BIS Newsletter Week 3 Term 2

Friday 21st May 2021

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Kia Ora Everyone,

Our week has ended with the whole school dressing up in pink clothing to show their awareness of bullying and the impact it has on people. We have spent the week focussing on ways to ensure that we have a bully-free environment. This is a key component of our school vision - ensuring that quality education happens in a caring environment.

As a school we have talked about how we can show care for self by keeping ourselves away from bullies and by seeking help if needed. Care for others means that we are not bystanders and we look out for others and make sure our behaviour is not the behaviour of a bully.

Bullying is any behaviour that is repetitive and makes someone feel unsafe. In recent years, the incidences of online bullying has increased and this is a place where we can be vulnerable. When we talk about a safe environment, it is the physical and digital environment. Our goal is for a bully-free environment where everyone feels safe and has a sense of belonging. This includes our wider community of whānau and friends. A bully-free Aotearoa is the ultimate goal.

I do feel very proud of the community we live in. Our students are excellent role models who demonstrate care for self, care for others and care for the environment. It is not just on Pink Shirt Day that we see this ethic of care. It is part of our kaupapa and it is visible in all aspects of our kura.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Ngā mihi nui,

JoAnne Sutton

Coaches Needed

We have 2 rugby zone days that will be happening this term. In week 5 a girls rugby team will participate in the Intermediate Schools Zone Day and in week 8, it will be the boys team playing. We would love to have some enthusiastic helpers who know something about rugby to come in and help out with the coaching of these teams - either after school, before school or during a lunch break. If you can offer some assistance, please email our PE leader, Rachel Young on

Year 8 Camp

Have you set up automatic payments for the year 8 camp? We want all students to be able to attend and we know that cost can be a barrier. If you set up an automatic payment this week then you will be able to pay it off before term 4 for just $15 per week.

Camp is an amazing experience for our students and gives them the chance to participate in a range of outdoor activities that are challenging. Students learn valuable life skills through managed risk taking while having lots of fun at the same time.

Please set up your automatic payment using your child's name as the reference and the words Y8Camp.

BIS Bank account - 12 3035-0413925-01

School Disco Next Week

Our students love to socialise so next Thursday 27 May our student council is hosting a school disco. The theme is the 80s and they would like students to dress up and get ready to party like it's 1985! We will have glow sticks, fluro gears and treats for sale on the night.

Tickets are $5 with a permission slip. Students must be picked up from the hall at 9pm.

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Pasifika Fono and Feasting for a Fale 3 June at 6.30pm

We are so fortunate to live in a multicultural community and have so many cultures represented at our kura. In 2019, our fono with Pasikifa parents identified several things that we could do to improve the learning experiences for our Pasifika students. We have included many of these ideas in our annual plans and have implemented several. Our big plan is to build an outdoor classroom environment in the form of a fale. We want to start this project by collecting community voice around design, fundraising and location.

Please join us for a fono on Thursday 3 June at 6.30pm. We would like this to be an informal get together and encourage you to bring a plate of food to share with others. Children welcome too - we want all voices involved in this project.

Stationery and Uniforms

As part of our pandemic planning we made a decision that students needed to have their own stationery and school equipment to reduce the amount of contact between students. Several students have lost their pens, pencils, etc and are regularly turning up to classes without the correct equipment. Managing Self is one of the key competencies and we are encouraging our students to be well prepared each day with correct uniform, correct stationery, PE gear and lunches. These should all be clearly named. Could you please prioritise this as a weekend task to ensure that your child has everything they need for school and that it is named.

Vape Free

All schools are smoke free and vape free. We are placing signs around the school to ensure that this message is clear to anyone entering the school grounds.

It is illegal for any student to have cigarettes or vaping equipment in their possession. It is harmful for students to smoke or vape.

For these reasons, we will treat any smoking or vaping at school very seriously. We thank you for your support in promoting a smoke free and vape free environment.

Communication Home

We email home a school newsletter every fortnight. The purpose of this newsletter is to keep our community informed of what is happening at our school.

Please ensure we have an up-to-date email address, download our BIS School App, like our Facebook page and check our website regularly for more detailed information about what is happening at BIS.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday 25th May - APPA Choir Rehearsal at Chelsea Primary School

Thursday 27th May - School Social

Friday 28 May - APPA Choir performing at Kauri Park

Monday 31st May - NSIS Y7 Girls Football Zone Day

Tuesday 1st June - NSIS Y8 Girls Football Zone Day

Thursday 3rd June - NSIS Girls Rugby Zone Day, Pasifika Fono 6.30 pm,

Friday 4th June - Teacher Only Day, School is closed

Monday 7th June - Queen's Birthday Weekend, School is closed

Wednesday 9th June - NSIS Boys Hockey Zone Day

Thursday 10th June - NSIS Girls Hockey Zone Day

Thursday 15th June - BOT Meeting

Thursday 8th July - Parent-Teacher Conferences. Students finish at 1.15 pm.

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