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 4 March 2019

Term 1, Week 10                                 


I have recently returned from two weeks marketing Kenakena School’s International Student Programme in China. My visit took me to Shaoguan, Shenzhen and Shantou (Guangdong Province) and Xi’an in Shanxi Province.

The purpose of the visit was to continue building Kenakena’s profile as a quality destination for fee-paying international students in a growing market. I met with the families of children who have attended Kenakena, with agents who have sent children here before, and new agents who requested contact with a view to sending students here. Meetings with groups of parents involved prepared presentations and videos highlighting Kenakena School. The presentations are prepared in Chinese language with many visual images of international students involved in learning activities at Kenakena.

The work I did in Shenzhen and Shantou involved co-marketing with Kapiti College International Student Director Steve Burt and Marketing Manager Paul Western. We have been working with Kapiti College in a co-marketing capacity since 2010, highlighting an international student educational pathway in New Zealand. We are ably assisted in China by ex-Kenakena School parent Rose Hu, operating as our translator, cultural adviser and organiser.

Our busiest time for short-term international students from China is at the beginning of Term 3, when groups of students attend Kenakena for three-four weeks.

One of my challenges this year was convincing Chinese parents that, in the wake of the Christchurch tragedy, New Zealand is a safe place for their children to come.

The revenue earned from our international student programmes is invested back into our school to support programmes for our Kenakena Students in a public education system that is grossly under funded in comparison to many OECD countries.

In 2018, our international programme won us the New Thinking Achievement Award at the 2018 Business Kapiti-Horowhenua Business Awards.

Kapiti College’s Paul Western and I meet with a group of students and their teachers at a                                                                           school in Shenzhen.

Farewell to Lynda Ramage

At the end of next week Lynda Ramage, Kenakena School Office Manager and Executive Assistant to the Principal, leaves Kenakena School and the Kapiti Coast to move to Nelson with her husband Adrian, who recently accepted a job there.

Lynda began working in our busy school office in 2007 as an office assistant. In 2019, in addition to the two main roles mentioned above, she is also our administration manager for our successful International Student Programme, and Secretary to the Board of Trustees.

The school office at Kenakena is the engine room of the school. Lynda has been responsible for the introduction and development of many of the administration systems that make the school engine run smoothly. Initiative, accuracy, analysis, oversight, and interpersonal communication are hallmarks of Lynda’s work. Her leadership has earned her great respect at Kenakena. The business of running a 21st Century school is complex, and Lynda has played a significant role in how we manage that complexity. Our international student programme would not be as successful as it is without Lynda’s business and marketing input.

As my Executive Assistant, Lynda has provided outstanding professional support locally, nationally and internationally.

Thank you, Lynda for the outstanding contribution you have made to the success of Kenakena School.

    Lynda representing Kenakena School in China in 20                                                

Bruce McDonald


School News

Gumboot Up on Friday 5 April!

We're asking you, your teachers and parents to wear gumboots to school in support of Gumboot Friday. Put your gumboots on and bring along a gold coin donation (if you can). All funds raised on the day will help provide free counselling to kids who need it.

Gumboot Friday is a new initiative by New Zealander of the Year, Mike King, and I Am Hope. We're aiming to raise $2 million for kids who need some mental health support. You can find out more about Gumboot Friday at

Please encourage your friends, family and community to #GumbootUpNZ on 5 April!


Movin' March

Wow Kenakena whanau and caregivers, you have done an amazing job of leaving the cars at home and using your feet.

On the ‘Bike Day’ the bike racks were over flowing, a huge number of scooters came to school each week and ‘Walk the Dog Day’ is always so popular. The final fun day, ‘Decorations Day’, was totally awesome -  so many bright and beautiful bikes, scooters and people.

Kenakena families have made a significant difference to the traffic problem during March, so challenge yourself to at least 1 car-free day for the rest of the year!!

Once again thanks for all your ‘movin 'n' groovin’ over the month of March.

Don’t forget to keep an eye on the official Movin’ March facebook page to see if any of the Kenakena children have won a prize in the big prize draw.

Movin’ March
Shona McDonald and Rachel Moore


BYOD Chromebook Rollout

The Whakaaro Hou Trust Administrator is gauging if there is enough interest to have another rollout in early May.  There would need to be at least another 6 people signed up from the Kapiti Schools.

Fill in an  expression of interest and send to the office or directly to the Trust by April 29th.  Information here.


School Photos

School Photo Day is Tuesday 7th May (Week 2 of Term 2).  As last year your children will bring home an individual code AFTER the photos have been taken and you will be able to view them online BEFORE having to order and pay. 
The only exception is for family/sibling photos which need to be ordered and paid for (no eftpos sorry) by 8.30am on Monday 6th May. They can be paid online, no need for the envelope, at


Sustainable Coastlines Mobile Phone Appeal

It would be great if you could rummage around in your drawers and toy boxes and bring into School any unwanted mobile phones you may have.
Phones collected help our School gain valuable rewards and the environment also benefits by keeping our landfills free of mobile phones and their array of hazardous toxic substances.
Please drop any phones you may have in the collection box in school reception.  Batteries and chargers are fine as well.


Heelys - Avoid Those Tears!

The school recommends that children DO NOT wear "Heelys" shoes to school due to the high number of injuries they cause wearers.

Tiaki Card Winners 

Tiaki card winners from our last assembly were Aria Teague Room 7, Danie Grobler Room 7, Aston Beissel Room 8, Rose Tyler-Fryer Room 1, Vaun Gibb-Tyler Room 17, Kewa Surowiez Room 15, Katelyn Murphy Room 16, Jacob Russell Room 20, Lachlan McNulty Room 20, and Caleb Grimmett Room 16.

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

Board of Trustees Elections

Board of Trustees Elections Coming Up!

Next term (June 7th), we will be holding our Board of Trustees elections.  More information will be provided closer to the time, but in the meantime if you are thinking about standing please look at the following website for more information



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.


Kapiti Basketball Association Kiwi Hoops - Term 1, 2019 

Info at
Register here 
Mixed Adult Scrimmages on Sundays


Futsal - Term 2

  Info here 

Team Golf Event - Otaki Golf Club - Sat 6 April at 1.30pm  

Team Golf is a great opportunity for young beginner golfers (aged 5-14 years) to get out on the course alongside friends and family. Play 6 shortened holes as a team with all equipment provided, and sausage sizzle and prizes afterwards. Relaxed rules ensure its all about kids having fun, and mum and dad can come along to caddy. Enter on your own or with a friend by registering here . Cost is $5 per person.  


Paraparaumu Junior Badminton starts Monday 29th April at Kapiti College old gymnasium.
School years 4 - 7 runs from 5 til 6pm, school years 8 and above runs from 6 til 7pm.
Cost $3 per night or $25 for the term.
Contact Mike - 027 2824589

School Parent Network News

FRIDAY LUNCHES – Only Available to be Ordered on KINDO Starting from Next Term.

Due to the lack of support to count lunch money on Friday mornings, ALL orders will have to be placed online through the KINDO school shop, starting in Term 2.

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.

Your support really helps our School.

                                  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

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
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

Tuesday 28th May
School Cross Country

Wednesday 12th June
Inter-School Cross Country

Tuesday 18th June
Year 7 Boostrix Immunisation

Thursday 20th June
Paraparaumu College 


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

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

Resilience and How to Help Children Grow it

One thing most parents are keen for their children to learn is how to be resilient in the face of daily bumps and struggles.
 Read more here

Wellington Botanic Garden Bioblitz

As part of Wellington Botanic Garden’s 150th celebrations, the garden is holding its first-ever Bioblitz.
We know a lot about the plants we grow, but what’s hiding in between the roots and stems? We would like help to uncover the secrets hidden in the gardens. 
… so we're in a race to snapshot as many different species as we can in 24 hours. The event runs from 3pm Friday 5 April - 3pm Saturday 6 April.
Please would you share the event with your staff, students and their families. We’ve attached a pdf and jpeg for you to use.
As a super science sleuth, you'll be shown how to use the iNaturalist App, so you can make your own discoveries. If you like to work in a team, sign up to one of our guided walks.
Not sure what we mean by a Bioblitz? Check out this handy video.
The garden is also holding a special Brown Bag Lunch next Wednesday, 3 April between 12.30pm and 1.10pm. You may like to attend, so we can show you how you can use the i-naturalist App in the classroom and how you can capture (on camera of course...) species you find. 
The Bioblitz has a special project page, so scientists from around New Zealand (and the world) can help identify what you have discovered during the Bioblitz. 
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.

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

Sea Scouts

Information here

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 .


Mother's Day 5km Fun Run/Walk 

Proceeds go to the Heart Foundation to help support New Zealanders number one killer disease.
Locations – Aotea Lagoon, Porirua  AND Otaihanga Domain, Paraparaumu
Registrations – Complete an online registration and your Dick Frizzel tee shirt is couriered to you for free.  See flyer here


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

Kapiti Basketball Association

There are awesome activities planned for the upcoming School Holidays to continue the fun.  To register for either of these activities please use the "click to register" below. Come and try out our brand new shooting machine under the excellent tuition of a FIBA 2 qualified coach. For the shooting camps, spaces will be limited, so get in quick!

More info at , phone 022 4732104 or email here

Click to register

Easter Fun Afternoon

Information here

Kakariki Nature Play's School Holiday Progamme at Nga Manu 

Tales of the Forest, for 4 - 8 yr olds.
Lots of bush play, storytelling and puppets, natural crafts, fire pit and more.    
Mon 15th April 1 - 4pm $30/child
Tues 16th April 9.15 - 3pm $60/child
Wed 17th April 1 -4pm $30/child
For further info:  Kakariki Nature Play, email or ring Anna 021 02430430

Kāpiti Island for Kids school holiday programme for ages 9-12 from 22nd - 24th April 2019.

3 days/2 nights - Includes: nighttime kiwi spotting, nature adventures, fishing, swimming, games, wildlife discovery, harakeke weaving, cabin accommodation (quad share), delicious food, ferry and DOC permits. $395pp. Limited to 14 spaces. Email here. View flyer here.

Easter Holiday Workshops are on with The GO Club, a girls-only STEM club!

Running over just three activity packed days Monday 15th - Wednesday 17th your girls can explore the science behind their favourite Easter crafts, animals and of course, chocolate! For Year 1 - 8 girls, 8:30am-3pm with after care available. Term 2 after school club bookings are also open now! We Build Girls Up! See all the info here  or contact Alexandra now at

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

Holiday Programme can be viewed here


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


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 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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