Pānui 11

Pānui 11


Welcome back to Term 3 and I hope everyone did at least one fun thing over the break! This is the busy academic term for seniors and you will have seen there is a Friday P5 study session with teacher assistance that has started in order to help seniors maximise their work. There are also many opportunities this term to come and have input into things at school – Principalrecruitment, NCEA course option night and a general feedback night. I know the last thing you often feel like at the end of a work day is more talking but I really encourage parents to come and have your voice heard in order for us to make our school the best it can be.

At the end of the newsletter are some links about a more unpleasant problem – vaping -and some resources that are very good if you are battling this with your teen. Keep warm and we look forward to seeing many of you at the consultation meetings!


This WeekDate
Year 13 Bio trip to Orana Park25/7
5 pm Upper Room Principal Recruitment feedback session25/7
6 pm KHS Library Principal Recruitment feedback session26/7
Volleyball vs RNLS27/7
6 pm Takahanga Marae Principal Recruitment feedback session27/7
Hanmer Exchange Netball30/7


Our annual fundraiser is on 21st October 2023.
Our students are encouraged to enter the medal design competition, which all participants receive! $100 prezzy card up for grabs and all information available at the school office.
Entries are open via the website www.kaikouramountainstosea.com – we would love to see some student and whānau teams take on 10km each on our marathon route, or give the 5km a go! Everyone wins a medal & some awesome spot prizes up for grabs this year. Don’t miss out!
Our students are encouraged to enter the medal design competition, which all participants receive! $100 prezzy card up for grabs and all information available at the school office.


If you have moved in the last 6 months and need to update us on your address, email phone number please email the school office or phone (03)3195138

Reminder to check your uniform is correct before going to school. We have the uniform shop in the office if you are needing to update sizes etc.


Rep Basketball in the Holidays:
Some of our U15 Marlborough representative Basketballers (MiaSmith and Harper Boyce) participated in a tournament in Rolleston over the holidays and came 2nd after a narrow loss to South Canterbury following their undefeated pool play. Congratulations girls.

Junior SISS Netball in the Holidays:
Our year 9/10 team went down to Christchurch for the annual Junior SISS tournament. They were faced with some tough opposition over the 3 days and managed to squeeze in some fun team bonding activities and the traditional Kmart ‘Secret Santa” game. The team gave it 110% throughout and came out with a well-deserved 8th place. Congratulations team!

Ayla Sweeney took on a coaching role over the holidays while Holly South competed in the TeWero Gymnastics competition. Holly was awarded Bronze overall for her outstanding efforts.


GIS (Geographic Information System) is a way of combining maps and data to help people understand information. It is used by a wide range of industries to help solve problems in their businesses. Year 9 and 10 students learned to use the Esri ArcGIS software during term 2 and as one task used the Storymapsoftware to produce a short presentation. They had to provide information from the Kaikoura region to a tourist- here are some examples which you can see on your phone by clicking the links.

Dive spots – Logan Fissenden
Kaikoura Tourist Attractions – Tommy Stevenson
Dive spots – James Mackle
Chip Shops – David Barnes


The Board wants to hear from parents, Whānau and the community on what you deem to be the essential qualities for the future principal of Kaikōura High School. Three opportunities have been scheduled and it is important to us that you take this opportunity to give feedback on the specifications, that as a community we want to see in this critical role. This includes personal qualities, experience etc.
Dates are:

Date & TimeLocation
Tuesday 25 July – 5.00 pmKing Tide (Upper Room) hosted by Sarah Beardmore, BOT Parent Representative
Wednesday 26 July – 6.00 pmKaikoura High School Library hosted by Harry Pearson, BOT Staff Representative (email invite was sent to parents/whanau on Thursday 20 July)
Thursday 27 July – 6.00 pmTakahanga Marae hosted by Ma-rea Clayton, BOT Runanga Representative
Terri Johnstone, Specialist Consultant, Catalyst for Change Ltd who has been employed by the Board to oversee the process will also be attending all three sessions.
Light refreshments will be provided.


Below are a few resources to check out about Vaping

How to talk about Vaping
Protect Your Breath Campaign
Don’t get sucked in