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Kia ora koutou

Welcome back to Term 3!

What an exciting start we have had - the installation of fabulous furniture school wide, greeted student arrival and immediately was assimilated into everyday operations - students and teachers enjoying the space, comfort and opportunity for collaboration these items provide.

Substantial money from the Board of Trustees term deposit funds made this possible, an enviable position to have been in. Students will enjoy the same until our closure where furniture will follow students wherever they may go.

We continue to wait for Minister Hipkins decision as to future education provisions for Hawera Schooling. Early September an announcement will be made.

At school we continue to provide the best possible educational outcomes we can and “Science for Science Sake” is our term’s inquiry.

Exploding volcanoes, lava lamps, stale bread and fungi and all sorts of weird and wonderful things are happening in classrooms.

We look to share our learning with you on September 10th when we have a “School Gala”. Mark this date on your calendar now!

All funds raised from our Gala will go directly to your child’s camp or out and about activities taking place in the second week of Term 4.

All students need to be completing their job card and getting funds into the school office by the end of term.

The PTA have a pie fundraiser coming your way on Monday, chocolates are being sold, sausage sizzles are about to begin and numerous requests for your help will be extended.

All money raised will enable students equitably to have the best possible camp experience that can be provided.

On Monday I meet with the Board and I am feeling pretty proud. Not only has data shown that the number of incidents in our playground have dramatically decreased since the end of 2019 but our achievement data is on an upward trajectory.

Staff have worked incredibly hard to take on new learning and systems, and students are being extended the best learning opportunities available to them.

So many opportunities are available for students to take part in. Next week , Tuesday, students head off to Manukorihi Intermediate to take part in sporting exchanges. Enjoy the day and good luck to all students participating.

Enjoy the term everyone!

Ngā mihi nui

Neryda Sullivan


Grocery Raffle Winners Term 2:

1483 Eric Pollock

978 Alan Corbett

1461 Leo Gosney

224 Frankie Broughton

366 Claire Robins

1508 Ivan Northcott

461 Sarah McLean

1489 Linda Ogle

This Camp Fundraiser run through the PTA made $1,790. Thank you to all who supported this.

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Science for Science Sakes... what does that mean? Our inquiry this term is all about being immersed in the different types of Science in our world. Our overall wondering question for the term is 'What happens when I?' Students will be experimenting and trialling ideas, learning about forces, and magnetism, the human body and the solar system, bridges and volcanoes and so much more! Our goal is to have our students realise Science can be a whole lot of fun!

This week we are 'Tuning In' to our new Inquiry, this means frontloading our students with a range of scientific ideas in a way that is fun! Students have set up school wide experiments where they will monitor and compare plant growth, the way various chemicals rust nails, how mould grows on bread and why it is different in different places and some are measuring rainfall. Some classes have made lava lamps, others have shot marshmallows with simple balloons and cups, others have had balloon races and learned about how fires die without oxygen.

Please ask your child 'Is this Science?' whenever you think of it - ideally we want them sick of hearing it - it will also be our staff mantra for the term as we get our students to open their eyes to their world!

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Some initial Science Wondering from Room 8

  • How do illusions work? How are they so convincing, how can they make you see things and do things? (Violet Boyce)

  • How do elephants sense water from miles away!!! (Reef Lunjevich)

  • How does the sun hold the fire and gas within 30miles. How does the sun have a gravitational pull when all it is is a over sized fireball (Archie Laurence)

  • Why are there different colours in fire and why are they different temperatures? (Delta Mattock)

  • Why does river water move? How are fish able to survive in water? (Jack Clarke)

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A school camp newsletter will be forwarded today with students.

With camps rapidly approaching (26-29th October) students and whanau need to be vigilant in keeping up to date with information and of course totally involved in fundraising. Please keep your eyes open for the latest update!

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White Elephant Items

As part of our gala in Week 7, we will be having a white elephant stall. Can families please start setting aside items that they would like to donate to this. More information will be sent out in our next newsletter.


Anderson Pie order forms will be going home on Monday 2nd August to all families. Order forms are due back on Friday 3rd September. Pies will be ready for collection on the afternoon of Thursday 16th September.

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is another man's treasure

The Art room is looking for

  • Clean food tins
  • Newspaper
  • and Clean cereal boxes (collapsed)

If you have any of the above please drop them into school for Whaea Emily

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Congratulations to the following students who have been named as part of the Ross Brown South Rugby squad: Bailey Davis, George Le Quesne, Jack Wasley, Kayden Rangi, Tayne Rowlands-Katene, Nathan Baylis, Jaxon McDonald, Brooklyn Lake, and Izaiah Mataroa-John.

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Calendar dates

  • 3 August - Manukorihi Winter Sport Exchange
  • 18 August - Rugby 7s Tournament
  • 10 September - Twilight Gala, 3-6pm
  • 17 September - Tatarakihi Festival
  • 22 September - Camp Information Evening
  • 29 September - Inter School Cross Country
  • 1 October Term 3 Ends
  • 25 October Labour Day - School CLOSED
  • 26 - 29 October School Camps
  • 16 November - School Athletics
  • 22 - 30 November - Life Education Truck visiting HIS
  • 15 December - Service Assembly
  • 16 December - Formal Assembly
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In support of the Cancer Society

In support of the Daffodil Day Cancer Research Appeal Day Hawera Intermediate School is taking orders for daffodil blooms and would appreciate a donation of 50c each or $5.00 per bunch of 10 blooms.

Daffodil orders will be delivered and distributed at school on Thursday 26 August.

Forms sent home with students need to be returned to the school office by Tuesday 24th August

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