TNIS Panui Wiki 3, Wā Kura 4 2021

Te Kura Waenga Whakangungu O Takapuna

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Important Dates



Week 3: 01/11 - 05/11

Week 4: 08/11 - 12/11

  • Tuesday 09/11 - Teacher Only Day / Wellbeing Day

Term Dates 2021

Term One

Mon 2 February - Fri 16 April

Term Two

Mon 3 May- Fri 9 July

Term Three

Mon 26 July - Fri 1 October

Term Four

Mon 18 October - Tues 14 December

Tumuaki Kōrero

Kia ora whānau,

While the messaging this week was inconclusive it seems clear that we will be online learning until at least the 15th of November before there is a possibility that we may return to face to face school. We are following all government guidelines and as soon as we have more information about what a return to school might look like, we will share this with you so you can prepare our learners for what the new normal will be.

Our staff are continuing to work hard to offer interesting and challenging online learning opportunities for our learners. Over the next few weeks, they will assess all of the learning your child has participated in this year to give a final effort and achievement grade for 2021. They will also write a summary general comment. The teachers will begin this mahi on Tuesday 9th November. As explained previously there will be no face to face meetings or workshops on this day, however, learners will have ongoing weekly work and some Wellbeing activities. Please note this day has changed due to the Government announcement this week regarding moving to stage 2 on Wednesday 10th November.

Thank you for your continued collaboration during this challenging time. We rely on your support for our online learning programme to be successful but know how challenging this can be for working parents, please seek that balance for you and your children. Wellbeing of our learners, staff and community is always our primary focus.

On another note, I will be leaving Takapuna Normal Intermediate School at the end of the year to take up a new position as the foundation principal of Milldale School. Milldale School is a Y1-8 school situated just north of Silverdale and is due to open in 2023. Although I am very sad to leave TNIS, it is a fantastic opportunity to be part of the development of a brand new school. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the learners, and community that I have been involved with over the last four years. Also a shout out to the amazing staff at TNIS and in particular I would like to acknowledge the mahi and support of Sandy Harford and Kate Watson. A huge thanks also to the Board of Trustees members, both current and past.

Ngā mihi nui,


Weekly Focus

Connection: Connect with your multi-cultural community

Tangata Whenuatanga - Affirming Learner’s cultures

The TNIS Way

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Assembly Week 3 - Diwali

Online Assembly Week 3, Term 4 2021


TNIS Māori Education Plan

Over the past two years, TNIS has been developing and working through a Māori Education Plan with the facilitation and support of Auckland University.

We wanted to share with you some of the mahi that we have been doing to engage and enrich the learning experience of our Māori learners here at TNIS. Although these initiatives target our Māori whānau, we know that they have a positive impact on all our learners. Please follow the link below to see our mahi.

New School Leaders - Term 4

Congratulations to our new school leaders joining the team in Term 4:

  • Zara Gillard, Rm 2
  • Reuben Hodgson, Rm 16
  • Holly Jordan, Rm 5
  • Benedict Thomas Rm 11
  • Arabella Neville Rm 19

School News and Information

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Netball Update

Due to Alert Level settings, the remainder of the North Harbour Netball season has been cancelled. On another note, there is a possibility of a Spring league. Please see below:

Intermediate and College Spring Leagues

Wednesdays - 27th October to 1st December

Venue: Netball North Harbour Courts (All 7-aside leagues are played outside)

Length: 6 weeks

Registration close date: 20th October for Primary, Intermediate, College and Club

Cost: $140.00 for all leagues (unless stated below)


ICAS exams are on hold at this time. New dates for the Science and Maths exams will be shared once we are back at school and able to meet in larger groups.


Year 9 Enrolments for 2022

Our local secondary schools have asked us to remind all Year 8 families about enrolling their children for Year 9 in 2022. Please visit each school's website for more information about out-of-zone and in-zone enrolments.
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School Fundraising

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Community News

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.
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STEAM @ WGHS Applications Now Open


Westlake Girls High School offers a STEAM programme involving an integrated and innovative approach to the teaching of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, aligned to the UN Sustainable Goals.

Do you want a quick overview of what STEAM is like from a student’s perspective? Check out Lily Winchester’s video HERE

Also take a look at our latest Newsletter HERE

More information can be found on the STEAM page of our school website.

Why STEAM is great - Lily Winchester
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Musical Instrument lessons available at school

Our School works with the Music Education Centre to offer parents the convenience of specialist instrumental lessons for their children here at school. If you would like to find out more about this opportunity, please contact the Music Education Centre directly on 0800 89 39 39 or

Guitar Lessons - Dave Gatman

Hi there! I have taught Guitar to kids in schools for over 15 years. I love working with kids and inspiring the next generation of musicians. I like to make my lessons as positive and fun as possible, teaching a range of songs from traditional folk/blues to the current pop and rock tunes.

I've played the guitar in a large variety of settings, and I'm currently in a covers band playing at weddings, bars and parties.

Lessons are in groups of up to 4 at a time, and cost $20.00 plus gst, for half an hour.

Individual lessons are offered if I feel like the student will benefit from them, and if I have space. These cost $35.00 plus GST per half hour.

Lessons are on Wednesday mornings at TNIS as well.

Feel free to contact me - Or text/call on 021 2221456.



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