Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Term 3, Week 9 Technology

End of Term Technology Creations!

Tea Towel Fundraiser (Order by Friday 22nd September)

Our students are designing the artwork and the Tea Towels will feature their hubs artwork and the drawings will be screen printed onto high quality cotton tea towels over 500mm wide by 700mm high!

By purchasing a Tea Towel(s) you are not only receiving a great keepsake or gift, you are also helping achieve our fundraising goal, which would not be possible without your support!

The price per towel is only ($12.50).

The last day to order is Friday 22nd September. A paper order form has been sent home with your child. Please see the office if you need another order form.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Kaupeka Speech Winners

The winners of our Kaupeka Speech Finals are:

Year 7
Maggie - Why Goldilocks is a bad influence on children
Grace - Taekwondo
Mieke - Plant abuse

Year 8
Anna M - Farewell to Primary School
Kiera - Zoos are important for animal conservation
Ashley - Nervousness

These students will now go on to represent St Francis of Assisi at the Rotary Speech Contest Semi Finals on September 19.


Saturday, 2 September 2017

Drink to Think

On Friday, Drink to Think was launched across the school. Each student now has their own 'in-class' drink bottle which varies in sizes according to each student's year level. All students are encouraged to fill their drink bottles up in the morning to drink before lunch and then again after lunch. The teachers will be challenging themselves to do the same! In Kaupeka, we should be drinking 7 glasses (1.5 litres) for 9 to 12 year olds or  8 to 10 glasses (2 litres) for 13+ years per day. 

For more information about the Drink to Think strategy, please visit our school blog. This will inform you about the importance staying hydrated and about the positive influences drinking water has on learning.

Term 3, Week 6 Principal Awards

Congratulations to Hannah, Kama, Emily, Lorenzo and Josh for receiving this week's Principal Awards.

Hannah received hers for listening to and respecting everyone's thinking.

Kama received hers for treating everyone within the school with respect and kindness.

Emily received hers for taking charge of her learning within all areas of learning.

Lorenzo received his for having a positive attitude towards learning and consistently contributing in groups.

Josh received his for allowing others the opportunity to share their ideas.

Term 3, Week 6 Affirmations

This week Olly, Grace and Monique were our focus for affirmation time.

Political PBL - Poto Williams (Labour 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 really enjoyed Poto Williams's visiting our school. They asked some excellent questions and took notes collaboratively on their Chromebooks. 

At 1pm on Wednesday afternoon, we were extremely lucky to have Poto Williams visit our school and share her knowledge with us about her role as an MP for Labour. Poto Williams is currently campaigning to win the Christchurch East Electorate. Most of our students in Kaupeka live in Christchurch East. 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...
  • Ensure we are able to present ourselves in a way that shows what our group/party is about.
  • Have a good tagline/slogan as it reflects the leader of the party.
  • Don't give up and always be fair.
  • Go out and talk to the voters. Help the community and get to know what is important.
  • Create opportunities for everyone.
  • Don’t take criticism personally.
  • Labour means work.
  • An Electorate MP is someone who is elected by the community.
  • In each policy, have small policies that underpin it to make the policy goal realistic.
  • Know what we're passionate about. Think about what people you want to vote for

Thank you so much Poto Williams for your time and expertise this morning!