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Senior & Middles News 19-09-18

Robin Hartley —

A significant term has been had by all!

Up and Coming

  • 25th Sept  - The Balmacewen Show at Otago Boys
  • 26th Sept -  School Fair Parent Meeting at 6pm
  • 28th Sept  - Pizza Lunch and Last day of Term

  • 15th Oct - Senior Swimming starts on the first Monday of term 4, then every Monday of the term (so remember those togs!)
  • 22nd Oct - Labour Day (School Closed)
  • 24th to 26th Oct - Middles Camp

Senior Inquiry is Significant this Term

Groups of seniors are running around the school trying to make a significant difference in our school or community.  We have groups running a sport session for a local preschool, proposing ways to make the school look more attractive for children, visiting a local residents home for the elderly , designing computer games to learn about the long history of our school, working to make the school more sustainable and environmentally sound, designing and improving our facilities such as the sports shed, creating a youtube learning channel for our school, finding ways to reduce loneliness and help people find friends and attracting native birds onto the school grounds.

This has been very exciting and we are very much looking forward to seeing the results of the students' actions.  Please keep an eye out for change and note that your children did this!

Capital E - Story Studio Live

The children were delighted to get to see an amazing show about how to make sound effects.  There was laughter, tears and some excellent audience participation.  Please take the time to ask your children about the show!

Senior Swimming 2018

Children in the Senior Syndicate will again participate in a swimming programme at Moana Pool in Term four.

Date for Swimming are as follows:

Monday October 15th - 9:30- 11:30

Monday October 22nd -No lesson. Labour weekend

Monday October 29th - 9:30- 11:30

Monday November 5th -9:30 – 11:30

Monday November 12th - 9:30- 11:30

Monday November 19th - 9:30 – 11:30

Monday November 26th - 9:30 – 11:30

Monday December 3rd - 9:30- 11:30

Monday December 10th - 9:30 – 11:30 

We will have sessions with Instructors starting on Monday, week 1!

The four classes have eight sessions of half an hour each. Each class will walk to the pool (unless the weather prevents this) leaving school twenty-five minutes prior to instruction time.

Moana instructors will deliver lessons that will incorporate water confidence, technique and stamina. The children will be grouped in ability groups. Children perform best and with greater confidence when wearing goggles and suitable swimwear.


Room 1: 9:30am. - Leave school twenty five minutes prior – 9:05.

Room 2: 10:00am. - Leave school twenty five minutes prior – 9:35.

Room 2a: 10:30am. -Leave school twenty five minutes prior – 10:05


The cost for nine sessions at Moana Pool, including instruction is $29:60 per pupil.

(Please note that due to the contract agreement with Moana Pool we are charged for all sessions for each child, those who forget togs etc. will still be charged.)

The cost will be placed on your account.

Middles Inquiry

Children in the middle syndicate have been thinking of questions they could ask people who have had a significant effect on others. Some children have focused on people in our community, while others have researched people from the past that they would have loved the chance to have interviewed. 

 We have talked about the types of questions that will give the interviewee the opportunity to give a more detailed answer rather than short one word answers. Some children have also been thinking about how to lead into a question with knowledge that they have about the topic.

Middles Camp

Tirohanga camp is not far away now and we would like to thank those who have already filled out the health and medical forms. If you have not received the e-mail for this, please check to make sure that it has not gone to your junk mail or spam folder, or contact amcbeath@kaikorai.school to be sent the links. 

Parents who have filled out the parent helper and police check forms also need to fill out the parent helper information online form. Next week you can expect to receive an e-mail with the gear list for camp.