BIS Newsletter Week 8 Term 3

Friday 17th of September 2021


Kia ora e te whānau,

Te wiki o te reo māori has been a huge success this year. I am so proud to live in a bicultural nation where we get the opportunity to use a second language on a daily basis. The increase in te reo being spoken on TV and radio is heartening.

As a school, we have set ourselves the goal to increase the use of te reo Māori in everyday korero. Rather than only using the language for some events, we want to celebrate the language and encourage students to give it a go. The more you use it, the easier it becomes. When we speak te reo we are also teaching others the langauge and that will make the language stronger.

Lockdown is a great time to find some words or phrases and start using them on a daily basis. Label your kitchen with te reo words to help you become more familiar with words associated with kai. Replace english greetings with te reo greetings. Learn your family pepeha. Use the te reo names for places around Aotearoa. There are so many iti (small) things that you can do every day to increase your use of te reo. Give it a go.

Kia Kaha te Reo Māori - Let's make the Māori language strong

Ngā mihi nui, Kia pai te rā,

JoAnne Sutton


Level 3 Update

The government announced that we may be going to alert level 3 on Wednesday of next week. This means that school will be open for students who are the children of essential workers who do not have other child care arrangements.

At level 3, students work at school in bubbles of 10. Each bubble will have 2 teachers assigned to cover them. All Ministry of Health guidelines will be strictly followed including contact tracing, sanitising and social distancing.

If you will be sending your child to school, they will need to be registered to attend. Email We would like to support your whānau to minimise the number of bubbles you have contact with. If your child will be attending and they have siblings in year 5 or 6, we would like to invite them to join the same learning bubble as your intermediate child. We will keep family members in the same bubble and support the younger students with their online learning. We do have year 6 packs of work available. Please let Mrs. Bush know if you would like to take up this option.

Year 8 Camp Update

Thank you to those of you who completed the survey about camp. It has given us the confidence to start planning for a camp in level 2. We are so pleased that you are supportive of this initiative.

Hopefully, all students who will be attending have a camp info pack. If not, please email your whanau teacher who can share one with you. There will be information zoom sessions next week for students - please check the timetable. A zoom meeting for parents to ask questions about camp will be on Thursday evening at 7pm.

Meeting ID: 896 7271 3811 Passcode: 7mFjut

Please set up your automatic payment using your child's name as the reference and the words Y8Camp.

BIS Bank account - 12 3035-0413925-01

Home Learning Packs

Home learning is pretty tough for everyone. We feel your pain and know that you are battling with your children each day. Keeping students motivated and focussed on their Mahi is difficult at the best of times so if you are finding this a challenge, please know that you are not alone.

Parents are telling us that their children want more, want less, want a variety, want to do their own thing, want to be on digital games all day and generally, that home learning has a range of daily challenges.

The MOE home learning packs are not designed to replace teachers. They are a resource that we will use as a teaching tool. The great thing is that every child has access to the same resources and we can be sure that all students are able to complete the tasks set. The packs have a variety of books, stationery and texts. Some will be utilised more than others. We hope that these resources will be well used and will provide something different next week as we try to keep students focussed on learning.

There are more packs at school if you have not yet collected one. Ask your child's whānau teacher about how to pick up one from our Kura.

Good luck with the week ahead. We know you are doing an amazing job and encourage you to do what you can while still maintaining quality whānau time.

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School Face Masks

75% of parents who completed the online survey about mask wearing in school want their child to be encouraged to wear a mask mask when appropriate at school. 15% want them to be worn all day.

We will not have a rule about mask wearing but will strongly encourage the use of face masks for times when students are in close contact with others. We will also take steps to ensure that all students are supported with their personal decisions about mask wearing.

To encourage mask wearing and to try to normalise this at school, we have purchased fabric reusable and washable face masks to sell. These are adjustable and god quality face masks that will have our school logo on them. We will name each mask in fabric paint when purchased. Order forms will be sent out shortly. Masks will cost $10.00.

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Cyber Safety with NETSAFE!

Netsafe is a website that holds a variety of resources for parents and their children about staying safe online, and what to do if you are being bullied or harassed online and on any social media platforms. You can report incidents of online bullying, harassment or if you or your child feels unsafe or is receiving.

Upcoming Events

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