BIS Newsletter Week 7 Term 2

Friday 18th June 2021


Today ends our National Pride Week. This is the first year that we have participated in Pride Week and it has been wonderful hearing students talk about the importance of recognising the diversity and embracing the many cultures in our community including our rainbow community. Out On The Shelves is the name of the library campaign that we have been involved with this week to increase our stocks of books that include characters and themes that recognise our LBGTQIA+ community. We aim to keep updating our rainbow shelves as we purchase more books that are age-appropriate and of interest to our students.

On Thursday we had a visit from our local MP, Hon. Shanan Halbert who met with students in the library to talk about our Rainbow community and how the government is working with them to change some outdated policies. He was impressed with the maturity of our students and with how well they articulated their questions and shared their thoughts on the topic. I am always proud when visitors to our school get to spend time with our students and see for themselves what a great group of tamariki we have at BIS.

There is a lot happening in the next few weeks at school so please take note of the dates and events. Have a great weekend and we look forward to another quality week of education next Monday.

Ngā mihi nui,


Parent-Teacher Conferences

On the 2nd of July, your child will be bringing home their mid-year report. This report will give you an overview of how your child is progressing so far this year in all curriculum areas.

We will be holding our Parent-Teacher Conferences on Thursday the 8th of July. More information on how to book these conferences was sent home today. Please note that School will finish at 1.15 pm on this day and Conferences will be held between 2 pm-8 pm.

School Interviews - Make a Booking. Event Code: n6d9c

Friends of the School

Earlier in the year, the school held a ‘Welcome’ evening and BBQ, and on that evening there was a call out for names of parents who might be interested in supporting the school with fundraising – you all indicated your interest to support.

This year our school set an ambitious fundraising target of $20,000. This target reflects the gap in funding we receive versus the education we wish to provide to our tamariki.

This coming Monday, some of our Board will be hosting a “fundraising planning evening’, where we are inviting you, as parents of the school to help us plan activities and events that we can carry out this year to achieve our fundraising goal. The meeting will be held in the school staffroom between 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm where we aim to brainstorm and schedule events and discuss how we might best work together to deliver these.

Key Details:

Date: Monday 21st June

Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

We are conscious childcare can be a challenge, so you are welcome to bring your children to the meeting or if you let us know ahead of time we will add a zoom link for those that can't make it in person.

For anyone that is interested in joining the discussion or help with events but cannot make the meeting, please contact Becs Reti to signal your interest at


On Wednesday 30th June, 66 of our Students will be performing at the Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre at ShowQuest. Tickets are still available and can be purchased online at


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Volunteer Band Tutor Wanted

We have a fabulous band who is in need of a Band Tutor! If you have some time to spare and would love to mentor and tutor a band of Year 8 students, please contact for more information.

Cyber Safety with NETSAFE!

Netsafe is a website that holds a variety of resources for parents and their children about staying safe online, and what to do if you are being bullied or harassed online and on any social media platforms. You can report incidents of online bullying, harassment or if you or your child feels unsafe or is receiving.

June Food Drive

This month we are participating in this year’s June Food Drive for our Community Eats Programme run by Birkdale and Beach Haven Community Project. We have a box set up in our foyer, so please send along a donation if you have spare for those in our community who need it.
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Rain Wear

Our students are pretty hardy but even the toughest still get wet when they walk in the rain. Many students are walking to school with just the school sweatshirt for protection and then spending the day in wet clothing. We don't have a school rain jacket so students can wear their own jacket when outside. There are hooks to hang them to dry. Please encourage your child to wear clothes that will keep them warm and dry or to use an umbrella on wet days. We are very conscious that winter is upon us and we want to keep our students healthy and comfortable.

We are currently in talks with our uniform providers about the possibility of a softshell jacket. This would be black in colour and would not have a logo on it so could be worn for all events and beyond Intermediate.

Year 8 Camp

Have you set up automatic payments for the year 8 camp? We want all students to be able to attend and we know that cost can be a barrier. If you set up an automatic payment this week then you will be able to pay it off before term 4 for just $15 per week.

Camp is an amazing experience for our students and gives them the chance to participate in a range of outdoor activities that are challenging. Students learn valuable life skills through managed risk taking while having lots of fun at the same time.

Please set up your automatic payment using your child's name as the reference and the words Y8Camp.

BIS Bank account - 12 3035-0413925-01

Communication Home

We email home a school newsletter every fortnight. The purpose of this newsletter is to keep our community informed of what is happening at our school.

Please ensure we have an up-to-date email address, download our BIS School App, like our Facebook page and check our website regularly for more detailed information about what is happening at BIS.

Upcoming Events

Monday 21st June - ShowQuest FULL DAY Rehearsal in the Theatre, Fundraising Meeting for Parents in the Staffroom at 6.30 pm

Tuesday 22nd June - NSIS Table Tennis Zone Day, APPA Choir Rehearsal at Bayfield School

Wednesday 23rd June - NSIS Boys Rugby Zone Day

Thursday 24th June - Birkenhead College Open Evening 6.30 pm

Friday 25th June - 40 Hour Famine Weekend

Wednesday 30th June - SHOWQUEST Performance

Thursday 1st July - NSIS Waterpolo Zone Day

Friday 2nd July - Matariki Kapahaka Festival, Reports sent Home

Thursday 8th July - Parent-Teacher Conferences. Students finish at 1.15 pm

Friday 9th July - End of Term 2

Monday 26th July - Term 3 Begins

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Art Day for children in the holidays (ages 7 - 12 yrs.)

If your child loves drawing and painting they’ll love this one-day workshop with

artist Eion Bryant. With step-by-step instruction, they will draw then create a

vibrant acrylic painting learning tips and techniques along the way. Fun and


VENUE: Beach Haven Community House, July 14th, 10.00 am– 3.00 pm.

Cost: $55

Bookings:, mob 0211327033 or 0210606641

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