Kia ora e te whānau,
Today, we all came together to show solidarity and promote kindness by dressing in pink. It was heartwarming to see the sea of pink that flooded our classrooms, and playground. By donning this vibrant color, we stood as one, united against bullying, and demonstrated our unwavering support for creating a safe and inclusive environment for everyone at Tamatea Intermediate.
In addition to dressing in pink, we also organised various activities and events throughout the week to further emphasise the importance of anti-bullying. Our rangatahi engaged in thought-provoking discussions and participated in creative workshops. It was inspiring to witness our rangatahi actively learning about the impact of bullying and exploring strategies to promote kindness and compassion.
Furthermore, I would like to express my gratitude to Netsafe for joining us during our recent Whānau Evening. Netsafe provided invaluable guidance and knowledge on digital citizenship and online safety, which are increasingly relevant aspects of our children's lives. The whānau that attended gained practical tools to support their tamariki to navigate the digital world safely. If you would like to find out more from Netsafe, please refer to their website https://netsafe.org.nz/.
Friday 19th May- Pink Shirt Day
Friday 26th May- NZ Warriors Open Training Session
Thursday 1st June- Tough Guy/Gal Challenge
Monday 5th June- NO SCHOOL for King's Birthday
Wednesday 14th June- Super Six Netball
Saturday 24th June- Dance Teams at Versus Talent Quest
Thursday 29th June- Super Six Rugby
Friday 30th June- Term 2 ends
'Leading the Self' was the kaupapa at the National Young Leaders Day Hui at the Toi Toi Centre in Hastings last Tuesday. Brad Smeele, Julia Grace, Shea Macleese, Sukdep and Georgia Lines shared their personal journeys, struggles and triumphs. They were captivating and inspiring! Ka mau te wehi!
Pictured below are our school leaders who were given the opportunity to represent our kura at this event. A big thank you to Mrs Thorogood for organising for us to attend!
Anzac Speech Contest- By Terry Fowler
AJ, Nina and I took up the opportunity to represent our school at the annual Anzac Speech Competition. We had to talk about connections to either our family members or fallen heroes. I talked to my grandfather and he told me an amazing story about his father. With the help of Mrs Howard, I thought of ways to make my great grandfather's story come to life but still be interesting and informative. Then I practiced and practiced for the competition, which was held at the Taradale Club. I was lucky enough to come away with first place in the competition which allowed me to share my speech at the ANZAC Memorial at the Taradale Clock Tower on Friday, May 12th. I would like to thank Mrs Howard for all of her support and to Mrs Smith for coming along to support us at the competition.
Interschool Chess- By Henry Smith
On Friday, 12th May , a small group of learners travelled to the Hastings Sports Centre to compete in an Interschool Chess Tournament. There were lots of competitors, it was a bit overwhelming walking in to see all the chess boards set up! The day was challenging but so much fun! We were proud to come away with some great results. Well done to everyone that competed! Thank you so much to Mrs Thorogood for organising this opportunity for us.
Term 2 Basketball began this week with teams competing in both Hastings and Napier. We're pretty excited that basketball is back to a 5v5 format this term! Special shout out to Empire, our Super Six Boys team, who won their game 80-45.
THANK YOU to Mr McLean, Mr Stilwell and Mr Cooper who are doing an outstanding job of developing our basketball programme, and of course thank you to our parent coaches Myia and Rebecca, we appreciate you so much!
Exciting progress has been made on our court refurbishment project. The steel work has arrived and the site has been fenced off for construction of our new covered area to start next week. We are really looking forward to having our all weather sport area and new turf!
Last Thursday, our kura hosted the Super Six Football tournament at Park Island. A huge thank you to Mr Lennox for organising the event, to Mr Lennox and Mrs Ferguson for coaching our teams and to Kurstina for running the timing and scoring! We had a great day and even managed to hold off the rain until prizegiving! We didn't manage to win back the shield this time- That'll have to be a job for our Super Six Netball teams on June 24th! WELL DONE to all of our Super Six Football players- We did come home with the Fairplay Award, which is what it's all about!
As a school we are trialling a messaging function on HERO. This will allow you to send a message directly to the classroom teacher of your child. The message can be read by the classroom teacher but also any caregiver that has access to your child's HERO account. You can use this function to communicate messages about your child's learning or just to let the teacher know of any upcoming events.
Please continue to use the absence function for recording absences as this is important. This function can be found by clicking on your child in the HERO app. Clicking the down arrow and clicking on Whānau/Caregiver communication. You can then write a post that will send a notification to the classroom teacher. Our goal is to keep all communication in one place via the HERO application.
If you are having trouble with HERO, please call, email, or drop into the office to see us, so that we can get it sorted for you.
Out of Hours Music scheme piano lessons have started this week. The number of lessons we were able to offer were limited due to the restricted allocated hours but if your child is interested in learning piano, you can sign up through the Napier Music Academy who hold lessons during school time on Thursdays or privately out of school hours.
AN OPEN INVITATION
Nau mai, Haere mai to all our wonderful harakeke weavers within our whānau, within our communities and of course within our kura.
Welcome, welcome welcome!
If you did not know, our kura Tamatea Intermediate holds a beautiful pā harakeke on its grounds. The wairua within its space is very calm and peaceful. It is situated at the front of the kura behind the area where we park our school vans.
As of Friday 12th May 2023 and every Friday morning after (during school terms) we the kura welcome you to visit your Pā harakeke. Should you be in need to harvest harakeke and also muka, then Kōkā Ahi can meet you here at the Pā harakeke between the hours 10am - 12pm (provided the weather is not raining of course). You will need to sign in at the front office
It would be wonderful to have our kura community use this Pā Harakeke space. A space for you to harvest and to contribute to tidying that harvested area, sharing of cultural knowledge, re-connecting together as a community and just having a good ole catch up. Everyone is welcome
Any questions please contact Kōkā Ahi Ataria on 027 380 7542