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 19 September 2019

Term 3, Week 9                               


All four of our Kenakena Tournament of Minds teams that competed at the Regional Tournament in Wellington recently won their categories and the right to represent Kenakena in the National Final on Saturday this week.

  • Kenakena 1, Primary - The Arts Winners

  • Kenakena 2, Primary - Social Sciences Winners

  • Kenakena 3, Intermediate - Language Literature Winners

  • Kenakena 4, Intermediate - The Arts Winners

We’re extremely proud to have four teams in the National Final as we continue our pathway of success in this international problem-solving competition, having been national champions three times and international champions twice!
Things get tougher this week for our ‘Primary’ (Years 5&6) Teams.  All four teams are competing in the same division.  There is no distinction between ‘Primary’ and ‘Intermediate’ in the Nationals. 

  • We have two Years 7&8 Teams and two Years 5&6 Teams competing across three categories. 

  • One of our Years 5&6 Teams and one of our Years 7&8 Teams are in the same category. 

  • Our Years 5&6 Teams will be competing against Years 7&8 Teams from across New Zealand.  To win will be tough! 

  • Our Years 7&8 Teams are more likely to achieve success. 

However, anything can happen in the heat of the competition!  Our teams will be in lockdown for three hours to respond to a challenge posed as a problem.  At the end of the lockdown, they deliver their ‘solution’ through a dramatic performance to Tournament judges.  Each team is also given a four-minute ‘spontaneous challenge’ – four minutes to solve and prepare and one minute to present the solution!
I wish, “Good Luck!” to all four teams and to their facilitators Janine McDonald and Tatia Downer for preparing our students for Saturday’s National Final.
See for more information about Kenakena’s success.



Kenakena’s ‘A’ Netball Team, Kenakena Kauri played Paraparaumu Beach School ‘A’ last Saturday to earn a place in this Saturday’s Final at Te Atiawa Courts.  They won the exciting play-off match 26-22.  I’ve watched this team a few times this season and am very impressed with their spirit and their ability to fight-back from deficits to win!

Kenakena Kauri pose with their Paraparaumu Beach School opposition following last Saturday’s game.


Kenakena Teacher Sam Edwards has been preparing a team of 48 dancers to showcase their creation at the Primary Schools ‘Dance Splash’ event at Wellington’s Michael Fowler Centre tonight.  There has been a great deal of ‘student voice’ in theme and choreography in their creation, which they performed to a very appreciative whole-school audience on Tuesday as a dress rehearsal.  Enjoy being on the big stage!


Kenakena School Years 7&8 students competed a wide variety of sports in last week’s Senior Winter Tournament involving Kapiti Coast primary schools.  See our Facebook Page for photos Thank you to Jon Kreuzer and Sue Gray for organizing Kenakena’s involvement in this annual event.

Bruce McDonald


School News



The TOM Students will be holding a school wide Bake Sale on Thursday 26th September to raise funds for TOM International Competitions. 
Please help support us by bringing in some baking to sell or by giving your child a gold coin/s to purchase some baking.  Baking can be dropped off in the office on Thursday morning.

TOM students thank you for your support.

Take Care - Germs are about !

Just a reminder that if your child is unwell – with a headache, stomach ache, temperature or persistent cough please do not send them to school.   If they are vomiting or have diarrhoea they should not return to school until 48 hours after the last episode.  If they have a persistent cough or illness please make sure you take them to the doctor to ensure it is nothing serious.  
If  your child is not coming to school due to illness please let the school office know – through the website, Skool Loop app, telephone 04 298 4011 or text on 027 781 8315 by 9 am.


Fundraising calendar


Following a presentation by Principal Bruce McDonald, the Waimea Women’s Institute offered the proceeds from their fundraising calendar to Kenakena’s dyslexia programme. They have produced a beautiful, 18-month calendar featuring delicious recipes, which is great value at $20 and will make perfect Christmas presents. See the flyer for more information. Payment via internet banking is preferred - please include your surname and ‘Kenakena’ in the reference fields. Thank you for your support.


Parent Teacher Conferences are : Week 2, Term 4

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th of October from 2.15pm - 7pm. 

School will finish at 2pm on both days and the 15 minute interviews will run from 2.15pm to 7.00pm.

Bookings for interviews will open NEXT Thursday morning, on 26th September and the instructions for making a booking are as follows;

From 26th September, you will be able to make bookings by going to the website and using the code:    8ex6s

If you are unable to come in or go online at home, please phone Renee or Marnie at the office 2984011 and we can make the appointment for you.


Reporting to Parents / Caregivers

Students from Years 1-4 will receive a written report to take home on the last day of term 3, 27 September 2019.


Parents of children in Year 5-8 will be aware that the ‘Learning Snapshot’ method of reporting through ‘Seesaw’ has replaced the traditional written report.  The written report usually provides the basis for discussion at parent-teacher conferences.  The learning snapshots you are receiving on Seesaw now provide the basis for discussion at parent teacher conferences. 

Year 5 ,6, 7 & 8 Only  - Optional Trip to the ballet!

Hansel and Gretel by the Royal New Zealand Ballet

Date: Friday 8th November 2019 - Performance starts at 12.30pm

We have been very fortunate to secure heavily discounted tickets for the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s performance of Hansel and Gretel at St James Theatre. The show is an abridged version of the full ballet performed especially for school children. 
We will be travelling to Wellington by bus, leaving school at 10.30am to arrive in time to eat our lunch and watch the performance at 12.30pm.  The performance will finish at 2pm and we should return to school by around 3.15pm.

The price of the trip is $28.50 per child. HURRY ONLY 2 TICKETS LEFT !

This is an optional trip only for those children interested and is limited to 42 students.  Places will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. 

Please complete the reply slip sent home with your child or available from the office to confirm that you would like your child to attend this trip, and that you are happy to pay $28.50 for the ticket and bus fare. 


The Kenakena School Drop Off Point is Room 6 or at the School Office.

Dental Van - Has arrived at Kenakena ! 

The Dental Service Van is back at school in Term 3 & 4, it is their goal to see all children, but if your child needs to be seen for a know issue please, contact the Dental Hub - Bee Healthy on  0800 825 583.


Seesaw Accounts

Please be advised that you can access Teachers Syndicate Newsletters, Notices and also see some of your child's class work posts on your child's Seesaw account. If you have not already done so, why not sign up now. Please email you child's teacher if you need guidance on how to sign up.


Tiaki Card Winners 

Tiaki card winners are drawn and congratulated at the school assembly. They now get to 'spin the wheel' to choose a Tiaki Award, with thanks to the Parent Network. 

Spare Clothes 

We are getting a lot of the younger children coming to the office with wet pants, socks & shoes. 
Please consider sending your child with a change of clothes in their bag.if they are likely to jump & play in the puddles.  

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:

Sports News


Zac Coburn will be travelling down south to Hanmer next week to compete at the Inter - Regional Cross Country event.  To qualify Zac was in the top ten finishers in year 6 for the Kapiti Region, then qualified again at the regionals and is now competing against other year 6 children from across the country.
Zac has had to maintain fitness and attend training sessions to maintain his place in the team going south. 
We wish Zac all the best for this event.  
We will be having a onesies day on the last day of term to support Zac and Tournament of the Minds competitors!

Sports Uniforms

Please urgently return any sports uniforms that you may still have at home to the school library. 

The athletics season is approaching and we are now taking registrations!
It's a fantastic club and we have fun sessions for under 6's and 7-14 years of age, on Mondays at the Paraparaumu domain, beginning 7th October at 5pm.
You can enrol through our website or facebook page.

Touch Rugby starts on 15 October 19

Season Dates:
Leg One:15th October – 12th December 2019 (9 weeks)
Leg Two: 11th February – 26th March 2020 (7 weeks)

Tuesday’s U7/U8 at 5.00 or 5.40pm
Wednesday’s U12 and U14s, 5.30pm, 6.10pm or 6.50pm
Thursday’s U10s, 5.30pm, 6.10pm or 6.50pm


Kapiti Softball Registrations are NOW OPEN!

Join us, for another awesome season of Softball.
We cater from U7 right through to Senior Softball both male and female teams available.  
For more information or to register,  see:   or
contact or Kyla on 027 244 8756 with any questions.
We would love to see you on a diamond this season.  


Summer Football with Hearts Academy - Term 4


Hearts Football Academy are a new football academy on the Kapiti Coast - we are running summer coaching sessions at Weka Park for kids aged 7+, starting in Term 4.  Players from all clubs welcome! Sign up for either 1 or 2 sessions per week. See for more info and to register.

Hoop Club Kapiti – Junior  Basketball Coaching Programme 

Contact Coach Angelo Robinson 04 904014 

Action Packed Basketball Not To Be Missed !!!!
           "Rumble in the Kapiti Jungle"

Kapiti & Paraparaumu College Snr Boys United All Star Basketball Team
Hoop Club Kapiti Men’s Team

Date: Saturday 21 September
Place: Kapiti College Gym
Time: 2.00pm Tip Off
See the top local College players take on the HCK Men’s Team
Game On !!!!!
Everyone Welcome

Kapiti Basketball Association Information at

Current Activities:
Kiwi hoops ages 5 - 9 Saturdays
Under 13 representative season
Year 6,7,8 Friday afternoon competition beginning 9th August.


School Parent Network News

MYSTERY JARS -For the Festival of Fun



Please get your mystery jars into the school office by Friday 27th.  
These are some examples of what we have received so far. There will be prizes for the top 3 best dressed Jars.  Inside your jar hide some goodies for people to buy at the Gala. We sell each jar for $5. Shhhhh keep it a secret.

What do you need to do?
  1. Get a jar, any size, any shape.

  2. Fill it up. Use your imagination!
    Some suggestions: lollies, stationery, toiletries,toys, baking ingredients or chocolates. New items only.

  3. Wrap it! Decorate or cover it so no one can see what you've hidden inside.

  4. Drop it off at the school office between now and the end of term three.

Yummy stickers!!!


Each year Kenakena school collects yummy stickers from fruit, or bags of fruit.  We are coming to the end of collection time for this year. 
Please send any stickers or bags you have collected with your child to their teacher.
Every sticker raises money for the school which we use to purchase the very popular sports equipment children can issue for playtime use. 
Last year we raised over $800!  So get munching and crunching that fruit!


Only available to be ordered on KINDO, So NO cash or eftpos orders.   
Instructions for making payments to school through KINDO are here
Questions?  email or phone the helpdesk 0508 4KINDO (0508 454636)

Entertainment Book Fundraiser

We now have a few hard copies of the new book available to purchase at the school office for $65. or get the APP version on your mobile phone.

Your support really helps our School.

                                  SUPPORT US NOW!

View the Wellington book here


Parent Network Meeting Dates for 2019

Mon 21st October



Activities and Class trips can be paid for in full or installments on KINDO under Fees & Donations 
Web link :

It's Easy to Order Friday Lunches on KINDO!

Instructions for making payments to school through KINDO are here
Questions?  email or phone the helpdesk 0508 4KINDO (0508 454636)


Dates to Remember
Thursday 19th September - 5pm
Artsplash Dance at Michael Fowler Centre

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)


Friday 8th November
Optional Ballet Trip to RNZB in Wellington 

Saturday 9th November
Festival of Fun

Friday 22nd November
Teacher Only Day

Wednesday 4th December
Kapa Haka Festival, Kapiti College 
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
Lunch Menus

School Parent Network Friday Lunches 

Friday Juicies

We have lots of children and families forgetting to collect Juicies on Friday's. 
These will now be delivered to classes by 3pm each Friday. 
Please remember to order through Kindo to help this process. 

Juicies will still be sold for $1 after school the same day if you wish to purchase.

Friday Lunch Orders

Please be reminded that ALL Firday Lunch Orders must now be placed and paid via KINDO.  No Cash Orders 
Please be advised if you placed your child’s lunch order 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.

Community Notices

Nau mai haere mai, you are warmly invited to attend the exhibition opening, book and film launch of He Whenua Ora, Living Land Kapanui School Children’s Creations on Friday 20 September at 1pm at Mahara Gallery, with presentation of awards starting in Mahara Place (weather dependent). With special guests Irene & Ray Mackle, Peter & Jennie Sherwin, and Robin Buxton representing the Philipp Family Foundation who have kindly supported this project. Also opening: Girls; Boys; book illustrations by Robyn Kahukiwa.

Both exhibitions run 21 September to 27 October, 2019
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm, Sunday 1 to 4pm. Free entry.

The world famous Coastlands Star Search is on in Coastlands shopping town, Paraparaumu in the second week of the October school holidays! 


If you've got a talent - singing, dancing, gymnastics, acting, or anything you think the judges would like to see, then please pick up an entry form from the Coastlands Information Desk, or email for a copy.

There are two categories – Category 1 is Primary and Intermediate age, and Category 2 is Secondary age.
Be in to win awesome vouchers totaling $1,500 from Harvey Norman – first prize is a $400 Harvey Norman voucher, for EACH category. 
Coastlands Aquatic Centre are again on board giving you the chance to win your very own private Pool Party at the Aquatic Facility. You get a free run of the facility, choice of inflatables, hydroslide, spa… You can even play your own music! Conditions apply.

In conjunction with “Coastlands Shopping Town”, “The Hits”, “Harvey Norman” and “Coastlands Aquatic Centre.”

Thrive Chiropractic on Kapiti Road.
They are running a community event for the kids of Kapiti during school holidays where we encourage parents to bring in the their kids for a wellness check up at a reduced rate for this week.


Natural Habitats Landscape Design are involved with the landscaping of the Expressway. They have plastic pots and trays of many varied sizes available for FREE to the community. ( See pictures below )

If you are interested in obtaining some, a wonderful parent from the school has offered to organize the collection of the pots for interested families.

Please contact Anne-Marie on mobile 027 456 2248 with expressions of interest, not later than 4 Oct.  A collection date will then be confirmed. 



Mr McGee and the Biting Flea - Southward Theatre 


Capital E, is the children’s creativity charity in Wellington. Our National Theatre for Children has a theatre show Mr McGee and the Biting Flea coming to Southward Theatre during the October school holidays.
It’s a mesmerising and enchanting show where huge packing cases open and new worlds emerge, filled with quirky characters and stories. This wonderful production features adaptations of the stories ‘Mr McGee’, ‘Alexander’s Outing’, ‘Belinda’, ‘Brown Bread and Honey’, ‘Mary Elizabeth’s House’ and ‘Mr McGee and the Biting Flea’ and will be a fantastic school holiday activity. There’s more information on our Capital E - website

St Mary's College

St Mary's College is finalising enrolments for Y9 students 2020 - limited preference places are available. If you would like more information please contact our enrolment team at or (04) 473 5554.

St Mary's College 
Guildford Terrace
+64 4 473 5554

 After School Care & Tuition




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 2 and we are now taking bookings for term 3. Also, for more information on our action-packed Winter holiday programme, run from Kapiti Primary School Hall, please call Jools Da Silva on 021 0254 3249 or email

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
School Holiday Programmes

Riding lessons, catered pony parties and school holiday programmes.
*Special introductory lessons $25.00 - tell them you read it in this newsletter !
All sizes and abilities catered for.

The GO Club NZ


Book now for The GO Club's Spring STEM Holiday Program! 
30th September - 4th October. Open to boys and girls Year 1+
Ludicrous LEGO, Wandering Wonders, Culinary Chemistry, Loving Life and Crafty Construction. 9am - 3pm, 6 Tongariro St. Book online at
Bored bigger kids? We're running two brand new 2 Day Workshops 7th-8th October and 10th-11th. Let's GO Create, a LEGO customisation and design workshop. Let's GO Code is an intro to code concepts with LEGO Boost.  Suitable for kids in Year 5 to Year 10. Our last LEGO workshop sold out! With limited spaces, get in quick!


Kids Holiday Clay Bird Workshop:

Mon 7th and Thurs 10th October ( you come on both days)  TIME: 9.30-11.30am OR 1.30-3.30pm COST: $70 includes all materials, clay, glazes, 2 firings, plus morning or afternoon tea on both days. For children 5yrs +
Creative fun for everyone Emoji
Bookings essential. Email:,
Cell: 02102720716

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.

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