HAWERA INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL

NEWSLETTER 5 August 2020

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Kia ora koutou

What a fabulous day I had yesterday! Students representing our school at Manukorihi Intermediate did us proud, competing enthusiastically, displaying our "Kauri Values" and were all a joy to be with.

I then returned to a meeting around Pay Equity for our hard working Learning Assistants. Earlier in the year the Government ensured that the Living Wage was implemented and now a working party between the NZEI Union, NZ School Trustees Association and Ministry of Education have developed, tested and refined a new pay matrix to ensure the work our learning assistants do in schools is truly valued.The Teacher Aide Pay Equity Settlement has been reached.

A Board training session was held later in the evening where the Board were encouraged to look closely at student achievement data, this the fourth training session they have received via external support, this year.

The Intermediate School is going from strength to strength. Students are positively managing themselves and those that do find this challenging find the school has in place measures to support them. Staff are feeling valued and supported and the Board is undertaking ongoing training to support school infrastructure, policies and practices.

Attention is now focused on improved student outcomes in core subject areas of the curriculum, staff undertaking development in assessment practices.

Ever mindful of ensuring an on-going sense of well-being prevails, we look forward to our professional development on "Restorative Practices" next week.

The school will be closed next FRIDAY 14th August.


Have a great weekend and enjoy your Saturday Sports.


Ngā mihi nui

Neryda Sullivan

Acting Principal

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Julia Scott, Rm 12, reports on a recent visit:

The HIS Environmental Inquiry Group, recently received a visit from Karen and Ritchie from the Reef Life Project. Students enjoyed a slideshow made up of videos, photos and lots of information about fish, school inquiry, experiences and how the Reef Life Project started and progressed.


They then pinpointed what fish live on our local reefs and their interests, and we saw just how friendly fish can be! We also saw how a predator can eat a whole school of fish in just one gulp.


After the slideshow, Ritchie showed us some of the equipment used when diving on the reef and why it is so important.


Finally we split off into groups for our own personal inquiry, some looking at the ocean, others at orcas or pollution and others at sharks.


To finish off the session they gave us our own poster of an orca, which we chose by voting.


The visit was fun, educational and definitely interesting to know that there is so much life beneath the ocean's surface.


A BIG thank you to Karen and Ritchie for taking the time to talk to us about our reefs.

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What an amazing day for our annual sports exchange against Manukorihi Intermediate at Waitara yesterday. The sun was shining and we were made to feel very welcomed.

Excellent sportsmanship was witnessed in all codes as our students took on the challenges laid down to them.


Students in school colours represented the school with pride. Well done to all participating students, you made me very proud.


A special thank you is extended to all coaches and parents who traveled from Hawera to support us, your support is much appreciated.


Our next challenge is in Rugby only, here at Hawera on Tuesday beginning at 11.15am, as we compete for the Barrett Shield. We look forward to hosting Devon Intermediate at this event.

Students representing our school at this event will be named on Friday.

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Our Pairoa Pa Marae visits will be upon us before we know it. (Dates at the conclusion of this newsletter)

In line with school policy, parents staying over must be police vetted, these forms should be in to school today in order for processing.


Further forms will be forwarded on Friday.

Whanau are asked to provide $15 OR a food donation towards dinner, breakfast and lunch for those students staying over.


We encourage all whanau to join us for dinner on the evening of your child's visit, another great way to come together and show whanaungatanga.


We welcome your support at the Marae and also the following day when we visit the Patea Museum and Library. Come and join us for all or just parts of the two days. We look forward to seeing you there!

This is a great opportunity for our students to continue learning about our local history and celebrating the bi-cultural identity of New Zealand.

Stretching a sentence...

Students in Room 5 have been learning to stretch a sentence in a creative descriptive way to make their writing more appealing to an audience. Noah B. wrote the following inspired by the sentence, "The witch had a big nose"


Deep in the mucky swamp lives the wicked witch, terrorising innocent people who get too close or wander near her swamp. She wasn’t always like this though. Once she was a pretty girl who tried to be kind, but she had one distinct feature, her nose! It was massive and everyone laughed at it. She decided to get them back but in the crossfire a young woman was covered in the trash. This woman was furious and revealed herself to be a sorcerer, she cursed the witch not allowing her to explain why she did what she did.

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The Hawera Basketball Association

is currently running “in school hoops” programme this term which will run for 4 weeks. Students from Waihi and Ohawe whanau are enjoying being coached during a 30 minute session made up of skill work and a short game.
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Are you tired of milk bottle tops lying around and not sure what to do with them?

Help Hawera to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle by bringing your 'clean' washed lids in a 'clean' bread bag to school. The tops will be shredded into plastic granules right here in Hawera by Egmont Refuse and Recycling then sold to a firm in New Zealand who will make them into pipes and rubbish bags. Any bottle tops featuring a 2 inside a triangle symbol can be brought in to school.


A special wheelie bin is waiting at the school office!

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Mrs Sullivan enjoying Morning Tea with another great group of students. She has 40 attending next week - what will she bake?!!

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SE JONG TAE KWON DO South Taranaki

Hi everybody, I am Anthony Dunn

Have you thought about practising a martial art, whether for your health and well-being for self-defence, or to gain some discipline or spiritual improvement?


I will be holding a meeting at the Hawera Memorial Hall at

6pm - 7:30pm Monday 10 August 2020.


This will be to give you some insight into the sport, a bit about myself and to give you all a little information on costs and overall goals.


If you would like to know more, please call me on 022 077 1280 or email me at awdunn27@gmail.com

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