PNINS Newsletter - 23 October 2018


Kia ora koutou.  Nau mai haere mai

Dear Parents / Caregivers

We have had a great start to a very busy term and are excited about the learning activities that we have planned. Term 4 is nine weeks and we have a number of new initiatives that we are now planning for 2019.

As we progress through the fourth and final term of the school year it is pleasing to see large numbers of Year 7 and Year 8 students excelling across all areas of learning and school life.

We see this each day in:

  • Students achieving the criteria for Blue Badges

  • Achievement across all four dimensions to learning

  • Their quality of work and work standards

  • Sport representation and sportsmanship

  • Leadership in class, team and school

  • Application of the ‘5 Keys to Success at School’

  • Citizenship – respect for self and others

  • Manners (frequently commented on by visitors to our school)

At Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School, we take great pleasure in acknowledging and celebrating the achievements of our young people, all of whom are unique and bring something special to our school each day.

Congratulations to Kat Wills who has been appointed to the role of team manager for the New Zealand U17 Women’s Basketball Team. This is an exciting time to be involved with this age group / team as there is a 3 year programme in place to attempt to secure a place in the 2021 U19 World Champs. Tomorrow, the first camp as a team begins in Auckland.


Whole School Focus This Term

This term students will be focusing on the ARTS learning area through our major Inquiry called ‘Hall of Fame’. The main idea of this is for students to understand how the ARTS play a role in different cultures and communities. By the end of the term students will learn:

  • Confidence - which is one of our school values that enables learners to develop ‘self acceptance’, risk taking and independence 

  • How cultures communicate and share through song, dance and drama

  • Empathy towards others’ beliefs and values

  • A six step inquiry model that develops the knowledge and skills associated with this

  • Collaboration

  • Cultural awareness


This term we welcome Mr Michael Millward to the PNINS team as he joins Room 37 in the Manawanui team. Mr Millward has been a teacher at PNINS in the past and understands the ‘Normal Way’.

AIMS Games

Wow, what a week PNINS had at the recent  NZ AIMS Games. Taking part in eight different sports, we came away with 20 medals and 1 team spirit medal. Congratulations to all athletes for their commitment and representing PNINS with pride. The following athletes received medals in their respective events:


Special thanks goes out to everyone involved in the AIMS programme. Without your support and help none of this could have been possible.

  • Ben James and his Resilience Camp Team

  • AIMS Parent Team

  • New World Pioneer Highway/Fresh & Fruity Yoghurt

  • Cafe Cuba

  • DJL Marketing

  • Sanitarium

  • Pub Charity NZ and The Mainland Foundation

  • Parents

  • Teachers for their support of their AIMS students

  • NZ AIMS Games Trust

AIMS Prize Giving

We would like to invite you along to our AIMS Prize Giving Assembly where students will be awarded their medals and participation awards in front of the school. This will be held on Week 4 - Wednesday 7th November 8.40am - Te Tihi. Following this we invite all our guests to join us in the staff room for a light morning tea.  

Marine Biology Camp

During week one of the holidays, 24 PNINS students, two staff, two children, parents and senior PNGHS students took part in a future scientist Marine Biology Camp at Mistletoe Bay, Marlborough.

Students, having planned the camp and fundraised a minimum of $100 each, travelled to Picton by ferry, then sailed a 1928 gaff rigged cutter ship to camp, learning about sailing, plankton, tides, marine animals and the sea bottom.

At camp, they moved into comfortable chalets, solar powered, and over the next four days they carried out marine research leading to the production of mini documentaries on the theme sustainability. These will be entered in the Outlook for Someday young film makers competition early in 2019.

They also met and worked with Prof Richard de Hummel from Otago, who held them spellbound with his workshops on the way Maori made fishhooks from bone, and how fire can be made using two types of native trees.

In the afternoons they sailed optimist yachts, kayaked, fished and assisted the camp through an environmental programme.

Meals were planned and served by the students supervised by Mrs Glentworth, and a feature was the lunch time guest speakers we ‘captured’ off the Queen Charlotte walkway. Among them were a maker of artificial limbs for children, a geneticist looking into DNA, a vet and watercolour artist and a freelance film maker- all inspiring people tramping through NZ. Thank you to everyone involved.



On Friday 9 November 2018 we are holding our annual Athletics Standards Meeting at Massey University Athletics Track. Here is the following information:

  • The children will travel by bus to and from the venue

  • The meeting will start at 9.30am (approximately) and will finish at approximately 2.30pm

  • A Standards Meeting has children achieving times and distances at various levels.  The aim is for each student to reach their maximum level in each event, and gain success at their own level

  • Children are required to wear their correct PE uniform and will need to bring a cut lunch, drink, school sun hat or slouch hat (no caps) and sunblock, school jersey or tracksuit and possibly a jacket, if the weather looks changeable

  • All students are expected to participate and compete in this school event

  • If you wish to take your child from the venue at the conclusion of the day, please advise their classroom teacher.  Parents are only to take home their own child not other students. All children otherwise will return to school on buses

All parents and friends of the school are invited to come and support our students in action.

The coffee cart will be at the athletics from approximately 9am to 2pm.

Cross Country

Congratulations to all our students who competed in the Cross Country last week.


2018 PNINS Performing Arts Showcase

This year the PNINS School Choir, Orchestra, Rock Band, Jazz Band, Drama Group, Kapa Haka, Pasifika, and Dance Group are once again presenting our bi-ennial Performing Arts Showcase, an evening of music, drama, dance and culture.

This will be held in our Performing Arts Centre on Wednesday 7th of November starting at 7.00 PM. The evening should conclude by approximately 8.30.

Please let your extended families and friends know of this evening - entry to family and friends will be by gold coin donation.

Parking will be available via South Street in the South Street carpark as well as on the netball courts and the sports field (as long as the grass is dry). The Linton Street gates will also be open for anyone parking on Linton Street or those that may be walking from that direction.

We are looking forward to a great evening of arts and culture.

Year 6 Transition

The smooth transition of students from Primary School to Intermediate is important to us. The following sequence of visits and events are all aimed in familiarising current Year 6 students with their new school for 2019.

  • 15 October – 23 October:  Principal, Deputy Principal and SENCO visiting Contributing Schools to talk with students and teachers.

  • 7 November -   Contributing Schools attend the Dress Rehearsal Showcase for Performing Arts 11am -12.30pm

  • 20 November – 22 November:  Year 6 Orientation visits to Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School.  All students including ‘Out of Zone’ students balloted in have received dates for this visit (Schools have been advised of dates / visits).

Community Survey

We are constantly reviewing our school vision starting with developing a ‘learner profile’ of what knowledge, skills and attributes our students need when they leave PNINS at the end of Year 8. We understand that we play a critical role in preparing students for secondary school and believe they all need to be literate and numerate in order to access the curriculum while at high school. However, there are a number of other skills they will need, to be responsible and confident citizens in our community who contribute positively.

Staff have committed a number of days this year discussing what a ‘Learner Profile’ should look like and now we seek feedback from parents and students. Next week we will be sending a survey online and in paper form that we would like you to complete and send back to school by Friday 9th November (end of week 4).

Please take the time to complete this alongside your child as they will provide valuable information and ideas on how we can improve to ensure we meet the needs of your child/ren.


Our Prizegiving Assembly will take place in the Regent Theatre on Friday, 14 December beginning at 10.00am.

ICAS English

Congratulations to the following students who achieved to a high level in this year’s ICAS English tests:

Year 7 - Distinction

Mia Abernethy

Lachie Brownlie

Kate Coutts

Jesse Franks

Stephen Rosendale

Toby Rea

Esther Steer

Halle Williamson

Crystal Yuan

Year - 7 Credit

Patrick Canham

Scott Du

Nina Gurney

Tim Harjes

Zainaa Hilal

Madeleine James

Teo Jauregui

Pippa Kaiser

Jake Maskill

Zlata Shapran

Ying Ying Yong

Year 8 - Distinction

Philippa Anderson

Mitchell Cole

Griffin Roberts

Sophie Ward

Year 8 - Credit

Liam Bland

Charlotte Davies

William Duncan

Jessica Greenwood

Alexander Hindmarsh

Hayley Hudson

Brandon Lee

Paige McMillan

Rebekah Murphy

Nora Richardson

Charlotte Ross-Graham

Joshua Smit


ICAS Maths

Congratulations to the following students who achieved to a high level in this year’s ICAS Maths tests:


Year 7 - High Distinction

Scott Du

Year 7 - Distinction

Jun Hee Cho

Jason Gui

Teo Jauregui

Lucy McLean

Saem Millward

Toby Rea

William Roberts

Ben Shirley

Year 7 - Credit

Tom Brown

Patrick Canham

Kate Coutts

Angela Fang

Jesse Franks

Carter Fuldseth

Max Hodgson

Fletcher Lochhead

Jake Maskill

Sophie Peters

Stephen Rosendale

Zlata Shapran

Mareko Siliva

Crystal Yuan

Year 8 - Distinction

Mitchell Cole

Daniel Fletcher

Brandon Lee

Joshua Smit

Year 8 - Credit

Liam Bland

Charlotte Davies

Lachlan Fraser

Alexander Hindmarsh

Hayley Hudson

Andy Lin

Paige McMillan

Nora Richardson

Griffin Roberts

Jenny Song

Jaeziah Tuimana

Finis Zhang

Coming Events


Team Awards



  • Rm 1 Danielle Storrier

  • Rm 1 Aiden Foster

  • Rm 2 Maria Reji

  • Rm 2 Olivia Morrison

  • Rm 3 Carter Rhodes-Robinson

  • Rm 3 Hayley-Jane McDermott


  • Rm 22 Caleb Sanko

  • Rm 22 Emma Johnson

  • Rm 23 Isabella Easton

  • Rm 24 Patrick Holmes

  • Rm 24 Alaina Baker

  • Rm 27 Gaby Furness

  • Rm 27 Mollie Gardiner


  • Rm 4 Nicola Sutherland-Smith

  • Rm 4 Shadikshya Bisna

  • Rm 5 Ethan Forman

  • Rm 6 Zac Morton

  • Rm 6 Sam Salter

  • Rm 7 Ben Algie

  • Rm 7 Tom McInnes


  • Rm 25 Jassharr Lackey

  • Rm 26 Samear Rana

  • Rm 26 Dylan Williams

  • Rm 29 Logan Roberts

  • Rm 33 Grace Cohen

  • Rm 33 Kade Stroud-Osbourn


  • Rm 12 Matt Johnston

  • Rm 12 Summer Lovegrove

  • Rm 13 Hyacinthe Chemasle

  • Rm 13 Ethan Limmer

  • Rm 14 Eden Motley

  • Rm 14 Blake Butler

  • Rm 15 Chloe Chin

  • Rm 15 Deryn Thurlow


  • Rm 34 Tiwai Bellis

  • Rm 34 Kyiree Smith

  • Rm 35 Jasmine Sudjatmiko

  • Rm 35 Maddison Coenders

  • Rm 35 Ben Transom

  • Rm 36 Caleb Lynch

  • Rm 36 Akiva Rungarunga

  • Rm 37 Alexi Vertongen

  • Rm 37 Van Prenter