PNINS Newsletter - 24 July 2018


Kia ora koutou.  Nau mai haere mai

Dear Parents / Caregivers

Science & Technology Fair

Term 2 was a great opportunity to develop our Science and Technology teaching and learning through our annual Scifest, which is in its second year. The major difference, than in the past, has been the focus on developing the love of Science and Technology through ALL students participating in an investigation as a whole class or team. Then students were given the opportunity to submit their own individual project if they wished, entering the regional Manawatu Science and Technology Fair. Another change for 2018 was the ability to submit an online investigation rather than using the traditional display boards. The term culminated with  the Scifest assembly which saw students and staff compete in teams in a range of science activities.

TERM 3 School Wide Learning Focus - Next Term we'll be focusing on a health unit that focuses on BEING RESILIENT THROUGH CHANGE. We believe that students this age go through so much change in their lives physically, mentally and emotionally.  

By the end of the Unit learners will:

  1. Identify these components in their own life and understand how to build resilience

  2. Discovering tools to help build resilience when facing personal challenges

  3. Know about and understand the physical, mental and emotional, social, and spiritual growth and development that will occur and the new needs that will arise during puberty

  4. Examine the factors influencing their choices during puberty

  5. Develop a positive attitude towards the changes they experience during puberty



TERM 2 - has been an enjoyable and rewarding one for our school with students working hard and achieving to a high level in their learning, performing arts and sporting activities.

Highlights this term include:

  • 40 hour Famine student council leadership trip to Wellington

  • Super Sport Mountain Biking

  • Arataki Team Foxton trip to the dutch museum and flax stripping factory

  • Super Sport Volleyball

  • Tangaroa Team to Mount Bruce as part of their Science investigations

  • Rangitane had a DOC visitor discussing the impact on pests to the environment

  • Mid Year Parent Conferences sharing student's Learning Goals

  • Chocolate Fundraiser raising $17,000 for outside students' play equipment

  • First Voice story writing for our international students in the PN City Library

  • Blue Badge Assemblies celebrating student success in the FOUR dimensions of learning - SPORT, ACADEMIA, CITIZENSHIP & PERFORMING ARTS

  • Pink Shirt Day -  celebrating Bully Free NZ week

  • Student councillors attending the Young Leaders' Day

  • 40 Hour Famine - with students raising more than $7,000

  • Ikatere team Assembly   

  • Samoan Language Week

  • PNBHS sharing what they offer to Year 8 boys

  • Super Sport Hockey - Boys winning the banner and girls placing third

  • Happy Hour began with all students participating in 37 different activities

  • Wellbeing student survey completed and ready to share back to the community

  • Super Sport Badminton - successfully winning the girls and boys banner

  • Super Arts dance held at the Globe Theatre

  • Strike Concert performed to all students

  • Matariki month celebration

  • Te Pae tamariki performance at the Regent Theatre for our Kapa haka group

  • Super Sport Basketball

  • Nga Tohunga Assembly where students received awards for their efforts in our specialist subjects

  • Whanau hui for parents to hear about Maori education at PNINS

  • Pasifika students attending the very popular regional Pasifika Fusion concert at the Regent theatre

  • PNINS Science and Technology Fair held in the gym

  • Super Sport Netball

  • School Disco

  • North Island Cycling Champs

As we conclude Term 2, we are proud of our students, Year 7 and 8, for their willingness to attempt new challenges, and for the way they have represented our school this term.

I would like to thank parents / caregivers for the support and encouragement you give to your children and our school.

Special thanks to all staff for the preparation and organisation put in to their teaching, learning, sports and arts auditions this term.


Pae Tamariki

Congratulations to our wonderful Kapa Haka group who performed in the Regional Festival at the end of last term. It was the culmination of a lot of hard work by students staff and whanau over a number of weeks. The group has spent considerable hours rehearsing and refining their bracket of waiata, poi and haka which was well received by the audience. Ka mau te wehi!


Blue Badge Assembly

At week 10’s assembly we awarded students with their Blue Badges and Stars to celebrate their efforts and commitment in the FOUR key areas of school life.

It was a privilege to have as our special guest special guest, Mosiah Igatia an Ex-Student of PNINS who is currently the Male Co-Leader (Head Boy) for Awatapu College. He was involved in our school Kapa Haka group, was one of the 12 brothers in our 2013 School Production "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat", and was also a Class Councillor in his last year here at PNINS."

The Blue Badge Incentive Achievement Awards were introduced at Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School in 2004 and have become highly sought after by students across both year groups.  

The awards have helped to advance and motivate the average student to a higher level of achievement.  Since the introduction of Blue Badges we have noticed a high interest and an overall increase in student self-motivation, commitment, participation and effort.  Children across all levels of ability earned and received these awards last year, and have been proud to display them.

At Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School, students in both Year 7 and Year 8, will be able to work towards achieving four incentive badges.

  • Academia  

  • Performing Arts  

  • Sport  

  • Citizenship

 The badge awarded is a cloth badge to be sewn on to the child’s jersey (similar to our School Council Badge).

Each badge has a set of criteria outlined on a form  that is to be completed by the student. It is important that the student completes this by themselves as it develops a very important skill called ‘form filling’. They are required to (✓) the criteria and list specific details in support of their nomination. Students will be awarded these badges on achieving the required number of criteria e.g.  Academia – students need to achieve 4 of the criteria listed.

These incentive achievement awards can be awarded throughout the year when the student achieves the required number of criteria.  A letter acknowledging the student’s achievement will be sent home to parents.

The Blue Badge Assemblies are led by our School Councillors.

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GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) Programme

All students need stimulating and challenging opportunities to “achieve personal standards of excellence” and “to reach their full potential”. At PNINS each student’s individual learning needs – particularly those who are gifted and talented students - are catered for, not by extra education but through involvement in appropriate learning programmes.

Within the classroom, learning is scaffolded to provide for the individual needs of all students, including motivating and challenging GATE students within the classroom setting.

GATE students are provided for, school wide, by lunchtime and after school programmes as well as targeted GATE programmes each Term. This term GATE programmes included:

  • Yearbook extension

  • Junior Maths

  • Kind Hearts

  • Mathex

  • Pottery

  • Tournament of Minds

Term 3 GATE Programmes include:

  • Problem Solving

  • AIMS Strength and conditioning

  • Tournament of the Minds

  • Car restoration

  • Theatre Sports

  • PNINS Promotional video

  • Young Designers

We are very lucky to have such talented staff who are able to provide a variety of programmes to meet the needs of our students.

Life Education 

Hi from Tim and Harold @Life Ed Manawatu!

We can’t wait to see you all this Thursday! We had such a brilliant time last year and are so looking forward to seeing all our friends again and making new ones. We feel very lucky to be able to contribute to the puberty focus for our 4-week stay and look forward to all the interesting discussions this will bring and the positive decisions that can be made!

Take care, have a brilliant Wednesday and we’ll see you all on Thursday!

Very best wishes from Tim and Harold!


Sports and Cultural Photos

Will be taken for all sports teams and for our cultural groups this term on Friday 17 August. 


Tough Guy and Gal challenge

This is being held next Friday 3rd August at Linton Army camp. 
PNINS will be taking the School Councillors and AIMS students to this event. 
We encourage other students, if they would like to attend, to do so, however they will need parent transport and parent supervision while at the event. 


Coming Events


Team Awards



  • Rm 1   Rhys Mitchell/Ruan Van Winkel
  • Rm 2   Zachary Gibbons/Zeth Jackson
  • Rm 3  Tyler Bron/Max Waudby-Paton


  • Rm 22    Anais Thompson/Jordan Burmeister
  • Rm 23    Charlotte Orme/ Finis Zhang
  • Rm 24    Xanthe Brown/Oshiaana Te Runa
  • Rm 27    Te Papa Taiaroa/Harleen Kaur


  • Rm 4    Libbie Watene-Hill/Jack Duff
  • Rm 5    Luke Atienza/Eve Igatia
  • Rm 6    Logan McLaughlin/Alex Robson
  • Rm 7    Manaia White/Stephanie Stewart


  • Rm 25     Addison Hehir/Grace Donald    
  • Rm 26     Charlize Dorfling/Abdur Asif
  • Rm 29     Nicole Piek/Tim Harjes
  • Rm 33     Leevi Tuimana/Verity Reese-Thompson


  • Rm 12     Basantha Subba/Ruby Hansen-Thomas
  • Rm 13     Ashlee Purves/Scott Rattray
  • Rm 14     Laura Morris/Fergus Doolan
  • Rm 15     Valentino Canterna/Ayesha Jared


  • Rm 34    Mareko Siliva/Aimee Liddell
  • Rm 35    Jaden Hita/Drew Joy
  • Rm 36    Masyn Jopson-Elliot/Rebecca Golding
  • Rm 37    Luke Butler/Yacob Alemu