At Kirkwood children are given the opportunity to enter:
- University of Canterbury Competitions
The University of Canterbury offer each child the opportunity to participate in the Great Kiwi English, Mathematics and Science Competitions. These competitions take place annually and are designed by New Zealand teachers for New Zealand students based on the New Zealand Curriculum.
Cantamath has two main categories. The first one is the team competition. Teams of four students answer a series of challenging mathematical questions and they are literally racing the other teams to be the first to complete all the questions. Every year Kirkwood Intermediate enters 1 Year 7 team and 1 Year 8 team. The students who have strength in Mathematics get extended and trained throughout the year and the teams are selected in Term 3.
The other category is Mathematical Displays Competition. Students submit written, design, construction and even wearable mathematical displays related to a mathematical theme. There are a number of categories and selected work entered is displayed in the Town Hall.
- Otago Problem Solving Challenge
This is a mathematical problem solving competition aimed primarily at intermediate school students. It is organised by members of the Department of Mathematics at the University of Otago. Students participating in the competition attempt to answer five questions in 30 minutes on each of five problem sheets. All Kirkwood students get an opportunity to participate in this.
- Australasian Problem Solving Mathematical Olympiads
This is a mathematical problem solving competition which has more than 35,000 students participating in Australia and New Zealand. Kirkwood Intermediate School provides this opportunity to the students to extend their problem solving skills. Students attempt to answer five questions in 30 minutes on each of five problem sheets.
- World Maths Day
World Maths Day is an online maths contest. Students get one minute to answer as many numeracy questions as they can. The level of difficulty is approximately age appropriate. When playing a game, the website will attempt to find other players of the same level around the world to match the player against. Students can play at home and at school against other students around the world in live games of mental arithmetic.
- Canterbury-Westland Schools’ Science and Technology Fair
Every year students get the opportunity to enter in the Canterbury-Westland Schools’ Science and Technology Fair. Starting around the beginning of Term 2 all Kirkwood Students are given the option to complete a project in either science or technology. The children meet as a group once a week to receive addition guidance throughout their project. More information on the Canterbury-Westland Schools’ Science and Technology Fair can be found here http://www.canterburysciencefair.co.nz/welcome/index
- 1st place for the best heath science projects from the University of Otago,
Christchurch in the NIWA Canterbury-Wetland schools’ Science and Technology Fair.
Ragavi, Room 13
- Published Writers
There are many opportunities for students to have their work published. Any student who wishes to send their work away to various publishing companies such as Learning Media (School Journal) can approach the teacher in charge of Literacy for more information with regards to this. There are also many competitions that are advertised and provide students with the opportunity to have their piece of work published.
- Kids’ Literature Quiz
This is an annual event held nationally. Regional finals are held throughout New Zealand and a the winning team from each region goes forward to the National Final. It is now an international event with teams competing from all over the world. Last year the International final was held in Scotland.
- New Zealand Post Book Awards
This is a national competition. The children get a chance do different activities each year (locally) and also vote for what they think is the children’s best book in the awards.
Congratulations to our 2019 Cup winners
They are as follows:
|Performing Arts Award||Emanuela|
Kapa Haka Girl – Tauhi Gear
Kaitataki Wahine Trophy
Kapa Haka Boy – Hakopa Gear
Kaitataki Tane Trophy
|International Student Award||Daniel|
Congratulations to the following students who have gained an Elite and All Round Elite Award in Term 4 2019
Basketball Silver Elite Canterbury Metro Team that placed 2nd u13 Southern Regional Championship – Connor
Skiing Silver Elite Junior Inter-field Giant Slalom 1st South Island Championship – Oliver
Table Tennis Gold Elite 1st NZ Aims Games Championships – Joshua
Tae Kwon Do Gold Elite Gold Medal Tae Kwon Do National Championships All-round Elite – Ryan
ALL Round Elite
Emanuela, Brianna, Alix, Sophie, Sophia
Congratulations to the following students who have gained an Elite and All Round Elite Award in Term 3 2019
Korfball Bronze Elite Selected for Canterbury Team – Sophie and Ollie
Hockey Bronze Elite Selected for Canterbury Team – Liam
Swimming Silver Elite 3rd 50m Freestyle New Zealand MAKO Festival – Charlie
Trampolining Gold Elite Selected to Represent New Zealand – Lachlan and Thomas
Futsal Gold Elite Selected for New Zealand Futsal Squad — 3rd World Futsal Championship – Cameron
Elite Jazz Dance 1st Evolution Competition – Poppy
Elite Lyrical Dance 1st Showcase Competition – Poppy
ALL ROUND ELITE
Frank, Jamison and Jakub
Congratulations to the following students who have gained an All Round Elite Award in Term 2 2019
Dance Elite 1st Showcase National Dance Championships – Rosa
Go Karting Bronze Elite 1st Kart Sport Nelson Meet – Chris W
Futsal Bronze Elite Selected U14 Canterbury Futsal Team – Caden G
Cricket Silver Elite Selected for the CJCA Latham development squad that was 1st in the South Island Tournament. – Jack J
Athletics Silver Elite 3rd 400m Colgate St Is Championship – Jerome B
Orienteering Silver Elite Selected for the South Island Orienteering Team. – Emma H
Equestrian Silver Elite Katie 3rd in her class at South Island Welsh Show – Katie F
Equestrian Gold Elite Reserve Champion Horse of the Year – Ella F
Congratulations to the following students who have gained a Prestigious Blues Awards and All Round Ellite Awards 2018
Athletics Bronze Elite Canterbury Schools’ Athletics Competition
3rd Open 200m 3rd 60m – Sofia
3rd Discus – Kayla
Touch Rugby Bronze Elite Touch Canterbury U14 Mixed Team – Aria
Cricket Bronze Elite Selected Canterbury Team – Kayla
Basketball Silver Elite 2nd U13 Girls A Grade South Island Regional – Sophie
Chess Silver Elite 3rd South Island Championship
Motocross Silver Elite 2nd South Island Championship – Caleb C
Speed Skating Gold Elite 2nd New Zealand Short Track Championships – Edward Feryagin