Join us for coding in the holidays

Code Champions is running a two-day holiday course in the week before Christmas.

Location and dates:

  • Saint Kentigern Boys’ School: Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 December

Content: Each day will be different. The first will explore the coding that makes websites function. We’ll look at the coding languages HTML, CSS and JavaScript, the basics of how they work and combine together, and create some webpages. During the second day, the focus will be on ‘chatbots’, what they are and how they operate. We’ll code two chatbots, one using block code and, once they have the hang of it, a second using JavaScript. (If there’s any time at the end, we’ll take a quick peek at the Python coding language.)

Age: This course is designed for students in Years 4, 5 and 6.

Coding experience: This course will introduce the basic principles of HTML, CSS and JavaScript, and is suitable for anyone who has not already done a lot of web coding or built chatbots. Some knowledge of coding is always useful, but the content is designed to suit to a range of skills and experiences. The real challenge for those attending will be the level of detail and complexity they can achieve when creating using code.

Cost: The two-day course costs $215 (which includes the use of a computer and software during the two days).

Time: Sign in is at 9.15am, for a 9.30am start. We end at 3pm.

Place are limited. To book a spot or find out more please contact Greg Adams at 

© Code Champions, November 2020

First week’s coding completed

It was great to get coding again this week. We hope our young coders enjoyed themselves.

Here’s some of the action from the St Heliers Centre group, who are getting to grips with HTML, CSS and JavaScript this term.

Enjoy the long weekend and we’ll see you all next week.

If you’re interested in finding out more about our after-school coding classes, please contact us at

© Code Champions October 2020


That’s it for Term 3

That’s it for after-school coding this term. I hope our young coders have enjoyed the sessions, albeit with the unexpected break in the middle.

The St Heliers Centre group continued their work with JavaScript this week. Here’s the code for the test marks, if you want to try it again or modify.

Book for Term 4

Looking ahead, we’ll be running after-school classes again next term at Churchill Park School (Tuesdays), Glendowie School (Wednesdays), St Heliers Centre (Thursdays), and Saint Kentigern Boys’ School (Thursdays). If you’re interested in any of these, let us know and we’ll send through the details

Holiday course

Lastly, we’ll also be hosting a two-day holiday programme in the upcoming school break at MOTAT on Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 October (the course the week earlier at SKBS is fully booked). There’s more information at 

Some action from Thursday’s first session at St Heliers Centre.

Creating a chatbot

Well done with creating your chatbots this week. It’s an interesting process with plenty of coding processes to learn and put together.

Here the Churchill Park School group get to grips with their food ordering chatbots.

It’s great to start back coding

Six of our after-school classes started up again this week; the remainder do so next week.

It was great to see our young coders get back coding. We look forward to having a uninterrupted run to the end of term.

Here the St Heliers groups take part in their sessions.

Most classes to resume next week

Following the announcement that Auckland is moving to Level 2 from Monday, we’re delighted to be able to resume most coding classes next week.

Classes will re-start as follows:

  • Glendowie School: Wednesday 2 September
  • Saint Kentigern Boys’ School: Thursday 3 September
  • St Heliers Community Centre: Thursday 3 September

Churchill Park School has asked that we delay by a week, so the first class back there will be on Tuesday 8 September.

We will be contacting all parents directly to confirm the re-start dates. However, if you have any questions, please feel free get in touch,

Level 2 guidelines

Please be aware that we will be operating under the school’s health and safety guidelines for Level 2. These include:

  • We will disinfect computers and high-touch areas (door handles, desktops, etc.) before class.
  • Each student must use hand sanitiser before entering the room.
  • Students will keep to the Ministry of Health’s recommended 1-metre physical distancing.
  • Anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms is asked not to attend.
  • Masks are not required but students can wear one if they choose.

Coding classes cancelled for next week, 18-20 August

The extension to the Level 3 lockdown period in Auckland means that there will be no coding classes next week, 18-20 August.

This affects the following:

  • Churchill Park School: Tuesday 18 August – cancelled
  • Glendowie School: Wednesday 19 August – cancelled
  • Saint Kentigern Boys’ School: Thursday 20 August – cancelled
  • St Heliers Community Centre: Thursday 20 August – cancelled

It’s likely that classes the week after, 25-27 August, will also not take place. However, the Government has said it will be reviewing the lockdown levels on Friday 21 August. We will make a decision as soon as we know the outcome of that review.

All parents of students in our classes will be contacted directly. If you don’t receive any communications from us – or have any questions – please let us know at

We will be using the last week of term to re-schedule a catch-up class. For further missed classes, we will offer a credit or refund.


Classes cancelled for Wednesday and Thursday

As you will be aware, Auckland is re-entering a Level 3 lockdown. This means our venues are closed and our coding classes are cancelled tomorrow (12 Aug) and Thursday (13 Aug).

This affects the following:

  • Glendowie School: Wednesday 12 August – cancelled
  • Saint Kentigern Boys’ School: Thursday 13 August – cancelled
  • St Heliers Community Centre: Thursday 13 August – cancelled

Provisionally, we’ll re-schedule these classes for the last week of Term 3.

Looking ahead, we will review next week’s classes (and beyond) as we learn more about the extent and duration of the lockdown.


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