On 21/06/18 we had bike safety at our school. So far we are one week into the program, all of the students (year 5 and 6) have really enjoyed the program. Today Kamai and Turangawaewae went for our first bike on the road. We went all around a skill course. Then we went on the road and then some groups went to the skate park. On our ride we got to use the signals we have been learning, for real on the road.
On Friday the 21st of June 2018, Katikati Primary School entered the annual Waihi Netball Tournament. The two teams were “All Stars” and “Katikati Magic”. In each team there were 10 players. In the Katikati Magic team there were: Maddie B; Stephania H; Holly W; Grace S; Teyah P; Kate D; Zselea M; Meghan T and Chloe S. In the All Stars team there were: Maddie H; Nete A; Kaivana S; Kallee-Ann T; Kristy C; Reghan H; Kaylie C and Janaea S.
Both the teams did really well. Katikati Magic won 1 and lost two. The All Stars lost two and won one. Katikati Magic came about third in their division. The All Stars came fourth in their division. Also a big thanks to Mrs Purcell and to the parents that got us there.
Well done to the students who went to the Northern Cluster Cross Country. Everyone tried their hardest and did excellently. Special congratulations to Mike R and Coby T for qualifying for WBOP. Coby came 5th and Mike came 1st. The track had more hills and running through the bush than Katikati, but similar amounts of mud on the students! The races could not be run without some of Whakamarama's year 8 marshals out on the muddy course and Jeff our bus driver. Thank you Whakamarama School for letting the runners use your backfield all day and selling sausages!
This year Katikati Primary School sent a team of around 20 students to Fresh Moves at Baycourt Theatre. We got an award for best stage presence. All of the students that came really enjoyed performing on a big stage in front of an even bigger audience. The costumes were great and it was really helpful that most of the kids brought their own black clothes to wear.
Also many thanks to Tim for introducing our dance. Tim from Kamai Pod said before he went on stage he was nervous, excited and scared. But when he went on he really enjoyed it.
The theme this year was BECAUSE and we decided to base our dance on because we know how our brains work. So our dance started with all of these brain cells, we had little LED lights on our fingers that looked really cool in the dark. We showed in our dance how your brain learns new things. Throughout the rest of the dance we showed that our brain was learning and we all had our own little ways of showing it. At the end of the performance we formed a brain again, everyone with LED lights turned them back on again while we did our brain movements, then everyone fell to the floor.
Also many thanks to Mrs McKeown and Mrs Guardian for helping us put our dance together, also to all of the parents that helped with transport. Thank you again, Tim, for helping us on the night. A very big thank you to Mrs Taylor for helping with getting our hair ready.
In Week 5 two teams from Katikati Primary School took part in the EPro8 challenge. The competition tests children’s technology and maths problem solving skills. One of our teams came first and the other team came third. We interviewed the winning team about their accomplishment, here are their answers.
1.What was the biggest challenge?
Bradley: Making the doghouse roof because they didn’t have time to finish.
Miles: Figuring out what we were going to do and keeping in the lead.
Liam: Converting a table into a flood proof dog house.
Tim: Working together and not arguing.
2. How did your team cooperate?
Bradley: Pretty well but we could improve.
Miles: They did well, we all did our separate parts and then brought it all together.
Liam: I took over because no one stood up as leader. Bradley was the idea person. Tim was the collector of materials and kept everything organised. Miles was the builder and engineer.
Tim: We did alright, above average
3. What did you enjoy?
Bradley: The magic show challenges. The magic show involved using magnets to flip a coin and rotate a wand.
Miles: The challenge was the best part and I wish I had one of the kits at home.
Tim: The magic tricks and coming first.
4. How many teams were there?
Tim: 12 teams
5. What is the purpose of EPro 8?
Bradley: To get kiwi kids to learn how to engineer.
Miles: To practise engineering and teamwork.
Liam:To have fun and get smarter, also versing other teams.
Tim: Being able to engineer and work together.
6. Why do you think you came first?
Bradley: Because our team worked well together.
Miles: We were very good with the magic tricks and got on well.
Liam: Using lots of strategy to get the most points.
Tim: We went for the highest points in the shortest time.
7. What skills do you need?
Miles: Teamwork. You also need to be able to read the instructions carefully to make sure you have got it right.
Liam: Think really fast and cooperate.
Tim: Teamwork. Patience. Build something.
8. What skills did you bring?
Bradley: How to do the competition because he has done it before.
Miles: A lot of plan Bs, knowledge of what to do and experience.
Liam: The one that kept them going and thought outside of the box.
Tim: The guy who cleaned up and got everything.
9. What was the hardest challenge that you completed?
The magic wand was a stick on an axis attached to a table leg. It had magnets on each end so that when you pressed a button the electromagnet pushed the magnet away. So it looked like the wand was moving on its own.
Thank you to all the students who participated in this event, plus the staff and parents who helped make it happen. The purpose of cross country was to get people to go for a run, get fitter and have some fun! Everyone who completed the awesomely tiring course was a winner, but the students who finished first in their age groups were:
YEAR 1 GIRLS
1st Lyra Willett Rm 3
2nd Tilly Allen Rm 4
3rd Emily Wallis Rm 2
YEAR 1 BOYS
1st Alexzay Grewe Rm 4
2nd Frank Austin Rm 3
3rd Monty Groenewald Rm 3
YEAR 2 GIRLS
1st E'lute' Ruegg Rm 9
2nd Pippa Frith Rm10
3rd Ayla Davy Rm 8
YEAR 2 BOYS
1st Aiden Rickard Rm12
2nd Cameron Healy Rm11
3rd Gary Flavell-Phillips Rm12
YEAR 3 GIRLS
1st Hannah Breitenbach Rm11
2nd Natalia Austin Rm 9
3rd Savannah Thomas Rm 13
YEAR 3 BOYS
1st Ollie Smith Rm12
2nd Charlie Colquhoun Rm 8
3rd Monty Hall Rm 13
YEAR 4 GIRLS
1st Georgia Walter Rm16
2nd Bria Jenkins Rm18
3rd Bella Turner Rm 23
YEAR 4 BOYS
1st Ty Campbell Rm 24
2nd Lennox Hyde-Coltman Rm 16
3rd Luca Wisler Rm 23
YEAR 5 GIRLS
1st Coby Taylor Rm 16
2nd Edie Jackson Rm 25
3rd Chelsea Finch Rm 25
YEAR 5 BOYS
1st Mike Rousell Rm16
2nd Gianni Duckworth Rm 25
3rd Torsten Stone Rm 20
YEAR 6 GIRLS
1st Zsalea Mair Rm 27
2nd Tayla Frith Rm 21
3rd Miah Harper Rm 21
YEAR 6 BOYS
1st Ben Montford Rm 28
2nd Leo Willacy Rm 22
3rd Johnny Williams Rm 27
Thank you to all the people who put the time in to make food for the competitors, plus the adults who were the marshals. A special thank you must go to Mrs Townsend who set up the event for everyone to enjoy.
These are the school values that we used at cross country:
Excellence: Participating in the cross country and trying your best,
Respect: Respecting the marshals who helped guide us through the course,
Integrity: Being honest by not cutting corners and staying on the track.
Citizenship: Helping and cheering other people on.
Attitude: Showing up to do the event with a positive attitude.
Why don’t think about how you did in this year’s cross country, and set yourself a cross country goal for each value for next year? For example:
Excellence: Improve my placing by three spots
Respect: Not show off if I beat someone (I showed off a bit this year!)
Integrity: Not lying to my friends about what place I got!
Citizenship: Standing by the finish line and cheering in everyone on my pod - not just my friends
Attitude: Smiling throughout the whole event! Even if I don’t get the place I want to get.
On the 25th April the Head Students and Kaiarhi I Te Reo went to the Anzac Day service in Katikati and laid a wreath on behalf of the school.
The parade was such an honor to go to, I felt so proud to lay the Katikati Primary School wreath. It felt so good to stand next to the veterans that fought so well for New Zealand and for Australia. I wish I was brave enough to go and talk to them about their experience, all of their medals made me think that they were the ones to make NZ safe for others around them. I really respect the sacrifice they made to themselves and their families, both my great grandads fought in the World War 2 and my family deeply respects them.
Lest we forget...
By Rose Morley
On 07/04/18 Timo Tagaloa came and visited our school and told us about his life. He is a former All Black. Timo was born on October 17, 1964 in West Auckland. He first played for the All Blacks when he was 19, he had to train instead of playing with his friends. His dad passed away when he was 22. He was inspired by Michael Jones, a fellow All Black, and was good friends with him in primary school. He has played for 5 teams including Argentina, Samoa, Wales, New Zealand and more. He believes in positivity and sportsmanship, he believes that’s what made him a legend. He went to university in Alberta. He is 6 foot 5 inches and is also very good at basketball. He has made his country proud and is an amazing player. His number was 11 which is his lucky number. Timo got to go to 40 different countries doing what he loves. He is still playing rugby today but he is a coach as well
While he was here, Timo taught children who were keen rugby players how to improve their skills. He showed us a video of some of games he played, it was very exciting. He also answered all of our questions.
He said his sense of identity made him one of the greats, so he told the children what identity means. Some of the meanings for identity are family, personality, actions, emotions and respect. He also taught us about a special word that we need to remember: PURPOSE. Each letter stands for a word.
P – Passion (finding something in life which really excites you)
U – Unselfish (help others to reach their goals too and make sure you never put somebody else down)
R – Risk (be prepared to take sensible risks and try something new)
P – Persevere (don’t listen to those who say you can’t and never give up)
O – Outcome (train hard, be prepared to make sacrifices in order to reach your goals)
S – Setbacks (everyone faces setbacks so be prepared to adapt and don’t give up)
E – Experience (enjoy new experiences, learn from them and open yourself up to new opportunities)
Timo told us he likes rugby because he loves smashing into people and getting paid.
Thank you Timo you were great!
As you may know all the Senior School had a House Challenge Day on 09/03/2018. This day was filled with many challenges such as: Bigfoot; Pool Relays; Beach Flags and Big Ball Soccer. All of the seniors worked together from year 4, 5 and 6. This event was to help the houses to work together and build teamwork. Thank you to all the teachers who helped put on this great event. Below are some of the things we learnt as leaders taking part in these activities.
Six members of our team had their feet strapped on to two long planks and we had to work together to walk across the field.
We learnt that you have to work as a team and listen to what others have to say. The person at the front was mostly in charge and making the decisions. Most teams were saying 3, 2, 1, left, right - so that everyone moved at the same time.
Our team had to line up one behind the other. The person at the front dipped the cup into a bucket of water. They then had to pass the water over their head until it got to the person at the back. The one at the back put the water in the bucket. Whoever had the most water in the bucket at the end won.
We learnt that you had to listen to the person behind you to make sure they were ready or you got soaked. We had to go slow otherwise the person behind you didn’t have time to get ready.
We had to fill up our bucket by scooping water with a spade and then carry it over the playground to the end. The team that had the most water in their big bucket won the game.
We learnt that it was better to go slowly than to rush. We had to take care over all of the obstacles and remember to cheer on our team mates.
Water Slide Rounders
Water Slide T-ball is like normal T Ball but the place where you run to get a home run was made of water slides. We had to slide around four water slides. For each time we ran around all the water slides, we scored a homerun. I was in team 5, we versed team 11 and we lost because we got 5 home runs and they got 15. But we still had fun and enjoyed having a free play on the water slides at the end until the bell rang to go back to our meeting place.
We learnt that we needed to tell each other when to run otherwise one of our team-mates got out and we scored less points. We had to tell team-mates when to run as they couldn’t see behind them. The waterslide made it more difficult but kept us cool.
Sand pit - big soccer, beach flags, rob the nest
For the beach flags we had to pick who would represent the house but it was really hard.
For big soccer the leaders had to pick who would take part. The teacher threw it in and we had to get it into the other team’s net. We had to work as a team to know who was the goalie and who was doing what.
By taking part on all these activities, these are some of the things we learnt about leadership and teamwork:
The head student camp was an amazing experience. The rock climbing wall was very hard but it taught me to push myself to the limits. The pancake challenge was very tasty and if i'm ever lost in the bush, I know what i'm cooking! Overall the camp taught a lot more about leadership. - Tom
Put your right hand out and grasp a firm grip shake fluently for about 1-2 seconds then let go. How to do a successful handshake is just one of the useful tips we learnt at camp. Along with rock climbing and making pancakes it was all challenging and exciting but fun. Thanks to Omokoroa Number 1 School for hosting the leadership camp. - Leo
The lead student camp was a amazing experience to learn how to be a leader. The great pancake challenge was when we get a map and go all round camp and find ingredients to make pancakes. We learnt how to be in a team. The rock climbing wall was tall and very challenging. If we weren't confident we learnt you have to fake it till you make it. Overall we learnt if were not happy about something you have to move on and be a leader. At the end of the camp we shared ideas to bring back to our schools. We thought we would have a golf fundraiser. - Grace
I had so much fun at the lead student camp because as well as being fun I learnt so much about how to be a better leader. My favorite activity was the rock wall because it was challenging, yet I still made it to the top. I also really enjoyed the great pancake challenge because I had others that could help me. Although we ruined all of our pancakes we still had heaps of fun and that's really important when you are a leader. We also learnt that everything isn’t going to go your way and that's ok, you just have to move on. Overall it was a great trip, I had so much fun and learnt so much and I know now I’m more confident being a leader. - Rose