about it. We enjoyed a walk through the School Garden and sat down in the sunshine and sketched some of the trees in our orchard. Mrs Fruean (who was relieving for Mrs Mana'o) worked with a group who were keen to make their own robots out of recycled materials. They wrote procedural texts explaining how they were going to do this. They had so much fun and their robots are awesome. Well done everybody. We welcomed Mrs Mana'o back to school on Friday and everyone was glad to have her back but sad to see Mrs Fruean go as she is a cool reliever. Week 7 is going to exciting as our new school playground will be finished and ready to use on Tuesday. This is going to be a senior playground but everyone in the school will get an opportunity to try it out next week. Also, the school swimming pool is ready so class swimming and lunch time swimming will begin too.

Week 5 / Term 4: Another week is over and we are half way through a very busy term. Well done to those students who participated in the Inter School Athletic Zone competition this week and congratulations if you won your race. In Maths we having been busy measuring. Some students took metre wheels and had fun measuring the courts and deck outside Rooms 11, 12 and 13 while others worked inside with tape measures and measured the width of our new classroom. For writing we were busy making Mrs Mana'o get well cards as she has been away sick this week. We all wish her a speedy recovery and hope she is back at school soon. Our short focus this week has been dinosaurs and we have read stories, written facts and drawn amazing dinosaur pictures for art. Next week we start new topics based on student voice. We have chosen cooking, robots and plants. These interesting topics will see us through to the end of the term. Keep up your positive attitudes Kahikatea.

Week 4 / Term 4: Our school concert was amazing. Congratulations to all those students in Kahikatea who performed on the night. A big thank you to Mrs Vaega for producing the concert and for teaching many of the dances. Thank you to all the other adults who taught dances, made costumes or helped dress the students on the night. Everyone should be very proud of their accomplishments. Kahikatea enjoyed another session of Sports Activator with Hamish this week. We learned basketball skills on the court. 

Week 3 / Term 4: Students in Kahikatea enjoyed participating in Inflatable soccer this week. You can do this again at lunch times for a cost of $44 for 6 weeks by filling out the form provided. It was a busy week with two concert practices. The whole school dress rehearsal is on Monday 6th November and the concert is on Tuesday 7th November. For PB4L we have been learning about participating and contributing which is important in light of our upcoming school concert. Teachers are testing so they have current information to put in your end of year reports. It is a chance to show what your have learned over this year.

Week 2 / Term 4: Week 2 was only 4 days and went very quickly. For maths we have been looking at money and identifying what colour our New Zealand notes & coins are and what people and animals are on each piece. We had an extra dance practice this week. The Learning Studio classes came up to Kahikatea and each class performed their dance in front of an audience. The dances are amazing. We really enjoyed Sports Activator with Hamish. We have split Kahikatea into 3 groups. One group is based on skills, one is based around friendly play and one is for our competitive students.  This is a trial so let us know what you think. The groups enjoyed learning skills for long jump and relay racing with batons. Things to remember: Clothes for the school concert brought to school in a named bag: K2 = black top & black bottom / K4 = black bottom & colourful T shirt. $3 from each student with a signed permission slip for the full dress rehearsal at Avondale College on Monday 06th November. Your hat / no hat, no play from Monday 30 October.

Week 1 / Term 4: Welcome back to school everyone. We've had a great first week back. Everyone must wear a hat during break times, no hat, no play. Hats can be purchased from the school office for $15.00. The entire school is going to travel to Avondale College for a dress rehearsal of the school concert on Monday 06th November. Please remember to bring $3.00 for the bus fare. The highlight of week 1 was school athletics. Well done to everyone and congratulations to those students who achieved a place and who will now travel to the Zones.

Week 10: We have enjoyed a great last week of term. It has been Manaakitanga week. Manaakitanga is a Maori word and the dictionary definition is - the process of showing respect, generosity and care for others. Each class has been assigned a buddy class and we met together to start building school wide relationships. This concept will be continued in term 4. On Tuesday the School Show Case and Cultural Food Market were a huge success. Thank you to those parents and families that were able to attend and support their children. We hope you all enjoy a good rest over the holidays and come back refreshed and ready for another great term of learning and growing together.

Week 9: Another busy week is done and dusted. We enjoyed the Junior school mufti day on Friday and a few children dressed up as characters from Joy Cowley books. There were several amazing looking cats prowling around Kahikatea, not to mention an Iron man! The teachers have been working us hard trying finish our work based on the story Sosu's Call in preparation for the school Show Case next Tuesday evening. Don't forget to bring your parents along to look at your new classroom and see what you've been up to in Term 3. There will be a food market out on the courts and weather permitting several performances from our Kapa Haka group, Choir and Orchestra. On Friday morning Kahikatea 3 joined us in the new building for a morning of Maths work stations. Our Ndebele art has been framed and mounted in an amazingly colourful wall display. Keep up the great work everyone, one more week to go.

Week 8: This week has been busy and productive. Most students have finished their drum painting and the tops have been attached ready for some fantastic music making. Next week we will be starting our wire sculptures based on African animals. In writing we have been imagining Sosu (the main character from the book we are studying), after saving his village in Africa has come to live in New Lynn. We have been busy thinking about how his life would be different and what problems he would face living in a new country. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the Black Grace performance and a few lucky students got to learn a dance and perform with the group. Next Friday we are having a mufti day to raise funds for the Junior School. Please come dressed in a character from a Joy Cowley book and bring a gold coin donation. There will be prizes!

Week 7: Next week is Maori Language Week. We will be looking at are numbers, colours, greetings, days of the week, months of the year, reading Maori legends and singing Maori waiata. We have been busy painting our Ndebele drums and they look amazing. Also next week on Friday there will be performance instead of assembly. A group called Black Grace will perform in the school hall. This costs $2 per student, please pay this to your classroom teacher. We are also very busy preparing for the school showcase which will be held in the last week of term. This is an opportunity for your parents to come into school and look at the work you've all been busy with. 

Week 6: This week several Year 5 students from K1 went to the YMCA Camp Adair in Hunua, Papakura. Their adventures began on a very wet Wednesday as they travelled by bus to camp but luckily the weather cleared and they were able to enjoy a variety of exciting activities, including, a mud slide, rock climbing, confidence course and archery. The remainder of Kahikatea were busy at school. Our Ndebele art is almost complete and we have started to undercoat our drums in preparation for our amazing designs. We are looking forward to using our drums to make some music as a syndicate. Keep up the great work everyone.

Week 5: We've had a another busy week. For writing we have been unpacking the story Sosu's Call by first looking at the setting and then the character of Sosu. We will continue looking at other characters in the story and the problem and how it is resolved. Kahikatea have been working hard on their Ndebele art and some students have started to plan the design to be painted onto their drum. K2 enjoyed their Sports Activator session showing the soccer skills they have been learning. Keep up the great work and your positive attitudes Kahikatea. Below are a few photos of our new learning environment and building taken during Syndicate Waiata and Jump Jam. We've also been loving using the new whiteboard tables too. Here is some shared writing that K2 did about Sosu the character.

Week 4: It's hard to believe K1, K2 & K4 have completed one week in the new building. We have enjoyed getting to know each other and the week has run well. In writing we have been trying hard to finish  our pangolin reports and most students have published a pangolin picture to display with their writing. The Ndebele art work is well underway and the few that are nearly complete look amazing. For Maths we have been working on multiplication problems involving African animals. More Maths talk needs to be done as students problem solve together. We have also been studying lines of symmetry and shapes that have been flipped, rotated and translated. On Tuesday the Juniors and Middle Syndicates enjoyed a Quintet performance. Students had the opportunity to see various musical instruments being played. Ask your child what they saw and heard. K1 and K4 enjoyed their fortnightly session with Hamish the Sports Activator and several students we lucky to participate in Te Reo Maori lessons and Kapa Haka classes with a new teacher called Anihera who will be working at New Lynn School every Thursday.


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