Newsletter Week 6 Term 3

Maidstone Intermediate - Te Kura ō Hinepōhatu

2nd September 2022

A Word from our Principal

Kia ora e te whānau

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa

It is great to see the sun out. In a kura (school) this means a lot as morning tea and lunch can now be spent outside running off all the energy in the fresh air.

Last week, I had the privilege of attending the AIMS (Association of Intermediate Schools) Conference in Taupo. One of the most important things I took from the conference was a presentation by Professor Richie Poulton. He spoke about the ‘Dunedin Study’ that started 50 years ago. He highlighted a key finding from the study; that self control is the most significant predictor of success in life. Speak to any kaiako (teacher) across the country and they will tell you that this has almost become an extinct characteristic in our younger generations. On a daily basis we are experiencing ākonga who cause trouble for themselves and others because of their limited self control.

Confronted with the above facts we have two choices. We can carry on accepting that the youth of today have no self control, or we can get together and find ways to instil this great characteristic back into the frames of our young people. As tumuaki, my task is to lead this operation. However, I would greatly appreciate each parent to be part of the conversation. So, lots of work is waiting for us, but I am excited as it will make a huge difference for the future of our tamariki.

On Tuesday, you received an alert from me about the uniform inspection. You might ask why focus on uniform when there are so many other things to worry about! The reason is that by focusing on the small things, the tamariki get the message that we are a kura with rules and routines. Bigger issues like damage to property then start to disappear.

The message to all from me is:

  • We will not give up on our tamariki. They need our support, but they also need to know where we draw the line.

  • The kaiako (teachers) of Maidstone are our biggest asset. We need to look after them. We need to empower them so that they can do what you want them to do: to teach your tamariki.

  • PB4L does not mean we do not have consequences.

And that is enough of being a grumpy tumukai (principal)!

I must share with you my wonderful experience at Maidstone on Monday evening. Our first Maori Whanau evening. Only one word to describe it: whakamiharo (amazing). And that was not only the kai (food), it was having almost 100 people in the Hall celebrating the achievement of our māori tamariki. Ngā mihi Matua Pat, Whaea Mary and Whaea Sophie - a great job.

Talking about “great job”, how can I not mention our Year 8 netball team. During the past two weeks I was fortunate to see the team play twice. Both times they were real ambassadors for Hinepōhatu. And that was not just because they won both competitions. It was their passion, collaboration, and lovely manners that made it an absolute pleasure to watch. The netball team is playing in the finals of the Hutt Valley Netball Intermediate Challenge. This will be on Saturday 3 September at 10:30 at the Walter Nash Stadium. Would it not be wonderful if we can all join in to support them.

The netball team is one of four teams representing us at the AIMS games next week in Tauranga. The other teams are the girls football, boys football and basketball teams. We also have two gymnasts, one BMX rider and one cross country runner who will represent Hinepōhatu at this prestigious tournament. To them all we say: Ka pai! Our best wishes. We are looking forward to hearing all the stories.

A lovely weekend to you all.

Ngā mihi

Wikus Swanepoel


Important Dates to add to your calendar

  • 30 September - End of Term 3
  • 17 October - Beginning of Term 4
  • 21 October - Teacher Only Day (Upper Hutt Schools Cluster Day)
  • 15 December - Last day for the Year

Te angitu o ngā ākonga (Student success)

Congratulations to the following ākonga:

Lyla T (Rm 6) - She qualified for Wellington Junior Champs Swimming

The AIMS Basketball team who won tournament at St Bernards on Sunday

Ryder M (Rm 6) Leeron A (Rm 6) Jah C-T (Rm 5)

Maikool H (Rm 5) Linkyn L-A (Rm 5) Maika R(Rm 14)

Campbell R (Rm 5) Lucas D (Rm 1) Pama T (Rm 12)

Teral T (Rm 13)

Aurora H (Rm 4) - who was selected for the under 13 Wellington Hockey Rep Team

The AIMS Netball team who won a Netball tournament Palmerston North on Sunday

Briarly K (Rm 6) Ary M-C (Rm 5) Prisseis J (Rm 6)

Faith B (Rm 1) Lileyah S (Rm 17) Santos R (Rm 4)

Ella S (Rm 5) Ella Bleu D (Rm 12) Mikaylah U-Ed (Rm 9)

Macie D (Rm 5)

Tips for Whānau - Ākonga in the Cyber World

The Do’s and Don’ts of online safety:

Online, blended, and other digitally based forms of education have virtually become the norm and more and more of our students are flocking to the net to do daily activities that were to the recent past the preserve of the brick-and-mortar classrooms. However, the world of digitality is also fraught with dangers and challenges which we should be aware of in order to safely navigate it.

This is a handy visual, featuring some practical online safety tips compiled from Google Safety Center and ScamWatch. The purpose is to help raise awareness among teachers, parents and students about the issue of online safety and also provide teachers (and parents) with a resource they can easily use with their students. You may want to print and use the visual (for free).

Common scam methods:

A- Phishing:

Scammers trick you to hand over personal or financial information such as bank details, passwords, etc.

B- Hacking:

Scammers try to get access to your personal or financial information by exploiting security weaknesses on your network, computer or network.

C- Malware

Scammers can use malware which is a program or software designed to damage your device, get access to your files, and track your digital activities.

D- Ransomware

Ransomware is a malware that blocks access to one's device and demands payment to unblock it.

E- Data breaches

Scammers get access to your data through 'accidental data breaches of business or government accounts'.

Do's and Don'ts of online safety:


  • Run an online search to verify the identity of the sender

  • Use strong passwords and activate two-step verification whenever possible

  • Double-check the URL by hovering over the link or by long-pressing the text on mobile

  • Make sure the URL starts with "https." A grey, fully locked icon will appear in Chrome browser when URLs are secure.

  • Use Chrome or Google Drive to open suspicious documents and PDF attachments.\

  • Maintain up-to-date software on the services you use such as Chrome in order to access the latest security features and fixes.

  • Be careful about what you share on social media websites


Don't click on suspicious links.

  • Don't open suspicious emails and don't reply to them.

  • Don't use the same password for all your accounts.

  • Don't share personal or financial information on public computers or Wi-Fi hotspots.

  • Don't provide unrestricted app access to your personal data.

  • Don't leave the screen of your device unlocked. Activate automatic screen lock.

Taiohi Māori Atua:

Watch Taiohi Gods on TVNZ OnDemand

Aotearoa has always had its own superheroes. Forget Iron Man, Thor and Batman, there’s a new series for our tamariki called Taiohi Gods. Co-founder, creator, and producer of Mahi Tahi Media and former television presenter Te Arahi Maipi said his television series was inspired by his own tamariki and mokopuna.

Taiohi Gods centers around the trials and tribulations of six rogue rangatahi Māori God’s who have been exiled into modern-day Aotearoa.The series was created to entertain and encourage tamariki and rangatahi to have a deeper understanding of ngā atua Māori.

Remutaka Trip To Whirinaki Whare Taonga

On Thursday, my class and I went to Whirinaki Whare Taonga (Expressions) in central Upper Hutt.

It was an amazing trip and we had lots of fun there. The exhibition ‘Curious Contraptions’ includes 30 push-button operated exhibits and six hand-cranked interactives. It was the funniest exhibit with so many things to do; there were lots of contraptions and even a station to make our own creations which everyone spent the most time on and enjoyed the most.

When we first walked in everyone was amazed at how even small contraptions were really good in the way they moved and operated. The funniest contraption was a guy sitting in a bath filled with spaghetti with sausages coming out of the taps. It was so simple but really funny.

The second exhibition, TE HONO WAI, was really interesting and taught us about how the British affected Māori culture when they were first introduced.

Me and my class really enjoyed this trip and so did the rest of Remutaka rōpū (syndicate). We really recommend going.

By Baden S, Rm 10

Netball Tournament In Palmerston North

The Aims netball team travelled to Palmerston North Sunday 21 August to participate in the Manawatu Netball Tournament. They won their grade and were mentioned as having great sportsmanship. Congratulations to the team and thanks to all their supporters.

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Akatarawa Trip to Whirinaki Whare Taonga

On Thursday 15th of August, Room 3 went on a trip to Whirinaki Whare Taonga (Expressions) to see ‘Curious Contraptions’ which is about systems (our Inquiry). We found out about small things in machines that make them work. After seeing this exhibit we got to make a mechanism of our own. We figured out how to place the pieces together to make an object either go up or down, or left to right. Then in groups we had to make a balloon pop. Every group made something different to make their contraption. Our group made a machine powered by gravity and the force of our hand. We taped pins on to a Lego car and set it down or track and eventually our balloon popped! From this amazing exhibit Room 3, and the rest of Akatarawa Syndicate, learnt that everything we use in our day to day lives is powered by systems and contraptions - for example gravity and an axle. Thank you, Claire (The amazing Expressions worker) and our awesome school for letting us learn about ‘Curious Contraptions’ which will be a giant help in our Inquiry!

By Thea J and Maia M, Rm 3

Upcoming Events

  • AIMS Games - 4 September
  • Boxing Academy Programme - 5 September
  • Ignite Sport - SRC Deputies - 7 September
  • Camp - Remutaka & Pākuratahi - 12 September
  • Camp - Akatarawa, Tararua & Mangoroa - 14 September
  • Boxing Academy Programme - 19 September
  • Invitational Girls Rugby - 21 September
  • Ignite Sports Leadership Day - 23 September
  • Boxing Academy Programme - 26 September
  • Board of Trustees Meeting - 26 September @ 6pm
  • Team & Group Photos - 27 September
  • William Pike Challenge Tramp - 29 September
  • Pākuratahi Rm 6 & 7 Trip - 30 September
  • WRISSA Girls Basketball - 30 September
  • Ignite Sport Year 8 - 30 September
  • Last Day of Term 3 - 30 September

Maidstone Intermediate School Board Casual Vacancy for a Parent Representative

A casual vacancy has occurred on the school board for an elected parent representative. The board has decided to fill the vacancy by selection.

If 10% or more of eligible voters on the school roll ask the board, within 28 days of this notice being published, to hold a by-election to fill the vacancy, then a by-election will be held.

Request for a by-election should be sent to:

By post

Anka Browne

Presiding member

Maidstone Intermediate School Board

16 Redwood Street,

Upper Hutt, 5018

By email

All requests to be received by Saturday 17th September 2022 at 8:00 am

Community Notices

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Upper Hutt College are looking for Homestay Families for our International students arriving in January 2023

Now that the borders are open, we will be welcoming International students back to Upper Hutt College. We are looking for kind, caring families to support these students while they study.

International students attend Upper Hutt College for varying lengths of time, this can be from 1 term up to 4 years. Being part of a New Zealand family is an integral part of their stay.

Hosting International students is both interesting and rewarding. You will play a valuable role in providing the care and support students need to succeed in their quest for English language competence, being part of your family assists the student in developing an understanding of the New Zealand lifestyle.

You will be paid a remuneration for this role and receive ongoing support from the International Department throughout the duration of your student's stay. You will be expected to treat the student as part of your family and support them with their studies, provide meals and packed lunches, register them with your doctor and include them in family outings.

A police vetting will be carried out for all family members over the age of 18 living in the home and all eligible persons must be fully vaccinated against Covid 19.

If you would like to find out more about hosting International students, please contact Belinda Walker, International Student Manager, or the Deputy Principal Janetta van Maren. Please call 04 527 8749 or email

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