On Wednesday 8 February, Kawaka spent the day at Pirongia Forest Park Lodge. Check out the picture of all the activities we did. A big thanks to Kate Par for having us!
On the last week of Term 3, 34 Year 7 and 8 students went to Totara Sports Camp in Matamata to compete in a week long sports tournament. We played almost every sport imaginable from 9:30 in the morning to 9:30 at night! We made the semi finals for rugby, volleyball, softball, tennis and petanque. Sam and Max won pentanque in a close final earning a trophy for Piriongia School!
This is a reminder that our camp is in Week 2 this year so you need to start thinking about your gear ready for next week. See the gear list and permission slip on the 'Notices' page of our Kawaka Wiki (click the link to the right).
Hello everyone and welcome back to another exciting year of learning in Kawaka team! We hope everyone has had a wonderful and restful break. We have a very busy term ahead with a particular reminder about our Kaniwhaniwha "Boot" Camp in Week 2 (10-12 February). We need lots of parents to come along so hopefully you have been able to get some time off for this exciting adventure. Also make sure that you have started thinking about gear you would need for 72 hours in the bush including a tent (these can be shared within groups), hiking shoes, hiking pack and food. You will receive all of the relevant information on the first day back at school. We look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday 2 February!
"Lords & Ladies, Princes & Princesses" Social Dance 2015 on PhotoPeach
From 16-20 November, 34 Year 7 students travelled up North to Paihia by bus. Along with 14 adults, we went to the Howick Historical Village in Auckland, Waitangi, Tucker Thompson sailing ship, Pompellier, Christ Church, Action World and of course, MASSIVE ice creams in Pokeno! Check out our pics!
Year 7 Camp 2015 on PhotoPeach
This week was Book Week and on Wednesday many of us dressed up as our favourite book characters. Can you guess who we are?
Today it was Ag Day. The kids who did not bring a pet for this were able to participate in a number of fun activities for the day. In Room 14, some of us worked on the school's vegetable gardens and getting these planted so that we have some delicious vegetables for our Year 7 Camp later in the term. We also made 'Sid' the scarecrow!
The Kawaka kids have had an amazing week performing their production of Robin Hood. It has bean a great show. Last show tonight at 6.30pm if you haven't seen it already. Door sales available!
On Friday afternoon 10 of our winning science fair entries attended the Waikato Science Fair at the Hamilton Gardens. Zeta and Brad both won prizes which they will be awarded at a special prize giving on Tuesday afternoon.
We are very lucky to have three sessions with Project Energize to learn hockey skills. Today we learned how to control the ball in a number of ways.
Congratulations to the following students for their excellent effort in this year's Kawaka Speech Finals judged by Mrs Cullen (our wonderful principal), Mrs Clements (Head of English at Te Awamutu College) and Mr Mylchreest (Mayor of the Waipa District):
Year 7 Boys-
1st Jenko Rayner- Pollution is still a major problem
2nd Josh Henderson- Population growth is bad
3rd Caleb Barlow- Computer games should be allowed in schools
Year 7 Girls-
1st Keita Koroheke- Does child poverty matter?
2nd Grace Murphy- Smoking in New Zealand should be banned
3rd Anna Carson- Kids are too young to diet
Highly Recommended Elina Karppinen- The New Zealand flag should be changed
Year 8 Boys-
1st Nicholas Wells- There should be a tax on fast foods
2nd Mitchell Clark- NZ criminal sentences are not good enough
3rd Flynn Smith- Smoking in New Zealand should be banned
Year 8 Girls-
1st Zeta Hittmann- We need to push our limits
2nd Jessica Storey- People of today just don't care about our environment
3rd Alice Elvidge- Should medicinal marijuana be legalised?
On Friday we had cross country. It was wet but we still had heaps of fun! Check out our photos below!
Congratulations to our Band Slam band who won BEST BAND on Friday night at the Intermediate Schools Band Slam Competition. Also best vocals (Anna Carson) and Runner Up Best Drummer (Jessica Storey). We are so proud of you!
Also a massive congratulations to Zeta Hittmann who came 1st in the Under 14s Female Lead Climbing Competition and was awarded Silver for the overall national series (Hamilton, Wanaka, and Auckland). We are so proud of you Zeta!
Room 14 held a Medieval archery tournament for their Golden Time on Friday. We had to create our own bows and arrows from sticks, string and feathers and they we had a competition to see if they would shoot and hit a target. Most of them did! Flynn's was the most accurate though! We are so enjoying our Medieval learning this term!
As a part of our inquiry this term, we have been doing Medieval Rotations to learn more about the Middle Ages in terms of the arts. We learned Medieval dance and music with Mrs Vandy, sword stances and drama with Mr Walker and the feudal system through drama with Mrs Nasilasila. Here is a photo of a group performing their dance at our Friday assembly!
Welcome back to another exciting term of learning in Kawaka!
Below is a link to our team newsletter. Have a super term!
On Monday the 29th June, Kawaka went to the Waikato Institute of Technology to check out the campus and to learn about courses and qualifications. We were able to tour their engineering, sport, health and hospitality facilities. It definitely got us thinking about what future careers we might be interested in!
We also went to the Waikato Museum to interact with their Science and Planet Warrior exhibitions. We did experiments that put Newton's Laws of Motion to the test as well as finding the blind spot we all have in our vision. The Planet Warrior exhibition showed us how to make small changes that will have a big impact on the health of our planet.
Congratulations to Zeta who competed at a rock climbing competition in Taupo on the weekend. 1st in the Under 16 Category representing the Waikato Climbing Club. We are so proud!