There are plenty of opportunities for Enrichment and Extension at the school.

The following list of programmes support the CAS curriculum. Many involve our local community and provide exciting opportunities to learn through a diverse range of experiences. They cover all subject areas. The Arts, Social Sciences, PE and Health, Technology, Science, English. Many allow the students to have involvement with other curriculum areas as they have input into how the programmes will run, timings, creation of props e.g in the production. So technology and maths are also covered. These Enrichment programmes are well supported by our students.


Kapa Haka:

Our Kapa Haka group is an important part of the CAS culture. This year the whole school will be taking part. Learning the school song, Waiata for our termly Powhiri and the Poroporoaki, and learning the protocols and what to do at these two important events is a priority. The staff and Whanau group feel it is important to include everyone in these special events in our school calendar.

We also have a Junior (Yr1&2) and Middle/Senior Kapa Haka group, that practise weekly to perform at Cashmere Catch Ups and at the St Brigid's festival. They do a mixture of poi, rakau and waiata. Over the years our Kapa Haka have been invited to perform at many functions outside of school and it is highly regarded by both our student and parent community.


Akoako:

This is a new enrichment programme that started in 2014. It is an opportunity for teachers and students to learn about Maori culture together and provides opportunities to learn through experiences and by inquiring into language (Te Reo), and Maori customs and values (Tikanga). It has been designed to compliment the Kapa Haka and runs for 6 x45 minute sessions per term for three terms.

We will be using a concept called Tuakana-Teina to provide these experiences for learners and teachers. The tuakana–teina relationship, is an integral part of traditional Māori society. It provides a model for buddy systems. An older or more expert tuakana (brother, sister or cousin) helps and guides a younger or less expert teina (originally a younger sibling or cousin of the same gender). In a learning environment that recognises the value of ako (to learn), the tuakana–teina roles may be reversed at any time. The teacher is now the student. Our children will be organised into whānau groups. Family members will be grouped together and rotate around different learning experiences every two weeks.


Choir:

Choir runs all year with an emphasis on getting ready for the ARTSPLASH festival in the 3rd term. Children from Year 2-6 can be involved. The choir also get to perform at Cashmere Catchups and in the wider community.


Drama:

In 2013 a drama group was established and performed at DramaSplash in the city. They also performed for the school. This group was established for senior students and gave them a chance to perform and create together, learning about stage presence, voice projection, costuming and lighting etc. It was a huge success and continued in 2014 although in 2015 there was no DramaSplash.


Dance:

Each year a dedicated group of about 30 middle and senior students learn a dance routine to perform at the DanceSplash city festival. They help with the choreography and costuming and put together a fabulous routine.


Production:

This is for all middle and senior school students and happens every second year. The students write the script, choreograph the dances, create props, backdrops etc. and everyone gets to perform on stage, dancing with their class, singing with the choir and for a few children as an actor or actress. It is especially loved by our parent community and the children perform to packed houses each night. We are also very fortunate to have the expert support and assistance of the Khandallah Arts.


Jiggle and Jive:

This afternoon concert showcases the Junior School’s dance moves. It is a highlight of their year and is particularly loved by the children and their parents. In all classes, dances are a part of our programmes and are performed daily, often several times a day. The concert is made up of their favourite dances. Parents get to see how dances are ‘up’ and ‘down’ skilled for the different levels and also get to join in as well. The students write the script, MC the event and produce the advertising posters. The dances help students develop coordination, cooperation, memory and rhythm skills.


Camp:

At the beginning of the school year the Senior School goes away to Camp for 3 or 4 action packed days. The experience allows the children to push their personal boundaries in a supportive and fun way. They get to apply the essence of our school vision and values in practical and real ways. Camp also allows the students to discover new things about themselves as learners which they can apply when they return.


Noho Marae:

Our Middle School get to experience Noho Marae for two days during Term 4 each year. This is held at Maraeroa in Waitangirua, an urban marae that the school has had a long standing association with. In fact their Waharoa which is now at the entrance to our school was gifted to us. The Year 4’s get to sleep over which also prepares them well for Senior School camp while the Year 3’s visit. During the visit they are welcomed formally in a Powhiri and spend their time learning all about the marae and it’s kawa, as well as a variety of Maori arts, games and other related activities.


Senior School Enrichment Programme:

In past years we have given all Senior School students the chance to experience an area of interest to them through a one off visit to a place in our community or working with an expert who visits the school. Examples have been visits to the Gem and Mineral Club, Victoria University, Paekakariki Steam Museum and working with a local cartoonist. These opportunities generally take place during Terms 2, 3 and 4.


CASE (Cashmere Avenue School Environment Group):

We have had a dedicated group of students involved in enhancing the CAS environment. They have created a large vegetable garden which they tend year round and have been involved in beautifying the school. A highlight was them leading the school wide planting of hundreds of native plants in the ‘swamp’. They created an environment to entice native birds and insects back into CAS while learning about conservation. They have also had relevant speakers which has engaged the students further. CASE is open to all students and has a come as you please philosophy.  No compulsory attendance is required. The vegetable garden can be visited at any time and all classes are welcome to use it for inquiry etc.