- Hosting a Japanese Student 1st – 11th August – Thank you to everyone who has offered to host a student or two!! We are thrilled as like the mini conference we haven’t done this for 3 years because of the pandemic. We are thrilled to be able to bring back this cultural exchange it will be a wonderful experience for everyone. If you are not sure please come and talk to us about hosting e.g. it doesn’t mean you have to rush around and be a tour guide as the whole idea of the exchange is to experience “kiwi” life. It can be as simple as joining the weekly supermarket visit, playing games with your children, helping look after your animals, going to the beach! We still need to more host families, please consider this, it is a big fundraiser for school as well. Thank you!
- MasterChef – 163 children entered this year so we have had to put our heads together to design a competition that will enable everyone who wants to compete and has a few surprises and changes this year. Year 8 student councillor Harry Browne Hale together with Jakob Brown, Oscar Price, myself and Nikki Browne (Harry’s mum) are putting together the event that will see the heats completed this term and the finals at the beginning of term 3. This will enable the finalists to practice their own creations over the holidays!!
Organisation – Next week (Tuesday 6th June) our MasterChef competition will begin and over the following weeks we will be holding the Heats, Semi-Finals and the Grand Final. If your child has entered MasterChef they will be bringing home a letter with more details this week. However we wanted to give you a brief overview of the timetable and what to expect, so that you can start practising now!
For the Heats the Year 1-2s are making Sandwiches and the Years 3-8 are making Pikelets. The letter will set out the details of this, but the children are expected to bring all their ingredients and any utensils they need to complete their dish. Please find below the timetable for the Heats:
HEATS – Tuesday 6th June to Friday 16th June
Heat 1 – Tuesday 6th June – Kohekohe
Heat 2 – Wednesday 7th June – Pukatea and Puriri
Heat 3 – Friday 9th June – Kahikatea
Heat 4 – Monday 12th June – Nikau
Heat 5 – Tuesday 13th June – Kowhai and Totara
Heat 6 – Wednesday 14th June – Pohutukawa and Kawakawa
Heat 7 – Thursday 15th June – Koromiko and Rata
Heat 8 – Friday 16th June – Matai and Rimu
The top 6 dishes from each heat will go through to the Semi-Finals. Please note that as Heat 3 Kahikatea has low numbers, the top 3 dishes from this heat will go straight to the Grand Finals. If your child makes it through to the Semi-Finals they will be given another letter with further information on or before Friday 16th June.
SEMI-FINALS – Monday 19th June to Wednesday 21st June
For the Semi-Finals the Years 1-4 will be making Scrambled Eggs and the Years 5-8 will be making Omelettes. The Semi-Finals dates are below:
Semi-Final 1 – Monday 19th June – Top 6 from Heats 1, 2 and 4
Semi-Final 2 – Tuesday 20th June – Top 6 from Heats 5 and 6
Semi-Final 3 – Wednesday 21st June – Top 6 from Heats 7 and 8
The top 3 dishes from each Semi-Final will go through to the Grand Final.
GRAND FINAL – Friday 28th July and Prizegiving
In true MasterChef style, in the Grand Final, the finalists will be allowed to cook anything either sweet or savoury, whatever they believe is their “signature dish”. They will have up to 45 minutes to prepare and cook their dish and then they will present their dish to the judges.
We hope this gives you an overview of the MasterChef event and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email me email@example.com. Also we’re looking to have a “celebrity” judge for our Grand Final so if anyone has any contacts can you please let us know. Thank you!
Harry and Jakob
Despite the rain our Garden to Table programme has begun again!! If you would like to volunteer in the gardens please let us know and come and be a part of this fabulous day. It’s Wednesdays weekly from 10:30am – 2:00pm.
Ka kite ano,