HAWERA INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL
NEWSLETTER 6 MAY 2021
Kia ora koutou
It's great to be back, we have had a settled start and the weather has performed beautifully.
We welcome Mr Heather who is back from a term's sabbatical and is in in the workshop delivering the hard materials technology curriculum.
Next Wednesday from 3-6pm we have an open afternoon. We encourage whanau into the school and classroom so that you can meet with teachers and look around the classroom and technology environment.
Have an easy dinner while you are here - A sausage sizzle ($2) will be operating- please assist us in our camp fundraising venture whilst here.
Two previous attempts to do the same have been cancelled due to Covid restrictions and then bad weather so let's hope next Wednesday stays fine for us.
We hope to have a number of students entertaining us on the deck and we aim to consult with you around our Physical Education, Health & Well-being Curriculum.
We also seek whanau voice around your connection with Hawera Intermediate, what's working for you and your family and suggestions as to where we may further improve.
This term's learning inquiry focus is based on the overarching concept of "A Record of Our Time". Students will recount historical aspects considering more than one view point, and discuss the impact of these historical events.
Coinciding with this will be trips around and about Hawera visiting local features.
Later in the year we head off for our School Camps, 26th - 29th October.
Camp Whakamaru, Camp Taupo and Camp Wellington require 10 adults (including teachers and learning assistants) to accompany students at each camp.
Students will be aware of which camp they are attending, if they are unsure please make contact with the class teacher.
If you are interested in accompanying us, (all parents will be police vetted) please fill out the form at the conclusion of the newsletter or email Mrs Surgenor at email@example.com.
Winter sports are upon us, as are exchanges in our Inter- Intermediate Challenges. What a delight students were when we ventured away for our Summer Sports Games, we now look forward to forthcoming challenges.
It promises to be another busy term.
Ngā mihi nui
Accommodation and catering is self funded by students, bus transportation is being sought through grants, parent help is covered by the school as is $10,000 towards activity costs whilst on the camp.
Further fundraising is required to boost the "activity cost" budget.
Camp teams will be organising fundraisers throughout the year to go into a collective pool of money to boost activity funds.
Come join our group!
Our next meeting is scheduled for June 1st at 6.30pm.
This will be our AGM followed by a meeting.
Each year this group raises funds for the school, which are spent on projects
to benefit all students.
We look forward to an exciting year.
Many hands make light work and this is an opportunity to socialize and meet with
like minded people.
In Terms Two and Three we are in our winter uniform. This is not much of a change, except that students are allowed to wear plain navy blue or black long sleeved thermals under their uniform if they choose, and bottle green or black scarves and beanies. Black shoes and navy socks are compulsory during this time as well. Socks are knee length and navy blue. Girls wear the mid-calf socks which are available at The Warehouse in packs of 5 as they are considerably cheaper. Girls socks are a nylon type fabric or they can wear navy blue woollen stockings for extra warmth if desired. Boys' socks are knee length and woollen. Shoes are plain black - no labels or tags in any colour other than black. They need to be able to hold a shine and repel water when it rains, so leather or vinyl not canvas thank you. PLEASE name these items - even socks if you can as once they are taken off it is impossible to find the owners. A good idea is to name shoes along the edge of the heel under the foot as this does not usually touch the ground and twink pens will work there for a period of time. Otherwise use vivid inside the shoes. Make the names bold and clear please.
How did we get here? What's going on? While we don't know for sure, there are a number of factors that could be contributing. In addition to genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events, take the following into consideration:
- High expectations and pressure to succeed
- A world that feels scary and threatening
- Social media
Whatever the cause, this rise in anxiety is a real problem for our youth.
Chronic anxiety can lead to serious mental health problems―depression, substance use, and even suicide. It can interfere with the ability to focus and learn causing school problems that can have lifelong impact. It can also lead to physical problems, such as headaches, chronic pain, digestive problems, and later heart disease.
If you or someone you know are struggling when faced with everyday situations the following sites have been recommended by CAMHS (Children and Adolescents Mental Health Services)
www.sparklers.org.nz/parenting - activities for children
Melon - an app for 13-24 year olds
www.allright.org.nz for parents
There are also the following recommended websites to support parents
Practise Good Hygiene
Wash your hands with soap. Cough or sneeze into your elbow. Clean surfaces.
Keep Track of Where You've Been
Help our health services reach people quickly to stop any further spread
Stay Home if You're Sick
If you have cold or flu symptoms you should stay at home and call your doctor or Healthline.