Thursday, December 12, 2019

Forming our local curriculum

Hi everyone, as part of our gathering voice process, children were asked recently what they say as important for their learning here at Kaurihohore. This involved all classes and the answers are written as they were said by the children. These will then be turned into common big ideas that as a school we think all children deserve to 'grapple' with in their learning in primary school, this then forms part of our local curriculum here at school. Have a read and let us know if you think they have missed anything.

Student Voice - What is important for you in your learning here at Kaurihohore?

Doing maths, practising and persisting, subtraction and problem solving. Know strategies so we grow up smart. Different levels of problems.

Doing some homework to help us get better at stuff.

Writing. Rich language (similes) so people understand what we want to say. Using pictures and words. Creativity, imagination.

Learning to respect others and nature.

Being kind to each other/Bucket filling.

Learning to read for understanding and enjoyment. Helps us to learn. Helps us to imagine. Make connections. Makes us confident.

Learning to share.

Learning phonics to help us with reading and writing.

Doing arts and crafts and making a mess.

Doing Kapa Haka and learning to speak Māori. It is NZ culture, it is all around us, so we can recognise Te Reo.

Playing to grow your brain and to make new friends.

To help people when they are hurt.

To help new people.

To have time with the teacher.

Listening, being able to listen to instructions.


Following rules.

Persisting and persevering.

Climbing trees grows your brain like a muscle.

Striving for accuracy, trying your best.

Spelling (essential words)


Getting along with others.

Play based learning.

Respect. How to manage yourself.


Problem solving.

Friendships, how to be a good friend.

Growing in self confidence.

Caring for myself and others.


Reading help.

Space, History.

Being brave and courageous.

Peer support.

Tools and resources available.

Growth mindset. Try new things, keep going, be happy about learning.

Whānau support.

Good attitude.

Managing emotions.

Mantle of the Expert. It is a fun way to learn. We learn about different stuff. Builds confidence. Uses maths and literacy. Because we do business stuff and work collaboratively.

Looking at others points of view.

Using imagination.

Express ideas in art.


Sport. We need to be strong, fit and healthy. Uses teamwork. Good for healthy competition and learning fair play. Builds determination and is fun. P.E and the outdoors.

Art uses maths and it is a fun way to learn.

Language conventions.

Skim reading for information.

ICT work.

Social skills.




The environment, aware of native plants and animals. Know about life cycles and discover permaculture.

Learning about our brains and making pathways.

Working with others and compromising.


Learning in the bush.


Wednesday, December 11, 2019

End of Year/Start of Year Information

It is that time of year again.  Below is your crucial, need to know information.

Prize giving is on the 17th at 1pm.  If postponed it will be the 19th at 1pm.  This is held outside on the field and will run unto 3pm.  If we are unable to have this due to weather, we will livestream an abridged version from 1pm in our facebook school group.

School finishes at 12.30pm on the 20th this year.  Children can be picked up from 12.00pm.  This day is a bit of a tidy up and sort out day, so if you are able and willing to have your children home, they are most welcome not to come to school on that day.

Stationery lists will come home this Friday with class lists.  The online link is you will just need to click on your child's class number.  Room One children who are returning, do not need a new lot of stationery. 

School returns 9am on Wednesday the 5th of February and the last day of 2020 is the 16th of December.

The school office will be open from 9am - 3pm from the 28th of January if you need to come in for anything.

If you have moved into our zone and are wishing to enrol your child the best email to contact us on is, I will be able to assist you from there or alternatively pop into the office when it opens again on the 28th to start the enrolment process.

Have a great Summer!

Leslee Allen

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Learning Conferences

Kaurihohore School
Learning Conferences
Thursday, 5 December 3:10 PM to 7:00 PM
These conferences will be based on your child's progress and growth over the year, and a time
to think about areas of growth for next year. Conversations will be based around your child's
summary report and children are welcome to attend, and from year 4 up, encouraged to
attend. This is their learning journey after all.
Each interview is 10 minutes long. Please ensure you arrive on time to each interview.
Booking your interviews
The booking website will open Wednesday, 20 November at 12:38 PM, and will close
Wednesday, 4 December at 3:00 PM.
1. Go to, enter the event code VA72RBBH and click Go.
2. Enter your name, email address and the names of the students you wish to make
bookings for.
3. Select the teachers you'd like to book by ticking the checkbox beside their name, and
then click the Book Interviews button at the bottom of the page.
4. Using the timetable, click the Book button beside the time slot you'd like to book for the
teacher. You'll be asked to confirm your booking.
5. Continue until you've booked all teachers.
Once you're finished, you can view your timetable by clicking My Interviews at the top of the
page. You can also print a PDF timetable to take to your interviews.
Before your interviews, you'll receive an email reminder containing your timetable. If you need
to cancel any interviews, you can do so by following the link in the email you received when
you first signed up.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Athletics Day Tomorrow

ATHLETICS DAY – Wednesday November 20th

Our Athletics day will be held on Wednesday the 20th of November.  Below is the expected schedule of the day.

This year the Year One children will take part in a separate event from the rest of the school. This will be a ‘have a go’ tabloid like event, with fun activities run by the Sports Academy.

9.15am Year One events will start and run until 10.15am

10.30 - Year 2 - 6 events will take place. This will run till approximately 1pm. Children may go home at the conclusion of these events if you wish to take them, but please sign them out.

Children will need to come along in appropriate clothing to run and jump in. They will also need their hat, sunscreen and water. A jumper is also a good idea just in case it is cold. It would be wonderful to see as many adults as possible wearing hats as well.

Events on this day will include shot put, discus, high jump and sprints, with a rest time also scheduled in. The emphasis of this day is for the children to have fun through competition.

If it is wet the event will be cancelled, a decision will be made by 8.30am.

As our Year 4 - 6 children need to take part in order to qualify for the Whangarei Competition, we will find time to run these events. We will do our best to notify you about when this will happen, but please understand this time of the year is pretty full on and there are time constraints around qualification.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Thank you to Pub Charity

A huge thank you to Pub Charity for their recent donation.  This donation has been used to support the purchase of decodable readers for our school.  These play a vital role in supporting the learning of reading and we couldn't purchase these without donations such as this!

Supported by the following venues:
Onerahi Tavern
Poroti Tavern
The Grand Hotel (Whangarei)

Thursday, September 12, 2019

2019 Cross Country

Thank you to John Cook for capturing this day in photos.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Ag and Flower Day Organisation - Friday 20th of September

Agricultural and Flower Day -Friday 20th September

Family Challenge

5 + a day challenge fruit vege creation - this is a family challenge. Use fruit and vegetables to create an animal. Everyone is welcome to enter this challenge, however it is not compulsory. Please send your entries into the space (the old library.) These will be judged along with all other items on the day at 10.30am. Please do not take these items away until they have been viewed after judging.

These Items will be made on the day: Please note, some items require things to be provided

Aqua Jar - Completed at school, bring an appropriate flower to stick to the lid and a clean jar without a label if you have one. - (rooms 6 - 10 only)

Paper Vase of Flowers and Headband (Room 1 - 5 only)- Bring flowers appropriate to stick to paper with long stalks. 
Spring Craft - class choice (Classroom teacher will let you know if anything is needed from home.)

Buttonhole - (Room 6 - 10 only) Bring a flower and foliage that are suitable for a

Miniature Garden - (Room 6-10 only)- Accessories from home, will be discussed in class.
Vaseline saucer

(Children will need to bring a saucer or plastic lid and some flowers that have good petals. They will also need vaseline if they have any, but otherwise classes will provide this)
Children need to take this home at the end of the day.

The items highlighted in yellow, need to be brought along on the day in a named plastic bag, container or bucket. If you have extra flowers, you don’t mind sharing, that would be great as some children won’t have any.

Organisation of the day:

9 - 10.30pm - Completion of items (10.30 judging begins)

10.30 - Ag day animals start to be judged out on field.

11.00 - Morning Tea (Ag day animals will continue to be judged at this time.)

11.30 - Rooms available for viewing. Children view other classes together in class lots.

from home.

12.15pm - Lunch time. (Ag day animals will continue to be judged during this time)

1.30pm - Conclusion of Lunch time. Children return to class.

Children may go home early, but do not have to, as class will resume as normal. If you take your child home, please sign them out at the office and let their teacher know.

**Food will be available on the day provided by the PSG