TNIS Newsletter Wk 10, Term 2 2021

Te Kura Waenga Whakangungu O Takapuna

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Important Dates



Week 10: 05/07 - 09/07 - Sports Camp Week

  • 06/07 - Masterchef Final
  • 07/07 - Mid Year Reports emailed to parents and caregivers
  • 07/07 - Parent Info session on Resilience - John Meeske, 6:30pm - 7:30pm, School Hall
  • 09/07 - Last day of Term 2


Week 1: 26/07 - 30/07 - Sports Camp Week

  • 27/07 - Trees for Survival Planting Day
  • 27/07 - Keeping Ourselves Safe Parent Information Evening, 6.30pm, TNIS Library
  • 28/07 - Netball Zone Day

Week 2: 02/08 - 06/08 - Sports Camp Week

  • 04/08 - Rippa Zone Day
  • 04/08 - Learner Led Conversations, 3:30pm - 8pm
  • 06/08 - 08/08 - Waterpolo Winter Festival

Week 3: 09/08 - 13/08 - Sports Camp Week

  • 10/08 - Information Evening for Parents of 2022 Year 7 learners, 6:30pm in the School Auditorium
  • 11/08 - Open Morning for Parents and 2022 Year 7 learners (9:15amand 11:30am)
  • 11/08 - Cross Coutry Zone Day
  • 12/08 - Year 7 Boostrix Vaccination
  • 12/08 - Jesters Pies - fundraiser for AIMS
  • 13/08 - Open Morning for Parents and 2022 Year 7 learners (9:15amand 11:30am)

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 Message

Kia ora Parents and Whānau,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the parents and whānau who support our learners and school in learning, sporting and cultural opportunities. It is fantastic to have you involved with us. It definitely takes a village to raise children!!

Thanks also to all of the members of our wider community who participated in our meetings and information sessions. We have John Meeske giving us some tips on Resilience this week and another session in the first week of term on ‘Keeping Ourselves Safe.’

Congratulations to all the groups that performed at the Pupuke Festival last week. It was a fantastic evening and you made us very proud.

I'd also like to wish our Sports Camp team all the best for their week of competitions.

We have had a successful end to Term Two and are looking forward to a productive and exciting Term Three.

Ngā mihi nui,


Weekly Focus

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Excellence: Show excellence by achieving your end of term goals

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Kotahitanga: Now is a good time to reflect on our learning throughout Term 2.

TNIS Reflections Term 2 2021

Ako Update

Learner Led Conversations - Wednesday 4 August

On Wednesday 4 August, you will have the opportunity to participate in a conversation led by your child about their learning. These learner-led conversations will be held between 3.30 pm and 7.30 pm. You will be able to select a 30-minute time block that best suits you. There may be up to five learners having their conversations in the classroom at the same time.

To book your 30-minute time slot online, please log on to the following website: and use the School Code : ehpww

Follow the instructions on this website to select your child’s room number and teacher and the time slot you wish to book. An email will be sent to you confirming the time. If you do not have internet access please phone the School Office (489-3940) and we will be able to book a time for you.

Learner-Led Conversations focus on the philosophy that reflection is an important and constructive part of the learning process. This opportunity gives the learner an active and meaningful role in reviewing and reflecting on his/her own learning. Self-respect and self-esteem are enhanced as learners are asked to focus on strengths and to give their perspective on their next learning steps. The teacher plays a key role prior to this day by offering ongoing support; making it possible for the learner to move into a leadership role where they articulate their learning.

Before or after your classroom time slot, you and your child are invited to visit the Specialist rooms: Food Technology, Science, Materials Technology, Digital Media, Music/Dance and Visual Art. The ESOL Room will also be open for those learners who attend these support programmes. This is an opportunity for your child to talk about their learning in these classrooms too We look forward to your support on this special occasion.

Keeping Ourselves Safe Programme

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Early next term, we will be teaching the Keeping Ourselves Safe Programme.

They will learn:

  • to work out when their safety is at risk

  • how to keep safe when they meet and mix with other people

  • who and how to ask for help if they, or someone they know, is being abused

  • to go on asking for help until someone does something to stop the abuse

  • that it is important to make and follow personal, family and school safety rules.

They will know:

  • that abuse is never okay

  • that abuse is never their fault.

You can view the resources that we will be using using this link.

If you have any questions about this programme, our Community Constable, Murray Fenton will be holding a meeting on Tuesday 27 July at 6.30pm in the Library.

School News

Resilience: Presentation 1

Wednesday 7th July 2021, 6.30-7.30

Takapuna Normal Intermediate Auditorium

Seminar: Understanding and Building Resilience in our young people.

Our current social landscape presents many challenges for our children, some of which involve technologies and world events that are unprecedented or unfamiliar.

Resilience as a mind-set and character trait is the strongest predictor of success for young people aiming to navigate these challenges.

In this seminar we will explore:

  • What exactly is a resilient mind-set?

  • How can we nurture it within ourselves and our children?

  • What are the factors that can undermine this process?

  • Can we form a set of principles around resilience and mental health similar to healthy eating/exercising strategies that benefit our physical health?

Presenter: John Meeske MSc Psychology (Hons)

John has worked in the area of mental health for over 20 years, advising people on a diverse range of mental/emotional issues. His passion is to encourage families to foster resilience as early as possible to guard against issues such as anxiety and depression in the future.

Kāhui Ako Music Festival

On Tuesday last week the TNIS orchestra, rock band singers and lyrical dancers took part in a Kāhui Ako performance at Westlake Boys High School. The festival was made up of all the schools within our Kāhui Ako (Community of Learning). Watch the video of the massed item where together, all the schools performed the Kāhui Ako song.
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Cycle Safety

We are still receiving reports from members of the public about dangerous bike-riding behaviour to and from school. Last week a TNIS cyclist was hit by a car because they were riding unsafely.

Please can you talk to your child and remind them of the following expectations.

Bikes need to be walked across pedestrian crossings

No ‘wheelies’ when riding to and from school as this is dangerous with the amount of traffic and pedestrians

  • Riders may not ride through Smales Farm
  • Riders must ride single file along bike lanes and paths
  • Riders must wear a fluoro vest

Uniform and Hair Length Reminders

A reminder that our expectations at TNIS are:

  • that all learners whose hair touches their shoulders must have it tied up in a ponytail for health and safety reasons.
  • Socks must be plain navy blue or plain black and can be short or knee-length.
  • Sports socks can be worn only with sports shoes for PE.
  • Shoes must have plain black uppers (no white/coloured logos).
  • Shoes can have a white or black sole.
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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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TNIS students, Caitlyn Brash, Macy Collie, Jayde Houlihan, Chloe Paget, and Kayla Swain will be appearing on-stage in the first week of the July school holidays in the upbeat, family-friendly show, Disney's High School Musical, presented by Auckland Performing Arts Academy (APAA). There are matinee and evening performances at the ASB Waterfront Theatre (138 Halsey Street, Beaumont Quarter, Central Auckland) between Friday July 16th and Sunday July 18th.

DISCOUNT AVAILABLE: A special Friends of APAA discount is available for the Friday 16th matinee performance if you order through the theatre - adults at children's prices! Simply book A Reserve adult tickets online and use the code WILDCATS at the check-out to receive the discount.

Tickets can be booked through the theatre at:

Or Ticketmaster:

APAA is based in Takapuna (and rehearses at TNIS). It is open to all young people aged 7 to 21. Next semester's show will be Andrew Lloyd Webber's beloved musical, Cats. To find out more about APAA or how to enrol in our next programme (starting July 31), please email or go to our website:

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Takapuna Grammar School - Our School

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 starting Term 3 - 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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The U Shop will also be open during the school holidays Thursday 22 and Saturday 24 July: 10:00am – 2:00pm

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