Newsletter Term 4 - Week 3

Masterton Intermediate School November, 5, 2021


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Tēnā koutou ki runga i te kaupapa o te wāhanga whakamutunga o te tau nei.

Ngā mihi mahana ki a tātou

While the start of the fourth and final term of 2021 has been disrupted by the cancellation of numerous school events, once again our Masterton Intermediate students have maintained a kind, happy and positive outlook towards their daily mahi. We also appreciate the support and understanding from our families when receiving the news that activities such as our kapa haka festival and trip, Poly fest, WRISSA ki-o-rahi, softball, touch, swimming and athletics were no longer able to proceed.

One of the annual MIS events that has been possible was our syndicate dance competition that took place this week on Tuesday afternoon, November 2. All four teams performed with high levels of effort, enthusiasm and a good sense of timing. Many thanks to our four kaiwhakawā, Emily Enoka, Victoria Medina, Anton Pulefale and Jose Vatselias.

The results were very close:

1st place Waipoua - 139 points, out of a possible 160

2nd place Kaituna - 137 points

3rd place Waingawa - 136.5 points

4th place Waiohine - 130 points

We await further announcements over the coming weeks in regard to how some of the other scheduled school activities can go ahead during the remaining weeks of term four. This includes our Orientation Day, Curriculum Awards, Service Awards and Prize Giving Assembly in December.

We hope to have more information for you before the end of this month.

Noho ora mai tātou

Russell Thompson (tumuaki)

Ms Geange's kōrero

Term four has started off well with our students engaging in as many activities as possible despite several cancellations. Many students have put themselves forward for the digital photography and the diary cover competitions and the calibre has been high. We look forward to seeing the outcome of these in the next edition of our newsletter.

It has been pleasing to have recently received some positive feedback about our students from members of the public commenting on how well our students have been conducting themselves when representing our school.

Here is what we have received:

Hi Russell

I'm the manager of a Gladstone School tennis team and I just wanted to pass on some positive feedback about a couple of your tennis players from our games last week. We played the MIS Mako's (Duncan and Olivia Weir and Angus and Harry and Angus Monk). I just wanted to pass on what a cool bunch of kids they were. We were a much younger and less able team than those players and they were amazing with our players. They were so kind, helpful and patient with our kids so I thought it would be nice to say how impressed we were with the attitude of them all. What a great display of manaakitanga.

And another:

Hey Russell,

Got some feedback for you and your awesome MIS Kids

Volleyball Monday...and our parent/coach was so impressed with your they were so very kind, supportive and encouraging towards our young players.

They've been moved now to the kiwi volley...but I'm grateful that their experience playing against 'the big kids' was so positive.

The kids are a real credit to you and the staff

Gareth Sinton


Douglas Park School

We look forward to hearing more of these kind of stories as we near the end of the year.

A letter and poem to the Prime Minister - Jacinda Ardern

During the recent lockdown, Danielle Robertson from Room 18 took it upon herself to write a poem to send to our Prime Minister - Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern. Little did she expect to receive a reply! We were all very excited and proud of Danielle for being proactive and thinking of others!

Here is a picture of Danielle with the reply she received from Jacinda herself!

Danielle wrote:

Dear Jacinda.

My name is Danielle Robertson. I am 12 years old and I live in a town in the lower North Island called Masterton. I have recently written a poem about getting the Covid- 19 Vaccine in hope to encourage others who are perhaps too afraid to get it. I, myself am fully vaccinated but really don't like needles. I was scared to get it at first but my parents reminded me of what this vaccine can do to help us. .

Here it is and I hope you enjoy it.

The Needle.

A prick,

A step for humanity.

An achy arm,

A life saved.

A sense of sickness,

A stronger immunity.

Two little needles and the things they can do,

To save your own life and somebody else's too.

- Danielle Robertson.

The Prime Minister wrote:

Thank you for taking the time to write. I really appreciate your kind words and support! I want to thank you for being of our team of 5 million - you've done a great job and I do know it hasn't been easy.

Thanks again for writing and for your poem, Danielle. Well done for getting vaccinated and I hope you and your family are staying safe.

Kind regards,

Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister

Wellbeing Tip

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Every year for the last 4 years Masterton has hosted the regional Aquabots competition. Teams who successfully compete in that competition have the opportunity to go to the Nationals. In 2018 and 2019 the Nationals were in Nelson. In 2020 Masterton hosted the Nationals here.

Wednesday 27th October was the second date set for the regional competition this year. The initial date was in term 3 but impacted by the Covid lockdown. This meant that the time to get organised was much reduced. Some teams got onto their Aquabot build quickly; they attended Mr Rick’s soldering workshop and had an opportunity to use the DT room tools to help with drilling and cutting the PVC pipes. Other teams were not as organised and they had to work together quickly to get their robot built and practise using it.

Even with these challenges MIS had great success. We had four teams and they were placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd. They would have qualified for the National competition in Nelson but unfortunately that has been postponed with the Covid threat in the region.

Some of the team members have shared a few of their challenges and triumphs below:

The hardest thing was the build. It was quite challenging trying to coordinate where we would meet and also keeping calm and not getting mad when things didn't work or broke and fell apart.

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Upcoming Events


    • MIS Athletics Standards Day on Tuesday, November 9

    • WRISSA Touch tournament on Wednesday, November 10

    • MIS Athletics Finals morning on Wednesday, November 17

    • Hosting Monrad Intermediate tennis teams on Friday, November 19

    • Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, November 22 at 6.30 pm

    • Hosting Puketapu School netball team on Thursday, November 25

    • Matagi e Fa festival - Saturday, November 27

    • MIS Teacher Only Day on Monday, November 29 (school closed)


    • Orientation morning on Friday, December 3 Year 6 students visit us

    • MIS Sports Awards in the school hall on Wednesday evening, December 8 from 7.00 pm

    • Service Awards in the school hall from 9.15 am on Thursday, December 9

    • Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, December 13 at 6.30 pm

    • Curriculum Awards in the school hall from 9.15 am on Tuesday, December 14

    • Final assembly at Wairarapa College on Thursday, December 16 from 11.00 am to 1.30 pm