Newsletter - November

Masterton Intermediate School


Tēnā koutou whānau mā.

Tēnā koutou ki runga i te kaupapa o te marama o Whiringā-rangi.

Ngā mihi maioha ki a koutou katoa.


On Wednesday, November 30, 10 students attended the inaugural Māori games at Te Whiti Park in Lower Hutt. This was a very enjoyable event in which all teams were made up of students from each of the intermediate schools who participated. Five different games were played during the day.


During the lunch break on the day of the Māori games event, the Johnny Viliamu trophy was presented for the first time. Jonny was a valued staff member at Brandon Intermediate who was fully involved in a range of cultural and sporting events prior to his death in 2021. The criteria for the trophy named in his memory were the key WRISSA values of community, integrity, perseverance, respect, teamwork and wellbeing.

At each of this years events, the top three schools were awarded 3, 2 or 1 points for best displaying these six values. Wainuiomata Intermediate was declared as the runners up with 9 points and the schools eagerly awaited the naming of the winning kura taka waenga. Our team of 10 ākonga and 4 adults were delighted to hear our school’s name of Masterton Intermediate being called out as the very first school to receive this trophy, with 11 points. These were allocated to the following MIS teams:

  • 3 points to boys open weight rugby = three points

  • 2 points to girls football, girls hockey and mixed touch = six points

  • 1 point to boys hockey and volleyball = two points t

Many of us had got to know Johnny, not only through our involvement in the sports events but also through our cultural exchanges with Brandon Intermediate in 2017, 2018 and 2019.


- Masterton regional aquabots on Friday, November 4

- Sixth placing at the WRISSA Touch tournament at Hutt Park on

Wednesday, November 9

- 42 students performing at the Wellington region intermediate schools

kapa haka festival at Raroa Intermediate on Friday, November 11

- MIS students gaining first placings at the Masterton athletics

championships held at the Sports Bowl on Wednesday, November 16

Winners were:


100 metres Levi Wallis - 1st

200 metres Levi Wallis - 2nd, Jay Godden - 3rd

1 500 metres Alex Mason - 1st , Spencer Golding - 2nd

Shot Put Levi Wallis - 1st, Finn O’Sullivan - 2nd, Ben Bradley - 3rd

Long Jump Levi Wallis - 1st

High Jump Levi Wallis - 1st

Vortex Karanema Pakai - 1st, Tiaki Graham - 2nd, Charlie MacArthur - 3rd

4 x 100m Relay Masterton Intermediate - 1st


100 metres Maikara Karaitiana-Goodger - 1st, Jacob Ross - 2nd, Waka-Toi Prime - 3rd

200 metres Maikara Karaitiana-Goodger - 1st, Nathan O’Dwyer - 2nd, Jacob Ross - 3rd

1 500 metres Taylin Hunter - 1st, Max Coulson - 2nd

Shot Put Taylin Hunter - 1st, Jeidah Siaosi - 2nd

Discus Cuban Crawford - 2nd, Joey McCullum - 3rd

Long Jump Jacob Ross - 1st, Maikara Karaitiana-Goodger - 2nd, Taylin Hunter - 3rd

High Jump Waka-Toi Prime - 1st, Jacob Ross - 2nd, Taylin Hunter - 3rd

Vortex Taylin Hunter - 2nd, Angus Monk - 3rd

4 x 100m Relay Masterton Intermediate - 1st, 4.55 seconds ahead of Lakeview, who were second


100 metres Mercedes Clayton - 1st, Liberty Jones - 2nd

200 metres Paige Yearbury - 2nd

1 500 metres Liberty Jones - 1st

Shot Put Rose Karaitiana-Lambert - 1st, Liberty Jones - 2nd

Discus Rose Karaitiana-Lambert - 1st, Ollie Shields - 3rd

Long Jump Liberty Jones - 1st

High Jump Mercedes Clayton - 1st

Vortex Atalia Phillips - 2nd

4 x 100m Relay Masterton Intermediate - 1st


Shot Put Charlotte Kennedy - 2nd

Discus Charlotte Kennedy - 2nd

High Jump Renee Ford - 1st, Clara Andrew - 2nd

These students listed above will represent MIS as part of the Wairarapa Primary Schools team at the Wellington Regional Athletics championships to be held here at the Sports Bowl on Tuesday, December 6. A number of our staff will be released for the day as our local kura are hosting the event.


Our school canteen will not be operating as from end of the current school year. This decision was made to align more with the Ministry of Education’s healthy eating guidelines, to encourage more students to eat the school lunches that are provided each day and also to lessen the amount of rubbish in our school grounds.

Nei āku mihi maioha ki a tātou katoa.

Russell Thompson (tumuaki)

The team with the Jonny Viliamu Trophy

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Pack the Bus - Mufti Day

Wednesday, 7 December is our mufti for 'Pack the Bus'

Students are to wear non uniform clothing and bring a small, unwrapped gift for a child to put onto the bus when it arrives at 1pm!

ADMIRE students for the month of November

Aged Care coffee morning

Some student leaders and I went to the Masterton Club down on Chapel Street to engage with some seniors. We played games and talked to them. I quite enjoyed talking with them. Aleah and I helped with the raffle that was going on. Luke and Lucas handed out name tags so we knew who was who. Fleur and Elaine helped with serving the food. I think every student enjoyed their time there.

Madison Norman - Room 6

Monrad Intermediate Tennis Exchange

The games took place at Colombo Road Netball Courts.

Monrad won ten matches while MIS won two. Despite losing 10-2 most of the

matches were very close, there were even two super tie breakers!

There were ADMIRE values shown on both sides and the Monrad teams were great sports and were very supportive of us.

There was a shared lunch between Monrad and MIS involving pizza, cookies, sushi and ham sandwiches.

Thank you to all the Coaches and parents who came down to support us.

By Jed Karam - Room 7

Some of our student leaders outside the Masterton Club

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Mahi Pai Draw

Thank you to the following sponsors who continue to support our school:

Clareville Bakery - Levi Wallis - Room 3

Kōwhai Kitchen - Jacob Ross - Room 4

Masterbowl - Jarae Tangiora - Room 18

Lone Star - Legacy Hawea - Room 4

Pita Pit - Jacob Ross - Room 3

Queen Elizabeth Park Boats - Blake Robertson - Room 9

Subway - Charlie Price - Room 4

Wild Oats - Ollie Welsh - Room 17

Cafe Sugar - Levi Wallis - Room 3

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Please note the following events that will take place before the 2022 school year finishes:


Monday, December 5 - Day 2

  • Aquabots team in Tauranga for the national finals

  • Year six students from Solway Primary visiting us from 9.15 to 10.45 am

  • Year six students from Saint Patrick’s visiting us from 11.00 am to 12.30 pm

  • Athletics team training in block two

  • Final kapa haka session in block three

  • Rarotonga trip, 2023 meeting for students and their parents/caregivers at 6.00 pm

Tuesday, December 6 - Day 3

  • Wellington Regional Athletics championships at the Sports Bowl, Blair Street, Masterton, bus leaves school at 8.30 am

  • Final choir and extension programme sessions in block three

Wednesday, December 7 - Day 4

  • Hosting instrumental students from Hadlow in the hall in block one, choir also performing

  • Year six students from Fernridge visiting us from 11.00 am to 12.30 pm

  • Pack the bus mufti day, gifts collected at 1.00 pm

Thursday, December 8 - Day 5

  • Regional athletics championship postponement date

  • Year six students from Masterton Primary School visiting us from 9.15 to 10.45 am

  • Year six students from Douglas Park visiting us from 11.00 am to 12.30 pm

  • Leavers social for invited year eights students in the hall from 6.30 to 8.30 pm

Friday, December 9 - Day 6

  • Term four ADMIRE day for 3 selected students in each class

  • eSports finals at Kuranui College

  • Year six students from other primary schools visiting us from 11.00 am to 12.30 pm

  • Final Options programme session in block three


Monday, December 12 - Day 7

  • Syndicate general knowledge quiz competition in block three

Tuesday, December 13 - Day 0

  • Waipoua syndicate day out
  • Waiohine final syndicate assembly at 9.30 am

Curriculum and service awards presented

  • Waiawangawanga final syndicate assembly at 11.30 am

Wednesday, December 14 - Day 0

  • Waiohine syndicate day out
  • Waipoua final syndicate assembly at 9.30 am

  • Kaituna final syndicate assembly at 11.30 am

  • End-of-year reports issued today via email

Thursday, December 15 - Day 0

  • Groups performing in our final assembly to practise in block one

Poly group, choir, kapa haka and rock band

  • Final assembly in the school hall from 11.30 am to 1.15 pm for students who are receiving awards or performing in one of the above groups

Those students not involved do not need to attend school today,

Parents and whanau may be seated at the back of the hall from 11.20 am

  • Students may collect their bags from their home rooms after the assembly ends to be released at 1.40 pm

Friday, December 16

  • A small number of students in each class are invited to assist with the moving of rooms from 8.30 am

  • School closes at 12.30 pm

This will certainly be a very busy and enjoyable last two weeks!

Random Numbers

4 The number of year seven boys events won by Levi Wallis at the

Masterton athletics championships last month.

6 the number of games won by our awesome staff netball team who were undefeated of the social grade of twilight netball this term. They are patiently waiting for their trophy that was promised to them by Mr T.

93 The percentage of students who have attended MIS this year and

not been stood down for negative behaviours.

Good news!

We love to hear good news about our students, especially when they are out and about in our community!

We received this great email from Wairarapa Times Age journalist, Flynn Nicholls........

Kia Olivia and Russell,

I was at Masterton Skatepark yesterday taking pictures. I’d written a story about the skatepark, so was trying to illustrate it with some new pictures of the park.

Anyway, some MIS students were there on their scooters, so I thought, I’m here anyway, why don’t I photograph them doing tricks?

They were stoked, and we spent about half an hour orchestrating different shots and tricks – they were really good!

Your students were awesome and we will keep the pics on file for future positive skatepark stories.

I’ve attached some, so if you recognise the students please pass on my regards.

You can be proud of them representing the school in public!

Flynn Nicholls

Well done Hunter Brown, Oliver Parker and friends!

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