PNINS Newsletter -28 May 2019


Kia ora koutou.  Nau mai haere mai

Talofa lava, o le vaiaso lenei o lai o aoao ma fiafia le gagana samoa

We would like to congratulate all parents who attended the recent Parent conferences over the two weeks holding close to 680 conferences (91%  attendance) which is a fantastic effort. The focus of these conferences was to share the learning goals that students have set based on the assessments that have been completed in Term 1. Our Mid Year Reports will  provide valuable feedback on how these goals are progressing and providing an opportunity for parents to discuss their child’s learning.

Resilience Key (Aumangea)


Last week we announced the cast and crew for the upcoming production and our Aims Games team to represent the school in September. We understand that a large number of students had set their goals in participating in these events and congratulate them for their effort and commitment. Not all students can be involved in these and we understand their disappointment. It’s at times like these that we use the ‘Resilience Key’ by staying calm and keeping perspective to bounce back in a positive way.

Strike Day -Tomorrow

Tomorrow (Wednesday 29 May 2019) primary and secondary students will be on STRIKE and therefore the school will be closed for instruction but open for supervision if required. We certainly understand that strike action puts families under some stress and we appreciate the support that you give us during these difficult times of negotiation. Please let the office know if your child requires supervision.

Lit Quiz

On Sunday 26th May the PNINS Literature quiz team defeated 17 teams from around NZ (from original 500+ teams) to win the National Lit Quiz Finals at the National Library in Wellington. PNINS had won the regional heat earlier this month, with our B team placing 2nd.

This was PNINS' 12th trip to the nationals but the first time we managed to pull off the win. The prize is a place at the World Finals in Singapore in July (8th-15th)

The students must be extremely widely read, and the effort the team has put in for months has been exceptional.

A huge congratulations to the team members Hannah Rynhart, Reinhelda Gowthamna. Mina Gagic, Esther Steer and Mr Dingley our Librarian, for helping them achieve this great success.

Nga Matanga Assembly

A huge congratulations to all those students who received certificates for the work they have done in the specialist subject areas (Music, Drama, Hard Materials Technology, Soft Materials Technology,  Visual Art and Science) We are extremely proud of these subjects and the quality of programmes that our students receive. The passion that these teachers show is evident in the amazing quality of learning that occurs.

Whanau Hui

What a fantastic hui we had on Thursday night. It was great to see so many whanau members and hear their thoughts on how we can support and improve learning outcomes for students. Items for discussion were the creation of a student cultural council, carving themes for upcoming projects and potential criteria for a cultural badge.

Pink Mufti Day

A huge thanks to all of you for supporting Pink Shirt Day by standing up to bullying and spreading aroha, kindness and celebrating diversity in Aotearoa. As a school community we raised approximately $900 to contribute to this wonderful cause.


Congratulations to students that have been selected to represent PNINS at the NZ AIMS Games in September.
These students will now take part in the PNINS AIMS Games training programme
Things they will learn are:

  • Strength and conditioning -  this programme is specifically designed for strength and conditioning training using a variety of training systems that incorporate body weight exercises and unconventional exercise equipment to provide fun, dynamic and challenging sessions.

  • Nutrition and wellbeing - students will learn about nutrition and looking after yourself along with planning for an event to ensure they are fit and healthy on competition week.

  • Five Keys in Sport - Students will learn how to apply the Five Keys in a range of different ways across a sporting environment  

  • Being Courageous - Students will learn to trust their team and that success comes from not only hard work but taking risks, being courageous and aiming high.


Coming Events

Team Awards


Rm 1 Sindhura Lalam

Sihui Li

Rm 2 Sa Ngo

Hannah Rynhart

Rm 3 Lucas Orlowski

Yaakub Mohd Shah


Rm 4 Angus Chiles

Pantera Apanui-De Goldi

Rm 5 Alexander Gordon

Diaz Wright

Rm 6 Larissa Kamphambe

Toby Rea

Rm 7 Cooper Furnell

Hannah Nielsen


Rm 12 Ryan Burmeister

Hayley McDermott

Rm 13 Andrew Zambazos

Jade Rowe

Rm 14 James Abernethy

Calla Knutson

Rm 15 Brooke Madie

Ivy Yang

Rm 22 Caleb Sanko

Tayla Weeds

Rm 23 Sylvia Woodcock

Iliana Blacklen

Rm 24 Thimansa Weratanga

Siobahn Cheang

Rm 27 Elizay Jibran

Te-Omeka Mak-Henare


Rm 25 Stephanie Laracy

Afu Taumoepeau

Rm 26 Libby Hawkins

Freddie Dunn

Rm 29 Nina Gurney

Kate Giles

Rm 33 Tui Joseph

Josiah Wharehinga


Rm 34 Else Pauwels

Rm 35 Ruan Daniels

Fran Gordon

Rm 36 Keanu Mooney

Richie Power

Rm 37 Yacob Alemu

Logan White



chris sanson