Whānau Communication

Daily Notices

The Daily Notices Google Doc is the best place to find out what is happening at TNIS on a daily basis. Details of activities and how and when to sign up are included here throughout the year.

You and your child can access these notices from school and home by following this link.

Latest Notifications

School Organisation Until the End of the School Year

Thu Nov 25 02:41pm

Kia ora TNIS whānau,


Thank you again for your support as we navigate the last few weeks of school under the Ministry of Education (MOE) guidelines.


Yesterday, we received confirmation from the MOE that there will be NO CHANGES to the current guidelines for the rest of the year. This means that our staggered-timetable will stay in place until our last day of school, Tuesday 14 December.


As you can imagine, accurate record-keeping of student attendance is vitally important for the purposes of contact tracing should we ever have an infectious Covid case at TNIS.


We are finding that there are a number of learners attending on their face-to-face learning days with irregularity. If you receive a text from TNIS informing you that your child is not at school, you MUST reply so that we can update our records accordingly.


It has been so great to have our learners back here at school with us.


Ngā mihi nui,


TNIS Staff

2021 Leavers T-Shirts are available to order through KIndo.

Thu Nov 25 10:57am

We are pleased to announce that the 2021 Leavers T-Shirt is now available on Kindo, these are for Year 8 learners only.
They are an optional purchase as a piece of Year 8 memorabilia.



There is a very quick turnaround time. The shirts must be ordered through Kindo by the close of business on Monday 29 November.



Please make sure your type the correct name that your child would like printed on the back of the shirt on the order form.
Click on the button below to see a mock-up of the design.


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Newsletter Week 16 Term 4 2021

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Newsletter Week 5, Term 4 2021

ICAS Session Code – Science

Thu Nov 18 10:46am

Kia ora,
This alert is for parents/caregivers of learners sitting the ICAS Science test today.
The session code for the Science test is:
MLK-BM-DFN
Please refer to the instructions sent previously for logging in.

ICAS Session Code – Mathematics

Wed Nov 17 10:54am

Kia ora,


This alert is for parents/caregivers of learners sitting the ICAS Mathematics test today.


The session code for the Mathematics test is:


ZKF-BQ-RSV


Please refer to the instructions sent previously for logging in.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR RETURN TO SCHOOL

Wed Nov 17 05:17am

Thank you to those of you who have completed the survey to let us know if your child will be returning to school this week.


If you have not already done so, please click on the link below and complete the survey today. The information is needed to ensure the safe return of our tamariki to school on-site and to enable teachers to plan accordingly for both face-to-face and online learning programmes.


 



Return to School Survey

IMPORTANT – Returning to School Information

Mon Nov 15 03:08pm

Kia ora koutou,


We hope this communication finds you and your whānau safe and well. 


As stated in our last communication, we are delighted to be able to welcome more tamariki back onsite under Alert Level 3 from next Wednesday 17 November.


We know learning kanohi ki te kanohi (face to face) is the best option for children and young people. It’s important for them to connect with their friends and teachers and it helps their social, physical and emotional wellbeing.


If your child is already attending school full-time they will continue to. For other children returning, we will manage the number of students attending each day to keep everyone safe.


Even with the Delta variant, the risk of COVID-19 transmission in schools is low because of all the public health measures we will have in place. What this will look like:


– The number of tamariki and staff onsite each day will be limited. Classes will return to school in a staggered manner, following this timetable for the remainder of the school year.
– All learners need two named masks each day – one to wear and a spare in case it gets lost
– School cafe will be open for lunch orders only – delivered to classrooms
– Those onsite will be kept in separate groups, including the use of separate toilets and staggered break times.
– Learners can choose to wear either their PE uniform or full school uniform for the whole day, including coming to and going home from school. They will not be allowed to change uniforms at school.
– We will ensure our classrooms are well-ventilated
Learners will be reminded to wash/sanitise their hands regularly throughout the day 
– We will continue to practice physical distancing where possible
– All surfaces in classrooms will be cleaned at the end of every school day.
– If you choose not to send your child to school, online learning activities will continue to be offered through Google classroom. Please note that their teacher will be unavailable throughout the day as they will be dealing with learners at school.


In addition, all staff and children are required to wear face coverings indoors (unless they have an exemption), and we’ll ensure all staff (and external contractors) who are onsite are fully vaccinated or will have had at least one dose of the vaccine and return a negative weekly test.


What you can do to help:


– Keep your child at home if they are sick. 
– If your child becomes unwell during the day please pick them up as soon as you are contacted
– if you need to pick up your child or speak to a staff member in person, please come to the school office front door and follow the instructions displayed there 
– Wear a face covering and maintain a two-metre distance from people not in your household bubble
– Get advice from your doctor if you or your child has complex medical needs (and please get in touch so that we can support your child to return onsite, wherever possible)
– Avoid having playdates inside with children from other families at Alert Level 3


We would encourage you to talk to your child about what our plans are and why this is happening.


It is vitally important that you complete this survey to let us know if you are intending for your child to return to school this week and advise us of their vaccination status.


If you have questions or concerns, you can contact your child’s teacher by email.


We look forward to seeing you back at school next week.
Ngā mihi, 


TNIS Staff

Important information for all BUS USERS

Mon Nov 15 01:57pm

The Ministry has asked that each school keeps a record of the buses learners travel on when travelling to and from school.


If you intend for your child to travel to and/or from TNIS from now until the end of the school year, please complete the survey by following the link below.


Bus Survey

ICAS Exams – IMPORTANT INFORMATION for parents of learners registered for the Mathematics and Science Exams

Mon Nov 15 01:31pm

Kia ora,
Please read the information by following the link below if you have registered your child for the ICAS Maths and/or Science exams.


NOTE: If your child has not been registered for the exams already you are NOT ABLE to register them as the registration period ended in Term 3.



– The Maths test will be held this Wednesday 17 November at 11am.
– The Science test will be held this Thursday 18 November at 11am.


NOTE: These are the only times that we will provide access to these tests. We are unable to do any catch-up test times for learners unable to sit the tests at these times.


ICAS – Online Testing Information

ICAS Exams: Mathematics and Science – UPDATE

Fri Nov 12 03:20pm

Kia ora,


In our last newsletter we stated that the ICAS exams for Science and Mathematics would happen on Monday and Tuesday of next week. Instead, the exams will happen on Wednesday and Thursday of next week when the majority of learners will be at school. Any learners at home will still be able to take the tests online.


Ngā mihi


 

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Fri Nov 12 10:17am

 



Newsletter Week 4, Term 4 2021

Student Vaccination Register: Survey Update

Thu Nov 11 05:43pm

Kia ora,


In our last communication, we asked you to complete the Student Vaccination Register Survey which contained a question requiring you to upload proof of your child’s vaccination status. It has come to our attention that currently the online “My Covid Record” is not available to anyone under the age of 16. This has now been removed.


Although an application to the Ministry of Education can be made individually to obtain a vaccination confirmation letter, there is an unprecedented demand for this service. As a result, TNIS will not require you to upload proof at this time.


Please do still complete the Student Vaccination Register Survey to register your child’s vaccination status.


Ngā mihi,


TNIS Staff

Returning To School Information

Thu Nov 11 03:20pm

Kia ora TNIS whānau,


We thank you for your patience as we have been working through the organisation and logistics for our return to school next week. Please read the information contained in this communication carefully so that we can have a smooth transition to face-to-face learning.


Please also follow the link at the bottom of this alert to complete the Student Vaccination Register as mandated by the Ministry of Education.



Return to School


Our number one priority in welcoming our tamariki back onto our school site is to keep them and our staff as safe as possible. Taking into consideration advice from the Ministry of Education (MOE) and in order to mitigate risk, we will be reducing the number of learners that we have onsite at any one time.


Our plan is outlined below. It is very important that you familiarise yourself with the plan and in particular the timetabled days that your child will be invited to attend school on site.


Plan


Classes will return to school in a staggered manner, following this timetable for the remainder of the school year.
– Breaktimes will be staggered.
– Learners will have specific toilets that their team of 4 classes will use.
– All surfaces in classrooms will be cleaned and sanitised at the end of every school day.
– All tamariki and staff will be required to wear a face-covering as mandated by the MOE.
– If you choose not to send your child to school, online learning will continue to be offered. Please note that their teacher will be less available throughout the day as they will be dealing with learners at school.


Student Vaccination Register


As you will be aware the MOE has made it a requirement for all schools to keep a student vaccination register. This is a confidential register which will help to keep our school as safe as possible. In order to gather this information, we have included a link below to a survey where you are invited to share your child’s vaccination status. Learners will be deemed unvaccinated if:


The information is not provided
Your child is under the age of 12
Proof of vaccination is not included
Proof of Vaccination


My Covid Record website https://app.covid19.health.nz/ can be used to take a screenshot of the status of your child and survey. This photo must include the child’s name. It is very easy to register and obtain this evidence.


If you would like more information about the Covid vaccine, please visit:https://covid19.govt.nz/covid-19-vaccines/how-to-get-a-covid-19-vaccination/what-to-expect- when-you-get-your-vaccinations/



We would like to thank you for your cooperation during these difficult and ever-changing times.



Ngā mihi,



Student Vaccination Register

Return to School Update

Wed Nov 10 04:55pm

Kia ora TNIS whānau,


Today, the Ministry of Education (MOE) has decided that it is safe for us to return to school on-site from Wednesday 17 November. This is exciting news and we are very much looking forward to being back at school and working with our tamariki face-to-face.


We are currently working through the structure and detail of our return to ensure the safety of our tamariki and staff as we follow MOE guidelines. We will send an update tomorrow with our staggered school attendance plan.  


Ngā mihi,


TNIS staff

Parent/Caregiver Alert Level 3 Survey November 2021

Mon Nov 08 09:40pm

Kia ora TNIS whānau,


If there are no caregivers available to supervise your child at home and you require them to return to school on Wednesday 10 November for supervision under Alert Level 3 – Step 2, please click on the link below and complete the form by 4pm, Tuesday 9 November so that we can plan accordingly.



Parent/Caregiver Alert Level 3 Survey November 2021

BOT Letter to Community – November 2021

Thu Nov 04 06:39pm

 



BOT Letter to Community – November 2021

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Newsletter Week 3, Term 4 2021

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Newsletter Week 2, Term 4 2021

Level 3 Update and Newsletter

Fri Oct 22 01:39pm

Kia ora koutou,


You will be aware of the Government’s decision that all staff and workers who may have contact with children and learners in schools and kura must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by 1 January 2022. This measure has the support of education entities including the representative bodies of teachers and principals.


As the employer, we are responsible for ensuring the Government’s Health Orders are put into practice. 


The health and wellbeing of our students, staff and everyone involved in the safe operation of our school is something we take very seriously. As with other diseases that many of us are vaccinated from (measles, meningitis, pneumonia, tetanus and polio), without vaccination we’re at risk of serious illness, disability and in extreme cases, even death.


All of our teachers and staff have already chosen to vaccinate to protect themselves, their learners and their whānau.


Many other countries, including Australia and the United States, have mandated that their education workforce be vaccinated to assist in the safe reopening of schools.


A fully vaccinated education workforce provides reassurance for parents and whānau that it’s safe for their children and young people to attend school, and benefit from being with their friends and face-to-face learning with their teachers.


We appreciate all the efforts of parents and whānau to keep children and young people safe and engaged in their learning.


We will continue to update you with the latest public health and other information as it becomes available.


Our latest newsletter contains further links, videos and information about the COVID-19 vaccination.


Ngā mihi,


Principal – Wendy Sandifer

Alert Level 3 Information Update – Term 4

Fri Oct 15 02:10pm

Kia ora whānau


We hope you have had a good break from the school routine over the last two weeks. On Monday 18th October a small number of our staff will be at school to supervise children who do not have alternative care arrangements. Please let us know if you need your child to be at school by completing the form via the link below.


Further to the announcements made by the Government this week, we are able to let you know that all of our staff have indicated that they will be fully vaccinated by the time we return face-to-face to school. School will start on Monday 18th October as planned with an online programme.  All teachers will be in contact directly with their learners. 


As more information is shared with us we will update you on any specific plans for our school.


Ngā mihi,


TNIS Staff



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Newsletter Week 10, Term 3 2021

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Newsletter Week 9, Term 3 2021

Alert Level 3 UPDATE

Mon Sep 20 05:43pm

Kia ora TNIS Whānau,


As you are no doubt aware, Auckland will move to Alert Level 3 from 11:59pm tomorrow.


 



While we know how difficult it is trying to work from home and support your child’s learning, please keep your child at home if there is an appropriate carer available. For those of you with no other option but to send your child to school, please complete the form via the link below by 5pm tomorrow, Tuesday 21 September.


Information regarding coming to school at Alert Level 3 (times, location of classroom etc) will be sent out to parents with children attending school under Alert Level 3 before 10pm tomorrow.



Ngā mihi,
Wendy Sandifer


Learners attending under Alert Level 3

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Mon Sep 20 04:06pm

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Board of Trustees Newsletter

Mon Sep 20 12:02pm


Board of Trustees Newsletter – September 2021

Alert Level 3 – Update

Fri Sep 17 04:18pm

Kia ora, 



The quick move to Alert Level 4, high volumes of testing for COVID in the community, extensive wastewater testing, huge numbers of New Zealanders being vaccinated (more than 2.8 million people have now received their first dose) and an amazing response by Aucklanders to follow the rules at Alert level 4, has given Government confidence that we might move to Alert Level 3 on Wednesday next week. Until then, we remain at Alert Level 4.



When we do move to Alert Level 3, you legally must stay within your household bubble unless for essential personal movement, including going to work and going to school. 



All going well, we will be open on Wednesday next week, for only the small number of children who need to attend. As you imagine, it will not be school as we know it under Alert Level 2 or 1. All our usual safety precautions for Alert Level 3 will be in place which includes following all the recommendations from the public health experts.



This means we will regularly clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces, encourage everyone to frequently wash their hands and cover their coughs and sneezes, and keep everyone physically distanced from others as much as possible (one metre inside and two metres outside). We will also keep school bubbles to no more than 10 students. These bubbles will not mix with other bubbles.



Our contact-tracing systems will be in place, which includes our attendance register and visitor register, and we will be limiting staff onsite with the majority of our team working from home.



You can also assist everyone’s safety by keeping your child at home if they are feeling unwell and please do contact your GP or Healthline, to seek advice about getting tested. 



We will continue to support all children who remain learning from home, through our distance learning programme.



While we know how difficult it is trying to work from home and support your child’s learning, please keep your child at home if there is an appropriate carer available. For those of you with no other option, we will look forward to seeing your child at school next week. If you intend to send your child to school under Alert Level 3, please complete the form via the link below by 5pm, Tuesday 21 September 5pm. Information regarding coming to school at Alert Level 3 (times, location of classroom etc) will be sent out to parents with children attending school under Alert Level 3 before 10pm on the same evening. 



We should be proud of how we have responded to this outbreak, but the mahi isn’t yet done. As you have been doing, please continue to follow all the alert level requirements at Alert Level 4 and stay at home. It is the best tool we have to keep our whānau and community safe.



Ngā mihi,


Wendy Sandifer


Learners Attending Under Alert Level 3

Discovering Resilience – Live Webinar with Hugh Van Cuylenburg

Tue Sep 14 05:22pm

Kia ora TNIS whānau,


Looking after the mental health of our children is more important now than ever before.


 Join Hugh van Cuylenburg, founder of The Resilience Project, as he unpacks the research on mental health and breaks it down into simple tips to support the wellbeing of parents/carers and their children.


The best selling author and co-host of popular podcast, the imperfects, Hugh has partnered with elite sports teams, 1000+ schools and 500+ workplaces, teaching simple and practical mental health strategies.


Please click on the following link to register for this online session on Wednesday 22nd September at 5.00pm:


(Note: All people that register will be sent a link to the event on the day of the presentation.)



REGISTER HERE

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TNIS Panui – Week 8, Term 3 2021



TNIS Panui – Week 8, Term 3 2021

TNIS Health Consultation – Final chance to have your say

Wed Sep 08 04:39pm

Kia ora whānau,


A couple of weeks ago, we sent out a Health Consultation survey via our school newsletter.


We value your thoughts and ideas as they help to inform and evaluate how we’re doing currently and identify areas for adaptation or improvement.


The deadline for completion of the survey is tomorrow (Thursday 9 September) at 6pm.


Please follow the link below to complete the survey, which should take less than five minutes to complete.


Ngā mihi,


TNIS Staff



TNIS Health Consultation

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Tue Sep 07 04:40pm

 


Newsletter Week 7, Term 3 2021

PYP Year 8 Exhibition Update

Tue Sep 07 03:48pm

Kia ora TNIS Learners, Parents and Whānau,


Learners, you are doing an amazing job learning at home! TNIS staff are all very proud of your resilience and committed efforts to complete your work. Rawe!!! And thank you parents for your continued support.


As you know, mahi on Year 8 “Exhibition” is scheduled to start next week. PYP Exhibition relies heavily on close collaboration between learners and having shared responsibility for completing tasks throughout the process. As we are still in lockdown, it is very difficult to achieve the conditions needed for a successful and truly collaborative “Exhibition” inquiry.


The wellbeing and hauora of our learning community is our number one priority and we are concerned about any stress or worry that could be caused by attempting an “Exhibition” inquiry during lockdown to our learners, parents and teachers.


So, we have come up with a plan! Instead of the usual “Exhibition”, both Year 7s and Year 8s will all work on a Unit of Inquiry around “Where We Are In Place and Time”. That way, everyone will be better supported and Year 8 learners will share their inquiries with their parents on a special evening, just like we would have done with “Exhibition”.


Keep up the good work TNIS! We are so very proud of you!


Mrs Sandifer

Important Reminder to all Year 8 Parents

Wed Sep 01 11:28am

Kia ora whānau


 


Our local secondary schools have asked us to remind all Year 8 families about enrolling their children for Year 9 in 2022. Please visit each school’s website for more information about out-of-zone and in-zone enrolments.


Ngā mihi

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Newsletter – Week 6, Term 3 2021

Alert Level 4 Update

Wed Sep 01 10:30am

Kia ora parents and whānau,


We hope that you are managing home learning and working in your bubble. We appreciate all of the support and encouragement that you are giving to your children and their teachers while we engage in online learning.



Further to the latest Alert Level announcements, we are planning for our online learning programme to be in place for a few more weeks yet. As stated before, the wellbeing of our learners, staff and community is hugely important to us. Please strongly encourage your young people to engage with their teachers and class members in online face-to-face meetings.  It is very important that we all feel connected!



Next week we will resume Specialist Days with each learner having the opportunity to participate in their remaining two specialist subjects for the year. On these days there will be no programmed classwork. There will be two specialist class meet-ups with the appropriate teacher at 9.00am and 11.30am followed up by some learning tasks.  



Our specialist teachers have worked hard to provide learning opportunities that should be able to be completed at home.  Thank you in advance for any help you may give.



On another note, feedback from the teachers is fantastic around how well the learners are coping with online learning.  To make learning very successful we ask that;


– Learners attend class meet ups every morning when scheduled. These start between 8.45am and 9:15am.
– Learners have their camera on when attending class meetups and learning workshops, including ESOL. They can use a digital background if they want to.
– Please encourage them to have a ‘working space’ set up for the day


Thanks again for your support and understanding.


I would also like to make you aware of some useful online webinars coming up that will share tips for keeping the family sane in a busy household during the lockdown. Please click on the link below.



Ngā mihi nui
Wendy



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