PNINS Newsletter - 25 June 2019


Kia ora koutou.  Nau mai haere mai

As the term comes to an end, we are very excited about the upcoming SciFest being held next week which celebrates the Science and Technology activities the students have been involved with over the term. We have made specific changes to these activities to encourage a love of science, and have students experience relevant investigations that make a difference.

Our Science & Technology Fair entries will be available for parents to view Thursday 4th July from 5.30pm. They are truly amazing and show the students’ inquisitive thinking about how the world works and ways to make it better.

We welcome back Tangaroa from their camp last week, the feedback has been amazing. Please check out our Facebook page as we have plenty of pics to highlight the number of activities students were involved in.

Camp is compulsory for all students and we expect them to attend. It is part of the New Zealand Curriculum and provides learning opportunities that students may never have again. It will create a love for the outdoors and a range of activities that develop healthy and responsible citizens.

Anchor Bottle Cap Cup

A big congratulations to PNINS students, their whanau and our community for coming 2nd place in the Anchor Bottle Cap Cup. Well done to Fairfield Intermediate in Hamilton who had a whopping 20,000 more caps than us! An incredible effort! We are super excited that we will be having Tom Walsh, Shot-putter and Olympic Gold Medalist visit our school later this year and have a decent chunk of sports equipment to purchase. A massive thank you for the support we received from our students, their whanau, class councillors, our community and businesses that collected bottle caps on our behalf, with special mention to Paul Bonness and Karl Gill for their jaw-dropping efforts and connections on the collection front and to three super mums who went above and beyond in somewhat hazardous to obtain bottle caps from all Palmerston North households via the PNCC Recycling Centre, AND of course our fabulous Heidi who coordinated this promotion.

Be sure to show your appreciation by supporting the following businesses in our community who helped us achieve this wonderful outcome......

Coffee in the Cart, Summerhill, Cafe Esplanade, BP Bluemoon/Wildbean Cafe, Cafe Elm, Caltex Fitzherbert, La Patio Cafe, McDonalds Palmy/Feilding/Dannevirke, Robert Harris, Arosta, Moxies, Barista, Cafe Jackos, Cafe Cuba, Sublime Coffee, Double Shot, O'Briens, Flavors Bistro, Cafe Brie, The Local, Coffee Club, Ebony Coffee, BP Rangitikei/Wild Bean Cafe, Cafe Zest, Cafe Soski, About Thyme, BP Feilding/Wildbean Cafe, Rosebowl Bakery Feilding, Focal Point Cinemas Feilding, Caltex Feilding and BP/Wild Bean Dannevirke

We look forward to upping our game in 2020!

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Mid Year Uniform Check

At the beginning of next Term we will have a mid year uniform check. We understand that at this stage of students life they grow.

Some students will receive a letter to remind them about our school's expectations and we will be following up with them throughout the term. Once again we thank parents for their support in keeping our expectations high.

Blue Badge Assembly

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

Students in both Year 7 and Year 8, will be able to work towards achieving four incentive badges in:

  • Academia  

  • Performing Arts  

  • Sports    

  • Citizenship

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 earn and receive these awards proudly displaying them on their jerseys.

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 with the new badge or star.

The Blue Badge Assemblies are led by our Co-Chairs of the School Council. It is a privilege to have as our special guest special guest Gorgi van Lienen, a former student of PNINS in 2011 and 2012, who is currently attending university in America.

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 this classroom setting.

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

  • Yearbook extension

  • Junior Maths

  • EPro8

  • Mathex

  • Marine Biology

  • Tournament of Minds

Term 3 programmes are all linked to our School’s Major Production - Mary Poppins. The cast will be working together during this time. Two other groups will be working on Costume Design and Set/Props Construction.

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.

Secondary School Roadshow Visits

Each year the local secondary schools visit the Year 8 Students, regarding possible options for 2019 as Year 9 students. These are a great way to help students make a well informed decision of which secondary school they may wish to attend. Recently, PN Boys High School came and spoke to students and staff bringing with them some past PNINS  students to answer questions from our Year 8 Boys.

We encourage all year 8 students to attend at least three presentations to ensure they are aware of the options that are available in the Manawatu.

The following Secondary school presentations will be held on:

  • PNGHS - 25 July - 1.15pm

  • Awatapu- 24 July - 1.15pm

  • Freyberg - 23 July - 1.15pm

  • Queen Elizabeth College - TBC

School Dance

This will be held tomorrow night - Wednesday 26 June 7-9pm in Te Tihi. It is a glow in the dark theme. There are glo products available to purchase from the office for a gold coin donation and on the night. Parents please make sure you come into Te Tihi to collect your children at 9pm (also, please note that you will not be able to park on the netball courts.)

Sport Fees

With Term Two coming to an end a reminder that Winter Sports Fees are due by Friday 5 July . Please ensure these are up to date. If you have any questions about fees or what you need to pay please get in touch with us via the school office.


NZ Police recently launched a new non emergency number, 105. They’ve done this to make it easier to get hold of them in the event of non-urgent situations or ‘Things which have Already Happened’, which don’t require Police assistance immediately.

You can call them on 105 for all non emergencies, or you can go online at to report things like:

- Lost property

- Theft for a public place or car

- Intentional property damage

- Or to get an update or add info to a previous report

In the event of an emergency, always call 111 - Things that are Happening Now.


Coming Events

Team Awards


Rm 1 Dima Abbas

Adrienne Steele

Rm 2 Eman Altanib

Jayda Batson

Rm 3 Harmony Pettigrew

Gracie Eames


Rm 4 Hunter Eastwood

Shea O’Hara

Rm 5 Ella Johns-Stewart

Shaelyn Monk

Rm 6 Manaia White

Tiwai Bellis

Rm 7 Mia Abernethy

Sophie Findlayson


Rm 12 Max Waudby-Paton

Madeline Tuthill

Rm 13 Enzo House

Riley Murphy

Rm 14 Amanda Popovich

Cillian Carroll

Rm 15 Manee Chatsungnuen

Elizabeth Williams

Rm 22 Serena Te Runa

Rm 23 Jennifer Guo

Rm 24 Sarah Ngauoraiti

Rm 27 Zeke Karatau


Rm 25 Laura Hansen

Kazuki MacDonald

Rm 26 Ava Dyeming

Mousam Rai

Rm 29 Madeleine James

Carter Fuldseth

Rm 33 Keriana McFadyen

Taitoko Fitzgerald


Rm 34 Riti Jha

Zahara Henderson

Rm 35 Oliver McShane

Skylah Marshall

Rm 36 Richie Power

Owen Jarrett

Rm 37 Andrew Buchan

Yuri Dilks



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