NEWSLETTER 11 November 2020

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Kia ora koutou

What blustery and stormy days we have had over the week, here's hoping our School Athletics Day on Friday will see better weather.

Today I am in New Plymouth with a group of students who are participating in the Blue Light Police Physical Team Challenge where Hawera Intermediate compete with 20 other schools across the province. It promises to be a day full of fun.

Student Councillors and some staff head to the RSA today to lay a wreath in remembrance of Armistice Day.

Tomorrow we welcome a number of Year 6 students to school as part of our transition programme for 2021 enrolments. If you know of any student entering Hawera Intermediate next year who has not yet enrolled please encourage them to do so. Thank you.

Looking ahead, in December we have day trips planned for our students.

Unfortunately our noho at Pariroa Marae will not proceed. Covid initially interrupted this, subsequent date changes, our new integrated direction focused on the "Economy" and difficulty gaining parental help meant we have to now cancel this.

Refunds will be forwarded in cash on Monday to those families who have already contributed to the cost.

Once again we have had a number of students shine over a number of different disciplines. Congratulations to you all.

Ngā mihi nui

Neryda Sullivan


See you later alligator...

There is a legend at HIS of a staff member who had only worked for one day before the school was gutted by fire back in 2015. Only it isn't a legend, it was our own Office Support person Nic Parkinson who began her time with us under the most trying circumstances. So it is with sad hearts that we say farewell to Nic and wish her the very best as she moves onwards and upwards in education taking on a new position at one of Hawera's local schools. Good luck Nic and we hope you have a better start at your new job.


After four terrible years, fighting in the First World War finally ended with the signing of an armistice between Germany and the Allies on 11 November 1918. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the guns fell silent. New Zealanders celebrated enthusiastically, despite having recently celebrated the surrenders of the three other Central Powers – Bulgaria, Turkey and Austria-Hungary – and the premature news of an armistice with Germany.

Today our students remembered.

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In December we will be visiting the Aotea Utanganui Museum in Patea and Library to consolidate our learning around Nga Marae.

Tangahoe Whanau visit on 2 December (Rooms 7, 8, 9, 10)

Waihi Whanau on 3 December (Rooms 6, 11, 12),

and Ohawe Whanau on 4 December (Rooms 1, 2, 5)

There will be no cost to students.

Students will need a packed lunch, drink bottle, sunhat and full school uniform for the trip.

We're Farming Worms!

Our school seems to always have an issue with rubbish blowing around the grounds so I was really happy when the Enviro group gave us a chance to work on improving the system. Anna Li, Ayla Bond, Carly Meynell, Victory Paraha and I, Maddison Officer got straight to work alongside Whaea Emily to plan how this could be done. We thought about signs for rubbish bins to a competition for the cleanest class then finally a worm farm, which clearly stood out compared with other ideas we had brainstormed. To get this done we had to ask ourselves how we could introduce a whole new system into our school and where would we get the resources to do this. Luckily after we sent a letter to Bunnings asking for sponsorship they provided us with buckets for every class then we used some money we raised from selling citrus fruit to buy some plants, snail bait and soil. After an afternoon of gardening we had our garden. The next step for us was to now get a worm farm, we didn't have to look any further than the POD where one was stored. Lastly, Zoe and Amber from Room 12 created signs for all the buckets and Whaea Emily bought us some tiger worms which are now thriving in their new home at H.I.S. I still can't believe it! I mean a few months ago this was simply an idea I suggested but now it's real all thanks to teamwork and commitment, and a special BIG thanks to Bunnings Hawera.

Maddi :Room 1

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Showquest Students visit New Plymouth

Last Friday 30 students went to New Plymouth. It was a fun day that was filled with lots of activities, all Performing Arts related. The day was a reward for all the students who helped with Showquest, a dance and acting competition that Hawera Intermediate took part in in September.

Our day started with a visit to the Len Lye Centre where we played with ribbons and learnt all about animation and how colour is incorporated. After that we went to the theatre to watch the one man act ‘Trolls’. It was very different, using a unique type of humour and lots of electronics. Once that finished we had lunch outside of Puke Ariki and watched the ducks we named Jimmy, Daisy, David and Donald race. Finally to end our trip we learnt about weaving and Maori history and how flax was used for all types of things like fishing, bags, and Kapahaka. That ended around 2pm and we boarded our bus and headed back to school.

Julia: Room 12
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Work continues on our Float entry...

We would love some parent support to assist in assembling the float on Friday 20 November 1-3pm!

Please let Dizzy in the office know if you can help us- thank you!

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Hawera Intermediate will be in "The School Village Green" at the Show

Do visit our tent at the School Village Green, in front of the Edna Wills Hall!

As part of our economy unit, students have followed a design process and created prototypes of products they might like to promote and sell.

Next week we have an external facilitator whom groups of students will pitch their wares to in the hope of securing a place within our show tent.

Students are hoping that people will rate their product by telling them if they work well and some might even make some money via their business!

In our Village Tent we have a very enticing Christmas Raffle and Grocery Raffle, plus we will be running a Silent Auction around donated products from local businesses.

We hope to make lots of money with proceeds going towards assisting offsetting Camp Costs in 2021.

Make sure you visit our tent and bring along lots of friends and family. See you there!

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Weather permitting we will be holding our annual school athletics this Friday these will be held at school. All parents and caregivers are welcome.
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Lions Junior Speech Maker Competition

Congratulations to our three school representatives who spoke at the community centre recently as part of the Lions Junior Speech maker Competition, an event that has been running since 1949. With speakers from as far afield as Palmerston North to Taihape the range of topics were varied and well presented to a large enthusiastic audience. All contestants shared their prepared 3 minutes speeches followed by a 1 minute impromptu selected by the judges.

We are so excited to congratulate our very own Liesa Hostadler from Room 12 who was awarded the over all winner with her speech on Teen Suicide.

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What an amazing result for our school at the Rippa Rugby Competition held last Thursday.

Our mixed team won the quarter finals, then lost the semi finals by 1 point against Puketapu School, placing them 3rd equal out of 40 teams. Our Girls' team played Stratford School in the finals and won. There were 21 teams in their grade. The boys played St Josephs, Hawera in the finals and won. There were 21 teams in their grade.

All students were outstanding and we would like to thank Mrs Crawford, Shaun Fowler and Makaia for taking the teams and looking after them for the day.



Congratulations to all our students who participated at the Cheerleading National Competition in Auckland recently. It's so exciting to hear that our students are doing well following their passions. A special mention to Rhiaana Thompson, Carly Meynell and Annja Petersen who received third place on both Saturday and Sunday, and Brooke MacDonald who achieved fourth place in her events. An outstanding effort girls, we are very proud of you!
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save the date

  • Friday 13 November - School Athletics

  • Friday 20 November - We're at the Show - A&P Showgrounds from 12-8pm

  • Tuesday 24 November - Intermediate Schools Athletics

  • Wednesday 2 December - Tangahoe Whanau visit Patea's Aotea Utanganui Museum

  • Thursday 3 December - Waihi Whanau visit Patea's Aotea Utanganui Museum

  • Friday 4 December - Ohawe Whanau visit Patea's Aotea Utanganui Museum

  • Wednesday 9 December Home School Partnership Meeting

  • Thursday 10 December Home School Partnership Meetings

  • Tuesday 15 December - Service Assembly 9.30-11 at the AOG Church
  • Year 8 Formal 7pm at the AOG Church then 8-10 at the RSA

  • Wednesday 16 December - Formal Assembly 10-12 at AOG Church
  • Term 4 2020 School Year Ends at 1pm
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