TNIS Newsletter Wk 3, Term 2 2021

Te Kura Waenga Whakangungu O Takapuna

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Important Dates


Week 3: 17/05 - 21/05 BULLY FREE NZ WEEK

  • 18/05 - International Learners Sports Day
  • 18/05 - Hui, 6:30pm in the School Library (information to be sent out later this week)
  • 21/05 - Pink Shirt Day
  • 21/05 - Lit Quiz Competition @ St Cuthbert's
  • 21/05 - Pink Shirt Day (Learners can wear mufti but they must wear at least one item of clothing that is either pink or red to show their support for Pink Shirt Day).

Week 4: 24/05 - 28/05 SAMOAN LANGUAGE WEEK

  • 26/05 - Māori and Pasifika Learners' Day
  • 26/05 - Squash Zone Day

Week 5: 31/05 - 04/06

  • 31/05 - Y7 Girls Football Zone Day
  • 01/06 - Y8 Girls Football Zone Day
  • 03/06 - HPV Vaccinations Y8

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 Message

Kia ora Parents and Whānau,

Currently, our focus is on Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu, Mauri Tū, Mauri Ora – Speak Up, Stand Together, Stop Bullying! The teachers and learners are promoting and practising better connections, empathy and understanding. This has been evident both in classrooms and across the entire school. Ka pai whānau!!

This week has also seen two presentations for our learners. The first is Dear Em for girls. The focus of their programme is around the importance of support systems and addressing relevant topics that girls often encounter. The interactive presentation is facilitated by members of their team and includes discussions and problem-solving whilst working in groups. These discussions stem from stories relating to Dear Em’s three core values:

  • Empower - Empowering yourself and others through sticking to your own values and dealing with peer pressure.

  • Embrace - The importance of friendship and supporting each other.

  • Empathise – Acknowledging mental health and loving yourself.

The second presentation this week by Jack Gavin will involve all learners and is supported through our partnership with The Resilience Project.

Ngā mihi nui,


Ako Update

Bullying-Free NZ Week (BFNZ Week)

Pink Shirt Day, Friday 21 May

Happening this week, the theme for 2021 is ‘He kōtuinga mahi iti, he hua pai-ā rau: Small ripples create big waves’, this year’s BFNZ Week is all about encouraging people to spread the word, take the lead, and make a change.

Student leadership, agency and voice are all instrumental in the design and implementation of bullying prevention and response initiatives in schools.

BFNZ Week is supported by Sticks‘n Stones, a youth-led bullying prevention organisation that has worked with students to create action packs for the week, among other initiatives.

The week culminates in the Mental Health Foundation’s Pink Shirt Day, Friday 21 May.

Free Mufti Day: Learners can wear mufti but they must wear at least one item of clothing that is either pink or red to show their support for Pink Shirt Day.

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Be The Change Video

This video is a great conversation starter for talking about bullying and standing up for others. Try watching the video with your child and talk about their role when they see bullying or are the recipient of bullying behaviour.
Be The Change NZ campaign video 'Be The Hero - help STOP bullying' #upstand video

Māori and Pasifika Learners' Day

On Wednesday next week, we are focusing on and practising our TNIS value, "Tangata Whenuatanga" (affirming learners' culture). A whole day has been set aside to bring Māori and Pasifika learners together to celebrate their cultures with some engaging activities.

Dear Em Presentations

Today, Dear Em presenters have been speaking to Kōwhai and Mānuka girls about cyberbullying, feeling excluded and periods. The presenters Alicia and Taylor-Lee shared stories about the topics and before giving them strategies, they encouraged our girls to think about and share their ideas about what to do if and when they find themselves in similar situations.

The other teams will have their presentations on Friday.

Check out the Dear Em website:

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School News

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Teacher Aide - Fixed Term

We are seeking a language assistant to teach mandarin to our Y7 & Y8 classes for 25 hours per week for Term Three, from 26 July until 24 September. Previous experience in working with 11 to 13-year-old learners is preferred.

Please contact

Wendy Sandifer

Takapuna Normal Intermediate School


Whānau Hui, TONIGHT - Tuesday 18 May

A reminder to our Māori whānau that our hui is on this evening, starting at 6:15pm in the library. We will be finishing by 7:30pm. We are looking forward to our korero.
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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.

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.

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BOOST PROGRAMME - Tania Dalton Foundation


3 Days, 9 Different Sports and Physical Activities

We really want those girls who may not play sport or exercise regularly but are keen to give it go! See the flyer below for more information.

Thursday 22nd April, Friday 23rd April and Friday 30th April: 9am – 2.30pm



For application form :

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