Term 1 - Week 2 08 Feb 2018

NEWSLETTER   NO. 2 – 08/02/18


Thank you to our students for their positive start to 2018.  It is great to the see the Year 7 students learning The Avalon Way and stepping up to their role as young adults at our school. Well done to our Year 8 students too for their support and for taking up their role as leaders in 2018. Please support our school by talking to your child about the values that underpin The Avalon Way and what this means for your child and family. Tino pai rawa atu!


The Avalon Way/ Kotahitanga

A ttend    (Be punctual, present, participate)   Arotahi

V alue      (Accept and appreciate myself, others and our knowledge) Manaakitanga

A spire     (Set goals, strive to achieve, succeed) Maramatanga

L earner/Leader     (Be active, supportive and positive) Ako

O ur Place     (Respect out culture, community and environment) Whanaungatanga

N ever Give Up     (Be reflective, resilient and take risks) Kia mau!



Last week we met with the students who catch school buses and explained our school expectations. A letter was sent home which gave parents/caregivers more information about this, please ensure that you read this with your child, sign it and then return it to school thank you.



A reminder that we are having an evening meeting on Thursday 15th February at 6:00pm. We will meet in the hall to begin with, and then you will have the opportunity to go to your child’s classroom to meet their teacher and to look around their classroom. Following this will be a BBQ (sausage sizzle) and an opportunity for you to meet other staff, parents and students. We hope that you are able to attend this event!



We would like to acknowledge the KickStart Breakfast Programme and KidsCan for supplying the school with a range of food, which helps us to run our Breakfast and Lunch Clubs. We are very appreciative of their ongoing support!

Breakfasts: We have school breakfasts available from 8:30am – 8:50am in the school hall each day. Students can come along if they haven’t had time to have breakfast at home, or if they would like some more. The food available varies each week, but can include; weetbix, yogurt, fruit, baked beans and toast with jam/peanut butter.

Lunches: We also have lunches available each day in the hall from 12:10pm – 12:25pm. This is available to students who may not have brought lunch or would like more food. The food is similar to the breakfast foods and also includes fruit pottles and small bars.



At our weekly assemblies, a Principal’s or Deputy Principal’s Award is given to a student who has modelled The Avalon Way by doing something exceptional. This week we selected six students who led the powhiri for our Year 7 students on the first day of school. They showed dedication by coming to practices in the holidays and courage by stepping up to take on this role, which was usually led by previous Year 8 students. Congratulations to the following students:

Josef Kaimo, Rm 8                                                                  Selwyn Rangi-Okeroa, Rm 7

Kharma Matehe, Rm 7                                                        Georgina Te Kira, Rm 5

Juanita-Rose Wharewera-Garbutt, Rm 2                                 Natahle Te Kira, Rm 4



Students are rewarded with Gold Cards at AIS when they have shown positive behaviour that is in line with The Avalon Way. They put their gold card in the box and at weekly assemblies the Gold Card Draw is made. Congratulations to Celeste Osborn from Rm 8 for winning the Gold Card prize this week.  She has been Valuing her time at school this week.  Enjoy getting out in the sun with your rugby ball.



A reminder that if you would like to receive the school newsletter by email, please return the slip below to the school office.

Ian Hastie, Principal