Monday, 9 September 2019

Ski Trip

A group of Year 8's enjoyed a beautiful day up Mt Hutt last Monday. The weather was perfect and they all took to the slopes with a positive attitude and a growth mindset. Everyone gave it a really good go, taking part in a lesson and then hitting the slopes again in the afternoon to practice their new skills.
A huge thank you to all the parents and staff who helped out on the day, we couldn't have done it without you :)

Follow the link below to see some photos and videos from the day.

Buddy Class Time

Tiwai West enjoyed reconnecting with our buddy class on Friday and playing games with them that we made based around Te Haurere (The Weather). We then heard about the learning they have been doing and played some games with them. Thanks for a great morning Room 10,11 and 12!

Monday, 29 July 2019

Totara Wearable Arts

During the first three weeks of the term, the Totara team are designing their Wearable Arts costumes.  They have come up with a design and their theme is Yin and Yang - so their designs have had to be based on opposites e.g rich and poor, land and water.

The children are having a great time and working collaboratively together, which at times can be a challenge but they are keeping a growth mindset!

Thursday, 30 May 2019

PCT Competition

On Monday, we had 2 teams compete at the Physical Competency Test which is the police physical obstacle course. The obstacles included climbing walls, over net fences, carrying a weight, balance beam among others. The teams were made up of 4 students - our year 7 team was Dayna, Maddie, Ethan and Milan. The year 8 team was Max, Blake, Aliyah and Ayla. The Year 7 team competed well and recorded a time of 2:56. The year 8 team managed to make a time of 2:40. At the end of the 42 teams being timed the top 3 times went through to a final. This was our year 8 team. They then had to race again to try and get a better time against 2 other teams. They managed to bring their time down to 2:16 which was faster than any other team by 10 seconds - meaning they won the competition. This also means they have qualified to travel to Wellington later in the year to compete at the National competition. What a fantastic result. Well done to all the students who competed!

National Young Leaders Day

Today a group of 14 year 7 students were selected to attend the National Young Leaders Day at Horncastle Arena. The day involved hearing about the key to leadership from a variety of guest speakers. These included Sala Tiatia, Ronnie Taulafo, Christian Gallen, Kings, Dr Lehan Stemmet and others.
The theme of the day was:
He aha te kai a te rangatira? He Kōrero, He Kōrero, He Kōrero
What is the food of a leader? It is conversations

The group took away a lot of inspiration and ideas about how to be great leaders.

Here are some photos from the day:

Sunday, 26 May 2019


On Tuesday May 21st, 70 year 5-8 children travelled to the Christchurch Town Hall to take part in Showquest. Our theme this year was to introduce and explain our school values. We did this through a modern version of the Wizard of Oz, taking a spin towards social media.
The children competed against 6 High Schools and 1 other primary school. Although Burnside High School took away most of the awards on the evening, our children did an outstanding job and looked absolutely amazing! KNS could not have been more proud of the way performed! Well done to all involved and thank you to the parents who helped out along the way and on the day!

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Anti -bullying week

This week is anti-bullying week. Our school has shown support by wearing pink and donating money towards mental health. We've talked a lot about what a bully and upstander is. Here's what we think...

"An upstander is when you stand up for someone else and you respect them" - Oliver

"An upstander is someone who isn't afraid to stand up against bullying and they think about others" -Emma

"An upstander is someone who speaks out" - Dom

"Someone that gives involved in a good way" - Tyler D

"Someone who stands for people who are being bullied" - Ashleigh

Ski Trip

A group of Year 8's enjoyed a beautiful day up Mt Hutt last Monday. The weather was perfect and they all took to the slopes with a posit...