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 25 July 2019

Term 3, Week 1                                


Welcome to Term 3 at Kenakena School.  I hope you were able to enjoy some extra time with your children during their holiday break.
I extend a warm welcome to families new to Kenakena School this term.  If I haven’t met you yet, please call in to see me.

The Learning Snapshot Reporting Information Evening
Tonight at 7pm in the School Hall for Parents of Children in Years 5-8.


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 Tonight 7 pm -Thu 25 July 19.


Kenakena welcomed fourteen new fee-paying international students to our school on Monday.  Most of these students from China are staying with host families, who will be looking after them while they are at Kenakena over the next four weeks. Some students are accompanied by their parents, who are staying locally while their children are at school. The students will learn in our classrooms and have a range of exciting activities to enjoy during their time here.  Being in New Zealand and at Kenakena gives them the opportunity to practice their English and to experience a different culture and education system.  

I extend a particularly warm welcome two teachers and eight students from Shaoguan Number 1 Experimental School in Shaoguan, Guangdong Province, China.  This is one of our Chinese ‘sister schools’, with whom we have established a great relationship over the past four years.  This is the second time students and teachers have come from the school to Kenakena. 

Our Kapahaka Group performed at a welcome ceremony for our international students, parents and teachers on Tuesday.


Kenakena School, Paraparaumu Beach School and Paraparaumu College will be working together following a successful application for the Ministry of Education’s Teacher-Led Innovation Fund, which brings $80 000 of professional development funding over the next twelve months.  The project will involve key teachers from Paraparaumu College working with Year 7&8 teachers at Kenakena and Paraparaumu Beach Schools.  The project follows on from a two-year TLIF project involving Kenakena and Paraparaumu College and involves the development of a strong ‘local curriculum’ that guides transition from primary school to secondary school. 
The Teacher-led Innovation Fund (TLIF) supports teams of qualified teachers from early learning services, ngā kōhanga reo, schools and kura to collaboratively develop innovative practices that improve learning outcomes.



The winter sports season continues.  If you’re a spectator parent, please set a good example. Fun is by far the most prevalent reason given for children’s participation in sport.
“Be a Sport. Show your Support”

  • Encourage your child, and other people’s children, in their efforts in sport

  • Insist that your child plays within the rules and plays fairly

  • Respect your child’s efforts the same regardless of whether s/he has won or lost

  • Display self-control on the side-line.  Always be positive.  Do not ridicule players or shout at them in a negative fashion.

  • Watch your child play and let him/her enjoy the game

We look forward to an exciting, motivating and positive term at Kenakena School!


Bruce McDonald


School News


School Photo Day was held last term Tuesday 11 June 19 
(Week 7, Term 2).

Parents will be advised via Skool Loop & via our Facebook page on the day that they are sent home with your child.


Kowhai & Kahikatea Syndicates - The Term 3, Newsletters were published this week. 

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. 


Winners were : Freddy RM19, Aroha RM19, Patrick RM20, Harry RM20,

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


Hoop Club Kapiti – Junior  Basketball Coaching Programme – Term 3 2019



Kapiti Basketball Association Kiwi Hoops  

Info at
Register here 
Mixed Adult Scrimmages on Sundays



Paraparaumu Junior Badminton  Mondays 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


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

Saturday 31st August
T.O.M - Regionals 

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 Only Lunches - NEW Order Forms

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.  If you do not cancel the order, we cannot do it for you and we cannot credit your account.
Community Notices

Paraparaumu Brownies

Is your 7-9 year old daughter looking for some fun, friendship and adventure? Spaces are currently available in Hadfield Brownies (Tuesdays 5-6.30pm) and Paraparaumu Brownies (Thursdays 4-5.30pm). Please phone 0800 222292 for more information.  



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.



Teaching the Trinity College syllabus to encourage students to develop and improve communication skills. Lessons are designed to promote confidence in speaking and or performance and general speech quality. 

For information please call 04 9020580, 021 0220 4867 or email



We are very close to being able to do a rollout of the Chromebooks next term, in fact we only need 2 more orders.

Please contact;  Leigh Howchow, Whakaaro Hou Trust Administrator on Ph 0274629230



Interested in Chess? Every Tuesday at 7 pm, 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

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.


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Phone: 04 298 4011  Cell: 027 7818315

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