Hawera Intermediate School
NEWSLETTER 15 SEPTEMBER 2021
Kia Ora Koutou
It is nice to be back!
Alert Level 2 protocols continue to be observed here at school, students and staff appear very happy and classroom programmes are fully operational again.
During lockdown the Ministry of Education informed us that Minister Hipkins has postponed his decision about the future of education in Hawera due to the Delta outbreak.
To date we have not received any further information, once we do we will pass this on to our school community.
Regardless of his decision we advise there will be no full school uniform worn next year. Due to imminent closure, remaining stock (tee-shirts) have been secured from our supplier and these will be distributed to students on our roll in 2022 to be worn on education trips away from school and sporting events.
A school sweatshirt will be designed by students, manufactured and given to all enrolled students to be worn at school, there will be no cost for either item.
At Alert Level 2 camps can still proceed and we eagerly look forward to these Education Outside the Classroom Events taking place next term Tuesday 26-29th October.
All students received "Job Cards" in Term 2 to assist in meeting their camp costs - some whanau have set up direct debit payments into the school account and some have opted to pay the full amount. Please contact the school if you have any concern regarding payment and we will work with you to relieve any stress this may be causing.
Fundraising was scheduled with some events having to be cancelled. We plan to have our Variety Concert during the first week back after the holiday break at the Memorial Theatre but only if Alert Level allows this, we will further update you. Our Twilight Gala has been deferred to December 3rd.
Our aim is to make $14,000 to allow students to have full experiences, equitably shared across all students. Thus far we have raised $5,000 thanks to Sausage Sizzles, a Gaming Evening, Chocolate sale, and raffles run by the PTA.
A tremendous amount of work has gone into itinerary planning by staff, ensuring alert level protocols at away events are known and observed and co-ordination of the same. Zoom meetings have been held with Education Outside The Classroom Ministry advisers to ensure every possible scenario is addressed and requirements for visits understood.
Camp parent helpers are asked to attend an informative evening next Wednesday, September 22nd in the staffroom. Their roles as helpers whilst on camp will be explained, please ensure you scan and sanitize upon entry. We look forward to meeting with you then.
A parent meeting will be held (alert level dependent) during Week 1 of next term to further inform and update parents as required.
Ngā mihi nui
We're off to Wellington
Wellington Camp is almost here - we want you to know about some of the exciting plans we have prepared for our group of 70 children.
The staff attending are Mrs Stephens, Whaea Kathryn, Mr Baylis, Whaea Emily and Mr Nelley. We also have five parent helpers to support the groups. We will be leaving at 8:45am, 26th October sharp so please be super ready to roll that morning.
We are staying at El Rancho in Waikanae for the first two nights and then head for our final night at Wellington Zoo for an amazing all night experience with the animals.
While at El Rancho we will engage in a range of thrilling activities in groups of 12. Some of these activities are Horse riding, Rockwall climbing, Go Karts, Raft building, Tubing, Archery, Chapel escape, Kayaking, Orienteering, Geo-Catching, Bonfire, (come prepared with some great stories to share), Swimming, Water sliding, relaxing in the pool, a beach walk and a few other great experiences.
As a Camp group we have our own assigned camp area and dining just for our school.
On Thursday morning we head into town to explore Parliament, the Art Gallery and Te Papa before heading to the Zoo for the night. If we are in level 2 we will restrict ourselves within the rules around this.
On Friday we will make our way back to school from Wellington with a ‘quiet’ stop at Kowhai Park in Wanganui.
A meeting will be held for parents attending to support this camp (camp parent helpers)on
Wednesday 22nd of September at 6pm.
we're off to taupo
Staff and students heading off to Taupo are hoping that October brings great weather as we have lots of fun and challenging activities planned for our camp next month.
Mrs Surgenor, Ms Mendes, Mr Yelseth, Whaea Lania and Mrs Ingram along with our group of five parent helpers are excited to be a part of this travelling group.
We plan to be on the buses and heading off by 8:30am on Tuesday 26 October with a morning tea stop at Kowhai Park in Wanganui before heading back up the island via Tangiwai Site at Ohakune and Tokaanu Thermal Park arriving at our home for the week, MiCamp, Taupo by 5pm.
On Wednesday we will be exploring the sights that Rotorua has to offer with campers splitting into two groups. One will be experiencing the spectacular views of Rotorua from the Gondola followed by the fast paced fun of the world famous Luge Track. The second group will be faced with a 1.4 kilometres of winding hedge lined pathways which will take them to the centre of a maze. They are bound to get lost and are guaranteed to have loads of fun. Both groups will then swap activities.
Back on the bus Thursday, we will be enjoying a lake journey with Ernest Kemp Maori Carving Tour followed by a swim at Otumuheke Thermal Park. This natural hot spring is the start of our 4km hike of the Huka Trail which leads to Huka Falls, New Zealand’s most visited natural attraction. Our out and about day will conclude with a visit to Craters of the Moon, Geothermal Park.
After such a busy timetable we know students will be ready to return home as we head off on Friday with the expectation of arriving back in Hawera by 2:45pm.
As we now accept that we live in a Covid-19 world we know you will all appreciate that our itinerary visits and times are subject to a change in Alert Levels.
- 17 September - Tatarakihi Festival- Cancelled
- 22 September - Camp Information Evening- Parent Helpers Only
- 22 September School Cross Country
- School Speech Finals 9.15am - Thursday 30th September
- 29 September - Inter School Cross Country TBC
- 1 October Term 3 Ends
- 18 October Term 4 Start
- 19 October - Parent Information Camp Evening- TBC
- 20-22 October - Variety Concert/s
- 25 October Labour Day - School CLOSED
- 26 - 29 October School Camps
- 7 November Lions Junior Speechmaker Competition
- 16 November - School Athletics
- 22 - 30 November - Life Education Truck visiting HIS
- 3 December - Twilight Gala
- 15 December - Service Assembly
- 16 December - Formal Assembly
The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) have staff available and ready to support families in need.
See below a list of useful information regarding the types of support available, and how to best access this support. Please feel free to share this with your school community.
To confirm availability contact MSD via:
- Telephone: 0800 559 009
- Website: https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/
- MyMSD : https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/online-services/mymsd/index.html
It is important to note:
Support is available to all New Zealanders on a low income, not just those currently on a benefit. This includes support to pay for food, power, rent, mortgage and other necessities.
This includes, but is not limited to the following:
- Support to pay for food, power, rent, mortgage, board
- Wage Subsidy
- Short Term Absence Payment
- Leave Support Scheme
- Resurgence Support Payment
- Small Business Cashflow Scheme
Up to date information relating to alert levels and further support available may be found at: https://covid19.govt.nz/about-this-site/contact-and-support/
MSD works closely with emergency management offices and other key regional groups to ensure emergency housing is available for those who fit MSD eligibility criteria. It’s important that anyone needing accommodation contacts MSD staff to ensure the right support is provided.
Further information is available through the Contact and Support page on the Unite against Covid-19 website here:
Information relating to the wage subsidy, including eligibility and application is available here:
Important: Information provided in an application must be correct and match the information held by IRD for the business or organisation to which the application refers.
The latest update on doing business at Alert Level 3 is here.
NZ Superannuation queries
Phone: 0800 552 002
For Deaf, hearing impaired and speech impaired Deaf Link Free-fax: 0800 621 621
Text: 029 286 7170
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