Kia ora Parents and Caregivers
Welcome back from the holiday break. We hope that you all enjoyed the good weather and that the students are rested and ready to tackle the challenges of Term 2.
Week 1, Term 2
Tuesday 2 May – Waterwise Rm 4
Wednesday 3 May – Waterwise Rm 1
Monday 8 May – Yr 7 Boys Football Zone Day
Tuesday 9 May – Waterwise Rm 16
– Parent/Teacher 10min Meetings 3.20pm – 5.00pm
– Lit Quiz Competition 12.30pm – 3.30pm
Wednesday 10 May – Waterwise Rm 2
Thursday 11 May – HPV Vaccination #1 for Year 8 students with parent consent
Safety on the way to and from school – Last term there were a number of accidents involving our students while they were travelling to and from school. Some of these accidents were the result of impatient drivers at intersections and drivers also trying to avoid queueing for the motorway and turning illegally. We have spoken to the students about the need to be very alert when walking along footpaths and using pedestrian crossings.
However, we do receive reports of concern every week from members of the public who observe our students taking risks on the way to school. In particular, they report that many students on bikes, who are riding on the footpaths, are going too fast and endangering pedestrians and themselves. Some groups of our cyclists have been observed racing each other along the footpaths. This is highly dangerous. Our students are also riding across pedestrian crossings when they are required to walk their bikes, and also riding across busy intersections when the crossing signals are red.
Some students have been seen running across the busy four and six lane roads near school instead of walking a little further to the pedestrian crossings. We are very concerned that there is going to be a fatality. We would ask all parents to please discuss this issue with their children. We will continue to reinforce these messages as well.
Parent/Teacher Meetings – An email was sent out last term with details about the 10 minute Parent/Teacher Meetings scheduled for Term 2 Week 2.
Tuesday 9 May 3.20pm – 5.00pm
Thursday 11 May – 3.20pm – 5.00pm and 5.30pm to 7.30pm.
You are invited to book a time that suits your schedule using the online booking system. Please go to www.schoolinterviews.co.nz then enter the code 9dtuu and follow the instructions. If you have any difficulty using the online booking system, please contact Tina Stenberg in the office (09) 489 3940.
You are welcome to bring your child to this meeting but it is not a requirement. You are also welcome to bring other members of your family or whanau.
School Uniforms – We would really appreciate your support in ensuring that your child is wearing the correct school uniform to and from school each day. This includes the correct footwear (plain black formal lace-up or single strap or t-bar school shoes, not black sports shoes) and socks. We are still seeing students wearing black socks instead of the required navy blue socks. The socks also need to be proper ankle socks that come well up the ankle, not ‘sports socks’ that sit just at the level of the shoes.
The weather is getting colder now and students will need their uniform jerseys everyday at school. Please check that your child’s jersey is named clearly so that if it is left around the school, we can return it quickly. If your child has purchased a TNIS school jacket, it is also very important to check that this is very clearly named please. We do encourage students to wear a jacket or raincoat when the weather is wet. We see many students arriving at school on wet days without a jacket or coat.
Basketball News – Four of our Year 8 girls (Amiya Fotu, Sarah Moors, Mackenzie Chatfield and Holly Williams) were selected to attend the inaugural Basketball New Zealand under 14 National Talent Camp in Rotorua over the school holidays. This camp saw 80 of the most promising girls from all over the country come together to meet, play games and learn from top basketball coaches. Based on performance at the camp, Holly Williams was selected to form an u14 Development Team to represent New Zealand on a tour to Melbourne in June. We are very proud of all these students and congratulate them on their persistence and dedication to this sport.
From L to R Amiya, Holly, MacKenzie and Sarah
2017 Optimist Nationals – This competition was held in Napier over the holidays and the TNIS entrants did really well. There were 177 entries including competitors from Australia, Tahiti and Noumea and our own students, Mason Mulcahy, Robbie Wooldridge, Ethan Fong, George Clarke and Freya Caisley.
Mason Mulcahy – Optimist Teams Racing National Champion – the five-member team representing Murrays Bay Sailing Club and captained by Mason’s brother and ex TNIS pupil Thomas Mulcahy, won the Optimist Teams Race Nationals, by finishing the round robin unbeaten and beating Australia in the finals series.
Mason Mulcahy – 7th NZer in the Fleet Racing, finishing the NZ domestic season ranked the 6th NZ sailor. Mason qualifies to represent New Zealand in the IODA European Championships in Bulgaria in July which will be following a training camp in Finland.
Robbie Wooldridge – 19th NZer in the Fleet Racing, finishing the NZ domestic season ranked 16th NZ sailor. Robbie qualifies to represent New Zealand in the IODA North American Championships in Toronto in July.
Congratulations to all the competitors and especially to Mason and Robbie for their commitment to this sport.
Photos from L to R – Mason with his Murrays Bay National Champs Race Team. Robbie’s Asian Champs Team. The European Champs Team including Mason and Thomas.
Sailing Successes – Robbie Wooldridge teamed up with Seb Menzies from Murrays Bay School and entered the RS Feva National Sailing Championships. Being one of the combined lightest and youngest crews, they finished an incredible 3rd overall which was a great result considering that Sunday was windy. The students enjoyed their sailing and we are very proud of their efforts.
The Feva racing in action
Noel Leeming Fundraising – With support from Noel Leeming, we are running a Friends and Family Fundraising event from Monday 8th to Sunday 14th May.
Whether you’ve been dreaming of a flash new TV or a funky new phone cover, this is your chance to save big and support our school. During this event our local Takapuna store will be discounting, tocost +10% with 2.5% of those sales going back to our School!
All you need to do to support the school is save the attached flyer to your smart phone/device or print it out and bring it with you when you shop at Noel Leeming during 8-14 May.
To make this the most successful fundraiser ever, we encourage you share this flyer with your extended friends, family, business contacts and colleagues.
We sincerely hope with the support of our extended family and friends network we can make this the most successful fundraising event ever.
Takapuna Scouts – Takapuna Scouts meets on Wednesdays from 6.45pm-8.45pm at Takapuna Scout Hall in Taharoto Park in Takapuna and currently has places available for boys and girls in school years 6-10. Scouts is based around action-packed activities that encourage young people to explore the world around them and at the same time learn valuable problem-solving and team-building skills. If you are interested in further information, please email:
After-School Art Class for ages 7-12 yrs – A structured drawing and painting programme with full-time artist/art tutor. Fun and focused. Tuesdays 3.30pm – 5.00pm for 6 weeks, starts May 23 at Highbury House, Birkenhead. Cost $105.00. Bookings essential: email , Ph. 4836703
Yoga Flow 11-14years – Lake House Arts – A dynamic, creative exploration of yoga to uplifting music. Great for strength, flexibility, focus and fun! 5-6pm Thursdays from 11th May at Lake House Art Centre. Info and bookings on Lake House Arts website or www.YOGIKIDS.co.nz
Kidslink – We are a Kidslink School. KidsLink is an online resource for schools and their family and whanau communities. Here, you will find a range of service providers that specialise in working with children, teenagers and their families with issues that affect their learning, development and well-being.
Ngā mihi nui
Lorene, Sandy and Sandy