BIS Newsletter Week 3 Term 1

Friday 19th February 2021


你好! Nǐ Hǎo and Happy Chinese New Year,

Thank you for all your support over the last week with the surprise lockdown and home learning. We have some good systems in place and if we need to go into level 3 again, we are ready for this situation. At level 2 we are observing good hygiene protocols, using the scan in at the office and will continue to spread the message to stay home if you are unwell. We thank you for your vigilance with this.

To help our students in these unprecedented times we are striving to keep things as normal as possible at school. We will continue to plan for events in the hope that the country will all be at alert level 1 for the majority of the 2021 year. As part of our planning we will incorporate some resilience building about how we cope if events are cancelled or rescheduled.

On Thursday, subject teaching commenced across the school. It has been wonderful to see students embracing the variety of subjects and self managing with timetables and equipment. Self management is one of the key competencies and one that we reinforce constantly. For some students, being organised comes naturally but others need more reminders or a checklist. We will be reinforcing the importance of having equipment ready, knowing their timetable and being in class on time.

As we head into week 4 we will also be pushing the message that uniform needs to be correct and named. This is part of the criteria for their Grooming Badge. We have a lot of items available for sale in our second hand uniform store and most of these items are $5.00. We encourage individuality and this is why we do not have rules that restrict hair colour, hair style or jewellery unless it becomes a safety concern. Good hygiene is particularly important for emerging adolescents who are participating in sporting activities and being in close proximity to others in these summer months. Clean clothes, daily washing and deodorant are all good practices to encourage.

It seems a long time ago that we held our Meet The Team evening. Thank you for attending. It was so good to meet so many of you and to hear how well your child has settled into our Intermediate. Please remember that you are always welcome to pop in and meet with us. We also like to get your feedback on school matters so please keep in touch and share ideas.

It takes a whole village to run a school and we have a great community in the Birkdale, Birkenhead and Beach Haven neighbourhoods. We will be asking for your support with our fundraising endeavours, community consultations and input into school events. I urge you to get involved, have your say and make a difference.

Enjoy the weekend and stay covid safe.

JoAnne Sutton

Tumuaki / Principal

Year 7 & 8 School Based Immunisation Programme 2021

Year 7 students will be offered Boostrix vaccine ( dTap) in school. This vaccine is a booster of diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough most children received last as pre-schoolers.

Year 8 students will be offered Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in school. This is a New Zealand schedule vaccine recommended to be given at 12 years of age. Students need two doses with a 6-month gap between doses 1 and 2.

Information on the vaccine and a consent form will be sent home with your child. Please complete the form and return to the school. If you would like more information on this important Immunisation programme please go to WDHB School immunisations

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Signing Up to Get Involved

Each day there are numerous notices shared with classes in the morning. These are also displayed on our website under student notices. This tells students when and where meetings are on so they can sign up for sports teams, arts groups and other school roles. Please encourage your child to sign up for things that interest them and to get involved. Intermediate is a great time to try lots of things and find out what you like or dislike. Giving it a go can lead to a lifetime passion.


All schools start the year by finding out where students are in their learning journey so we can plan for needs and extend abilities in each curriculum area. We have gathered information from 2020 and have spent some time doing anecdotal data gathering to form a picture of how we can best meet the needs of each student. We will be using. variety of assessment tools over the next few weeks to gather more data. this is shared with students so they can know where they are and what they next need to learn.

We use this data to identify students who may need special programmes either for support or extension. We may contact you to share these results and to offer you some support with home learning if needed.

At the end of the term we will provide you with an effort and attitude report that outlines how well your child has settled into the school year and is engaged in learning. On this report we will also indicate if your child is working at expectation. This is to give you early notification if we feel that there are additional needs that your child requires support with.

If you have any concerns about your child's progress, please contact the whānau teacher first.

It is also worth noting that if we feel that assessment activities may cause stress or anxiety to your child, we will find other methods to gather data. Your child's happiness is our first priority.

Friends of the School

Thank you to all the parents who signed up to support our 2021 Friends of the School. We will be holding a wine and cheese evening to start the year, meet each other and plan our fundraisers for the year.


We have had a case of headlice in the school. Please make sure you are checking your child's head every week. See our Headlice notice for more information.

Community Ball - Puttin' On The Ritz

We tried to host this in 2020 but Covid put a stop to this. 2021 will be our inaugural Community School Ball. This is a R18 event for our community. We have 2 bands booked to play music all night, a fantastic menu of finger foods and delicious platters, a liquor licence and bubbles on arrival, an amazing decorator who will transform the school hall into a 5 star ballroom.

All you have to do is buy a ticket, dust off your dancing shoes and get glammed up with us. We are aiming to have 300 guests at this event and all profits will go directly back into the school. This fundraiser is for our school library.

You can order tickets online by clicking on the following link: Puttin' on the Ritz Ticket Order Form

Communication Home

We email home a school newsletter every fortnight. The purpose of this newsletter is to keep our community informed of what is happening at our school.

Please ensure we have an up-to-date email address, download our BIS School App, like our Facebook page and check our website regularly for more detailed information about what is happening at BIS.

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After School Activities

A note will be coming home on Monday outlining the various after school activities that we will be offering this term.

The decision to offer after school activities was made as a way to engage the community in our school. Some of the activities are designed to meet learning needs and offer a type of after school tutoring service to help fill the gaps for students with needs in numeracy and literacy. We are also aware that not all of our students attend dance or music or sports coaching so our activities will offer an alternative after school commitment.

All staff were eager to spend at least one afternoon at school running these programmes so that we can ensure a variety of activities are on offer. Students must be signed up to attend so please look out for the note coming home on Monday.

Upcoming Events

25th February - Class Photos (Full school uniform required)

1st March - Road Patrol Training

1st March - Competitive Swim Sports

10th April - Community Ball

16th April - Last day of term 1 for students. Staff Only Day

Community Advertisements

Please contact to advertise your community event in this space.

SportSpasifiks Niuways

SportSpasifiks Niuways Free Zumba and Boxfit program starting next week 15th and 17th Feb 6.30-730pm in the Birkdale Intermediate School hall. All parents and students welcome. The programme runs for 6weeks, with plenty of fun, open to all ages and fitness levels.

Check our Facebook or Instagram @sportspasifik for information.


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