NEWSLETTER 29 October 2020

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Kia ora koutou

What an exciting newsletter we have this week - talent abounds at Hawera Intermediate in so many spheres. Well done to all participants in the many challenges that have faced them over the past two weeks and special congratulations to place getters and team members.

We have been busy with Year 7 enrolments over the week, this makes it so much easier for our senior staff sorting class placements in 2021. Please pop in next Tuesday 3-6pm to complete your enrolment with senior staff if you haven't done so as yet. Alternatively pick up an enrolment form from the office and return at your convenience.

Community consultation is underway, emails have been forwarded and some students have hard copies. Please have your say, we are re-vamping our school charter to have it reflect our school community wishes so your voice is really important.

We hope all Marae permission slips have been returned to school. Tomorrow we collate these hoping we have parent support to assist us. Those parents staying over do need to be police vetted.

Ngā mihi nui

Neryda Sullivan


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As part of this term's Inquiry, classes are enjoying listening to members of our community and their varied and interesting jobs. Last week Ohawe had guest speaker Mitch Careswell, aka Mitch and his Guitar, who came to describe his journey in the world of music. Mitch picked up a guitar with encouragement from Shaun Campbell while working at HIS a few years ago and now has a business entertaining people. Students were very interested and thoroughly enjoyed a sing along session which followed questions and answers. At lunchtime Mitch had a group of students in the playground enjoying the music.

A key message was 'find what you really want to do and make it happen because when you love what you do it's not work!' Thanks Mitch!

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The theme for the A&P show this year is Pirates and we have had our student Whanau Leaders working really hard with Whaea Emily on a float for the parade. We were really lucky to get a truck from Hookers, and thank Jonathon Webb for offering to drive for us. It is going to be very exciting and we hope to have lots of our students on board as we parade around the Showgrounds. We are also having a tent in the village of school tents and students will be involved in hosting this, displaying and explaining products or services they have created to help revive our economy. They will be able to explain to you how they worked through our school Design Process within their Inquiry to come up with a result. Later in the term some of them will get to pitch their ideas to a 'shark tank' which is similar to the Dragons Den concept seen on TV. Some may choose to continue with their prototype and create items. There is an excited buzz throughout the school as students realise they can make a difference and help to heal our world economy by doing their small piece in their small corner.

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Transitions have begun and we have been out to almost all our primary schools to visit. Enrolments have also begun and we are enjoying meeting new students and their whanau. Please remind any Year 6 students whanau about the enrolments so we can get our classes sorted for 2021.

Year 8/9 transitions are also underway - visits to the High School and Staff visits are all calendarized, it is an exciting time for all.


Lucky Book Club catalogues have been handed out to students over the last week. We would like to stress that orders are NOT placed through the school office, but need to be completed online directly to the Book Club.

Lucky Book Club provides your family with an affordable and convenient way of bringing the best in children's literature into your home.

Book Club orders also support our school, as 20% of your order spent goes back to our school in valuable Scholastic Rewards.

Life Education - Learning with Harold

The Life Education Trust truck will be visiting us this term from 9 - 20 November. The focus is on student well-being and keeping healthy, including making healthy choices and understanding how our choices impact on our lives.

Spare Ice Cream Containers?

Our Food Technology classes are desperate for Ice Cream containers. If you have any you would like to recycle we would love to have them. Please drop these into the school office.

Closing Dates For Badge Work

The last date for badge marking will be Monday 23 November. Completed badge work handed in on or before this date will be marked and badges awarded if appropriate.

Friday Fun - Tangahoe Tug 'o' War

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and the winner is...

Congratulations to Anna Li of Ohawe Whanau who won this year's school speech competition. Anna spoke eloquently and confidently about Gender Equality and Women's Rights as she battled against the school's top speakers. This year's topics ranged from the serious issues of Teen Suicide, Depression and Global Pollution to the more light hearted topics of Being Short, Random Facts and Pig Hunting. Our top speakers will now represent us at the Lions Speech Competition held on Sunday.

A special thanks to Mrs Sullivan who stepped in as adjudicator at short notice.

The final results were:

1st: Anna Li - Gender Equality and Women's Rights

2nd: Liesa Hofstadler - Teen Suicide

3rd= Julia Scott - Independence

3rd= Elliot Wills - The Impact of our Words

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Bowled Over!

On Thursday 15th October four teams competed in the South Taranaki Indoor Bowls Championship in Opunake where Aisha Punsalan and Cassidy Ratahi-Smith won the tournament and the other three teams also qualified in the top ten. They then went on to compete at the Taranaki Indoor Bowls Championships last Thursday 21st October in New Plymouth.

All four teams played very well against ten other top teams from North Taranaki especially Emma Finer and Sarni Ylitalo-Van Der Merwe who came fourth. Congratulations to all the players as this is the first time our school has had all teams qualify and we are very proud of them all.

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Ross Brown Tournament

The annual Ross Brown tournament was held on the 8th, 9th and 10th October. The following boys were members of the South Team

Angus Campbell

Zion Katene

Cody MacPhail

Taene Nelley (c)

Tayne Rowlands-Katene

George Le Quesne

Aidan Mason

Harlem Gray

Levi Clement

Luca Katene

Riley Webster

South won against Central on Day 1 22-15, had a close loss on Day 2 to West 19-14 and lost to eventual winners North 43-21 on Day 3.

Two Hawera Intermediate School players were recognised at the Prize giving before the Taranaki versus Auckland game.

Day 1 Player of the Day - Zion Katene

Day 3 Player of the Day - Taene Nelley

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Cricket Success

Taene Nelley took part in two cricket trials during the school holidays and has been selected in the 2020/2021 Taranaki Under 15 Cricket Team. The cut off for age group cricket is the 1st of September so he has done well considering he was only 8 days to. old for the Under 13’s. Congratulations Taene!


The sun shone in New Plymouth last Wednesday as three HIS boys had a great day playing in the Taranaki Primary/Intermediate Tennis Tournament at Pukekura Tennis Club. There were 27 entrants in the Year 7/8 boys' competition. Lawrence Chen was the most successful player from Hawera Intermediate winning his first two games and making it through to the quarter finals where he was unlucky to lose in a super tie breaker. Cameron Tong and Lochy Shelton both played great tennis and had some very evenly matched games. The boys displayed great sportsmanship and were fantastic representatives of Hawera Intermediate. Thanks to Maree and Hamish Tong for looking after the team on the day.

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Rugby 7s Competition

Last Wednesday three of our sport teams had an amazing time away at the TNT, Inglewood playing Rugby 7s. All our students were incredible and played exceptionally well while displaying our KAURI values.

We would like to thank Mrs. Crawford, Shaun Fowler, Ron Le Quense, and our many parents for their support and help in making our day successful.

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Friday After School Cricket Has Begun!

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  • Sunday November 1 - Lions Speech Maker Competition

  • Tuesday 3 November - 2021 Year 7 Enrolments

  • Thursday 5 November - Rippa Rugby Tournament - Inglewood

  • Friday 6 November - Mufti Day (A&P Raffle item request)

  • Monday 9 November Life Education Trust Arrives

  • Friday 13 November - School Athletics

  • Tuesday 24 November - Intermediate Schools Athletics

  • Tuesday 1 December - Whanau Marae Visits Begin

  • Wednesday 9 December Home School Partnership Meeting

  • Thursday 10 December Home School Partnership Meetings

  • Tuesday 15 December - Service Assembly
  • Year 8 Formal

  • Wednesday 16 December - Formal Assembly
  • Term 4 2020 School Year Ends
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