Sunday, 13 December 2020

Week 10

This week is the final week of the 2020 school year.  It has been a year filled with many new learning opportunities.  We have loved watching the children in Kakano grow into confident and independent learners.  Thank you to all the families and friends of Kakano children for the support you have given over the year.  We really do appreciate all of your help.  

The school year finishes at 12pm on Wednesday and children need to be picked up from their classroom promptly at this time.  


The middle school children are having a fundraiser on Monday and Tuesday to help a family within our community.  Ice Blocks are $1 and are being sold at lunchtime on both of these days.

Swimming this week: Kakano 5 and Kakano 6.

School magazines for 2020 are still available to purchase from the school office.  $10 each.

Food donations to St Vincent de Paul can be put under the tree in the office foyer.

This week:


Ice Blocks $1 at lunchtime 

11:15 Year 0-2 Tryathlon - everyone welcome 

Parents are welcome to come and support their child taking part in the tryathlon.  The children swim/walk across the pool, bike/scooter around the astroturf and run around the school field.  Children need to bring a bike or scooter, helmet, togs and towel, sunhat and t-shirt and shorts.

1:45 Children visit their new teacher and classroom for the 2021 school year


Ice Blocks $1 at lunchtime

9am School Prizegiving in the school hall - everyone welcome


11am Missioning of the year 6 students in the school hall - everyone welcome

12pm School finishes for the year


Monday 14th December 

9.00am - Years 3 - 6               11:15am - Years 1 - 2

What your child needs: 

Bike / Scooter & Helmet

PE Uniform


Togs & Towel 

        Signs will be put out on the day letting you know where each class is to put their bikes / scooters.

You may like to put something on your child's bike to help them identify it when they come into transition.



Sunday, 6 December 2020

Week 9

Last week I was so proud of our children, They did an amazing job at assembly, with no time to practice in the hall. It made me very proud and honored to be their teacher.

This week is a very busy week for our children.  Please read through the following information carefully to make sure you are aware of what is happening in Kakano.


School Production: Peter Pan

Wednesday 1:00pm and 6:30pm.

For the evening show children will need to be dropped off no later than 6:00 at their classroom.  The teachers will help them to get dressed in their costumes.  Children are to be collected by their parents from the classroom and the conclusion of the show.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact your child’s teacher.

We have released some more tickets for the show, you can purchase these from the school office for $5.


Student Led Celebrations: Thursday 10th December

This Thursday between 8:00am and 10:00am you are able to visit your child’s classroom to celebrate the wonderful learning they have been a part of this year.  During this time you will get to see what your child has achieved over the year as well as chat with the teacher about how you can continue to support your child over the summer holidays. A friendly reminder that this is just a quick chat, as the teacher will need to talk to many parents over this two hour block.


End of year Kakano Fun Day: Friday 11th December

Kakano will be having an end of year fun day at school. After Mass in the morning, we will be doing some fun activities altogether and will have a fish & chip lunch.

A timetable for the day’s activities

9:00 am - End of year Mass in the church

10:30 am - Children will go out to play as usual for morning tea time.

11:00 am - Swimming in the pool and fun with water pistols!!!

12:30 pm - Children will go out to play as usual for lunchtime.

1:30 pm - Fish & Chip lunch with a movie.

2:00 pm - Quiet Christmas activity in class.

What to bring

Please come to school in your school uniform as we are going to Mass in the morning.

  • Swimming gear - togs and towels.

  • Water pistols (if you have one, NO water balloons).

  • School sun hat.

  • Water bottle.

  • A small morning tea to eat.

  • GOLD COIN for our fish and chip lunch

Please note that we will NOT be having a shared lunch. The only food children will need to bring that day is their usual morning tea. The teachers will collect the gold coins and go to the fish and chip shop before lunch. Thank you for bringing in the gold coin before Friday. NO SAUSAGE SIZZLE orders on this day.


Your child will not be coming home with readers this week.  The teachers will provide poems and other small readers that you can use as reading with your child.  There are great resources for young readers at the public library.  The summer break would be the perfect opportunity for you and your child to visit.  If you have any readers at home please return these to school immediately.

Library Books:

The children have all received library books to read over the holidays.  Please look after these and return them to school next year.  All children will receive a Holiday Reading Log this week and will be able to start adding books they are reading and books being read to them.

Food Bank:

We are collecting food donations for the St Vincent de Paul food bank.  If you are able to spare something for a family in need please send it to school with your child.  They can place it under the tree in the school office or they can give it to their class teacher.

School Magazine:

We are publishing a school magazine again this year and this will be available during the last week of this term. At this stage there will only be 100 magazines printed. It will be a great memento of 2020. We sold out last year. Orders can be placed at the school office with the cost for the magazine being $10.00


Kakano 4, 7 and 8 will be swimming this week.  Please make sure your child has their togs with them each day.  If your child is unable to swim you need to notify the class teacher.   Please note with the school production taking place this week it may not be possible for each class to swim daily.

Thank you for your support, 

Kakano 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Teachers

Sunday, 29 November 2020

Week 8

 Week 8 

Welcome to Week 8 - It is going to be a busy couple of weeks so please ask questions or check this blog if you are unsure!]


This week Kakano 4 is on assembly, so we welcome any parents who want to join us. Assembly starts at 2:05pm on Friday.


Peter Pan production:

Please ensure your child has brought along any costume requirements to their classroom teacher ASAP!

Peter Pan is shaping up well and we have had a huge uptake of ticket sales with Tuesday’s Matinee the only show that has seats available. Students are very excited! 


Letters to Santa!

Christmas decorations are going up as we are now close to December and Mr MacMillan invites children to write to Santa Claus again this year and for those children who write a letter, they will get a reply from him. There is a Santa letterbox in each class and Santa’s letterboxes in the student foyer. The boxes in the student and main foyers are the official mailboxes. Santa is going to choose his favourite letter each day and the writer will receive a Santa snow globe!!


Advent Liturgy:

On Tuesday 2/12/20 we have our Advent Liturgy at 12.15pm in the church.  Parents and whanau are welcome to attend. 


Student Celebration Conferences:

More information to follow: - A special blog post will go out later in the week concerning this. 



Last week was the last week to return books and to get out a maximum of 6-8 books to take home for the school holidays. These will be expected to be returned to your child’s new class next year once school starts back. Please make a list of the up to 8 book titles your child brings home and try to keep them in a safe place. Any lost of missing books will be added to your school fees account next year. 


Reading books:

Week 8 is the last week that reading books will be sent home for homework as week 9 and 10 are very busy and we also need to do stocktake on all these readers. We will still be completing reading with your children at school during week 9 and 10, only books wont come home. Please get into the habit of reading with your child or get them to help you read a simple book over the holiday break to help their reading continue over the long summer break. 



Sausage sizzle and juicies - $1.50 each on Friday. 


School Magazine:

We are publishing a school magazine again this year, and this will be available during the last week of this term. At this stage there were only to be 100 magazines printed. It will be a great memento of 2020. Orders are taken now at the school office with the cost for the magazine being $10.00. Get in quick! 


For Blogs Peter Pan Production Rehearsal (MAIN CAST ONLY!)

Peter Pan Production Rehearsal Main Cast

Saturday the 5th December 1:00pm- 4:00pm, the school hall. 


  • Harmony Choir

  • Mains

  • Lost boys

  • Mermaids

  • Fairy Dancers

  • Sea Creatures

  • Pirates

  • Backstage & Props Crew

  • Narrators

  • Tribes People

Your child has already received a notice last week about this. Students are to bring snacks and water. All students are to be promptly collected at the conclusion of the day at 4:00pm from the school hall. If your child cannot make this rehearsal please email me to let me know. Thanks to those who have already.


Production Team 2020

Lorette Tiedt, Jane Trask, Mary Kusabs, Lorraine Thomson, Jill Dinniss, Michelle McIntyre, Glenda Pedley, Chris and Sheila Manlunas, Bernie Hall.




Monday 30th November Kapa Haka group at Ahurei

Tuesday 1st December Principal’s Morning Tea

Tuesday 8th December School Production

Wednesday 9th December School Production

Monday 12th December: School Tryathlon

Friday 11th December  End of Year Mass

Tuesday 15th December: School Prizegiving

Wednesday 16th December: Missioning and last day of term

Thursday 17th December: Teacher Only Day

Week 7 was jam packed and we just love seeing what our Kakano students create and imagine in their play! 


Have a great week -

Kakano teachers 





Sunday, 22 November 2020

Week 7

 What a lovely few weeks we have been having with the weather. The children are enjoying lots of outside play.  Please remember to pack a school sunhat each day we have the rule in term 4 and 1 “No Hat, No Play”.  Also it is a good idea to pack a drink bottle with water each day. 


No Swimming this week. Middle school has a swimming program running.


Tickets for the Peter Pan show go on sale this week.  We are performing on Wednesday 9th December.   Our children will do the matinee and evening show.  Please remember to bring in your child’s clothes for their dance.  They need a plain brown, green, grey, black t-shirt and shorts. If they can be placed in a named bag and given to the classroom teacher. Thank you to those who have already sent theirs in.


Important dates

Tuesday 8th School Production

Wednesday 9th November School production

Monday 12th December: School Tryathlon

Friday 11th December  End of Year Mass

Tuesday 15th December: School Prizegiving

Wednesday 16th December: Missioning and last day of term

Thursday 17th December: Teacher Only Day

Another busy week in Kakano last week



Enjoy your Sunday.

See everyone tomorrow.

Sunday, 15 November 2020

Week 6

 We are now half way through term 4!!! It has already been a busy term and we look forward to the next few weeks filled with some exciting events. Thank you for the continued support with reading at home it was great to see all of the children’s improvements after a testing week last week.

Please remind your children to bring in their library bags on Friday.



Production practise is still happening at school. The actual production will be held in Week 9 on the 8th and 9th of December. The children are all very excited and the practises are going great.


Check out some of the things we’ve been up to in Kakano this week:

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and we look forward to seeing all of the smiling faces at school tomorrow 😀

Sunday, 8 November 2020

Week 5

We have another busy week ahead in Kakano.  We have our dance rehearsal for the show with Mrs Trask on Tuesday and then we have a Teacher Only Day on Friday.  There will be no library time this week for children in Kakano 4, 5, 6 and 7 as we have Teacher Only Day.  There will be swimming this week for children in Kakano 4, 7 and 8.

This week we will be doing a lot of end of year testing with the children.  We aim to keep part of our programme running as normal but children may bring poems or other readers home with them as we will be working with the children individually over the week.  It is an exciting time for everyone as we see the progress the children have made.


Friday 13th November. Teacher Only Day. There will be no school on this day. If you need to enrol your child in the Glenholme After School Care for the day, please contact Mary-Ann Roling on 021 215599. She will be running this at St Mary’s. Thank you for your support with this.


Reminders for the week:


  • Swimming for Kakano 4, 7 and 8


  • Dance rehearsal with Mrs Trask for all Kakano classes

  • Swimming for Kakano 4, 7 and 8


  • Swimming for Kakano 4, 7 and 8


  • Swimming for Kakano 4, 7 and 8

  • Library for Kakano 8


  • No school for children - Teacher Only Day


One of our provocations over the last week has been a science focus of magnets.  The children have loved exploring what magnets are attracted and not attracted to.



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