NEWSLETTER 17 March 2021

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Kia ora koutou

Another busy two weeks have passed us by, it is hard to believe we are in to Week 6 already.

Last week Kaumatua from Ngāti Ruanui, staff and students welcomed Education Review Officers, Rochelle Thorn and Etuale Togia into the school. A rousing haka pōwhiri greeted our visitors displaying school pride and a sense of unity, a very proud moment for us all.

Education Review Officer, Rochelle Thorn, is to be our Evaluative Partner and will work with the school to support improved outcomes and equity for all learners. We welcome her input and look forward to working with her.

Friday saw our fundraiser for Giarni Thompson Dockery who is undergoing a hard time at present. Recently back from Starship Hospital Giarni enjoyed our Fun Friday not wanting to leave until the days end. It was great to see Mum, Tina, and Giarni at school and nice to give a little "koha" to help support the whanau at this time.

Swimming Sports initially postponed due to Covid Restrictions and then held in inclement weather conditions on Thursday have enabled 30 students - Year 7 & 8 to enter the Intermediate Interschool Swimming Competition in New Plymouth on Thursday.

Good luck to all participating students, it is nice to be able to participate once again free from Covid Restrictions.

Let's hope the weather continues to shine!

Ngā mihi nui

Neryda Sullivan


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On Friday the 12th of March our students had a great day. On this day they were able to buy homebaking and sausages while wearing mufti. Thank you to all the people who helped with baking or provided sausage sizzle foods. Blue is Giarni's favourite colour and we added purple so people who don't own blue clothes could still participate. All the money that we raised goes to a student, Giarni who is a Year 8 in Room 2. She has to go up and down to Starship Hospital for treatment and we thought we would help out her family by hosting this fundraiser. We made $1550! Everything that happened on that day was a success and Giarni was even allowed to come. To Countdown, Yarrows, Whaea Paula, Whaea Kimiora, Whaea Nicole, Whaea Kerry, the Hawera Intermediate Student Councillors and all the staff thank you for either providing foods, baking or helping out. We wouldn't have been able to raise this money without your help. Again a huge thanks from all of us for all that everyone did to help us out!

by Maia Hori.


A REMINDER that our school photos are being taken on WEDNESDAY 24 March.

Please see that your child is in full correct uniform. Please ensure your order forms are named and returned to the office with payment BEFORE the photo day.

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Liz Stewart - Whanau Leader

Kia Ora, I am the teacher in Room 11 and Whanau Leader of Waihi. I enjoy the challenges that these roles provide me as I get to follow my passion for teaching as well as leading my team where we can develop students academically, culturally and physically. I have been teaching for over 20 years in a variety of roles, and love that I get to support students to develop self belief and the skills to become life long learners.

I was born in Motherwell, Scotland but spent my primary school years growing up in Southern Africa and my high school years in Papua New Guinea. I got my teaching degree in Australia. In 1996 I came to New Zealand and have taught in a variety of schools in Taranaki and Bay of Plenty. My husband, Kyle is the manager of Noel Leeming in Hawera and we have 1 son, Callum who is at Hawera High School.

I look forward to getting to know the students and their whanau throughout the year.

Kathryn Moss

Ko Mākeo te maunga
Ko Waiaua te awa
Ko Omarumutu te Marae
Ko Kotimana te Tūpuna
Ko Ngati Ruatakena te Hapū
Nō te Whakatohea hoki ahau
Ko Kathryn Moss ahau

I am proud to share that I am the teacher for Room 1 in the Waihi Whanau this year and I am looking forward to continuing to work with this great group of students to help them to achieve their potential for learning as well as their personal goals. This term has seen us planning our directions to success and identifying how we can support each other to do this.

E hara taku toa i te toa takitahi engari te toa takitahi - Success is not the work of one, but the work of many.

Steven Yelseth

Kai ora, I am teaching in Room 12 this year as part of Waihi Whanau. My family and I moved to Hawera in 2019 and love the lifestyle and scenery it has to offer. I enjoy sports and spending time outdoors diving and surfing. Success comes from the small things we do well consistently, by persevering and supporting each other we can achieve success together. We believe in sharing our successes and are working on building a caring, supportive class which celebrates everyone. This year our class treaty has a strong focus on showing respect for ourselves, our learning and our wider community in everything we do.

Khushman Vaid

Kia Ora,

Ko Khushman Vaid tōku ingoa.

I am from India and came to Aotearoa - ‘The land of the white long cloud’ in November 2019. I have 20 years of teaching experience in India . I started my professional NZ career last year as a teacher at Westport South School on the west coast of the South Island. This will be my second year teaching the promising and exciting students who make up Room 4 at Hawera Intermediate School .

The warm welcome at Hawera Intermediate has made me feel at home and connected to the school whanau. I feel privileged to be a part of HIS and all the support extended by the staff of Hawera Intermediate School to do my best.

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Annually, we like to remind parents and whanau of our procedure should concerns be expressed. We hope you find this a useful flow chart.

Classroom teachers are your first point of contact. They will help you or connect you to the right person to help you - this may be a Curriculum or Whanau Leader, Office or Technology staff etc.

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Does anyone have a spare pair of Havianas?

One of our students havianas went missing following Kapahaka practice two weeks ago, being uplifted as students left the Hawera Primary School Hall following practice there.

She would love for them to be returned, please check bedrooms, wardrobes to see if you have a spare pair and return them to school so we can reunite them with their owner.

Thank you.

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There are approximately 7,000 students using around 80 buses to get to school each day in Taranaki. Safety is the most important concern for any school bus driver.

The key message from bus drivers to other road users:

The law clearly states if a school bus has stopped you must SLOW DOWN and drive at 20km/h or less until you are well past (no matter which direction you are coming from) if:

  • the bus displays a school bus sign on which the lights are flashing,
  • the bus displays a school bus sign (with or without flashing lights) and
  • has stopped for the purpose of picking up or dropping off school children

If you are driving anywhere in Taranaki between 7.30am-9am and 3pm-4.30pm, you are likely to meet a school bus somewhere along the route, SLOW DOWN

Parents of children using the bus service must also take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of their children, this can include

  • If you are normally at the bus stop to pick the children up, then be there
  • If you have to park on the other side of the road, GET OUT of your car and wait on the side the bus stops.
  • NEVER call your children across the road
  • Lead by example (wait for the bus to move well down the road and you can see clearly up and down the road) before crossing the road
  • Discuss bus safety with your children on a regular basis (even as teenagers).They should not have headphones on or be using their mobile phone until they are either on the bus or safely home.

18 March - Thursday, Interschool Swimming Sports

24 March - Wednesday, School Photos

2 April - Friday, Good Friday

5 April - Monday, Easter

6 April - Tuesday, Easter

13 April - Tuesday, Summer Sport Exchange

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