Term 1 - Week 10 05 Apr 2018


A reminder that our end of term assembly is on Tuesday 10th April at 1:15pm.



Eddie from Victoria University has started up our Code Club again with interested students. Eddie will be working in each class for one session over the next term and introducing them to some exciting computer programmes like Makey Makey and Bristle Box. He then teaches coding to two groups of students in our school library. This is an exciting opportunity for students – a big thank you to Victoria University for making Eddie available to us. 


 Congratulations to Psalms Tuitama from Room 8 for being a Learner / Leader in class well done Psalms!



Science is more than doing experiments. Science is working alongside a freshwater ecologist who is researching and monitoring the habitat of freshwater mussels (Echyridella menziesii) known to Maori as kakahi, kaeo, and torewai. What does this mean?  It means walking into a lake, standing in 1metre depth of water, using your feet to feel for the kakahi in the sand and picking them up to identify the species of mussel endemic to NZ.  How cool is that? Mrs Makisi loved the learning about real life science on a recent field trip to Wairarapa Moana. She jumped in the lake, investigated, asked lots of questions and collected samples of kakahi.  She found the kakahi on the right hand side in the picture; it was longer with different markings on the shell to the more common variety on the left.


Science is so cool, it is happening all around us.  In these holidays, go outdoors and do some science.  Collect some leaves, look closely for patterns, shapes and colour variations.  Describe and talk about what you see, hear, smell, taste and feel.  That is what good scientists do.  Take photos as evidence and share with Mrs Makisi your findings on joanm@avalonintermediate.school.nz.







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AM - Whai Oranga O Te Iwi Health Centre 7 The Strand, Wainuiomata Call 564 6966

2-3pm - Hutt Hospital High Street, Lower Hutt Call 570 9186

For clinics in Upper Hutt Call 570 9002



These are taking place today Thursday 5th April. Some parents may miss an interview, however these can be caught up later in the Term or early Term 2. It is  important that all students get an interview so that goals are set before our next interviews with half year reports at the end of Term 2.


Note these are down for Wednesday next week at Trentham Memorial Park. We have 3 school teams representing AIS. A Year 7 & 8 boys team and a girls team. There will be approximately 33 students out of school travelling to Upper Hutt by bus (the school will pay for this). Coaches are Simon Flockton, Andrew Connochie & parent Rob Le-Comte taking the girls. The weather at this stage is not great with rain predicted. The postponement day is Thursday 12th April.


The Dental Clinic is in school until the end of Term. Please check with your child if they have visited the clinic.



Friday 13th April at normal time of 2:50pm. Term 2 starts at 8:45am on Monday 30th April


April Term School Holiday Roller Disco Monday – Friday both weeks 1.00 – 3.00 pm Saturdays 3.00 – 5.00 pm. Entry $7 Skate/Blade hire $3. Adult skating with a paying child 8 years or younger will get Free Entry only. Ask about our loyalty card. Please share to all. Upper Hutt Roller Skating Club, 4A Railway Avenue, Upper Hutt. Skate-a-thon roller disco. 6.00 pm – midnight. Entry $15 includes skate/blade hire. Spot prizes throughout the session. Pizza slices for sale throughout the evening. All ages welcome to this fun night. Please share to all. Upper Hutt Roller Skating Club, 4A Railway Avenue, Upper Hutt. 0226824517 


Ian Hastie