PNINS Newsletter -31 October 2019

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Dear Parents / Caregivers

We have had a great start to a very busy term and are excited about the learning activities that we have planned. Term 4 is nine weeks and we have a number of new initiatives that we are now planning for 2020.

As we progress through the fourth and final term of the school year it is pleasing to see large numbers of Year 7 and Year 8 students excelling across all areas of learning and school life.

We see this each day in:

  • Students achieving the criteria for Blue Badges

  • Achievement across all four dimensions to learning

  • Their quality of work and work standards

  • Sport representation and sportsmanship

  • Leadership in class, team and school

  • Application of the ‘5 Keys to Success at School’

  • Citizenship – respect for self and others

  • Manners (frequently commented on by visitors to our school)

At Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School, we take great pleasure in acknowledging and celebrating the achievements of our young people, all of whom are unique and bring something special to our school each day.


This term we welcome Mrs Amy Young back from her overseas experience teaching abroad to take up the role of teaching in our Learning Hubs. This term the hubs will be run to support Year 8 students in literacy and numeracy to give them a boost in preparation for Secondary School.

Cross Country

This was a huge success this year and our students gave it their best once again. 

Below are our top 20 runners.

Year 7 Girls

  1. Hannah Cadzow - 16.35

  2. Tayler Trow

  3. Cadee Hampson

  4. Jada Ropitini

  5. Sasha Mackay

  6. Hannah McLean

  7. Alana Holroyd

  8. Mara Heiser

  9. Alma Andersson

  10. Emily Cliff

  11. Mia Vitau

  12. Eden Brown

  13. Erin Wilson

  14. Isabella Lauesi

  15. Sailer Prenter

  16. Emily Rogers

  17. Hannah Greaves

  18. Armita Kavian-Pour

  19. Charlotte Warren

  20. Jashya Lyttle

Year 7 Boys

  1. Hunter Kennedy - 15.13

  2. Shea O'Hara

  3. Cillian Carroll

  4. Ben Ditchfield

  5. Jacob Lean

  6. Zac Trail

  7. Blair Verry

  8. William Guy

  9. Jack Ellison

  10. Ben Irwin

  11. Eric Sojan

  12. Joe Stevenson

  13. Ben Macdonald

  14. Juan Van der Spuy

  15. Ben Davies

  16. Yahya Muhammedali

  17. Angus Chiles

  18. MacLean Crossman

  19. Jack Culshaw

  20. Tom Hughes

Year 8 Girls

  1. Hayley Cornwall - 14.28

  2. Lucy McLean

  3. Brianna Gorrie

  4. Kayla Adams

  5. Jesse Coxon

  6. Kahurangi Skudder

  7. Imagin Sands-Waghorn

  8. Hannah Rynhart

  9. Kaitlyn McIntosh

  10. Emi O'Connor

  11. Ruby Hansen - Thomas

  12. Charlotte Phillips

  13. Briar Anderson

  14. Skylah Marshall

  15. Maria Brown

  16. Zoe Rook

  17. Fran Gordon

  18. Rebecca Golding

  19. Halle Williamson

  20. Viana Garnevska-Keall

Year 8 Boys

  1. Charlie Hook - 14.23

  2. Zak Lee

  3. Ryan Stott

  4. Nic Verry

  5. Cooper Furnell

  6. Toby Smit

  7. Corban Wildbore

  8. Aiden Foster

  9. Al-Bara Al-Sakkaf

  10. Harvey Miers

  11. Sam Salter

  12. Richard Power

  13. Ashton Douthett

  14. Hudson Aish

  15. Oliver McShane

  16. Tanner Anderson

  17. Max Hodgson

  18. Ben Shirley

  19. Rome Kearney

  20. Lucas Orlowski

Try a Sport - Term 4

We are excited to be running 3 new programmes in term 4. Week 5 to Week 8. (We have cut Term Four programmes down to 4 weeks to accommodate for Mary Poppins).

This term we will be running programmes in 3 on 3 Basketball, Cricket and Hiking.

Click here for more info and to sign up.

Year 7 Winter Sports Skills Programme

This term we are running four skill sessions for Year 7 students that want to improve on their Winter Sport and get them at a level that they can make a top PNINS team for 2020.

We will be running programmes for Netball, Basketball and Hockey starting in week 5

Click here for more info and to sign up.

Mary Poppins

The PNINS school wide viewing of our wonderful production Mary Poppins Jr will be on Friday 8th November - cost is $5 per student, please pay through your class cash notebook.
Tickets are on sale via the website link below or at the school office.


We are holding our annual Athletics Standards Meeting at Massey University Athletics Track on TUESDAY 12 NOVEMBER. Here is the following information:

  • The children will travel by bus to and from the venue.

  • The meeting will start at 9.30am (approximately) and will finish at approximately 2.30pm.

  • A Standards Meeting has children achieving times and distances at various levels.  The aim is for each student to reach their maximum level in each event, and gain success at their own level.

  • Children are required to wear their correct PE uniform and will need to bring a cut lunch, drink, school sun hat or slouch hat (no caps as we will be outside all day) and sunblock, school jersey or tracksuit and possibly a jacket, if the weather looks changeable

  • All students are expected to participate and compete in this school event.

  • If you wish to take your child from the venue at the conclusion of the day, please advise their classroom teacher.  Parents are only to take home their own child not other students. All children otherwise will return to school on buses.

All parents and friends of the school are invited to come and support our students in action.The coffee cart will be at the athletics from approximately 9am to 2pm.

Year 6 Transition

The smooth transition of students from Primary School to Intermediate is important to us. The following sequence of visits and events are all aimed at familiarising current Year 6 students with their new school for 2020.

  • Weeks 2-4 :  Deputy Principal visiting Contributing Schools to talk with teachers about the incoming students to help with placement

  • 5 November -   Our main Contributing Schools attend the final dress rehearsal of Mary Poppins Junior.

  • 19 November – 21 November:  Year 6 Orientation visits to Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School.  All students including ‘Out of Zone’ students balloted in have received dates for this visit (Schools have been advised of dates / visits).

Community Survey

We are constantly reviewing our school vision starting with developing a ‘learner profile’ of what knowledge, skills and attributes our students need when they leave PNINS at the end of Year 8. We understand that we play a critical role in preparing students for secondary school and believe they all need to be literate and numerate in order to access the curriculum while in high school. However, there are a number of other skills they will need to be responsible and confident citizens in our community who contribute positively.

Staff have committed a number of days this year discussing what a ‘Learner Profile’ should look like and now we seek feedback from parents and students. On Monday 18th November we will be sending a survey online and in paper form that we would like you to complete and send back to school by Monday, 2nd November . 

Please take the time to complete this alongside your child as they will provide valuable information and ideas on how we can improve to ensure we meet the needs of your child/ren.

The Great PNINS Walkathon! 

This Term, Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School is holding the PNINS Walkathon on the 25th - 26th November (Week 7) to raise funds towards a school landscaping project to build a quality physical environment and learning facilities that will enhance student learning experiences. The students will be involved with the project by submitting ideas and designs. 

Each student will walk, run or do a combination of both to see how many laps of the 1km course they can complete in 1 hour.  Classroom teachers will record the laps that each student in their class completes during this hour.

Sponsoring a Student

More information will be sent home with the students next week, along with Sponsorship Forms. 

Walkathon Timeline

6 November – The PNINS Walkathon launched at assembly

6 November - Parent Letter and Sponsorship Forms sent home with students

13 November – 10 sponsors draw – students who at this point have signed up 10 or more sponsors who have sponsored $2.00 or more each will receive a coupon to be filled in and signed by their teacher (see Walkathon Sponsorship Form).  The coupon with the student’s name on it will go into a draw for 1 of 2 $30.00 Rebel Sports vouchers.

20 November – 25 sponsors draw – students who at this point have signed up 25 or more sponsors who have sponsored $2.00 or more each will receive a coupon to be filled in and signed by their teacher. The coupon with the student’s name on it will go into a draw for 1 of 2 $50.00 Plaza vouchers.

25 - 26 November – WALKATHON - Each team will stage the PNINS Walkathon with each class room teacher recording the laps each student completes. The teacher will record on the child’s sponsorship form the number of laps completed, sign, and date it.   

25 November to 29 November – Each child to collect sponsorship money taking into account the total number of laps recorded on the sponsorship form by the child’s classroom teacher.  This includes donations made when signing up sponsors.

Friday 29 November – All sponsorship forms and sponsorship money to be back to school on this date in order to qualify for the two major prize draws.

Wednesday 4 December – The two major draws will take place at our Assembly at 8.45am. Prizes up for grabs include:

  • iPad mini

  • Bike and Helmet

  • $100.00 Plaza Vouchers

  • $100.00 Rebel Sports Voucher

Parent Helpers

The school would greatly appreciate the assistance of parents for when the sponsor forms / money comes back to school from Wednesday 27th November. Please contact Nicola in the office if you can you assist. 

Prize Donations for Major Final Draws

Parents and community are invited to sponsor prizes in addition to the prizes in both major prize draws.  Community donated prizes will also be drawn during the major prize draws. Please contact the school office on (06) 358 0548 if you wish to donate a prize.

Thank you for your support for the 2019 PNINS Walkathon.

Prize Giving

This year we are trialing 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 and 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 for the day.

ICAS Results

Well done to all students who participated in ICAS exams. PNINS had some outstanding results and congratulate the following students for achieving highly in their exams:



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