Keep your child safe: if absent, please contact the office before 9:30am

He mihi tenei kia koutou nga matua, me nga kaitiaki o a tatou tamariki. Tena koutou katoa

Thursday 21 March 2019

Term 1, Week 8                                 

Notices gone home this week:

Koromiko - Island Bay Trip Notice


 We, at Kenakena School, join together with the rest of the country, in being deeply saddened by the event in Christchurch last Friday. We send our love, our aroha, to all affected directly or indirectly by this event. We stand together with welcoming arms to our Muslim brothers and sisters. Our school, is your school.
At the start of our Moving March Parade this Friday at 9:05 we will stand to observe one minute’s silence to honour those who died and to reflect on how we can positively live our lives, and do our part to make our place, our community, a place for all.
Our students have been wanting to show support to the students of the Christchurch schools.
Below we have students from Rooms 21 and 22 who have made paper dolls that will be connected to show we are all in this together. They have written messages of support on the back of each doll.


Tips for parents from the Ministry of Education

Parents can help children and young people feel safe by;
· providing reassurance and keeping to routines
· staying calm and promoting a calm environment
· doing enjoyable things together
· taking time to listen and talk
Be guided by their questions, be factual and age appropriate with your response. Children and young people do not always talk about their feelings readily – ask them if they are feeling worried.
Keep your explanations developmentally appropriate.

  • Very young children need brief, simple information that should be balanced with reassurances that their ELS, school and homes are safe and that adults are there to protect them.

  • Older primary school aged children will be more vocal in asking questions about whether they truly are safe and what is being done at their school. They may need assistance separating reality from fantasy. Discuss efforts of school, emergency services and community leaders to provide safe schools.

Information from Netsafe

Netsafe has received a number of reports of online content relating to the attacks in Christchurch. Footage of the attacks has been deemed objectionable under New Zealand law which means that possessing or distributing the footage is an offence. Anyone who finds footage of the attacks online should report it to Netsafe at but they should not keep copies or share it.
The footage of the Christchurch attacks is disturbing and will be harmful for people to see. If students have viewed the video and are struggling with what they have seen it’s likely they will require additional support. Agencies which can provide free support include YouthlineNeed to Talk and Kidsline.
While the content is online there is some risk that children or young people may come across it. Netsafe encourages schools and parents to proactively discuss with young people what they should do if they come across distressing content online. Further information is available at
If parents or schools have questions relating to this incident or other distressing online content they can contact Netsafe for free and confidential advice at or call 0508 NETSAFE.


Tina Buchanan

Assistant Principal 

School News

Retro Roller Disco on Friday

Years 1-4   3.45pm - 5pm
Years 5-8   5.30pm - 7pm
Students are welcome to come with any wheels (except bikes), though not compulsory - just come and have fun.

Measles Advice

The Ministry of Health has modified measles immunisation advice in light of current vaccine supplies. 


Movin' March

The calendar of remaining events is: 
               22 March - Decorate yourself, your wheels AND your families! We will have a decoration parade at 9am, which parents and pre-schoolers are welcome to join in too.   Thanks to the generous support of Kenakena School’s Parent Network and Kapiti District Council, join us between 8.30 and 8.50am for a free sausage and/or piece of fruit.  See you there!

               29 March  - Kenakena Prize Draw at Assembly


Student Achievement

Ella Dougall Room 16, was one of sixteen representing Paekakariki at Oceans '19 (U14 Surf Life Saving Nationals) last week at Mt Maunganui. It was a great four days of competition across a variety of events with over 850 athletes from all over NZ. Ella enjoyed the warm water and the challenge of the big surf at the Mount and was pleased to make semi finals in the Run Swim Run and Finals in the Surf Race (top 20 in NZ in her age group!)


Tiaki Card Winners 

Tiaki card winners from our last assembly were Luka Meyer Room 22, Hannah Jang Room 19, Adelaide Wicks Room 15, Eloise Berry Room 2, Jessica Bolland Room 6, Josiah Morehu Room 8, Mackai Bennett Room 9, Lucy Maddren Room 9, Teawa Moeahu Room 25 and Keelan Magalogo Room 24.

These lucky winners will receive a free Friday lunch voucher thanks to our School Parent Network.



Registrations for hockey starting in Term 2 can be made on KINDO under Sport on the main page here.  First time KINDO users can register at this link.  All registrations must be completed and paid online by Friday 5th April.


Kāpiti Fun Kids Off Road Triathlon

9am, Sunday 24 March 2019.Sponsored by Thrive Chiropractic
Waikanae Swimming Pool, Ngarara Road, Waikanae
Registration 8.15-8.45am


Kapiti Basketball Association Kiwi Hoops - Term 1, 2019 

Info at
Register here 
Mixed Adult Scrimmages on Sundays


Waikanae Football Club

2019 season registrations for children aged 4-13 open early February.
Premier Team trials 10th and 19th of February for 10th grade and above.
Contact or see for more details.


Futsal - Term 2

Info here 

School Parent Network News


In order for our Friday Lunches to continue every week – we need more help!!
This is a great fundraiser for our school and we would like to continue running it.
If you can spare an hour on a Friday morning or a Friday lunch time – once a week, once a fortnight or even once a month – then we need YOU!
Please consider joining our roster and meeting our friendly team, the job is very easy and other parents are happy to assist.

 For all enquiries contact the school office or Rebecca Te Maro 027 685 6669

 Preschoolers Welcome

Entertainment Book Fundraiser

Kenakena School is fundraising with Entertainment!

Your support really helps our School, so we’re thrilled to let you know about special bonus Early Bird Entertainment Membership Offers for loyal supporters.
Pre-order the NEW 2019 | 2020 Entertainment Membership and receive bonus offers you can use right away!

                                  SUPPORT US NOW!

View the Wellington book here

Parent Network Meeting Dates for 2019

8 April

13 May

10 June

5 August

9 September

21 October

M&M Master Butchers Fundraiser

When you make a purchase at M&M Master Butchers, Paraparaumu Beach, show your M&M/Kenakena School card and have your receipt stamped.  Put all your stamped receipts in the special box in the school office and the school will receive a 5% rebate of the total of all receipts.  Cards are available from the school office. 


Koromiko Trip to Island Bay 

This trip can be paid for in full or instalments on KINDO under Fees & Donations

Remember How Easy it is to Order Friday Lunches on KINDO!

It also saves our wonderful parent volunteers a lot of time counting cash on Friday mornings.

Instructions for making payments to school through KINDO are here
Questions?  email or phone the helpdesk 0508 4KINDO (0508 454636)
Dates to Remember
Friday 22nd March
School "Retro Roller" Disco

Thursday 28th March
Years 5-8 Swimming Festival
Coastlands Aquatic Centre

Friday 29 March
Year 8 Kapiti Island Trip for Rms 23, 16

Monday 29th April
Board of Trustees Meeting 7.30pm

Tuesday 30th April
Year 8 Gardisil Vaccination

Tuesday 7th May
School Photo Day

Friday 24th May
Rms 1,2,4 Trip to Island Bay

Tuesday 4th June
Rms 11,15,18 Trip to Island Bay

Wednesday 12th June
Inter-School Cross Country

Tuesday 18th June
Year 7 Boostrix Immunisation

Wednesday 23rd October
Parent Teacher Interviews
School finishes at 2pm

Thursday 24th October
Parent Teacher Interviews
School finishes at 2pm

Tuesday 29th October
Year 8 Gardisil (final dose)

Saturday 9th November
Festival of Fun

Friday 22nd November
Teacher Only Day

Monday 16th December
Year 8 Graduation

Tuesday 17th December
School Finishes 12 midday

Term Dates for 2019
Term 1: Thursday January 31 - Friday April 12
Easter Holiday & Anzac Day are during the holidays
Term 2: Monday April 29 - Friday July 5
Term 3: Monday July 22 - Friday September 27
Term 4: Monday October 14 - Tuesday December 17

House of Sound In-School Music Lessons 

House of Sound provides professional but fun, curriculum based music lessons during the School day. Classes are 25 minutes long and are in groups of 3 - 5. Options available are: Mean Beats (Percussion and Drums), Six String All-Stars (Guitar), Cool Keys (Keyboards) and Star Finders which is an introduction to music for year 2 & 3 Students covering Piano, Ukulele and Percussion. Mean Beats, Six String All Stars & Cool Keys  are only available for years 4 and up.
To enroll your child in these fabulous music lessons grab an enrolment form from the office or go to and click the “enrol for in-school music lessons” button. 
For more information please  email:

New Contact Details?

Please let us know if you have changed address, phone numbers or email addresses so that we can keep in contact with you.

The Parenting Place for Parenting Tips

Help I don't like my child

For those days when you feel like throwing it in, please don’t, because your little person needs you to hold on tight while they get set up for life. Even when you don’t like your child, you still have what it takes to love them.
 Read more here
Lunch Menus

School Parent Network Friday Only Lunches - NEW Order Forms

Juicies are BACK!!

You can pre purchase your jucies for just $1 with your child's lunch order on Fridays.

Children will receive a stamp (or similar) to indicate they have pre purchased a juicie.

Your child will then be able to collect their juicie from outside the hall on Friday from 3pm. 

The' juicie ladies' will have a list of names of those who have pre purchased.

It will also be possible to purchase from outside the hall at 3pm on Fridays.

Please be patient as we trial this new system.


Order Forms Here with juicies on.

Please use these order forms from now on as some of the prices have changed.  Place order forms and money in a sealed envelope in the Blue Post Box in the administration foyer before 9am. Correct money is always appreciated. Change of less than $1 will not be given. Change of $1 or more will be returned to your children in the Friday lunch basket.


Friday Lunches


If you have ordered your child’s lunch through Kindo and then for some reason they will not be at school for lunch that day, you can cancel the order and the payment will be credited to your account.  You must do it before 9am on Friday though.  To cancel the order, go to “My Orders” on Kindo and select “cancel” next to the order.  If you do not cancel the order, we cannot do it for you and we cannot credit your account.

If you have ordered your child’s lunch by placing an order form and money in the blue box in the office, and your child leaves school before lunchtime, we are unable to refund the order or carry it over to the next week. This is because the food would have been ordered from the supplier and paid for.”
Community Notices

Kapiti Run For Youth

Sunday March 31st

Waikanae Kindergarten Garage Sale

Saturday 30 March 8am – 12pm
Russell Reserve, Ngaio Road, Waikanae.
New items, used goods, books & art, puzzles, toys, tea towels, baking, sausage sizzle, raffle, food stalls.
Eftpos available.

Kapiti Miniature Railway at Marine Gardens, Raumati Beach 

Are having a twilight run on Saturday 13 April, starting at 5 pm (weather permitting).
All welcome. Dress up and bring a picnic .

Mary Potter Hospice

Seeking volunteers for their upcoming Annual Street Appeal in May. We are looking for volunteers who can help us collect on the May 17th and 18th. 

Kāpiti Community Garden Parties

Are taking place in community gardens across Kāpiti during March and April – celebrating growing local food with a series of free events and workshops.

Kapiti Fruit and Vege Co-op.  

The co-op is a partnership between Regional Public Health, Wesley Community Action and local community organisations to see good quality fruit and veges made available to our neighbourhoods at reasonable cost each week.

Celebrate Neighbours Day Aoteraroa

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Neighbours Day Aotearoa, and in Kāpiti we’re celebrating!
Getting to know your neighbours better is a great way to help build stronger, happier and more resilient communities.
Invite your neighbours for an ‘Over the Fence Cuppa’ and KCDC will support you with ideas, resources and a goodie pack to help you create a fun get-together in your neighbourhood.
Find out more at:

Dirt School Kids Fun Bike Race

With lots of adult encouragement and support. fun on a bike is set up for kids to have “racing”


Crawshaw Music School Information

Kapiti Music Centre Trust Information

English Lessons

Kapiti and Horowhenua for adult migrants and refugees
2 hour classes
Individual tuition by trained volunteers for 1-2 hours per week
 These services are open to permanent residents and holders of work visas. They are FREE.
Contact David at English Language Partners Horowhenua Kapiti Inc.
Ph (06) 368 6062 from Horowhenua and Otaki
Ph 0800 639 5494 from Kapiti
Upstairs NZ Post Building, corner Queen and Oxford Sts, Levin

Holiday Programmes

Easter Holiday Kids 'Funky Fish' clay workshop...

Kids design and make your very own funky fish out of soft clay on day 1 then come back and glaze it 2 days later. DATES: Mon 15th and Thurs 18th April TIMES: 9.30-11.30am OR 1.30-3.30pm COST: $70 includes all materials, clay, glazes, 2 firings in the kiln plus morning/ afternoon tea on both days. For kids 5years +. Booking essential Cell: 02102720716

Kapiti Equestrian & Vaulting Club

Farm Club
7-12 year-olds
9am-3pm ($45 per day)
Mon 15 - Thurs 18 April
Tues 23 - Friday 26 April

5-6 year-olds welcome
9am-12pm ($25 per day)
Tuesday 16 & 23 April
Thursdays 18 & 25 April

Please note Farm Club will not be running in the July holidays.
Pony Camps
Our Pony Camps are hugely oversubscribed, please book early to avoid disappointment.

Advanced beginner :
Mon 15 - Friday 19 April (Includes Good Friday)
8 - 12 July
Need to have had some previous riding experience.

Beginners :
Mon 22 - Fri 26 April (includes Easter Monday)
15 - 19 July
No experience needed.

For bookings or more information, call 04 902 6108 or email 


sKids Kenakena - 

  sKids Kapiti/Kenakena specialises in delivering quality before school, after school and holiday programmes. We strive to create a fun and safe environment that our kids just love! For more information on our action-packed holiday programme, run from Kapiti Primary School Hall, please call Jools Da Silva on 021 0254 3249 or email


FunZone Kenakena Holiday Programme

 ‘Letting Kids Be Kids’

. For information go to or contact us on 0800 543 9696.

            New After School Care

              OPEN NOW

      (Kenakena School Hall 3-7pm) or 0800 5439696             

Come along to The Lighthouse holiday program! 

"You care for your kids and so do we!"
Dedicated staff, exciting activities and trips, come for one day or come for them all!
For more information, and to book see 

Craft Garden April Holidays

From the 15th to 26th April 2019. Lots of craft, art and activities at St Pauls Anglican Church in Paraparaumu. $32.50 per child per day ONLY, family discount applies. OSCAR approved, WINZ subsidies available. To enrol visit or call 0800 272 385.

 After School Care & Tuition

After School Art Classes

Info here

The GO Club is here!

The GO Club is back for Term 1! Kicking off on Tuesday, 5th of Feb we offer a fun, exciting after school STEM club for girls Year 2 - 8 in Paraparaumu and Paekakariki! Over 2 hours of science and technology based activities and crafts, we also provide a light afternoon tea.
For more info and to book now at
We build girls up!"


sKids Kenakena - 

  sKids Kapiti/Kenakena specialises in delivering quality before school, after school and holiday programmes. We strive to create a fun and safe environment that our kids just love! Limited places available for term 1 and we are now taking bookings for term 2.  For more information on our action-packed summer holiday programme, run from Kapiti Primary School Hall, please call Jools Da Silva on 021 0254 3249 or email


FunZone Kenakena Information (Click Here)

 ‘Letting Kids Be Kids’

. For information go to or contact us on 0800 543 9696.

            New After School Care

              OPEN NOW

      (Kenakena School Hall 3-7pm) or 0800 5439696             

Annette’s Place

Annette’s Place offers one-on-one weekly teaching in a quiet place with the parent present. Just right for those children who require special care in order to learn or just need a bit of extra teaching time. This service is available for children aged 4 to 8 years. They may have a diagnosis, such as dyspraxia or autism, or may be prematurely born, or may just be having some difficulties with learning or fine motor skills.

Annette has had many years’ experience and is well qualified. She offers a free initial consultation. Contact her by phoning    021 2997 456   or emailing

As this is a school community newsletter, please let the school office know of any successes that your child/children may have had outside the school.   We are only too happy to share their achievements.

The Board of Trustees in no way validates or endorses services/products advertised.


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Phone: 04 298 4011  Cell: 027 7818315

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