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Kia ora koutou

Today the sun shines and hopefully will continue tomorrow allowing 40 of our students to head to Inglewood to compete in the Inter -Intermediate Year 7 & 8 Rugby 7's tournament. We wish them well.

With the departure of Mr Baylis, Room 9 students have seamlessly integrated into classrooms across the school, all seem to be happy with class placements.

Today students have walked the route to the Hawera High School site, familiarizing themselves with the crossing point (outside Dimocks) on High Street, entrances into Dixon Block and areas to be used at interval and lunch time breaks. The Waihi Road crossing point is likely to be North of The Hub entrance, this to be confirmed.

We have classes working on speech making with class speeches taking place next Friday, followed by Whanau Speech Finals on September 9th and then School finals on September 16th.

Whanau groups head off to Lake Rotokare over the next 2-3 weeks then Celebration Week takes place with lots of fun to be had. Details related to our Celebration Week are being finalised and will then be shared with whanau and students.

The term is flying by with much activity taking place. Science experiments continue in classrooms- some having interesting results.

Our Camp Week is also rapidly approaching. A huge thank you to whanau who have contributed Camp Fees over the week. Please deposit directly into our School Bank Account, including your name or student's name in the Reference. Our account number is 15 3950 0412889 00

Automatic Payments can be set up if required - please talk with Dizzy at the office.

We would appreciate payment by Friday 16th September.

Next week we have our "Change Facilitator", Ministry of Education and Union personnel in and out of school. The end of term is rapidly looming as is our move to the High School site. Plans are well in hand.

Ngā mihi nui

Neryda Sullivan


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Last week all our students were involved in the Sanitarium Weetbix TRYathalon which was held on our school grounds. We enjoyed a fine, dry day and students had lots of fun as they faced each other on a circuit made up of challenging activities. Students had to 'run' the circuit for twenty minutes before finishing through the well known Weetbix winners arch. Everyone was given a t-shirt and a gold medal along with great memories of a fun day. A huge thanks to Sanitarium and its associated sponsors for making this day possible for us as we celebrate the end of an era.
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The Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon is designed for Kiwi kids aged 6-15 years to help them stay active and healthy through a programme of participation. The series has been running since 1992 and is a rite of passage for Kiwi kids. To date, over 450,000 Kiwi kids have given it a TRY.
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Congratulations to our small team of chess players who represented our school at the Taranaki Chess Tournament in Oakura on Friday. All the players placed very well. A special mention to Wynter Buisson who won 5 out of 6 games.
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Once a fortnight a small group of students attend an innovations programme run by Ngati Ruanui. This term we are excited to be involved with the Hawera community garden, a collaboration between St Mary’s Church, Enviroschools and Sustainable Taranaki.

Although the weather wasn't on our side, we were able to make a quick visit to the garden to add some cleaned boxes to the recycling bins. The boxes will later become weed-mat for the garden and even food for the worm farm.

Students are also enjoying the challenge of designing a special sign which will be mounted on the main gate to the gardens.

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Cultural badge excellence

Congratulations to Alexa Ogle who presented an outstanding cultural badge based on England. Many hours of researching, rewriting and creating clearly went into this and with her grandmother's help she sewed an outfit for her sister's doll. Well done Alexa!

Please note that all advertised school events are subject to COVID Framework conditions at the time of the event

  • Friday 9th September - Whanau Speech Finals
  • Friday 16th September School Speech Finals
  • Monday 19th September - Celebration Week
  • Monday 26th September - Teacher only Day - SCHOOL CLOSED
  • 27th - 30th September - School Camps
  • Friday 30th September - Term 3 End
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Kia ora e te Whānau

It was great at the start of this term to have members of our community provide feedback about our eight guiding principles:

• Culturally inclusive

• Social, Physical and Emotional curriculum

• Striving for Excellence

• Community Contribution

• Future-focused curriculum

• Authentic Connections

• Personalised Learning Journey

• Expert Teaching.

These eight principles underpin our planning and preparation as we design our new school. It was crucial to get a clear direction from our community as to how they saw these principles coming to life in our school. The report produced by the consultants can be found on our website. We also had the privilege of collecting the student voice from students currently at Hāwera High School and Hāwera Intermediate together with our feeder schools. This vital information will be made available for our staff during the planning phase.

Our prospectus is being fine tuned and is close to being printed. We are looking forward to sharing the prospectus with you and starting to enrol students for 2023.

In the prospectus the following information will be available:

• Principals welcome

• Our School Story

• School Values

• Learning Environment – Facilities available – Updated school maps

• Pastoral Care System

• Curriculum Design


• Student Leadership

• Graduate Profile

• Uniform Requirements

• Extra-curricular Opportunities

• Learning Support Information

• Home School Partnership Information

Enrolment forms will be available at the same time as our prospectus, both online (our website) and in paper form. We will visit Hāwera High School, Hāwera Intermediate and our feeder schools to hand out a prospectus and enrolment form to all students transitioning to Te Paepae o Aotea at the start of 2023. Enrolment forms can be dropped into our office at 59 Victoria Street (Next to Pita Pit) or into their current school office. In Term 4, Te Paepae o Aotea staff will be looking after all Year 7–10 students currently enrolled at Hāwera High School and Hāwera Intermediate on Fridays. This will give us an opportunity to unpack our school name, logo, whakatauākī and values with students. Students will experience what a day will look like at Te Paepae o Aotea. The purpose of these visits is for students to become familiar with expectations and what they are going to do, before they start next year. They will also get an opportunity to meet some of our staff and start forming positive learning relationships.

Year 6 and 8 students coming from our feeder schools will have transition visits in Term 4, run by Te Paepae o Aotea staff. These dates can be found in this newsletter and commence Week 4. They will also focus on unpacking our school name, logo, whakatauākī and values. However, a large portion of these visits will focus on students becoming familiar with the site so that in the new year they are confident in knowing where to be and when.

Information on senior student subject selection can be found later in the newsletter. Students will also be given information when senior staff meet students to discuss the prospectus and how to enrol. Subject selection confirmations will be undertaken in interview form either before Christmas or in the New Year. These interviews will involve students, whānau and staff to ensure that each student has a learning programme that best meets their needs.

Thank you to all those in our community who continue to support our school. We are very appreciative and look forward to continuing this journey with you all.

Ngā mihi

Rachel Williams


Te Paepae o Aotea - Interim Uniform 2023

At Te Paepae o Aotea, students, staff and community representing our school share a responsibility to uphold our school mana by wearing our logo with pride. Students will wear an interim school uniform in 2023. In Term 1 extensive community consultation will take place to decide the school uniform provisions from 2024 onwards.

Te Paepae o Aotea interim uniform consists of:

• Navy blue polo shirt with school logo (two provided by school)

• Navy blue hoodie with school logo (one provided by school)

• Navy Blue jacket with school logo (available to purchase at $73)

• Plain dark navy blue or black school shorts, skort, culottes, skirt or long pants (no jeans, trackpants or leggings)

• Plain all black school shoes/sandals

• Plain black/navy or white socks

• Students can wear a plain black or navy blue jacket

• There is no specific uniform for PE - students change into comfortable activewear

• Sports uniforms will be provided by the school

Pre-owned Hāwera High School uniform navy blue shorts, skirts, trousers and Hāwera Intermediate School uniform navy blue shorts can be worn.

The Ministry of Education EDI Fund will subsidise two Te Paepae o Aotea polo shirts and one Te Paepae o Aotea hoodie for each student. These will be issued at the start of 2023 at student Individual Learning Programme meetings with whānau. Additional polo shirts and hoodies are available for purchase.

Uniform items not provided by the school can be purchased from The Warehouse Hāwera and Postie Plus Hāwera at very reasonable prices.

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Enrolment Information and Transition Plan

Term Three

5 September 2022 - Enrolments Open at Te Paepae o Aotea

Online (through school website) OR in paper form (collect from Te Paepae o Aotea office OR given to students with their prospectus during school visits). Completed Enrolment forms can be returned to our office, 59 Victoria Street or handed into primary school offices.

School Visits

Enrolment forms together with our prospectus will be delivered to all students at these visits. We welcome whānau to these sessions.
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Assemblies in week 8, 13-17 th September will be held at Hāwera High School to present prospectus and enrolment information to all students in Years’ 9, 10, 11 and 12. (Dates to be confirmed).

All students can be enrolled in person with our senior leaders at Te Paepae o Aotea office – contact us on 06 223 2000 to make an appointment from 5 th September 2022.

Term Four

Transition Programme

See the table below to note your school’s Transition Days.

Day One: School name/narrative/Te Paepae o Aotea Values/whānaungatanga/tours.

Day Two: Learning activities – a day in the life of a student at Te Paepae o Aotea.

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School Tours for whānau/students and Information Presentations

We encourage all new and current students to attend the Information Presentations. Junior and Senior School Presentations will be available. All sessions start with school tours.

Please Note: The following dates have not been confirmed:

Wednesday, 15 November 4:00 to 5:30pm

Wednesday, 23 November 5:00 to 6:30pm

Wednesday, 23 November 6:30 to 7:30pm NCEA Information Session for Year 10

Thursday, 24 November 7:00 to 8:30pm

Individual Learning Programmes – Planning Meetings 2023

All students at Te Paepae o Aotea will meet with their Whānau Teacher on either 30th or 31st January 2023 to plan Individual Learning Programmes and collect their provided uniform (2 x polos/1 x hoodie).

Senior Subject Selection Information

Toward the end of Term 3, Te Paepae o Aotea will meet with current Year 10, 11 & 12 students to discuss subject selection for 2023. Students will be asked to complete a survey regarding current subjects they would like to continue being taught as well as get suggestions for subjects they would like to see offered in 2024.

During Term 4 we will hold a student/parent NCEA Information evening to explain the NCEA process. Subject selection for Year 10 will take place shortly after this.


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We have support staff positions currently available on Seek for interested parties. Application packs are available by emailing appointmentshawera@gmail.com.

Check out our Website

If you have not had the opportunity to explore our website, I encourage you to do so. Key information about our school name, logo, story and history can be found there. Remember, we also have a video explaining the significance of being gifted our name on our school website, www.tepaepaeoaotea.school.nz
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