TNIS Panui Wiki 5, Wā Kura 2 2022

Te Kura Waenga Whakangungu O Takapuna

Important Dates

Term 2

Week 5 Samoan Language Week

30/05 - Year 7 Girls Football Zone day

31/05 - Year 8 Girls Football Zone day

03/06 - Teacher Only Day (School closed)

Week 6

06/06 - Queen's Birthday (School closed)

08/06 - Boys' Hockey Zone Day

09/06 - HPV Vaccination

09/06 - Girls' Hockey Zone day

09/06 - Fono, 6pm

Week 7

13/06 - WGHS speaking to Year 8 Girls

14/06 - Boys' Rugby Zone Day

16/06 - North Shore Mathex Competition

Week 8

20/06 - Cross Country

21/06 - Table Tennis Zone Day

22/06 - Matariki celebration at school

24/06 - Matariki (School Closed)

Week 9

29/06 - Talent Show

30/06 - Water Polo

Week 10

04/07 - 08/07 - Sports Camp

06/07 - Year 7 2023 Enrolment Information Evening

Term Dates 2022

Term One

Tuesday 1 February - Thursday 14 April

Term Two

Monday 2 May - Friday 8 July

Term Three

Monday 25 July - Friday 30 September

Term Four

Monday 17 October - Thursday 15 December

Teacher Only Days

  • Friday 3 June
  • Monday 29 August
  • Tuesday 30 August


Talofa lava

As we near the winter months it is a timely reminder to ensure your children are prepared for the change in weather for the school week. This includes wet weather jackets, umbrellas and taking care walking and biking to and from school. A reminder if your child is unwell please keep them home and contact the school office.

Samoan Language Week

This year’s theme for Vaiaso o le Gagnaa Samoa- Samoa Language week is Fa’aauau le Folauga i le Va’a o Tautai- Continue the voyage with Competent Wayfinders of the Ocean. 2022 is a significant year for the Samoan community, being the 60th anniversary of Samoa's Independence.

Classes will be celebrating this week in school and learning greetings and phrases in Samoan.

Staffing News

As you are aware Kate Surgison is leaving TNIS today to become the Principal of Te Hurihi School on Waiheke Island. Kate has been a valued member of TNIS over the last four years and has been instrumental in the amazing learning opportunities for our learners. We wish Kate all the best in her role.

Until a permanent Deputy Principal has been appointed Nicole Bolton and Mike Morgan will be sharing this position and assisting Mrs Harford and me. Mrs Bolton and Mr Morgan will be released from their classrooms two days per week.

A reminder school is closed this Friday 3rd June as we have a Teacher Only Day. Have a great week and enjoy the long weekend.

E kore tatau e mohio ki te waitohu nui o te wai kia mimiti raw te puna- We never know the worth of water until the well runs dry. Look after the planet before it is too late.

Zane Wilson



Chloe from Room 2 and her mother Dominique created a stunning korowai (cloak) during the lockdowns in 2020 and 2021. They have generously gifted the korowai to our kura and it is to be worn by our tumuaki on special occasions.

We are truly grateful to receive such a wonderful taonga and so appreciate the hours of work it took to create it.

Ngā mihi nui Chloe and Dominique!


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Hononga - Connection

Tangata Whenuatanga - affirming learners' cultures
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Ngā Whakapiringitanga

A safe learning environment allows everyone to focus on their learning.


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Unit of inquiry - Who We Are

Aloha TNIS. We are the mighty Manuka Machines! The previous unit of inquiry was How We Express ourselves. We are nearing the end of our second UOI, Who We Are. So here’s what we have learnt; Our central idea is: “Understanding the human functions helps us make our own decisions to maintain our wellbeing”. This has supported our lines of inquiry throughout this UOI and is the main focus of our summative task.

Torr Beaman

Our Key Concepts that we looked at are - Function (How Does It Work?), Connection (How Is It Connected To Other Things?), and Responsibility (What Are Our Obligations?). Each key concept focuses on a different line of inquiry and provides a way for us to focus our research and inquire more about what we are learning on a deeper level.

Ben Xiong & Rana Ozyuteri

Our Lines of Inquiry included:

  • The main functions of the human body,
  • How our body works can impact our well-being,
  • We have a responsibility to look after human necessities.

Inside of these LOI’s we have had lots of cool learning experiences including VR sessions where we:

  • looked at parts of the human body in 3D
  • took part in puberty talks
  • performed a cow eye dissection
  • created a summative task

We also learnt about Cystic Fibrosis from Bella Powell, an 18-year-old who has Cystic Fibrosis. .

Torr Beaman

Throughout this UOI we learnt a lot more about common issues/problems related to the human body, such as insomnia, and also skin diseases that happen regularly throughout our lives. It is our responsibility to look after ourselves and this inquiry has raised our personal awareness to these things and what we can do to make sure we look after every part of our body. We are much more knowledgeable about how the human body works and the stages we go through during our lives thanks to our puberty talks, VR sessions, and heart dissection.

Ben Xiong

Summative Task: A summative task happens at the end of a UOI and helps us showcase our understanding of the entire unit. For our summative task, we were doctors who had a patient with an issue. We had to research their issue so we could provide possible treatment options for them. We could focus on one main cause of this issue or we could research many of the possible reasons for this issue. Our research was guided by key concepts. From here we had to make a resource to help our patients learn how to treat their issues. You could choose what resource you wanted to make, from a website to a role play. Some examples of summative tasks are below. Scroll down and look at some photos or check out some of the websites and videos we made:

April Sullivan

Below are some of the photos we took over the time we have been learning about Who We Are. These photos are mainly from learning about the human body when we got to use VR headsets. This was such a fun experience and we hope to do it again. We are thankful that we had the opportunity to use VR headsets which improved our learning experience by letting us see the different body parts in 3D.

Jacob Walker


Education Review Office

Last week, kaiako (teachers) and ākonga (learners) welcomed our ERO evaluation partner Anjie Savage to our kura with a whakatau. Our mahi (work) with Anjie began in 2021 but due to Covid restrictions, we have only just been able to welcome her onsite.

The Education Review Office (ERO) has shifted to a more developmental approach to evaluation that supports each school’s improvement over time. Key features of the new approach, Te Ara Huarau, are that ERO will:

→ work with all schools in an ongoing way rather than as a one-off event

→ connect with each school’s strategic planning and reporting cycle as part of their improvement journey

→ work in partnership with schools, collaborating in support of equitable and excellent outcomes for all learners

As a result, each school will:

→ have a dedicated ERO Evaluation Partner who works alongside the school

→ have a different experience depending on needs, strengths, and their school’s specific evaluation focus

→ be on a three-year evaluation cycle

What will public reporting on ERO’s website look like?

As schools transition into the approach, ERO will work with them to publish a one-off Profile Report. This will focus on the strategic goals schools have in place to improve learner outcomes and what the school is seeking to achieve through the evaluation.

Within a three year cycle, all schools will then have a Te Ara Huarau | School Evaluation Report. This report includes information about the school’s improvement journey, what the school has achieved for learners and their future priorities.

All schools will receive a Board Assurance with Regulatory and Legislative Requirements Report about their board’s attestation to meeting those requirements. Provision for International Students and Hostel Reports will be published where applicable.

Other reporting

Progress Reports - These reports are not published on ERO’s website. Progress reports will provide specific information for specific audiences such as your board, the community or the Ministry of Education.

We look forward to continuing this positive relationship as we evaluate, review and seek ways to improve and enhance the teaching, learning and wellbeing at Te Kura Waenga Whakangungu O Takapuna (Takapuna Normal Intermediate School).

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Sport update at TNIS

Click on the link below to see our latest sports update.

TNIS Wellbeing Parent Portal - Week 5 UPDATE

Please click on the picture below to explore our Wellbeing Parent Portal for tips on how to support your child's wellbeing. Click on the "Parent Portal" link at the top right of the Home page. This portal is updated fortnightly, so please return to the site every couple of weeks for new tips.

Ministry of Education Survey

This survey is to support the preparation for changes to schools’ planning and reporting, as legislated in the Education and Training Act 2020, that come into effect on 1 January 2023.

Instead of a charter, schools and kura must publish a three-year Strategic Plan, an Annual Implementation Plan, and an Annual Report. Schools and kura must work in partnership with their communities to develop their plans so they reflect local needs and priorities.

The Ministry of Education is undertaking initial engagement and consultation with school communities. Your views will help decide what should become compulsory as regulations versus what should be guidance only, so that strategic plans are flexible enough to meet local needs.

Please click on the link below if you would like to take part in the survey,

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Uniform Reminder

This term we are at Orange setting. Learners are now wearing their full school uniform to and from school. At Orange, they change into and out of their PE uniform at school. It has been great to see our learners proudly wearing their uniforms correctly.

In particular, we would appreciate your support in checking that your child is wearing:

  • PLAIN BLACK SHOES (these may have a white sole but no other white or coloured logos or markings).
  • navy blue or black socks (no other colours). These can be any length.

The uniform guidelines are set out below and are also available on our school website.

School Uniform Guidelines:

Learners ensure that they:
- wear their uniform correctly and with pride.
- bring their PE uniform to school for PE, Fitness and sports practices.
- wear shoes that are plain black - any logos must be black (not white or any other colour).

- All black trainers with white soles are acceptable.
- wear navy blue or black socks (no other colours). These can be any length.
- wear the TNIS school jacket during the school day but have the option to wear their own jacket to and from school (not non-uniform sweatshirts or hoodies).
- wear their full school uniform to and from school each day.
- always tie their shoulder-length or longer hair up.
- wear small plain earrings if they wish. Other jewellery of religious or cultural significance is allowed on a case-by-case basis with the permission of a Deputy Principal.
- wear the navy school bucket hat or cap every time they go outside in Term 1 and Term 4. (No other hats please).

Arrival and Leaving School Grounds

Ideally, learners should arrive at school no earlier than 8am and by 8:30am. They must leave the school grounds by 3:15pm unless they are taking part in an extra-curricular activity. Staff are unable to provide supervision for learners before 8am or after 3:15pm.

Boostrix and HPV Immunisations

Itinerant Music Lessons

Purchasing School Uniform

TNIS uniform is available from "The U Shop". Please see the details below for contact and location.


PHONE| 09 486 4012


ADDRESS| Unit 10, 54 View Road, Wairau Valley, Auckland, New Zealand

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Please note that the U shop is open for two days in the second week of the school holidays:

Thursday, 28th April: 3.00pm – 6.00pm

Saturday, 30th April: 10.00am – 2.00pm

We’re a TaxGift school: TaxGift grows your donation!

We’re excited to announce a new partnership between Kindo and TaxGift, which you’ll see when

you donate to us next year.

With TaxGift, your gift grows at no cost to you with the gift of your donation tax credit. By choosing to TaxGift your tax credit when you next donate via myKindo, you will be supporting us even further at absolutely no cost to you. It’s the easiest gift you’ll ever give us: simply TaxGift us your donation tax credits on your gifts to us from this year forward. It takes less than a minute to opt in, then the friendly folks at TaxGift and myKindo will work together to make it happen.

Haven’t claimed donation tax credits before? Gift them to us! If you haven’t claimed your donation tax credits on your gifts to us in the last four years, you can donate them to us with a simple tick of the historic tax credits box in the TaxGift form.

School Fundraising


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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Westlake Girls High School Marching Team

The Westlake Marching Team was established in 2015 and gives young girls an alternative sport with a difference. Marching is an activity that is physically exacting rather than strenuous, requiring skill and concentration rather than sweat and strength. The Westlake Marching Team’s "claim to fame" is their creative displays with flags and various other props which add to their glittery uniforms, white boots, and high hats. Currently, training takes place at Westlake Girls High School covered courts every Monday between 5pm-7pm but will move to two nights Mondays & Wednesdays as we get closer to the start of the season. After the July school holidays, training will be from 4pm-6pm. Contact us at and check us out on Instagram and Facebook to see what the Westlake Marching Team is all about!

Online Every Day with ADHD Parenting

Course One

Online Every Day with ADHD Parenting course starting on Tuesday 31 May 2022. This Online course is run over six Tuesday mornings, 9.30am – 11.45am.

The dates for this online course are:

  • Tuesday 31 May 2022
  • Tuesday 07 June 2022
  • Tuesday 14 June 2022
  • Tuesday 21 June 2022
  • Tuesday 28 June 2022
  • Tuesday 05 July 2022

Please see the following website link for further information, or to register:

Course Two

The second Online Every Day with ADHD Parenting course is the one starting in Term 3 on Wednesday 24 August 2022. This Online course is also a six-week course, run on Wednesday evenings, 7.30pm – 9.45pm.

The dates for this Online course are:

Wednesday 24 August 2022

Wednesday 31 August 2022

Wednesday 07 September 2022

Wednesday 14 September 2022

Wednesday 21 September 2022

Wednesday 28 September 2022

Please see the following website link for further information, or to register:

Feel free to explore our website: which has many articles and lots of information about ADHD. For anyone on Facebook, there are private Facebook groups for “Adults with ADHD”, and “Parents of Children with ADHD”, which some may find useful and supportive. They are certainly great places to get recommendations and personal experiences.

Music Education Centre

“Do you want your child to learn a musical instrument but find it difficult to make time after school? Convenient Music lessons available here at school.

The Music Education Centre offers students specialist instrumental music lessons here on the school grounds each week. Lessons are suitable for all students and can be arranged directly with the Music Education Centre.

Please follow the link - to find out more information about lesson fees and to enrol your child.

There are limited spaces still available for new students to start in Term Two. If you have any other questions about the programme, it is best to contact the Music Education Centre directly on 0800 89 39 39.

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