BIS Newsletter - Week 5 Term 4 2022

Friday 18th November 2022


Kia ora everyone,

We have just waved goodbye to our kapa haka group who are heading off to the Regional Kapa Haka Competition today. They are excited and look incredible. We are so pleased that they are getting this opportunity to perform in front of a huge audience. We will be live streaming it across the school today so that all of our students can also see the performance and appreciate the huge amount of effort that students, staff and whanau have put in to make today a success.

Next week is a week of celebrations. We hope that you are able to join us for some of these events.

On Monday afternoon we will have an afternoon of sport to open our new turfed courts and beach volleyball arena. We have the police providing a team to compete against our students as well as a staff team and some member of the Filipino softball team here to demonstrate their skills. We will start at 2pm and you are welcome to come along and watch our sporting events.

Our students playing sport on Monday will be wearing new uniforms that were funded by Hayden and Rollett. They look incredible and our students will feel very proud to be wearing them as they represent our school.

On Thursday night we celebrate our year 8 students. The graduation evening is a formal event that includes a graduation ceremony followed by food and a dance. Students will celebrate the end of their primary school years. All year 8 students attending need to have a permission slip to attend. Parents are invited to attend the first part of the evening.

On Friday, our Kapa Haka will be performing at Birkenhead Primary along with other schools in our area. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The following week we have our school talent quest finalists performing in front of the whole school. If you want to check out the talent then come along to school on Wed 30 Nov at 2pm.

It is wonderful to have so much going on and so much to be proud of. Our staff are also feeling very proud at the moment as they finalise reports and assessment data. We have seen some incredible gains in learning this year and we feel very impressed with what our students have achieved this year.

Enjoy the weekend and I hope to see some of you in the next week for our many events.

Ngā mihi nui,


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Year 8 Camp Info Slides Below - Week 8, Term 4

Clothing for Camp

It can be hard to dry clothes while camping, so take spare clothes and choose quick drying fabrics (e.g. wool, polypropylene, activewear fabrics). Clothing will get dirty so students will need spares of everything and plastic bags for dirty clothes.

Rain and cold weather are common at any time of year. Packing plenty of warm and waterproof clothing will help you stay cosy while camping. This should include:

  • warm under layers, top and bottom

  • warm mid-layers

  • a waterproof, windproof raincoat with a hood

  • swimming gear

  • warm night clothes/clothing to sleep in.

  • 4-5 changes of shorts, t-shirts, underwear

  • Sweatshirt and long pants for evening

Avoid sunburn by packing a sunhat and sunglasses.

Bring firm, comfortable footwear as campsites often have uneven ground and nearby walking tracks. Firm, comfortable footwear includes tramping boots or sneakers. Pack jandals for the showers and old shoes to wear on mud slide. Aqua socks are great.

Personal Equipment for Camp

  • Toiletries, including insect repellent, sunscreen, and personal medication, for example, antihistamine for allergy to wasp stings.

  • Sleeping bag and pillow case

  • First aid kit

  • Head torch/flashlight and spare batteries

  • Rubbish bag – may be used as a coverall in wet weather

  • 2 Towels

  • Pegs

  • 2 packets of muesli bars, 2 x packet of biscuits to share. These will be collected in on first day.


Math Extension

Last term the extension maths group made Clinometers out of old protractors and used trigonometry to calculate the height of distant trees and buildings.

For the last couple of weeks we have been exploring Fractals on Thursday afternoons and are now building our own Menger Sponge. Watch this space for pictures of the finished item (if we can achieve it by the end of the term!).

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Wai Care

Our students visited the local stream in our community last Thursday 10 November together with Spencer Potbury from the Environmental Impact Assessments Ltd.. They were so amazed by the fishes and bugs they saw and were so engaged in testing the quality of the water. They surely enjoyed and learned a lot from this experience.

Milford Rotary NS Intermediate Schools Speech Competition

Zara Robinson and Tamaki Sugiyama-Oakley represented our school magnificently at a recent speech competition at Northcross Intermediate School. After intensive practice, both Zara and Tamaki spoke with confidence, eloquently presenting their speeches to a large audience. Well done, girls!!

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Creative Creatures will soon be taking 2023 (pre-enrolments)

2023 Classes will be on a Thursday afternoon 3-4:30pm
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