BIS Newsletter Week 9 Term 2

Friday 2nd July 2021


Tēna koutou katoa,

A week out from the end of term 2 it is important to reflect on how students have continued to learn and take part in all areas of school life. We hope that your child has made the most of their first half of intermediate and has embraced all the different activities that we have to offer here at Birkdale Intermediate School.

This term students at BIS have been a part of; sports days, Mathex and writers festivals, they've written speeches and conducted science fair experiments, they have sung with other schools and danced across the Kiri Te Kanawa theatre stage, they have built robots, phone stands, cooked pancakes and apple crumble, they have raised money for others, solved challenging maths problems, the list goes on! Every day there is something new and different happening across our school to help engage our students and provide them with quality opportunities outside of the regular classroom curriculum. A huge thanks to all of our staff who work tirelessly with our students, during work hours as well as in their lunch breaks, tea breaks, before and after school. Quality and committed staff such as these is what helps set Birkdale Intermediate School apart from the others, and our staff always go above and beyond for our tamariki!

Today, we hosted the second annual community Matariki Festival here at BIS. We were very proud of our students. They demonstrated their school values with pride. Whānaungatanga (belonging), Manaakitanga (selflessness), Riki rikatanga (enthusiasm) and their Mahi Tahi (teamwork) in hosting our local Primary Schools and Birkenhead College and what an amazing display of community we saw. It was amazing to watch as each school's Kapa Haka group performed with mana and demonstrated a sense of pride in our culture. We were so proud of our own group who once again performed exceptionally. Again; this wouldn't have happened without the support and aroha of some of our talented staff. Events like these don't just happen, and the 100's of hours of organisation and logistics have meant a seamless and professional event. A huge thanks to our local whānau, schools and community who support us 100%.

Yesterday a report on attainment was sent home with your child. Teachers have spent time working with your child to assess their current skill level in order to be able to teach the next steps in each subject. We look forward to meeting with you all next week at our Parent/Teacher Interviews and discussing any celebrations or concerns you may have. See further below for more details on how to book, or contact the office, where someone will be able to help you book a time slot.

Term 2 ends on Friday the 9th of July and we hope you all have some exciting plans for the school break and are able to enjoy time with your wonderful children. Please make sure you take this time to enjoy the break, as Term 3 brings with it many new and exciting activities and topics to cover and we will see you all back, safe and sound on Monday the 26th of July.

Ngā mihi nui,

Mel Robinson and Katrina Bush

Parent-Teacher Interviews

Yesterday, your child brought 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


On Wednesday night 69 of our amazing students made their way to the Kiri Te Kanawa theatre in the city to perform at SHOWQUEST! Over 1600 people were there to see us perform alongside 7 other Intermediate Schools from across Auckland.

While we didn’t place we won a number of awards for both our ShowQuest Performance and our Toi Entries! Our ShowQuest performance won Most Effective Use of the Video Wall and ZM Soundtrack Award, Ava McDonald won an Excellence in Garment Construction and Orchid Rilak and Astra Castleton-Reid won Best Use of Inventive Materials. We are so proud of you all!

A huge thank you to all the parents, staff and team of helpers who made this show such a success. We look forward to seeing what you produce next year! If you haven't seen it yet, you can watch the full show below in the link provided. Our item is up first with the Wearable Arts section towards the end.

Timetable Changes

Next term there will be a slight timetable change for your children. If they were taking part in Visual Arts with Miss Powell or Digi Tech with Mr. Wyatt these two subjects will swap over. Those who have been working in Hard Tech with Mr. Vowells or working on culinary skills with Whaea Tui in Food and Nutrition they will swap over as well for the second half of the year.

This coming term, we also welcome back Miss Barrett who has been on maternity leave, we are very excited to have her back with us at BIS. Miss Powell will still remain at BIS part-time and we look forward to putting her many skills and talents to good use across the school.

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Mama's Donuts Fundraiser

Birkdale Intermediate School is starting a fundraising drive to help purchase or improve areas or items in our school that our tamariki need to support their goals.

Our first fundraiser is to raise funds to purchase and install a water bottle refilling station. We think this is a great project as all students will benefit from this and it will push the message of drinking water.

To support this we will be running a ‘Mamas Donuts’ fundraiser where you can purchase a pack of mamas donuts in 4 donuts for $12, 8 donuts for $24, or 12 donuts or $36. You can pay for these using Kindo, or online 12-3035-0413925-01 ref Name and Donuts.

These can be picked up on the afternoon of Thursday the 8th of July from the school hall (between 4-8pm) or if you are unable to collect them on the night, we can send them home with your child on Friday the 9th of July.

Please email by Monday the 5th of July to place an order. Or drop your order form into school.

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The Tania Dalton Foundation - BOOST

The programme is run over three days during the holiday’s giving year 7 & 8 girls the opportunity to try nine different sports and physical activities. We have coaches from different sporting codes come in and take the girls for a session. We understand not all girls want to play a sport, so we also include activities such as Dance, CrossFit, Boxing for Fitness and Spin classes, showing the girls there are other ways to be physically active.

We would love to see the Girls who like sport or want to be more active but not sure where to start or what they might enjoy doing.

There is no cost to attend the Programme, but Girls will have to apply as we have limited numbers.

Thursday 15th July, Friday 16th and Friday 23rd July 9am – 2.30pm


For application form:

Or follow the link:

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

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.

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

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

Wednesday 28th July - NSIS Netball Zone Day

Thursday 29th July - Year 7 Boostrix Vaccinations

Friday 1st October - Teacher Only Day - No school

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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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