Kia ora Parents and Caregivers


This week:

Tuesday 14 March – Waterwise Rm 8

                              – Girls’ Cricket Shield Competition @ Remuera Intermediate

Wednesday 15 March – Camp Rm 13

                                   – Waterwise Rm 14

Thursday 16 March – Camp Rm 20

                               – Boys Cricket Zone Day

                               – The Primary Years Programme (PYP)  Parent Information Evening 7.00pm in the Library

Friday 17 March – Boys Cricket Shield Competition vs Kristin @ Kristin


Week 8:

Monday 20 March – Camp Rm 3

Tuesday 21 March – Camp Rm 9

                              – Waterwise Rm 10

                              – Swimming Zone Day

Wednesday 22 March – Camp Rm 4

                                   – Waterwise Rm 11

Thursday 23 March – Camp Rm 1


Important Dates To Note:

Thursday 13 April – Class and individual photographs


Camps – The tropical weather system that has affected New Zealand last week is continuing to play havoc with our Camp planning. The Ranger at Motutapu has closed the camping area at Home Bay for Monday and Tuesday this week, due to the effects of the heavy rainfall. At this stage, Wednesday’s group will be able to go ahead.


Owen and a couple of staff need to get to Motutapu early on Wednesday afternoon to set up all the equipment again before Rm 13 arrives later that afternoon. We are wondering if a parent who has a boat, may be in a position to transport our three staff to Home Bay, Motutapu at 1.30pm and then bring them back home at 6pm that night. If you are able to help us with this, please contact Owen Alexander by phone 4893940 or email.   


Primary Years Programme Parent Information Evening – Parents are invited to the Library on Thursday at 7pm to find out more about the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP). The PYP prepares students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world around them. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both within and beyond the classroom. Come along and find out how this programme is implemented alongside the New Zealand Curriculum at Takapuna Normal Intermediate School.


School Donations – Thank you to those families who have paid their donations already. Your contribution is very much appreciated. Don’t forget that if your donation is paid prior to 31 March, you can put in an IR526 with your tax claim. This form can be downloaded from htttp://


Payments can be made at Reception, or online using your My Monitor account.


School Uniforms – Thank you to all parents who help us to maintain our high standards at TNIS through the correct wearing of the school uniform. We are finding however, that we have a number of students who wear the incorrect socks. School uniform socks are navy blue ankle or knee-high socks. Some students are wearing black socks and/or sports socks with their formal uniform shoes.


Our formal school uniform shoes are plain black leather or leather-look shoes, but not sports shoes. Our formal shoes must be lace-up for boys and girls with the option of a t-bar or single strap shoes for girls. The formal shoes do not have any patches or extra stitching.


‘Keeping Ourselves Safe’ and harmful digital content – The increased use of technology has created a more complex environment which presents challenges for keeping our students safe and secure. School leaders and parents can now contact Netsafe to help resolve complaints about harmful digital communications. Please see the article below.

Student Record Sheet – Thank you to all parents who have notified us about changes to their child’s important student information. You can do this by returning the hard copy with the changes marked or emailing   


Un-named Uniform Items – We have another big collection of un-named uniform items in the Lost Property Bin outside the Food Technology Room. Please can parents name their child’s uniform? All named items can be quickly returned to the students.


TNIS Hockey 2017 – The Hockey season is starting soon and we have started the process to organise teams. Before committing to this sport, there is some very important information you need to know.


Kwik Sticks Competition Games are played at North Harbour Hockey Stadium in Rosedale. Games are on a Tuesday evening, between 4pm and 8pm for Year 7/8 Boys and Girls teams. Fees ($125) will need to be paid in full, or an arrangement to pay the fee must have been made with Charlotte Crampsie at the School Office before 15 April 2017, in order for your child to be placed in a team. Payments can be made using My Monitor (available from tomorrow afternoon) or EFTPOS/Credit Card at the School Office.

Please click this link to access a signup form for Hockey.


Triathlon Competition – Last Tuesday 7 March, 36 of our students went along to the North Harbour Intermediate Schools’ Triathlon Zone Day. Despite the adverse conditions – horrific rain in the afternoon, bike chains falling off, and handlebars breaking – all of our students maintained a positive attitude and cheered each other on with true TNIS spirit. Congratulations to the following students who placed within the top 3 and demonstrated great determination.

Year 7 Individual Girl – Eva Dykgraaf  – 2nd

Year 7 Team Girls – Kacie Eagle, Hannah McLeish, Eva Todd  – 2nd

Year 7 Team Boys – Eric Shi, Noah Aboud, Ollie Horgan-Roozendaal – 2nd

A special thanks to Joyce Cartwright for organising the students to enter the competition and to the parents who transported, supervised and were marshals at the event.


SUP Success – Congratulations to  William Dunlop on his success over the weekend at the NZ SUP (Standup Paddleboard) Nationals. In some very tricky Orewa surf conditions, William won Bronze in the Boys’ 1.5km Technical race. His older brother Fergus (TNIS 2015-16) won Gold in the Boys’ 3km Distance race and Gold in the Boys’ 1.5km Technical race, earning him the NZ SUP Nationals 2017 Junior Champion title. We are very proud of their achievements.



Science Badges – If your child has a special interest in Science, they might like to consider completing a Science Badge. Students can choose the badge and they have choices about the types of activities they need to complete. It is a commitment for your child and it requires that they work independently. It would be great if you could offer some support throughout this. The cost is $6 per badge.


Students completing science badges are offered to meet on a regular basis to discuss their work, and to meet with other budding scientists. This will be announced in the Daily Notices.


Please look at the website for more information on the different scientific disciplines that there are.


Please email Michelle Brock, our Science Specialist if you have any questions.


Milford Sea Scout Group – Scout Section: Age 11yrs – 14yrs girls and boys. Y7 – 10

This is a NEW Section for Milford and we are looking for new members. Meet time and day: Fridays 7pm – 9pm 24 Craig Road, Milford. Activities include: Camping, Navigation, Cooking, Orienteering, Sailing, Canoeing/Kayaking, Tramping, Self-Expression, Our World/Our Country, plus badge work and much more.

Please call/txt: Steve, 021405134 Samuel, 0210350481


Student Day Timetable      Student Notices


Ngā mihi nui

Owen, Lorene and Sandy

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