Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Kaupeka's Term 1 Learning Showcase

On Wednesday 11th April, we held our Term 1 Kaupeka learning showcase. We welcomed parents, grandparents and siblings into our hub for the showcase in the afternoon and evening. Our students have been so dedicated with their learning this term and have created some outstanding recount writing pieces which answered our PBL question of; how can we as writers effectively share New Zealand’s Stories? These recounts have been bound into books which can be found in the Kaupeka hub and will soon be added to our library. 

The template below shows some of the different curriculum areas that the Kaupeka students focused on this term. The question prompts were/are for parents to ask their children about Term 1's learning.


Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate their child's learning. If you would still like to see the impressive learning pieces that are up on the walls of Kaupeka, please email your child's homebase teacher and we will be happy to arrange a time for your child to show you around the hub/ share their learning with you. 




(If you cannot see the slideshows and are viewing this post by email, please click onto the Kaupeka blog).

We wish our students a well-deserved and safe holiday break.

Monday, 16 April 2018

Kaupeka Diana Isaac Retirement Village Visits

This term, some of our Year 7/8 students have been visiting the Diana Isaac Retirement Village. This is was an outcome from our 2017 Term 4 Community PBL project. Last year our students enjoyed making connections with the residents so much that they requested we continue visiting in 2018.

Half of the Kaupeka Team chose to opt into these visits, with a group of eight students visiting the Retirement Village each time. Each group carefully planned their session with the focus of teaching a variety of different digital tools.

In Week 8, our first group (Monique D, Charlotte L, Anna, Trent, Alexis and Phoebe I) spent time getting to know the residents by asking them to share their childhood experiences. Our Term 1 PBL focus is based around New Zealand history. It was really interesting for our students to hear firsthand what it was like living through World War Two. This group of students then shared their own personal learning stories through their student blogs with their residents. Check out Charlotte's blog to read about her experience at Diana Isaac!


In Week 9, our second group (Lilla, Petra, Harriette, Micaela, Penny, Gaby, Ellen and Evelyn) designed a QR code scavenger hunt for the residents. They linked their QR codes up with quiz questions based around historical New Zealand events. The students had a great time supporting the residents to find and scan the codes using their Chromebooks. Read Petra’s blog to hear more about how the QR code scavenger hunt.


In Week 10, our third group (Samantha, Monique R, Tamera, Roza, Amber G, Joanna, Olivia T and Oliver E) brought Ipads to Diana Isaac. They showed the residents how to create a story using ‘Book Creator’ and how to design a puppet show using ‘Puppet Pals.’ The residents had a wonderful time exploring these apps! 


(If you cannot see the slideshows and are viewing this post by email, please click onto the Kaupeka blog).

We have a couple more visits to go on in Term 2. Our fourth group (Malia, Claudia S, Grace, Tiana, Liana, Jorja, Mieke and Joe) will be demonstrating how to create lava lamps and then showing the residents how to create a slideshow using Google Slides with the photos from the science experiment. Our fifth group (Jelena, Amber G, Methuli, Aleisha, Katie, Kayla, Hannah and Hamish) plan to teach the residents how to code a ‘Ghostbusters’ video game - we can’t wait to see how these turn out!

Friday, 30 March 2018

Holy Thursday

Yesterday the whole school split into their house groups to participate in Holy Thursday activities. 

The day started off with prayers led by our Year 8 leaders. This was followed by the students learning about the Easter Story which they then recreated by rein-acting the 14 Stations of the Cross.


Our students then created a Triduum bracelet to represent the passion and Resurrection of Jesus. They wore their bracelets as a reminder of Jesus’ great sacrifice.


This is what each of the colours on the bracelet symbolised... 

-  Red is for the blood of Jesus, who suffered and died for us. 
- Purple is for the “royal” cloak the soldiers.
gave Jesus to mock him.
- Brown is for the cross on which Jesus was hung.
- White is for the forgiveness that Jesus won for us and gave to his executioners when he said, “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.” (adapted from Luke 23:34)
-  Yellow is for the glory and joy of the Resurrection.


The last activity of the day ended with our students planting seeds and colouring in an Alleluia butterfly. The new plant growth reminds us of the new life we have been given by Jesus.  The day finished with a beautiful liturgy. We greatly enjoyed sharing this day together as a whole school and learning about the sacrifice Jesus made for us.





Wishing you all a Blessed Easter and a safe long weekend.

Technology - Term 1, Week 9

Check out the amazing things we created at Tech this week!





Sunday, 25 March 2018

Think, Make, Solve Week 5-6



Over Week 5 and 6 the Kaupeka Hub participated in a couple of Think, Make, Solve challenges. The first was to create a bridge. A group from each homebase have create three very different bridges, which are ready to be tested.
The second challenge was to create a geodesic dome using toothpicks and blue tack. There were a wide variety of structures created with some much stronger than others. One was even able to hold 15 maths textbooks before it collapsed!
The best part of both of these challenges was the conversations that students were having with each other and the collaboration taking place. These challenges and others that we will participate in throughout the year will help the students to grow their skills in a number of areas including design thinking and STEM fields alongside communication. collaboration, and creativity.