PNINS Newsletter - 15 October 2019
Kia ora koutou. Nau mai haere mai
Term 3 was a busy, but productive one for students and staff at Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School. It was 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.
A major focus for us, and all schools at this time of the year, are transitions. Next year for PNINS our aim is to bring our roll down to under 700 students which will allow us to have around 30 students per class. By doing this we are able to provide a better quality education for all students.
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
PB4L Conference for three staff members
Tui Ridge Camp for Arataki, Manawanui, Rangitane and Kahukura
Manawatu Science and Technology Fair
Roadshows to contributing schools showcasing PNINS
The School and Manawatu Mathex - achieving 1st, 2nd 3rd Year 8, 3rd Year 7
Assemblies including Nga Matanga and Blue Badge
Super Sports Events – Rugby, Football and Cross Country
NZAIMS International Sports Tournament and the level of success of PNINS Teams winning 23 medals - our highest achievement to date
Super Arts – Choir joint winners of the banner
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
Dance NZ Made performance
PNINS OPEN day for 2020 Year 6 students
Mufti day for Cancer Foundation
2 day ski trip to Tukino ski field for students, parents and staff
Sports and Cultural photos
We are proud of our students for their willingness to attempt new challenges and for the way they have represented our school last 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.
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:
The level of skill
Team support for each other
Positive parent support on the sideline
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 practice 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.
Term 4 Sports
Term 4 sports will be well underway this week with Touch, Badminton, Hockey, Volleyball and Water Polo.
We are hoping to provide some Try a Sports this term which will be starting in Week 5 once Mary Poppins has finished. Details and sign up will be out next week
Please remember to stay up to date with your sports fees, all fees need to be paid by week 5.
If you have any questions about your sport fees please get in touch with us.
Term 4 Learning Focus
This term our overarching learning inquiry is around careers with three big questions that we want our students to answer.
Careers are a jungle gym, not a ladder; do you agree?
Where do I see myself in the future?
Everyone has a purpose...what’s yours
Through these inquiry questions our students will learn about how:
Young people need encouragement to become career-minded
Positive self esteem is the key to making progress in learning and work
Individuals need to take responsibility for their own careers
Ongoing learning is the key to lifelong career development
Forging a career is an act of creative self-expression
Individuals define career success for themselves
Identify the differences between hard skills and soft skills and how important both are in the career force
As part of this unit, we are holding a school-wide careers day on FRIDAY 29th NOVEMBER. If you are in a job that you love to do and have a couple of hours to spare on that day, we would love to hear from you. We are running 1 hour sessions for students to find out about different career choices (9.30am , 11.15am and 2.00pm).
Choir, Dance, Kapa Haka, Drama and Orchestra will be participating in our annual Taradale Arts Exchange in Term 4 on Wednesday and Thursday 23 & 24 October at Taradale Intermediate School.
This is the fifteenth year this exchange has been operating. Some of our Year 8 students will remember hosting Taradale here at PNINS last year.
Children attending will assemble in the Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School at 7.00am for a roll call. We will load the buses at 7.30am and depart for Taradale.
The children will travel in school uniform and carry their back pack with:
PE gear for dance
costumes for Drama etc
The children will also require a set of casual clothing / toiletries etc for their overnight stay.
They will be billeted with students from Taradale Intermediate. They can also stay with a family relation or friend or in a motel with a parent/caregiver (at your expense). Details are on the sign up form on the website. If children are staying with a parent in a motel they are still required to on the bus as this is part of the overall experience.
The Programme on arrival at Taradale is:
10.00am - Arrive, powhiri, orientation, morning tea
11.00am - Workshop 1
12.20pm - Lunch
1.30pm - Workshop 2
9.00am - Workshop 3
11.00am - Combined performance
12.30pm - Lunch
1.30pm - Buses Leave
The children are expected to be back at Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School by 4.00 – 4.15pm.
Please do not park on the netball courts. The children will disembark and can be collected from the
Performing Arts Center.
Mary Poppins Junior
Tickets are on sale via the website link below or at the school office.
Our school Cross country is this Friday and we are excited to get out there and rip into it. Obviously, we are expecting every student to participate as it is part of our school curriculum. This year’s event will once again be held at Massey University with access through the main car park behind the Massey Gym (please note there is a small cost to park here, and the park is controlled by Massey Security).
Races depart at 10 min intervals as follows:
1.00: – YEAR 7 GIRLS START
1.10: – YEAR 7 BOYS START
1.20: – YEAR 8 GIRLS START
1.30: – YEAR 8 BOYS START
The course is well set up for spectators as there are plenty of places to view runners throughout the course. So would be great to see you there.
Cancellation of this event will be announce via Facebook and the School App by 8am on Friday morning.
Keeping Ourselves Safe Online
Lately we have experienced a number of online/social media concerns brought to us by parents, most of these are occuring outside school hours but at times have had a flow on effect at school.
We need the support of parents to help educate our students about appropriate online behaviours, particularly how much time your child is online.
How do you know if your child is spending too much time online?
TIPS FOR CUTTING DOWN ON TIME ONLINE
1. MAKE A TIMETABLE FOR TIME SPENT ONLINE
It’s easy to lose track of how much time you’re child is spending online. Lots of online games, apps and platforms are designed to keep them engaged for as long as possible. To help counter this, an idea might be to set up a schedule of how much time you want your child to be spending online. Setting up alarms may help you keep track of how long they’ve been online for and when it’s time to take a break.
Some social media platforms have tools to help keep track of how much time they’re spending online and allow you to set up an alarm to notify you once you’ve spent a certain amount of time online. On the Facebook app, this is under “Settings & Privacy” and then select “Your time on Facebook”. For Instagram, go to “Settings” and then select “Your activity”.
2. CHANGE Their DEVICE SETTINGS
The devices and apps that we use have been created to be as engaging as possible. Even when we have put our phone down, alerts and notifications have been designed to encourage us to pick it back up again and keep scrolling.
Turning off push notifications, changing the screen to greyscale mode, taking distracting apps off the front page of your child’s home screen and downloading a screen time monitoring app are changes that encourage them to unplug.
3. Talk to your child about FEELING PRESSURED TO RESPOND TO PEOPLE
Teaching your child to respond in their own time is okay and a few “what did I miss” messages in the group chat aren’t going to hurt them. They could also change their settings temporarily, so people can’t see when they’ve been active on an app. Try changing the “show activity status” in their Instagram settings or turn off “Active Status” in Facebook settings.
4. ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILD TO CUT DOWN USE WITH FRIENDS
Try talking to your child’s friends about wanting to cut down on their screen time and see whether they’d be keen to cut down with your child. It’s always easier to make a change when they’re not the only one doing it!
5. LEAVE DEVICES OUTSIDE THE BEDROOM AT NIGHT
Your child could be losing valuable sleep time by being online after lights out – having an alarm clock to wake them in the morning could be an easier way to cut this habit
6. ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILD TO TRY OUT SOMETHING NEW THAT ISN’T ONLINE
Spending time online can be a great way to connect with people and develop new skills, but sometimes it can be nice to take a break and try out something new that doesn’t require your child to be online
If you or someone you know needs help or advice about something that’s happened online, you can contact us seven days a week.
Text ‘Netsafe’ to 4282
Fill out an online contact form
Call us free phone on 0508 NETSAFE (0508 638 723).
Uniform Update - Sunhats & Sandals
All students are required to wear our school ‘bucket’ sunhats this term from Labour Weekend onwards. These can be purchased from the school office if your child’s hat has been misplaced. Students are also able to wear their roman sandals as an alternative from then on, however, hard black shoes must still be worn for Nga Matanga. Please ensure EVERYTHING is named as we had many items go missing last term.
This year we are trialling having our End of Year prize giving being held in the evening as we have received a lot of feedback that parents are unable to attend during the day. This year’s event is on Monday 9th December starting at 6pm. We are expecting all students to attend to be seated by 5.30 pm (doors will be open from 5.15pm).
Teacher Only Day
On Friday, 15th November we will be holding a Teachers’ Only Day where staff will be involved in professional development.
Rm 1 Aiden Foster
Rm 2 Thomas Mason
Rm 3 Han Mok
Rm 4 Georgia McNeill
Rm 5 Jessica Rangra
Rm 6 Mina Gagic
Rm 7 Angus Mackintosh
Rm 12 Gus Andersen
Rm 13 Patrick Holmes
Rm 14 Munish Pediredla
Rm 15 Ivy Yang
Rm 22 Floyd Smith
Rm 23 Layla Urqhuart
Rm 24 Will Guy
Rm 25 Jacob Lean
Rm 26 Ethan Limmer
Rm 29 Jake Maskill
Rm 33 Shanae Rickard
Rm 34 Lucas Kempthorne
Rm 35 Esther Steer
Rm 36 Mackenzie Winiata
Rm 37 Taylor Field