KAHA COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER ( Ino, Matt, Sarah, Marlene, Jared, Braden,)

Kia ora everyone

It has been an invigorating and exciting start to 2017. Let me thank all of you who have contributed through active roles within community, or through your kind thoughts and considerations from afar.

Our community is named Kaha, so called for its strength as for its caring. Kaha has student community leaders who are helping plan both an end of term outing as well as a noho marae in term 2. This newsletter informs you of these events as well as information coming through from other communities.

Community and Homebase Evening coming up  – March 16th 5:30-8pm Venue:  S5

The purpose of this is for everyone to get together and meet others from your homebase, as well as an entire community providing help for our upcoming term 2 trip.

We will start with a homebase potluck dinner at 5:30 before meeting as a whole community at 6:45pm. We hope everyone, students, families and whanau can make this time.

(Please be aware for your food planning that cutlery and plates are minimal)

Arahura Marae / West Coast Trip Tuesday June 20th – Friday June 23rd

One thing to discuss with be the Noho Marae in term 2 at Arahura Marae in Hokitika. A trip which canvasses the entire breadth of this epic island offers a lot of learning opportunities. As well as the chance to explore Maori history and culture, there are the colonial stories of gold, farming and mining, all of which provide rich material for investigation. Crossing the alps visibly demonstrates the vast differences in the flora and fauna of the west with the east coasts, and links can be made to the difference in the West Coasters’ characteristics with those in Christchurch’s more cosmopolitan urban settings. We will need to fundraise as a community so please bring your fundraising hats to the meeting. It will be an amazing opportunity to offer our students.

Student Community Leaders

A special thank you to:

Oliver Hamilton-Currey, Claudia Stewart, Joey Dobbs, Logan Crisp, Kieran West, Ethan Inwood, Max Dawson, Solomon Rose, Grace Schischka

who have raised their hands to help out on the community. These positions are voluntary and available to any student wishing to contribute. At present they are seeking costs for a community day at the end of the term and helping gather student voice for the community.

Year 8 Immunisation for HPV Wednesday March 15th (here at school)

A consent form has been sent home to all year 8 students. If you have not received this could you please contact the office. This is a free immunisation provided to all year 8s in all schools.

Look of Learning in Community Time between 9-10am

Monday – Noho Marae Tuesday – Challenge Day Wednesday – Literacy Thursday – Genius Hour Friday  – Food Day/ Cafe
Activity Options Mihi Maths – Ino Book Club – Marlene Drama – Marlene Week 2 Jared
Waiata Handwriting – Marlene Riccarton Library – Sarah Movie Making – Braden Week 3 – Sarah
Karakia Singing – Matt NCEA English – Braden Martial Arts – Ino Week 4 – Ino
History Fitness – Phoenix Literacy Support – parent helpers Sport / Dance – Sarah Week 5 Marlene
Other / By negotiation with HBLA Riccarton Library – Braden Art – SDL

Community time in term one is workshop driven. This is so as we can begin the year with structure and provide support for students to develop independence as the year progresses. Anecdotally these have begun really well, and most students feel the choices they are given provide them with cool learning opportunities. As the year progresses we will ask learners to consider setting their own goals for this time, with supported inquiries and project based learning. If you feel you could help by running a workshop or assisting with one of the options then please get in touch.

1pm Goals

We have recently, following discussions with Kay’s community, initiated 1pm goals . These are short self-directed learning goals. We are asking learners to write down their goals so we have some idea of what they are supposed be doing. Activities as simple as reading a book, or revising some homework are adequate. We ask your help to check in with your child as to how they plan to utilise this time.

Health Notice

A staff member wishes to inform all families of the potential risk of head lice. We ask you to be vigilant with your children and please notify the school if you find them.

Kapahaka  is on  11.45am to 12.30 on Wednesday in DW2 (in Jack Mann building).


Year 7/8 Boys: Thomas Chao;  Year 9/10 Boys: Kieran West – well done on most events entered.



Well done to Sarah Aart’s homebase for winning most events by entry.

 1 st – Sarah A

 2 nd – Nat W

 3 rd – Kay H


Congratulations to students from Kaha who have qualified for regionals:

Ella Harris; Sebastian Mayers: 100m & long jump; Kieran West: Long jump; Logan Crisp: Javelin

There are also students whose times we are checking who may still qualify for regionals. 


If you would like to know more about how you could support Ao Tawhiti please raise this on the community night, or get in touch with me personally 3777773 or braden.faavae@aotawhiti.school.nz




Braden Faavae