PNINS Newsletter - 5 March
Kia ora koutou. Nau mai haere mai
It has been a fantastic couple of weeks as students have settled into their learning and taken up every opportunity that has been given to them. The class councillors have been selected and this has been a thorough process with students hearing their candidate’s speeches and elected to ensure that their thoughts and ideas are well represented at the school council. Two Councillors are selected from each class and will be instrumental in providing valuable feedback on how we can make PNINS a great place for learning. We value student input and look forward to the student council representing the school in a number of events.
THE NORMAL WAY - This term we are really focusing on getting the little things right as we believe they are fundamental to PNINS. In last year’s annual survey many parents have indicated that they wanted a focus on the school values such as RESPECT.
We have been teaching and learning ‘THE NORMAL WAY’ which guides us on how we treat people, our environment, and ourselves. These expectations are based around RESPECT and are explicitly taught and reinforced through our learning and positive reward based programmes. The underlying belief is that we respect the rights of everyone to learn in a safe, supportive and attractive environment, and THINK before we ACT.
We show RESPECT to ourselves by …
being honest and fair
following directions the first time they are given
being in the correct place at the correct time with the correct equipment
wearing our uniform correctly
We show RESPECT to others by …
respecting the rights of others to feel safe and supported
allowing others to learn uninterrupted
allowing others to make the most of opportunities
We RESPECT property by …
looking after our own belongings
respecting others’ property
respecting the school’s property
respecting the environment
Online Behaviour Expectations
At PNINS we have similar expectations around behaviour when online, with a substantial learning programme that occurs at the beginning of the year to help build digital citizenship. Each student signs a ‘Use Agreement’ before being able to access the internet, to support their learning at school. We have developed a number of learning activities designed to cover these topics and others as they arise:
Use of social media sites, as they are public places
What you say about people and what will people think of you online
Online security of passwords and locking down valuable information
Who are you really talking to?
What happens when things go wrong?
It is also important that parents take the opportunity to discuss online behaviour with their children at home, especially around the use of social media. Recently, we have had a number of incidents that have occurred online outside of school hours. All parents and caregivers should be monitoring their child’s online behaviour and can access a number of helpful resources and advice from netsafe.org.nz.
Teacher Union Meeting
You may be aware of the nationwide crisis in recruiting and retaining teachers. Children need teachers with enough time to teach so they can give each child the attention they deserve, and children need talented and inspiring people to be attracted to teaching. Children are missing out on some opportunities to learn because teachers are bogged down in administration or are struggling to get enough support for children with additional learning needs.
Teachers at our school are joining an NZEI Te Riu Roa campaign, called Kua Tae Te Wā – It’s Time, to address these issues. Our goal is to free teachers to teach, and Principals to lead, by getting the additional support and staff that schools need. And we’ll attract more people to teaching by respecting and paying them as the professionals they are.
NZEI Te Riu Roa members at our school have been invited to paid union meetings in March so that we can plan and discuss the campaign and our upcoming collective agreement negotiations. The meeting schedule has been planned so that teachers and principals across the country can work out the best meetings for them to attend.
For us, this is on Friday 22 March at 2.00pm - We ask that you collect your children at 1pm that day please, to allow our teachers to attend this important meeting. Our children deserve the best education in the world, and New Zealand can afford to provide it. It’s just a matter of priorities.
If bus students are unable to be picked up at 1.00pm we will have some staff available to supervise them until their usual after school pick up time.
Thank you for your support of our staff.
Our 2019 School Swimming Sports was on last Friday 1st March at the Lido and at our school pool.
In order to cater for the ability levels of all students, they are held in two sections:
School Pool – Non Championship / Fun Swimming Sports Activities
Lido Pool – Championship Events
Congratulations to swimmers at both events. Their high level of performance and support for each other in the various events was a feature of our 2019 Swimming Sports.
Results from the Swimming Sports Championship Events held at the Lido in order of 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
1st - Hannah Booth
2nd - Tayler Trow
3rd - Hannah Mclean
2019 Inter-Class Swimming Relays
Our annual Inter-Class Swimming Relays, held at the school pool recently, were highly competitive as each class competed for the Palmerston North Intermediate Normal Inter-Class Swimming Banner.
Eight students from each of the 23 classes at PNINS made up their class relay team and each had to swim one length of the school pool.
The heats were all timed and the 5 Class Teams with the fastest times competed in the finals relay.
Inter – Class Swimming Finals – Results
1st ROOM 29
2nd ROOM 14
3rd ROOM 35
Congratulations to all students who represented their class in this event. As usual the standard of swimming and level of competition was high. Special mention to the students of all classes who supported their teams from the grandstand and to a number of parents who attended this annual sports challenge.
Well done to Room 29 who convincingly won the 2019 Inter–Class Swimming Relay and the Banner which will hang proudly in their room until this time next year.
On Wednesday 22 February Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School had two teams participate in the 2019 Super Sport softball Competition. A fantastic day had by all and special thanks to parents, Mr Sanson and Mr Grady for all their support on the day.
Relay for Life - Cancer Society Fundraiser
This year the PNINS school council and the PNINS Staff are participating in the annual ‘Relay for Life’ fundraiser taking place this Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th of March. Our Councillors will walk/run on Saturday afternoon from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM and Sunday morning from 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM- the teachers will pick up the 6pm to 6am slot! The school council will also be running a school mufti day this Thursday (for a $2 gold coin donation) to add to the money raised by students and staff. Many thanks for your support of this wonderful community organisation.
School Attendance is Compulsory
On Friday we had a number of students who did not attend school as the swimming sports were being held. At PNINS we have a clear policy that students need to attend every day unless they have a valid reason. Parents, I ask you to support this policy as it provides an opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities and support their peers. Staying home to avoid attending a sport events is not acceptable and the school will be following up appropriately. Those who do not have reasonable excuse for non attendance will be marked as truant.
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 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 2019
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The following dates have been confirmed for 2019 camps:
June 10-14 IKATERE
June 17-21 TANGAROA
July 22-26 MANAWANUI
July 29 - Aug 2 RANGITANE
Sept 2- 6 KAHUKURA
Sept 9-13 ARATAKI
Payment of School Donation/Activity Fee/Stationery Fee
As outlined in the school's prospectus last year the Board of Trustees has approved 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.
There is much publicity about “free education”. The reality for schools is the funds that are received from the Ministry of Education provide a basic model. For our school to provide high quality education at a reasonable cost a contribution from parents is needed. This is sought through subject contributions so students receiving the benefits contribute to the costs.
Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School is very proud of its personalised learning evidenced by exceptional academic results and student engagement which are in part a result of being able to put the extra funds received from subject contributions into its school programme. We endeavour to keep these costs to a minimum.
This year, the Board of Trustees has decided that parents / caregivers who pay the School Donation and Activity Fee by the end of March will have their stationery pack (valued at $30) free.
Note: To get this benefit both the school donation and activity fee must be paid together ($220).
Rm 1 Zlata Shapran
Rm 2 Razaan Al Rimal Al Shammari
Rm 3 Eden Brown
Rm4 Hannah Greaves
Rm 5 Tia Hickton
Rm 6 Elspeth Dunlop
Rm 7 Summer Lovegrove
Rm 12 Millie Silk
Rm 13 Alma Anderson
Rm 14 Taylor Rickard
Rm 15 Neo Rees
Rm 22 Holly Mason
Rm 23 Artemis Kavian-Pour
Rm 24 Imagin Sands-Waghorn
Rm 27 Sophie Petch
Rm 34 Zariah Wilson
Rm 35 Jahkony Hohaia
Rm 36 Ben McDonald
Rm 37 Amanda Yang
Rm 25 Georgia Hendry
Rm 26 Harmoney Sutherland
Rm 29 Sam Salter
Rm 33 Mifu Prins