BIS Newsletter Week 2 Term 3

Friday 6th August 2021


Kia Orana,

Today started with a vibrant display of amazing book week costumes. Students paraded across the school stage dressed up as their favourite characters in costumes that had been bought, borrowed or home made. Thank you whānau for supporting this week that celebrates books and reading. As I write this, the rain is pouring down outside so I think the weekend may be one where the love of reading is celebrated!

At the start of the week I travelled to Rotorua for the NZ Principal's Federation conference. Several hundred principals, deputy principals and leaders from across the sector were there to talk about Power, Passion and Pace in Education. There was a huge emphasis on barriers to education and how we can work to ensure that all students are given equal opportunities in education.

At BIS we have students who have diverse learning learning needs and come from many different family backgrounds. We want to provide a quality education for all but most importantly an education that is accessible to all. While education in NZ is supposed to be free, we all know that there are many costs from uniforms, trips, bus fares, stationery, zone days and school camps, etc. We want every student to have the chance to participate in all of these activities.

Our fundraising committee has started raising money to support our students and to purchase school resources that are outside of our school budget. Their first goal is to fund a water drink bottle filling station to replace our old drinking fountains that are no longer a hygienic means for rehydration. They also hope to raise funds to support students who need additional financial help with school events.

We want every year 8 student to experience camp in term 4. Thank you to those who have already paid their camp fees or started making regular payments towards this. If you are in a position to sponsor another child to attend camp, we would be grateful for donations to help students to be able to attend.

Equality in education is always something that we strive for and something that is difficult to achieve on our own. I am always grateful to our community for your ongoing support, positive messages and willingness to come in and help us to serve this school community.

Have a wonderful weekend regardless of the weather.

Ngā mihi nui,

JoAnne Sutton

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Book Week

A huge round of applause to the Literacy Team who organised another wonderful book week this week. Thanks for your support with our Book Fair and we ended it today with a Book Character Dress Up Day. What an amazing array of costumes on display!

Netball Zone Day

The Netball zone day was held last Wednesday 28th July. We entered a YR7 and YR8 girls teams, and 1Year 8 Boys team. Everyone enjoyed themselves and displayed outstanding behaviour on and off the court. we may not have come away with the wins, but Whaea Alicia and Whaea Kat were very proud of them all. Thanks also to all of the parent helpers as well.
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School Cross Country and Fun Run

We had a wonderful day on Wednesday with the Fun Run and Cross Country. It was great to see all the students participate in either the Competitive race or the fun run and the students (and some teachers) had an awesome time dressing up in their house colours and running in the mud!

The interschool competition will be held next week and the top 10 runners from each group will compete against other schools on the North Shore.

Congratulations to the following students for their placings in the competitive race:

Year 7 Girls

1st Kaia Jamieson

2nd Suki Hudgins

3rd Paegan Barlow

Year 7 Boys

1st Troy Stubbs

2nd Hugo Millar-Bell

3rd Owen Nicol

Year 8 Girls

1st Ava Lewis

2nd Charlotte Mawston

3rd Moa Pendred

Year 8 Boys

1st Jade Butcher

2nd Bailey Purdie

3rd Nirmay Chavan

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BIS Fundraising Committee

We have started our fundraising off well. Thanks to everyone who has helped support our fundraising so far. You can read more here: Fundraising Newsletter 1 Term 3

Our amazing Toi Wearable Art Entries

A huge congratulations to Orchid, Matilda, Astra and Ava who were National Finalists in the Toi Wearable Art Competition and they placed in the top 10 of 225 entries from around New Zealand. Each team has won a Berlina Sewing Machine and feature in the 2021 Toi Lookbook! Astra, Orchid and Matilda created the Enchantress and Ava created Tamahine Whenua. Well done girls - we are so proud of you! You can view their creations as well as the other National Finalists here;

Year 8 Camp

Have you set up automatic payments for the year 8 camp? We want all students to be able to attend and we know that cost can be a barrier. If you set up an automatic payment this week then you will be able to pay it off before term 4 for just $15 per week.

Camp is an amazing experience for our students and gives them the chance to participate in a range of outdoor activities that are challenging. Students learn valuable life skills through managed risk taking while having lots of fun at the same time.

Please set up your automatic payment using your child's name as the reference and the words Y8Camp.

BIS Bank account - 12 3035-0413925-01

Cyber Safety with NETSAFE!

Netsafe is a website that holds a variety of resources for parents and their children about staying safe online, and what to do if you are being bullied or harassed online and on any social media platforms. You can report incidents of online bullying, harassment or if you or your child feels unsafe or is receiving.

Upcoming Events

9th - 13th August: Maths Week

Wednesday 11th August: NSIS Cross Country Zone Day

Friday 13th August: Jump Jam for Star Jam

Tuesday 17th August: NSIS Girls Basketball Zone Day, 6.30 pm BOT meeting - All Welcome

Wednesday 18th August: NSIS Boys Basketball Zone Day, BIS Open Evening for 2022 Students

23rd - 27th August: Sports Camp

Tuesday 24th August: APPA Combined Choir Rehearsal at BIS, NSIS Gymnastics Zone Day, Wednesday 25th August: BandQuest

Thursday 2nd September: NSIS League Zone Day, Rehu Tai Cluster Speech Competition,

Friday 1st October - Teacher Only Day - No school

Communication Home

We email home a school newsletter every fortnight. The purpose of this newsletter is to keep our community informed of what is happening at our school.

Please ensure we have an up-to-date email address, download our BIS School App, like our Facebook page and check our website regularly for more detailed information about what is happening at BIS.

Community Advertisements

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School Tours at Birkenhead College

Due to popular demand, Birkenhead College is providing more school tours to prospective students and their families. Please sign up here and arrange a time and date to visit.

Photography classes at Glenfield Library

Glenfield Library is inviting participation in free photography workshops for kids & parents. The Visual Poetry Jam for schools will be open to youth aged 10 –12 and their parents, the public class will be open to participants aged 11-22. These classes are funded by a local Creative Communities Grant and are being run by Mandi Lynn, a past winner of NZ Creative Photographer of the Year. Mandi Lynn’s photography website is available here:

The Visual Poetry Jam for schools will be held at Glenfield Library on Thursday 12 August 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. The public class will run at Glenfield Library on Sunday 15 August 10:00 am-3:00 pm There are spaces in each class for 30 students and their parents who will be taught Cellphone street photography. In the class students will be challenged to create Visual Poetry using only their cellphones.

We recommend this class for students who have an interest in photography and or visual communication. T-Shirts and $500.00 scholarships will be given to the top performing students on the day (showing talent). T-Shirts and $500.00 scholarships will be available to students showing creative grit after the workshop. For registration and more details click here: For further details or questions please email Mandi Lynn at or reply to

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Auditions for The Way of the Raukura

"The way of the Raukura" is a musical based on the true events of Parihaka and Taranaki in the late 1800s.

They are holding Auditions for singers/dancers/actors on August 7th 2021.

For more information visit the website:

What's happening in our Community?

Click here to see the events and activities the Birkdale Beach Haven Community Houses have planned for our community this Term.