TNIS Panui Wiki 7, Wā Kura 4 2022

Te Kura Waenga Whakangungu O Takapuna


Term 4

Week 9

13/12 - Prizegiving at WGHS 12.00 -2.00pm

14/12 - School Picnic Day. Woodhall Park, Narrowneck Beach.

15/12 - Last Day/School ends 12.00 pm

Term Dates 2022

Term Four

Monday 17 October - Thursday 15 December (half day)


Tuesday 31 January - Interview Day

Wednesday 1 February - First Full Day of School


Kia ora e te whānau,

TNIS continues to be a busy place as we approach the end of the year. There are lots of creative and innovative plans for Market Day next week, with all funds raised going towards St Johns.

End of Year Prize Giving: We look forward to our annual prize giving on Tuesday, 13th December, at Westlake Girls Auditorium 12.00-2.00 pm. This is an opportunity to celebrate the many successes of our learners in 2022 and come together as a school community. If your child is receiving an award at the prize giving, you will be notified via email by your child’s teacher by this Tuesday, 6th December.

Unfortunately, due to the unavailability of our school hall, we cannot hold a Year 8 Leavers assembly. The Year 8’s will receive their leaver's certificate as part of their final team assembly.

2023 Staffing and Classes: At the end of the year, we farewell Laura Gardiner(relocating to Australia), Jordan Eckhold-Brown (returning to Australia) and Liam Treacy (returning to Ireland). We thank them for the wonderful job they have done at TNIS and wish them all the best for the future.

We welcome Stephen Ramdhanie and Dan Sperber to our teaching staff in 2023 and Nick Chandra and Courtney Dixon, who are returning from leave.

Year 7 learners will remain in their current classrooms and teams for 2023.

Have a great weekend.

Poipoia tekākano kia pūawai. Nurture the seed, and it will bloom-we all need love and care to fully realise our potential.

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EOTC Dates for 2023!

Put the date in your diary and keep an eye out on the school app for more information about EOTC next year.

More information, including permission, medical and parent helper forms, will be shared at the beginning of the 2023 school year.
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Buy a piece of TNIS

We have appreciated your ongoing support over the year/s and would like to extend to you an exciting and rare opportunity to buy a piece of Takapuna Normal Intermediate School and leave your name as part of our family. This is part of an exciting time at TNIS as we move forward and grow. We truly believe that we are the heart of our community and will flourish with our community's continued support.

We are completing a million-dollar renovation of our school hall in partnership with the Ministry of Education and TNIS Board of Trustees. We are looking to include retractable, bleacher-style seating. There is a limited number of bleachers available for purchase where you will have full naming rights with a custom-made plaque.

$1200 - 1x bleacher row (12 available)

$2700 - 1x premium top-tier bleacher (2 available)

A huge thank you to those that have already supported us and secured their bleacher.

If your family or business would like to purchase a bleacher, please contact us at

Or, to keep it easy:

Acc: 12-3026-0768425-00

Reference: Bleacher

Please notify payment to

PYP “How We Organise Ourselves” Tōtara Learners reflecting

This term we have been looking into a new unit called How We Organise Ourselves. This unit is all about organisations and how they need structures to function. Our central idea for this inquiry is ‘Organisations have structures and systems'. This can be broken down into three lines of inquiry. These are:

  • Structures, systems and skills are an important part of an organisation (Function)

  • People have different roles and responsibilities within organisations (Responsibility)

  • The connection between an organisation's structure and its ability to achieve the organisation's goal (Connection)

We learnt about this in many ways, the first of which was some provocations. This is an activity that provokes knowledge and gets you ready for the start of the unit. Our favourite provocation was one we did with Miss Winter, which was all about having a clear leader. We were given brief instructions about what we needed to do, and it was hard to organise ourselves. For example, we were told to get into groups and choose a game to play. It was confusing and hard to calm people down and decide on rules. Then after that, we were sorted into groups, the games were chosen, and the rules were explained as we were all there. It was easier and more fun, and we realised that this is what the central idea means. Organisations have structures and systems. Without the systems and structure, the organisation would fall apart. This was great to reflect upon, thinking about how we communicate and work together. We also did activities around advertising and effective communication.

Bringing all these ideas together, we will be holding a market day! In small groups, we are to design a product to sell at the market. We have created our own business names and logos based on what we will be selling at our stall. We need to budget, work out our costings and figure out how to make a profit. In doing so, we need to evaluate how we organise ourselves to create systems to effectively function. This unit of inquiry is great, having us collaborate to finish off our last unit for 2022.

By Buster Waters and Beth Thomson

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Uniform Donations - Year 8 Only

Students who are leaving TNIS and wish to donate their uniform can drop it to the Office on Wednesday 14 December. They will wear non-uniform that day for the school picnic and non-uniform again on Thursday (half day, last day of school).

There will be a second-hand uniform sale on Thursday 26 January, 2023. More details will be provided on the app closer to the time.

Music Education Centre Music Lessons at TNIS

Instrumental music lessons are available right here at school! Our school partners with the Music Education Centre to offer one-to-one instruction to our students on-site. For busy parents, the convenience of these lessons makes it easier for your child to both have FUN and gain the educational benefits of learning an instrument. In addition to the lessons here at school, the Music Education Centre offers a wide variety of instruments through its centres outside of school time.

To find out more information or to book lessons here at school or at the centres visit their website and submit your details, or contact them directly by phone on 0800 89 39 39

2023 Homestays Required

Please contact Sophia Yang on if you are interested.

Purchasing School Uniform

TNIS uniform is available from "The U Shop". Please see the details below for contact and location.


PHONE| 09 486 4012


ADDRESS| Unit 10, 54 View Road, Wairau Valley, Auckland, New Zealand

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Jazz School, Christmas Big Band workshop

This will be an exciting two day school holiday workshop where year 6, 7 and 8 students will learn to play in a Jazz Big Band and then perform a concert for family and friends on the final afternoon. The Big Band is for Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone and Clarinet players plus Electric Guitar, Piano, Bass and Drums. The music we play will range from jazz versions of Christmas favourites to modern pop classics with an emphasis on having fun while producing music at a high standard. This workshop will be run by Drew Hutchinson. Students must be playing at grade 2 level or higher, or have had two years of lessons. The workshop is on December the 15th and 16th from 9am - 3pm at King’s School, 258 Remuera Road, Remuera. To register for the workshop please visit or email for more information.

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Are you concerned about your child’s development, engagement in learning, behaviour or Anxiety?

Are you concerned about your child’s development, engagement in learning, behaviour or Anxiety?


As an Educational Psychologist, Debbie can use a range of specialised psychological and academic assessments to provide insight into your child’s intellectual & academic potential and achievement; giftedness; barriers to learning; diagnosis of Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) and functioning. Debbie can assist schools to make special education and Special Assessment Condition applications and provide well-informed referrals to other professionals and services on behalf of parents related to ADHD, ASD, Sensory Processing Disorder and Auditory Processing Disorder. Email

Other services include Triple P Fearless Anxiety Programme Facilitation for families with an anxious child and Cool Kids Anxiety Program for parents and individual children and Professional Development for teachers.

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Brain Play Programme

Brain Play teaches after-school science & technology classes to Kiwi kids aged 5 - 13. Find us in 9 venues across Auckland and online. Topics this term include 3D printing, electronics, coding, animation, STEM experiments & more. Free trials are available for new students. We also run regular events across Auckland, including free events! Make sure to follow us on social media and check the Events page on the website, so you don't miss out. Check out our after-school timetable on our website and use the form to get in touch -
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