TNIS Panui Wiki 1, Wā Kura 2 2022

Te Kura Waenga Whakangungu O Takapuna

Important Dates

Term 2

Week 1

04/05 - Goal Setting Conversations ONLINE, 3:30pm - 8:30pm

Week 2 NZ Sign Language Week

10/05 - Meet the Principal, 6pm (onsite)

11/05 - Fono, 6pm (POSTPONED TO THURSDAY 2 JUNE)

Week 3 Bullying - Free NZ Week

17/05 - Whānau Hui, 6pm

19/05 - Meet the Principal, 7pm (online)

20/05 - Pink Shirt Day

Week 5

02/06 - Fono, 6pm

Term Dates 2022

Term One

Tuesday 1 February - Thursday 14 April

Term Two

Monday 2 May - Friday 8 July

Term Three

Monday 25 July - Friday 30 September

Term Four

Monday 17 October - Thursday 15 December

Teacher Only Days

  • Friday 3 June
  • Monday 29 August
  • Tuesday 30 August

Tumuaki Kōrero

Kia ora e te whānau,

Welcome to Term 2 and we hope you had a relaxing holiday. It was wonderful to be welcomed to TNIS by our learners and staff on Monday. I am very excited and privileged to be leading TNIS and working with our learners, staff and community to create opportunities for our students to reach their true potential.

Some initial thoughts from my first two days are:

  • How engaged and enthusiastic learners are in their classrooms.

  • How welcoming and kind all learners and staff are.

  • The dedication and passion of the teaching staff to ensure high-quality programmes.

  • The spacious and wonderfully maintained fields and gardens.

Finally, a huge Thank You to Kate Surgison (Acting Principal) and Sandy Harford for the exceptional job they did in Term 1 leading the school during the various challenges of omicron ensuring a very successful start to the school year.

I look forward to meeting many of you in the coming weeks and forming strong and meaningful connections with the wider community.

“He waka eke noa - We are all in this together”

Zane Wilson

Welcome To Our New Staff

We are very pleased to welcome three new Teacher Assistants to TNIS this term. Tamla Wharerau will be working in Kōwhai Team, Melissa Norris will be working in Rimu Team and Meredith McIlroy will be working in Tōtara Team.
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Hononga - Connection

Actively connect with your kaiako and whānau during the goal-setting conversations.
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Wananga - Effective Learning Interactions

Share your learning goals with your whānau and develop strategies together to support you to achieve them.

Goal Setting Conversations - Tomorrow, Wednesday 4 May

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On Wednesday evening of the first week of Term 2, you will have the opportunity to join your child and their kaiako (teacher) in an online Goal Setting Conversation.

For Learners, Goal Setting Conversations are for:

  • hearing about strengths and gaps in learning and sharing these with parents/caregivers

  • identifying and sharing learning goals with parents/caregivers

  • discussing how successfully the learner is meeting the TNIS expectations (e.g.homework, key competencies and PYP Learner Attributes)

For Parents and Caregivers, Goal Setting Conversations are for:

  • accessing and discussing information about the child’s strengths and gaps, with parents and caregivers

  • accessing and discussing learning goals

  • accessing and discussing information relating to TNIS expectations (e.g.homework, key competencies and PYP Learner Attributes)

Please follow this link and use this code: 5ww25 to make your booking.

The online meeting link has already been shared by your child's teacher.

Kaiako and ākonga (learners) are looking forward to sharing their learning aspirations with you.


Uniform Reminder

This term we are at Orange setting. Learners are now wearing their full school uniform to and from school. At Orange, they change into and out of their PE uniform at school. It has been great to see our learners proudly wearing their uniforms correctly.

In particular, we would appreciate your support in checking that your child is wearing:

  • PLAIN BLACK SHOES (these may have a white sole but no other white or coloured logos or markings).
  • navy blue or black socks (no other colours). These can be any length.

The uniform guidelines are set out below and are also available on our school website.

School Uniform Guidelines:

Learners ensure that they:
- wear their uniform correctly and with pride.
- bring their PE uniform to school for PE, Fitness and sports practices.
- wear shoes that are plain black - any logos must be black (not white or any other colour).

- All black trainers with white soles are acceptable.
- wear navy blue or black socks (no other colours). These can be any length.
- wear the TNIS school jacket during the school day but have the option to wear their own jacket to and from school (not non-uniform sweatshirts or hoodies).
- wear their full school uniform to and from school each day.
- always tie their shoulder-length or longer hair up.
- wear small plain earrings if they wish. Other jewellery of religious or cultural significance is allowed on a case-by-case basis with the permission of a Deputy Principal.
- wear the navy school bucket hat or cap every time they go outside in Term 1 and Term 4. (No other hats please).

TNIS Wellbeing Parent Portal - Week 1 UPDATE

Please click on the picture below to explore our Wellbeing Parent Portal for tips on how to support your child's wellbeing. Click on the "Parent Portal" link at the top right of the Home page. This portal is updated fortnightly, so please return to the site every couple of weeks for new tips.


Arrival and Leaving School Grounds

Ideally, learners should arrive at school no earlier than 8am and by 8:30am. They must leave the school grounds by 3:15pm unless they are taking part in an extra-curricular activity. Staff are unable to provide supervision for learners before 8am or after 3:15pm.

Boostrix and HPV Immunisartons

Highest Needs Review - Public Consultation

The Ministry of Education (MOE) is reviewing support for children and young people with the highest level of learning support need.

The vision for the Highest Needs Review is that children and young people with the highest learning support needs get the right support, at the right time, for as long as they need it.

The MOE would like to hear from a range of people to support the development of options and solutions to address barriers to education experienced by children and young people with the highest needs. These people include:

  • Families, children and young people
  • Whānau, hapū and iwi Māori
  • Educators and support workers from early childhood to secondary settings and across English and Māori mediums, alternative, and specialist settings
  • Peak bodies, advocacy groups, parent/caregiver groups, community groups and non-government organisations
  • Professionals and specialists working in a range of settings including education, health, disability, and Oranga Tamariki settings
  • Ministry of Education National and Regional Office teams

For further information, please follow the Highest Needs Review link embedded below.

To make a submission, please go to this webpage.

Itinerant Music Lessons

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Please note that the U shop is open for two days in the second week of the school holidays:

Thursday, 28th April: 3.00pm – 6.00pm

Saturday, 30th April: 10.00am – 2.00pm

We’re a TaxGift school: TaxGift grows your donation!

We’re excited to announce a new partnership between Kindo and TaxGift, which you’ll see when

you donate to us next year.

With TaxGift, your gift grows at no cost to you with the gift of your donation tax credit. By choosing to TaxGift your tax credit when you next donate via myKindo, you will be supporting us even further at absolutely no cost to you. It’s the easiest gift you’ll ever give us: simply TaxGift us your donation tax credits on your gifts to us from this year forward. It takes less than a minute to opt in, then the friendly folks at TaxGift and myKindo will work together to make it happen.

Haven’t claimed donation tax credits before? Gift them to us! If you haven’t claimed your donation tax credits on your gifts to us in the last four years, you can donate them to us with a simple tick of the historic tax credits box in the TaxGift form.

School Fundraising


The following is community news and is published as a service to our community. Inclusion in this newsletter should not be seen as a recommendation or endorsement.

Music Education Centre

“Do you want your child to learn a musical instrument but find it difficult to make time after school? Convenient Music lessons available here at school.

The Music Education Centre offers students specialist instrumental music lessons here on the school grounds each week. Lessons are suitable for all students and can be arranged directly with the Music Education Centre.

Please follow the link - to find out more information about lesson fees and to enrol your child.

There are limited spaces still available for new students to start in Term Two. If you have any other questions about the programme, it is best to contact the Music Education Centre directly on 0800 89 39 39.

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