Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Cross Country

Awesome effort from everyone who participated in cross country last week. Great to see so many students taking the opportunity to run and have a go!

Wednesday, 12 April 2017


Totara Team have been learning about sustainability, in particular Upcycling.

We have been very creative in constructing planters from old plastic bottles and we have been working in groups to take items that would otherwise be thrown away and turn them into valuable products like - Notice board, Fidget spinner,  Animal house, Tyre Seat, Book Shelf, Shrink Toys and Vases.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Canine Educator joins Room 18 and 19

Kaiapoi North School has developed a Canine Educators programme which sets out guidelines for the use of therapy dogs working at school. This programme is one of our many enriching programmes and adds to the special character of our school.  We are excited about introducing this to Room 18 and 19 on a trial basis.

Dogs have a definite therapeutic value for children, the disabled, and the elderly. Research, and our experience, confirms that there are huge benefits from a Canine Educator programme at school, such as:
*  The programme provides a safe place for children to work through fears they may have developed of animals and dogs.
*  Children learn how to keep themselves safe around dogs.
*  Children have the opportunity to take responsibility for an animal, taking care of its needs and providing for its well-being. This responsibility relates to the Participating and Contributing and Relating to Others key competencies in the New Zealand curriculum.
*   Dogs in the classroom encourage caring and compassion, and contribute to a calm, caring, and enriching environment with a special Kiwi flavour.
*   Dogs never judge and are always keen to listen to a story or what a child has to say.
*   For children who have difficult times at home, or learning or behavioural issues, dogs can create a diversion in their thinking and give that child, and other class members, some relief and positive time out.
*   Every dog in this programme has undertaken training, possesses a calm temperament, and has passed a set criteria test. The test was designed for working in school by a very experienced Christchurch dog obedience judge.

Our 'Canine Educator' is a 3 year old Griffon called Luna.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Totara Camp 2017

Camp was a massive success. The kids were amazing and had so much fun!

Massive shout out to all those parent helpers who came to camp. We couldn't have done it without you!


As our students in Year 7 / 8 are aware we have been working on how we can include scooters safely and positively into our school days, whilst respecting the school rules and expectations.
After many trials, ongoing discussions and a few bumps, the decision has been made that Year 7 / 8 students will have scooter use during morning tea and lunch times on a Tuesday and Thursday only.  This does not mean scooters are not to come to school, you are still welcomed and encouraged to ride them to and from KNS each day.
In the future, we will address how this is working for us as a team and make any appropriate changes.

Tōtara Teaching Team.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Camp 2 Reminder

Remember to wear covered shoes for day one of our camp. We are doing a big walk so students also need to bring their own lunch, drink bottle, hat and backpack.

Any medications should be clearly labelled in a zip lock bag and handed into the teachers in the morning. Cell phones will also need to be handed in. We will give students set times to use them during camp :)

Looking forward to a great camp!

Problem Solving

Today our students showed perseverance as they worked through Sudoku puzzles. These boys took a collaborative approach and solved it together.

Cross Country

Awesome effort from everyone who participated in cross country last week. Great to see so many students taking the opportunity to run and ha...