PNINS Newsletter - 6 November 2018


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Dear Parents / Caregivers

At PNINS we are blessed to have so many talented, committed and hardworking students and staff who give their best everyday. We are focused on teaching, modelling and encouraging students to use our 5 Keys to Success and this newsletter outlines some amazing achievements based on these. The use of CONFIDENCE, RESILIENCE, PERSISTENCE, being WELL ORGANISED and GETTING ALONG have all contributed to students attaining their goals and overcoming challenges along the way.  

This week, in our assembly, we talked about having a great ATTITUDE that underpins the keys. By having a POSITIVE and ENTHUSIASTIC attitude students are able to take on challenges and deal with life’s ups and downs.



By now you have probably all heard the news that NZEI members are taking further industrial action on Tuesday, 13 November. This means that the school will be closed for instruction. We do understand that some parents will struggle to organise child care facilities and therefore if you are in urgent need, please contact the school and we can arrange help.

The decision to take further strike action was not taken lightly as we are aware of the impact strike action can have.  We need to ensure the Government understands how serious we are about the need for urgent changes now. Schools are facing a teacher shortage, with over half of schools reporting they didn’t have enough teachers in Term Three. There has been a 40% drop in people training to be teachers, while school rolls continue to climb.  The Ministry is currently engaged in an international recruitment drive, in a desperate bid to meet the need. Schools struggle daily to find enough teachers to meet their relief teacher needs. There is also a critical need for increased support for children with additional learning needs. We need to make sure teaching is an attractive, sustainable profession so that we can retain and attract great teachers. This is what our campaign is all about.


Taradale Exchange

Last week the annual Performing Arts Exchange between PNINS and Taradale Intermediate took place over Thursday and Friday. This year PNINS hosted the exchange, which involved five of our Friday Performing Arts groups: Drama, Kapa Haka, Choir, Dance and Orchestra. Over the two days the groups from both schools came together and practiced in a ‘workshop’ environment on a variety of performance items. The event concluded on Friday morning with a concert performance of the work-shopped material to the rest of the groups as well as to part of our school. In addition our own Pasifika group also performed at the demonstration concert. This exchange is valuable in fostering friendships amongst like-minded Performing Arts students, encouraging and improving performance skills, as well as encouraging students to become more confident as performers. It was an absolute treat to see and hear what the various groups were able to come up with in such a short time period.

Performing Arts Showcase

This Wednesday evening, from 7pm, the school will stage our biennial performing arts showcase. This will be  a snapshot of the school’s main performing arts groups and what each performing arts group has been working on throughout the year.

The PNINS Orchestra, Choir, Drama, Kapa Haka, Pasifika, Dance, Rock Band and Jazz Band will perform. This will be a stunning evening and really show the depth of talent and what our students are capable of.

Special thank you to Barry Jones, to those teachers who lead and coach a performing arts group to reach this level of performance; and to those parents who give generously of their time to support behind the scenes.

Kapa Haka Regionals

Our talented Kapa Haka students are competing in the regional competition Ko Whiri Tika Mai on Friday at the Regent Theatre. There have been many rehearsals after school and at weekends. We wish them well.


2019 Production

PNINS is delighted that we are now in a position to be able to announce next year’s production – ‘Mary Poppins’. This will involve approximately 90 students including a cast of 30 and a choir of 60. This is an exciting opportunity and we will be looking forward to a large number of our students auditioning towards the end of term two next year. Rehearsals will be held throughout term three and ‘Mary Poppins’ will be onstage in term four 2019

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This 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 (which they may come to school in) and will need to take 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. A coffee cart will be at the athletics from approximately 9am to 2pm. There is EFTPOS available. A postponement decision will be made on the morning - please send your child to school ready to go.



As we move into our summer sports we would like to once again thank all parents and community members who have volunteered to coach, manage and be involved in getting our teams on the sports field, courts and pitch.

This summer we have:

  • 8 Volleyball teams

  • 9 Touch Rugby teams

  • 11 Hockey teams

  • 21 Badminton teams

  • 2 Water Polo teams

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. Attached to this newsletter is a survey link online and a paper form is available on request. We would like you to complete and send back to school by Friday 16th November (end of week 5).

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.

Prizegiving Advance Notice

Our Prizegiving Assembly will take place in the Regent Theatre on FRIDAY 14 December beginning at 10am. We would ask that all parents and friends of the school are seated by  9.45 am (doors will open at 9.30am). At this assembly we will recognise the achievements of Year 7 and 8 students across all fields of learning including Academia, Sports, Performing Arts, Citizenship, ESOL and Nga Tohunga classes.

Please note the details on your calendar. We look forward to celebrating with you the achievement of our students at our annual prizegiving assembly.

School Council Term 4 Initiatives

Mufti Day

Mufti Day is on Wednesday 14 November (next week) raising money and food items for ‘The Breeze Stuff the Bus promotion’. Please bring a gold coin plus an item of non-perishable food. The money will be used to purchase family games and together with the food items will be used to “Stuff the Bus” on Friday 7 December. The Breeze Bus will be travelling around schools in Palmerston North and the resulting collection of non- perishable food and games will be donated to Barnardos and the Methodist Social Services Food Bank.

Year 8 Leavers’ Hoodie

PNINS is organising leavers’ hoodies (like the AIMS hoodies) for any Year 8 leaver that would like one. They will cost around $45 per hoodie, plus $5 extra if you would like your name on the back (first names only). An order form for the hoodie will come out to all year 8s this Wednesday, and will be due in with payment by Friday 16 November. Hoodies will be ready for delivery in week 9 of this term.

Year 8 Leavers’ Dance

This will be held on Tuesday 4 December from 7 to 9pm for Year 8 students. More information will come out to students in week 7.


Coming Events


Team Awards



  • Rm 1 Danielle Storrier

  • Rm 1 Izzy Fenn

  • Rm 2 Ayah Musaad

  • Rm 2 Ella Wingfield-Smith

  • Rm 3 Ave Almandoz

  • Rn 3 Kelly Shaba


  • Rm 22 Holly Mason

  • Rm 22 Minami Strachan

  • Rm 23 Ali Safa

  • Rm 24 Aami Sahana

  • Rm 24 Jade Rowe

  • Rm 27 James Day

  • Rm 27 Elizabeth Shingleton


  • Rm 4 Jack Duff

  • Rm 4 Caleb Penny

  • Rm 5 Thimansa Weeratunga

  • Rm 5 Nadia Biel

  • Rm 6 Phoebe Jensen

  • Rm 6 Tui Kaisami

  • Rm 7 Alex Hindmarsh

  • Rm 7 Lachlan Fraser


  • Rm 25 Liliana Cooper

  • Rm 25 Addison Heir

  • Rm 26 Harmony Pettigrew

  • Rm 26 Charlize Dorfling

  • Rm 29 Crystal Yuan

  • Rm 33 Sophie Siebert

  • Rm 33 Cyrus Rostami


  • Rm 12 Tabitha Crooks

  • Rm 12 Oliver Coombes

  • Rm 13 Ashlee Purves

  • Rm 13 Henry Manketelow

  • Rm 14 Daniel Bramley

  • Rm 14 Estelle Jacques

  • Rm 15 Atlanta Hearn

  • Rm 15 Brooke Madie


  • Rm 34 Jack Wilson, Alena Carr

  • Rm 34 Maggie Cadzow

  • Rm 35 Ben Transom

  • Rm 35 Joseph Nicol

  • Rm 36 Liam Bland

  • Rm 36 Kaitlyn McIntosh

  • Rm 37 Sean Meredith

  • Rm 37 Phillipa Anderson