NEWSLETTER 10 August 2022

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Kia ora koutou

What a wet start to the week it has been - mud everywhere! Everyone will be looking to see grounds dry out and soak up some sun rays.

Students are carrying out experiments in classrooms, weird and wonderful chemical reactions are taking place, interclass sporting challenges are happening and we look forward to a number of events on our calendar next week:

  • Tuesday - Sanitarium Weetbix Tryathon here - details will be posted on facebook
  • Wednesday - Tangahoe Whanau, Rms 8 & 9 head to Lake Rotakare for a visit
  • Thursday - The Inter Intermediate Devon Rugby Exchange is held in New Plymouth
  • Friday - Taranaki Intermediate School Chess Competition -Oakura Village Hall
  • Tangahoe Whanau, Rms 10 & 5 head to Lake Rotakare for a visit

Next week a special newsletter will be forwarded on Wednesday. This will contain information pertinent to the end of term, and to operations in Term 4. This will, I hope alleviate any concerns/ anxiety about how we will operate on the High School site and give certainty to students, staff and whanau going forward.

Enjoy your weekend - hopefully the sun will shine.

Nga mihi nui


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Yeah we finally got to play some Inter - Intermediate School sports- great excitement was experienced from all those involved.

A fantastic sports exchange against Manukorihi was held last Thursday along with perfect weather. Results below:

  • Basketball lost both games
  • Netball won 1 of 5 games
  • Chess won
  • Badminton lost
  • Indoor bowls lost
  • Table tennis won
  • Hockey lost
  • Football boys won, girls lost
  • Girls 7s lost
  • Boys rugby lost
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Trap Making...

Our Mounga group - Ranger Matua Tāne Houston works with a number of interested students every Friday.

Understanding varying types of predators and the predator free programme on the Mounga led to setting traps with varying baits. Excitedly we have caught some!!

More learning takes place here at school on Friday and then we head to the mountain to lay and monitor more stations.

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As part of the Health and Physical Education curriculum,

we are required to teach “Positive Puberty’. These four lessons will provide students with knowledge, understanding, and skills, encouraging positive attitudes towards the changes that they will experience during puberty.

Included are:

  • discussion of male and female body changes during puberty

  • physical, mental and emotional growth and developmental changes that occur

  • the differing needs that may arise during puberty.

  • changes to our bodies and menstruation

  • understanding of what puberty is.

  • all female students will be offered a range of product samples to help them understand the menstrual cycle provided free by U by Kotex.

We encourage you to be actively involved by also talking to your child about the changes that occur with puberty and adolescence. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions about the lesson details, or would like some guidance in discussing this topic with your children or would prefer your child NOT to participate in these four lessons.

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Students had a fantastic day at the ‘Click Happy’ photography workshop run by Photographer Mandi Lynn. At first they learnt basic photographic rules with a focus on composition. In the second block they were given boxes of props full of multiple pieces of fabric and other still life items they could use to create monochromatic photographs. In the afternoon students had the opportunity to explore the App Lightroom and edit their images. These students really showed their resilience and most managed to complete a final photo or two despite some technological difficulties.

"I enjoyed choosing the colour scheme for my photos." - Holly

"I really enjoyed creating the background and choosing the location for my photos. I also loved the editing too." - Kaleb

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" I enjoyed hanging out with the photo dog Gritty'" - Tangiwai

"I learnt about leading lines in photography composition." - Rapine

"I enjoyed creating my own composition with the colours." - Kypreece

Congratulations to all the students involved, for their enthusiasm and awesome participation in this intensive creative opportunity. You shone as students who uphold the Kauri values. Ka rawe to mahi!
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Term 3

  • All students and staff will visit High School site
  • Students with more needs will have transition visits

Term 4

  • Hawera New School Staff will transition students in Year 6 and 8 to Camberwell Road site
  • Hawera New School Staff will transition Year 7-10 students into the new school

Query? Questions?

Please contact Neryda or any staff member with any query.

A folder of queries has been set up so these can be addressed.

Please email principal@hi.school.nz or any class teacher.
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Almost time to pack up our library books...

Parents, caregivers and students, PLEASE RETURN ALL LIBRARY BOOKS YOU HAVE AT HOME from Week 6 which starts Monday 22 August. All books must be returned before camp in week 10. All our library books will be packed up and sent to the High School in Term 4.

Thank you for your help in hunting down these books.

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Congratulations HIS students who were selected for the 2022 Ross Brown South squad.

The Ross Brown Tournament is held in Inglewood on Friday 12th to 14th August.

Cohen Robins, Matt Johnston, Tyson Mackay, Xavier Ngeru, Marius Aholelei, Maluapapa Manutai, Ash Jordan, Turi Broughton, Tyler Cooper, Carlo Martin and Cayden Hughes

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In support of the Daffodil Day Cancer Research Appeal Day Hawera Intermediate School is taking orders for daffodil blooms and would appreciate a donation of 50c each or $5.00 per bunch of 10 blooms.

Daffodil orders will be delivered and distributed at school on Thursday 25 August.

Forms sent home with students need to be returned to the school office by Friday 19 August

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Kia ora e te Whānau

Last Thursday we held a whakatau to welcome our middle leaders into the Te Paepae o Aotea family. Each of our new middle leaders came with their families and support people and it was a privilege to meet them all. The focus for our middle leaders this term is on their current roles at their schools, however, it was important for us to welcome them early so they can come to important after school meetings with the Te Paepae o Aotea team throughout term three. One of the first meetings that they will be attending is the ‘School Prospectus Session’ so that they can answer questions our community might have.

As mentioned in our last newsletter, much of our current focus at Te Paepae o Aotea has been the preparation of the prospectus. The prospectus is currently in draft form and we look forward to sharing this information with you during this term.

In the prospectus the following information will be available:

• Principals welcome

• Our school story

• School Values – Te Paepae o Aotea Way

• 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 as well as our feeder schools to hand out a prospectus and enrolment form to all Year 6 and 8 students during Term 3. Enrolment forms can be dropped into our office at 59 Victoria Street (next to Pita Pit) or into their current school office.

Later in the newsletter you will find additional information about our interim uniform for 2023. We have managed to secure a subsidy from the Ministry of Education that will enable us to give each student, 2 x school polo shirts and 1 x school hoodie for no charge, at enrolment. These new items can be paired with current navy shorts, trousers and skirts or with new navy or black shorts, trousers and skirts.

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

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 their day will look like at Te Paepae o Aotea so that they are familiar with expectations and what they are going to do, before they start next year. Staff who are not familiar with our community and students will have the opportunity to form positive learning relationships.

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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 are not yet confirmed but will be from Week 4 onwards. They will 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.

Senior students, subject selection is going to be held later in the year as we need to wait until Term 4 when we have our middle leaders on board. Subject selections will be done 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.

The ‘learning village’ on Bayly Park will accommodate Year 11-13 students. These students will move to the main school site when they need specialist classrooms (eg workshops, labs etc). This means that the Year 7-10 students will be staying on the main site, there will be minor alterations needed to enable this to happen.

We will be publishing a newsletter, like this one, every second Friday to keep you up to date with our progress. If you have not liked our Facebook page please do so as this will give you a good idea of where we are with our planning.

I would like to thank all those in our community that have supported us in so many different ways, we are very appreciative and look forward to continuing this journey with you all.

Ngā mihi

Rachel Williams