Hawera Intermediate School

NEWSLETTER 11 November 2021

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Kia Ora Koutou

What beautiful weather we are having - a real tonic for the soul!

Let us hope it continues into next week and particularly for our Athletics Day on Tuesday.

Within the newsletter the timetable of events is published. Whanau is welcome to attend our event however strict health and safety protocols will be in place and must be adhered to by all spectators.

- Everyone must sign in using the Covid Tracing app - barcodes will be made available at entry points

- Social distancing will apply, 2m apart from other groups

- Areas will be roped off at each event- spectators must stay behind the ropes

- There is to be no physical interaction between spectators and students

- Wearing of masks is encouraged

- If attending please enjoy your child's events and then allow space for others by leaving

Transition Visits for students

Year 8 students head to the high school soon for transition visits and we have welcomed high school staff here during interval and lunch breaks. Enrolment evenings are held at the high school on November 17th and 18th.

We have held three enrolment evenings for prospective Year 7 students and on Monday we welcome visits from transitioning students into the school.

Our Year 7 students continue to design the motif for our school sweatshirt, designs being shown at our next Board Meeting on November 22nd for BOT approval.

Camp fundraising continues. We are unable to hold our planned gala so varying events will occur at school and we look for support of the same. Our target is to raise $14,000 towards our camps, thus far $5,000 has been raised.

Tomorrow, students have a "Non- Uniform Day", mufti may be worn with a $2 donation.

A Christmas Raffle is up and running - we seek donations towards the same and the hunt is on for the student who sells the most raffles.

Classes will also operate fundraising ventures - details to follow.

A sausage sizzle Barbeque will operate at our athletics day- $2 Sausage and $1 drinks, order forms out today.

Today our Student Councillors head to the RSA to be part of the commeration of Armistice Day.

The term is flying by - 5 weeks to go.

Ngā mihi nui

Neryda Sullivan


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As part of the Health and Physical Education curriculum, we teach a unit about “ Positive Puberty”, which is a compulsory sexual education component of the New Zealand Curriculum.

This unit of work will provide students with the knowledge, understanding, and skills to develop positive attitudes towards the changes that they will and may be already experiencing, during puberty.

The unit will involve a discussion of male and female body changes during puberty, that is the physical, mental and emotional growth and development that occur and the new needs that arise during puberty. During this unit, we will be covering changes to your body and menstruation to help understand what puberty is and the changes to the teenage body.

As part of this unit, we like whanau to be actively involved by also talking to your child about the changes that occur with puberty and adolescence.

There is a lesson that includes specific information relating to the menstrual cycle which will include information about menstrual products and all female students will be offered information and a range of product samples to help them understand the menstrual cycle.

Permission forms for your child to participate in the puberty unit have been sent home and must be returned by Friday 19th November.

Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions about the lesson details, or would like some guidance in discussing this topic with your children.

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Badge work Closing Week 7

Congratulations to all students who have completed badges over the year. Please note that all projects need to be handed in to Whaea Lania by Friday 3 December, week 7 to ensure marking by the end of the year.
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Morning Tea Inter class Netball

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Friday After School Cricket

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Lunch Time Touch Rugby Competition

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Tuesday 16th November 2021

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School bus arrangements for 2022

Next year will see some minor changes to our school transport as the Ministry of Education transitions to a new contract with our current bus operators. To make sure that the start of the school year goes as smoothly as possible, please familiarise yourself with the information below.

As always, please either stay with your children while they are waiting for their school transport in the morning or keep in contact with them to make sure that they are picked up safely.

School bus routes, timetables and bus stop information

Please contact the school office, Glenn Heather our teacher in charge of school bus operations or Weir Bros for route information.

Eligibility for school transport assistance

We often get questions about whether students qualify for school transport assistance i.e., a place on a school bus.

The Ministry of Education has three criteria that students must meet in order to qualify for school transport assistance. They are:

  1. The student must attend their closest state or state-integrated school
  2. The student must live more than a certain distance from the school:
    • Years 1-8: At least 3.2 km
    • Years 9-13: At least 4.8 km
  3. There must be no suitable public transport options

The Ministry of Education has a handy video on their website that helps explains the eligibility criteria for school transport assistance.

Responsibility of caregivers

To ensure a safe environment for bus loading and unloading caregivers should:

  • not park in bus bays
  • adhere to the speed limit (20 km/h while passing a stationary school bus on either side of the road)
  • try to eliminate the need for children to cross the road
  • ensure that children get to and from the bus stop safely
  • teach children to not run across the road

Please note: if you currently have a private arrangement with your bus operator, you will need to contact your bus operator to confirm that your arrangement will continue in 2022.

School transport queries

If you have any queries about our school transport, please contact Glenn Heather our Bus Controller. He can be contacted via the school office.

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A reminder that Anderson Pie orders will be ready for collection on the afternoon of Thursday 18 November.

  • 18 November - Andersons Pie orders go home
  • 22 - 30 November - Life Education Truck visiting HIS
  • 5 December Lions Junior Speechmaker Competition
  • 8 December - Home School Partnership Meetings
  • 15 December - Year 8 Formal
  • 15 December - Service Assembly
  • 16 December - Formal Assembly
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We were very excited to have entries in this year's District Peace Poster Contest held by local Lions Clubs. This year's theme was "We are all Connected"

67 posters were received from schools around the district which presented the judge, Chester Burrows with a challenge.

We are thrilled to announce that 2nd place was awarded to Anthea Sharrock, sponsored by Normanby & Distrcts Lions.

Congratulations also to Saige Smith, Misheel MacNamara, Libby Johnston and Loretta Bailey who were all placed in the top 10!

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2nd Place - Anthea Sharrock

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Financial support for struggling families

It's been a tough year for many: we know that as a result of alert level restrictions, many families have had either no work or reduced work and have therefore had a significant drop in income.

If you know any families needing help with putting food or kai on the table or paying an overdue bill, support may be available from the Ministry of Social Development.

Understanding this is an expensive time of year for families, income limits for hardship assistance have been increased from 1 November 2021 until 28 February 2022.

If you know of any families finding things tough financially, Work and Income have an online check what you might get guide, which will have the new limits updated from today Monday 1 November.

You’ll need to answer some simple questions about your situation, then Work and Income will let you know if there are any payments you can get. It only takes about five minutes to check what you might get, and you don’t need to be getting a benefit to be eligible.

Your answers are completely confidential, and they won’t be saved or used in any way. Alternatively, call 0800 559 009.


Contact tracing remains a priority through our visitor register, timetable and attendance register. There is a QR code poster for the NZ COVID Tracer App displayed on the office door.

To support contact tracing, all visitors who are onsite for a period of time, including parents and caregivers need to register either through the Trace App or manually via our visitor register.

Please remember to wear a mask when entering the school grounds.

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