NEWSLETTER 17 February 2021

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Kia ora koutou

Welcome back to a new school year and a special welcome to all new students at Hawera Intermediate.

The school offers many options to be the "best you can be" as you travel along your "Pathway to Success" whether it be in Cultural, Sporting, Community or Academic arenas. Take every opportunity that presents itself.

We look forward to a settled year, we are fully staffed with experienced teachers who are eager to provide the best learning outcomes possible for your child.

Glenn Heather, technology hard materials teacher, has taken a term's secondment at FENZ. Kylie Surgenor is capably filling this role over Term 1. James Crawford is in a support role providing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) an integrated programme where students develop key skills including problem solving and design.

In the Technology Department we have Richard Baylis in "Performing Arts", Audra Anneff in Food Technology and Emily Davidson in the Visual Arts space. All teachers bring a passion to their discipline and I know students look forward to their weekly session in these spaces.

We have a number of outside schools who are also timetabled into this space.

We operate eleven classes this year and have Trish Careswell our Deputy Principal responsible for all things Pastoral and Kylie Surgenor our Assistant Principal responsible for Curriculum and Assessment.

Relationship Based Learning and practices guide all we do and the Well-Being of our students is closely monitored. Our Kauri Values underpinned with RBL and Positive Based Learning Principles ensure we are operating a calm and safe environment.

A number of support staff are a valued component within our school infrastructure, those in classes support all students and teachers and individually bring strengths to our school.

Dizzie, and Nic (welcome back!) operate out of the office and for many are the face of the school.

Eric Pollock and our cleaners do a superb job in ensuring the school is meeting high standards in its presentation.

Enjoy your time here as part of our school community. We have a "Meet and Greet Sausage Sizzle" evening here on March 3rd, 5-6.30pm, and look forward to meeting with you all then.

Ngā mihi nui

Neryda Sullivan


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Principal- Neryda Sullivan

Deputy Principal - Trisha Careswell

Assistant Principal - Kylie Surgenor

Whanau: Ohawe

Room 2 Ahinekura Crawford (Leader)

Room 5 Lania Careswell

Room 6 Erica Stephens

Whanau: Waihi

Room 1 Kathryn Moss

Room 4 Khushman Vaid

Room 11 Liz Stewart (Leader)

Room 12 Steven Yelseth

Whanau: Tangahoe

Room 7 Des Bain

Room 8 Webster Kwangwari

Room 9 Melissa Henare

Room 10 Dawn Mendes (Leader)

Technology Whanau

Kylie Surgenor - Workshop

Richard Baylis - Performing Arts

Emily Davidson - Visual Arts

Audra Anneff - Food Technology

Librarian - Sue French

Office Manager - Dizzy Snoxell

Office Assistant - Nicola Parkinson

Property Manager - Eric Pollock

Learning Assistants

Bev Ingram

Michelle Shaw

Katharine Jones

Tuki Vaine

Shaun Fowler

Dane Fourie

Debbie Etheridge

Sine Boothby

Nicole Harrison

Paano Hill

James Crawford

Our New Staff for 2021

A warm welcome to our four new staff member this year. Des Bain who is teaching in Room 7, Khushman Vaid, Room 4, Melissa Henare, Room 9 and Erica Stephens, Room 6.
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Neryda Sullivan - Principal

I feel very honoured to be your Principal for 2021. Having taught at all levels from New Entrants through to Year 8, and over 26 years of Principal experience, I bring numerous skills to the position. I look forward to working with you all.

Coming from a farming background I attended Ohangai School during my Primary years,

then attended Hawera Intermediate and Secondary School at New Plymouth Girls High School. Teacher training was undertaken in Palmerston North, I then returned to teach at Ohangai, Normanby, Hawera Primary and Turuturu. A Sole Charge Principal at Manutahi was my next step, then I moved on into Principal positions at Mangatoki, Waverley, Hawera Primary School and now I'm here at the Intermediate.

My husband Peter is a builder in Hawera and we have two children, both married, one living in New Plymouth, the other in Cromwell in the South Island.

I look forward to a fun term, meeting many new students and catching up with those who were here last year.

Trisha Careswell - Deputy Principal

My role as the Deputy Principal of our school is very diverse, mainly based around the wellbeing

of our school community. I am privileged to work with students with learning needs, ensuring those needs are met to the best of our schools ability, through our wonderful Learning Assistants, and liaising with agencies that may be involved. I am pastorally focused, with a passion for fairness and a firm belief that all the choices we make have a purpose.

I enjoy helping adolescents understand the why behind what they are doing. It is a fascinating age group to work with and I appreciate and value the trust that parents put into us, as educators, in our work with your children. My husband Mike is a local engineer and we have five children and five amazing grandchildren who are all locally based and we are lucky enough to spend lots of time with. I am looking forward to supporting our students as they make great choices on their Pathways to Success.

Kylie Surgenor - Assistant Principal

Kia ora Koutou,

Ko Taranaki te Maunga

Ko Aotea te Waka

Ko Waingongoro te Awa

Ko Nga Ruahine toku Iwi

Ko Kanihi Umutahi toku Hapu

Ko Kylie Surgenor ahau.

Born and bred here in Hawera, my roots run deep and wide within our community. I currently live in Normanby with my husband and two sons Tylor and Max however we are in the process of building our forever home on the outskirts of Hawera. I started my career here at the intermediate in 2010, supported by the staff, students and community. The school has been an important part of my life and I got married here in the old school hall!

I am super excited to begin my new journey as the Assistant Principal this year. The success of Hawera Intermediate School is very important to me and I feel privileged to be given the opportunity to contribute to this success. My role in the school is to support staff and students in teaching, learning and assessment of the New Zealand Curriculum.

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Please sign in at the office

The Health & Safety at Work and Vulnerable Children's Acts, require all visitors to our school site to sign in at the office, where further direction will be given if needed. This does include parents and caregivers, as the school has significant responsibilities around the safety of and access to our students. We can not have anyone who is not staff going directly to the classroom areas during learning time. If you need to speak with or collect your child during the school day for any reason, the procedure is to go to the office and Dizzy and Nic will send a runner to get your child. All students leaving our site during the school day need to sign out, and sign back in if they return e.g. after an appointment. Both Acts require the school to be accountable for every person, especially in the event of a traumatic incident - such as a fire! Thank you for your support with this, we know you are sometimes in a hurry and it can be time consuming, however should there be a significant incident we will all appreciate the process.

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During our long, hot summer

where the potential for sunburn is so high, all of our students need to have a wide brimmed or bucket sunhat to use when outside the classroom.

Blue, black or green is suitable as long as

there are no offensive logos or words

visible. Caps are not suitable as they offer

limited sun protection. Sunscreen is

available in all rooms and students

are encouraged to apply this often.

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The Government is currently introducing a free, healthy, daily school lunch in some schools for all students.

We are really excited to let you know that our school will be joining the free lunch programme in the very near future. Neryda is currently in discussion with vendors, the Board selecting preferred providers at their Board meeting on Monday evening.

All parents want to provide their children with a lunch every day. But, as you will know, there are many reasons parents can struggle, often through no fault of their own. We know that some of you will have been particularly affected by the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Offering a lunch for all our children who need it will go some way to helping families and whānau to support their children and tamariki. This is why we have decided to take part in this programme.

Lunches will cater for the diet, health and cultural needs of our students, and we will work with suppliers and the Ministry of Education to make sure they are healthy and nutritious. All suppliers will be required to meet New Zealand food safety standards.

Please contact your class teacher or office should your child have any allergy, or dietary requests - dairy free, gluten free, vegetarian or halal.

The lunches will be available for all our students. While we know there are hungry children in every community, we do not always know who they are. Providing a lunch to every child means we do not need to single-out those who need it more than others. However, lunches are not compulsory, and you can continue to provide your child’s own lunch if you wish. Right now, we are working with the Ministry of Education on the best way to meet our school’s needs.

The programme will run until the end of 2021 and will be evaluated whilst it is running. This will include feedback from schools, students and suppliers about what the lunches are like, how they are delivered, and if they have an impact on students’ learning and achievement. This information will help to decide whether to continue beyond 2021, and what an ongoing programme might look like.

You can find out more about the programme at: www.education.govt.nz/free-and-healthy-school-lunches

If you have any further questions, please contact our office, or the Ministry at school.lunches@education.govt.nz

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Whanau Swimming Day is on Thursday 4th March, followed by school Swimming Sports on Thursday 11th March. From this event a team will be selected to complete in the interschool swimming sports in New Plymouth on Friday 19th March. More information will come out closer to the event.

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Our main sporting event this term is Inter-school Summer Sports where students have the opportunity to be selected for a range of summer sports – including cricket, nonstop cricket, t-ball, tennis, padder tennis, touch and volleyball. Students will be able to trial for events before teams are selected. Initial trials for these sports are on this Friday 19 February and 26 February where students will be shortlisted. Please ensure your child/ren has their PE gear organised for Friday for these trials.

School Immunisation Information Videos

Please click below to view

Public Health Nurses will be in school on Friday distributing information for parent perusal and consent.

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Students caught acting up

Congratulations to Nathan Baylis, Jade Te Wiki, Lucy Fearnley and Annie Wolland on their outstanding performances in the Youth Production of 'Bugsy Malone' which finished at the weekend after a hugely successful season. While most were enjoying the school holidays sleeping in or lounging at the beach, these hard working student's spent their holidays in rehearsals at the War Memorial Theatre. What dedication!


Sara Corbett

Zoe Smith

19 February - Friday, School Sport Trials

26 February - Friday, School Sport Trials

3 March - Wednesday, Meet and Greet Sausage Sizzle

4 March - Thursday, Whanau Swimming

8 March - Monday, Taranaki Anniversary - SCHOOL CLOSED

11 March - Thursday, School Swimming Sports

19 March - Friday, Interschool Swimming Sports

24 March - Wednesday, School Photos

2 April - Friday, Good Friday

5 April - Monday, Easter

6 April - Tuesday, Easter

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Children at Higher Risk of Severe Illness

Children are encouraged to take additional precautions when leaving home. Parents, caregivers and students will need to work with the school to develop a plan to manage a safe return to school. Distance learning will continue to be available to those who choose to remain at home.

Washing and Drying Hands

Hand sanitiser is at the entry to all classrooms and in shared spaces. Soap, water and the ability to dry hands is provided in bathrooms. If hand sanitiser is in short supply, washing and drying hands with soap is still the most effective hygiene measure.

Physical Distancing

Children, young people and staff should be far enough away from each other so that they are not breathing on or touching each other, coupled with good hygiene practices and regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces. There does not need to be a specific measurement but where practicable and reasonable 1 metre can be used as a guide, particularly between adults.
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).

Drinking Fountains

School drinking fountains are currently unavailable. Students are asked to bring their own drink bottle, water being our preferred option.

Visitors Contact Tracing

Contact tracing remains a priority through our visitor register, timetable and attendance register. There is a QR code poster for the NZ COVID Tracer App displayed on the office door.

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.

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