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 7 March 2019

Term 1, Week 6                                 

Notices gone home this week:

Kowhai-iti - Go Getters Letter
Whole School - Movin' March

Kenakena’s Years 5&6 students are experiencing our biennial Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC) adventure at YMCA Camp Kaitoki, north of Upper Hutt in the foothills of the Rimutaka Range  ( ).  They are involved in a range of outdoor experiences that will challenge them in a way that allows the development of a sense of accomplishment and achievement.


Excited kids getting ready to depart for Camp Kaitoki yesterday!
Kenakena School’s Mission Statement is: Through meaningful learning contexts, develop key competencies for the future.  EOTC experiences provide the meaningful, authentic learning contexts for your children as expressed in our Mission.  This also aligns to the Ministry of Education’s EOTC Guidelines (Bringing the Curriculum Alive):


  • Authentic contexts are essential for developing the key competencies. Since it is important for students to develop and demonstrate their capabilities, where better than in authentic contexts beyond the classroom?
  • Students need to apply the key competencies and use them to transform learning. They are a means of transforming the way in which students engage with and use their knowledge and understandings. Where better to apply and transform new learning than in relevant, authentic contexts beyond the classroom?
  •  Students need to develop the disposition to use the key competencies. Attitudes are important as well as knowledge, skills, and values. Learning beyond the classroom prompts students to demonstrate that they are ready, willing, and able to use the new competencies that they are developing.
We’re onto it!


Joan Hodgins Visits Kenakena



The wonderful and generous Joan Hodgins, who funded Joan’s Big Day Out in 2018 for a group of Kenakena students facing challenge in their lives, visited Kenakena on Friday last week. Joan spent some time seeing Dyslexia Programme in action, met students from last year’s Big Bay Out and had afternoon tea with our staff.  It was great to see Joan again.  Kenakena School presented Joan with a hard cover photo book of The Big Day Out, which she still describes as one of the best days of her life.   Children who benefited from Joan’s generosity last year were spontaneous in giving Joan a hug.


The full story of Joan’s Big Day Out can be viewed here 


Powhiri For Adrian Rurawhe, Mp For The Te Taihauauru Maori Seat

The purpose of Adrian’s visit is to discuss the Te Reo Tuatahi Programme, that is running successfully at Kenakena, Waikanae and Paraparaumu Schools in this area, and many schools on Auckland’s North Shore.  Essentially, we would like the government to support this programme financially to make it accessible to more schools.
At 10.00am tomorrow, March 8 Kenakena School will welcome Adrian Rurawhe MP with a powhiri (Maori welcome).  The powhiri will involve most of the students at Kenakena apart from the Years 5&6 students, who are away at Camp Kaitoki.

You are very welcome to join us.  You will need to be seated by 9.45am and will need to enter the school via Arnold Grove as the manuhiri (visitors) will be called onto Kenakena School from the Donovan Road entrance.  The powhiri will take place in the courtyard surrounded by classrooms 8-12.

Information on Te Reo Tuatahi can be viewed  here.

Primary Teachers Paid Union Meetings

Paid Union Meetings for Primary Teachers and Principals in the Kapiti area are being held from 1.30pm to 3.00pm on Tuesday March 19 and Thursday March 21.  To minimize disruption, 50% of Kenakena teaching staff will be attending the Tuesday 19 meeting and 50% will attend the Thursday 21 meeting.
What will this mean for your children?
Remaining teachers in each teaching team will supervise children.  Half of the teachers in each teaching team will remain each day to supervise children from classes in that team whose teachers are attending the meeting.
What will your children be doing at school on those afternoons?
Our teachers are planning to run each afternoon similar to the very successful Global Play Day on February 7.
Can you pick your children up from school at 12.45pm and take them home for the afternoon?
Teachers would be absolutely happy if you were to do that, given that they are doubling up on supervision.  Please email your children’s teachers if you are planning to keep them at home for the afternoon. 
Why are paid union meetings being held?
You will recall the stalled negotiations between education sector union NZEI and the Ministry of Education that led to strike action in 2018.  NZEI and the Ministry of Education have been back at the negotiating table this week.  Next week’s meetings will be to inform teachers and principals of the outcome of those negotiations and to vote on next steps.
Children need teachers with enough time to teach so they can give your children the attention they deserve, and children need talented and inspiring people to be attracted to teaching. Children are missing opportunities to learn because teachers are bogged down in administration or are struggling to get enough support for children with additional learning needs. It’s time to address these issues.
I have been a school principal since 1990 and have seen a steady increase in bureaucratic compliance and under-resourcing that has affected the ability of educators to do what we are trained to do.  The current Minister of Education has commissioned a wide-ranging review of the whole education system, which I hope will address some of the inhibitors that affect our ability to do the best for your children.
There are also issues with the pay and working conditions of teachers and other school staff that need addressing if we are to attract and retain the best people. 
The Kenakena School Board of Trustees, as the employer of the school’s staff and the trustees for the education of your children, is supportive of teachers attending the Paid Union Meetings, which are held in accordance with Section 26 of the Employment Relations Act (2000).


Bruce McDonald


School News

Movin' March

Scooter Day is tomorrow. Children can ride their scooter to school and enjoy scooting about on the netball, basketball and kick ball court areas during break times  (but not before school please). Some of the senior students have kindly offered to set up the ramps and a bit of an obstacle course.

The calendar of remaining events is:

           8 March              Scooter Day
               15 March            Walk Your Dog to School Day
               22 March            Everyone In – Dress up Day (including parents!)
               29 March            Kenakena Prize Draw at Assembly

Student Achievements

  • Madison Wallis (Rm25) has had even more success with her Ten Pin Bowling.  At the Wellington Open last month she was placed 1st in Junior Singles, 1st in Junior Doubles, 4th in Graded Teams and 1st in Junior All Events to be named "Junior Champion of the Wellington Open"

  • Ella Dougall Rm 16, Millie Donald Rm 16 and Sage Price Rm 24 formed a team for the Kapiti Women's Triathlon last Sunday. They took on the Sprint (longest distance) with Ella doing the 750m sea swim, Millie the 18km bike ride and Sage the 5km run. They were the youngest by a long way but incredibly still completed the course in 1hr 25mins. They were the third team home and first in their age group.

                                              Sage, Ella and Millie

School Sores Often Make An Appearance At This Time Of Year 

School sores is the common name for impetigo, which is a skin condition caused by the bacteria staphylococcus (`staph’) or streptococcus (`strep’) and is easily spread around school age children.

It appears as pimples, with blisters that scab. It is common in children over one year and often appears in late summer and autumn.

In the early stages it is often confused with cold sores, but the conditions require different treatment. Impetigo is highly infectious, so you need to keep your child away from school until the condition has cleared.

How to reduce the risk of school sores

  • Keep finger nails short
  • Bath or shower daily to keep skin clean
  • Keep any bites or cuts covered while kids are playing outside or at school, to prevent infection entering the body by this route
  • Ensure your children do not share swimming towels with friends
  • Change bedding after sleep overs


Registrations for hockey starting in Term 3 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 

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.

Kapiti Golf Club Fun Day

Saturday 16th March for young beginner golfers (aged 5-14)  - with all equipment provided. 

Info here

Futsal - Term 2

Info here



After trialling, 3x Year 7/8 and 1x Year 6 team have been named.
Kauri (A Team)  - Aaliyah Thompson-Makea, Dale Tyler-Fryer, Grace McKenzie, Keira Akavi, Keira Hewitt, Mikayla Bain, Parker Lynch, Riya Parashar, Te Awakairangi Moeahu,  Te-may Pistorius Erasmus
Totara (B Team) - Abbey Duncan, Amber Forsyth,  Avah Thompson-Makea, Zoe Boyd, Kay-Lynne Cabral, Nakita Love, Adyson Radermacher, Mikaela Kindell, Michelle Codyre, Charlise McKenzie
Rimu (C Team) - Michaela Gray, Ayla Robson, Catherine Simpson, Naomi Allen-Boyd, Olivia Salisbury, Te Aroha Takiwa, Eleni Petratos, Ivanah van Rooyen, Lisa Digovich, Katya Cameron-Bennett.
Kowhai (Year 6) - Aroha Peregrine, Elsa Amaya, Eva-Lilly Allen, Georgia Bain, Georgia Takiwa, Hannah Moore, Holly Radermacher, Isabella Billington-Stewart, Jo-Lea Morehu, Mahia Renner.
School Parent Network News

Moola Small Change Fundraiser

The Moola loose change fundraiser has been a great success raising over $1000!! The winning classroom was Room 11 who raised $211.50 and Room 2 was second with $148.70

Thank you for all your donations.

Parent Network Meeting Dates for 2019

11 March

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. 

Dates to Remember
Wednesday 6th March
Year 5/6 Camp until 8th

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

Friday 15th March
Year 8 Kapiti Island Trip for Rms 14,24,25

Monday 19th March
Board of Trustees Meeting 7.30pm

Friday 22nd March
School "Retro Roller" Disco

Wednesday 27th March
Years 5-8 Swimming Festival
Coastlands Aquatic Centre

Monday 29th April
Board of Trustees Meeting 7.30pm

Tuesday 30th April
Year 8 Gardisil Vaccination

Tuesday 7th May
School Photo Day

Wednesday 12th June
Inter-School Cross Country

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

Tiaki Card Winners 

This Tiaki card winners from our last assembly were Elizabeth Boyd Room 18; Lachlan Faithfull Room 7, Josiah Morehu Room 8, Onyx McGregor-Cullimore Room 18, Louie Robinson Room 7, Lacee Sanson Room 7, Mia Speight Room 19, Matilda Kerr Room 20, Harry Mason room 23 and Nikita Doney Room 23.

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



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)

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

Playing the long game – the type of consequence that just works better

It’s pretty easy to find yourself caught in a stand-off with a child. In fact, it’s probably an everyday occurrence. 
. Read more here
Lunch Menus

Please note that due to supplier closure there will be no chips, fish, nuggets, fried rice or chow mein available tomorrow 8th March.

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

 Have you thought about becoming a board member for your school?

Board of trustees elections are coming up this year and there is an information evening at Waikanae School on March 18th.

Paraparaumu Beach Kindy Garage Sale - Saturday 9th from 8am - 12pm.

Kapiti Run For Youth

Sunday March 31st

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 with an OVER THE FENCE CUPPA!
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

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

Free Heart Foundation Information Session for discussion on medications -
  Tuesday 12 March, 5.30 – 7.00pm
Te Newhanga Kāpiti Community Centre,
15a Ngahina St
Speaker: James Westbury, Community Pharmacist

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

 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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