Saturday, 17 February 2018

Term 1, Buddy Time for Week 1 and 2

In week 1, we met our awesome Paiaka buddies and got to know them! We will be catching up with them every second week on a Friday after assembly.

In Week 2, the Kaupeka students used their Chromebooks to co-write a story with their Paiaka buddy. However, they had to share the writing of the story by rolling a dice. For example; if the Kaupeka student rolled a three then they would only get to write three words, then it would be their Paiaka buddy's turn to roll the dice to finish off the sentence. This was a lot of fun and the students all came up with some great stories! Once they had finished writing, the Kaupeka students showed their buddy how to use Google Drawings to create a picture to go with the story they had just created. 

Ask your child to show you their story!

Kaupeka Treasures Week 2-3

Over the past two weeks, our students have been presenting their personal treasures to their homebases. (There are still some students to share next week!) They will be publishing their picture and a blurb onto their blog in the upcoming week to explain the meaning that each item holds for them. It has been a a wonderful sharing experience, listening to each student share parts of their personal stories! 

Click here to watch... Kayla's Slideshow of Treasures.

Click here to view the rest of our Hub's Treasures (this will be updated each day).

Monday, 5 February 2018

What do the Kaupeka Teachers Treasure?

Over the next few weeks in Kaupeka each student will be presenting their treasures to their homebase and publishing a picture and blurb onto their blog & the Kaupeka blog for others to see. A bag will be sent home when it is your child’s turn. Please help your child to select items which hold meaning for them. Items could include toys, books, photos, jewellery, ticket stubs, old boarding passes, clothing, or any other items that holds meaning. If items are impractical to bring in, family pets, or expensive jewellery, a photo could be taken of these. The teachers are happy to print out any photos, please find our email addresses below.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or would like us to look after items of value for your child.

Miss Hansen - to come in Week 2....

Miss Parish - to come in Week 2...

Mrs Cummings 

Treasure One - Family. Below are a selection of photos of my family. The first photo is of me and my husband. The second is of my parents, my husband, myself, and my sister at my Engagement Party. The third is of my dad's side of the family at his parents 50th Wedding Anniversary in 2005. Most of the cousins from that side of the family are in the photo. Both of Dad's parents were teachers and passed away while I was training to be a teacher. It was a bittersweet moment for me when I got my first full-time teaching job at my Nana's old Primary School about a year after her passing.

Treasure Two - This Heirloom has been in my mum's side of the family since the early 20th Century. The bracelet originally belonged to my Great Granddad's sister, Avarina. Since then it has been passed along to the oldest girl in the following generation on their 13th birthday. My Great Grand Aunt Avarina passed it along to my Great Aunt Maire, who was my Granddad's sister. Maire passed it along to my Aunt Christine and she gave it to me on my 13th birthday. I was very excited when I received it as I had had no idea about this tradition previously. As was asked yesterday, What if there is no girl in the next generation to pass it along to? Currently we only have one child in the next generation, my nephew Espen. My answer to this was that I have a cousin who is actually younger than my nephew by a few months. She just turned 5 last Christmas and in terms of time is a generation younger than the rest of us. If there are no girls in the next generation I would give the bracelet to her.

Treasure Three - Sport was a big thing for me growing up and I loved playing a variety of sports, but my favourite was always basketball. When I was still at High School most of my mum's side of the family took a trip over Christmas and New Year to the US. The big thing that I wanted to do was see an NBA game, which I did in New York with my Dad and Uncle. It was the Knicks v the Nets when they were still from New Jersey. For those who wanted to know yesterday I found the score, the Nets won 95 - 85. I had wanted to bring this ticket stubs but couldn't find it, so instead I brought in a basketball photo from six months earlier. A few kids said I look exactly the same as when I was 15 - I hope I have at least left some of the awkwardness behind!

And lastly, as promised, a picture of my cat Fred being a pancake to try and cope with the heat this summer.

Miss Wilson's Three Treasures...

Treasure 1 Teddy Bear - 
My Grandmother's teddy bear which was gifted to her by my Grandfather during her cancer treatment. It was then passed on to me (as the youngest grandchild at the time) from my Grandfather when my Grandmother passed away.

Treasure 2 Necklace -
This was the necklace that my Grandmother wore before she passed away. It was then given to my mother (the only possession that she had left that was her mother's). My mother then gave this to me on my 21st birthday. It was my Grandmother's wish that it was to be passed on to me for this occasion. 
I plan to pass it on to my younger sister on her 21st birthday (who never got to meet my Grandmother) and then she will pass it back to my mother on her 60th. I will then receive it back from my mother on my 35th birthday. Every four and a half years, it will be shared on due to the necklace being such a treasured and special item to us.

Treasure 3 My Cat - 
Cleo is a Ragdoll cat who will be turning six in June. She is a much loved pet and doesn't have the typical traits known to her breed. She is in fact the opposite... ask your children to tell you more if you're interested. They know a lot about my cat!

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Welcome Back to Kaupeka 2018!

We have had an exciting first two days back in the Kaupeka hub already! This begun with the pirate flash mob (our Year 7/8 students weren't even slightly embarrassed by their teachers) - check out the video on our school Facebook page to see us in action. This was followed by whole-school prayers to start the year off. The rest of the first day involved getting to know each other ice breakers, information about our routines in Kaupeka and pirate scavenger hunts in house groups.

The second day consisted of a whole-school liturgy, maths maintenance, team building activities and meeting our Paiaka buddies. It has been awesome having our Year 8's back with us and our new Year 7's. There is a really positive atmosphere within the hub and we look forward to what is going to be a fun-filled year in Team Kaupeka! 

Feel free to come in to see the learning spaces and meet any of the Kaupeka teachers - you are always welcome!

Back to Back Drawing Challenge...
The objective of this activity was for each pair to take turns at being the "instruction giver" and the "drawer." Through this they observed how well they gave instructions of a picture in front of them and how well their partner was able to replicate it while facing in opposite directions.

 Minefield Challenge... 
The purpose of this activity also involved instructions. One student within the pair had to guide their blindfolded partner from one end of the course to another without setting off any mines (knocking over any drink bottles).

Afternoon Sport & Games...

Cartooning 4 Kids & Drawing Activities...