TNIS Panui Wiki 2, Wā Kura 4 2021

Te Kura Waenga Whakangungu O Takapuna

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Important Dates



Week 4: 8/11 - 12/11

  • 10/11 - Teacher Only Day

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 whānau

Thanks for your ongoing support. Please find below some clarification around our online learning programmes. As you are aware our major focus is on Wellbeing and connection. It is always tricky to strike a balance between offering challenging tasks and enough support to cater for individual understanding and learning differences. Our learners have also been very clear that having some fun with their teacher and classmates is also motivating!

There are lots of ideas or activities to do with your young people to complement online learning. Thanks to Rudheath Senior Academy for some ideas below.

Ngā mihi nui,


Weekly Focus

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Action - Connection - Excellence: Finding ways to remain resilient.

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Wananga: Learning effectively with others online.

Assembly Week 2 - Staying Resilient!

Online Assembly Term 4, Week 2 2021


Online Learning Programme

We would like to remind you about the way that our online learning programme runs at TNIS. Across all teams and classrooms, you can expect to see the following for your tamariki:

Class Meets

  • Each classroom teacher or pair of teachers in a collaborative space will run a daily morning class meet-up. The meeting will serve several purposes.

1. Pastoral care/social

  • The teacher can check in with learners in an informal setting and for peers to interact with one another.

  • Any relevant school news can be shared.

2. Learning

  • The schedule/plan for the day will be shared and the teacher can answer questions about what is required.

Curriculum Balance

  • Throughout the week, each class will have a balance of learning tasks and activities from all areas of the curriculum, including:

    • Reading

    • Writing

    • Maths

    • Inquiry

    • PE / Fitness

    • Well Being

    • Languages (Te Reo Māori in Term 4)

Workshops / Online Group Support Sessions

  • All learners have the opportunity to attend one learning workshop or session each day with their classroom teacher in either Literacy or Mathematics.

  • All learners have the opportunity to attend one learning workshop or group support session each day with a teacher from their team.

A group support session is a meet that learners can join whilst they are working on a learning task or activity. The teacher is available to answer their questions, which other learners can hear. This is like a “live classroom” situation.

Primary Years Programme (PYP)

While distance learning certainly has some challenges, something all of our learners can be proud of is how well they are all utilising our PYP Approaches to Learning, Self Management in particular. They need to be motivated and organised, and they are showing this by turning up to morning meetings, workshops, and handing in work on time. While this may look different from learner to learner, we know that they are all stepping up to the challenge!

"Where We Are in Place and Time" has been an interesting look into the history and voyages associated with Aotearoa, and we were able to start looking at aspects of the upcoming Aotearoa New Zealand Histories Curriculum. Links have been made to our own voyages, and to the migration of our families. Learners are now connecting what they have learnt with an aspect of the unit of inquiry they are particularly interested in, from designing a new land, to independently researching more about migration and the stories associated with this. We are looking forward to seeing what they come up with!

Wellbeing Update

Here is a great guide to mindfulness and meditation from The Resilience Project blog - link below

School News and Information

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It's been one month since Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW)

To inspire you and your school or kura to keep up the kōrero all year round, here are a few of our favourite wellbeing boosters for the rest of 2021 and beyond:

  • Created by All Right?, Sparklers is an online toolbox with over 70 wellbeing activities for tamariki. It was originally developed for classroom use, but there are heaps of resources to support home-learning too. If you haven't already, check them out here!

  • Visit Good Reads for reviews on children's books with wellbeing themes (or Māori themes) to keep the focus and kōrero going beyond the week.

  • Our mindful colouring template is still available for your kaimahi/staff or tamariki to use, as well as our Te Whare Tapa Whā chatterbox and MHAW Guide. The activity ideas in these resources can be used all year round to encourage kōrero about the different things that make us feel good.

  • Have you heard about our other MHF campaign, Pink Shirt Day? It's taking place on Friday 20 May 2022 so make sure to put it in your diary! Learn more Pink Shirt Day and how to prevent bullying in your school or kura here.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to see our latest wellbeing updates.
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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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