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Kahikatea / Kauri Team

Fiona Bester

Mrs Fiona Bester - Turepo Team Leader
Kahikatea 3 - Year 7/8

Lainie Roddis

Mrs Lainie Roddis
Kahikatea 1 - Year 6/7

Megan Cherry

Mrs Megan Cherry
Kahikatea 2 - Year 7/8

Nigel Seaton

Mr Nigel Seaton - Hub Coordinator
Kauri 3 - Year 7/8

Jade Pettinger

Miss Jade Pettinger
Kauri 1 - Year 7/8

Mat Jenkins

Mr Mat Jenkins
Kauri 2 - Year 7/8

The Kahikatea / Kauri Team is made up of six ngaheres / homerooms:

Kahikatea 3 - Mrs Fiona Bester - Hub Leader
Kahikatea 2 - Mrs Megan Cherry
Kahikatea 1 - Mrs Lainie Roddis

Kauri 3 - Mr Nigel Seaton - Hub Coordinator
Kauri 2 - Mr Mat Jenkins
Kauri 3 - Miss Jade Pettinger

Rationale for Flexible Grouping in Kahikatea and Kauri Hub 

In Kahikatea and Kauri we've chosen to create hubs where flexible grouping is the norm.  We want the social and academic hierarchy to be confused, and we want  all children (not just a few that the teacher decides) to be more positively positioned to  succeed.  Opportunity for all!  

As teachers, our role is to ensure all our children are included and seen as a valued  part of a learning community and to provide all children (not just those we initially  perceive as capable) with opportunities to become competent and confident.

The messages we give our children, intentionally and otherwise, are powerful. We can crush children's self-belief and willingness to engage with learning, but instead, we choose to see them thrive.  The grouping decisions we make (based on ability) are powerful in  determining not only a child's outcomes but their feelings about themselves as  learners.  

Further reading .

2020 Themes

Term 1: Get Personal:Who am I?Health and Social Science Focus
Term 2: Get Thinking: The Science beneath our Feet. Science Focus
Term 3: Get Creative: Production and Visual Arts. The Arts Focus
Term 4: Get Active: Camp, Athletics, Swimming. Physical Education Focus


In the Kahikatea and Kauri Hubs we aim to extend and widen the students literacy skills and knowledge.  We approach literacy via a variety of avenues.  Students will engage in their choice of literacy group based on interest in topics within our learning themes.  Students will also have lessons in ability groups working on The Code (spelling) to strengthen word and spelling knowledge and skills.


The focus of mathematics in Kahikatea and Kauri hubs is on learning not performing.  We group students flexibly with a belief that everyone is capable of achieving in mathematics.  We have a problem-solving approach with many open-ended problems, problems with multiple entry points and problems with multiple solution pathways.  All children are supported and challenged in their learning.  We balance our coverage of numeracy and strand mathematics across the year.  All students have an hour of quality learning time, three or four times per week.  We encourage flexible thinking and collaboration.  Students will have the opportunity to participate in Otago Problem Solving and Cantamaths competitions.

Inquiry Learning

Inquiry Learning will be our main focus in the last three weeks of each term in 2020. The students will choose a topic of interest and then pursue an inquiry question within their chosen topic to further explore. The process will be student led with the role of the teacher one of a learning coach. Students will follow the Ashgrove Inquiry Model of:

  • Discover
  • Question and Plan
  • Gather and Filter
  • Create and Communicate
  • Reflect

Health and Physical Education

Health and Physical Education continues to be a large component of our programmes for 2020.   We have timetabled skill teaching lessons taken each alternate Wednesday by the North Canterbury Sports and Recreation Trust as well as fitness programmes.  Learning in Health will be covered throughout the year under a variety of topics.

Culturally Responsive Practice

In Kahikatea and Kauri Hubs we celebrate New Zealand's bicultural context by integrating Te Reo and Māori Culture into all our learning.  The children have tino rangatiratanga (self determination) over their learning with the choices and agency they make to create their learning pathways.  Āta (relationships) are fundamental and begin with our Whānau Meetings where we make connections with each tamariki and their whānau.  We meet in circles at regular times as a ngahere (homeroom) to build on these relationships, solve problems and have fun together.  Our students have the opportunity to join our senior kapa haka group who meet weekly and hold great mana in our kura. We have a school whakatauki and haka that all tamariki learn. 

The Arts

Visual Arts

Visual Art may be integrated with the relevant inquiry work or taught as a separate curriculum area depending on the skills needing to be covered.

Music, Dance and Drama

Students are provided with experiences in music, dance and drama throughout the year.  This is often integrated in our major inquiry unit, but can also be taught separately.

Many aspects of these disciplines are covered in daily programmes and weekly planning.

Home Learning

Our senior students are role models around the school.  We trust that they will make the right choices regarding behaviour and reflect the values of the Ashgrove STARs (Service, Trust, Attitude, Respect and Responsibility) as well as build on their personal strengths and interests.  We hope they will accept the challenges for STAR tasks to earn certificates (Year 6) or badges (Year 7/ 8) as set out for Home Learning in their Star Booklet.

Students also have all learning tasks and Kirimana Mahi (learning contracts) shared with them via their Google Classroom.  Students are welcome to continue with these tasks and/or their personal inquiries as a component of their home learning.


All classes go to Technology every Tuesday at Rangiora Borough.  Kauri Hub attend a morning technology session from 9.00am - 11.30am and are then bused back to Ashgrove.  Kahikatea Hub (Year 7 and 8s only) are bused from Ashgrove to Rangiora Borough to attend an afternoon technology session from 12.30pm to 3.00pm.  These students are released from technology to go straight home.

Assemblies and Hui's

A whole school assembly will take place every second Friday at 9.10am in the hall.  Kahikatea and Kauri Hub Huis will take place on alternate Fridays at 10.00am in the hall.


At the beginning of each new term a newsletter will be emailed home to outline upcoming learning events happening in Kahikatea and Kauri Hubs.  A copy of this will be sent out via the Ashgrove App in our learning team as well as being put on the school website for whānau information.

2020 Events

Term 1

  • Ashgrove Parent Information Evening
  • Whānau Meetings
  • Swimming Sports at Dudley
  • Boys and girls cricket teams are playing other schools in the knockout competition
  • PCT Challenge
  • Literacy Quiz

Term 2

  • Cross Country
  • Rakahuri Winter Sport competition
  • School and Rotary Speech competition
  • North Canterbury Debating competition
  • Canterbury Spelling quiz

Term 3

  • Rakahuri Winter Sport competition and Winter Tournament
  • Ski day
  • North Canterbury Chess competition
  • Cantamaths
  • Social Studies quiz
  • Learning Conferences

Term 4

  • Year 8 Camp
  • Year 4 - 7 Activity week
  • Swimming lessons
  • Athletics Day