PNINS Newsletter - 5th February 2019


Kia ora koutou.  Nau mai haere mai

Welcome to the 2019 school year and what an amazing start is has been as we have welcomed 389 new students and their families to PNINS with a starting roll of 736 students. With such a large roll it has been very important that we connect with families and students as soon as possible.

The Parent conferences on the first two days have been hugely beneficial as we held 395 conferences where teachers were able to begin building a strong relationship between home and school. We have received a staggering amount of positive feedback about the conferences and teachers have really benefited from hearing about the passions, hobbies and interests that students and their families have. We would like to congratulate all those families that attended and booked using the new online system, it was an effective use of coordinating these appointments. We will aim to use this online platform for future interviews this year.

Most year 7 students from 2018 will remain with their current teacher and class for 2019.  However, some students have moved classes for a number of reasons:

  • new staff at PNINS in 2019

  • balancing out the number of year 7 and year 8 students and the genders in each class

  • parent and/or teacher requests

  • senior management decisions

  • Ikatere - two straight Year 7 classes and two straight Year 8 classes

Class changes for some Y8 students in 2019

Why the Year 7 & 8 Classes? - The purpose of having a scaffolded curriculum for Year 7 & 8 would be to have a clear learning pathway that is targeted and related to the needs of each age group. This would include:

  1. Building stronger relationships in Year 7 students based around the school’s values and keys

  2. Providing a greater opportunity to unpack school wide systems so students feel confident to use and engage with assessments, timetables and being organised, registering for sports and groups etc

  3. Better preparation of  Year 8 students for secondary school by adjusting key programmes such as literacy and numeracy to be inline with what the year 9 learning looks like at high school

  4. Providing greater understanding of how secondary schools operate to help students be well organised and prepared for daily life eg. multiple lessons / subjects, homework and to emphasise the importance of getting along to meet new students and teachers

The programme demands greater communication with our contributing schools and secondary schools in order to have a better understanding of what students need allowing for a more personalised approach

Communication - Newsletters

Newsletters at PNINS are sent out every two weeks usually on a Tuesday. The newsletter provides a vital communication link between the school and its community.  It serves to inform you of school programmes, share and celebrate the success and achievement of students and staff, report on and highlight past and future school events, and provides an update from teams.

Once again this year we will be placing the newsletter online through our website,Facebook page and school app. This will enable parents and community members to access it anytime and anywhere where there is internet connectivity.

A paper copy will only be sent out to those families who request them and we ask that parents inform the school office to let them know.

Social media - We have a very active school Facebook page that is updated regularly, providing up to date information regarding upcoming events and celebrating the wonderful achievements of our students, staff and their families. Please take the time to follow our page!

School Camp

In 2019, we have decided to attend a different camp venue than in previous years. All students will be travelling to Tui Ridge which is based just outside of Rotorua. We have made the decision to change due to a number of reasons with a a major focus on students experiencing a wider range of activities. These include: in-camp activities such as abseiling, giant swing, high swing, air rifles, flying fox, BMX, indoor rock climbing and bubble soccer; all of which will be taken by fully qualified instructors.

Another feature of the camp will be the ability to have one full day attending activities within the Rotorua region, allowing greater scope to attend cultural experiences. Plus students are able to attend an activity while travelling to Camp on the Monday. Hence, we feel students will experience a wider variety of learning activities over the week.

The cost for camp will be similar to that in the past of around $480 and parents are able to begin making  payments at any time for this via internet banking to:




Please reference your child’s name and the word: Camp.

More information about camp will be sent out closer to your child’s camp through the school wide and team newsletters.

We understand that camp costs can be a financial strain and we urge you to contact Mr Ruawai in confidence if you have any difficulty meeting these costs so an arrangement can be made.  Please phone (3580548) or email the office (

The following dates have been confirmed for 2019 camps:

Term 2

  • June 9-14  IKATERE

  • June 17-21 TANGAROA

  • July 22-26  MANAWANUI

  • July 28- Aug 2  RANGITANE

Term 3

  • Sept 2- 6 KAHUKURA

  • Sept 9-13 ARATAKI

Performing Arts

Sign up for Performing Arts is currently open through our website.

During the course of this term we will be running auditions for each of the six performing arts groups at PNINS.
These groups are: Kapa Haka, Pasifika, Choir, Drama, Dance and Orchestra.
While all students at PNINS are eligible to audition for these groups if they desire, we would like to take this opportunity to point out that not everyone will necessarily be accepted into these groups as places are limited due to size of available rehearsal venues as well as number restrictions placed on our Taradale School Performing Arts Exchange and Super Arts events. There will however, be additional opportunities in some of the disciplines presented throughout the year, such as auditions for places in the school rock band which is a lunchtime based activity and this year's school production. I am looking forward to working with a large number of our students in the Performing Arts at PNINS throughout 2019. - Barry Jones.


We welcome six new members to the teaching staff  in 2019:

  • Miss Paige Sly who is teaching in Room 37 and a member of Manawanui Team

  • Mrs Kate Taffs who is teaching in Room 34 and a member of Manawanui  Team

  • Mrs Jenny Lovegrove  who is teaching in Room 4  and a member of Ikatere Team

  • Mrs Tania Popata  who is teaching in Room 25 and a member of  Kahukura Team

  • Mrs Paola Hapeta and Mr Te Ihinga Mar who will be supporting students across the school.

  • Mr Alan Dingley is our new librarian

Team Organisation for 2019

Arataki Team

  • R1 Joanne Parker (TL)

  • R2 Vicki-Marie Buchanan

  • R3 Jo Donaldson

Tangaroa Team

  • R22 Emma Baker

  • R23 Deb McDonald(TL)

  • R24 Mayana Karena

  • R27 Sarah Lonsdale

Ikatere Team

  • R4 Lisa Ahern/J Lovegrove R25

  • R5 Ahnna Stewart

  • R6 Matt McEwan

  • R7 Barb Pritchard (TL)

Kahukura Team

  • Finn Barnett (TL)

  • R25  Tania Popata

  • R29 Ashleigh Marfell

  • R33 Natalie Dean 

Rangitane Team

  • R12 Mia Mason

  • R13 Matt Budd

  • R14 Maria Donald (TL)

  • R15 Kaye Webber

Manawanui Team

  • R34 Kate Taffs

  • R35 Katherine Wills

  • R36 Patrick Hurly

  • R37 Paige Sly

Nga Matanga (Specialist) Team

  • Barry Jones (TL) - Music

  • Helen Fotheringham *– Soft Materials Technology

  • Jeff Smith – Structures & Mechanisms

  • Gillian Collett – Drama

  • Jackie Spriggs – Visual Art

  • Warwick Grady – Science

*Technology Curriculum Leader

(TL) – Team Leader  

Arohanui Team (Learning Support)

  • Jane Walker – SENCO

  • Anna Stephenson – PLD Coach Maths Hub

  • Leanne Green – Reading Hub

  • Maryanne Kensington - Literacy Hub

  • Barbara Drake – ESOL Hub

Teacher Aides

  • Roxane Freeman

  • Belinda Ruebe

  • Sheryll Sinclair

  • Julie Khan

  • Suzanne Frickleton

  • Te Ihinga Mar

  • Paola Hapeta

Social Worker (Kaiatawhai)

  • Courtney Murphy

Sports Coordinator

  • Chris Sanson

Administration Team

  • Heidi Rea - Principal’s Secretary

  • Ann Claasen – School Secretary

  • Nicola McFarlane – Administrative Assistant

Library Team

  • Alan Dingley – Librarian

  • Judith-Ann McKenna – Library Assistant


  • Geoff Phillips – Caretaker / Groundsman

Senior Management

  • Principal Hamish Ruawai

  • Deputy Principal – Vicki James

  • Assistant Principal - Maryanne Kensington

  • Assistant principal - Anna Stephenson

Name change for Specialist Teachers

For a number of years we have called our specialist teachers the NGA TOHUNGA team which has involved Hard Materials, Music, Art, Drama, Science and Food Technology. Through community feedback and consultation with Dr Darryn Joseph, Senior Maori Language lecturer at Massey University and BOT chairperson, we have decided to change this name from NGA TOHUNGA to NGA MATANGA. This is because culturally Maori would use the word ‘Tohunga’ when referring to spiritual qualities. Therefore, we have decided to use the term ‘Matanga’ which specifically relates to a specialist in a given field.

2019 School Donation/Activity Fee/Stationery

A voluntary family donation of $85.00 per child and in addition an Activity Fee of $135.00. In total $220 per child is requested.

The Activity Fee pays for the materials children use in specialist technology rooms, IT consumables and resources, and the range of extra-curricular learning and cultural programmes that this school provides its students.

Although the donation is voluntary we do urge you to pay. The Ministry grant is simply not enough to cover the funding of all that we offer at this school.

As in the past, all students have been given a pack that includes all school stationery requirements your child will need. The cost per pack is $30 and includes the Student Log Book, Clearfiles, portfolio, clearfiles.etc.  This year, the Board of Trustees has decided that for parents/caregivers who pay the School Donation and Activity Fee by the end of Term 1, the stationery pack valued at $30 will be free.

Note: To get this benefit both the school donation and activity fee must be paid together ($220)

Daily School Times

For 2019 the school’s daily times will be the same as last year, to maximise morning teaching/learning times. However, we have extended lunch to an hour in order to provide greater opportunities for students to participate in lunchtime activities. Therefore, lunch will run from 1 - 2pm.

The following will be our daily times in 2019:

Starting Time 8.45am

Teaching Block 1 8.45am – 10.45am

Morning interval 10.45am – 11.15am

Teaching Block 2 11.15am – 1.00pm

Lunchtime - 1.00pm – 1.55pm

Teaching Block 3 2.00pm – 3.10pm

Note: The PNINS school day starts at 8.45am not at 9.00am like a number of primary schools.

It is an expectation that all PNINS students are at school by  8.30am to allow time to unpack their bags and ready themselves for learning at 8.45am.  

If your child is late they must report to the school office with a note from their parent stating the reason for lateness.

Cellphones at school

Students are not permitted to bring cell phones to school.

Our school office phone is available up to 4.00pm for any urgent calls.

If it is necessary on the odd occasion for your child to bring a cell phone to school then we require you to fill in our Cell phone form. The phone and letter is to be handed into the office on your child’s arrival at school in the morning. The cell phone can be collected from the office at the end of the school day, at 3.10pm.

Any student found with a cell phone in their possession during school hours will be required to take it to the school office for their parents to collect.

Nga Matanga Technology Footwear

For Specialist Technology Programmes, children are to wear black lace up leather shoes (Note:  these are not T-bar shoes, or canvas shoes with school socks).  This is due to Health & Safety requirements. Wearing sports shoes/ black slipper shoes are not acceptable.  


After an absence all children must bring a note to their classroom teacher on their return to school (please write this in your child’s logbook, or email it through to the teacher). We ask that you either give us advance warning or phone the school by 9.15am on the day of any absence. To avoid the possibility of a missing child - when you think they’re safe at school - while we assume that they must be with you - we phone home to check on any unexplained absence.  Please ring us before we need to ring you to clarify why your child is absent.

Swimming Dress Code

For 2019 the following dress code is required in our school pool.

  • All swimwear must be made of swimwear material.

  • No T-shirts, boxer shorts or underwear to be worn


Modest one or two piece swimwear.  

If wearing a two piece – no bikini (bra top) but instead a crop top can be worn.

Swim shorts may be worn but should not reach below the knee.


Swim shorts must have an inner lining, and should not reach below the knee.  No underpants or boxers are to be worn underneath swimming shorts.

The need for guidelines has been brought about by a number of students wearing inappropriate swimming attire in the school pool and is based on:

  • Health and Hygiene concerns - no boxers or street wear

  • Need for modesty – with an element of choice within the above guidelines

  • Filtration concerns - hair product / fibres blocking the system

Lunchtime swimming

This term we will begin lunchtime swims for students in order to help deal with the current hot temperatures. The pool will be available at the following time 1.15 - 1.50 every day.

Students travel to and from school

The streets surrounding the school are extremely busy during peak traffic times. Considerable thought has been put into Palmerston North Intermediate School’s guidelines into arriving and departing from school safely.

Please study and discuss these maps with your child and select the most suitable route.



Because of the danger of Ferguson Street, students should only cross Ferguson Street at a controlled crossing ie. Pitt Street or Fitzherbert Avenue (lights).


  • Cyclists may not use the Linton Street entrance.

  • A lockup compound is available for bikes; however, all cyclists are advised to lock their bike within the compound.

  • No vest, no helmet = no biking to school.

All the best for a safe cycling year.  We encourage all students to walk or cycle to school where practicable.

Cyclists coming down Pitt Street need to dismount at the Pitt Street / Church Street lights, WALK across the crossing then continue to walk all the way down Pitt Street to South Street.  Walk along the footpath around the corner to use the South Street pedestrian crossing to come into the school.

Hair Expectations

Existing regulations relating to hair include: (as per School Prospectus 2019)

Boys – Hair to be off the face and cut so it is off the shirt collar, and out of the eyes.

Girls – Hair to be off the face and, if long, to be tied back.

  • No hair styles that are fashion statements eg beaded braids in hair, rats tails, etc.  (Refer to School Uniform Code of Appearance, Pg 19, of the School Prospectus)

  • The student’s natural hair colour only is permitted – no dyes, highlights, streaks

  • No hair gel, wax or similar hair product

  • Only white or navy blue hair ties are to be worn

Sun Sense - Hats and Sunscreen

Sunhats are compulsory and part of our school uniform from Labour Weekend through to Easter.

It is an expectation that all children wear the correct sunhat at interval, lunchtime and when outside participating in sports sessions.

  • The white or blue school sun hat with a brim provides the best protection, although, plain blue or white bucket hats are permitted.

  • This year we have sports caps available from the office that may be used. Caps are to be worn during sports events and activities during lunchtime. However, the wide brim bucket hat is used otherwise.

Class Photos

Class photos are on  14th and 15th of February.

Envelopes will go home with your child to be returned to the school office before their photograph.  

Brendan Lodge will take orders up until Tuesday, 12th  February 2019.

Sport - Summer Sport sign up closes this Thursday!

Sign up for sport is available through our website on the sports page.

Winter Sport, Try a Sport and Sport trips close in week 4.

For more information and to join a sport please click below or contact the PNINS Sports Office.

Weetbix Tri

PNINS will be attending the Weet-bix Tri on Tuesday 19 March. To enter please click on the link below. Remember to tick PNINS as the school you are representing.

Sports Trials coming up in Term One

PNINS takes part in a wide range of different sporting events. These events are limited to one or two teams

We run selection trials for each of these teams in school lunch times. Details of trials are given out to students in daily notices.

If you have any questions about these please contact the sports office.

  • Super Sport Softball

  • PNINS Triathlon team (Inter-school Tri and Super Sport Tri)

  • PNINS Running Team (Manawatu School road race)

  • Super Sport Tennis

  • PNINS Cricket Team (Primary Cup and Super Sport)

  • PNINS Mountain Bike Team (North Island Champs and Super Sport)

  • PNINS Sevens team

Coming Events


chris sanson