PNINS Newsletter - 15th May 2019

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Kia ora koutou.  Nau mai haere mai

The colder weather is upon us and it is great to see students dressing appropriately with jackets, scarves and beanies which are now available. Just a reminder that in  Terms 2 & 3 students are expected to wear lace up black shoes not sandals.

Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences

We are really impressed with the Parent Conferences that we have held so far as students have been discussing their learning goals with their parents on literacy and numeracy.  Just a reminder that students need to wear their full school uniform when attending their conference.

5 Keys to Success

At PNINS we believe that the 5 Keys to Success are critical if students are to be successful in life. These keys are developed specifically for this age group to help develop their personal, social and performance capabilities. Mastering these keys will boost success, improve relationships, reduce stress and promote high levels of wellbeing.

  • RESILIENCE - Staying calm and keeping perspective to bounce back in a positive way

  • PERSISTENCE - Optimism while working hard and through obstacles

  • GETTING ALONG - Being tolerant of others while playing by the rules and thinking first

  • ORGANISED - Setting goals and planning time to meet them

  • CONFIDENCE - Self acceptance along with risk taking and independence

The aim of this programme is to reinforce the Five Keys to Success and to encourage students to develop positive ways of thinking .

Blue Badge Assembly

On Friday we held our first Blue Badge assembly for the year with our guest speaker being Xavier Bowe, a former student of PNINS in 2013 and 2014, and current prefect at Palmerston North Boys High School. At these assemblies we invite ex students to talk about how they have used the ‘Five Keys to Success’ in their lives.

A Blue Badge is awarded the first time a student meets the required criteria and a Star is awarded to Year 8 students who have achieved a badge in their first year at PNINS.

The initial idea for Blue Badges came from the School Council of 2004 who asked for the school to consider an incentive badge for achievement.  The School Council plays a big part in the presentation of these awards to their peers at these assemblies throughout the year.

To gain a badge at PNINS students have to show the 5 Keys to Success within the following ways:

  • Academia Badge This badge is about persistence - the harder you try the greater your success; and organisation - planning the steps to achieve your goals.

  • Performing Arts Badge is about confidence - performing to an  audience, maybe trying something new, and stepping out of your comfort zone. It’s about commitment, taking risks, persistence and resilience -during rehearsals, practices and performances.

  • Sports Badge is not only about one’s achievement in sport but also includes sportsmanship, teamwork, commitment and good healthy competition. It’s about resilience - staying positive when things don’t go your way; persistence - never giving up until the final whistle.

  • Citizenship Badge- Being a good citizen is very much part of ‘the Intermediate Normal Way’. It is based on respect - respect for self and others and truly embodies the 5 Keys to School Success. Attitude, leadership, caring for others, welcoming and supporting students new to our school are just some of the criteria needed to achieve this award.

Strike Action

As many of you will be aware a vote was recently held determining that strike action will be held on Wednesday 29 May. Further detail on this action will be released by the Board of Trustees in the near future but please make a note of this date in your calendars.

Thank you for your support, understanding and kind input as we work through this process.

Ngā mihi nui kia koutou mo ngā manaakitanga, aroha mō tēnei o ngā kaupapa.


New Zealand Playhouse will be performing at school on Friday 31st May . These productions are always been hilarious and will be well worth attending. The cost is $5 per student.

2019 Board of Trustee Nominations

Nominations are invited for the election of five (5) parent representatives to the Board of Trustees.  A nomination form and notice calling for nominations has been posted to all eligible voters.   You can nominate another person to stand as a candidate, or you can nominate yourself.  Both parts of the form must be signed.   Additional nomination forms can be obtained from the school office. 

Nominations close at noon on 24th May 2019 and must be accompanied by a signed candidate statement and photograph.

The voting roll is open for inspection at the school and can be viewed during normal school hours. There will be a list of candidates’ names, as they come to hand, for inspection at the school. Voting closes at noon on 7th June 2019

Heidi Rea, Returning Officer

Mufti day - Pink Shirt Day

“Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu, Mauri Tū, Mauri Ora – Speak Up, Stand Together, Stop Bullying!”

We will be holding a pink shirt mufti day on Thursday 23 May 2019. We ask you to dress in as much pink as possible to support it.

Please bring a gold coin donation. The money will be donated to the Mental Health Foundation.

Try A Sport - Term 2

Our Try a Sport Programme is a chance for PNINS students to give a sport a go over 6 weeks.
You can be at any level, Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced.

Term 2 programmes will start in Week 4 and run through to week 10 (6 weeks)
This term we have Gymnastics and Golf.

These programmes will be run in Block 2 on Fridays. **Unfortunately Students that are in Performing Arts can not take part**

Students will travel to Manawatu Gym Sports and Palmerston North Golf Club by bus. This is a great opportunity to try something different.

The cost of each programme is $50

Spaces are limited.

If you would like to register your child for one of these programmes you can do this on our sports page or contact the Sports Office.

Whanau Hui 2019

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Anchor Bottle Cap Cup

Keep those Anchor milk bottle caps coming on in! An amazing effort is underway and a huge thank you to the parents and students who have been putting in a tremendous effort on the collection front.

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Coming Events

Team Awards


Rm 1 Shikylah-Lee Pettigrew

Rm 2 Thomas Mason

Rm 3 Mahimi Nadungoda


Rm 4 Hannah Cadzow

Rm 5 Megan Winter

Rm 6 Mackenzie Rate

Rm 7 Riley Dawson


Rm 12 Olivia Prescott

Rm 13 Maryam Al-Saleem

Rm 14 Laura Morris

Rm 15 Maia Barnes

Rm 22 Kyan Mori

Rm 23 Kaitlin Snelgrove

Rm 24 Daymo Edwards-Bowater

Rm 27 Jonathan Pinkney


Rm 25 Jake Mackay

Rm 26 Liam Allen

Rm 29 Paris Lovell

Rm 33 Hayley Grimwood


Rm 34 Ethan Worsley

Rm 36 Zoe Fairweather

Rm 37 Dylan Mark



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