Newsletter Week 8 Term 3

Maidstone Intermediate - Te Kura ō Hinepōhatu

16th September 2022

A Word from our Principal

Kia ora e te whānau

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa


You get proud, very proud, and then Maidstone proud. I am referring to the AIMS Games and the performance of our incredible sports men and women. Although the accolades will automatically go to the Netball team, who were crowned as the Number Two Intermediate netball team in the country, we should not forget the other ākonga (students).

In short, our teams and individuals performed as follows:

Netball team - 2nd out of 110 teams

Basketball team - 17th out of 75 teams

Girls Football -13th out of 30 teams

Boys Football - 17th out of 50 teams

BMX - Seth M 9th in time trial. 9th in moto racing

Cross Country - Bair W 21st

Gymnastics -

Artistic Open - Junior Elanna S 43rd

Artistic Open - Junior Advanced Naomi G 34th, Grace McG 52nd

We should also not forget to mention the mahi (work) done by parents, coaches, and managers.

Although the above results are amazing, it is the attitude and behaviour of the Maidstone crew that impressed me the most. I think the following email I received says it all:

Hello there

I am from Pasadena Intermediate in Auckland, and we had the pleasure of playing your netball team last week at the AIMS Games. I just wanted to get in touch to say how lovely your team was. After our game, they asked for a photo and even gave one of our players an award for their effort on the court. They played hard, but with such a positive attitude and smiles on their faces. Well done on their success as a team, I'm sure they have made your school very proud.


One of the highlights of my day is to open an email praising our ākonga. The above one is a great example. But this week was an early Christmas as I also received the following one:

Maidstone Staff….As a career school teacher , I know you guys usually only hear when something goes wrong ! Here’s a positive feedback. On Friday last , 9th, my wife came out from Countdown with a massive trolley and realised she’d struggle to get it in the boot ! Three young fellows came along , and she asked if they’d help. They were MOST WILLING, and she asked which school they were from. Maidstone. [ I taught there under Jim Milburn and Max Nicholson ] She gathered that one’s name was Noah, and they deserve a ‘pat on the back’ if you can identify them ! Best wishes – kids ain’t all bad …

What a great report about our young ones. And what we should not forget; there are lots of these positive things happening. Our task as adults is to celebrate this. In a world gone crazy after COVID, our job to reinforce this kind of positive behaviour is crucial.


September is the celebration of te reo Māori. This year the celebration is extra special as we also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Māori Language Petition, an event that led to many of the kaupapa we have today, including Te Wiki o te Reo Māori.

I find it fascinating to see how te reo Māori has become just another part of Maidstone culture. To be greeted in the mornings by the ākonga with a “Kia Ora” is now the norm. This is just another way we prepare our tamariki (children) for their future.

But we need your support in making sure your tamariki do not miss out on learning one of the official languages of New Zealand. And that is easier said than done. I am sure you will agree with me that the older you get, the more difficult it is to learn a new language. The answer is, in small steps. Make it fun by incorporating te reo in your daily activities. Here are some resources for you

Speak Māori

Learn to speak Māori in 12 weeks

Tōku Reo

We will also from now on include the following in our Newsletter:

  • Te reo Māori tips

  • A whakatauki (proverb)

MAIDSTONE staff care for your tamariki

I want to end with something that I am passionate about: It takes a village to care for a child.

We can't do it alone. We need whanau (family) and kaiako (teachers) to work as a team to guide our tamariki. But this is difficult if we do not have the trust of the whanau. As tumuaki (principal) I can promise you that every staff member at Maidstone cares deeply about the tamariki. Being a teacher is an amazing job, but it has become a very dangerous one. And what can make it worse is when we do not have the whanau working with us. We know we are not perfect and mistakes happen. That is just a given. What can make a difference is what we all do when we feel mistakes happen. Sorting issues out at the lowest level is the most effective way to ensure we can solve challenges and work on a better outcome.

A lovely weekend to you all.

Ngā mihi

Wikus Swanepoel



He waka eke noa

A canoe which we are all in with no exception. We are all in this together.

Important Dates to add to your calendar

  • 30 September - End of Term 3
  • 17 October - Beginning of Term 4
  • 21 October - Teacher Only Day (Upper Hutt Schools Cluster Day)
  • 15 December - Last day for the Year

Upcoming Events

  • Boxing Academy Programme - 19 September
  • Acting Troupe - Theatre Sports Trip - 20 September
  • Invitational Girls Rugby - 21 September
  • Ignite Sports Leadership Day - 23 September
  • Board of Trustees Meeting - 27 September @ 6pm
  • Extra Curricular Photos - 27 September
  • Rm 4 & 5 Whirinaki Whare Taonga Trip - 28 September
  • William Pike Challenge Tramp - 29 September
  • WRISSA Boys Basketball - 29 September
  • Pākuratahi Rm 6 & 7 Trip - 30 September
  • WRISSA Girls Basketball - 30 September
  • Rm 6 & 7 Whirinaki Whare Taonga Trip - 30 September
  • Ignite Sport Year 8 - 30 September
  • Last Day of Term 3 - 30 September

Extra Curricular Photo Day

On Tuesday 27 September, LC Scott Photographers will be taking photos of all our extra curricular groups and teams. A link will be shared with the school community for viewing and purchasing these photos. Students involved will be required to have their full PE gear or team uniform for the photo. For those teams (e.g. basketball) that have their uniforms at home, please support us by reminding your child to bring the uniform to school on the 27 September.

Te angitu o ngā ākonga (Student success)

Congratulations to the following ākonga:

Issy M (Rm 2)

For competing and placing in the Capital gymnastics competition two weeks ago. Issy placed 2nd on vault, 1st on bar, and 2nd overall.

Last weekend was at Kapiti, and she placed 1st on floor, 1st on beam, 2nd on vault, 1st equal on bar, and 1st overall.

Brooklyn S (Rm 13) and Jah C-T (Rm 5)

U13 Hutt Valley Reps Basketball Team travelling to Napier in October

We ask that whanau please make us aware of the success of their tamariki so that we can celebrate it as a community.

Tips for Whānau - Ākonga in the Cyber World

Join our Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori

Digital Tech workshops with your ākonga!

Increase your Reo and Hangarau Matihiko skills with two live online classes.

We’ve created planning material, including getting ready for our live sessions, and guides on how to run your own Hour-of-Code sessions with your tamariki and rangatahi.

Whānau wellbeing and support

Your wellbeing – and that of your whānau – is the most important thing of all. Remember, you can't look after anyone else if you're not looking after yourself. If you feel like you might need support, please don't struggle alone. It’s braver to reach out than it is to suffer in silence.

Call or text 1737 for 24/7 access to a free, trained counsellor or check out the links below for more options:

Where to go for help

Top ways to look after your mental wellbeing

Download the services and support contacts sheet

Te reo Māori tips


Kia ora - Hello / Thank you

Tēnā koe - Formal greeting to one person

Tēnā kōrua - Formal greeting to two people

Tēnā koutou - Formal greeting to many people

E noho rā - Goodbye (from a person leaving)

Haere rā - Goodbye (from a person staying)

Ka kite anō - See you again (informal goodbye)

Mōrena - Good morning

Pō mārie - Good night

Haere mai - Welcome, enter

Nau mai - Welcome

Ngā mihi nui - With best wishes

Inter-school WRISSA Rugby Tournament

Maidstone Intermediate attended the 2022 WRISSA rugby tournament on 31 August with an Open Weight 1st XV team and an under 65kg team. Both teams met at school at 7:45am (which seemed like 5am), and hopped on the bus to Petone Rec. The day of rugby was exciting for most and a little nerve wracking for the newer boys to the sport. Both the 1st XV and the U65s gave it their all; which is all we ever want from our rangatahi. We had a lot of highlights throughout the tournament where some of our skilled rugby players stepped up to lead the way. Ryder M scored numerous tries for the U65s, and Cordell was another stand out player, with his defence and ruck skills. For the 1st XV, Ezra and Santos steam rolled through multiple tackles, and Zavier and Linkyn sliced through defence; scoring five tries each. Well done to all the boys; you were awesome!

In the end, our U65s finished 7th while the 1st XV finished 5th. Both teams faced some very competitive and well-drilled teams.

I am very proud of how both teams held their composure and represented our kura respectfully with a lot of mana; the more experienced players looking after our less experienced was definitely tumeke to see. Without a doubt, we will be seeing some of these boys in the ALL BLACKS and MAORI ALL BLACKS, so when you boys make it to the big stage, don’t forget to visit Hinepohatu Maidstone Intermediate and help teach the next generation.

Matua Kingi

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Whanau Hui

Kia ora koutou

We wish to acknowledge the many whānau who turned up to support our Māori Whānau Hui held on Monday 29th August.

A great success where you could see our values of Manaakitanga and Whanaungatanga being shown strongly by our students. Kapa Haka were able to perform for their families and share in kai and fun activities. The theme of the evening was ‘How do Māori achieve success as Māori?’. Our tamariki showed a lot of success that evening.

Ngā mihi ano koutou whānau mā.!! Ka rawe!!!

Community Notices

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