Newsletter Week 4 Term 1

Maidstone Intermediate - Te Kura ō Hinepōhatu

24 February 2023

Important Message - Buses on Monday 27 February

Reminder school finishes at the earlier time of 12:30. The bus companies have advised the following:

Metlink buses

They will run as follows:

915: will leave school at 12:30pm

929: will leave school at 12:50 (to work in with Oxford Crescent and St Joseph School who finish at 1pm)

935: will leave school at 12:50 (to work in with Oxford Crescent and St Joseph school who finish at 1pm)

Tranzit buses

The Tranzit buses 6074, 6075, 6069, and 6084 will NOT run at the early time. This service has to fit in with other schools (colleges) that do not finish early on that day.

A Word from our Principal

Kia ora e te whānau

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa

Our thoughts are with those of you who have whanau who are severely affected by the recent flooding in our motu. Our world has become a strange place; testing our resilience on an almost daily basis. That is why it is so important we make sure our learning and teaching at Maidstone is based on supporting our ākonga (students) to be resilient and creative. In the coming years we will rely on this creativity and resilience to lead us into a new unknown future.

I would like to thank each whanau who supported our non-school uniform day on Friday 24 February for the Cyclone Gabrielle Relief Fund. This was an ideal opportunity for our tamariki (children) to learn and practise first hand our school value of whanaungatanga.

At the kura (school) things are slowly starting to settle down. Our new Year 7s are becoming more familiar with the culture and environment. What makes me particularly proud of our kaiako (teachers) and ākonga are the comments I received over the last few weeks about how calm things are. When you enter classrooms, you can feel the learning happening. Another aspect to be very proud of is the level of kaitiakitanga (guardianship) our akonga show towards the kura environment. It is a privilege to walk around the school grounds with almost no rubbish.


But even in paradise not everything is perfect! One issue that has suddenly popped up is vaping. Maidstone Intermediate has a NO TOLERANCE policy when it comes to vaping and bringing vaping devices to the kura. Any ākonga found with a vape will be dealt with accordingly. A kōrero (meeting) with the whanau will be arranged and the ākonga will be asked to do school service. If the same ākonga is caught again with a vape device, they will be stood down for two days, and if caught a third time will be stood down for three days. If the behaviour continues, the ākonga and their whanau will appear before the Board.

One issue with vaping is that, in most cases, ākonga get the vape devices from home. We ask all whanau to help us with this. Please consider the vaping device an illegal object for tamariki and make sure they are not able to get hold of it.

School App

Thank you to the whanau who have downloaded the school app. It is crucial that every whanau has this. This is the first communication method we use when we want to send quick and short communications to the community. It is also a convenient way for you to let the kura know about absences, or changes in personal details.

Please visit the Maidstone school app website and download the app if you have not done so.


One of our focus points for 2023 is to increase the number of ākonga who are attending school each day. A side effect of COVID is that as a motu (country) we have become very casual about attending school. I cannot state it better than the Ministry of Education - “Every Day matters”. We have specific goals for 2023 and I will keep you informed on how we are going. Most importantly, we need your help with making sure your tamariki are at the kura. Our task then is to support them with their learning and creating a culture where they feel they belong.

I want to end with the following whakataukī as I think it is of great value given the current situation in our motu.


Ka mate te kāinga tahi, ka ora te kāinga rua

When one house dies, a second lives

When something good emerges from misfortune.

Ngā mihi nui

Wikus Swanepoel


Upcoming Dates

27 February - BOT Hui at 6pm

1 March - Hauora Fun Day

2 March - Year 7 Sleepover

6 March - 'Our Kids Online' Whānau Presentation 7 - 9pm

20 March - BOT Hui at 6pm

29 March - WRISSA Rugby 7s

30 March - School Photos

31 March - WRISSA Athletics

4 April - Year 8 Immunisations

5 April - Year 7 Immunisations

6 April - Last day of Term 1

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Year 7 Sleepover - Tararua & Mangaroa

The day the Y7’s have been waiting for is Thursday the 2nd of March! Keep an eye out for an email from your kaiako because this would have further information. Although it would be much appreciated if you could start finding them something to sleep on (i.e a air bed).

Breakfast available on Wednesdays

Every Wednesday morning between 8.00 - 8.40am, ākonga are welcome to have a healthy cooked breakfast in the Hall. This includes toast, eggs, baked beans and spaghetti. This breakfast is accompanied with a hot Milo to enjoy. A great opportunity for ākonga to eat, play board games, and reflect before the start of their day. See you on Wednesday mornings!

Te angitu o nga akonga (Student Success)

Congratulations to the following ākonga:

Lily H (Rm 8) and Aurora H (Rm 13) have been invited to participate in a hockey training session with the Women’s Black Sticks in Wellington.

A word from our Learning Support Coordinator

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Here are some māori words commonly used around the school, in emails and newsletters by both students and teachers.

Tēnā koutou - Hello to you (3 or more)

Ko Matua Pat tōku ingoa - My name is Matua Pat (in this case, matua is used as a title as in Mister)

Kupu hou - New word

Ākonga - Student

Kaiako - Teacher

Kaimahi - Staff

Rōpū - Syndicate/Group

Tamariki - Children

Tamaiti / Taitamaiti - child

Computer - Rorohiko

Maori Dictionary online

Tips for Whānau - Ākonga in the Cyber World

Use strong passwords

Did you know the most common password is “password”? Followed by “123456”? Using your child’s name with their birthday isn’t much better.

Picking a password that is easy is like locking your door but hanging the key on the doorknob. Anyone can get in.

Here are some tips for creating a stronger password. Make sure it’s:

long – at least 15 characters,

unique – never used anywhere else, and randomly generated – usually by a computer or password manager. They’re better than humans at being random!

Make sure you’re not recycling the same password across all your apps and websites. You can use a password manager to store all of your passwords. That way you don’t have to remember them all! If you go this route, make sure your master password is strong and memorable.

You can use password managers like:

RAD (Recycle a Device)

We are looking for people in the community who are in need of a laptop because they aren’t able to get their own. If this is you or you know of someone who needs one please email: or leave a message at the school for Caleb.

William Pike Challenge

The William Pike applications are now open for Y8. The William Pike Challenge is a year-long programme in which ākonga will push themselves outside of their comfort zones. Ākonga will be required to take part in five outdoor activities, 20 hours community service and 20 hours learning a new skill. To learn more about the programme you can go to

These are due on Tuesday the 28th of February. If you would like an application you can access it via this link (

We have an App to help keep you informed and up-to-date with what's on at Maidstone

Go to the App Store on your Apple or Android device.

Search 'SchoolAppNZ' to download the app onto your device.

Search 'Maidstone Intermediate School'.

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Community Notices

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Youthtown are looking at setting up a workshop-based program for intermediate aged children. We want to create a space where students can come along and enhance their skills in activities/hobbies that they're either already interested in or something that they have wanted to try but never had the means to do so. This survey will help us to find out a bit more about how we can shape this program to benefit as many families as we can.

Please click the link to complete the survey if this sounds like something that you’d interested in.

Many Thanks,

Kate Groenewegen

Programme Coordinator – Oscar or
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