NEWSLETTER 24 March 2021

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Kia ora koutou

It is hard to believe a year has passed since we went in to Lockdown for the first time. Pandemic planning was something that sat amongst the policy and procedure files but now is very much at the fore of all school operations. The world is certainly a changed face with everyone affected in one way or another.

Next week I will be attending the Intermediate Principals Conference in Masterton returning to school on Thursday, hence a newsletter today not next week.

Last week I enjoyed our day in New Plymouth at Highlands Intermediate at the Swimming Champs. Students were a delight to take away and performed brilliantly making our school proud.

Thank you to parents who assisted with transportation and support on the day - much appreciated.

Today we enclose our camp booklet, these camps will be eagerly looked forward to as Covid put a stop to this last year.

Job cards will be allocated to students to fundraise once lists are determined.

You will be aware we have an Easter Raffle on the go - thank you for your support of this, all funds will help in offsetting camp costs.

Various funding applications to charities are also being submitted to help out in this area.

Last week we farewelled James Crawford, our STEAM teacher, working with Mrs Surgenor in the workshop hard materials space. We have appointed Liam Nelley to this fixed term 2021position and welcome him to our school community.

Mrs Surgenor is currently on leave following a sporting accident so we thank Mr Fleming for assisting in this space.

The term is flying by, the Easter break is on the horizon. School will be closed next Friday, Good Friday, Easter Monday and Easter Tuesday.

Enjoy your weekend

Ngā mihi nui

Neryda Sullivan


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Ahinekura Crawford - Whanau Leader

Tena koutou katoa,

Ko Taranaki te Maunga

Ko Tangahoe to Awa

Ko Aotea te Waka

Ko Taiporohenui te Marae

Ko Hamua me Hapotiki nga Hapu

Ko Ngati Ruanui te Iwi

Ko Ahinekura ahau

This year I have the privilege of leading and working with a wonderful, energised and vibrant Ohawe team Whanau. I am the Teacher in Room 2.

I was born, raised and did all my schooling right here in Hawera. I am married to a wonderful man, Ihaka and have 2 awesome children. Hapotiki, 20 and Arcadia, 8 at Hawera Primary. Since 2006 I have taught in Masterton, Featherston, and Wellsford and moved back to Hawera in 2016. I am an energetic and passionate individual who absolutely loves the rewards and challenges found in the education profession.

When not working at school, I like to be involved at my local Marae, participating in Kapa Haka, singing and I really love hanging with whanau and making memories. I enjoy guiding students to recognise and achieve their own potential and to be successful on their pathway to success.

I'd like to extend a warm welcome to our Ohawe Whanau Members, Lania Careswell and Erica Stephens.

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Erica Stephens

Kia ora koutou. My name is Erica Stephens and I am excited to be part of such a supportive and inspiring team at Hawera Intermediate School.

I was born in Hawera and have lived here the majority of my life, attending St. Joseph’s Hawera and Sacred Heart in Wanganui before training at Massey University in Palmerston North. I have now been teaching for 20 years and love the connection and relationship building that goes with building an education for our tamariki. I have worked at St. Joseph’s Patea, St. Peter & St Paul’s School in London and St. Joseph’s in Hawera. I have experience teaching across all year levels from Year 0-8.

I believe that every person needs to understand their path and next steps to fully grasp the full success of their tasks and therefore celebrate their achievements. I support our classroom being set up with the class so to ensure all children strive for the best they can be.

I look forward to meeting many more of the Hawera Intermediate community.

Lania Careswell

Kia ora, my name is Whaea Lania, I am a Hawera local with whakapapa to Ngati Ruanui. I have two beautiful baby girls Kaylia and Kiara who are 3 and 1. I completed my teaching degree through Waikato University via distance, graduating at the end of 2017. Since then I stayed at home raising my girls before coming to Hawera Intermediate in March 2020 (the day of lockdown).

My hobbies include reading, & spending time with family. My partner & I love to take our kids out on adventures around Taranaki enjoying nature whenever we get the chance. My strongest areas in the classroom are reading and writing & I love trying to make schoolwork fun & enjoyable. This term so far I have been enjoying getting to know our students. We have been setting and monitoring goals and working on our growth mindsets. I look forward to getting to know students and whanau throughout the year.

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This week we extend our sympathy to Alan and Dinah King and whānau on the passing of Marika. Marika attended Hawera Intermediate and whānau were very much a part of our school community. Our thoughts are with you at this very difficult time.
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Please view options for our school camps which take place straight after Labour Day (26th - 29th October) Students will be given individual copies of this booklet to peruse and make their choice.
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Our Great Annual Easter Raffle has Begun!

Tickets have now been issued to all students, but if you prefer not to sell them for any reason please return them to the office.

When sold please return card and money to the office.

All students please bring a chocolate item for the raffle, these go to their classroom where Student Councillors will collect them and bring them to the office.

A big thank you to those who have already returned tickets and brought in Easter goodies!

Students will get a Caught being Good ticket for each item they bring in and the Whanau with the most items will have a mufti day!

All Raffle tickets are due to be returned by Tuesday 30th March with prizes being drawn on Thursday1 April
Any questions please contact the office


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In Terms Two and Three we are in our winter uniform. This is not much of a change, except that students are allowed to wear plain navy blue or black long sleeved thermals under their uniform if they choose, and bottle green or black scarves and beanies. Black shoes and navy socks are compulsory during this time as well. Socks are knee length and navy blue. Girls wear the mid-calf socks which are available at The Warehouse in packs of 5 as they are considerably cheaper. Girls socks are a nylon type fabric or they can wear navy blue woollen stockings for extra warmth if desired. Boys' socks are knee length and woollen. Shoes are plain black - no labels or tags in any colour other than black. They need to be able to hold a shine and repel water when it rains, so leather or vinyl not canvas thank you. PLEASE name these items - even socks if you can as once they are taken off it is impossible to find the owners. A good idea is to name shoes along the edge of the heel under the foot as this does not usually touch the ground and twink pens will work there for a period of time. Otherwise use vivid inside the shoes. Make the names bold and clear please.

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Interschool Swimming Results

Kaylee Tweeddale - Year 8 Girls: 1st: 30m Backstroke, 1st: 30m Freestyle, 2nd: 90m Freestyle, 2nd: 30m Freestyle

Saige Smith - Year 8 Girls: 3rd: 30m Backstroke

Emily Levings - Year 7 Girls: 4th: 30m Freestyle

Year 8 Girls Relay: 2nd

Year8 Boys Relay:4th

Year 7 Girls Relay: 3rd

Year 7 Boys Relay:4th

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  • 2 April - Friday, Good Friday
  • 5 April - Monday, Easter
  • 6 April - Tuesday, Easter
  • 13 April - Tuesday, Summer Sport Exchange
  • 16 April - Friday,Teacher Only Day - School will be closed on the last day of term. Teachers will be undertaking professional development in Palmerston North
  • 16 April - Friday, Term 1 Ends
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Daylight Saving Ends Sunday 4 April

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This term a group of dedicated students have been practising every morning tea in preparation for Hawera Repertory's show 'Through the Decades'. Hawera Intermediate was asked to send in a choir and the students have been working hard on their items within the show They had their first practise in the theatre last Friday with the Director Russ Standing who was impressed with their discipline. The group now head to practising with the adults as the show nears.
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