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Kia ora koutou

What amazing weather to come back to during Week 1 of Term 2. Long may this last!

Also pleasing is the number of students who have returned after the holiday break.

Today we have 13% of our school roll not at school, all explained, 24 students have Covid.

It certainly is nice roving the school and seeing full classrooms.

Another busy term is upon us, on Friday, reports are distributed with follow up Home School Partnership meetings taking place next week on Wednesday and Thursday.

Winter sporting exchanges are also peppered through the term and next week our School Councillors head to a leadership event in New Plymouth.

This term we have a Marae Noho for the whole school taking place and school trips up the mountain are scheduled- we have lots happening.

Meetings continue re: Hawera New School. Staff met with the Principal and Senior Leadership team yesterday afternoon to understand the staffing structure and timing of advertising of positions.

Support Staff have meetings in two weeks time.

Next week I have meetings with the Ministry re: our forthcoming closure and transitional functionality. Students will always be at the centre of all discussion and we aim to make this as smooth as possible for all involved.

Ngā mihi nui

Neryda Sullivan


School Photos

With great weather on Tuesday school photos were able to go ahead as planned.

Please read the attached flyer with regards to ordering your child's classroom photo.

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Camp groups have been established and students issued job cards so they can earn their money. There are several ways to pay, either at the counter, by eftpos or cash, or internet banking. You must put your child's name as reference if internet banking, to ensure payments can be accurately coded. You are welcome to make automatic payments. If you were to start soon you could pay $15.00 per week and be all finished well before camp week - again with your child's name as reference.

Attached is the booklet with what the focus is for each camp in case your child has forgotten why they chose that one. It has information about costs and dates etc in it as well as Camp Leader details so you can directly make contact. There will also be some fundraising happening to help fund the camps - more information as events arise.

The other essential part of a great camp is WHANAU SUPPORT - every camp needs some adults to help with the fun. You will need to be Police vetted so if you are keen please let Camp Leaders know and they will send you the forms. If we end up with too many we will need to hold a ballot.

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Our Inquiry 'Change is the only Constant' continues this term. Our big question for the term is 'How has life changed in New Zealand over the years?' Our whakatauki we are considering is Me tiro whakamuri, kia anga whakamua. We look backwards to move forwards into the future’. Students will have watched some videos this week as we think about migration and population growth and change over time. An example- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTJfCRECjok

We are looking way back to the time where our country was discovered, then looking forward to our time where we thrive in a multicultural, ever growing, ever changing way. We will inquire into the meaning, roles and responsibilities of tangata whenua, and of all of us as citizens, and the foundation laid for us, over history.

This week students are'TunIng In' to the Inquiry - our most important part as we think about ourselves and our cultural heritage, the ancestors who stand behind us, the whanau who stand beside us, and the world that lies before us. We then start 'Finding Out and Sorting Out' where we will learn about the journeys and arrival of all our ancestors and how the New Zealand/Aotearoa we know has evolved. Very exciting times....

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to Kylie Surgenor and Nic Parkinson who have both secured new jobs...

Kylie heads off on the 16th May to take up her new position as Leader of Learning- Junior Curriculum, Hawera New School. We thank her for her work not only as class teacher but for her work in the Relationship Based learning space and Curriculum and Assessment here at Hawera Intermediate. Our loss is certainly the New School's gain - congratulations Kylie!

Nic leaves us on May 27th to take up the role as Office Administrator at Kakaramea School. Nic's bubbly personality and proficiency in her position will be missed- Kakaramea School is lucky to have her.

Richard Baylis has moved from his Performing Arts role to become class teacher for Room 9, Mallory Williamson is covering most of Richard's class in Performing Arts.

Nic's office position is advertised in today's newsletter and also in the Hawera Star for anyone who might like to take on this role until the end of year.

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Office Administrator Fixed Term Position, 2022 Year

We are looking for a welcoming, front of desk Office Administrator to join our team, starting on Monday 30th May or by negotiation. The role is 20 hours per week, Monday - Friday 8.30am - 12.30pm, term time only unless by arrangement.

Please email principal@hi.school.nz for a job description.

Applications close noon on Monday 16th May 2022.

To apply please send through your CV, including 2 referees and a cover letter to:

The Principal Neryda Sullivan


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Home/School Partnership meetings will be taking place next week, Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 May. Forms have been sent home with all students for you to book a time to come and visit classrooms and teachers.

We look forward to meeting with you then.

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Please note that all advertised school events are subject to COVID Framework conditions at the time of the event

  • Friday 6th - Reports go home
  • Wednesday 11th - Home/School Partnership Meetings
  • Thursday 12th - Home/School Partnership Meetings
  • Monday 16th - Board Of Trustees Meeting, 5pm
  • Friday 20th - Pink Shirt Day
  • Thursday 2nd - Winter Sports Exchange
  • Friday 10th - Teacher Only Day
  • Friday 24th - Matariki Holiday - School Closed
  • Monday 27th - Thursday 30th - Marae Noho
  • Friday July 1st - Winter Sports Exchange
  • Friday 8th July - Term 2 End
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