Kia ora Parents and Caregivers

A very warm welcome to all of our families, especially those who have joined our school community for the first time. Thank you to parents and caregivers for all you did to ensure that the students were ready to start learning in the new school year. The students’ positive attitudes and optimism is delightful. Our students are settling quickly into their new classes and we know the Year 8 students are enjoying the mentoring and leadership opportunities that the multi-age classes offer.

Fitting into a new environment is very important to emerging adolescents, so we really appreciate you taking the time to ensure that your child leaves home in the correct uniform from head to toe. Students at this age appreciate having clear expectations and a consistent approach. We have attached a copy of the Student Information Booklet to this newsletter. Please familiarise yourself with this booklet as it contains information about our rules, procedures and opportunities to become involved in lunchtime activities.

Please encourage your child to make new friends. Don’t be too over-anxious if this does not happen straight away. Please do encourage them to become involved in sports or cultural activities both within school and outside. Information about school activities is being shared with the students next week. There is a variety of sporting, cultural and service opportunities.

Conversations around the dinner table about your child’s aspirations and goals for the year brings a real sense of purpose. Goals can be as simple as getting a new book to read, joining a new team, learning a language or musical instrument or improving performance in a particular curriculum area. Please encourage them, give them positive feedback, be their ‘guide on the side’ and have confidence in them to do their best for a successful school year.

School Communication

We will be sharing our school newsletter by email every two weeks, and there will be additional reminder notices over the next few weeks as we keep you informed about our special school activities and sports and cultural opportunities. As well as this we have our school Facebook page and our school website that are updated regularly with a lot of photographs and news. For those of you who like to tweet, we have just started our school Twitter account

Week 2

Monday 6 Feb – Waitangi Day Public Holiday – school will be closed

Thursday 9 Feb – Performing Arts and Musical Instrument Lesson information will be emailed to parents

Upcoming Events To Note – information will be emailed home next week.

Monday 13 Feb – 7.00pm – Meet the Teacher Evening for Kowhai Team Rms1-4, Manuka Team Rms 13-16 and Totara Team Rms 17-20 – Yr 7 parents meet in the Hall for a presentation by the Senior Leadership Team and Year 7 students wait in their classrooms. Y8 students and parents arrive at 7.30pm and meet in the classrooms

Wednesday 15 Feb – School Swimming Sports at Takapuna Grammar School Pool – 9.30 – 2.00pm. Parents are welcome to attend.

Wednesday 15 Feb –  7.00pm Parent Information Meeting in the Library about the ‘Keeping Ourselves Safe’ Programme – with Constable Murray Fenton

Thursday 16 February – 7.00pm – Meet the Teacher Evening for Rata Team Rms 5-8 and  Rimu Team Rms 9-12  – Yr 7 parents meet in the Hall for a presentation by the Senior Leadership Team and Year 7 students wait in their classrooms. Y8 students and parents arrive at 7.30pm and meet in the classrooms

Welcome to our New Staff – This year we are delighted to welcome some new staff members to TNIS. They bring a wealth of experience, expertise and energy to our school. Please go to the school website  to read all about them.

Back row L to R Jared Riseborough Rm 6, Sandy Paton Rm 9, Hayley Paul Rm 1, Sarah Betts Rm 2

Front row L to R Delanie Tiakia Teacher Assistant, Jennifer McWilliam Rm 16, Courtney Sheehan Rm19, Samara Cox Rm 8

Our friendly Office Staff are here to help you.

Tina Stenberg is our new Receptionist in the Office and can help you with enrolments, payments using EFTPOS and VISA, student absences and student illness, as well as any questions that you might have.

Charlotte Crampsie is our new Executive Officer and she can answer your questions about any financial matters.

Pascale Holland is our expert with My Monitor, our online payment system as well as assisting in Reception.

From L to R  Tina Stenberg, Charlotte Crampsie and Pascale Holland

School-Wide Costs – On Tuesday we emailed all parents information about the school-wide costs for 2017. This includes your child’s stationery  pack. If you did not receive this email, the costs are listed below.

Stationery Pack                                                         36.00

Bus Transport for school-wide trips                           30.00

Yearbook                                                                   14.00

Online Maths Programmes for home learning           35.00

Specialist Dance Programmes                                  15.00

TOTAL                                                                $130.00

As we are a cashless school, please make payment through your ‘My Monitor Account’ (trips and activities) by Friday 3 February 2017. If you have questions about using your Monitor account, please do not hesitate to email .  Eftpos/visa payment facilities are also available at the School Office.

Stationery packs will be distributed to students on receipt of payment from Friday 3 February 2017.

Basketball Weekly Competition – Basketball is one of the most popular sports at TNIS. It is a great way to build confidence, make friends and improve skills. There are two semesters each year and students can play in one or both semesters. Games are played at either AUT or North Shore Events Centre. Most games are played between 4.00pm and 7.00pm.

Basketball trials this year will be run by North Harbour Basketball. The first trials will be held for boys at lunchtime on the 7th, 8th and 9th of February between 12:00pm and 1:30pm at school. Girls’ trials will be held on the 10th and 13th of February. Any students who want to play Basketball will be put into a team regardless of ability. Students will need to make sure that they bring their basketball shoes and a drink bottle to those trials. If you have any questions then please email .

Road Safety at School – As you have no doubt witnessed, it is a real challenge getting students off the school grounds at 3:00pm safely. Buses, pedestrian traffic and cars make for high-risk movement and danger to students. We have compiled a Travelwise plan (see below) and we would encourage parents to find a location away from the school for picking up their child. It is much quicker if a child walks for 5 minutes to a pick-up location, than to get caught up in the congestion caused by bus traffic in our front entrance. This week we have allowed parents to park on the school courts, however, next week this will no longer be possible. Please discuss and identify a safe pick-up location with your child. Your help here would be very much appreciated.

Daily Notices – Please encourage your child to read the notices on TNet every day. All notifications about school events, practices and meetings will be posted there. Please use this link to access the notices.

RoboSoccer World Champion – Congratulations to Tony Lee who won 1st place in the FIRA (Federation of International RoboSoccer Association) Robot World Cup which was convened at Beijing in December 2016.

Tony represented New Zealand at this event and won his division, becoming the Junior World Champion as representative of TNIS, New Zealand. We are extremely proud of Tony’s efforts and achievements.

Sailing Success – Congratulations to Year 8 student Mason Mulcahy who finished 8th overall out of 111 entries at the Auckland Optimist Championships in the weekend. The Regatta was sailed over three days at Murrays Bay Sailing Club. Mason’s next major event will be the Optimist Ranking Regatta in Picton in two weeks time. We are proud of his determination and persistence and wish him every success.

Daily Notices – Please use this link to access the School Daily Notices. Students need to check this every day to make sure that they know when meetings and practices are taking place.

Ngā mihi nui

Owen, Lorene and Sandy

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