Senior News-June

By Bridget McDowall | Posted: Wednesday June 8, 2022

He taonga rongonui te aroha ki te tangata

Goodwill towards others is a precious treasure. 

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa

Upcoming Events

  • Friday 17th June-Teacher Only Day

  • Life Education Bus Visits-23 June – 8 July 2022

  • Thursday 23rd June-Matariki Breakfast

  • Monday 20th June-PALS trip to the Edgar Centre

  • Monday 4th July-Reports sent home

  • 5th and 6th of July-Parent Interviews

  • Thursday 7th July-Extra Spelling Quiz

  • Friday the 8th July-Last day of Term 2

Edgar Sports Day

Our trip to the Edgar Centre on the 2nd of June was a resounding success. We had coaches from Basketball Otago, Football South, Otago Handball, Otago Hockey, and Yoga with Kay Chisman. The children rotated around the activities and took part in skills-based activities and had some time to put their skills into action.

Our teaching team were very impressed with the behaviour of our Kaik Kids. They demonstrated a positive attitude throughout the day and showed respect and gratitude towards the coaches.

PBL-Papatūānuku Breathes

We were excited to have so many parents attend our Whānau Morning to view our project-based learning. This term our topic we are exploring issues of sustainability and what we can (and are) doing to protect and restore our natural resources. As a team, we have learned about Papatūānuku and Ranginui, and the impact of our behaviour on the Earth. Now we will investigate and learn about photosynthesis, pollinators, parts of a plant and seasonal growth.

This week we were fortunate to have members of the Otago Bee Keepers Club come along and share their extensive knowledge of honey bees and their importance as pollinators and how they support plant reproduction.

Student Teachers

Thank you to our incredible Master’s students from the University of Otago. We have enjoyed having Emma Fox and Madie Freeland on our teaching team during Term 1 and Term 2. We would like to wish them all the best for their training in 2022.


Our team of PALS have been out and about in the playground teaching a variety of games and activities with our junior students. They have had a large group of young students joining them for their sessions. Our 2022 PALS are displaying strong leadership and are demonstrating our Kaikorai school values.

On Monday the 20th of June our PALS will attend a training session at the Edgar Centre. This will grow their leadership and help them acquire skills that will be useful when organising and running games in the playground.

Funky Friday

Funky Friday has started! Each Friday two of our senior classes plan and teach activities to our junior students. Students work together to grow and learn from each other. Funky Friday encourages senior students to be creative, and responsible and grow their leadership capabilities.

Celebrating Matariki

On Thursday the 23rd of June, Kaikorai Primary School will be having a special school event to celebrate Matariki.

Matariki (the Pleiades) signals the Māori New Year. For Māori, the appearance of Matariki heralds a time of remembrance, joy and peace. It is a time for communities to come together and celebrate.

Please let us know if you would like to come to school to share your expertise and knowledge of Tikanga Māori during our Whānau group activities.

7:30 am

-Matariki Breakfast

9:10 am-9:50 am

-The whole school will gather together for the start of the day Karakia

-Kapahaka Performance

-School Song

9:50am-12:15 pm

-Whānau Group activities


Kia hora te marino

May peace be wide-spread

Kia whakapapa pounamu te moana

May the sea be like greenstone

Hei huarahi mā tātou i te rangi nei

A pathway for us all this day

Aroha atu, aroha mai

Give love, receive love

Tātou i a tātou katoa

Let us show respect for each other

Bee Experts

As part of our Term 2 PBL, we have been learning about bees and pollination. We were fortunate to have Brian, Jane, Chris, Carol and Marion from the Otago Bee Keepers club set up an educational and interactive display. We learnt all about bees, how to keep a colony, and how to extract honey. 

He taonga rongonui te aroha ki te tangata

School Hall Opening

On Thursday we opened our school hall. Hugh cut the ribbon with our youngest Kaikorai student, Ezra. Ms Downie made a speech and the Kapha Haka group performed the school song the haka.

Thank you to all of our Senior Kapa Haka students for showing leadership and mana.

Kia kaha tātou ki te ako

Kia tau te rangimārie

i roto i tēnei kura

o tātou i tēna wā 

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