PNINS Newsletter - 21 September 2018


Kia ora koutou.  Nau mai haere mai

Dear Parents / Caregivers

Recently, we have had a number of issues that are related to social media. Most social media platforms have an age restriction of 13 and I urge parents to think carefully about signing their child up on a social media platform if they are younger than the minimum age as they may not have developed the skills needed to deal with all that could go wrong on social media. The issues that we are dealing with  originate outside of school hours and then make their way into the school gate.

What is online bulling

Online bullying (also known as cyberbullying) is when a person uses digital technology to send, post or publish content with the intention to harm another person or a group. This behaviour is often aggressive, is repeated and involves some kind of power imbalance between the people involved.

Online bullying can take many forms:

  • name calling online

  • repeated unwanted online messages

  • spreading rumours or lies

  • fake accounts used to harass people

  • excluding people from social activities

  • embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles

What to do if you’re bullied

  1. Don’t reply: Especially to messages from phone numbers, profiles or people you don’t know.

  2. Don’t attack the person back: Avoid giving the bully the satisfaction of a reaction.

  3. Have a conversation: If it’s safe, try talking to the person privately about what they’ve said or done.

  4. Talk to someone: Talking to friends or whānau can make you feel better – or you can reach out to Youthline, Lifeline or others.

  5. Save messages and images: Take screen shots of the bullying in case you need evidence later. Find out how here.

  6. Cut off the person bullying you: Block their phone number, or block them on social media.

  7. Report it: If the online bullying is happening on social media, you can find out how to report it below.

  8. There is a NZ law to help: The Harmful Digital Communications Act which aims to help people dealing with online bullying, abuse and harassment.

  9. Get help: Contact Netsafe for help. We can help with any of the above, tell you if there’s anything you can do to stop the abuse and let you know how to stay safe.

Need help?

If you or someone you know needs help, contact us by emailing, text ‘Netsafe’ to 4282, call us toll free on 0508 NETSAFE (0508 638 723) or report online using our online form.

Our helpline is open from 8am – 8pm Monday to Friday and 9am – 5pm on weekends.

If you’re concerned about the immediate safety of you or someone else, call 111.

If you or someone else need counselling support you can reach out to Youthline, Lifeline or others.



Last week was ‘te wiki o te reo Maori’ and our students and staff participated in many activities that promoted the use of te reo in everyday life. There are many photos and information about these on our school facebook page. The theme was ‘'Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’ following on from the success of last year’s theme ‘Kia Ora te Reo Māori’.  ‘Kia Kaha’ is well known in New Zealand English with its correct Māori meaning of ‘be strong’. We often talk about languages as if they are people – talking about language health, strength and revitalisation. So when we say ‘Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’ we’re saying - ‘Let’s make the Māori language strong'.


2019 Enrolments

We have been inundated with so many enrolments for next year and are excited to know that so many students would like to come and be part of the PNINS team. Unfortunately, we are unable to take all enrolments and therefore held a ballot under the supervision of the “justice of the peace”. All in-zone students are automatically offered a place and all other enrolments are put into a ballot and drawn by a JP in the following order:

  • Priority 1 – Applicants with special programmes ie ORRS

  • Priority 2 – Sibling of a current student of the school

  • Priority 3  - Sibling of a former student of the school

  • Priority 4 – Child of a former student of the school

  • Priority 5 – Child of an employee of the board of the school, or the child of member of the school board

  • Priority 6 – All other applicants.

Those not successful  who exceed the total number are put on a waiting list in the order that their ballot number is drawn.

Out of zone enrolments are not accepted after the ballot. But these can be held in case the school decides to hold another ballot before the end of the year.

Any in zone enrolments can be accepted after ballot date.

All students will receive a letter or email today informing them if their child has been accepted or not. Once confirmation has been received new students and families are invited to attend our Orientation evening next week.

Orientation evening for students / parents

An invitation is extended to all parents of Year 6 children to attend our Orientation Evening to be held in Te Tihi – the Performing Arts Centre on Thursday 27  September at 7pm.

The programme is as follows:

7pm - Meet in Te Tihi

  • Welcome and Introductions – Darryn Joseph/Carletta MacDonald (Co-Chairs, Board of Trustees)

  • School Organisation / Programmes in 2019

  • School Uniform / Uniform Code / Parade of Uniforms

  • Special Learning Programmes

7.40pm - Tour of the School

  • Parent groups escorted by students looking at classrooms and displays of work.

8.20pm - Supper back in Te Tihi

  • Informal talk with staff and Board of Trustees


Term 3

Term 3 has been a busy but productive one for students and staff at Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School.It has been pleasing to see a large number of students across year groups, learning and achieving to a high level in academic, performing arts, sport and citizenship areas.

Highlights have been:

  • Celebrating the achievement and efforts of students in class, and in local, national and international academic, sporting and cultural competitions

  • The quality of work on display in classrooms / corridors

  • Manawatu Science and Technology Fair

  • Roadshows to contributing schools showcasing PNINS

  • The School and Manawatu Mathex

  • Life Education Programme with Harold - Puberty Focus

  • School ‘Happy Hour’ three times this Term

  • Assemblies including Nga Tohunga, Blue Badge, Multi – Cultural Assemblies and performances from Strike and Taki Rua Productions Te Reo Māori.

  • Super Sports Events –  Rugby, Football and Cross Country

  • NZAIMS International Sports Tournament and the level of success of PNINS Teams winning 20 medals our highest achievement to date.

  • Super Arts – Choir joint winners of the banner

  • Introduction of our Peer Mediators

  • Tournament of Minds - Manawatu

  • North Island Intermediate Cycling Championships in Taupo

  • Success of our winter sports teams in local competitions

  • The students who have been presented with the Principal's’ Award for Excellence / School Pin

  • First Aid lessons for all students

  • Dance NZ Made performance

  • International agents visit for international students

  • Mufti day for Cancer Foundation

  • 2 day Ski trip to Tukino ski field for students, parents and staff

  • Principal visits as part of the National ‘Normal Schools’ conference held in Palmerston North

  • Sports and Cultural photos

  • Ultimate Challenges involving  ‘Fitomania and Chef Down’

We are proud of our students for their willingness to attempt new challenges and for the way they have represented our school this term.

I would like to thank parents and caregivers for your support and participation in our many school events.

Special thanks to all staff for the preparation and organisation put into their teaching and learning programmes, and involvement in the many extra-curricular sports and cultural programmes at Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School, enabling us to be at the forefront of pre-adolescent education.

Winter Sport

As the Winter Sports season draws to a close it is timely to reflect back and acknowledge the many fine young people who represent our school in sport each week.

Throughout the season we have enjoyed watching our teams in action whether it be Netball, Basketball, Hockey, Super Sports events and NZAIMS.

A number of things have impressed:

  • Fair Play

  • Sportsmanship

  • The level of skill

  • Team support for each other

  • Positive parent support on the sideline

  • Enjoyment

Congratulations to our many sports teams on how well they have represented our school, and to those students who have been selected for representative teams this year.

Thanks to our Parents, Teachers, Massey Teachers and High School student coaches who have given so generously of their time, to teach and practise the skills with players, and provide support and encouragement each Monday, Wednesday and Friday after school or on Saturday mornings.

Special thanks to our Sports Co-ordinator, Mr Chris Sanson and Sports Administrator, Mrs Belinda Ruebe whose organisation and co-ordination throughout the year makes our sports programme run smoothly and gives opportunities for maximum numbers of students to participate.

PNINS Ski Trip

On Sunday 16th September PNINS held it's first Ski Trip at the Tukino Ski Field. We had 24 students attend this trip with a range of experience; from students who had never skied before to very experienced skiers.

We spent two amazing days skiing the slopes of Mt. Ruapehu with the students having a wonderful time. The weather was a little inclement on the Monday but students showed fantastic resilience and skied all day. On Tuesday the sun broke through and we had another full day of skiing. 

As teachers, we were amazed by the progress the students demonstrated with their skiing skills and also how they used the challenging tow rope.

As we returned on Tuesday night, students were abuzz with excitement from an amazing trip away.

A special thanks goes to our amazing parent helpers; Von, Sonia, Amanda and Helen who were integral in making this trip the success that it was.

Year Books

Year 7's are now able to pre-purchase the 2018 yearbook. Students will need to go to the library before school and order these from Mrs Knowles. They are $10 each. Year 8’s will all receive one on behalf of the school. All students will receive their yearbook once they have been printed in Term 4. We also have copies of our 2017 yearbook selling for $5 for any students who did not purchase one last year.

Annual Taradale/PNINS Performing Arts Groups Exchange 2018

This year the annual Taradale/PNINS Performing Arts Cultural Exchange will take place in week three of term four. 

Thursday and Friday
25/26 October 2018

This year it is Taradale Intermediate’s turn to visit us.
So that we can begin to place students from Taradale we need to know the number of PNINS Performing Arts students that are able to billet students from there.
All you need to do to billet a child is provide a bed (doesn’t necessarily need to be an actual bed – it can be an airbed or camp stretcher in your child’s room) a meal on Thursday evening and a packed lunch on Friday.
If you are able to assist us with this please click on the link below and fill in the form


Coming Events


Team Awards



  • Rm 1 Sindhura Lalam

  • Rm 1 Camille Chemasle

  • Rm 2 Teise Teumohenga

  • Rm 2 Jenson Bate

  • Rm 3 Fatima Biu

  • Rm 3 Aishah Akbur Smith


  • Rm 22 Serena Te Runa

  • Rm 23 Brianna Fenwick-Spittal

  • Rm 23 Jordan Highstead

  • Rm 24 Leah Brown

  • Rm 24 Jerome Te Kanawa

  • Rm 27 Maria Brown

  • Rm 27 Ben Petch


  • Rm 4 Kevin Guan

  • Rm 5 Katrulena Meti-Nicholas

  • Rm 5 Harrison Craw

  • Rm 6 Carter Fuldseth

  • Rm 6 Trinity Korewha

  • Rm 7 Johanna Johnson

  • Rm 7 Arisha Azmi


  • Rm 25 Sophia Granich

  • Rm 25 Seth Cousins

  • Rm 26 Lamarah Lackey

  • Rm 26 Leopoli Sinamoni

  • Rm 29 Artemis Kavian-Pour

  • Rm 29 Jaeziah Tuimana

  • Rm 33 William Roberts

  • Rm 33 Tom Harwinkles


  • Rm 12 Tabitha Crooks

  • Rm 13 Henry Manketelow

  • Rm 14 Estelle Jacques

  • Rm 15 Brooke Madie


  • Rm 34 Alena Carr

  • Rm 34 Isabella Barns

  • Rm 35 Mary Pham

  • Rm 35 Ivy Hu

  • Rm 36 Griffin Roberts

  • Rm 36 Richard Power

  • Rm 37 Andrea Devlaminx

  • Rm 37 Bueden Lowe