NEWSLETTER 14 October 2020

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Kia ora koutou

It is with a sense of satisfaction that Term 4 begins having had our Statutory Intervention removed by the Ministry of Education.

An enormous amount of work has been inputted by the Board and teachers to ensure that Hawera Intermediate continues to provide quality education as students make the right choices on their "Pathway to Success"

Staff remain committed to providing relationship based learning practices and have high expectations alongside clear guidelines enabling students to be the best they can be.

We have much to look forward to over the forthcoming term.

We encourage all students to take every opportunity available to them.

We look forward to a great term.

Ngā mihi nui

Neryda Sullivan


Review of Statutory Intervention and Resulting outcomes

On 29 August 2019, Kevin Palmer was appointed as Limited Statutory Manager (LSM) for your Board, under 78M of the Education Act 1989, to address risk to the operation of your school, the risk to the educational performance of the students, and concern about the welfare of the students at Hāwera Intermediate.

The Minister of Education’s delegate is now satisfied that the risk has reduced to the extent that the intervention is no longer required, and has revoked the notice directing the appointment of the LSM. This notice has been published in the New Zealand Gazette and is available via the following link: https://gazette.govt.nz/notice/id/2020-go4455 .

I would like to acknowledge both the Board and the Principal for the focused work undertaken, under the guidance of the Limited Statutory Manager, to address the intervention issues over the past year. I am confident that the Board and Principal now have the confidence and the necessary skills to take the school forward and to effect the very best outcomes for the students.

Nāku noa, nā

Marlene Clarkson

Director of Education

Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatū

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The Government is currently introducing a free, healthy, daily school lunch in some schools for all students.

We are really excited to let you know that our school will be joining the free lunch programme from April 2021.

All parents want to provide their children with a lunch every day. But, as you will know, there are many reasons parents can struggle, often through no fault of their own. We know that some of you will have been particularly affected by the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Offering a lunch for all our children who need it will go some way to helping families and whānau to support their children and tamariki. This is why we have decided to take part in this programme.

Lunches will cater for the diet, health and cultural needs of our students, and we will work with suppliers and the Ministry of Education to make sure they are healthy and nutritious. All suppliers will be required to meet New Zealand food safety standards.

The lunches will be available for all our students. While we know there are hungry children in every community, we do not always know who they are. Providing a lunch to every child means we do not need to single-out those who need it more than others. However, lunches are not compulsory, and you can continue to provide your child’s own lunch if you wish. Right now, we are working with the Ministry of Education on the best way to meet our school’s needs.

The programme will run until the end of 2021 and will be evaluated whilst it is running. This will include feedback from schools, students and suppliers about what the lunches are like, how they are delivered, and if they have an impact on students’ learning and achievement. This information will help to decide whether to continue beyond 2021, and what an ongoing programme might look like.

You can find out more about the programme at: www.education.govt.nz/free-and-healthy-school-lunches

If you have any further questions, please contact our office, or the Ministry at school.lunches@education.govt.nz

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The Life Education Trust truck will be visiting us this term from 9 - 20 November. The focus is on student well-being and keeping healthy, including making healthy choices and understanding how our choices impact on our lives.
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Heal the World - Make it a better place! Whakora te ao!

In our Covid affected world much has been significantly affected. Life, as we knew it has changed and a whole lot of new vocabulary has been added to our conversations. Social distancing, lockdowns, Levels 1-4, daily updates, quarantine, isolation, epidemic, pandemic,community spread....these words are now common! A huge impact has been on the economy, and so our inquiry "Heal the World" has been built around the major concerns for our economy due to costs of managing the pandemic. Our students have important roles in the stability of our economy, as both consumers and at times producers. We are wondering about how we can heal our economy - looking at it from a Hauora or well-being angle, and looking for ways we can create new products to encourage spending, improve the environment, and/or help people, businesses or our community to 'feel better'.

Our key ideas we want students to understand from this Inquiry are;

  • What is an economy?

  • How does the well-being of the economy affect the way I live?

  • How am I part of the economy?

Students will work through a design process starting this week with investigating as we "Tune In" to our purpose. You might expect students to talk about what an economy is, how they are part of it, and what a healthy or unhealthy economy means for New Zealand over these first weeks. As students continue through the process, they will refine their ideas and plan an inquiry to follow through over the term. We will have some work on display at the A and P Show to show our community what we are doing. Students are also making links to the elections and how the policies of different parties will affect the economy.

Summer Uniform Reminder

In Term Four we return to our summer uniform. This is shorts for boys and culottes for girls and either shoes and socks or sandals. If your child wears sandals they will need to bring their winter shoes for Tech days. Havianas are suitable for school as long as they have back-straps or any plain black sandals. Sandals that go up the ankle are not suitable.


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Spare Ice Cream Containers?

Our Food Technology classes are desperate for Ice Cream containers. If you have any you would like to recycle we would love to have them. Please drop these into the school office.
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Closing Dates For badge Work

The last date for badge marking will be Monday 23 November. Completed badge work handed in on or before this date will be marked and badges awarded if appropriate.

Inter School Cross Country

Congratulations to our team of cross country runners who participated in the inter school competition at the end of last term. All students represented themselves and the school well on the day. A special mention to Kaylee Tweeddale, tenth in the eleven year old girls' race, Annja Petersen, third in the 12 year old girls, George Le Quesne fifth in the 12 year old boys, and Ja'donnay Ross sixth in the 13 year old girls.
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Congratulations to our Basketball teams!

Well done to all students involved in the after school basketball competition held at the Hub. COVID 19 placed challenges on us this year with many games being played with a very small number of supporters. Fortunately by the time the finals were held, restrictions had been lifted and we we enjoyed many parents and visitors supporting our teams for their last game. Both our teams played well and represented the school with pride. The final result saw Celtics 1 placing 2nd and Celtics 2 being placed 3rd.
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Tuesday 20 October

Congratulations to all our students for their efforts with speeches at the end of last term.

All whanau have held their final round and we have our top nine speakers that will now battle it out in the overall school finals.

These are being held on Tuesday 20 October at 11:30am in Room 3.

All parents, caregivers and supporters are welcome to attend.

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  • Friday 16 October - Pink Shirt Day - Gold Coin Donation

  • Tuesday 20 October - School Speech Finals

  • Wednesday 21 October - Rugby 7's Tournament
  • Tennis Championships NP
  • 2021 Year 7 Transition Visits Begin

  • Thursday 22 October - Taranaki Top 10 Bowls Competition

  • Monday 26 October - Labour Day - School Closed

  • Sunday November 1 - Lions Speech Maker Competition

  • Tuesday 3 November - 2021 Year 7 Enrolments

  • Thursday 5 November - Rippa Rugby Tournament - Inglewood

  • Friday 6 November - Mufti Day (A&P Raffle item request)

  • Monday 9 November Life Education Trust Arrives

  • Friday 13 November - School Athletics

  • Tuesday 24 November - Intermediate Schools Athletics

  • Tuesday 1 December - Whanau Marae Visits Begin

  • Wednesday 9 December Home School Partnership Meeting

  • Thursday 10 December Home School Partnership Meetings

  • Tuesday 15 December - Service Assembly
  • Year 8 Formal

  • Wednesday 16 December - Formal Assembly
  • Term 4 2020 School Year Ends
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Normanby Athletics Club 2020-2021 Season

First Registration Night & Coaching:

Monday 19th October 5.45pm.

Normanby Domain

Registrations for all ages. New and old members welcome.

Contacts Karen Brooks 278 3374 or Steve Gray 272 8445

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