HAWERA INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL
NEWSLETTER 2 September 2020
Kia ora koutou
Another two weeks has flown by!
This week and last I have spent time talking with teachers and hearing how they work to ensure safe and caring classroom environments exist and where high expectations for students are voiced and demonstrated.
Our focus is now on the classroom and we have an external facilitator with expertise in building curriculum to ensure ours is localised and provides authentic learning experiences for students. As such we close the school next Thursday, 10th September at 1pm to undergo Professional Development in this area.
Today I have my Senior Adviser and School Functioning Achievement Practitioner on site further assisting in building upon assessment capability.
Staff and students have been invited by the Education Review Office to partake in the on-going survey around well-being, this will be further supplemented with a survey undertaken through the NZ Council for Educational Research.
Findings from all surveys assist the school moving forward and next step development.
Ngā mihi nui
by Raine, Taene, Cody and Shawntay
Our team curiously asked questions and gathered important information so we could become more knowledgable on the topic. We not only learnt the process and facts, but also a rare visit to his station. We are very grateful to Mr Buckland for sharing his time with us and wish to thank him for coming to speak to us.
by School Councillor - Teri-Grace Oxenham
On Friday the 28th of August, our Student Councillors were privileged to meet the mayor of South Taranaki. He told us of his job, then answered our queries. The mayor was very nice, calm, and happy. Mayor Phil Nixon seemed delighted to meet us, he also appeared to be proud of his opportunity to speak with the Councillors. I thought he was really nice and kind.
He answered all of our questions in great detail and made sure we could understand. I wish we had more time to speak with him, but alas time ran out. Our talk was long, smart, and very productive. We learnt many things about the Mayor and his job. Did you know that when he was younger, someone said that he should be Mayor? His reply? Laughter! He laughed at the thought that he could be mayor. Proof that you never know what the future holds.
Mayor Phil seems very open-minded and ready for new opinions. He was very happy with our questions. I think it was a valuable experience, not just for us, but for Mayor Phil too. I think I am speaking for all the councillors when I say that it would be wonderful to speak with him again.
I will take his words and experiences to heart, and use this opportunity for bettering my actions and myself. I would like to say thank you to Mayor Phil for his inspirational talk.
For the first time this year we were offered the opportunity to nominate students for the "Bryce Jourdain Scholarship" to a leadership course at TOPEC.
This was established in memory of Bryce Jourdain who sadly lost his life at Paritutu Rock while doing what he truly loved - teaching a group of students.
Staff nominated students and then Senior Leaders selected five entrants - Taene Nelley, Zion Katene, Elliot Wills, Kobe Brogden and Shakaia Tantrum.
These five then went on to present their final application.
Mayor Phil Nixon, took their profiles back to the council and the lucky nominee for our school is Shakaia Tantrum!
We congratulate Shakaia and wish her all the best for selection at the next stage!
We also acknowledge the mana and integrity of the four other students, who showed their integrity, and why they were nominated when they instantaneously gave her a round of applause on the announcement being made. What excellent young leaders we have in our school!
Keeping Our Children Safe Online
In the interest of student well-being, whanau are reminded to be vigilant around students on social media. Many students do not have the ability to handle pressures that can be found within this forum and therefore strict monitoring of usage by parents is suggested.
1) Become your child’s “friend” in any social network environment your child creates.
2) Maintain easy access to your child's profile via their log in...…you will see everything.
3) Ensure that you can always have access to your child's phone to help them stay safe (i.e. it is not a no-go area) …check the quality of how they are communicating with others; talk about how they connect and communicate with friends. Is it consistent with the values of your family?
4) Educate your children about the importance of protecting family and friends images ….teach them to seek permission of another before they send or upload images to the internet.
5) Try to always maintain open lines of communication with children. Do not over-react if you see something that alarms you or makes you angry….. share your concerns, and always talk about the issues and how they relate to them and their friends safety.
6) Agree on a time in the evening to stop using the technology within the home…that’s everyone. “Remember, what we model today will either come back and embrace us or bite us tomorrow”
7) Talk/ask about their friends and social activity as a way to reduce the opportunity for cyber-separation to develop……encourage being open about new friends and what they are up to, and who their parents are. When in doubt, call the parents and introduce yourself.
8) Teach your children to protect their online identity, as a way to future proof themselves for employment…..we need to nurture and protect them online and teach them how to protect themselves as they engage information technology.
Pedophiles & online gaming platforms
Pedophiles gravitate to areas where children play, communicate and congregate. Pay attention to the online games your children play.
Questions to ask: Are the games age appropriate? Is the quality of the language used in the games suitable for a child? How does the game make money out of a child’s use? What processes are available to adults, should they need to make a complaint about a user? Parents/guardians need to familiarise themselves with the game the child wants to play before the child enters the game; alternatively sit alongside the child and experience the game with them. Online gaming platforms provide pedophiles with the ability to observe minors interacting with other minors, all the time learning about the child. This gives the pedophile the opportunity to target select and then build a relationship with a child once the grooming starts.
Bonus points were given out to classes.
Thanks to Mr Heather and Mr Baylis who ran the event.
It is not about the winning or losing, it is about celebrating the great behaviour being seen at school.
1st place -Room 12 with absolutely exceptional team work, behaviour and attitude.
2nd - Room 5
3rd = Rooms 9 and 10
School will close on the afternoon of Thursday 10th September at 1pm
This will enable teachers to undertake professional development from external facilitators who will visit our school.
We have worked incredibly hard on ensuring a well managed environment exists at Hawera Intermediate.
Our direction is now focussed on student learning and the assessment of the same. This opportunity will support teachers collectively moving forward.
Our appreciation is extended to you in advance in supporting this teacher development.
by Anastazja Kowal
Showquest is an exciting one-off challenge for 2020 that lets students nationwide create a 7-minute (or less) self-filmed screen video exploring a story/theme. It has been a long, perpetuous and of course fun journey. The film we are making is about one protagonist trying to find her true self through emotions portrayed by colour and dance. We have used a different mix of songs to show different emotions such as, anger, sadness, confidence, happiness and being chill. All of this has been directed by students at our school with lots of help from Mrs Treanor and Mr Baylis. This has been the first time Hawera Intermediate has performed in Showquest so we are giving it our all to set the bar high. Because of Covid 19 we are not performing on stage like you would normally for an activity like this. We are having to record and edit on ipads and computers. We have certain expectations that the completed video needs to have. There are around 30 students who have control and fill the roles of directors, editor, actors, dancers, musicians, tech crew, designesr and so much more! All of the dances in our performance have been choreographed by Julia Scott, she has dedicated most of her spare time to figure out what would go best with our music choice. Showquest is based on seeing what we can do with actions and music, you don't use your words for this. It is all about how you tell the story with dance.
Congratulations to Georgia MacRae on her selection to the Football Federation Talent Centre for 2020. She will be representing Taranaki in the 14th Grade Girls squad.
Over the years we have gathered a variety of cultural necklaces that have been handed into the school office. If you think one of these may belong to you, please contact the office, 278 5030.
Vision and Hearing
Year 7 vision and hearing testing took place last week on Monday 24th. Carried out by the Public Health Nurse checks are undertaken to support any student going forward with identified needs.
Our apologies for omitting this notification in our last newsletter.
Children at Higher Risk of Severe Illness
Washing and Drying Hands
Physical distancing of 2 metres is recommended for parents and caregivers, from people they don’t know (to align with public health measures outside the school grounds).
Visitors Contact Tracing
To support contact tracing, all visitors who are onsite for a period of time, including parents and caregivers need to register either through the Tracer App or manually via our visitor register.
Practise Good Hygiene
Wash your hands with soap. Cough or sneeze into your elbow. Clean surfaces.
Keep Track of Where You've Been
If COVID 19 reappears, help our health services reach people quickly to stop any further spread
Stay Home if You're Sick
If you have cold or flu symptoms you should stay at home and call your doctor or Healthline.