PNINS Newsletter -19 March 2019


Kia ora koutou.  Nau mai haere mai

Kia ora Parents, Whanau and Caregivers,

First thing yesterday morning all staff met to discuss how we were going to support our students through their questions and wonderings about the tragic events that took place last Friday in Christchurch. The Ministry of Education has provided useful resources and advice for our tamariki:

  • Provide reassurance and keep to school routines

  • Take the time to listen and answer student questions

  • Age and stage of information that should be shared

  • Acknowledge their feelings and express this is normal after such an event

  • Reassure them that we have procedures and the appropriate responses to keep safe

  • There are a lots of marvellous people who work hard to keep everybody safe at school

Whilst we hope that this event in Christchurch is an isolated incident, I would like to assure families that we have a number of procedures to keep our students safe.

Our procedures indicate that during a lockdown no one would be allowed to enter or leave the school grounds for the safety of everyone. There will be a number of systems in place to cater for students’ needs such as toileting, food, medical attention and communication. We understand that this would be incredibly worrying for all families and we would communicate through various platforms such as Facebook, School app, text  and/or email. Therefore, it is vital that the school has up to date contact details. As evidenced by the tragedy in Christchurch, schools would also be in contact with emergency services, Police and Ministry of Education.

In support of our Muslim community we will be holding a Mufti-day this Friday with all funds being sent to support families in need.

Term One Learning  - ‘Our Taonga Our Treasure’

As part of our major inquiry for learning this term all students are learning about our place, New Zealand, Palmerston North and PNINS. It is designed for students to get an understanding of where they come from and how they can participate and contribute successfully. Major themes that they will inquire into include:

  • Self image

  • My place in the world

  • Belonging to class/team/school(Tangata whenua)/NZ

  • Think and act sustainably (looking after what we have now for the future)

  • Having friends/ being lonely

  • Care for the NZ environment and recognize it is our taonga

  • Social media bullying

  • Getting into activities/ clubs

  • Confidence to try things

  • Feeling safe and supported

  • New Zealand is a bi-cultural nation with the Treaty of Waitangi as its founding document


Our Values

We have FIVE KEYS to success and these underpin everything that we do here at PNINS and this term we have really drilled deeper into the key - GETTING ALONG/ TUHONO.

This key means working well with classmates, solving problems together, and learning in a respectful environment where all students can reach their full potential.


Over the past few weeks we have been doing a number of assessments in literacy and numeracy. These assessment results and goals (set by students) will be shared prior to our Parent Conferences early in Term 2. Once again we will be booking these conferences online and we will send out information on how to do this.

Parking on school courts

This year we have decided that due to Health and Safety reasons we will not be allowing car parking on the courts. We have so many students involved in activities at all times, before, during and after school. On special occasions such as the School Production and the Orientation Evening we will have parking wardens managing traffic. We thank you for your understanding and support.

Camp Code

We have been approached to run a new programme AFTER SCHOOL called

Code Camp which focuses on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics)

The aim of the programme is to help kids understand:

  • The connected world they live in

  • How code relates to everything they do & want to be

  • How to design their career path

  • How to find their passion

  • How to feed their passion through STEAM

The learning programmes will cover

  • Visual Programming

  • Text Based Programming

  • Robotics

  • Computational Thinking

  • Designing Digital Outcomes

The programme begins with an introduction to visual programming. It’s like playing with Lego, gaming, art, music & story. Then progresses on to robots, drones, building mobile apps & websites and Text Based Coding - HTML, CSS, Javascript, Swift & Python

Classes are for 1 hour 30 mins each week and run by an outside provider. There is a cost associated with the programme  and if you would like to be involved or wish to have more information please contact the school office to receive a brochure.

Triathlon at PNINS

Well done to students that took part in the Inter School Triathlon held at Skoglund Park. PNINS brought home 8 medals on the day
PNINS also had just over 100 students take on the Weetbix Tryathlon. It’s great to see so many kids being active.

Inter School Triathlon Medal Winners

Year 7 Boys

1st - Charlie Ferguson
3rd - Cillian Carrroll

Year 8 Boys

1st - Alex Willis
2nd - Charlie Hook
3rd - Ta Craw

Year 8 Girls

1st - Hayley Cornwall
2nd - Jessie Coxon
3rd - Lucy McLean


For the past 15 years PNINS has taking a team of students to the NZ AIMS Games. Last year we had a very successful year and brought home 20 medals.
The games are held in Tauranga over a week from 8th to 14th of September. PNINS will be looking at taking 40 students to the games this year.
Students are selected from past sporting results and trials are overseen by the Sports Coordinator.
The sports that we take are determined by the current students and their sporting results/ability
Once the team is selected those students take part in the PNINS AIMS programme which teaches students to apply the 5 Keys in a sporting environment alongside a strength and conditioning training programme.

We are currently seeking expression of interest for students that would like to be considered for this team.
Once we have an overview of students wanting to be involved we will start any necessary trials and collection of sporting results/ability.

We encourage all students interested to put their name forward even if they are unsure of their ability on a national level.

‘Disney’s Mary Poppins Junior’ 2019

In November 2019 Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School will be the first school in New Zealand to stage the junior version of this show. We will also be the only school to stage ‘Disney’s Mary Poppins Junior’ for a number of years as the rights to both the junior show and the larger show have now been withdrawn indefinitely due to a professional production once gain being mounted in Australia.

As a lot of you will be aware PNINS has developed a name over the last ten years for staging quite remarkable productions and ‘Disney’s Mary Poppins Junior’ is the perfect show with which to continue this tradition.

Auditions will be held in Week One of Term Two on Thursday May 2nd. These initial auditions will happen during the day (9:00 – 3:00) and Call Backs will then continue after school over the following few weeks. Holding the auditions after the holidays gives the children plenty of time to be practicing their song for their audition.

Prior to auditions being held, there will be an information evening for both parents and students at PNINS on Thursday April 4th at 7:00PM in Te Tihi, our Performing Arts Centre. At this evening information regarding the audition process and requirements as well as rehearsal commitments etc., will be clearly outlined. You may like to put the date for this evening this into your diaries now.

Auditions are open to all students – not just students that are already in performing arts groups. Children intending to audition for our production of  ‘Disney’s Mary Poppins Junior’ are asked to register via the school website.


Coming Events

Team Awards


Rm 1 Ryan Stott

Annabell Cameron

Rm 2 Emelia Little

Ben Shirley

Rm 3 Sophia Pinkney

Abdur Asif


Rm 4 Shea O’Hara

Yono Pilkington

Rm 5 Jeremy Wang

Crystal Budd

Rm 6 Ash Clough

Hayley Cornwall

Rm 7 Winiata Buaban


Rm 12 Jasmine Chen

Judd Christiansen

Rm 13 Leah Brown

Stephen Rosendale

Rm 14 Fraser James

Brianna Gorrie

Rm 15 Harry Jackson-Vile

Benji Cameron

Rm 22 Elisa Wiltshire

Emily Rogers

Rm 23 Sophie Bayley

Nicole Piek

Rm 24 Maddison Bayley

Finley Hill

Rm 27 Reku Morii

Renae Adrian


Rm 25 Afu Taumoepeau

Ruamoho Smith

Rm 26 Alex Climo

Sasha Mackay

Rm 29 Matthew Cook

Blake Frickleton

Rm 33 Hunter Kennedy

Shanae Rickard


Rm 34 William Roberts

Sara Welson

Rm 35 Armita Kavian-Pour

Ben Transom

Rm 36 Caleb Lynch

Maysyn Jopson-Elliott

Rm 37 Alex Nistor

Pyper Jenkins



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