Hawera Intermediate School

NEWSLETTER 24 November 2021

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Kia Ora Koutou

The year is rapidly coming to a close.

Staff are busy writing reports to sum up student progress over the year, administration staff are completing end of year audits, prizegiving statistics are being sought, end of year activities are ramping up, transition visits from contributing school students and ours are visiting the high school, and fundraising is all go as we work to meet our shortfall from camp fundraising due to being unable to have held our gala.

Alongside this we have our annual positive puberty education classes being delivered, the Life Education Trust Trailer is here and "spring fever" is certainly evident within the school setting!

We look forward to our settled weather continuing and to our students being the "best they can be" as we head towards the last three weeks of school.

Thank you to everyone who has supported our fundraising efforts thus far, over $2,000 has been raised with more ventures scheduled.

Ngā mihi nui

Neryda Sullivan



As we approach December it is important that ALL school library books are returned so that we can do a stock take before we finish for the year.

Students that have outstanding books will be given a slip with the name of the book and its cost. Please have a look around your home, under beds or in draws and see if you have one of our precious resources that can be returned.

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1st: Tayne Katene-Rowlands

2nd: Brooklyn Lake

3rd: Riki Royal


1st: Riki Royal

2nd: Terenzo Fale

3rd: Nathan Baylis


1st: Ryan Lincoln

2nd: = Jacob Sparkes

2nd = Jaxon McDonald

2nd = Te Kingi Morehu-Hanikawhe

3rd = Jack Wasley,

3rd = Riki Royal


1st: Nathan Baylis

2nd: Jaxon McDonald

3rd: Sonic Luke

Sprint finals, Whanau relays and staff relay will take place this Friday at 2:30pm

Sprint qualifiers

100 m Sprint Finals

Year 7 Girls: Lucy Fearnley, Jesha Brown-Hazeldine, Jemma Gibbs, Katlin Chamberlain, Jeila Katene , Porsha Lasike, Ysabella Uncles

Year 8 Girls: Erina Frearson, Kayla Crump, Nirvana Page-Oliver, Kaylee Tweeddale, Saige Smith, Casey Duffy, Annie Wolland

Year 7 Boys: Lucian Kelly, Maluapapa Manutai, Halen Maddock, Kordae Ross, Caden Anderson, Jesse Kahui, Hunter Stephens

Year 8 Boys: Riki Royal, George Le Quesne, Te Kingi Morehu-Hanikawhe, Nathan Baylis, Montana Andersen, D'Vantae Thompson, Levi Anderson

200m Finals

Year 7 Girls: Lucy Fearnley, Porsha Lasike, Jahliyah Hori, Katlin Chamberlain, Nevaeh Ratahi, Peyton Scott, Kypreece Page-Oliver

Year 8 Girls: Erina Frearson, Tiama Hill, Nirvana Page-Oliver, Kaylee Tweeddale, Saige Smith, Casey Duffy, Annie Wolland

Year 7 Boys: Carlo Martin, Maluapapa Manutai, Halen Maddock , Kordae Ross, Jesse Kahui

Year 8 Boys: Rusty Hockley, Jacob Sparkes, D'Vantae Thompson, Ryan Lincoln, Riki Royal, Michael Hayman, George Le Quesne

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Kauri values at work

Room 6 have been showing kaitiakitanga as they have been picking up excess rubbish from around the school. This was done with the aim to help encourage classes to continue to look after our school environment.
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Room 11 enjoyed a visit from Taranaki Animal Protection Trust recently along with some furry friends.

Attitudes towards animals are formed early in life. For many students school may be the first place where they gain experience on how to handle and look after animals. The use of animals in schools provides students the opportunity to:

  • Have a shared pet.
  • Respect animals as living organisms.
  • Learn about animal welfare and how animals’ needs must be met at all times.
  • Observe the complete life history of an animal.
  • Identify and investigate the range of environmental, physiological and behavioural factors influencing living animals.
  • Understand the complexity of environmental interactions affecting animals.
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Kaitiakitanga extends beyond the classroom

Current and ex pupils Carly Meynell and Ayla Bond took the initiative to help an injured dog they found in the park. We're very proud when we see our school values become a part of everyday life for our students. Their actions were recognised by the Taranaki Animal Protection Trust who awarded them a certificate for their act of kindness.
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of a year 9

Year 8 students have begun their transition to high school with a visit to Hawera High to experience the life of a Year 9. Visits are taking place over the week with the last group attending on Monday.
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As part of the Health and Physical Education curriculum, we teach a unit about “ Positive Puberty”, which is a compulsory sexual education component of the New Zealand Curriculum.

This unit of work will provide students with the knowledge, understanding, and skills to develop positive attitudes towards the changes that they will and may be already experiencing, during puberty.

The unit will involve a discussion of male and female body changes during puberty, that is the physical, mental and emotional growth and development that occur and the new needs that arise during puberty. During this unit, we will be covering changes to your body and menstruation to help understand what puberty is and the changes to the teenage body.

As part of this unit, we like whanau to be actively involved by also talking to your child about the changes that occur with puberty and adolescence.

There is a lesson that includes specific information relating to the menstrual cycle which will include information about menstrual products and all female students will be offered information and a range of product samples to help them understand the menstrual cycle.

Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions about the lesson details, or would like some guidance in discussing this topic with your children.

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Badge work Closing Week 7

Congratulations to all students who have completed badges over the year. Please note that all projects need to be handed in to Whaea Lania by Friday 3 December, week 7 to ensure marking by the end of the year.
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School bus arrangements for 2022

Next year will see some minor changes to our school transport as the Ministry of Education transitions to a new contract with our current bus operators. To make sure that the start of the school year goes as smoothly as possible, please familiarise yourself with the information below.

As always, please either stay with your children while they are waiting for their school transport in the morning or keep in contact with them to make sure that they are picked up safely.

School bus routes, timetables and bus stop information

Please contact the school office, Glenn Heather our teacher in charge of school bus operations or Weir Bros for route information.

Eligibility for school transport assistance

We often get questions about whether students qualify for school transport assistance i.e., a place on a school bus.

The Ministry of Education has three criteria that students must meet in order to qualify for school transport assistance. They are:

  1. The student must attend their closest state or state-integrated school
  2. The student must live more than a certain distance from the school:
    • Years 1-8: At least 3.2 km
    • Years 9-13: At least 4.8 km
  3. There must be no suitable public transport options

The Ministry of Education has a handy video on their website that helps explains the eligibility criteria for school transport assistance.

Responsibility of caregivers

To ensure a safe environment for bus loading and unloading caregivers should:

  • not park in bus bays
  • adhere to the speed limit (20 km/h while passing a stationary school bus on either side of the road)
  • try to eliminate the need for children to cross the road
  • ensure that children get to and from the bus stop safely
  • teach children to not run across the road

Please note: if you currently have a private arrangement with your bus operator, you will need to contact your bus operator to confirm that your arrangement will continue in 2022.

School transport queries

If you have any queries about our school transport, please contact Glenn Heather our Bus Controller. He can be contacted via the school office.

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  • 22 - 30 November - Life Education Truck visiting HIS
  • 5 December Lions Junior Speechmaker Competition
  • 8 December - Home School Partnership Meetings
  • 15 December - Year 8 Formal
  • 15 December - Service Assembly
  • 16 December - Formal Assembly
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