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 27 June 2019

Term 2, Week 9                                



The Ministry of Education has been undertaking a thorough review of the New Zealand Curriculum and, as part of that, has given consideration to the way the learning progress and achievement of students is reported to parents.  One of the significant questions raised was:
How could we shift from reporting to parents and whānau as a twice-yearly ‘compliance’ activity to ongoing information sharing with students, parents, and whānau, recognising that this is a critical component of educationally powerful partnerships for learning? (Curriculum, Progress and Achievement – Emerging Findings 2018).

Like many schools, Kenakena has been considering how we can make good use of technology to report more effectively and in a more timely manner.  One of the technology tools we have been using is the Seesaw App, which began as a trial.  Seesaw will soon be used school-wide to provide you with regular examples of the work your children are producing.  Children often post their own work, which can include comments from them and from their teachers.  This allows regular opportunities for you to engage with your children by discussing their work with them and writing your own feedback.
Our next step is to build more structure around the use of Seesaw as a means of reporting achievement and progress that will take the place of the traditional twice-per-year written report.  We will still need to show you where your child sits in relation to their age and stage of education.  What we want to achieve is to give you regular Learning Snapshots of your child’s learning and achievement that are accurate and up-to-date rather than you having to wait six months to hear about it.
We will still have Parent-Teacher Conferences in Terms 1 and 4.
The transition to Learning Snapshot reporting will begin this year for students from Years 5 – 8, with a transition to the whole school in 2020.
In the lead up to the Term 4 Parent Teacher Conferences, we will be giving you information on how The Learning Snapshot works.  This will kick off with a parent information evening for the parents of children in Years 5-8.

The Learning Snapshot Reporting Information Evening
Thursday, July 25th at 7pm in the School Hall for Parents of Children in Years 5-8.





A Matariki Hangi is being prepared to feed all the school’s children.
The celebration of Matariki, which many Maori regard as ‘New Year’, has been rejuvenated in Aotearoa/New Zealand.  Kenakena School has celebrated Matariki in recent years through a school-wide feast from a hangi, where food is cooked over hot stones and irons in the ground.  For those of you new to New Zealand, here is a link you can view to see what a hangi is all about:
For information on Matariki, please visit the following link:
Bruce McDonald


Hangi Food Preparation

School News

The fire is burning, the food is being prepared and it’s a stunning day for a Matariki Hangi at Kenakena!

Whakataka te hau ki te uru. Whakataka te hau ki te tonga. Kia makinakina ki uta. Kia mataratara ki tai. E hi ake ana te atakura. He tio! He huka! He hauhunga! Tehei Mauriora!
(Cease the winds from the west. Cease the winds from the south. Let the breezes blow over the land. Let the red tipped dawn come with a sharpened air, a touch of frost, a promise of a glorious day!)

Attention all Ice-cream lovers !

If you have any empty & clean ice cream containers, we would love to recycle / re-purpose these for use at school. Please drop them off to the school library.


Tuesdays for 4 weeks 
Dates are:  11, 18, 25 June & 2 July 2019.

On these days, please send your Year 5 & 6 child to school wearing comfortable clothes and wearing sock.
The students will be taken by bus from School to Kapiti Gymnastics, Mazengarb Road.
There is a small cost involved to cover transport
Cost per student $ 11.00 per child, payable on Kindo or at the school office.


We would love to hear from you urgently.

We have had some inquiries from several families from China wanting to come in Term 3. They are one parent and 2 Children coming for between 1 & 3 weeks. If you have room to host them, or you have a house to rent out, please get in touch. 

Hosting an International Student can be an enriching experience for all involved.  Your family will be able to ‘show off’ some of our beautiful country and at the same time learn about a different culture from the comfort of your own home.   In turn, we hope the students will leave with many happy memories of staying with a Kapiti Coast family and studying at Kenakena School.

Host families are supported by the school’s pastoral care programme and a homestay payment of $300 per person / per week. 

If you are interested to find out more or to sign up as a host family, please contact Renee Pellikaan, Homestay Co-ordinator, Phone work 2984011 or email

A fantastic opportunity to meet and hear from some great speakers;



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.

Dental Van

The Dental Service Van will be 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 winner 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. 

Be Prepared for Winter 


Spare Clothes 
It is getting cooler and wetter at this time of year, so please consider sending your child with a change of clothes, particularly spare socks & pants as they are likely to jump & play in the puddles :) 

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) 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 are only available for years 4 and up.

To enrol your child in these fabulous music lessons grab an enrolment form from reception or go to and click the “enrol for in-school music lessons” button.
For more information please  email:
House of Sound Music Academy
04 296-1618
027 844-5522



Sports Uniforms
Please urgently return any sports uniforms that needed to be handed back to the school library. Several are still outstanding. 

Kapiti Basketball Association Kiwi Hoops  

Info at
Register here 
Mixed Adult Scrimmages on Sundays


Futsal - Term 2

  Info here 


School Parent Network News

Family Movie Night.

We are excited to host the first Family Movie Night on Friday 28th June.  
Hall doors will open 4.30, movie will start at 5pm.
Seating is limited, be early to ensure you and your family get a good spot.  
If you are dropping your child to the event please make sure they are dropped to the hall.  ALL CHILDREN MUST BE COLLECTED FROM THE HALL BY AN ADULT 6.30PM.
Bring comfy items to sit on but please no beanbags or chairs.
Lots of goodies to enjoy, gold coin entry.  See you there.



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

Kenakena School is fundraising with Entertainment!

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

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. 


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

Friday 28th June
Parent Network - Family Movie Night 

Saturday 31st August
T.O.M  - Regionals 

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)


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

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 Only Lunches - NEW Order Forms

Juicies - Order & Pay on Kindo or line up at 3 pm on Fridays 

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

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.

Friday Lunch Orders

Please be reminded that ALL Firday Lunch Orders must now be placed and paid via KINDO.
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.  
Please be advised ; If you do not cancel the order, we cannot do it for you and we cannot credit your account.  The left over food will be donated at any children in need at the end of lunch time.
Community Notices


Here at BestStart Paraparumu we have limited vacancies available due to our older children going off to school.  We cater for 3month-5 years old and offer 3 different classroom  settings for the different ages. We have times throughout the day were we have the opportunity to all come together and learn. Our centre has regular excursions around the community for EVERY age group. Library visit, BMX Club, Kaitiaki of the local Heritage trails, school visits, exploring our local parks and exploring nature just to name a few.
20 Free hours for 3 year olds and over
We have a passionate dedicated team of teachers whom are all fully trained or in training.
Please pop in and see us or give us a call
52 Percival Road
04 298-3790
We are at present running a FREE playgroup for under 2 year olds every Thursday from 10-11am

NZ Police recently launched a new non emergency number, 105.
See their information below:
We've done this to make it easier to get hold of us in the event of non-urgent situations or ‘Things which have Already Happened’, which don’t require Police assistance immediately.
You can call us on 105 for all non emergencies, or you can go online at to report things like:
- Lost property
- Theft for a public place or car
- Intentional property damage
- Or to get an update or add info to a previous report

In the event of an emergency, always call 111 - Things that are Happening Now.

Vodafone Competition - Sing your way to win part of a total prize pool of $13K
As proud technology partners, Vodafone are helping to spread the word about 105. Police Number.
Check out the New Zealand Police 105 song, then re-create your own version. Get your colleagues involved. Simply film it, then upload to for the chance to win part of a total prize pool of $13,000 from Vodafone. 
Visit to hear the song or visit find out more about the competition !

And a bit of history…


In case you don’t know us, Tots to Teens magazine is a free community parenting resource for Kiwi families. We focus on positive, well-researched parenting advice to support children’s reading, learning, behaviour, nutrition, health, well-being, and resilience. We have distributed 550,000 free magazines nationwide each year to families through schools, preschools, libraries, and Plunket for over 17 years.

To help support more New Zealand families, we are now producing Tots to Teens as a free digital magazine, using new technology that ensures an easy-to-read experience for parents, particularly for those parents who read emails using their phone.

To see more follow the link to the exciting new JULY/AUGUST ISSUE digital magazine is available here


Fundraiser for Canini Beehive School and Childrens Home in Kenya

Pub Quiz Night

Jolly Pub, Mazengarb Rd

Wednesday 10 July, 7pm

Tickets $10 per person

Teams of 6

Includes Bingo, Raffle, Auction

Buy tickets in advance from Val  (04 2987955)




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.


Sams Art House, 6 Tongariro St, Paraparaumu

Term 3 - We have been open now since Feb 2019 and our Art and Drawing Classes are filling up with fabulous, creative kids!  Enrol your child now into one of our awesome classes.  We have Creative Art Classes for 5-10yr olds on Mondays and Fridays, 3.30-5pm and 9-13yr olds on Wednesdays 3.30-5pm.  We have Drawing Classes for 5-10yr olds on Tuesdays 3.30-5pm and 9-13yr olds on Thursdays 3.30-5pm.  All materials are provided, including afternoon tea. Enrolment is for the full term.  Please email if you are wanting a trail class before committing to a full term.  To enrol check out or email


July School Holidays

We have our fabulous July School Holiday Programme coming up.  Bookings open now.  We have a full week of awesome activities, from 8-12 July, morning and afternoon sessions including 2 pre-school & sibling sessions.  We have early drop-off, late pick-up and lunchtime options. Family discount, all materials and morning/afternoon tea provided.  To enrol check out or email


Interested in Chess? Every Tuesday at 7pm, the Kapiti Chess Club runs a coaching session for kids. Open to everyone, regardless of level, this is a great way to learn and improve chess from an expert coach, and have some fun playing with others. We meet at the Salvation Army rear hall at 41 Bluegum Road, Paraparaumu.

Crawshaw Music School Information

Kapiti Music Centre Trust Information

Do you know any new Kiwis who need some English help?
Please tell them about English Language Partners.
We offer
               One-to-one help anywhere in Kapiti (1-2 hours a week)
               Classes in Paraparaumu – (2 hours a week) -
English Language Partners
               Helps adults with using and understanding English
               Helps at all levels (beginners to advanced)
               Helps new arrivals and also those who have lived in New Zealand for years
               Is FREE for most people.
To contact English Language Partners phone 0800 NEW KIWI or 0800 639 5494

 After School Care & Tuition



Kakariki Nature Play's School Holiday Progamme is back for July and now running both weeks. 

$60/full day, $30 half day.
Matariki at Nga Manu for 4 - 8 yr olds.
Lots of bush play, storytelling, natural crafts, damper on the fire pit and more.    
Tues 9th 9.15 - 3pm, Thur 11th 1- 4pm and Fri 12th 9.15 - 3pm.  
Tuna and Slime at Kaitawa Reserve for 5 - 10 yr olds.
River play, constructions, storytelling, natural crafts, hot chocolate by the open fire and more.
Tues 16th 9.15 - 3pm, Thurs 18th 1 - 4pm and Fri 19th 9.15 - 3pm.

For further info FB Kakariki Nature Play, email or ring Anna 021 02430430

After School Art Classes

Info here

Denise Walker Dance Academy

Do what you love!  Enrol now for Term 2.
Ballet (RAD), jazz/funk, contemporary, preschool ballet/jazz plus all new hip hop for juniors. Waikanae, Raumati & Otaki.
or contact Denise on 027 454 4073 or


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


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.


12 Donovan Road, P.O. Box 1441, Paraparaumu Beach

Phone: 04 298 4011  Cell: 027 7818315

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