Takapuna Normal Intermediate School Citizenship is our path, excellence is our goal Newsletter - Term 3 Week 10 2017 Kia ora Parents and Caregivers Week 10 Wednesday Sept. - Waterwise Rm 11 Friday 20 September - School closes at 3.00pm for the two week holiday break. Term 4 Week 1 School starts at 8.30am on Monday 16 October Tuesday 17 October - WW Rm 8 Wednesday 18 October - WW Rm 7 Important Dates To Note Labour Weekend Public Holiday - Monday 23 October - Please note that school will be closed. Tuesday 24 October - 11.00am Powhiri to welcome Wendy Sandifer - new Principal of TNIS Wednesday 1 Nov - School Athletics Day at the Takapuna Athletics Club on Akoranga Drive - all parents welcome. Saver Day Weds 8 November Thursday 2 Nov - HPV #2 for Year 8 students with consent Monday 6 Nov - PYP Year 8 Exhibition set-up and practice Tuesday 7 November - PYP Year 8 Exhibition Viewing all day and Closing Ceremony 7.15pm. Tuesday 12 December - TNIS Prizegiving at WBHS Auditorium from 12.00 -2.00pm Learning Update Over the past few weeks, the Year 8 students have been busy in the beginning stages of the PYP Exhibition. This year's focus has been on Action, with the Central Idea as 'Successful inquiry leads to meaningful action'. What this has meant for the students is they can inquire into an issue that they are passionate about, and really want to help make a difference. So far, students have been exposed to a range of different types of action people take, issues that have come up in their past inquiries, and primary resources that are located directly to their issue. They have been researching, interviewing, and contacting a range of different organisations and people that come help them to better understand their chosen issue. Over the term break, we recommend that our Year 8 students get out into the local community and begin to take action on their issue. This will give them plenty of time to reflect on how effective their action, and make any changes to this action before they share on the PYP Exhibition night. If you have any queries, then please contact your child's classroom teacher Please click this link to access more detailed information about this year’s PYP Exhibition. It's important the Year 8 students and parents 'Save the Date' - as they need to be present on Exhibition Evening - Tuesday 7th November 6- 7:30pm, in order to receive their IB PYP Certificate.
School News and Reminders Picking Up Students After School - A reminder please that the school Bus Bay is not available between 3.00pm and 3.20pm to pick up students. Recently we have seen a rise in the number of parents who are
driving into our main entrance to pick up their children. We have three buses and hundreds of students who are using this area between 3.00pm and 3.20pm and it is a serious safety issue if we have parent cars also coming in to pick up students. We ask you please to organise to pick your child up from the Onewa Netball Courts or the carpark opposite this, or the surrounding streets. AIMS Sporting Tournament - It was a fantastic week of sporting competition for our Year 7 and 8 students at the AIMS Games in Tauranga. Attending one of the biggest sporting events in the southern hemisphere, with 10,139 athletes from 275 schools, competing in 21 sporting codes, the annual intermediate-aged games fielded their largest turnout ever. It was a non-stop week of competition. A sizeable international contingent also added to the flavour of the tournament, including athletes from Australia, Tonga and the Cook Islands. TNIS entered teams in Basketball, Hockey and Waterpolo as well as entering students in individual codes for swimming, sailing and golf. Our school had excellent results, placing 14th out of 275 schools. Our sportspeople can be proud to have delivered a combined total of 14 Gold, Silver and Bronze medals – our most successful games to date! The first amazing result came early in the week when our sailors won so many individual gold, silver and bronze medals that our school was placed 1st - the Championship Yachting Cup was ours. The Girls Basketball team finished off the week on a similar note by also becoming Gold Medal Champions in a nail-biting final game against Northcross, winning by one point in the dying seconds, final score 29 - 28. Well done to all of the AIMS competitors for taking part, competing with dignity, treating your opponents and the officials with respect, and representing TNIS so very well. We are all very proud of you and we wish you all the best in your future athletic endeavours. A special thanks to Lorene Hurd, Jadyn James, Jared Riseborough and all the parents who helped to organise this event and accompanied the students during the AIMS Week. Girls Basketball 1st place Waterpolo 4th place
Swimmers performed well, bringing home many medals. Basketball 8th place A special congratulations to Henry Pinder for breaking two AIMS swimming records in the 200m Individual Medley and the 200m Breaststroke.
Golf - Connor Knight - Connor participated in the Golf Competition at AIMS. The games were played at a variety of courses and it was a very competitive group of players. Connor was pleased with his placing of 48th overall. His best round was a score of 108. Sailing Congratulations to Mason and Robbie. Mason was placed 2nd overall and 2nd Year 8 boy and Robbie, 3rd overall and 1st Year 7 boy. Mason and Robbie - 1st Overall Sailing Team
Well done to Ethan, Freya and George, who put in a great effort out of a total fleet of 95 sailors.
Mason and Robbie
Boys Hockey Team 15th overall
Bicycles at School - Following a spate of bicycle thefts earlier this year, the bike racks have been moved to a more secure area of the school. However, it is still important that all bikes are locked while they are at school. Today, for example, 16 of the 42 bikes at school were not locked. Please check that your child has a suitable bike lock and remind them to use it every day. The Police also recommend that parents have the serial number of their child’s bike recorded and kept in a safe place as this is the only way a bike can be identified. Weir Rosebowl Tournament Selection - Congratulations to Matthew Knight and Bennie Davis who have been selected to represent the Northern Football Federation at the prestigious 2017 Weir Rose Bowl Tournament at St Peter’s School, Cambridge from 7-9 October. The tournament for U12 Boys and Girls is an excellent development opportunity for players as they progress along the New Zealand football talent pathway. We are very proud of these two students’ efforts. Lewis Eady Music Competition - On Saturday 16 September, the String Group participated in the Lewis Eady Music Competition. This competition is open to all school groups from Auckland. The group, which is lead and conducted by Christine Peak, have practised very hard to prepare their piece, ‘Symphony No 4 Finale’ by William Boyce for performance. As Mrs Peak was recovering from surgery, Mr Mark Bennett stepped in as their conductor for this competition. The students performed very well gaining a Silver Award. The judges noted that the group performed the lively symphony very well with excellent dynamic contrasts and ended the piece beautifully with a well-timed final chord. A special thanks to Mrs Alison Dunlop and all the parents for supporting the students at this competition. APPA Speech Competition - Last week our school hosted the APPA Speech Competition. There were nine finalists representing the local intermediates. Representing our school, Maia Davidson delivered a great speech about Oceans. She impressed the judges with her excellent delivery of this well structured speech and was placed 3rd overall. Foreign Language Competition - Congratulations to Nancy Nan - 1st place in the Mandarin Speech Competition and Dahye Kwon - 2nd Place in the Korean Speech Competition.
Techstyle Results - Last Saturday was the 2017 Techstyles Fashion Competition. Students from TNIS have worked for months to create their amazing garments using entirely recycled or reused materials. The show was a huge success, with all designers and models taking great pride in the results of their hard work. Ceyda Sarikaya and Melisa Boz won the Streetwear category with their garment ‘Habit’. Nilpa Singh and Catherine Wei were runners-up in the Occasionwear category with their garment ‘Dream of Flight’. Congratulations to all of the contestants, it was an excellent performance. A special thanks to Greg Ford, Kathy Young, Toni Buller, Mike Morgan and John Drought for organising and assisting the students with their garments this year. Roller Mills Tournament - Congratulations to Xieden Urlich who has been selected to play in the North Harbour Roller Mills Rugby Team. The team will play in a week-long competition at St Peter’s College, Cambridge during the October school holidays. ‘Play it Strange’ Secondary Schools Songwriting Competition - For the second year in a row, talented TNIS Year 8 musician Michael Peng, was invited to play cello to record at Neil Finn’s Roundhead Studio with other members of North Shore Youth Music. The quartet performed for a recording of Mikayla Varcoe’s (Year 13 Diocesan School, Hamilton) song “Jack’s Song”, a finalist in the ‘Play it Strange’ Secondary Schools Songwriting Competition. ‘Play it Strange’ CEO and former Split Enz member Mike Chunn was there to oversee the recording and to also play bass on the song. Bays Youth Community Trust is running a girls empowerment workshop in the second week of the school holidays from the 9th - 10th of October. Please see the attached flyer and registration form for more information!
Schofields has kindly offered to make a donation of $200 per car to TNIS, if any of our TNIS parents/caregivers mention this advert, should they take up this offer.
Kidslink - We are a Kidslink School. KidsLink is an online resource for schools and their family and whanau communities. Here, you will find a range of service providers that specialise in working with children, teenagers and their families with issues that affect their learning, development and well-being. We wish our families a safe and happy holiday break.
Ngā mihi nui Lorene, Sandy and Sandy