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Kia Ora Koutou

This term we welcome Ms Harding to our teacher workforce at Hawera Intermediate.

Ms Harding is an experienced teacher with a wealth of knowledge pertaining to the "Literacy World" among other things and will bring these skills to work alongside teachers and students in the classroom. Ms Harding has recently returned from Egypt having taught there for the last five years, prior to this she worked as a Literacy Consultant for Learning Media.

We welcome the expertise Ms Harding brings to our school.

The Board recently co-opted Lindsey MacPhail as a Board of Trustees member to fill our vacancy. Thank you Lindsey for putting your hand up to govern the school at this turbulent time going forward as we await our decision around future education in the town.

Week 3 has almost passed us by- students have been involved in "Science for Science Sake" across the school and lots of fun whilst learning through an integrated curriculum has occurred.

Mid year reviews have been undertaken and pleasingly student achievement is improved and behavioural incidents continue to decline.

We have the Education Review Office in school evaluating processes and systems, their presence will be in place until Term 3 next year. In a fortnight's time we welcome our Evaluative Partner Rochelle Thorn and her Manager into the school, wandering classrooms, speaking with students and looking at documentation.

Excitedly "Camp talk" is revving up! Fundraising begins in earnest, this being spent on providing extra activities for students equitably across all camps.

Logistically it is a massive undertaking giving students these "Education Experiences Outside of School." Financially it is an even bigger undertaking:

  • Accommodation & Catering Across all camps - $41,000
  • Bus transportation Across All Camps - $21,000
  • Activities (Basic) budgeted for at this stage - $15,000 ( $52 per student)
  • Adult support - $5,200

Grants , the Board and Student contributions should cover expenses. By raising an extra $14,000, our target, students will each receive an extra $50 towards activity costs no matter where their camp may be.

Hence we have all sorts of fundraising activities on the go with a "Twilight Gala" and hangi planned for Friday September 10th.

For those parents who are accompanying our students a Camp Parent Evening will be held on Wednesday 22nd September.

Term 4, Week 1, Variety Concerts will be held over three days and nights showcasing student talent each whanau presenting on one of these days. An art exhibition will run concurrently with a "Silent Auction" taking place. These will be events not to be missed!

Next week students participate in Rugby 7's tournament on Wednesday and then our Rugby Team plays Francis Douglas on Friday in New Plymouth. Good luck to all participating students.

We also have our school Chess Team participate in the Taranaki Chess Tournament on Friday- good luck to you as well.

Have a good weekend everyone.

Ngā mihi nui

Neryda Sullivan


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Science fun with Room 6

Room 6 have been having explosive fun this term while they study the science behind chemical reactions causing exploding rockets, mouldy bread and the making of ice cream. Don't forget to ask your child what they have been doing this week in science!
Rockets with Room 6.MOV
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we're off to Wellington

As we step closer to the Wellington camp we want you to know about some of the exciting plans we have prepared for our group of 70 children.

The staff attending are Mrs Stephens, Whaea Kathryn, Mr Baylis, Whaea Emily and Mr Nelley. We also have five parent helpers to support the groups.

We are staying at El Rancho in Waikanae for the first two nights and then head for our final night at Wellington Zoo for an amazing all night experience with the animals.

While at El Rancho we will engage in a range of thrilling activities in groups of 12. Some of these activities are Horse riding, Rock climbing, Go Karts, Kayaking, Bonfire, (come prepared with some great stories to share), Raft building, Swimming, Water sliding, Tubing and a few other great experiences.

On Thursday morning we head into town to explore Parliament, the Art Gallery and Te Papa before heading to the Zoo for the night.

On Friday we will make our way back to school from Wellington with a ‘quiet’ stop at Kowhai Park in Wanganui.

Further information will be coming out shortly. If you have any immediate queries please contact Erica Stephens on 0211251333.

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White Elephant Items

As part of our gala in Week 7, we will be having a white elephant stall. Can families please start setting aside items that they would like to donate to this. More information will be sent out in our next newsletter.

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Tiles in progress for our gala extravaganza

You won’t want to miss these!

Great Christmas gift for loved ones overseas and close to home

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Can you help us?

We are looking for any donations for our up-and-coming Hangi Fundraiser being held at our Twilight Gala. In total we will need, 20x 500g Butter, 20kgs of Potatoes, 8 Big Pumpkins, 20kgs Kumara, 5kgs Onions and 5 kgs Carrots,

Any contribution would be appreciated! Donations can be dropped into the school between August 25th and 4th September.

One man's trash is another man's treasure

The Art room is looking for

  • Clean food tins
  • Newspaper
  • and Clean cereal boxes (collapsed)

If you have any of the above please drop them into school for Whaea Emily


Andersons Pie order forms have now gone home to all families. Order forms are due back on Friday 3rd September. Pies will be ready for collection on the afternoon of Thursday 16th September.

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Keeping our Kids Safe

Our crossing is monitored from 8.20am to 8.40am each day and 2:55pm till 3.10pm. It is important students cross during this time and/or have been taught about crossing the road. It is a state highway and numerous drivers do not stop for our students, even if they are waiting at the crossing, so they need to know not to walk out until someone stops.

The yellow lines outside the school are there to help patrollers see what is coming. It is an offence to park there and you can be fined for this.

Please encourage your child to use the crossing, as cars parked on the roadside make visibility limited. The driveway will be closed during crossing times.

It is a school expectation that students use the pedestrian crossing when crossing South Road. Please do not encourage them to do otherwise.

Thanks for your help with this, together we can keep our students safe on the roads.

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Surveying Rangatahi

Sport Taranaki will soon be circulating an online survey with intermediate and secondary school students across the region. The following information will explain how and why we are conducting the survey at Hawera Intermediate School.

Why are we surveying Rangatahi (Young People)?

Young people are important to us, and experiences during intermediate and secondary school years can inspire or discourage a life-long involvement in physical activity. We want to ensure that rangatahi have great sport, physical activity and active recreation experiences at school and the more you know about a population group, the better placed you are to provide opportunities and experiences that meet their needs, ultimately supporting a lifelong love of being active - we need to be making decisions that are informed by the audience who we are looking to cater for.

Why will the survey be in schools?

We want to find out what more can be done to support schools and teachers, and link schools to sport and recreation organisations in their communities. We are targeting intermediate and secondary schools from across the country, so we have information from a cross-section of rangatahi across New Zealand. We want to survey all school students and school is the best place to reach young people.

Do schools have a say in how and when the survey is administered?

Yes. The survey is circulated to students and is completed online. It is up to the school as to when and where the survey is completed. The survey has been set up, so it is easy for schools and students to take part at a time which is convenient for them.

Data Protection

Students will have their say but will not be identifiable down to the individual level. There is a section at the end of the survey that asks participants to voluntarily provide their name, date of birth and postcode. These details will enable the responses to be combined with other data held by Sport NZ and/or other agencies (e.g. Statistics NZ), but will be removed once this done (i.e. individuals will not be able to be identified).

If for any reason you do not want your child to participate in the survey you are welcome to opt your child out of taking part. To opt your child out please email: Alistair.John@Sporttaranaki.org.nz
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Cheerleading Success

Congratulations to Rhianna Thompson and Carly Meynell both competed with their cheerleading team (Zero Gravity 'Charge') at Mount Maunganui recently.

This was their first of 3 competitions for the year and they came away with third place!

They both show incredible commitment to cheer and work extremely hard training twice a week so to come away with a medal was awesome to see!

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Congratulations to all the boys who played in the Ross Brown Tournament over the weekend. Restricted U13: Bailey Davis, George Le Quesne, Jack Wasley, Kayden Rangi, Tayne Rowlands-Katene, Nathan Baylis, Jaxon McDonald, Brooklyn Lake, and Izaiah Mataroa-John.

Open U13 Russell Hockley, Maluapapa Manutai and Talalelei Junior Suailua.

Congratulations to Nathan Baylis who was named 'Player of the South".

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Calendar dates

  • 18 August - Rugby 7s Tournament
  • 20 August - Hawera Intermediate Rugby v's Francis Douglas Memorial College
  • 20 August Taranaki Chess Tournament
  • 10 September - Twilight Gala, 3-6pm
  • 17 September - Tatarakihi Festival
  • 22 September - Camp Information Evening
  • 29 September - Inter School Cross Country
  • 1 October Term 3 Ends
  • 18 October Term 4 Start
  • 20-22 October - Variety Concert/s
  • 25 October Labour Day - School CLOSED
  • 26 - 29 October School Camps
  • 16 November - School Athletics
  • 22 - 30 November - Life Education Truck visiting HIS
  • 15 December - Service Assembly
  • 16 December - Formal Assembly
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In support of the Cancer Society

In support of the Daffodil Day Cancer Research Appeal Day Hawera Intermediate School is taking orders for daffodil blooms and would appreciate a donation of 50c each or $5.00 per bunch of 10 blooms.

Daffodil orders will be delivered and distributed at school on Thursday 26 August.

Forms sent home with students need to be returned to the school office by Tuesday 24th August

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