More than halfway through Term 4

We can hardly believe it but we’re now more than halfway through Term 4. There are just three more classes before we end the year.

Well done to everyone who completed their adventure games. You showed great application to come up with your ideas and put them into practice.

For the next two weeks, we’ll we focusing on the ‘turtle’ module and using it to draw and create images.


Code Champions November 2022

That’s it for coding this term

That’s coding done for this term – there is no class this week.

We hope all our young coders are enjoying learning Python. Learning text-based coding is challenging, especially accuracy, which is probably the main thing we’re working on. But considering it’s only been eight classes, we have progressed really well.

We start back in the first week of Term 4, on Thursday 20 October. See you then!

Enjoy the holidays.


Code Champions September 2022

No coding classes in Term 1

Unfortunately, we have decided not to run coding classes in Term 1.

With the obvious uncertainties, we don’t feel confident in planning and organising classes only to have them cancelled or conditions changed. (We haven’t even been able to definitely secure all venues yet.)

So, sadly, we won’t see you this term. We hope our young coders will still find some time to practise programming and we look forward to seeing everyone again very soon.

The Code Champions team.

What happens to our old laptops?

Every couple of years we upgrade our laptops, which means we’re left with having to deal with the old ones. Generally, the devices are still in good shape, so we try to find a new home for them.

Recently, we donated two sets of ‘retired’ laptops. One set went to Glen Innes Primary School; the other is on its way to Samoa with Pacific Assist (www.pacificassist.org), a charity providing learning resources to communities in the South Pacific.

No coding classes for the remainder of 2021

Unfortunately, we won’t be holding coding classes in Term 4.

We feel we need some certainty and, even if our venues open up, there’s no guarantee they’ll allow after-school activities, so we’ve made the decision to call it quits for the term.

We will refund tuition fees not used from Term 3. If you have any questions, please contact us at info@codechampions.nz

If an opportunity opens up to run a holiday programme before Christmas, we will let you know.

Here’s to getting coding again in 2022!

The Code Champions Team.

Great to be back coding

It was good to see our young coders back in class last week. We’re starting some new content this term – adding a more graphical element to the work – and they took to it really well. Many started experimenting quickly and it’ll be interesting to see what they can achieve in the coming weeks.

To continue the work at home, the program being used in class is Python (with the IDLE code editor). These can be downloaded at https://www.python.org/

To practise with the Python Turtle module, they need to start their programs with: From turtle import *. If they need a quick reminder, here’s a screenshot of the program for a ‘square with colour and line thickness changes’.

Coding starts again this week

Just a reminder, coding classes start again this week.

Hopefully, everyone enjoyed the holiday and had a good first week back at school. We look forward to seeing our young coders again and continuing our coding journey with Python.

This term, classes take place at:

  • Tuesday: Churchill Park School
  • Wednesday: Glendowie School
  • Thursday: St Heliers Community Centre

For dates/times/rooms, see codechampions.nz/after-school/

For further information about our after-school coding classes, please contact info@codechampions.nz

Code Champions August 2021

Looking forward to Term 3

Can you believe it, that’s half the year gone already!

In Term 3, we’ll be continuing to explore the main principles of computer programming. While the first two terms have focused on text-based outcomes, we’ll be shifting towards more graphical results using the Python Turtle module.

Classes are after school on either Tuesdays (Churchill Park School), Wednesdays (Glendowie School) or Thursdays (St Heliers Centre) and for students in Years 5-8.

If you’re interested in a place in Term 3 (or perhaps looking ahead to next year), please get in touch and we can send you further information.

Contact Greg Adams at info@codechampions.nz

Code Champions July 2021