BIS Newsletter Week 2 Term 3
Friday 6th August 2021
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,
Netball Zone Day
School Cross Country and Fun Run
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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Year 8 Camp
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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
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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
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.
School Tours at Birkenhead College
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: https://art.mandi-lynn.com
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: https://clickhappy.org/visual-poetry-jam-series/ For further details or questions please email Mandi Lynn at firstname.lastname@example.org or reply to email@example.com.
Auditions for The Way of the Raukura
They are holding Auditions for singers/dancers/actors on August 7th 2021.
For more information visit the website: https://parihakamusical.co.nz/