Newsletter Week 2 Term 4

Maidstone Intermediate - Te Kura ō Hinepōhatu

28th October 2022

A Word from our Principal

Kia ora e te whānau

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa

The final term has started in a fantastically positive way and we welcome everyone back for the very exciting final nine weeks of the school year. It is a jam-packed term filled with lots of activities. The sad part is that in a few weeks we farewell half of the kura as they move on to college. My hope is that for each Year 8 ākonga (student) and their whanau these will be weeks full of memories.


As the days are getting longer and the sun is scorching in the valley, we know it is time to get out the hats. A friendly reminder that according to our procedures all akonga and kaiako (teachers) are to wear hats when they are outside in Term 4. The only difference from now on is that we are not going to police it. We will be role models and create the expectation. However, we ask that each parent have a discussion with their tamaiti about this. Please find some resources and information on the SunSmart website.

Social media

We started the term with a number of social media bullying issues. Most of these incidents take place in the evenings and it is disappointing that learning has to be halted so kaiako can attend to the issues resulting from this.

I ask each parent: please do not ignore this. It is a serious issue. Talk to your tamaiti, be aware of what they are doing online. But most importantly, have some confirmed expectations about the use of devices. Also, please have a look at the Netsafe toolkit for parents. There is excellent advice here.

Learning Term 4

The learning around the school has been very settled and engaging, and I was fortunate enough to get into some classes last week. I was really pleased to see the engagement of most of the ākonga in their learning. I really want to thank the kaiako for their ongoing effort to be the best for your taimati. It was amazing to see how many of them spent large parts of their holidays at school preparing for Term 4.

Kura news

During the holidays some work was done around the kura (school):

  • We painted Mangaroa rōpū. Suddenly the classrooms at the back now have a new life.

  • Rachel, our gardener, did some planting. This is all part of our aim to create an environment with lots of native planting.

Kaimahi (Staff) news

It is a great pleasure to announce the following appointments:

  • Isaac Hayes, currently AP at Wainuiomata Intermediate, won the Deputy Principal position. He brings lots of experience and passion to the kura. And I know all sport enthusiasts will know what amazing asset he is for the community.

  • We appointed Sophie Hudson as a fixed term Assistant Principal with the main responsibility of looking after a project called “Mahi whai hua ki te akomanga - Effective classroom practice”. The aim of the project is:

  • Ensure the NZ Curriculum is reflected in our School curriculum and embedded in the classroom practice of all kaiako

  • Ensure the Poipoia te Kākano kia Puawai (Nurture the seed and it will blossom) Project is planned for the next three years and embedded schoolwide

Currently the new Senior Leadership team is off site for two days having a hui around the strategic plans for 2023.

Finally, plans are well underway for the transition of our Year 8 students to their respective colleges. If your taimati is not yet enrolled, please contact the school of choice as soon as possible as they will need to organise subject choices and classes.

A lovely weekend to you all.

Ngā mihi

Wikus Swanepoel



He rau ringa e oti ai

Many hands make light work (Helpful to get the kids to help with the dishes)


Ngā mihi koutou.

Thanks heaps for your support with this fundraiser. We are pleased to say we have sold out.

Reminder, Please pick your hāngī orders up from outside the Hall between 3.00pm and 4.30pm Monday 31st October.

Matua Pat

Term 4 - Hats

$18.00 each - hats can be purchased from the school office and NZ Uniforms
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  • Earrings - $10 pair, or 2 for $25
  • Keyrings - $1 and $2
  • Word Art - $10 for Large - $5 for Small
  • Coasters - $10 as set of 4
  • Phone Stand - $3

‘Gumboot Up’ on Friday 4th November!

Wear your gumboots and mufti

Gumboot Friday is an initiative by 2019 New Zealander of the Year, Mike King, and ‘I Am Hope’. They are aiming to raise $2 million for kids who need some mental health support. You can find out more about Gumboot Friday at

We're asking students and teachers to wear gumboots to school in support of Gumboot Friday. Put your gumboots on and bring along a gold coin donation (if you can). All funds raised on the day will help provide free counselling to kids who need it.

Since 2021, kiwis have donated $3.3 million to fund free kids' counselling and at the time of printing, Gumboot Friday has funded 20,481 counselling sessions, helping 9,376 kiwi kids. This year the goal is to raise $2 million.

100% of your money goes directly where it's needed: to kids getting the help and support they need when they need it most.

Please support us and encourage your children to wear their gumboots and bring a gold coin on Friday 4th November.

Students may wear mufti with their gumboots and we will have some fun and competition on the day with a gumboot throwing competition.

Thank you all for your support.

Tips for Whānau - Ākonga in the Cyber World

The 5 questions every digital parent needs to ask - and answer

Cyberbullying, child predators, online porn, privacy concerns, distraction from study … the list of risks is long and scary. It’s no wonder so many parents are concerned, yet feel helpless. Where do you even begin?

The answer, thankfully, doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, it can start right here and now with five simple questions:

Do I know what apps and games my child is using?

Do I know when my child is online?

Do I know where my child uses screens?

Do I know who is able to contact my child online?

Do I know how parental controls can help?

Do I know what apps and games my child is using?

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Kei te pēhea koe? - How are you?

Kei te pai au - How are you?

Kei te koa au - I am happy

Kei te hiamoe au - I am sleepy


hiamoe - Sleepy

hiakai - hungry

pai - good

pōuri - sad

riri - angry

koa - happy

Te angitu o nga akonga (Student success)

Congratulations to the following ākonga:

Ary - Rm 5

Ella - Rm 5

Praise - Rm 17

Prisseis - Rm 6

They all participated and performed well in the Interregional cross country in Nelson

Bair - Rm 6

He came 2nd in a U/13 reps basketball tournament in Napier

Pākuratahi Whirinaki Whare Taonga Trips

Pākuratahi Rōpū visited Whirinaki Whare Taonga as part of our Aotearoa NZ History inquiry last term. The focus of the visit was the ‘Upper Hutt in Black and White exhibition’ which showed the people and places of Upper Hutt through black and white photography. Ākonga were asked to ‘read’ photos and consider the changes that have occurred in Upper Hutt over the decades. After viewing the exhibition, each ākonga created an ink blot painting using a photograph as inspiration. A big thank you to the adults who came along to help us on the excursion!

William Pike H20 Visit

On Thursday 20 October, William Pike students went to H20 to test their swimming abilities; before we do the white water rafting trip. We got to the pool and had a swimming race. We had two races. One team, and one solo. We then swam some laps. After the races it was a free swim. After that we were able to jump off the life guards’ spot. We got out of the pool and got changed. We headed back to school and even got frozen Cokes from Burger King. It was so much fun!

By Cody M

Community Notices

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Summerset at the Course is holding a Market Day on Saturday 26th November from 9.20am to 12.30pm. We will have lots of: white elephant items, cake, cards and Christmas stalls, clothing and shoes, homemade chocolate, plants, ice creams, dolls, Christmas gifts and name the doll and hamper raffles, books, puzzles and DVDs, homemade boxes into houses and sewing items.

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