TNIS Newsletter

Week 5, Term 4

Important Dates

Week 5: 09/11 - 13/11

  • 09/11 Golf Zone Day
  • 11/11 BandQuest - Avondale College, 1:30 pm
  • 11/11 Auckland Girls Volleyball Champs
  • 13/11 Jubilee Celebration
  • 13/11 Orientation for Year 9 learners enrolled at WGHS in 2021

Week 6: 16/10 - 20/10

  • 16/11 EOTC Kōwhai and Mānuka Teams
  • 17/11 EOTC Tōtara and Mānuka Teams
  • 17/11 Orientation Day - Year 7 2021
  • 18/11 EOTC Rāta and Mānuka Teams
  • 19/11 EOTC Rimu and Rāta Teams

Week 7: 23/11 - 27/11

  • 23/11 North Harbour Yachting Competition
  • 25/11 2nd HPV immunisation for Year 8s
  • 26/11 EOTC Kōwhai Team

Week 8: 30/11 - 04/12

  • 02/11 Parent Helpers Morning Tea 10am, School Auditorium
  • 04/11 Cultural Celebration Day

Week 9: 07/12 - 11/12

  • 09/12 Year 8 Leavers Assemblies
  • 09/12 End of Year Social/Disco 7pm - 9pm, School Auditorium
  • 11/12 Prizegiving 12pm - 2pm, WBHS Auditorium

Week 10: 14/12 - 15/12

  • 14/12 Picnic Day - Whole School, Narrowneck Beach
  • 14/12 End of year Class and Specialist Reports emailed to caregivers
  • 15/12 School finishes at 12pm

Principal's Message

Kia ora Parents and Whānau.

Congratulations to all of our Year 8 learners on their exhibition work, presentations and actions. Thanks to our community for your support and attending on the night.


This week we are celebrating 50 years of fantastic learning at Takapuna Normal Intermediate School. TNIS opened on 13th February 1970 with 427 students.

On Friday 13 November we will have a special assembly with some of our foundation students as guests followed by school tours throughout the day. We also have a fantastic range of memorabilia collected over the five decades on display in the library. A huge thanks to our staff, learners and community who have contributed to our memories and celebration.


Recently we have had an escalation of some unacceptable behaviour at our school. We would like to acknowledge and congratulate the majority of learners who are following our school expectations. We would like to remind all of our learners and their families of the following:

  • High standards of behaviour are expected, both at school and in the community
  • Full school uniform is worn to and from school (no PE uniform)
  • Physical violence is not accepted or condoned
  • Parents need to monitor device usage especially social media apps
  • Respectful use of footpaths and crossings by cyclists

Ngā mihi nui,


Ngā mihi nui,


50th Jubilee Celebrations

Visit our “Jubilee Museum” and take a tour around our school. Tours begin at 11:30am and 2pm. Come to the school office, 26 Northcote Road. Parking on our netball courts via the Northcote Road entrance. We look forward to seeing you!


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TNIS 50th Jubilee Tiles

Learning Update

Primary Years Programme (PYP)

Our current Unit of Inquiry is How We Express Ourselves. The Central Idea is, "Celebrations and traditions create ways for people to express important beliefs."

TNIS learners are inquiring into their own cultures and belief systems, as well as those of others. There is a particular emphasis on; how and why people celebrate, cultural events that are celebrated, and the similarities and differences between various celebrations and traditions.

The unit will finish with a Cultural Celebration Day, with each learner participating in a way that is important to them.

This will be a great way to finish off the year!

School News

Chefs for Compassion

After some weeks of careful planning and purchasing of selected ingredients, the TNIS Chefs for Compassion prepared and cooked a variety of meals to donate to Women’s Refuge. The meals have been frozen and will be delivered by the end of this month.

Well done to our learners and a huge thanks to Mr Dooley

Wellbeing Leaders

Hello everyone, this week TNIS’s weekly focus is Keep Learning. This is because TNIS learners have just started a new Unit of Inquiry learning about celebrations, traditions, and beliefs of different countries. We really encourage all our learners and parents to share new cultures with each other and develop a better understanding of different religions and beliefs. With lots of celebrations for these cultures also coming up soon, a good understanding will help our learners grow more. We encourage TNIS parents and whānau to discuss different cultures and beliefs with their children. The video below is a great conversation starter.

Wellbeing Leaders, Eshana & Benedict.

Is It Okay To Be Different?

Sport Successes

Standup Paddleboarding Success

After COVID delays, the third and final event of the NZ Standup Paddleboard National Championships was held at Takapuna Beach on Saturday 31 October.

The Sprint and Technical components of the National Champs were held in Pauanui back in February. Year 7 TNIS student Maxwell (Rm 12) came 2nd in both the Sprint and Technical races for his Under 12 category.

For the 8km Distance race on Saturday, Max paddled well in testing conditions, to come 3rd in the Under 16 category (the youngest age category for this race as 11-year-olds, don’t usually take on the 8km distance).

Congratulations to Max for his success in this challenging sport!

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Tim Sonderer Memorial Waterpolo Tournament

Well done to our Waterpolo team who represented TNIS at the Tim Sonderer Memorial Waterpolo Tournament last weekend. Lots of fun and a great learning experience for all the kids in the TNIS B team. Very grateful to have our coach James Houliston, who is Y12 at WBHS and the Captain of the WBHS Waterpolo Senior Prems.
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Mountain Bike Race - Win

TNIS's very own Zach won the 16km Taniwha Mountain Bike Race on the weekend held in Waikato. He won the 16km category across all age groups. A fantastic achievement for his first Mountain Bike race!

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Term 4 After-school Activities

Otto Halberg is offering after-school activities in Term 4.

Please register by filling in the following google forms through these links.


TNIS Rocketry Sign Up Term 4 2020

TNIS 3D DESIGN Sign Up Term 4 2020


TNIS Robotics Sign Up Term 4 2020

Head Lice

We have already had several notifications about cases of head lice at TNIS. Any learner who has their hair shoulder-length or longer must tie their hair up in a ponytail please. This helps to prevent the spread of headlice.

School Expectations

Thank you for helping us to ensure that all learners meet our expectations at TNIS.

  • Just a reminder, please, that formal school shoes must be completely black, but can have a white sole.

  • Learners who feel the cold can wear a thermal layer under their school shirt, as long as it cannot be seen. This means that if they want to wear a long-sleeved thermal, they must have their sweatshirt on as well so that the thermal top is not visible

  • Learners can wear their TNIS jacket all day (except at Specialisation for safety reasons). Learners can wear a mufti jacket to and from school, but not during class time or at break times.

Community News

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