NEWSLETTER 16 September 2020

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Kia ora koutou

The weeks fly by and as always are action packed!

Hawera Intermediate is full of talented students in all spheres.

This week we congratulate those students who were selected in the Ross Brown South team for rugby. They are Aiden Mason, Angus Campbell, Cody McPhail, Cody Fabish, George Le Quesne, Harlem Gray, Luca Katene, Ranginui Cuthbert, Taene Nelley, Zion Katene and Tayne Rowlands-Katene.

Congratulations is extended to all participants in our school cross country who amazed me with their stamina in completing the distance and a further congratulations to those who now go on to participate in the Taranaki Cross Country next Thursday.

Accolades are forwarded to our Stage Challenge group of students who with creativity and dance have entered the on-line challenge. Thanks to Karianne Michalski Treanor and Richard Baylis who have supported students in this realm.

Shakaia Tantrum has received a fabulous accolade this week - read all about her success later in the newsletter.

And to all speechmakers across the school, well done to you all, we look forward to hearing top finalists next term.

Friday morning tea will see all students who have been awarded positive rewards enjoying morning tea with the Principal! I'll have to get baking......, I'm looking forward to spending time with you all!

Thank you to all for supporting our Teacher Only afternoon last Thursday to enable our staff to work with our Curriculum Adviser- we have an exciting Term 4 planned.

This will be the last newsletter for the term, enjoy a restful holiday break and for those heading away safe travels. Term 4 resumes again on October 12th.

Ngā mihi nui

Neryda Sullivan

Acting Principal

Staffing Farewells and Class Movement

Last week we farewelled Chelsea Andrew who is due to have her baby any day!

We thank Chelsea for filling in as a release teacher. Thank you for your flexibility, we have certainly enjoyed working with you and wish you well with your new family into the future.

Next Friday we will also be farewelling Nicole Forbes, Room 8 teacher. We thank Nicole for her support of Hawera Intermediate and students in her care and wish her well into the future.

Nicole's position is currently advertised and we hope to have a teacher appointed by the end of term.

To support a new teacher coming in to our school and to ensure continuity of class programmes and culture, "the way we do things around here", Room 8 students will physically move into Room 9 and be supported in our co-teaching space. Rm 9 students will move into the single cell space in Room 8. This shift will take place next Friday.

Further information regarding this move will come home next week via affected students.

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Taranaki Cross Country

Many of you may be wondering if this event will be held this year. Although it would be lovely to be able to have this event we can only do so if we are in Level 1.

Taranaki Cross Country is scheduled to be held at the Egmont A & P Showgrounds on WEDNESDAY 23rd SEPTEMBER.

The first race for our students starts at 12pm so we will need to leave school by 11.15am at the latest. Students will walk down together and you are welcome to meet up with us there. We will return back to school before 3pm, you are welcome to take your child home with you from the showgrounds but please inform the accompanying teacher.

Students will need to wear full and correct PE gear and carry with them a water bottle and whatever food they need. Please note that the school is paying the entry fee.


Don’t eat anything too heavy too soon before your race * Save fizzy drinks for home * Wear comfortable clothing, preferably shorts and singlet or t shirt, nothing too baggy * If wearing shoes remember to double tie the laces * If asthmatic remember to run with your inhaler * Remember you are there to enjoy it.

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Classes are now

enjoying listening to a variety of topics, as students present their speeches for 2020.

Students had free choice for their topic as long as it was written to persuade, inform or entertain.

Whanau finals will be completed by the end of the week, with winners competing in the school finals early next term.

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This term classes have enjoyed using the inquiry process with their focus on our local marae. This term's topic - Ngaa Marae, Ngaa Taonga - Our marae our treasure. Students have learned about what marae are, why they are where they are, what we do and do not do on a marae and so much more. Whanau are rounding off their study with hand made presentations. This has been a great opportunity for our students to continue learning about our local history and celebrating the bi-cultural identity of New Zealand.

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Bryce Jourdain Scholarship Winner!

Congratulations to Shakaia Tantrum who has won the Bryce Jourdain Scholarship which will allow her to attend a week long leadership adventure at TSB TOPEC early next term. We are so proud that one of our students was chosen out of the many applicants from throughout Taranaki. When applying for the scholarship students were required to write a letter outlining their achievements and interests. A part of Shakaia's letter reads...

"I have been involved in lots of sport and outdoor activities ranging from hiking, fun-runs, netball, touch, football, and swimming. I love the outdoors especially the Taranaki bush, either hunting or going for a family hike. The longest I've spent out in the bush is 3 nights roughing it out. I love walking and hunting the Matemateaonga track. Altogether it's a trek of a little over 42kms. We also have a family batch at Taupo lake. We have kayaks there and always go kayaking.

This year I am playing for the top netball team in our school and have represented the school at various inter school sporting outings. I am competitive, but fair. My ultimate goal is to be a New Zealand Silver Fern."

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CONGRATULATIONS to all classes for your participation and team spirit during our class morning tea netball challenge.

1st Place - Room 10 (16 points)
2nd Place - Room 8 (15 points)
3rd Place - Room 5 (13 points)
4th Place - Room 2 (12 points)

Inter class Rippa Rugby is now being held during lunch breaks, with the top class representing us at the Taranaki competition next term.


As we approach the end of the term, we continue to have a number of un-named uniform items sitting in our 'lost property.' If your child is missing part of their uniform, please make sure that you encourage them to look through the large collection at school. Anything left at the end of the year will be washed and given to the local Opportunity Shops for re-sale.

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Children at Higher Risk of Severe Illness

Children are encouraged to take additional precautions when leaving home. Parents, caregivers and students will need to work with the school to develop a plan to manage a safe return to school. Distance learning will continue to be available to those who choose to remain at home.

Washing and Drying Hands

Hand sanitiser is at the entry to all classrooms and in shared spaces. Soap, water and the ability to dry hands is provided in bathrooms. If hand sanitiser is in short supply, washing and drying hands with soap is still the most effective hygiene measure.

Physical Distancing

Children, young people and staff should be far enough away from each other so that they are not breathing on or touching each other, coupled with good hygiene practices and regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces. There does not need to be a specific measurement but where practicable and reasonable 1 metre can be used as a guide, particularly between adults.
Physical distancing of 2 metres is recommended for parents and caregivers, from people they don’t know (to align with public health measures outside the school grounds).

Drinking Fountains

School drinking fountains are currently unavailable. Students are asked to bring their own drink bottle, water being our preferred option.

Visitors Contact Tracing

Contact tracing remains a priority through our visitor register, timetable and attendance register. There is a QR code poster for the NZ COVID Tracer App displayed on the office door.

To support contact tracing, all visitors who are onsite for a period of time, including parents and caregivers need to register either through the Tracer App or manually via our visitor register.

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