Newsletter - Term 1, Week 4

Masterton Intermediate School


Tēnā koutou, whānau mā.

Tēnā koutou e tautoko mai te kura takawaenga nei o Whakaoriori.

Tino pai rawa atu ngā mahi o te nuingā o ngā akonga kei roto i te marama o Hui Tānguru.

With the end of this first month of the 2023 school year fast approaching, we can reflect on what have been 17 very pleasing days to date. This has included:

- A 92% attendance of new students and their whānau at the interviews held on January 30 and 31. Thank you all for your support at these valuable meetings.

- High numbers of ākonga involved in the first two sessions of kapa haka, Ngā Manu Tioriori (previously choir) and Poly group

- Many of our students making genuine efforts to be kind towards others and helpful to our staff

- Very minimal amounts of litter in the school grounds

- Extremely low numbers of after school paybacks that have had to be issued for non-compliant behaviour. Only 3 so far.

- Improved levels of school attendance compared to this same time-frame last year.

- Minimal numbers of students arriving to school after the 9.00 am bell each day

- High numbers of students occupying themselves purposefully and having fun during the morning tea and lunch break times

- A fantastic start to our Fun Run fundraiser from Monday, February 20 with $11,655 pledged as of today.

We look forward to building on this list of successes throughout the remaining ten months of the year.

Nei aku mihi maioha ki a koutou katoa

Russell Thompson


Cycle 1 Mahi Pai winners

Congratulations to the following students who were drawn out of our 'mahi pai' draw for being outstanding MIS citizens and showing our school values.

Kahu Shirkey-Poutu - Rm 14 - Kowhai Kitchen

Atalia Phillips - Rm 4 - Cafe Sugar

Sam Andrewartha - Rm 17 Clareville Bakery

Ava Collins-Clark - Rm 17 - Master Bowl

Kendyl Goodger - Rm 11 Pita Pit

Stella Mann - Rm 10 - Subway

Eloise Bryant - Rm 6 - Queen Elizabeth Park boats

Florian Fjaerestad-Jones - Rm 14 - Wild Oats


We had 200 students in the draw last week for attending school 90% or more in the first 11 days of the term. We are hopeful that this number will continue to rise each '8 day cycle' as the year progresses. Congratulations to Joseph Rogan and Nthaniel Peel who were the winners of the $100 Lone Star vouchers. This was presented to them in school assembly last Thursday.


Over the next two weeks, our Te Ara Whakamana focus is going to be on the Māori creation story. This will create a strong foundation to build upon with the atua (guardians) in the coming weeks. Below is some of the art done in Digi tech to depict the creation story.

Introducing a new staff member for 2023

Olivia Roseingrave - Teacher Aide

Kia Ora,

I’m Olivia but you can call me Liv! I grew up in Masterton and 10 years ago, I was at MIS myself! This school holds a special place in my heart and it’s so exciting to be back here working. I play representative cricket for Wairarapa and love all sport. I am in my final semester at university doing a Bachelor of Science majoring in Geography and I’m hopeful to do my diploma in teaching next year!

I’ve moved back to Masterton over the last year and I can’t wait to get involved with everything at MIS. I’m excited to be a part of the awesome environment here again and help out where I can. In my spare time, I love to sing, dance, play sport and go to the gym!


A reminder about our Cyber Safety information evening for parents on Monday March 13 from 7pm-9pm in our school hall. We can confirm that this info and evening will be engaging, informative and worthwhile! Those who attend will go into the draw to win one of five $100 Lone Star meal vouchers for them and their whānau.

Random Numbers

27 The number of school days remaining in term one, 2023.

200 The number of students who were in the draw for attending each of the first 11 days of school.

150 The number of students who attended the first session of Poly Group.

120 The highest number of runs scored in one non stop cricket game (Room 13).

366 The number of students who have purchased their school diary from the office.

Property Projects 2023

Completion of property related projects in 2023 will include:

- Three cricket nets installed adjacent to the astro turf

- Replacement of the astro turf on our cricket wicket

- Names of each of our four syndicates of classes to be displayed on the hall walls - Waiohine, Waiawangawanga, Waipoua & Tauwharenikau

- Stage area cleared of backdrops and back wall painted

- New curtains in front of the hall windows, navy blue to match the colour of the stage curtains

- Refurbishment of our whare tautoko building which is the learning support centre of our kura

- All door handles checked, repaired or replaced if needed

- The Ministry of Education-funded project for the reroofing of buildings is scheduled to commence in the second half of 2023.

Farm-related projects to be completed in 2023 will include:

- Removal of non-native trees.

- Planting out the stream bank with native grasses and trees to produce a native tree corridor from the school garden to the Millennium Reserve, in June/July 2023 to support new plant growth.

- Planting kanuka and manuka groves in paddocks for shelter.

- Wetlands area to be planted out, paddock next to Pownall Street.

- Develop the garden area - building raised garden beds and a food forest.

- Planting of fruit trees in June/July Power supply to the garden area - solar.

- Beehives placed near the corridor.

- Plans will be developed for an outdoor classroom to be located on the farm site.

Murals at MIS

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The recycled bottle top mural was completed by our Student Leaders, with the support of Ms Geange. They did an amazing job!

We are still in need of a few light green bottle tops so if you have any that you could donate, please drop them to the school office or send them into school with your child.

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The beautiful kowhaiwhai mural was designed by Brendon and Mike O'Farrell. It was then painted by Mike and a selected group of students towards the end of 2022. The six panels surrounding our school logo stands for each of our school values.

Top left - 'Active brain' is represented by the Ngutukaka design. This design represents the beak of the cheeky, inquisitive Kaka.

Top middle - 'Dependable' is represented by the Marama design. This design represents the moon, time, knowledge and transparency.

Top right - 'Managing Self' is represented by the Mangopare design. This design represents strength, courage and power.

Bottom left - 'Involved' is represented by the Koiri pattern. This pattern represents self-reflection, connectedness and flourishing.

Bottom middle - 'Relationships' is represented by the Koru design. This design represents new beginnings, birth and the unfolding of life.

Bottom right - 'Excellence' is represented by the Puhoro design. This design represents speed, swiftness and agility.

Uniform Reminders

- Socks need to be plain black or navy blue with no labels etc visible.

- nose piercings or multiple piercings in ears are not permitted

- PE uniform must be brought to school everyday

- shoes need to be plain black

What's happening next week and beyond?

Please find week 5’s key events below:

Monday, 27 February (Day 7) Rāhina, 27 o Hui-Tanguru (Rā: Whitu)

  • Interclass non stop cricket at lunchtime (Room 13 v Room 17) (Room 6 v Room 18)
  • Boy and girls football skills sessions/trials in block 3
  • Girls rugby training from 3.15pm-4.15pm

Tuesday, 28 February (Day 8) Rātu, 28 o Hui-Tanguru (Rā: Waru)

  • Whole school assembly in block 3

Wednesday, 1 March (Day 1) Rāapa, 1 o Poutū-te-rangi (Rā: Tahi)

  • Interclass non stop cricket catch up games at lunchtime
  • Tautoko technicraft programme in block 3

Thursday, 2 March (Day 2) Rāpare, 2 o Poutū-te-rangi (Rā: Rua)

  • Interclass non stop cricket catch up games at lunchtime
  • Kapa haka in block 3

Friday, 3 March (Day 0) Rāmere, 3 o Poutū-te-rangi (Rā: Kore)


Please note some of the important dates and events during the remainder of term one:

Week 5 - Boys and Girls football trials in block 3, Monday, February 27

- School closed for teacher only day, Friday, March 3

Week 6 - Masterton Primary School Swimming Champs - Wednesday, March 8

- Netball trials in block 3 - Friday, March 10

Week 7 - Parent information evening on Cyber Safety, Monday, March 13 - 7pm - 9pm

- 'Attitude' presentation in the hall in block 3. Tuesday, March 14

- Learning conferences between 1:40pm and 8:30pm - Tuesday, March 14

- Netball trials after school - 3:15 - 4:30, Wednesday, March 15

- Rugby sevens exchange to Maidstone Intermediate - Thursday, March 16

- Student Volunteers to Age Concern Expo, Friday, March 17

Week 8 - Year 7 vaccinations Monday and Tuesday, March 20 & 21

- Year 7 vaccinations

- Netball trials - 3:15 - 4:30pm - Tuesday, March 21

- Wairarapa primary schools swimming champ finals - Wednesday, March 22

- Learning conferences between 3:30 pm and 8:30 pm - Wednesday, March 22

Week 9 - WRISSA Sevens rugby tournament in Te Awa Kairangi Park in Upper Hutt, Wednesday, March 29

Week 10 - Hockey trials, Monday, April 3

- Lit Quiz in Fielding, Tuesday, April 4

- Syndicate haka competition starting at 11:20 am, Wednesday, April 5

- Fun Run in block 3, Wednesday, April 5

- TERM ONE Ends - 3:00 pm on Wednesday April 5 as Thursday is a teacher only day and Friday is Good Friday.

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Sports trials for some codes have already begun with football next week and netball the following. Please ensure your child listens to the notices and writes any important meetings or dates in their diary. You can email the staff member in charge, who are listed below, if you may be able to assist in any of these codes and have any questions.


BADMINTON Raegan Warren

BASEBALL Russell Thompson


CHESS Richard Lennox


CRICKET BOYS Nathan Robinson



FOOTBALL GIRLS Russell Thompson

HOCKEY Yolandi Verwey

NETBALL Olivia Geange

RUGBY Adriaan Botha

SOFTBALL Richard Lennox

TENNIS David Johnston

TOUCH Adriaan Botha

VOLLEYBALL BOYS Russell Thompson


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Our ākonga at 'Options'

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