Kia ora Parents and Caregivers
Tuesday 28 March – Camp Rm 2
Wednesday 29 March – Camp Rm 14
Thursday 30 March – Camp Rm 16
Friday 31 March – Boys Tennis Zone Day
Monday 3 April – Camp Rm 8
– Boys Cricket Shield Competition vs Westminster 11-3pm
– Maori Parent Hui 6.30-7.30pm in the Library
– MOTAT 9.15-12pm Room 17 + 10 of Rm 20
– MOTAT 12pm – 2.45pm Room 18 + 10 of Rm 20
Tuesday 4 April – Camp Rm 7
– Waterwise Rm 18
– MOTAT 9.15-12pm Room 19 + 10 of Rm 20
– MOTAT 12pm – 2.45pm Room 14 + 10 of Rm15
Wednesday 5 April – Camp Rm 10
Thursday 6 April – Camp Rm 17
– MOTAT 9.15-12pm Room 16+ 10 of Rm 15
– MOTAT 12pm – 2.45pm Room 9 + 10 of Rm12
Important Dates To Note:
Friday 7 April – Farewell Assembly for Owen Alexander at 11.00am
Thursday 13 April – Class and individual photographs
Owen Alexander’s Farewell Assembly – On Friday 7 April, Owen’s last day, we will be holding a special farewell assembly in the Auditorium. It has been an honour to have Owen lead our school over the past 17 years. The students will be sharing their memories of Owen and there will be special surprise guests. We do not have a lot of space in the Auditorium, however parents are warmly invited to attend this special celebration.
Speaking to your child about bullying – We have had several incidents of bullying recently that we would like to bring to your attention. Some students have thought that it is funny to pull another student’s shorts down. This is completely unacceptable under any circumstances.
There has also been a rise in the inappropriate use of offensive language on social media recently. Students often use the excuse that they are ‘joking’ and that everyone knows this, but we are very concerned that a de-sensitising of inappropriate and mean messaging is developing amongst our young people. We would strongly encourage you to monitor your child’s social media accounts and to ensure that they do not have access to their devices at bedtime. Parents and students can also contact Netsafe if they wish to report cyber bullying and Netsafe will investigate.
We have also had situations recently where students have been afraid to report bullying. When talking to the students, we have found out that they have been told that ‘snitches get stitches’. This message is clearly being spread by bullies themselves, in an effort to remain undetected. We have had an assembly this morning to discuss these issues with all the students and would encourage you to talk with your children also. It is unacceptable to physically, emotionally or verbally intimidate another student and we are committed to supporting students when this happens. Students cannot learn and be happy if they are being threatened or treated unkindly.
EMPOWER STUDENTS and ENGAGE FAMILIES with SEESAW – Have you signed up?
For Students: Seesaw empowers students to independently document their learning and provides an audience for their work—their peers, parents, or the world.
For Families: Seesaw gives families an immediate and personalised window into their child’s school day, helping to answer: “What did you do at school today?” Seesaw is how TNIS will share the Mid-Year Report and the End-of-Year Report with their parents/caregivers.
For Teachers: Seesaw saves time on organisation, makes formative assessment accessible and provides a safe place to teach 21st Century skills.
If you have not yet signed up, please contact your child’s classroom teacher for assistance.
We need all parents at TNIS signed up promptly!
Help us to get a fitness and cycle track for our students and community at TNIS – We are holding an information evening on Wednesday 5 April at 6.30pm in the Library, for any parents who could share ideas about how we can best get this project started. We want to help our children to get fit in a safe environment using bikes. Pizza will be provided during the meeting. Please come along if you are willing to help us with this exciting and worthwhile project. Please RSVP to Sandy Harford
Wearable TechStyles – This year’s recycled fashion competition, Wearable TechStyles has begun. Students create imaginative and innovative garments using a range of re-used and recycled materials. This fun and challenging competition is a fantastic opportunity for our future designers, technicians and engineers to try their hand at creating a garment for the catwalk. There are three categories this year: Sculptural, Streetwear and Occasion wear and encourage students to take inspiration from New Zealand artists.
The group meets each Wednesday afternoon from 3pm to 4pm and have a team of teachers to assist students with the design and creation of their garments. These meetings are highly recommended, but not compulsory.
Your child can register by filling out this form, or by coming to one of the Wednesday meetings.
Boys Cricket Zone Day – A group of Year 7 Boys played in the Boys Cricket Zone Day on Thursday 16th March. After a narrow loss in the first game against Murrays Bay in the morning the team regrouped and had a convincing win over Orewa. A special thanks to all the parents who helped transport and support the students on the day and a special thanks to Shane Reynolds for organising the students to take part in this competition. We are very proud of all the students’ efforts.
Intermediate Cricket Competition – The Intermediate Girls’ and Boys’ Cricket Competition is organised by Auckland Cricket with initial qualifying games and Auckland regional finals later in the year. The girls’ team started with a 20/20 win over Auckland Normal Intermediate but lost a week later to Remuera Intermediate. This Thursday the TNIS boys’ and girls’ teams take on arch rivals Belmont Intermediate, in what promises to be two entertaining games of cricket.
John Drought is coaching and organising the girls’ team and Nick Chandra is coaching and organising the boys’ team. We wish them every success for the remainder of the competition and acknowledge their commitment, passion and persistence.
Cricket Lessons – The students have been lucky enough to have coaches from Auckland Cricket come to TNIS to take some cricket lessons during their PE sessions. These coaches are overseas professionals playing for local clubs. The students have certainly enjoyed interacting with the coaches and learning new skills.
Swimming Zone Day – On Tuesday 21 March, 16 students competed at the Swimming Zone Day. We had a great day of results with Zara, Andrei, Savannah, Min and Doyoun all making finals. Highlights were Savannah coming 2nd in the Year 7 50m girls’ backstroke, Min coming 2nd in Year 8 boys 50m breaststroke, and Andrei coming 2nd in the Year 8 boys 50m freestyle, 1st in the Open Boys 100m freestyle, 2nd in Open 50m Butterfly and taking out the Year 8 boys 50m backstroke.
We also had success with our Year 8 Boys’ Relay Team, winning both the medley relay and their freestyle relay, and the Year 7 Girls winning their freestyle relay.
A special thanks to the parents who transported and supported the students on the day and to Alex Tiley for her excellent organisation.
iHub Holiday programmes – Please see the flyer below for details about this wonderful holiday programme at TNIS. Please contact iHub 02102597721 or email to reserve your child’s place now.
Marrzipan Holiday Workshop – The Marrzipan Holiday Workshop runs from 10am-4pm Wednesday 19th to Friday 21st April at Birkdale Int and Churchill Park School. Students will devise their own play from scratch, create characters, direct each other, design the set, bring in costumes and get to perform to family and friends at the end of the final day! Past workshops have been a great hit! As well as having fun, the children develop confidence and public speaking ability, in a fun, relaxed environment.
For more information check out our website! Spaces are limited to 16 per group so get in quick!
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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
Owen, Lorene and Sandy