PNINS Newsletter - 9 April 2019

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Kia ora koutou.  Nau mai haere mai

Kia ora koutou.  Nau mai haere mai

Term 1 has been an enjoyable and rewarding one for our school with students working hard and achieving to a high level in their learning, performing arts and sporting activities.

Highlights this term include:

  • Term One Parent conferences that enabled students and families to meet their teacher at the beginning of the year

  • School-wide learning focus on ‘Our Taonga our Treasure’

  • How well our Year 7 students have settled into their new school

  • Performing Arts auditions

  • The number of Year 8 students who have ‘stepped up’ into leadership roles within their class, their team and the school - librarians, peer mediators, road patrollers, science helpers, lighting box helpers

  • The new straight year 7 & 8 classes

  • The quality work produced by a large number of students

  • The high standard of most students in terms of behaviour, manners and citizenship

  • The presentation of many Team and VP Awards at our weekly Monday Assemblies

  • The high performance level of students in the assemblies and school sports events

  • The number of students who took up Ultimate Challenges of identifying famous ex PNINS students and a team chant

  • Involvement of many students in the Inter Class Swimming Relays, School Swimming Sports

  • The achievement and fine manner in which our students competed in Super Sports events in Softball, Cricket, Mountain Biking, and Tennis

  • The success of our summer sports teams in local competitions and the number of students engaged in sports

  • Happy Hour where all students were engaged in 34 different activities across the school

  • Staff and student councillors participating in the ‘Relay for Life’

  • Team leaders travelling to Tui Ridge Park Camp to explore the range of activities for upcoming camps

  • The election of our 2019 School Council at Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School

  • The number of students putting themselves forward for sports teams and now Winter Sports Trials in Netball, Hockey and Basketball

As we conclude Term 1, we are proud of our students, Year 7 and 8, for their willingness to attempt new challenges, and for the way they have represented our school this term.

I would like to thank parents / caregivers for the support and encouragement you give to your children and our school.

Special thanks to all staff for the preparation and organisation put in to their teaching, learning, sports and arts auditions this Term.

Camp Visit

Last week all Team Leaders travelled to Rotorua to attend an orientation to experience the range of activities that will be available for our students in their upcoming camp this year. This is our first time we will attend Tui Ridge Park camp with students being involved in a number of activities such as:

  • Mountain biking

  • Giant Swing

  • Slingshot Paintball

  • Flying fox

  • Bubble soccer

  • Archery attack

  • Mountain biking

  • Abseiling

  • Tramping

  • High ropes

  • Air rifles

  • BMX

  • Indoor rock climbing

In addition to these activities we will be taking students into Rotorua to experience cultural and science activities at the Buried Village, Te Puia springs and The Redwoods.

The camp is for a week and will cost around $480 each student and parents are able to make payment arrangements through the school office from now on. Obviously we will require parent helpers and Team Leaders will send out the necessary information closer to the time.

Camp dates are as follows:

Term 2

  • June 10-14  IKATERE

  • June 17-21 TANGAROA

Term 3

  • July 22-26  MANAWANUI

  • July 29 - Aug 2  RANGITANE

  • Sept 2- 6 KAHUKURA

  • Sept 9-13 ARATAKI

Year 7 & 8 Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences

These will be held in week  2 and 3 of next term on Thursday 9th and Wednesday 15 May (this year you may book on either date regardless of what year your child is in).

School bookings will be open online from 9am on Friday, 12th April at using the code 7pny7

Conferences provide an opportunity for parents, students and teachers to discuss the future learning goals and programmes of the individual student.

As your child moves along the continuum towards becoming an independent learner we encourage him/her to attend this conference so that we can affirm and celebrate their achievement as well as identify the next steps in their learning.

School will close for all students at 1.00pm on Thursday 9th and Wednesday 15 May.

Students in Rooms 37, 23 and 6 (with Miss Paige Sly, Ms McDonald and Mr McEwen) will be able to book on Tuesday 7th May and Thursday 9th May. If you find that all slots are full please liaise with the school office for another date and time. (Their classes will finish at 1pm on May 7th, but will remain at school until 3pm on May 15th)

If you require your child to be supervised at school until 3pm then please advise the school office (Ph 358 0548) or

School Anzac Assembly

An invitation is extended to parents/grandparents to attend our 2019 School ANZAC Assembly. The School ANZAC Assembly will take place in Te Tihi on Friday 12th April at 2.10pm, to remember those men and women who served their country, who fought, and especially those who fell, in this war and all subsequent wars, to give us the freedom and the life we have today in our fine land, Aotearoa – New Zealand.

We would ask parents/grandparents attending to be seated in the area beneath the sound/lighting room by 2.00pm.


This year we are embarking on PB4L School Wide  (Positive Behaviour for Learning). PB4L School-Wide looks at behaviour and learning from a whole-of-school as well as an individual child perspective. The framework is based on international evidence.

The Positive Behaviour for Learning School-Wide framework, otherwise known as PB4L-SW, is helping New Zealand schools build a culture where positive behaviour and learning is a way of life. The framework can be tailored to your school’s own environment and cultural needs.

It’s not about changing the students; it’s about changing the environment, systems and practices you have in place to support them to make positive behaviour choices.

PB4L School-Wide is based on the Positive Behavioural Interventions and Supports (PBIS) framework developed at the University of Oregon in the 1990s. PBIS is now in thousands of schools across the US and there are over 800 School-Wide schools in New Zealand.

Two lead teachers have been appointed, and along with the Principal, are learning about this framework. We aim to share with you some of our learnings along the way. On our website we will create a drop down which will help keep you up to date.

School Activity Fees/Donation - Special Offer

Thank you to the many parents who have already paid their School Donation $85 and Activity Fees $135 ($220).

Due to the costs of uniforms, sports fees etc. that parents have experienced this term, the Board of Trustees have agreed to extend to all parents this special offer to the end of Week 2, Term 2, Friday 10th May (if you pay your activity fee and donation by 10 May you will receive the $30 stationery pack free).

Despite what you may read in the media many schools are finding it increasingly difficult to budget within the existing Operations Grants allocated.  The school operation grant must cover all school operations including: support staff salaries, priority maintenance, caretaking and cleaning contracts/ wages. It supplements curriculum delivery, learning support/extension programmes, and consumables associated with curriculum, administration, property, technology, etc.

The payment of your School Donation and Activity Fee enables us to provide the best in resources and equipment possible, to support the quality teaching and learning programmes in our school.

On a comparative basis nationwide our School Donation / Activity Fee is very reasonable with a number of intermediate school fees in excess of $400+.  To  take up the offer of free stationery the donation and  school fees need to be paid by Friday 10 May, 2019 by automatic payment to:

Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School

BNZ, Palmerston North

A/c Number 020630 0029588 00.  

(Please state the name of the child and reason for payment in the details column).

EFTPOS is also available at the School Office.

School Uniform Terms 2 & 3

The following are school winter uniform requirements for Terms 2 and 3.

Girls Uniform

  • Skirts

  • Short sleeve white polo shirt  with PNINS logo

  • Freyberg junior navy jersey with PNINS logo

  • Regulation plain black leather lace-up shoes (no Roman Sandals)

  • Long white socks worn below the knee (no ankle sports socks)

  • Navy tights are a winter option

  • Plain white, black or navy blue headband or ties

  • School jacket (optional) – to and from school

  • School Scarf only (optional to and from school)

Boys Uniform

  • Navy school shorts (boys’ shorts must be of a length on or above the knees)

  • School grey short sleeve polo shirt with PNINS logo

  • School socks with support to keep up

  • Grey school jersey with PNINS logo

  • Regulation plain black leather lace up shoes (No Roman Sandals) with navy school socks

  • School Jacket (optional) – to and from school

  • School Scarf only (optional to and from school)

Physical Education / Sports Uniform

  • Students are to wear the correct sports uniform only

  • Lace up sports shoes are also a requirement during all sports / physical education activities outside - and ankle socks

All uniform items must be carefully named.  It is difficult to find owners if items are not named clearly.


  • T-Shirts are not to be worn under school uniform shirts.  If students are cold they need to wear a jersey or short sleeve V neck polyprop shirt

  • Black leather lace-up shoes only.  No buckle shoes permitted

  • Hair regulations – Please refer below

Sunhats can be packed away until Labour Weekend

Hair Colour

We ask students and their parents to note that our School Prospectus clearly states in the School Uniform Code of Appearance Section “Students attending this school are not permitted to display hairstyles and clothing that are fashion statements (the student’s natural hair colour only)”.  Any student arriving at school next term with a hair colour other than their natural colour, will be asked to remove the colour before coming back to school the next day.

No hair products such as wax or gel to be worn.

  • Boys – Hair to be off the face and cut so it is off the shirt collar.

  • Girls – Hair to be off the face and, if long, to be tied back with blue, black or white hair-ties.

School Jacket

With winter approaching the school jacket is ideal for students to wear to/from, and when outside at school. We have a school jacket that is excellent as it is both shower and wind proof.

Now available at Academy Apparel (Main Street)

Sizes 10-14 and Sizes S, M, L all $64.90.

Students are permitted to wear this jacket to and from school and in the school grounds at interval and lunchtime.

Parent Parking

Please do not park on yellow lines outside Linton Street, South Street or College Street.

This is illegal parking and you are putting the safety of students at risk by obstructing the Kea Crossing in Linton Street, and putting student safety at risk in South Street and College Street.

The safety of all students to and from school is paramount at PNINS.

AIMS Game Update

The Anchor AIMS GAMES have established themselves as the elite sporting competition for emerging adolescents in New Zealand and in 2019 offer 23 sports. It is an opportunity to compete on a national stage and our focus at PNINS is to excel in this environment. PNINS has consistently sent a team for a number of years and intends to do so this year.  In 2018, the PNINS team brought home 20 medals which was an amazing achievement and the sets record to date.

Mr Ruawai will be the lead person selecting and organising the PNINS team to attend this prestigious event. We will be taking a team of approximately 40 athletes across a number of codes which we are yet to decide.

We have received over 200 submissions from students wanting to participate and we will finalise our team by the end of Week 2 next Term - Friday, 10th May.

Thank you Coaches - Parents & Teachers

Through your willingness to coach a summer sports team you have ‘opened another door’ of opportunity to many of our students.

A special thanks to all those parents and teachers who have coached cricket, volleyball and Super Sports teams this term.  As a school we appreciate the support and coaching you have provided teams with during the summer sports season.

Special thanks to Mr Chris Sanson, our Sports Co-ordinator and Mrs Ruebe, our Sports Administrator for superb organisation and communication during the summer sports season.

Entertainment Book

A notice will be coming home today about this exciting fundraising opportunity. Please share with your whanau and friends. There are some fantastic deals in this offer which is available on an easy to use app or in hard copy. It is well worth the cost paying for itself several times over and $13 is donated to PNINS for each book/app sold. It would also make a great gift. We plan to use this money on our outdoor learning spaces, interval and lunchtime equipment, games etc.

You are able to purchase your membership online today at:

If you require further information please contact Heidi in the office on 3580548 or

Mary Poppins Jr Auditions


Coming Events

Team Awards


Rm 1 Isabella Fenn

Lucy McLean

Rm 2 Jenson Bate

Charlie Kemp

Rm 3 Lia Kitchin

Alui Kabir


Rm 4 Juan Van der Spuy

Rm 5 Mata Ikani

Liam Voysey

Rm 6 Mareko Siliva

Jack Warren

Rm 7 Ali Safe

Angela Fang


Rm 12 Gousiya Gousiya

Christian Wingfield-Smith

Rm 13 Rose Tan

Ava Jarvis

Rm 14 Estelle Jacques

Blake Kidby

Rm 15 Levi Lett

Mehdi Ali Akbar

Rm 22 Quinn Whicheloe

Jin Zhong

Rm 23 Ryan Pearce

Tyler Kokko

Rm 24 Eve Igatia

Sophie Anderson

Rm 27 Maria Brown

Jessie McMillian


Rm 25 Carys Watson

Ashton Molloy

Rm 26 Aalya Al-sareem

Caroline Rezner

Rm 29 Eilidh Mackay

Rm 33 Kaydy Skerrett

Tommy Read


Rm 34 Riley Penney

Nabeel Imtiyaz

Rm 35 Emily Hall

Lukas Adolf

Rm 36 Lucy-Boo Pearn

Kaitlyn McIntosh

Rm 37 Zeelan Wilson

Emma Somerville



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