TNIS Panui Wiki 8, Wā Kura 3 2021

Te Kura Waenga Whakangungu O Takapuna


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Important Dates



Week 6: 30/08 - 02/09

  • 31/08 - Auckland Champs Boys Netball Zone Day CANCELLED
  • 31/08 - ICAS Maths. 9am POSTPONED TBA
  • 31/08 - Showcase Performance. 7pm, Auditorium TBA
  • 01/09 - Rippa Zone Day CANCELLED
  • 01/09 - Showcase Performance. 7pm, Auditorium TBA
  • 02/09 - Team and Group Photographs POSTPONED TBA
  • 02/09 - North Shore Rehu Tai Oral Language and Speech Competition CANCELLED

Week 7: 06/09 - 10/09 AIMS Games Week CANCELLED and Tongan Language Week

  • 09/09 - Fono. 6:30 - 7:30pm, Library POSTPONED TBA
  • Music Assembly CANCELLED

Week 8: 13/09 - 17/09 Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week)

  • 16/09 - St John Ambulance Fundraiser. Non-Uniform Day POSTPONED TBA
  • 16/09 - Music Assembly CANCELLED

Week 9: 20/09 - 24/09 Mental Health Awareness Week

  • 21/09 - John Meeske: Resilience Parent Information Evening. 6:30pm - 7:30pm POSTPONED TBA
  • 23/09 - School Social 7pm - 9pm POSTPONED TBA

Week 10: 27/09 - 01/10

  • 29/09 - Girls Volleyball Zone Day CANCELLED
  • 30/09 - Boys Volleyball Zone Day CANCELLED

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 Parents and Whānau,

We hope you and your children have been practising Te Reo this week - Ka pai!

After yesterday’s announcement, it looks like we may be in Alert Level 3 next week and possibly back to school before the end of the term. We are all looking forward to being back at school!

I have been listening to some webinars and presentations around ako at school and the mental health of our young people. Some things to consider over the next few weeks are:

  • Negative Media messages can increase anxiety

  • Be aware of low energy and mood levels

  • Look for opportunities to connect

  • Ask how things are going?

  • Talk about fears and concerns

Please find below some information from Miller Public School, Sydney Australia. They make some great points about what Learning can look like.

Ngā mihi nui,


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Another helpful link:

Weekly Focus

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Connection: Connect with Te Reo Māori

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Tangatawhenuatanga: Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori

Assembly Week 8 - Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori Edition

Online Assembly Week 8 Term 3 - Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori Edition


Rangitoto Observer - TNIS Learners Contributions

TNIS learners Ewan, Diya and Maya have written contributions for The Rangitoto Observer. Their writing is about what it's been like in lockdown this time around.

You can read their pieces below.

The transition from regular school to online learning was a swift and simple action, but brought on a few different challenges. Online learning has forced students to become more organised and adapt to coping with more home distractions as well as having the motivation to even complete work.

Although online learning has brought on more challenges, it has some positives! Students have connected more with their families and improved their time management skills in order to complete work on time and to a high standard. One of the biggest benefits of online learning is the abundance of homemade biscuits.

Ewan, 13 years

Over lockdown, everyone has been forced to adapt to this new way of working or learning, making it a very hard time for some. For students this is extremely hard; the concept of childhood has practically been stripped from them. They can no longer get together with friends or go out and most importantly they can’t go to school. However the kids at TNIS have adapted really well to all these sudden changes. Students have been rather resilient. They have managed to work around these new schedules and they just have really great mindsets around learning! They just get that it is the way it is and they know what they have to do. Also, we have all been here before so we’ve all settled in quite quickly without fuss, pushing through and delivering phenomenal work.

Diya, 13 years

Lockdown and online learning has been tough for many intermediate school students. This is especially true for those affected by the cancellation of many major cultural and sporting events; from BandQuest to the AIMS games. For many Year 8 students, this was their final opportunity to represent their intermediate schools at these major national and regional events.

Term 3 is one of the biggest, busiest terms of the year, especially coming closer to the end of 2021 and I know many disappointed students have been training and practising for all events. Hopefully intermediate students will bring these awesome skills with them to their next chapter at high school.

Many sports have also come to an end of their seasons including two Auckland netball centres ending the winter season Basketball semester two has been delayed and many many more. Heaps of students must be disappointed during these tough times, but a rest and relaxation from these events have definitely inspired me and many other students to hang out with their families more and possibly even train and practise hobbies with them!!

Maya, 13 years

School News and Information

Agencies to Support Mental Health and Wellbeing

What’s Up

It’s a free phone and online chat counselling service for ages between 5 and 19 within New Zealand.

No bookings are necessary as young people are encouraged to contact when it is the right time for them. They are in complete control of the call or chat and can disconnect whenever they choose.

This may mean that they do have to wait until a counsellor is available. There are between 2 and 5 counsellors on at any one time but they may be busy, the young person may wait in the queue or reconnect later.

Wellbeing groups online (adults only) - two new groups starting next week.

‘Managing Stress for Positive Wellbeing’ starting next week.

These free online groups are an excellent opportunity to learn valuable skills and tools to alleviate stress during challenging times.

Two groups are available:

  1. Starts Monday 20th September, 6:30pm-8:00pm (five week duration)

  2. Starts Tuesday 21st September, 10:30am-12:00pm (five week duration)

Group Overview: Managing Stress for Positive Wellbeing

This online Zoom group focuses on recognising challenging thoughts/emotions and regaining a sense of wellbeing.

Learn and develop positive coping strategies, tools and techniques to manage stress and improve your self-care.

Facilitator: Maria Thorndyke (Dip Person Centred, Dip Sach Hyp, Psych/Hyp & NLP, MICPMNZAC)

To register or for more information please email:

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FREE Parent Online Summit - 3 days, 3 themes, 24 world-class speakers: 8th -10th October. If you want tips, tools and ideas to parent your child to be resilient, confident and independent - this FREE summit is for you! Register for your FREE tickets here:
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Discovering Resilience – Live Webinar with Hugh Van Cuylenburg

Looking after the mental health of our children is more important now than ever before.

Join Hugh van Cuylenburg, founder of The Resilience Project, as he unpacks the research on mental health and breaks it down into simple tips to support the wellbeing of parents/carers and their children.

A best selling author and co-host of popular podcast, the imperfects, Hugh has partnered with elite sports teams, 1000+ schools and 500+ workplaces, teaching simple and practical mental health strategies.

Please click on the following link to register for this online session on Wednesday 22nd September at 5.00pm:

(Note: All people that register will be sent a link to the event on the day of the presentation.)

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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