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Kia ora koutou

The end of term is upon us, early mornings and late nights are upon teachers as end of year reviews are completed, home school partnership meetings are held and administrative requirements with the Ministry of Education are met.

Staff and students were also busy with varying fundraisers to further support our camp effort. Approximately $11,400 has been raised towards our $14,000 goal.

Our grocery Christmas Raffle, our final fundraiser for the year is drawn Friday 10 December with winners notified and posted on the school's Facebook site.

Alongside this is the excitement that pervades the student population as the end of the year draws to a close. The last two weeks have been busy and the next week is fun filled as we celebrate student success and conduct end of year ceremonies.

Dates and times follow.

Due to COVID restrictions our Service, Formal and Prizegiving ceremonies will be videoed and available via Zoom Links. These will be forwarded to you via email within the school newsletter. Award recipients will also receive individual notification via email tomorrow.

If you do not receive newsletters via email please call into the office.

All assemblies will be recorded.

Whilst this is not ideal each ceremony will be given the respect it deserves and students will be participating as per normal throughout each.

To all who have been associated with the school over the year thank you for your support, it has been a tricky one navigating our way through distance learning and anxiety of what's around the corner.

As I delve into end of year achievement results I am proud to say our students have performed well with many showing accelerated progress. Teachers have been totally committed to students in their care and an amazing support staff crew assist in the smooth running of the school. Thank you to you all.

I wish everyone safe and happy holidays. For those of you heading off to high school, good luck, and to all others have a well earned break.

We look forward to seeing you all again in 2022.

Nga mihi nui

Neryda Sullivan


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Thank you to our staff who have worked hard for the benefit of our students, doing their part to work with you, the whanau, to grow our future citizens of society. Thanks also to Board of Trustees members and PTA ladies for their efforts over the year. We appreciate the work you do for our students.

From us to you..

It takes a villiage to grow a child, and we work as a mini village to grow the 300 students we have contact with each day. Thanks to parents, whanau, and community for your support as we do what we love - working with developing adolescents through this very exciting time of their life! You answer our calls - both good and not so good, help us unravel complicated situations and allow us the honour of being part of your child's journey
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AOG Church,

High Street - Hawera

Wednesday 15th December from 9.30 till 11.00

All certificates for Monitors and Leaders (except Student Councillors) will be given out at the Service Assembly

Students will return to school following the ceremony.


AOG Church

High Street - Hawera

Thursday 16th December from10am till 12pm

All trophies and cups are awarded at this assembly, and letters have been emailed to advise parents if students are getting an award.

Student Councillors for 2022 are announced, with the handing over of the jackets and the mana of the role.

Classroom and Technology awards are also given out here. If your child is receiving a class award the teacher presenting it will make contact with you over the week. There are four per class and two per Tech class. It is a big ask for our staff as every student could be recognised for something over the course of a year!

The designer of the 2022 School Sweatshirt will also be announced.

Following our assembly students will all return to school.

With parent permission students may then head home and begin their school vacation period.

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The Year 8 Formal begins at 7pm on Wednesday 15th December at the A.O.G.

Please drop your child at the theatre from 6.30pm.

All whanau are welcome via a Zoom link to view this part where students will receive their scrolls and Year Book. They will then walk down to the Presbyterian Hall where they will have fun, food and lots of music till 10p.m. (students and staff only).

  • No student will be allowed to leave unless collected
  • Tidy dress please
  • Supper will be provided by the PTA and we really appreciate their support
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Monday 13th December

Year 8 Big Day Out - all Year 8 students will have a day of fun!

Students will arrive and leave school as normal, 8:45am- 3:00pm

The day includes movie, pools and lunch at King Edward Park.

Students need to be in full school uniform. Please note there will not be an opportunity to purchase food during the day so students will need to ensure they have enough food and drink to last the day. Lunch will be provided as usual.

Permission slips have gone home and need to returned by tomorrow, Thursday 9th December

If you have any queries please feel free to contact your child's teacher or the school office

While our Year 8 students are away our Year 7 students will enjoy an Amazing Race.

This will be a non uniform day. Students are to start the day in their normal class so the roll can be taken and then a fun, exciting day working with others to achieve goals will begin. Please bring a sunhat, water bottle and some food. Subway will be delivered at Lunchtime.

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The Spirit of Christmas...

Neither wet weather nor COVID deterred a group of wonderful and energetic volunteers who helped out with the annual Food Bank Run on Monday night. This involved students going around in groups and collecting bags of food donated by the community in response to the fire engine siren and lots of excitement up and down the streets of Hawera. Many thanks to our students supported by Mrs Ingram for your efforts and the donations from the community.
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At this time of the year and in early January we consider class placement of students. We have found over the years, that reshuffling our school each year helps our students prepare for their secondary education where they have multiple teachers in one day. If you have any concerns or questions please contact Trisha via the office or by email - careswellt@hi.school.nz

Class lists will be on the website late January for your perusal. A message posted on our facebook site will alert you to this.


As of next week classroom devices will be withdrawn from rooms so as to set them up for 2022.

Students no longer require their own personal device and we ask the they are not brought to school for the rest of the year.

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Join our summer holiday Reading Challenge and gain a point on your PAR card.

Sit under a tree, at the beach or even in the car and enjoy your favourite book and something new. Copies are available from Mrs Careswell in Huatau, so get reading and that way you'll start the school year already ahead of the game!

The best predictor of reading achievement is the amount of time children spend in independent reading. Reading for at least 10 minutes every day really matters, as it provides 600,000+ word exposure in one year!


As we approach the final days of Term 4 it is important that ALL school library books are returned so that we can do a stock take before we finish next week.

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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Students on their Pathway to Success

Congratulations to the huge number of students who have taken up the opportunity to complete badges on the school pathways, with over 300 being awarded.

Honours Board applications are now being considered with successful recipients being announced at the Formal Prizegiving.

A special thank you to Whaea Lania for the HUGE effort of marking the badge work over the year.

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Basket Ball Finals

Congratulations HIS Celtics 2 (pictured wearing green) for winning the Year 7 & 8 Basketball Competition held Wednesday nights at the Hub. The final game played against Manaia was outstanding, with Terenzo Fale named Player of the Day. Final Score: HIS 41 - 36 Manaia.

HIS Celtics 1 (pictured wearing black) played well coming 4th after loosing to St Josephs.

Thank you to our coaches and parents for all your support during the season.

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Congratulations to Nathan Baylis who recently broke the 1600m Grass Track Record for 13 year old boys. The record had been 11.05.75 but was broken by Nate who recorded 10.25.56. An amazing effort in an amazing event!
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Lions Young Speaker Competition

Congratulations to Anthea Sharrock, Cameron Tong, and Cody Tantrum our top orators from last term who represented us at the Lions Young Speakers Competition at the weekend.

Due to current circumstances the competition was held via zoom with 20 students participating from New Plymouth to Hunterville. We're very proud of our students who competed admirably among a very high calibre of speakers.


Congratulations to Isabella Ogle and her Zero Gravity Cheerleading team Nitro who placed 1st in Grade 2 Youth in the Australasian Majors in October, scoring an impressive 59/60 points. This was followed with runner up Grand Champs which means they earned the second highest points.

They worked hard on their routine and used the judges comments to improve. Recently they were rewarded in the Trans-Tasman Super Nationals with another 1st place in Grade 2 Youth improving their score to 59.6/60, these points earned them Grand Champions again.

All Grade 2 Grand Champions were then judged and the team took out the Super Grand Champions title.

In both competitions they have had to compete virtually due to Covid and watch the award ceremony online, so a huge achievement for the team.

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