Kia ora Hikuwai 1 & 2 whānau,

Wow another busy week down... One more to go! This week we were lucky enough to head down to Lincoln High School to watch 'The Christmas Carol' performance. It was awesome for the tamariki to see some familiar faces on the stage too, with some ex-Ararira Spring students being part of the production. Tamariki have also finished their Cultural Narrative videos and will be sent out to whānau within the next week. These look amazing!

End of year comments on learning areas have been sent home today and are available to read on Hero. Class placements for 2022 have also been loaded. On Monday morning all students have the opportunity to spend time with their 2022 teacher and ako group.

Coming up next week:

We are holding our postponed Run, Jump, Throw event on Monday afternoon - students are encouraged to wear their sports shirts or Whanau Group colours.

On Wednesday we are having a ‘Wheels Day’ as much of the classroom games will be being cleaned and packed away for the holidays. If your child would like to bring their bike, scooter, rollerblades/skates, or skateboard they can, and will also need to have their helmet to wear as well.

On Thursday morning once classrooms are clean and packed up, we will be taking Hikuwai to the Liffey (by the pukeko statue and tennis courts) for an end of year before school ends at 12:45pm (no shared food required).

Parents are more than welcome to come and join us too.

Our tamariki are also planning a shared lunch to farewell Nic (Shh don't tell him!). This is going to be on Tuesday 14th December. The planning committee have asked if the year levels could bring a small something to share from the following catergories:

Year 6 Fruit

Year 7 Savoury

Year 8 Sweet

Have a great weekend!

Ka kite anō au i a koutou

Danielle, Nic & Hinehau

Kia ora Hikuwai 1&2 Whānau,

What a great and busy wellbeing week we have had. Thank you so much for the cans for the Salvation Army. This week saw us continuing on with our Cultural Narrative learning, finding out more about the cultural narrative of Ararira Springs. Tamariki are now beginning to create a video of one of the cultural narrative concepts, to show others in the school's community the environment that makes up Ararira Springs. There have been some brilliant videos created so far, with some using Matua Nic's drone footage and also using some of the younger tamariki in speaking parts of the videos.

Thank you to those parents who have offered to help out with "A Christmas Carol". We now have enough parent help. Please remember $2 for this performance with all of the profits going to Kids Can. If your child could please bring their $2 at some stage during the week we can collect the money ready for Friday in the hope that no one forgets!

As a result of the uncertainty of the weather on Thursday, we did not end up participating in the run, jump and throw activities. This will now take place on Monday 13th December during the afternoon. Please let us know if you are able to help at all during this event on Monday afternoon.

Our ASP teams for 2022 are as follows, class lists will be released in the next week:

Huarapa - Year 1: Nicky Harding, Larissa Jay, Lydia Borlase (and Angela Shea from Term 2)

Teretere - Year 2: Deb Wesley, Andrea Harrison and Shelley Smith

Kaunuku - Year 3/4: Kelly McIntrye, Sam Isaacs and Megan Newton

Hikuwai - Year 4/5/6: Blair Cook, Meeghan Coetzee and Michael McDermott

Hikuwai - Year 7/8: Danielle Donehue and Carolyn Sutherland

Key dates coming up:


  • Friday 10th December - Semi Final Hui

  • Friday 10th December - A Christmas Carol Performance @ 1pm

Have a great week,

Ka kite anō au i a koutou

Danielle, Nic & Hinehau

Term 4, Week 6

Hasn't the last week been absolutely stunning! We are really getting a summer feel in the air! The tamariki have been busy working on understanding the cultural narrative of Ararira, by finding out more about what makes up our school. Including looking closer at the names of buildings, our school values, our Whanau groups and the environment that makes up Ararira Springs. It has been really exciting seeing them learning more about the place they spend so much time at! And showing it in a way that can be easily identifiable to the other students and new families of Ararira.

We look forward to sharing these videos with you digitally, as part of our end of year learning celebration.

We will be needing a few parent helpers over the next few weeks for various wee outings. If you would like to help you will need to fill in this volunteer form with your vaccination details as all parents helpers are required to be vaccinated. Vaccination Form

Hikuwai Run, Jump, Throw - This day will be on next Thursday. Your child can dress up in the colours of their Whanau Group on this day. If anyone is unsure as to what colour that is please let us know and we can fill you in. Unfortunately we can not invite parents to spectate but we do however need a couple of parent helpers for this day if you are available. The tamariki will be participating in a variety of short fun sporting games over the course of the afternoon, starting at 1.30pm and finishing at 3pm. Please email either Nic or Danielle if you are able to help out at all during this time.

A Christmas Carol - On Friday 10th December we will be heading to Lincoln High School to watch their performance of the show "A Christmas Carol". We plan to walk from Ararira to Lincoln High and will leave school at 12:30pm for a 1pm start. There is a cost of $2 each for this performance with all of the profits going to Kids Can. If your child could please bring their $2 at some stage during the week we can collect the money ready for Friday in the hope that no one forgets! As we know how busy life is at the moment! We will also require some parent help for this day too, if anyone would like to come along and watch the show with us for the afternoon. Please email Nic or Danielle if you can help.

Once the show is finished we will head to the domain for a run and something to eat and if you are happy we will send the children directly home from the domain at 3pm. The teachers (Kaiako) will still be heading back to school at that time also, so your child is able to return back with us if you would prefer.

Key Dates Coming Up:


  • Well Being Week - Daily wellness activities. Please bring a can of food to donate to the Lincoln Salvation Army any day during the week.

  • Monday 29th November - Children's University Celebration (students only)

  • Thursday 2nd December - Hikuwai Run, Jump, Throw Day


  • Thursday 9th December - Year 8 Leavers Day TBC

  • Friday 10th December - Semi Final Hui

  • Friday 10th December - A Christmas Carol Performance @ 1pm

Looking forward to a week of wellness ahead!

Don't forget - a can of food and $2 - Let's help the community feel good too!

Ka kite anō au i a koutou

Danielle, Nic & Hinehau

Term 4, Week 5

Kia ora, Hikuwai 1 & 2 Whānau,

Wow, its hard to believe that we only have 3 and a half weeks left this year!

It has been an awesome book week here at Ararira, with many brilliant activities being run by Whaea Lydia and her librarians. Shout out to our wonderful librarians, who have been running kahoot quizzes, a scavenger hunt, as well as running a book review and bookmark competition. We were also lucky enough to be visited by author, educator and entomologist Robbine Weiss. Robinne shared some cool tips for keen authors on how they can develop their own writing while also giving the tamariki an insight into the books she writes. There were some super costumes on our dress up book day too!

End of Year Comments - Your child will have their end of year comments for reading, writing, maths and also a general comment posted on Hero over the next few weeks. Please keep an eye out for these.

Year 8 Leavers - Thank you to all those who have responded to let us know of your attendance to our Leavers Dinner. If you haven't yet replied to the previous form sent out, you can reply here. More information in regards to this will be sent out within the next few days.

End of Year Celebrations - There will be no End of Year Hui as such this year. Unfortunately due to covid restrictions we have decided as a team that our final hui will be split into 2 separate occasions at school and parents will not be able to attend.

Friday 10th December will be our semi final hui where our leaders in the school will receive their certificates for their participation in leadership roles.

Wednesday 15th December we will present the leavers with their Kete. We will also share a bit of the children's learning from the past term. This will be made into digital form so that you may all experience the whole school's learning.

Other presentations for Year 8 Leavers will be done at the Leavers Dinner.

Key Dates coming up:

  • Thursday 2 December - Senior Y5-8 Run Jump Throw Athletics - Afternoon (no parent spectators)

  • Monday 13 December - Transition morning

  • Tuesday 14 December - Year 8 Leavers Dinner

  • Wednesday 15 December - Celebration Hui 1:30-3:00pm - (Online - no parent attendance)

  • Thursday 16 December - Last day of term (lunchtime finish)

Haere rā

Danielle, Nic & Hinehau

Term 4, Week 4

We hope you are all enjoying your long weekend, and the sunshine so far!

We have nearly completed our Sexuality Education program with the tamariki and will have our last session next week. Here are a couple of resources you may find helpful to support you with any at home questions or conversations you and your child may have.

Open and Honest Workbook - Information and Activities for Parents.

Q & A - Answers to all those interesting questions.

Thank you to those parents who have already made contact in regards to parent help on our camp next year. Your support is what helps these camps happen! If you haven't got in touch already but would like to be considered as parent help, please email And pick up the documentation from Trine at the office. All this info has been added to the Camp Information page.

Year 8 leavers events

We are looking at having our Leavers Dinner for Year 8s on Tuesday 14th December. Location is currently being decided but we will need to know exactly how many parents plan on attending with their child. We will send out a form in the next couple of days asking whether you will be attending or not. Please look out for this so we can get numbers as soon as possible.

We are also looking into going to Jelly Park for part of the day on Thursday 9th December. We will need parent transport for this and some parent helpers to come and hang out with us for a few hours. We are looking at leaving school at 10am and heading back around 2pm. If you can help during this time please let Danielle know Please note all volunteers are now required to be vaccinated under recommendations from the Ministry of Health when attending school trips, otherwise you are required to wear a mask.

Key Dates in Week 5:

  • Week 5 is Book Week, Thursday is dress up as your favourite book character day.

  • Dental van at school

Haere rā

Danielle, Nic & Hinehau

Term 4, Week 3

Tēnā koutou,

What a busy week 3 it has been! Thank you to those of you who have made sure that your child is coming to school everyday with a bucket hat. Its fabulous to see so many of our tamariki being wonderful role models to the younger students in the school.

We have also been impressed with the number of students that have been wearing their school vests. This is showing us that they really are contributing to keeping our community safe! Not just for themselves but to help others by being visible.

A huge well done to all those who participated in the school athletics day on Monday. Everyone did so well! Hopefully next year we will be able to take it that next step further again.

On Monday the Year 7&8s will be having a visit from a local Police Officer. She is the first in a number of different people we will have in over the course of the term to talk about her career. She will share with us how she became a Police Officer, what her job involves and any insights for those who might be interested in following the same path.

We will be sending our camp notice for 2022 out today. Please let us know as soon as possible if you are interested in being a camp parent next year. This notice will also be added to our Camp info page.

  • Bucket hats can be any colour. As long as it is a bucket hat.

  • Calendar Art Orders are due by 9am Monday 8 November (tomorrow morning)

  • We would still love to hear from you if you have a career path you would like to share!

Key Dates in Week 4

  • Thursday 11th November - Teachers Only Day

  • Friday 12th November - Canterbury Anniversary Day

This notice has also been passed on for your information:

Tāima Kōrero has two community events next week, educating parents about the harmful effects of porn on our children and young people, and they want to get the word out.

Selwyn District –Dunsandel Community Centre, Synlait Park Wed 10th November @ 7-9pm.

Hosted by Selwyn District Council

Advertised as ‘Behind the Screens’

Registration This is a FREE event.

We know these conversations can be awkward, but the challenges are a reality for our young people and without courageous conversations, change doesn’t happen.

This is a great opportunity for parents to gain knowledge and more importantly be up skilled to be equipped to support their young people. Please note this event is for parents/caregivers only.

Hope you are all having a lovely weekend.

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou

Danielle, Nic & Hinehau

Term 4, Week 2

Kia Ora Hikuwai 1 & 2 whānau,

And just like that we are at the end of Week 2. Thank you all, for the wonderful donations for the Quiz Night Hampers on Thursday. We had an awesome ‘come as yourself’ mufti-day!

At 9:30am on Thursday we took part in the national New Zealand Shake Out day as we practiced our earthquake response to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake. Drop, Cover and Hold.

This week we were also lucky enough to be visited by the amazing African Drumming crew! Tamariki were able to channel their curious and capable sides while singing, dancing and creating some catchy sounds on the djembe (African drums). We are so lucky to be able participate in these cool activities.

2022 Camp - Next year we will be lucky enough to be taking our tamariki to Tekapo in early March for our Yr 7 & 8 senior school camp. Please look out for a notice in the coming days that will have a bit more detail as well as asking for expressions of interest for parent help. We can confirm that the date will be Wednesday 2nd March - Friday 4th March.

Important Reminders:

  • Please ensure your child has a bucket hat each day (hats are compulsory in Term 4 as we are a Sunsmart School). If they do not have a school bucket hat, any other bucket hat (preferably navy) is acceptable.

  • Please check that your child has a named drink bottle every day, as drinking fountains are out of action in Alert Level 2.

  • Remember to get your Calendar Art orders in ASAP (a form was sent home with your child earlier this week).

  • Safety Vests - need to be worn to and from school each day.

  • Have you got a career path you want to share with the tamairki? We would love if you would come and and share a bit about what you do! Please email if you think you could spare some time to come in. We are lucky enough to have the NZ Fire Service coming in later in the term and would love to share any other careers you have to share as well!

Week 3 Key Dates:

Monday 1 November - Athletics Day (for children who have entered events - you will have received an email with further information from Matua Blair).

Tuesday 2 November - ASB Get Wise programme

Wednesday 3 November - ASB Get Wise programme

We hope you have a super weekend!

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou

Danielle, Nic & Hinehau

Term 4, Week 1

Kia ora e te whānau

What a great start so far to Term 4! We hope you all enjoyed your break. We are also so lucky to have Whaea Hinehau back with us this term. It's wonderful to have her back.

It's hard to believe there is only 8 more weeks left of the school year. Please keep an eye out on our weekly notices as it is a very busy term ahead, especially for our group of year 8 leavers and planning underway for next year.

Important Reminders:

  • Please ensure your child has a bucket hat each day (hats are compulsory in Term 4 as we are a Sunsmart School). If they do not have a school bucket hat, any other bucket hat (preferably navy) is acceptable.

  • Please check that your child has a named drink bottle every day, as drinking fountains are out of action in Alert Level 2

  • Remember to get your Calendar Art orders in ASAP (a form was sent home with your child earlier this week)

  • Safety Vests - need to be worn to and from school each day

  • A reminder that Thursday November 11th is a Teachers Only Day

  • Have you got a career path you want to share with the tamairki? We would love if you would come and and share a bit about what you do! Please email if you think you could spare some time to come in.

  • Willliam Pike tamariki - There are a number of important dates for you this term to help you complete your challenges. Please see the notice sent by Whaea Sam for more information.

    1. 30th October - Packhorse Hut Walk

    2. 1st & 2nd November - Speech Competition Help

    3. 21st November - Halswell Quarry Orienteering

Week 2 key dates:

Monday 25th October - Labour Day

Wednesday - Friday - Ice Blocks will be sold outside the school office at the end of the school day

Thursday 28th October - Come As Yourself Day Mufti Day - Please bring a hamper item. These items should be new and have a long expiry date. Items such as toiletries, treat food, honey, vouchers etc are appreciated. Items will be used by the THT to make up hampers for our upcoming quiz night.

Have a great long weekend!

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou

Danielle, Nic & Hinehau

Non Contact Time Update Term 4

Kia ora Hikuwai whānau,


  • Hats - wearing a hat when outside is compulsory in Terms 1 and 4, therefore please ensure your child has one for the first day of school next term.

  • Celebration of Learning - We have decided to leave our Space sharing until we have our celebration of learning in week 9. As we are unsure of alert levels, and the fullness of Term 4, this means that we can just provide one date for sharing of everything.

  • Vests - please encourage your child to wear their hi-vis Safety Vests to and from school each day to ensure they are visible to motorists and other people in the community. It is also very important that our senior students are positive role models of this to our younger tamariki.

  • Water Bottles - your child needs to bring a water bottle to school as the water fountains are closed during Alert Level 2.

  • Level 2 continues - please do not enter the classroom during Level 2. This is for your safety and the safety of the staff and children at school. All parents must sign in using the QR code if entering the school premises and wear a mask. We thank you for your support with this.

  • Sexuality Education - This will start with our students in Week 1 of Term 4. Please look out for a separate notice in regards to the lessons that will be covered during this time, as lessons vary from year 6-8.

  • Careers Day - We would love to provide the students with an opportunity to find out about a variety of different careers. If you are able to come in and share a bit about what you do, we will be having a careers day on Monday 6th December. If you can make it in at any time during that day at all please do let me know so we can arrange a time for you. We are keen to hear from anyone! No matter what your job might be! Every career pathway is an important one. Even if you can't make it on the day, maybe you would like to do a live stream from on the job?! Or even take a video to share with the class.

Upcoming important dates:

  • Monday 18 October - Term 4 Begins

  • Monday 25 October - Labour Day (school closed)

  • Thursday 28 October - Mufti Day (bring a hamper item)

  • Thursday 11 November - Teacher Only Day (school closed)

  • Friday 12 November - Canterbury Anniversary Day (school closed)

  • Thursday 2 December - Senior Y 5-8 Run Jump Throw Athletics

  • Monday 13 December - Transition morning

  • Wednesday 15 December - Celebration of learning 2-3pm

  • Thursday 16 December - Last day of term (lunchtime finish)

During the term break, we will be checking work emails less regularly and will get back to you as soon as possible.

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou

Danielle & Nic

Week 10, Term 3

Kia Ora Hikuwai 1 & 2 whānau,

We did it! After a disrupted term, we have made it to the term 3 holidays! We hope your child has had a great term 3, and have a wonderful and well deserved break. We cannot wait to reconnect at the beginning of term 4. Another massive thank you for all your efforts supporting your children during this term, especially during lockdown.

Week 10 has been a week of finishing things off. The tamariki have been working super hard on finishing and publishing their persuasive writing pieces that we have been working on throughout the term. Some students have put their names forward to present these in the speech competition next term. We are really excited to hear these!

We have also been continuing to finish our space inquiry projects. They are coming together and are starting to look amazing. We will let you know ASAP, when we have scheduled a time to come and visit these brilliant creations. Please do check in with your child at home and find out what they have been working on. We would love for them to share their enthusiasm about this learning with you at home too.

Over the holidays enjoy your time together and if you have things you would like to share with us, don't forget you can upload on Hero’s 'Learning at home' tab. We would love to see what you are getting up to!

Enjoy a wonderful break!

Ka kite anō au i a koutou

Nic and Danielle

Week 9, Term 3

Kia ora everyone,

Nearly the end of term 3 already! It's hard to believe that there is only one term to go and many of the tamariki will be moving on to High School!

This week has seen us readjusting to school life again. There are definitely some tired bodies out there this week as they have all been working so hard to get back into learning at school rather than at home.

All the tamariki have been working on a space inquiry this past week. Researching a question or finding out more about something in space. They have started creating a science fair like exhibit which they will share with everyone. We are hoping to share with others in the kura later in week 10 and then will look at inviting in parents and whanau during week 1 of term 4. We will let you know dates as soon as we can. All of them have been really into it and are excited to be learning about space. There have been conversations ranging from what are black holes, to finding out more about the earths rotation, to questioning what would happen if there was no sun, just to name a few. Please do check in with your child at home and find out what they are working on. We would love for them to share their enthusiasm about this learning with you at home too.

This Wednesday is also the last day your child can apply for the Young Inspiring ExplorersTM Worsley Weekend. See our blog post from Week 8 for more details.

Week 10:

  • Tuesday 28th September - Plant out day (selected students only)

  • Friday 1st October - Last day of term 3

Ka kite anō au i a koutou

Danielle & Nic

Kia ora e te whānau

We hope the children have enjoyed their first full week back at school! It has been a week where we have got back into our learning routines, while the tamariki continue to reconnect with their friends.

To celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, we have been taking part in school-wide karakia over the PA system, some Māori art designs and playing some taonga tākaro (ki-o-rahi and tī uru).

We have shifted our inquiry focus from Kupe and the journey of our Māori ancestors across the Pacific Ocean towards a space and solar system focus to see out the rest of term 3. The children have been looking at answering big questions that they have about space with the plan to showcase a question, test an idea or show how something works in space. This will be displayed like an awesome science fair project that will be shared with the rest of the school to celebrate the children’s learning!

We have been working hard at our calendar art pieces during this week. Keep an eye out for how to place your orders. These can make fantastic Christmas pressies (calendars, cards, diaries, etc.) for family members, and it’s a great way to support our school fundraiser. This week also sees the return of the school-wide hui and curiosity clubs, where tamariki will be excited to get stuck in to their chosen curiosity club after the lockdown break.

Once again, we thank you for all your help during the lockdown, to keep your children growing and developing with their learning. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Enjoy a wonderful weekend with your whānau.

There are no key details or dates to know about next week! A quiet week 9 in the school for everyone.

We will however have a couple of key things on the following week (week 10).

Tuesday 28th September – Plant Out Day (For selected students only)

Friday 1st October – Last day of term 3

Ka kite anō au i a koutou

Danielle and Nic

Kia ora Hikuwai Whanau,

Nau mai! Here we are, finally back at school after long but necessary stay at home. It has been so wonderful to connect with the tamariki face to face again. We have enjoyed hearing their stories of lockdown and seeing them enthusiastic about being able to be with friends again.

During our last couple of days we have worked on reconnecting with each other again and getting the students back into a bit of a routine. We know how tiring it is to get back into a full day at school again but will look at getting back into our regular learning tasks next week.

For the next 3 weeks as the term lets up, we will be having a having a big push on the teaching and learning of basic facts/times tables. We will also be looking at completing a persuasive piece of writing, calendar art and our inquiry is moving into a space theme.

Below is a notice regarding the Young Inspiring ExplorersTM Worsley Weekend 20 – 21 November 2021 This is open to any Canterbury students that would like to attend, you do not need to be a part of the William Pike Challenge to apply, but you need to apply by 29th September if interested.

Coming up:

Week 8 - Maori Language Week

Have a lovely weekend,

Ka kite anō au i a koutou

Danielle & Nic

Kia ora,

We are delighted to be partnering again with Antarctic Heritage Trust to offer an amazing opportunity for Canterbury students to become explorers and learn about Antarctica.

We are looking for students who:

  • have a positive attitude

  • have a natural curiosity about the world

  • have a desire to work alongside fellow explorers to learn about the remarkable world we live in

  • have a willingness to share their experience with their community

  • are willing to get out of their comfort zone

Apply now for the 2021 Young Inspiring Explorers™ Worsley Weekend in partnership with the William Pike Challenge.

Young Inspiring ExplorersTM Worsley Weekend 20 – 21 November 2021

For Canterbury-based students only this weekend is celebrating a famous Antarctic explorer Frank Worsley who lived in Akaroa over 100 years ago. Worsley was part of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance expedition – one of the most amazing stories of Antarctic exploration and survival.

The weekend will include lots of fun events designed to get you out of your comfort zone (like a high ropes course and a rafting experience on the Akaroa Harbour) as well as an overnight stay on Banks Peninsula. Kiwi legend William Pike will also be joining the Young Inspiring Explorers™ Worsley Weekend.

The weekend will encourage and inspire 21st century explorers to step outside their comfort zone and face challenges head-on by connecting them to the extraordinary life of Frank Worsley and his most notable feat of navigating the Endurance expedition to safety after the ship was crushed by ice floes on its way to Antarctica. Find out more about the Worsley Weekend and apply here.

The Young Inspiring ExplorersTM Worsley Weekend is supported by ChristchurchNZ and The Antarctic Office.

Covid-19 Statement:

The Young Inspiring ExplorersTM Worsley Weekend 2021 will only go ahead if Canterbury is at Level 1 on the event date of (20 November 2021).

No previous knowledge of Antarctica or outdoor experience is required for this programme. All outdoor activities will be run by appropriately qualified instructors.

Applications close Wednesday 29 September 2021.

Ngā mihi nui,

Sally Ayson

Operations Manager

William Pike Challenge

Hi all (Year 7 & 8 only)

A couple of things.

I have attached the details below to sign your child up for Edmodo - which is how they will be putting forward any technology tasks. If you have any trouble please let me know and I will get in touch with Emma at Lincoln Primary and let her know.

Also I thought it might be a good idea to share with you the work that has been given to your child, just in case you haven't seen the many options they have to work on. This is what I have given to Hikuwai 2. But if your child is from Hikuwai 1 you are more than welcome for them to do any of these tasks as well although I know Nic has set a variety of tasks for them through Google Classroom.

Hikuwai 2 At Home Learning

Thank you to those of you who attended our meeting today. We will have another on Thursday for those of you who still have questions and need support.

Term 3, Week 4 - Home Learning in Lockdown

Tēnā koutou,

We hope that you and your whānau are doing okay and are healthy in these uncertain times. We are thinking of you.

The Hikuwai 1 and 2 team have added some activities onto Google Classroom. There are a number of different activities that link to some of the work we have been doing in class to start this term. These include some light writing, reading and other fun activities that include getting outside in the backyard and being active.

We understand that all families are in different situations (including our own staff) and that we all have different capabilities during this time. There is no pressure to complete these activities at all.

If you have time to complete some of the work, it would be so cool to see what you have been up to over these last couple of days. Please make a home post on Hero on the "Learning at home" page, or alternatively add attachments onto google classroom tasks.

Each ako teacher will be zooming with their class once a day for around 30 minutes. Our time to zoom on Thursday and Friday this week is 11:00am. It is not compulsory to attend, but it would be great to connect and just have a chat. Please ensure you are muted when joining! The links are attached below:

Hikuwai 1 – Matua Nic’s Zoom Meeting

Nic Jansen is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Matua Nic - Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 372 002 7086 - Passcode: ararira

Hikuwai 2 – Whaea Danielle's Zoom Meeting

Danielle Donehue is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Whaea Danielle - Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 926 2814 5643 - Passcode: ararira

Haere rā

Danielle & Nic

Term 3, Week 3

Tēnā Koutou,

Well it's hard to believe that week 3 is over already! The term is just racing by and there is still so much fit in to our term.

This week has seen the students discovering more during their Inquiry time about Kupe and the journey of our Maori ancestors across the Pacific Ocean. We have talked about how he made his journey and the tools of navigation that they used to get here to Aotearoa. By using the natural elements of the earth, wind, sun, stars, sea, birds and large sea life they made their way across the ocean. We will build on this throughout the term by learning some navigation techniques for ourselves and putting together our learning of Kupe's journey for our whole school production which will be held in Week 10 of this term.

We finally made it to Zone's this week as well. All the teams put in an amazing effort, we are so impressed with you all! Well done. You represented Ararira with pride and we are very proud. It was especially wonderful to see so many boys playing netball, and so many girls playing rugby! Awesome!

Loving seeing the students taking part in the Volleyball coaching sessions on a Thursday afternoon. This is such a great opportunity to learn the key details about how to play and play well. We are very grateful to the Coach from Lincoln High School who is taking his time to come and share his knowledge with the kids. And a big thank you to Liam for getting it all organised.

Koru Games is coming up in September and we would appreciate all the parent help we can get. Blair has sent a notice out through Hero tonight with the information so far on it. Please do let us know if you are able to help out and support us at all with this amazing experience.

There are no key details or dates to know about next week! A quiet week 4 in the school for everyone.

We will however have a couple of key things on the following week.

  • Wednesday 25th August - come as yourself day

  • Thursday 26th August - Whole School Fun Run

  • Friday 27th August - Teachers Only Day

Have a great weekend!

Haere rā

Danielle & Nic

Term 3, Week 2

Kia ora Whānau

I think it is fair to say that everyone has done a wonderful job this week and it has been a great start to the term. The weather has been miserable to start the week and has kept us from getting outside but everyone has done so well to keep it together despite all the cold and the wet!

Fingers and toes crossed that zones rugby and netball will take place this Tuesday after unfortunately being postponed. All the best to those representing : in their sports! We have also been making the most of watching all the important Olympic events, in the hope New Zealand break their Olympic medal record.

This week we had the awesome House of Bricks come to Ararira. The tamariki were able to channel their curious and capable sides while designing and making some wonderful creations out of lego. Some particular highlights were the giant towers and challenging mazes created by all.

This week sees the return of Curiosity Clubs, where children have selected a club that they are curious and are eager to participate in and learn about. We also see the return of kapahaka, led by Whaea Chloe and Whaea Carolyn. The leftover tamariki, not taking part in kapahaka, have selected both Ki-o-rahi and Māori art lessons that they will rotate through. We look forward to seeing the tremendous teamwork and artwork the tamariki produce.

Skool Loop - Just a reminder that this app is no longer connected with our school. Please do not send absences through this app as the school will not be informed that your child is away. Please just use Hero, phone or email.

Girls Sanitary Products - There are a variety of sanitary products that are now available free to our girls. If you would like to know more about this please contact Danielle and I will give you more details Please make sure that if you are the parent of a daughter you make the most of this fantastic opportunity. These products are available to ALL girls in Hikuwai.

Plant Out Day - This is coming up later this term for our William Pike participants. We will be able to confirm actual dates next week but please keep this in mind as something we may need some help with soon.

Have a super weekend!

Nic and Danielle

Coming up in week 3… Maths week!

Tuesday 11th – Zones sports for netball and rugby (selected students only).

Wednesday 12th – Hikuwai hub sport

Friday 14th – Hikuwai hub sport

Term 3, Week 1

Hi all! Welcome back to Term 3! I hope you had a lovely time over the break with your special people.

A big welcome to Nic who has joined us this term. We are really excited to have him as part of the team and we know we are super lucky in Hikuwai to have him.

We are also super lucky to have Donna working our space during literacy time this term as well. All of the tamariki are now getting the benefit of having 3 teachers!

We have spent our first week getting our routines sorted and getting our minds ready for learning again. We have started a new spelling programme this week and have all begun a novel study. We have also been making the most of watching all the important Olympic events - how privileged we are to be able to watch such an amazing display of sporting ability from our wee country.

And speaking of amazing displays of sporting ability a huge congratulations to Jay Dixon. His amazing results in the National Trampolining Competition puts in 1st in the country in Synchro and 3rd for the individual event. What an amazing achievement Jay, we are incredibly proud of you.

We would love to hear if anyone else has some amazing news too!

Discovery Time will continue this term and will be on a Friday afternoon. All tamariki will be involved in this opportunity to plan their own learning. We are looking forward to seeing what activities they come with this term.

Enjoy your weekend.. Go New Zealand!

Coming up - Week 2

  • Monday 2nd August - House of Bricks visit at School

  • Tuesday 3rd August - Zone sports for netball & rugby (selected students only)

  • Thursday 5th August - Weaving Workshop & Young Writers Workshop (selected students only)

  • Friday 6th August - Bring your remote control cars day

Term 2 Week 8

Thank you so much to all of you for coming in, in this past week to catch up and chat about your child's learning. It was great to see all the students taking a lead role in these conversations and really taking ownership of their own learning.

Koru Games - This 3 day sporting event is for all year 7 & 8 students is to be held on 21-23 September. This is a major sporting event in the South Island and such an amazing opportunity to be a part of. The link is attached for more information in regards to all the sporting choices and locations of events. There will be a cost for this which will be determined once all the students have chosen and signed up for their respective sports, the cost will then just be split evenly across all students attending. All students have been briefed on this on Friday afternoon and we will be asking for sports choices on Monday so that we can ensure we do not miss out on the events the students choose to participate in. Please discuss this with your child over the weekend. If for any reason at all you feel that your year 7/8 child will be unable to attend this event please email us directly to let us know.

Koru Games

A reminder that school will be closing early again this week. On Wednesday we will have a 1.15pm finish as we all have an NZEI Union meeting to attend. If you require supervision of your child until 3pm could you please let us know.

Matariki Soup making - We are making soup for our Matariki celebration. We will be making the soup on Thursday 1st July.

  • All children to bring a vegetable to contribute to the soup (such as pumpkin, kumara, potato, onion, carrot, celery, etc);

  • Parent helpers to join us at school on the morning of the 1st to help with scrubbing and chopping (byo knife/chopping board);

Please let us know if you are able to help with this.

Its another busy week coming up! We are flying through the term!

Week 9

Monday 28th June - Ki-O-Rahi Matariki event for selected students. To be held at Ararira.

Tuesday 29th June - Zone Basketball tournament at Prebbleton School.

Wednesday 30th June - Children's University Campus Day 9-3pm, NZEI teachers union meeting. 1:15pm finish.

Thursday 1st July - Soup making morning. Zone tournament for Football and Hockey at Brookside Park. Last day of Winter Sports.

Friday 2nd July - Matariki Celebration at 5.30pm

Term 2 Week 7

I think it is fair to say that everyone has done an amazing job this last week. The weather has been miserable and has kept us from getting outside a lot but everyone has done so well to keep it together despite all the cold and the wet!

We are looking forward to catching up with you all this week in regards to your children and their learning. All the students have prepared a slide that they will share with you about their learning and the goals they have set for themselves in these learning areas. This will give them the chance to really take ownership of what they are learning during class time so it is beneficial for all students to attend these meetings with you. Please let us know if your child needs to be staying at school during these early finish days on Wednesday and Thursday.

Report comments are now available to view also for Reading, Writing and Maths. If you do have any questions regarding these we are happy to talk these over during the learning conversations this week. Please remember that each time slot is only for 15 minutes. We are happy to arrange other times if you think you need more time to discuss your child and their learning.

Matariki - On July 2nd we will be having a Matariki Celebration at school. This is a chance to come together, share some kai (soup and bread and baking), light lanterns and bring in the Maori New Year. It will start at 5.30pm and should finish around 7.15pm. For this we will all be a part of making soup for everyone at school which will involve cutting and prepping vegetables. We will be asking for any chopping boards or spare knives whanau can loan us for this and a vegetable or two each. We will be in touch about that in our next update.

See you all this week!

Week 8

Wednesday 23rd June: Learning conversations - school to finish at 1:45pm

Thursday 24th June: Learning conversations - school to finish at 1:45pm (year 7/8s at Winter Sport until 3pm)

Term 2 Week 6

Three day week, what a tease! In a short amount of time, we had so many events.

We had the year 7s attend the GRIP leadership conference and what an exciting day that was. We had our first session of Korball and the last session of the first round of winter sports.

Big Congratulation to our speedy runners who participated in the Zones event. Special mention to Liam Gauld who will represent our school in the Christchurch Schools race. Good Luck.

Thank you to those of you who have already booked in interview times for you and your child. We can't wait to catch up with you all. And your child is also getting ready to share their learning with you during this time. If you haven't made a time yet, bookings are still open.

Looking ahead, from now until the end of the term your child has an exciting moment to select and make the choice in what groups they will work in for Math and Reading. These groups will be based on their interests. We are very excited to get this going and each Friday your child will enter their workshops for the following week. So ask questions at home about what they did for math or reading.

Lincoln Zone Sports Tournament: You would have been sent a message by now about your child being in a team or trials to be done. Please make sure your child has the required equipment. More information about this will come closer to the dates.

Week 7-

Gumboot day!-Wednesday 16th June

Children may wear gumboots on this day in support of others (and themselves) who show resilience. All children at Lincoln schools are encouraged to wear them. You may like to talk to your child about how you show resilience.

Term 2, Week 5

Well, What a week it has been. So pleased to hear that all of you made it through the flooding ok.!

This week the Year 8's made it to National Young Leaders Day at the Town Hall. It was a brilliant day and we were so lucky to have some amazing people share their journey and message with our young people. A highlight for the kids was Cam Calkoen. An amazing man who has cerebral palsy. He has used his condition to inspire others all over the world and has done some truly incredible things with his life. The kids loved him.

We also made it to our second round of Winter Sports. We are so lucky to have an incredible team of people at Selwyn Sports that organise everything for us. It has been a great opportunity for the kids to give something else a go and learn some new sports.

Next week we will be have Korfball Canterbury coming to do some sessions with our students. We will have 5 sessions from them over the course fo this term, on a Wednesday afternoon. This is a great chance to introduce the kids to Korfball and give them a taster to a sport which many of them didn't even know existed. There will be a cost for this of $3 per student for each of the 5 sessions. A cost of $15 if your child is attending all 5. This cost will be included in your Term fee for term 3, as we are aware of costs already for this term and do not want you paying for more than you need to. Here is the link to Korfball if you would like to know more about the sport Korfball NZ

Thank you to those of you who have already booked in interview times for you and your child. We can't wait to catch up with you all. And your child is also getting ready to share their learning with you during this time. If you haven't made a time yet, bookings are still open.

During interview times school will be closing earlier than normal. On the Thursday afternoon though we will still have Winter Sports to attend which means it will be a normal 3pm finish for the year 7/8s on that day, June 24th. The year 6s will finish early at 1.45pm.

GRIP Leadership day for year 7s only will be on Thursday next week. We still need one more car please for transport to this event which is to be held at the Celebration Centre in Wainoni. It will be an all day event. We will need to leave school at 8am and pick up would be at 2.30pm. We also need 1 parent to please stay with us for the day as well to help with supervision. Please let Danielle know if you are able to help with transport and whether you are also able to stay for the duration of the event.

Report comments- Over the next few weeks, you will notice comments for Reading, Math and Writing. These are the mid year reports updating you on your child's learning in these areas. They are comments based on what they have been achieveing and their next steps with what they can work on to improve.

Week 6

Tuesday 8th June - Teachers only day

Wednesday 9th June - Korfball

Thursday 10th June - Cross Country Postponement Date, GRIP Leadership Day (Year 7s only), Winter Sports (only for Year 6s and Year 8s)

Looking forward to another great week ahead! Enjoy your long weekend.

Term 2, Week 4

A big welcome back to Whaea Hinehau!

This week the students have been trying to put together ideas about how they can build and grow their strengths. There are some amazing ideas coming out. We have been so impressed by those students who are really putting everything into this to help develop themselves as a person.

This week also saw us all head out on a trip across town to MoveX. Everyone had an amazing time either jumping or ice skating or both! The perseverance of the children, especially on the ice, was astounding! They just keep going and going and by the end of the session the confidence had grown hugely. We were really proud of their effort. While we were there we also got to have a chat with Andrew Moss, the owner of MoveX, and he told us a bit about his journey and how he came to be where he is today. It was really interesting to hear.

Rotary Quiz; Charlotte Smith and Noah Francis represented Ararira at the Rotary Quiz night at Lincoln University on Tuesday. They did a fantastic as a team with some really hard questions and got themselves a certificate and a book each at the end. They were up against 17 other school teams. Well done to both of you. You should be very proud of your achievement.

Winter Sport started this week on Thursday. The students all did an amazing job at their sports they had chosen to start with. They all put in 100% effort and it was great to see so many of them trying out new sports that they hadn't tried before. They will have 2 more sessions at their current chosen sport and then they will have the opportunity to try something else.

School Closure - A reminder that school is closed on Monday 7th June (Queens Birthday) and Tuesday 8th June (Teacher Only Day). We are closed on Tuesday, to enable teachers across our Kahui Ako to take professional development.

Hi-vis vests - These should be worn to and from school daily.

Week 5

National Young Leaders Day (Tuesday 1st June) - Thank you so much to the parents helpers who are making this trip possible on Tuesday for our year 8 students. It is going to be an amazing day, with some great inspirational speakers. NYLD

Zone Cross Country (Wednesday 2nd June) - Halswell Quarry, 9-12.30pm.

Winter Sport (Thursday 3rd June) - The children are encouraged to bring comfortable sports clothes to change into during the lunchtime, to wear while participating in their sporting activities.

We hope you are all keeping safe and dry!

Term 2, week 3

A huge thank you to Whaea Jenny, who has been in our teaching hub with us this week.

This week has seen the students taking a deeper look at their inquiry learning for the term. All the students have used their results from their Character Strengths Survey to identify areas that they are really strong or confident in and other areas that may need a bit of TLC or are not as developed. They are now putting together ideas about how they can be proactive and develop/grow/build on areas that need extra support. So watch this space!

Coaching has started for some of the year 7 & 8 students this week. Others will start from next week.

MoveX trip; We are looking forward to this trip on Tuesday morning. Thank you to our wonderful parents who have offered to help for the morning for us.

Rotary Quiz; Good luck to Charlotte Smith and Noah Francis who will be representing Ararira at the Rotary Quiz night at Lincoln University next Tuesday. What an amazing opportunity to be a part of.

Well Being Challenge; Every week the students will be given a challenge to work on as part of helping improve their personal well being. This week their challenge is below, spending time with nature.

National Young Leaders; This is on Tuesday 1st June for our Year 8 students. We still need parent help for this please. If you can help out please let me know by Monday.

Have a great weekend!

Week 4

Tuesday 25th - MoveX trip and Rotary Quiz night

Thursday 27th - Winter Sports Starts

Week 2 Term 2

Week 2 has been another busy week for us all! It was Hero week this week and we were lucky enough to have a couple of amazing speakers come in and share their stories with us. We were blown away by the inspiring story of Steven Bayley the Para Olympic alpine skier and it was great to hear about Darryl Mitchell and his journey into the Black Caps.

We have also spent this week taking a closer look at some well known New Zealanders, comparing their differences and similarities. It has been interesting to see the various strengths that they all have in common.

The students all did a personality test today, which gives them some understanding of what their strengths are. They all have saved their results if you are interested in seeing how they did! We are going to use this information to move forward with our inquiry.

Tomorrow (Friday) is Hero Day! Everyone needs to come dressed up as someone who inspires them.

Discovery Time: Most of the kids will be starting something called Discovery Time tomorrow. This is the chance for them to plan, implement and reflect on a learning experience of their choice. We will be doing this every Friday afternoon starting at 1.30pm and finishing about 2.40pm and we would love if parents wanted to come along and help out. Anytime you can, if you want to come and support and help guide the students with their Discovery journey we would love to have you. This is a programme we have successfully implemented at previous schools and is such an amazing opportunity for the students to take ownership of their learning, learn valuable key competency skills, and it aligns really well with practicing the key values at Ararira - Curious, Capable and Caring. The kids are required to provide their own resources for this activity, with the exception of some things we do have available at school. In saying this we do not expect you to be going out and buying gear for Discovery Time every week, that is not the purpose. We will plan every week on a Tuesday for our Friday session and they are most definitely encouraged to try new things, but without putting pressure on parents to provide things. We will make sure from our end that no students are doing anything unrealistic and will of course help provide with resources where we can. If you have any more questions about Discovery Time please feel free to ask!

Well done to our fabulous students that participated in the Inter School Cross Country on Tuesday. Liam, Annakin, Kennedy, Sky - 2nd place!! Olive, Phoebe, Logan, Alex, Maya, Finn, Liam G, CJ and Amy. It was such a hot day.. You all did an amazing job, putting in 100% effort. Next step Zones!

MOVEX Trip: On Tuesday May 25th we will be heading to MoveX for the morning to have a bit of fun. They will get to have a jump on the trampolines and they have an Ice skating rink set up at the moment too. We will also have the opportunity to meet the owner and hear a bit about his story and how he got to where he is today. We will be leaving school at 9.15am and will return to school by 12.45pm. We would love some parent helpers please if you can! We will be taking the bus to and from MoveX and there will be a small cost added to your account on top of your activity fee. This will be and extra $5.30.

RUGBY FUN DAY: Last week we took 33 students to Burnside and had a fun day playing rugby against other Christchurch schools. If your child was in one of the teams and enjoyed it there is still time to register with Lincoln Rugby Club. The club will happily welcome players of all abilities and ages.

Week 3:

Bullying Free awareness week

Coaching starts for year 7 & 8

Pink Shirt Mufti Day - Friday 21st May

Olympic Ambassador at Hui Friday 21st May

School Disco Friday 21st May

Term 2 Week 1

Kia Ora Whanau,

Welcome back! We hope that you all have had a wonderful Term break making memories with your Whanau. It's great to be back and getting back into our learning again. We are looking forward to another great term.

We have spent our first week back getting back into routines, sharing our holiday achievements, learning about ANZAC day and starting our inquiry looking at well known New Zealanders. Everyone has done an amazing job at getting straight back into their work and being ready to learn. We have learnt so much already in Week 1!

Congratulations to the students who particitaed in the Rugby Fun Day at Burnside. You all played with good sportsmanship and mana.

Next week is a busy week so please make a note of things that are relevant for you and your Whanau.

Week 2 notices:

Hero week - We have a number of well known people coming in during school time to share their stories. We have an Author, a Para Olympian, an Olympic Footballer and a Black Cap!

Combined Cross Country (Tuesday 11th May, 11am - 2.30pm) - Ladbrooks and Broadfields Yr 4-8

School Photos (Wednesday 12th May)

Dress up Friday - Dress up as someone who inspires you

Week 3:

Winter Sports- Click for all the information. We do need a parent helper for the year 7 and 8 times. If you are available please email Hinehau.


Kia Ora,

We did it!!!!! 11 Weeks down, I would say that went by too quickly but this week definitely felt like a drag after those cheeky few short weeks. We hope your child has had a great term 1 and we can say that some are definitely ready for a break.

Thank you for providing us with amazing students, we have both enjoyed getting to know your child. Over the holidays enjoy the time together and if you have things you would like to share with us, don't forget you can upload on Hero 'Learning at home' tab.

If we haven't seen you since thank you again to the parents who have supported us on our trips outside of the classroom and those who have managed to get in and check in with us and your child's learning.

Lastly, a huge shout out to QUINN who has made the casting team for Moana. Good luck during the holidays and I'm sure when it is all ready we will be happy to come to watch!


Hinehau and Danielle!

Term 2 Notices:

Week 1:
Monday 9.20am- Mihi whakatau- A welcome for all new families.

Friday- Rugby Tournament Day

Week 2:
Combined Cross Country- Ladbrooks and Broadfields Yr 4-8.

Learning Focus:

Next term our focus is based on 'What makes someone well known?' It would be amazing if your child found a book over the holidays based on someone they look up to.

FYI- Hinehau's Release days:

They are on Wednesday weeks: 1, 4,5,6,9,10. With Whaea Tracey.

Term 1 Week 10

Kia Ora Whanau,

Well, this week just flew by too quickly. With one week left of the term, we have lots of exciting events planned for our class.

A shout out to Amy who competed in the Christchurch Schools swimming event and Callum who assisted with St John while they were at our school.

If your child is part of a sports team or a group where they display their skills (eg, marching or drama group etc) we would love to know because if we have time or if we are in the area we would do our best to come to support/watch them.

Week 11 Important dates and messages:


We will be having a sharing afternoon for you all to come in and check out some of the work that the students are proud of from this term. We know some of you have already been in to check some of it out but pop on into our space on Monday 12th April between 2.30-3.30pm and come and check out a couple of things the kids have done during the term.

Tuesday and Wedensday-

Ki-o-rahi- We have been learning this kemu (game) and will be spending the afternoon playing this, 2pm-3pm. If you are keen to join in or know the game and want to help coach, you are more than welcome to come along.


We have planned to go to the Liffey in the afternoon for a swim and to hang out. We do need 4-5 parents to support us at this event. Please email Danielle if you are able to help. It will be from 1.40ish-3pm. Your child will need to bring togs and a towel if they wish to swim.


Last day of the term treat- We have decided to watch a movie to celebrate our class and how hard they have worked this term. We are allowing the option for children to bring popcorn or chips, which will be shared.

Term 1, Week 9

Hi all,

We hope you have all had a lovely Easter break with your Whanau. It has been really great to have the chance to have that extra time to recharge the batteries so we can all make it through to the end of a long term 1!

This week has seen us say goodbye to Harold the Giraffe and the Life Ed caravan. We had some wonderful sessions that reminded the students of the importance of being an upstander not a bystander, recognising and seeing the effects of peer pressure and understanding what our reputation looks like. This will be the last time that the year 7 & 8 children will see the Life Ed caravan and Harold.

We have also had a session with Dangerous Decibels. We had a closer look at what can happen to our hearing if we don't look after ourselves.

Tea towels - Since we are new in our space this year we are finding ourselves very limited with kitchen supplies as yet. We really need tea towels and any baking equipment, cake tins etc, and would love it if anyone had any thing at home they could donate to us for use in the kitchen. We would love to see the kids in the kitchen more but need the resources to do it.

Coming up in Week 10:

Onesie Day - Wednesday 7th April to support Autism NZ

St John Ambulance Visit - The St John Ambulance will be at school and the students will get the opportunity to have a look around the Ambulance and ask questions. If the students could please bring a gold coin donation to support this cause it would be much appreciated.

Week 11:

We will be having a sharing afternoon for you all to come in and check out some of the work that the students are proud of from this term. We know some of you have already been in to check some of it out but pop on in to our space on Monday 12th April between 2.30-3.30pm and come and check out a couple of things the kids have done during the term.

Enjoy your short week!

Term 1, Week 8

Kia ora Hikuwai Whanau,

It's been a big couple of weeks for our Hikuwai crew!

Year 7 & 8 Camp to Waipara

The year 7 & 8 students had an amazing time away at the Waipara Adventure Centre. We had 3 great days weather wise and in between some pretty challenging activities we spent our time playing cricket or swimming at the waterhole. All the kids did an amazing job at pushing themselves out of their comfort zones and taking on new challenges. We are incredibly proud of each and every one of them. Check out the photos tab for some of the photos from camp. Again, thank you to the parents who made this camp run successfully.


If your child is bringing their own Ipad to school could you please remind them to make sure they are charged before they are arrive at school. We only have a small number of school Ipads available and the children who do not bring their own device to school will take priority in using these.

William Pike

Don't forget to sign up for the amazing opportunity to take part in William Pike. See the pictures below for more information. Just to note that this will be the only opportunity for year 7 & 8s to participate in this. It only gets offered every 2 years.


Our year 6s travelled to Lake Crichton and enjoyed many activities on the water. The most enjoyable activities were paddle boarding and canoeing. They were all so brave lasting the day in the cold lake.

Coming up in Week 9..

  • Girls Multi Sport Event- Tuesday 30 March.

We have 10 girls in our hub giving this a go!

Shave for a cure Mufti Day- Wednesday 31st March (Gold Coin Donation)

Easter weekend- Friday, Monday and Tuesday off.

Selwyn Football

Selwyn United Football are running a few Skills Centres and a Girls Fun Football Festival as part of Girl’s and Women’s Month, please see details below.

Both events are completely FREE!

For more info and details you can find us:



Or email:

Coming up in Week 10

  • Monday and Tuesday off (Easter Weekend)

  • Wednesday 7th April- Onsie Day

  • Friday 9th April- Movie Night

Camp Notices:

Hi all just a few last minute details before we head away to camp on Wednesday.

Everyone needs to be at school by 8.30am.

As soon as we arrive at Waipara the students will be going on a river walk. They all need to have appropriate gear on and day pack with them which includes the following gear;

They will need to wear shoes and pants that can get fully wet (we do many river crossing during the walk)

  • A day pack with: a drink bottle, extra clothes in case the weather changes, their morning tea and lunch (for before and after the walk).

Please provide your child with either some home baking or fruit to share. We do have a number of gluten free students in Hikuwai so if you could please clearly label any baking that IS gluten free.

Medication needs to be clearly named and given directly to a teacher on arrival.

Your child will need bedding and a pillow.

They will also need to bring their own cutlery/plate/bowl and named tea towel.

Please remember NO cellphones, other devices, confectionary/junk food or spending money.

If there is an emergency you will hear from the school directly.

Arrival back at school on Friday will be approximately 2.15pm.

Could you also please let us know whether your child is unable to swim or has a low level of swimming ability. There is a waterhole at camp, a waterslide and they have the opportunity as one of their activities to make rafts.

Any other questions, please do get in touch.

Term 1 Week 6

Another busy week in Hikuwai this week. We have had the pleasure of welcoming a number of relievers into our space this week and on the whole, the kids have done pretty well with the changes.

On Monday Hikuwai 1 and a few others enjoyed their day down at our river testing and gathering data. They were able to give back by trying to be kaitiaki of the awa. Great start to the year team.

Congratulations to our swimmer who competed in the Lincoln Zones swimming and a special mention to Amy Overend who has the opportunity to represent our school at the Christchurch Schools swimming competition.

Week 7:

*If you are in Whaea Hinehau's ako class can the Whanau Poster forms please come back for a class activity to be completed. I have linked it if you need another copy. It would also be nice if your child had some photos for their posters.

Year 7 & 8 Camp to Waipara.

Yay the time has finally arrived for the rest of us to head away and have some adventures of our own. Our aim is to leave school at 9am. Please make sure you arrive at 8.30am so we have plenty of time to check children are present, organise car transport and get backs packed into the trailer. Please refer to camp documentation for the gear list. If you are having trouble accessing any important items please let us know.

Any Medication that is to be brought to camp will need to be handed in to the teacher on arrival on Wednesday morning. Please make sure that it is clearly labeled with your child's name and with a note if there are specific instructions that need to go alongside it.

We are due to leave Waipara Camp at approximately 1pm on Friday afternoon which will mean we should arrive back at school about 2-2.30pm. You are welcome to come and collect your child then otherwise we will keep them with us at school until 3pm. If there is any delay in us leaving Waipara we will let Trine know so she can pass on any information.

We are really looking forward to camp! It is always such a great time and an even opportunity for us to build relationships with the students outside of school. Can't wait!!

Term 1 Week 5

What a great week of hard work and capability from our students. We have been busy doing statistical investigations and learning about financial literacy through Banqer. We did our first form of whole class testing this week.

This week Kapa Haka has started and it is great to see a number of our students opt into the group. When your child is not at kapa haka they will be learning Te Reo Maori through waiata, games and the arts.

We also had 4 lucky students head to Turanga on Friday for a writers course.


Girls Multisports- By Selwyn Sports Trust

Date: Tuesday 30 March Time: 10.30am-2.30pm Location: Lincoln Domain
Girls in groups of 20-30 will ‘travel’ along a sporting pathway playing and having fun at each sport. Some of the sports on offer: Canterbury Rugby, Canterbury Combined Country Cricket, NZ Volleyball, Mainland Football, Rolleston Warriors Rugby League, Netball (TBC). All lead by the athletes or coaches.

If your child is interested they need to let Whaea Hinehau know on Monday 8th March as registration close that day.

Week 6 reminders...

Monday 8th March- Nature Agents (Hinehau's Ako class and Year 7s and 2 year 8s)
Gear list:
clothing/footwear that can get wet – we recommend covered sneakers/boots with a solid tread – no open-toed sandals/jandals (we take footwear pretty seriously, and your child will not be allowed in the water if they don’t have the appropriate footwear)

  • change of clothes

  • towel

  • warm jersey/jacket

  • food/drink

  • sunhat.

Tuesday 9th March - Lincoln Zone Swimming Sports at Southbridge Community Pool

Term 1 Week 4

What a busy week we have had this week!

Well done to all the students who participated in the School Swimming Sports on Monday afternoon. It was a beautiful day for swimming and it was great to see so many kids in the water giving something a go. A big congratulations to all the students who will now be heading to the zones competition in a couple of weeks.

We really enjoyed meeting all the parents who attended our meet the parent evening on Tuesday night. Thank you for taking the time to come and listen to what our values and expectations are for this year. We are really looking forward to 2021 and seeing where it takes us together.

Then of course all of our year 6's have enjoyed their last 3 days away at Hanmer Springs Camp. We are looking forward to hearing all about it on Monday and seeing some photos of them all in the action. I'm sure they will all enjoy being at home in their own beds tonight!

While the year 6s have been away, the year 7 & 8s have been working hard getting their self portraits completed and getting set up with some new learning opportunities which will mean they are on their way to being able to undertake more rich independent learning activities. They have all be signed up to Khan Academy. A fantastic site that can help support learning primarily in maths. They have also started Maths Badges. These are badges that can be earned for completing a number of mathematical projects directly connected to real life experiences and situations. Your child needs to complete 6 activities to earn a maths badge. Once earned there will be a small cost of $10 and your child will be awarded with a badge and a certificate of achievement.

National Young Leaders Day will be held on 1st June at the Christchurch Town Hall. We have booked spots for all of our year 8 students to attend and there will be a cost of $25 for this and this will be added to your Term 2 fee. You will find more information on the day here.

Enjoy your weekend!

Danielle & Hinehau

Term 1 Week 3

Week 3 is done, our first full week back at school and it has been another busy week! We are sure there are going to be a few tired children this weekend!

We have spent the past week continuing to build our relationships with each other and establishing tasks that we can work on independently.

Week 4 Reminders...

Monday- Swimming Sports, Halswell pool, 12.30pm-2pm

Tuesday- PAT listening test. Whānau picnic at school and Year 7/8 Camp meeting for parent helpers

Wednesday- Technology for y7/8. Hanmer Springs Camp for Year 6s and Hinehau

Thursday- Hanmer Springs Camp for Year 6s and Hinehau

Friday- Hanmer Springs Camp for Year 6s and Hinehau


We are on the look out for Paint shirts please! If you have any old t-shirts or shirts at home that you no long er require we would love to use them for paint shirts.

We are also still keen for anything that we could use for dress ups as well.

Christchurch Music Festival: Representative Group: Auditions to join a Representative Group (Junior & Senior Choir, Concert Band or Orchestra) for the 2021 Music Festival are taking place in May. This is a wonderful opportunity for year 5-8 singers and musicians. Applications close on Friday, 16th April. Follow this link to the website to learn more. Please talk to Whaea Lydia or Whaea Chloe if you have any questions or would like further information or support.

The Children's University: This is an optional programme where children do learning in their own time on a whole range of topics and receive hours towards graduation at the end of the year. You can take a closer look here Children's University or refer to Donna's notice on Hero.

The following link will take you to the Student Leadership news for you to read if you are interested in helping your child develop their leadership skills. Leadership Magazine

Enjoy your weekend,

Danielle & Hinehau

Term 1 Week 2

Kia Ora Hikuwai Whānau,

We are really excited to see where the year will take us this year in Hikuwai. We have spent this week continuing to build on our team building and communication skills. We have been taking a closer look at the school values; breaking down what they mean to us and how we can show we are role models and are living by those values at school everyday.

Technology started this week for the Year 7 & 8 students, where they headed to Lincoln primary to build on and develop new skills in the areas of Food, Hard Materials, STEAM and Textiles. It is exciting to see what projects they are working on and seeing how they develop throughout the term. Please note that the bus leaves school at 8.45am. Please make sure you are on time.

We have also been enjoying getting into literacy again and have had a number of opportunities so far this week to build on our writing skills. We have been very impressed with the level of written language that we see in the classroom and are looking forward to seeing this grow throughout the year. It has been a great way for us to see where the children are at with their writing and connect with them on a one on one level about what writing means for them. Some students who have offered to share their work have uploaded pictures in the student news section.

We have a number of themes that we will be covering in Term 1. Our overall inquiry theme for the year is "The Power of Story". We are starting this term by looking at "Our Stories".

Don't forget that coming up next week we have the Meet the teachers and Camp meetings on Tuesday. We will all be meeting at 6.30pm until 6.50pm. Swimming Sports on Wednesday. Please note that the camp meeting is only for the parents who will be attending both the Hanmer and the Waipara Camps this year. This will be held directly after the parent meeting at approximately 6.50pm.

Any information you need about Camp you will find in the useful links page. All the Waipara information will be available there in the next couple of weeks.

If you are a parent of a year 8 student, you need to start being open to considering what High School your child will be attending in 2022. There are so many wonderful educational facilities out there to choose from and most do have scholarships available also if that is something you might like to consider. The earlier you make a decision the more chance you have of getting into the school of your choice. Make sure you talk it through with your child and listen to the things they need from a High School, this will after all be the school that guides them towards their future as an adult. If you would like to discuss options at all please get in touch.

Loving our time so far! Looking forward to meeting you all next week.

Danielle and Hinehau

Term 1 Week 1

Kia Ora Whānau,

Wow! Week 1 done and dusted. We have enjoyed getting to know our students and we hope they are excited for the rest of the year. We did many activities that involved team building and communication, this was challenging at first but after a few sessions, they seemed to have enjoyed it.

Nau mai haere mai to our new whānau that are joining us this year. It was lovely to meet you and if we haven't yet we hope to meet you soon. If at any time you need to contact us our emails are linked on the home page. We encourage you to come in before school or after school to see what learning your child has been doing or to see how they are going.

This page is where we will send our weekly notices. We will send a link via Hero. Bookmark this website as in the near future we will be encouraging the students to publish their ideas/learning.

Hinehau's ako class has years 6-7 and Danielle's ako class has years 7-8.

Devices are not needed till week 3.

Have a great weekend .

Hinehau and Danielle.

Important Dates:

Week 2

Monday 8th February - Waitangi Day

Technology for year 7 and 8

Every Wednesday
Lincoln Primary School

Week 3:

Family picnic- Meet the teachers and Camp meetings

Tuesday 16th February 5.30pm- 7.30pm

Swimming Sports- We will need parent helpers on this day for time keeping etc.

Wednesday 17th February 12.30pm- 2.30pm (PP day- Monday 22 Feb)

Halswell Pool

Curious clubs begin

Week 4:

Year 6 Camp @ Hanmer Springs

Wednesday 24th February- Friday 26th February

Week 7:

Year 7-8 Camp @ Waipara

Wednesday 17 March- Friday 19th March

More information about this camp will come next week.

Term 2 Week 2