Sunday, 27 August 2017

Val's Baptism & First Communion

Mrs Earl, Ms Bowler, Mrs Methven and the Kaupeka Teachers would like to congratulate Val. It was so special seeing him make the choice to be baptised and also make his First Communion today at the 10.30am Mass.



Term 3, Week 5 Affirmations

This week Methuli, Maggie and Jonte were our focus for affirmation time.




Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Cantamath Competition 2017

A massive congratulations to our Year 7 Cantamath Team (Adam, Jorja, Taylor, Tiana) and Year 8 Cantamath Team (Ben, Kiera, Corban and Anna) for their efforts and enthusiasm tonight. Thanks to Charlotte for being our awesome reserve and supporter!

 Both teams competed in the Cantamath Competition against over 95 schools with 30 minutes to complete 20 questions.

Year 7 - 70 points (4th equal)

Year 8 - 40 points (74th)

We are so very proud of both teams for the successes that they had tonight!

Political PBL - Dr Duncan Webb (Labour Candidate)

This term, Kaupeka has a PBL focus of Community and how it is influenced by Politics

Our big driving question for this project is...
 "Why is Government/Leadership necessary/unnecessary in a Community?" 

Our sub-questions are; 
"What influences do Governments have over their Communities?" 
"Why is it important to critically examine different points of views?"

The Kaupeka Team were enthusiastically involved during the visit from Dr Duncan Webb. They asked some awesome questions and took notes collaboratively on their Chromebooks. 

At 1pm this afternoon, we were extremely lucky to have Dr Duncan Webb visit our school and share his knowledge with us about his role within Labour. Dr Duncan Webb is currently campaigning to win the Christchurch Central Electorate. He spent time with each of our Kaupeka parties and helped grow their policy ideas. Over the next few weeks, our students will also be campaigning in the hopes of being elected to govern our school.

Some of our key takeaways were...
  • Advertise on websites, in places that are popular and that most people use. Communication is the key!
  • Be kind to everyone to gain their trust.
  • However your leader acts is how your party will come across to others (reputation).
  • Labour’s Really Ending Poverty Using Tactics And Trusting In Our Niceness - spells reputation.
  • Make the gap between the rich and poor smaller.
  • Tell the people what you’re going to do and listen to their ideas/needs.
  • You can’t help everyone but you can try.
  • Distinguish ourselves from the others. BE ORIGINAL AND DIFFERENT. 
  • You need the people to help you. 
  • Take every opportunity given and make decisions based on what you think is right.

Thank you so much Duncan Webb for your time and expertise this morning!

Political PBL - Jo Hayes (National MP)

This term, Kaupeka has a PBL focus of Community and how it is influenced by Politics

Our big driving question for this project is...
 "Why is Government/Leadership necessary/unnecessary in a Community?" 

Our sub-questions are; 
"What influences do Governments have over their Communities?" 
"Why is it important to critically examine different points of views?"

The Kaupeka Team were so engaged during the visit from Jo Hayes. They asked some great questions and took notes collaboratively on their Chromebooks. 

At 9.30am this morning, we were extremely lucky to have Jo Hayes visit our school and share her knowledge with us about her role as an MP for National. Jo Hayes is currently campaigning to win the Christchurch East Electorate. Most of our students in Kaupeka live in Christchurch East. She gave us some great advice for the parties that our students are creating. Over the next few weeks, our students will also be campaigning in the hopes of being elected to govern our school.

Some of our key takeaways were...
  • Go at the Policy, not at the person.
  • Can join the National Party at age 13 - Young Nats.
  • Slogans show who you are and what you are stand for.
  • Have thick skin (take criticism as an opportunity to improve and don’t let it bring you down).
  • Do what you have to for the party first, keep your Mana intact.
  • Everything you do affects your party/team.
  • Be honest... Do what you say you will.
  • Apologies always go a long way.
  • Support the community. Talk to them. Listen to them.
  • Have a purpose and a plan.

Thank you so much Jo Hayes for your time and expertise this morning!

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Term 3, Week 5 Technology

Check out this week's cooking and wood-work creations!



Friday, 18 August 2017

Term 3, Week 4 Principal Awards

Congratulations to Matthew, Val, Methuli and Eva for this week's Principal Awards.


Matthew received his for being inclusive of everyone and for always celebrating the differences in others. 

Val received his for having an increasingly positive attitude towards his learning and his improvement in effort towards learning tasks. 

Methuli received hers for treating everyone with kindness and having a positive attitude towards everything we do.

Eva received hers for adding to group thinking by adding a unique and creative perspective. 

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Term 3, Week 4 - Affirmations

This week Matthew, Kama and Liana were our focus for affirmation time.




Cantamath Practice

On Wednesday afternoon, the Kaupeka Team enjoyed an afternoon out in the sunshine practicing with our Cantamath competitors for next week's event. It was a great problem solving challenge for everyone and an awesome opportunity to practice collaboration skills too! 



Wishing our Cantamath Teams all the best luck for next week!

Moonhack - Coding World Record

On Tuesday 15th August, St Francis of Assisi joined kids around the world in setting a new World Record, by taking part in Moonhack.

What is Moonhack?

Moonhack is the World Record set by kids coding, and the idea came from the team at Code Club Australia. Last year 10,207 Australian kids participated in this free event. This year we're going global! From Sydney to Seoul, Dhaka to Durham, kids all over the world will get the chance to collaborate and code today, Tuesday August 15th.

Every student @stfrancischch will take part in one of the following projects:





It was an amazing opportunity for each of our students to have success while coding (at all levels) and to be a part of a World Record attempt. Our Year 7/8 students showed great leadership and computational thinking by supporting the junior students with their Moonhack projects. 

Check out the fun and creativity that was had below! 



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Jump Jam 4 Star Jam - Friday 11th August


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Last Friday, we held our whole school ​Jump ​Jam session to raise money 4 StarJam. It was a great afternoon, with all students from Year 1-8 involved. Thanks to everyone with their support fundraising! All funds raised will support StarJam’s programmes throughout New Zealand for young people living with disabilities. 

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Digital Badges

Throughout the year the Kaupeka students have been learning about Cyber Safety and becoming a Digital Citizen to ensure that they make smart decisions online. 

You will begin to see Digital Badges appearing on your child's blog under the following concepts; Smart Learning, Smart Relationships, Smart Footprint and Smart Searching. There will be three tiers (Gold, Silver and Bronze) that your child can earn. You will be able to see which badge they have achieved by what has been uploaded onto their blog. Each badge shows the level of understanding that each student has within each concept. 

The first Digital Badge that majority of the Kaupeka Team has earned is a 'Smart Learning' Badge for Google Docs. Each student participated in a Google Doc Challenge in Term 2 to show which features they knew how to use and apply on Google Docs. See the badges below.

Please check out your child's blog and feel free to comment! 

Term 3, Week 3 Buddy Time

This week for buddy time the Kaupeka Team read with Paiaka. 

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It's great seeing our students make positive connections with younger students and show their blossoming leadership skills. 

Term 3, Week 3 Affirmations

This week Taylor, Tiana and Ollie were our focus for affirmation time.




Term 3, Week 3 Technology

Check out this week's Technology creations...


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Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Jump Jam 4 StarJam - Friday 11th August 2017

This Friday we will be having a whole school ​Jump ​Jam session to raise money for StarJam. Jump Jam 4 StarJam is a national initiative between StarJam and the Jump Jam aerobic programme, designed to support young people with disabilities, while promoting health, wellness and inclusiveness within our school communities. All funds raised support StarJam’s programmes throughout New Zealand to support young people living with disabilities. Children are asked to bring along a $2 donation in exchange for a silicone wristband. 

Thanks for your support with this fantastic fundraiser! 

Monday, 7 August 2017

Term 3 Assembly Awards


Congratulations to Jacob, Ruby, Penny, Monique and Charlotte for receiving this week's Principal awards. 

Jacob received his for taking ownership of his own learning in order to make a successful start to Term 3.

Ruby received hers for taking pride in her learning and striving for her best.

Penny received hers for contributing to workshops and taking pride in her learning.

Monique received hers for having a positive attitude towards everything that she does.

Charlotte received hers for tackling a science fair project of significant competency and depth.