PNINS Newsletter - 13th March 2018


Kia ora koutou.  Nau mai haere mai


It has been a fantastic couple of weeks as students have settled into their learning and taken up every opportunity that has been given to them. The class councillors have been selected and this has been a thorough process with students hearing their candidates' speeches and elected to ensure that their thoughts and ideas are well represented at the school council. Two councillors are selected from each class and will be instrumental in providing valuable feedback on how we can make PNINS a great place for learning. We value student input and look forward to the student council representing the school in a number of events.

Teacher Union meeting

You may be aware of the nationwide crisis in recruiting and retaining teachers. Children need teachers with enough time to teach so they can give each child the attention they deserve, and children need talented and inspiring people to be attracted to teaching. Children are missing out on some opportunities to learn because teachers are bogged down in administration or are struggling to get enough support for children with additional learning needs.

Teachers at our school are joining an NZEI Te Riu Roa campaign, called Kua Tae Te Wā – It’s Time, to address these issues. Our goal is to free teachers to teach, and Principals to lead, by getting the additional support and staff that schools need. And we’ll attract more people to teaching by respecting and paying them as the professionals they are.

NZEI Te Riu Roa members at our school have been invited to paid union meetings in March so that we can plan and discuss the campaign and our upcoming collective agreement negotiations. The meeting schedule has been planned so that teachers and principals across the country can work out the best meetings for them to attend.

For us, this is on Monday 19 March at We ask that you collect your children at 1pm that day please to allow our teachers to attend this important meeting. Our children deserve the best education in the world, and New Zealand can afford to provide it. It’s just a matter of priorities.

If bus students are unable to be picked up at 1pm we will have some staff available to supervise them until their usual after school pick up time.

Thank you for your support of our staff.

Relay for Life

Over the weekend of 10 and 11 March, PNINS entered a  team in the Cancer Society fundraiser, Relay for Life. This was a hugely successful event with students and staff keeping the baton going for 24 hours. We held a mufti day at school to raise funds for the Cancer Society as well. Our school team finished 7th overall out of more than 100 teams - a supreme effort! Huge thanks to Mrs James and Mr Jones for their organisation, and congratulations to our amazing students and the staff who supported this community event.

Class Swimming Relays

Our annual Class Swimming Relays, held at the school pool recently, were highly competitive as each class competed for the Palmerston North Intermediate Normal Class Swimming Banner.

Eight students from each of the 23 classes at PNINS  made up their class relay team and each had to swim one length of the school pool.

The heats were all timed and the 5 class teams with the fastest times competed in the finals relay.

1st   R36

2nd  R23

3rd   R22

Congratulations to all students who represented their class in this event. As usual the standard of swimming and level of competition were high. Special mention to the students of all classes who supported their teams from the grandstand and to a number of parents who attended this annual sports challenge.

Well done to Room 12 who convincingly won the 2018  Class Swimming Relay and the Banner which will hang proudly in their room until this time next year

Payment of School Donation, Activity Fee and Stationery

As outlined in the school's prospectus last year the Board of Trustees has approved a voluntary family donation of $80.00 per child and in addition an Activity Fee of $130.00. In total $210 per child is requested.

There is much publicity about “free education”. The reality for schools is the funds that are received from the Ministry of Education provide a basic model. For our school to provide high quality education at a reasonable cost a contribution from parents is needed. This is sought through subject contributions so students receiving the benefits contribute to the costs.

Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School is very proud of its personalised learning evidenced by exceptional academic results and student engagement which are in part a result of being able to put the extra funds received into its school programme (Nga Tohunga, Performing Arts, Sport etc).  We endeavour to keep these costs to a minimum.

This year, the Board of Trustees has decided that parents / caregivers who pay the School Donation and Activity Fee by the end of March will have their stationery  pack (valued at $35) free.

Note: To get this benefit both the school donation and activity fee must be paid together by 31 March 2018 ($210).


We have recently received information regarding the 2018 International Competition & Assessments for Schools (ICAS) for Science, Spelling, Writing, English and Mathematics.). We urge students who have special abilities to enter these competitions if at all possible.

However involvement is voluntary and not a school requirement.  Every year a large number of our students do choose to sit these tests.  Involvement in sitting an EAA(Educational Assessment Australia) test provides an opportunity for our students to sit an external test with a format that is very similar to the format of entry tests used by several of the High Schools in our region.  Involvement also allows our students to challenge themselves in specific learning areas and, to gain a measure of their achievement levels against other New Zealand students. Entering these tests can, for many Year 7 and 8 students, be perceived as taking quite a risk – it may well be the first time they take on such a challenge in an academic area.  We encourage them to take up this academic challenge. Tests are held throughout Terms 2 and 3, but in order to keep costs at 2017 prices, we need to have all entries paid online via our school website by Friday 6 April.

Coming Events

14 March      Interschool Triathlon

19 March       NZEI Stopwork Meeting 

21 March      Mike King "I Am Hope" tour

                        Performing Arts Auditions

                        Supersport Triathlon

28 March      EPRO8 Challenge

30 March      Good Friday - School Closed 

2 April            Easter Monday - School Closed 

3 April            Easter Tuesday - School Closed 

4 April           Supersport Cricket

5/6 April       Winter Sports Trial

11 April          Supersport Mountain Biking

                       Maidstone Intermediate Sevens Tournament 

13 April         ANZAC Assembly 

Nga Tohunga

Food Technology
This year we are looking at how we evaluate our food outcomes against our briefs. There is also a lot of chat about how to make our food delicious and students may be asked to bring along some of their own herbs and spices to share. The skills we are learning are based around cooking meals. Lastly we are practising our getting along and organizing skills especially when it comes to the clean up! Hopefully at the end of the cycle the students will be able to come home and cook the family a meal. Don’t forget to check out our blog site, remember that to access this students need to be signed in through their school account.


Winter Sport

Winter Sport sign up is becoming live this week. You will find all the details for each winter sport on our Sports Page. 
All sign ups are online and you can also make payments for each sport through the PNINS Online store.
Once you sign up you will receive an email confirming your sign up. If you don't receive this email please get in touch with the Sports Office and we will check your sign up has gone through. 
If your child wants to play a sport we encourage you to sign them up straight away. If you sign up late we can not guarantee your child a place in a team. 

If you have any questions or need help with signing up to a sport, the Sport Office is here to help you. 

Friday Touch

Well done to all our Touch players. This term PNINS had 9 teams (90+ players) playing touch on Friday night over the past 4 weeks. 
We would like to thank all the parents that got involved by helping at training and games. PNINS Sport does not happen without you! 

Super Sport - Softball

At the end of February, two PNINS teams of softball players competed in Supersport Softball at Colquhoun Park. 
The event attracted teams from the central region and was played in fine, hot conditions. 
The boys' team competed in Pool A  and narrowly lost each game against teams from Ross Mixed, St James and Monrad. Their final game was for positions 7 and 8, against Ross, which they won 15-1 to finish 7th. Masterton won the final and the banner for the fourth year in a row. 
The girls played against teams from Feilding, Monrad and Masterton. They won 15-7 against Fielding, lost 11-8 against Monrad and 15-8 against Masterton to finish 3rd in the competition, our best result for several years. Again, Masterton won the girls' banner for the second year. 
We would like to thank all the parents and family members who stayed to assist throughout the day, and provided support in the lead up to the event.

Swimming Sports

Lido Swimming Sports - There was some hot competition at this year's Swimming Sports held at the Lido. Abigail Thompson posted the fastest 50m Freestyle time of the day with 29.90 beating Cole Phillips 30.25. Congratulations to all our swimming champions and thank you to the parents that helped on the day. 


Year 7 Girls - Eden Motley

Year 7 Boys - Alex Willis

Year 8 Girls - Abigail Thompson

Year 8 Boys - Cole Phillips


Year 7 Girls -Jessie Coxon

Year 7 Boys - Alex Willis

Year 8 Girls - April Holman

Year 8 Boys - Cole Phillips


Year 7 Girls - Eden Motley

Year 7 Boys - Ian Tsui

Year 8 Girls - Abigail Thompson

Year 8 Boys - Christian Falloon


Year 7 Girls - Jessie Coxon

Year 7 Boys - Alex Willis

Year 8 Girls - Abigail Thompson

Year 8 Boys - Cole Phillips

School Swimming Sports -  Around 400 students participated and competed in the swimming sports held at the school pool.  There was a varied programme of 66 events and students were encouraged to enter as many events as they could..  It was a fantastic, fun celebration of swimming and water skills.  Thanks to the parents who came and supported their children and the wonderful staff for the smooth running of the event.


Celebrating Student Sporting Success

Tatiana Katu

Congratulations Tatiana Katu, Room 23, who has been selected to represent the ISA New Zealand International Softball Academy Under 13 team.  The team will tour the USA, training in Los Angeles, including Disneyland and attending a baseball game. The team will then take part in a 3 day tournament in Saskatoon the home of last year’s Black Sox World Series win.  An absolutely marvellous achievement and we congratulate Tatiana and wish her well for the upcoming tour.

Jaden Hita

Jaden Hita recently captained the U13 Manawatu Representative Boys Softball team at the Central Regions tournament in Whanganui on the 24th and 25th February. The team had huge success making the finals of the tournament and placing second to tournament favourites and defending champs, Hutt Valley. The Manawatu team were by and large underdogs going into the tournament but caused some big upset wins over Wellington and Hawkes Bay who have a history of being very strong contenders. This tournament was a massive achievement for Manawatu Softball and especially for a young group of boys, many at their first representative tournament, and a very long time since a Manawatu U13s team has featured in a final. Jaden was also rewarded for a strong performance and his leadership at the tournament, by being selected for the tournament team as 1 of 13 standout players selected from all 7 provinces competing.

Late last year just after his 11th birthday Jaden had also been selected to represent the U15s Manawatu Representative Boys Softball team at the Central Regions tournament in Hastings where they placed second, and this was followed by representing Manawatu at the U15 North Island NZ Nationals in January 2018 held in Wellington, where the team competed extremely well at a tough level of NZ softball. Jaden has gained huge confidence and experience from these tournaments and is working towards achieving his goal of representing New Zealand as a NZ Black Sox player in the future.

Has your child gained sporting success outside of PNINS? 

Team Awards



  • Rm 1  Emree Wharehinga
  • Rm 1  Ryan Stott
  • Rm 2 Olivia Morrison
  • Rm 2  Max Cole
  • Rm 3  Storm Jenkins
  • Rm 3  Brooke Cheetham


  • Rm 22  Minami Strachan
  • Rm 22  Zharyn McAdam
  • Rm 23  Alex Odom
  • Rm 23  Zharyn McAdam
  • Rm 24  Rose Tan
  • Rm 24  Brianna Adkins
  • Rm 27  Charlotte Childerhouse
  • Rm 27  Sarah Green


  • Rm 4  Clyde Vaitohi
  • Rm 5  Chelsea Anglesey
  • Rm 6  Bella Treadwell
  • Rm 7  Fletcher Lochhead


  • Rm 25  Seth Cousins
  • Rm 25  Emma Hughes
  • Rm 26  Chase Benoit-Williston
  • Rm 26  Reem Al-Rimal Al-Shammari
  • Rm 29  Joseph Livingston
  • Rm 29  Kylah Gunn
  • Rm 33  Jesse Franks
  • Rm 33  Zachary Hintz


  • Rm 12  Bruce Izumi
  • Rm 12  Mateo Godoy Da Rosa
  • Rm 13  Jame Paget
  • Rm 13  Jacob Booth
  • Rm 14  Samara Cooper
  • Rm 14  Emma Thomas
  • Rm 15  Ishan Laghai
  • Rm 15  Cooper Ryan


  • Rm 34  Mareko Siliva
  • Rm 34  Riley Cleghorn
  • Rm 35  Sam Claasen
  • Rm 35  Courtney Tiffen
  • Rm 36  Akiva Rungarunga
  • Rm 36  Amitis Roodi
  • Rm 37  Taylor Field
  • Rm 37  Kahlen Todd