Newsletter Term 3 - Lockdown

Masterton Intermediate School August 24, 2021

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Kia kaha, kia toa, kia haumaru tātou katoa.

As we experience the second Level 4 lockdown in Aotearoa, we ask our Masterton Intermediate community to please get in touch if there is any way in which we can offer our tautoko or aroha.

We worked very hard on Monday, August 23 to provide chromebooks and hard packs of learning tasks to those whānau who indicated that they will require this assistance. Your child's teacher will have been in touch with you regarding their online learning programme.

Some reminders and requests:

  • Please do not feel any pressure for your child to complete a particular amount of learning mahi. We suggest that our MIS students do what they are comfortable doing.

  • Class teachers will be available online between the hours of

9.00 am to 3.00 pm if students or parents have any questions relating to their learning.

Please remember that the school grounds, including the playground and basketball courts remain closed at Alert Level 4.

Kia pai tō koutou noho!

Baseball Fives

The Baseball Fast Fives tournament was our last sporting event before the Level 4 lockdown was initiated last Wednesday. This competition took place at the Walter Nash Centre in Taita, Lower Hutt on Tuesday, August 17.

We took three teams to gain the following placings out of the 12 teams that entered:

  • MIS Red were the champions winning all 8 games that they played

  • MIS Black were second with 7 wins and only 1 loss, to MIS Red

  • MIS White finished in fifth place with 6 wins and two losses

Congratulations to the victorious MIS Red squad members:

Harley Cameron, Taika Paku-Rongonui, Genuine Savaliga, Maggie Shields, Zion Tapara, Rasharn Thompson and Mike O’Farrell (coach)

Pedestrain Crossing

A reminder for adults picking up or dropping off students outside the school. Please ensure your child uses the designated crossing. We have had a number of very near misses over the last few weeks caused by students not looking and running across the road. Some cars drive very quickly down Intermediate Street.

Whānau Wellbeing Tip

Sit down as a family to eat dinner together. Each family member says three good things that have happened to them that week. Unpack what led to this moment. Being thankful or acknowledging great things, positively impacts our mindset and mental health.


On Friday, August 3, three teams of MIS students competed in the Wairarapa Chess Tournament at Wairarapa College. They had been practising most lunchtimes for many weeks. Each team played seven games. The Greytown Teams were amazing to compete against. The team of Miles, Roguen, Tanner and Oscar earned second place in their grade and each received a silver medal. Bryn Pumphrey checkmated his opponent without a Queen. I checkmated my opponent in less than 10 moves. For this, we both received a special badge.

All in all, it was a fun day and we look forward to the next tournament.

by Travis Patterson-Baker

Random Numbers

51 - the number of MIS netball players who travelled to Monrad Intermediate in Palmerston North for the recent netball exchange on Wednesday, August 11 winning four out of five games.

203 - the number of chromebooks that have been issued to our students over level 4 lockdown.

314 - the number of views our last newsletter received.

Upcoming Events

  • Wairarapa Speech Finals @ Hadlow School - Tuesday, August, 23 - PSOTPONED
  • WRISSA Netball for MIS Aces and MIS Steel @ ASB Stadium, Kilbirnie - Wednesday, August 25. - CANCELLED
  • Mufti Day for Masterton Foodbank (bring a non-perishable food item) - Friday, August 27 - POSTPONED
  • WRISSA Rugby @ Petone Recreation ground - Wednesday, September 1 - CANCELLED
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