TNIS Panui Wiki 11, Wā Kura 1 2022

Te Kura Waenga Whakangungu O Takapuna

Important Dates

Term 1

Week 11

11/04 - EOTC: Tōtara Team, Lake Pupuke and in-school

12/04 - EOTC: Tōtara Team, Lake Pupuke and in-school

13/04 - Whānau Hui, 6pm (POSTPONED TO TUESDAY 17 MAY)

Term 2

Week 1

04/05 - Goal Setting Conversations ONLINE, 3:30pm - 8:30pm

Week 2

10/05 - Meet the Principal, 6pm (onsite)


Week 3

17/05 - Whānau Hui, 6pm

19/05 - Meet the Principal, 7pm (online)

20/05 - Pink Shirt Day

Week 5

01/06 - Fono, 6pm

Term Dates 2022

Term One

Tuesday 1 February - Thursday 14 April

Term Two

Monday 2 May - Friday 8 July

Term Three

Monday 25 July - Friday 30 September

Term Four

Monday 17 October - Thursday 15 December

Teacher Only Days

  • Friday 3 June
  • Monday 29 August
  • Tuesday 30 August

Tumuaki Kōrero

Kia ora e te whānau,

Despite Covid challenges, our learners have experienced a positive start to the school year focusing on their learning and enjoying challenges both inside and outside of the classroom. The Goal Setting conversations in Week 1 of next term are a good opportunity for you to hear about your child’s learning aspirations and, with their kaiako (teacher), plan ways that you can support them. Please book your meeting using the link further on in this newsletter.

Our EOTC days have been highly successful and I would like to thank all of our wonderful parent and whānau volunteers for giving their time and energy to ensure that these days could go ahead. We have been very lucky with the weather as all teams have managed to complete all of their activities. Learner feedback has been very positive and a highlight of their term.

Back in the classroom, our Primary Years Programme has provided some great opportunities for discussion and discovery for our learners. In particular, the topic of puberty and the cow eye dissections have been highly engaging. More about our next Unit of Inquiry can be found in this newsletter, along with a report from our “Rimu Roving Reporters.”

Our updated Covid Health and Safety Plan will be available at the start of Term 2. We are still in the process of reviewing and updating our current plan. We want to ensure that we incorporate all the elements that reflect the Ministry advice and guidelines we have received over the past few weeks and will receive this week.

Sandy Harford and I would like to thank our TNIS whānau, kaiāko (teachers), support staff, ākonga (learners), parents and the wider community for their support over this past term. Your patience and understanding as we have navigated through the challenges that Omicron has given us has been greatly appreciated.

Finally, this is my last “Tumuaki Kōrero” as Acting Principal. TNIS staff are very much looking forward to welcoming Zane Wilson, our new Tumuaki (Principal) on the first day of next term. Our Board of Trustees are organising two events for you to meet Zane in person and online. Please see the information about registering for these events below.

Noho pai, tiaki i a koutou ano (stay well and look after yourselves),

Kate Surgison

Acting Principal

Meet Our New Principal - Zane Wilson

Dear Parents, Caregivers in the TNIS community,

The Board of Trustees would like to personally invite you to attend a special event to meet our new Principal, Zane Wilson.

Zane is excited to begin his engagement with the wider school community when he arrives in Term 2, so we have scheduled two events.

There will be an in-person wine and cheese evening (operating within Covid19 health guidelines) at 6pm on Tuesday 10th May, and an online event for those who feel more comfortable meeting remotely at 7pm on Thursday 19th May.

Please REGISTER NOW to secure your place.

This is YOUR opportunity to meet Zane and hear what attracted him to the school, his background and his vision for our school in the years ahead.

Please do not miss this unique opportunity to meet Zane as a new chapter begins at Takapuna Normal Intermediate School.

To ensure that we prioritise any topics or questions you may have, please feel free to list questions as you register your attendance.

Ngā mihi,

TNIS Board of Trustees


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Hiranga - Excellence

We can strive for hiranga by reflecting on the term and looking for ways to improve.
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Kotahitanga - Reflective Practice

Reflecting on this past term so that we can head into the new term with strategies to be even better.

Assembly Week 11

Assembly Week 11, Term 1 2022

Assembly Week 10

Assembly Week 10, Term 1 2022


Primary Years Programme

Unit of Inquiry - Who We Are - Update, Term 1, 2022

Over the past two weeks, learners have been involved in a provocation for our new Unit of Inquiry - Who We Are. A provocation is an experience that aims to ignite learners’ interests and create excitement and engagement for the inquiry we are about to embark on. Our latest inquiry centres around the ‘human body’ and ‘what it means to be human’. Our provocation this time round has been “cow eye dissections”. Learners were able to dissect a cow's eye, look at the anatomy of the eye and learn about the functions of each part including the iris, pupil, retina and optic nerve. It was definitely a "bit gross" for some but it was great to see so many learners being risk-takers and getting stuck in even when they were hesitant at first. Lots of new wonders and thoughts have come as a result of this provocation; who knows where they will lead to!

Rimu Roving Reporters - PYP Update

Hello TNIS community. We are the Rimu Roving Reporters. Our first Unit Of Inquiry (UOI) this year was, How We Express Ourselves. The Central Idea that helped focus and supports our learning was, “Cultures, beliefs, and values are shared across generations." In this topic, we learned about how our history has shaped who we are, how New Zealand heritage has evolved, and how cultures and Kiwiana stereotypes have given us a New Zealand identity.

Causation, Change, and Perspective were the three concepts that gave our inquiry direction and challenged us to question and think more deeply.

Focusing on the Causation concept, helped us see how our traditions, cultures, and history, influence our present identity. Different cultures impact our values and actions. Families' histories often created traditions that are adapted throughout generations. All of these factors add up to our identity

The Change concept led us to learn how Aotearoa New Zealand’s bi-cultural heritage has evolved and how many different cultures from around the world have blended to create a diverse country. After hunting through our personal and NZ history, we felt that maybe new Kiwiana symbols should now replace the old ones as our identity is changing.

Through discussing the perspective and traditions with our grandparents and parents, we learned that Kiwiana gives us a feeling of who we are. Some people think of Kiwis based on stereotypes. To reflect what New Zealand truly is today, Kiwiana should be common to us all. How we view ourselves is important, and old stereotypes don't reflect Aotearoa New Zealand or our identity.

Rimu Roving Reporters - Harry Smith, Eva Makarova-Paton, Joesph Lee

Summative Task

Our Kiwiana project represented the overall changes of Kiwiana over generations. Our idea was to symbolise Kiwiana by showing it as a bridge that needs to be repaired every generation or two. As new cultures came to New Zealand the Kiwiana became outdated and change was required to fix the bridge with new Kiwiana. We created our animation using Scratch to show our learning that cultures can mix and merge easily to express their traditions to make and shape our New Zealand identity.

Ryan Lapuste and Archie McPherson

Summative Task

To pass on our message we created a Tukutuku which is Maori weaving that is used in Maraes to tell stories of past generations. We weaved in our personal cultures and heritages to form combined values and how they have shaped our identities alongside the Maori cultural patterns to represent us all being ‘kiwis’. The middle of our Tukutuku pattern showed our perspective of NZ’s changing identity through expressing our 2022 Kiwiana icons.

Charlotte Smith & Sia Patel

Goal Setting Conversations - Wednesday 4 May

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On Wednesday evening of the first week of Term 2, you will have the opportunity to join your child and their kaiako (teacher) in an online Goal Setting Conversation.

For Learners, Goal Setting Conversations are for:

  • hearing about strengths and gaps in learning and sharing these with parents/caregivers

  • identifying and sharing learning goals with parents/caregivers

  • discussing how successfully the learner is meeting the TNIS expectations (e.g.homework, key competencies and PYP Learner Attributes)

For Parents and Caregivers, Goal Setting Conversations are for:

  • accessing and discussing information about the child’s strengths and gaps, with parents and caregivers

  • accessing and discussing learning goals

  • accessing and discussing information relating to TNIS expectations (e.g.homework, key competencies and PYP Learner Attributes)

Please follow this link and use this code: 5ww25 to make your booking.

The online meeting link will be shared by your child's teacher on Thursday this week.

Kaiako and ākonga (learners) are looking forward to sharing their learning aspirations with you.


Staff Farewells

We are sad to farewell three of our valued teacher assistants, Andrea Barber, Mel Gardiner and Helen Reed. They have provided fantastic support to our kaiako and ākonga in the classrooms as well as looking after learners' safety in the playground.

We thank them for their mahi and commitment to our kura and wish them every success in their new ventures.

Uniform Update

Next term we are hoping to be at Orange setting. If this is the case, learners will need to wear their full school uniform to and from school. At Orange, they will change into and out of their PE uniform at school. We would appreciate your support in helping learners to adjust to the full school uniform requirements.

The uniform guidelines are set out below and are also available on our school website.

School Uniform Guidelines:

Learners ensure that they:
- wear their uniform correctly and with pride.
- bring their PE uniform to school for PE, Fitness and sports practices.
- wear shoes that are plain black - any logos must be black (not white or any other colour).

- All black trainers with white soles are acceptable.
- wear navy blue or black socks (no other colours). These can be any length.
- wear the TNIS school jacket during the school day but have the option to wear their own jacket to and from school (not non-uniform sweatshirts or hoodies).
- wear their full school uniform to and from school each day.
- always tie their shoulder-length or longer hair up.
- wear small plain earrings if they wish. Other jewellery of religious or cultural significance is allowed on a case-by-case basis with the permission of a Deputy Principal.
- wear the navy school bucket hat or cap every time they go outside in Term 1 and Term 4. (No other hats please).

TNIS Wellbeing Parent Portal - Week 11 UPDATE

Please click on the picture below to explore our Wellbeing Parent Portal for tips on how to support your child's wellbeing. Click on the "Parent Portal" link at the top right of the Home page. This portal is updated fortnightly, so please return to the site every couple of weeks for new tips.


Arrival and Leaving School Grounds

Ideally, learners should arrive at school no earlier than 8am and by 8:30am. They must leave the school grounds by 3:15pm unless they are taking part in an extra-curricular activity. Staff are unable to provide supervision for learners before 8am or after 3:15pm.

Boostrix and HPV Immunisartons

Parent and Learner Information

If you haven't done so already, please click on the link below and take some time to go through our Learner and Parent Information handbook with your child. There is useful information about our school including TNIS expectations.

Highest Needs Review - Public Consultation

The Ministry of Education (MOE) is reviewing support for children and young people with the highest level of learning support need.

The vision for the Highest Needs Review is that children and young people with the highest learning support needs get the right support, at the right time, for as long as they need it.

The MOE would like to hear from a range of people to support the development of options and solutions to address barriers to education experienced by children and young people with the highest needs. These people include:

  • Families, children and young people
  • Whānau, hapū and iwi Māori
  • Educators and support workers from early childhood to secondary settings and across English and Māori mediums, alternative, and specialist settings
  • Peak bodies, advocacy groups, parent/caregiver groups, community groups and non-government organisations
  • Professionals and specialists working in a range of settings including education, health, disability, and Oranga Tamariki settings
  • Ministry of Education National and Regional Office teams

For further information, please follow the Highest Needs Review link embedded below.

To make a submission, please go to this webpage.

Itinerant Music Lessons

2021 ICAS Results and Certificates - REMINDER

The certificates and login details for the Science and Maths assessments from 2021 are being kept at the school office for collection until the end of Term 1. Any certificates that are unclaimed will be destroyed after that.

Any queries about the Science and Mathematics results must be made directly to ICAS.

Phone: 0800 440 904


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Please note that the U shop is open for two days in the second week of the school holidays:

Thursday, 28th April: 3.00pm – 6.00pm

Saturday, 30th April: 10.00am – 2.00pm

We’re a TaxGift school: TaxGift grows your donation!

We’re excited to announce a new partnership between Kindo and TaxGift, which you’ll see when

you donate to us next year.

With TaxGift, your gift grows at no cost to you with the gift of your donation tax credit. By choosing to TaxGift your tax credit when you next donate via myKindo, you will be supporting us even further at absolutely no cost to you. It’s the easiest gift you’ll ever give us: simply TaxGift us your donation tax credits on your gifts to us from this year forward. It takes less than a minute to opt in, then the friendly folks at TaxGift and myKindo will work together to make it happen.

Haven’t claimed donation tax credits before? Gift them to us! If you haven’t claimed your donation tax credits on your gifts to us in the last four years, you can donate them to us with a simple tick of the historic tax credits box in the TaxGift form.

School Fundraising


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Hearts and Minds - Parenting Tweens & Teens Through Stress & Anxiety

Hearts and Minds warmly invites you to join their upcoming Zoom group for Parents of Tweens and Teens (aged 11-18).

For full details please refer to the flyer below.

Dates: Thursdays (4 sessions) March - 10, 17, 24, 31

Time: 7:30pm-9:00pm

Venue: Online (Zoom)

Cost: Free (no referral required). Note: For parents residing in Auckland and

North Shore area.

Facilitator: Tillie Lima (Bachelor of Counselling, Diploma in Business & Counselling)

To register or for more information please reply to:

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