TNIS Newsletter Wk 9, Term 2 2021

Te Kura Waenga Whakangungu O Takapuna

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Important Dates



Week 9: 28/06 - 02/07

  • 28/06 - WGHS speaking to Year 8 Girls
  • 29/06 - NS Intermediate Schools Chess Competition
  • 29/06 - CoL Pupuke Ako Concert, 6pm - 8pm, WBHS Auditorium
  • 01/07 - Matariki Morning, 7am - 8am - School Hall

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

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,

Next week we will be electronically sharing with you your child's Mid Year Report and Specialist Report for the end of Cycle One. The learners and teachers have been working hard in their learning and we look forward to sharing their progress with you at the beginning of next term during Learning Conversations.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the parents and whānau who have made it to our information sessions on Wellbeing, being ‘Netsafe’ and our Hui and Fono meetings.

Next Wednesday will be our final session for the term on resilience.

Please follow the link below to an article by Judith Locke who was a keynote speaker at our Kahu Ako Day earlier this term.

Ngā mihi nui,


Communicating with Staff and their Accessibility

Sometimes during camps and trips, teachers share their personal phone number with parents, so that they can contact them while they are away.

However, this is not our usual practice. If you wish to contact a teacher you need to do it either through email or when you talk to them at an appropriate time in person.

We are noticing that staff are receiving an increasing number of emails for information that has already been or will be communicated through App Alerts, newsletters and other official school communication. This is taking precious time away from teachers and their preparation of and reflection on children's learning.

As a result of this pressure, we have asked staff to now reply to emails within 3 working days or 72 hours.

In an emergency, you can ring the school office.

Weekly Focus

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Connection: Connecting with TNIS whānau through Matariki celebrations.

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Tangatawhenuatanga - Affirming Learners’ Culture through celebrating Matariki.

Ako Update

The end of term is nearly here! One last thing before you go…

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To continue supporting our parent and carer community over this holiday period, Martin Heppell has created a short clip about the importance of sleep. View the clip below.

We encourage you to watch this clip so that your children come back to school well-rested and ready to learn!

Sleep and School Students - Why it's important and setting good routines
For more information on sleep & device management please click through to the latest blog “Reclaiming control of your electronic devices”.

School News

Matariki Dawn Celebration

Matariki is just around the corner, so we would like to invite you and your whānau to celebrate the Maori New Year with Takapuna Normal Intermediate School on THURSDAY 1st July (this week), from 7am - 8am in the school hall.

If you don’t already know, Matariki is the rising of a star cluster, which represents the Maori New Year. Matariki traditionally symbolises a time for fertility, remembrance and celebration as Maori gave thanks to the year gone by and to welcome the new beginnings of the year to come. Now it's a special time to celebrate Māori culture in Aotearoa.

Our Matariki celebration will begin at 7am and conclude by 8am. Our Kapa Haka will perform, there will be Matariki storytelling and shared kai (porridge). We will also have gluten and dairy-free breakfast options available.

Please fill in this form if you are attending so that we have an idea of numbers for catering purposes. If you have any queries, please feel free to email us. Please RSVP by Tuesday 29 June. We look forward to seeing you there!

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.

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Why Does Money Matter? FSC School Video Competition


TNIS Learner Led Conversations Information 2021

Your child will be leading a conversation with you about their learning early next term on Weds 4 August between 3.30pm and 8.00pm. They will be sharing their strengths and challenges and setting goals for the remainder of the year.

Bookings will be available from next week.

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.

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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