TNIS Panui Wiki 9, Wā Kura 3 2021

Te Kura Waenga Whakangungu O Takapuna

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Important Dates



Week 6: 30/08 - 02/09

  • 31/08 - Auckland Champs Boys Netball Zone Day CANCELLED
  • 31/08 - ICAS Maths. 9am POSTPONED TBA
  • 31/08 - Showcase Performance. 7pm, Auditorium TBA
  • 01/09 - Rippa Zone Day CANCELLED
  • 01/09 - Showcase Performance. 7pm, Auditorium TBA
  • 02/09 - Team and Group Photographs POSTPONED TBA
  • 02/09 - North Shore Rehu Tai Oral Language and Speech Competition CANCELLED

Week 7: 06/09 - 10/09 AIMS Games Week CANCELLED and Tongan Language Week

  • 09/09 - Fono. 6:30 - 7:30pm, Library POSTPONED TBA
  • Music Assembly CANCELLED

Week 8: 13/09 - 17/09 Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week)

  • 16/09 - St John Ambulance Fundraiser. Non-Uniform Day POSTPONED TBA
  • 16/09 - Music Assembly CANCELLED

Week 9: 20/09 - 24/09 Mental Health Awareness Week

  • 21/09 - John Meeske: Resilience Parent Information Evening. 6:30pm - 7:30pm POSTPONED TBA
  • 23/09 - School Social 7pm - 9pm POSTPONED TBA

Week 10: 27/09 - 01/10

  • 29/09 - Girls Volleyball Zone Day CANCELLED
  • 30/09 - Boys Volleyball Zone Day CANCELLED

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 Kōrero

Kia ora Parents and Whānau,

Thanks for your ongoing support of teachers and learners over the last few weeks. Tomorrow we will be back in Alert Level Three with a very small number of learners at school. Thanks for your support in keeping your children home until the end of term.

Next week is National Mental Health Awareness Week. Please encourage our learners to take some time to connect with family and friends. TNIS teachers will be highlighting extra wellbeing and mental health awareness activities in conjunction with a reduced amount of classwork.

This reflection was shared with me last week. I thought you might enjoy reading it.

What If Instead of Being Behind, our Learners are Ahead after our Lockdown Life?

  • What if instead of falling behind, our learners are advanced?

  • What if they have more empathy, they enjoy family connections, they can be more creative and entertain themselves, they love to read and express themselves?

  • What if they enjoy the simple things, like their own backyards and decks, sitting near a window in the quiet?

  • What if they notice the birds and the dates the different flowers emerge and the calming renewal of a gentle rain shower?

  • What if our learners are the ones to learn to cook, organise their space, do their laundry and help keep a well run home?

  • What if they learn to stretch a dollar and live with less?

  • What if they learn to plan shopping trips and make meals at home?

  • What if they learn the difference between want and need?

  • What if they learn the value of eating together as a family and finding the good in sharing the small delights of every day?

  • What if they are the ones who place great value on their teachers and educational professionals, librarians, public servants and the previously invisible essential workers like truck drivers, grocers, cashiers, healthcare workers... just to name a few who are taking care of us right now while we are sheltered at home?

  • What if among these learners a great leader emerges who has the benefit of a slower pace and simpler life to truly learn what really matters in life?

What if our learners are ahead?
- Jaime Ragsdale

Ngā mihi nui,


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Ministry of Education message Alert level restrictions: tips for parents from Dr Hinemoa Elder and Nathan Wallis

We have heard that many parents and whānau are feeling anxious about their children’s behaviour and routine changes through alert level changes and extended alert level restrictions.

Thank you for sharing these concerns – in response, we asked Dr Hinemoa Elder (child adolescent psychiatrist) and Nathan Wallis (neuroscience educator) for some tips and advice.

In the video we’ve made, they describe what parents can do if they have concerns.

You can share the video with your school community through your school’s website, Facebook, newsletter or send it via email.

If parents are still concerned their tamariki aren’t coping, it’s important to remind them to reach out and talk with a health professional. There’s lot of support, information and help available.

Lockdown Tips with Dr Hinemoa Elder and Nathan Wallis

Weekly Focus

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Connection: Connect with Family and Friends

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Kotahitanga: Reflecting on and being grateful for what we have.

Assembly Week 9 - The Gratitude Edition

Online Assembly Week 9, Term 3 2021 FINAL


EPro8 Successes

Our science specialist Greg Ford sent an optional EPro8 engineering challenge to TNIS learners. They were family challenges with the prize being a new EPro8 kit for the school. 650 teams from across NZ entered the first challenge. They had to build a bridge out of a ream of paper and roll of sellotape that would hold the weight of a baked bean can; the longest bridge wins.

The top 40% made it to round 2, and two TNIS learners, Blake (Room 13) and Oscar (Room 4) made it this far. T

Round 2 was to build a marble run with points for different parts, both Blake and Oscar's builds were showcased and they have both made it into the Grand Finale. Only 19 teams from across the country have made it through and only 12 from Auckland so we think it is amazing 2 are from TNIS (that we know of).

The boys now both have 2 weeks to create the final piece.

Blake's Bridge was 501cm long!

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School News and Information

Agencies to Support Mental Health and Wellbeing

What’s Up

It’s a free phone and online chat counselling service for ages between 5 and 19 within New Zealand.

No bookings are necessary as young people are encouraged to contact when it is the right time for them. They are in complete control of the call or chat and can disconnect whenever they choose.

This may mean that they do have to wait until a counsellor is available. There are between 2 and 5 counsellors on at any one time but they may be busy, the young person may wait in the queue or reconnect later.

Wellbeing groups online (adults only) - two new groups starting next week.

‘Managing Stress for Positive Wellbeing’ starting next week.

These free online groups are an excellent opportunity to learn valuable skills and tools to alleviate stress during challenging times.

Two groups are available:

  1. Starts Monday 20th September, 6:30pm-8:00pm (five week duration)

  2. Starts Tuesday 21st September, 10:30am-12:00pm (five week duration)

Group Overview: Managing Stress for Positive Wellbeing

This online Zoom group focuses on recognising challenging thoughts/emotions and regaining a sense of wellbeing.

Learn and develop positive coping strategies, tools and techniques to manage stress and improve your self-care.

Facilitator: Maria Thorndyke (Dip Person Centred, Dip Sach Hyp, Psych/Hyp & NLP, MICPMNZAC)

To register or for more information please email:

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FREE Parent Online Summit - 3 days, 3 themes, 24 world-class speakers: 8th -10th October. If you want tips, tools and ideas to parent your child to be resilient, confident and independent - this FREE summit is for you! Register for your FREE tickets here:
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Discovering Resilience – Live Webinar with Hugh Van Cuylenburg

Looking after the mental health of our children is more important now than ever before.

Join Hugh van Cuylenburg, founder of The Resilience Project, as he unpacks the research on mental health and breaks it down into simple tips to support the wellbeing of parents/carers and their children.

A best selling author and co-host of popular podcast, the imperfects, Hugh has partnered with elite sports teams, 1000+ schools and 500+ workplaces, teaching simple and practical mental health strategies.

Please click on the following link to register for this online session on Wednesday 22nd September at 5.00pm:

(Note: All people that register will be sent a link to the event on the day of the presentation.)

Netball Update

Due to Alert Level settings, the remainder of the North Harbour Netball season has been cancelled. On another note, there is a possibility of a Spring league. Please see below:

Intermediate and College Spring Leagues

Wednesdays - 27th October to 1st December

Venue: Netball North Harbour Courts (All 7-aside leagues are played outside)

Length: 6 weeks

Registration close date: 20th October for Primary, Intermediate, College and Club

Cost: $140.00 for all leagues (unless stated below)


ICAS exams are on hold at this time. New dates for the Science and Maths exams will be shared once we are back at school and able to meet in larger groups.


Year 9 Enrolments for 2022

Our local secondary schools have asked us to remind all Year 8 families about enrolling their children for Year 9 in 2022. Please visit each school's website for more information about out-of-zone and in-zone enrolments.
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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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STEAM @ WGHS Applications Now Open


Westlake Girls High School offers a STEAM programme involving an integrated and innovative approach to the teaching of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, aligned to the UN Sustainable Goals.

Do you want a quick overview of what STEAM is like from a student’s perspective? Check out Lily Winchester’s video HERE

Also take a look at our latest Newsletter HERE

More information can be found on the STEAM page of our school website.

Why STEAM is great - Lily Winchester
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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 - 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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