Term 3 - Week 1 26 Jul 2018



Welcome back everyone to a very productive and busy 3rd term of learning.  We have the expectation of everyone doing their very best to raise their personal standards in all areas of life!! 

We remind you of The Avalon Way

A – Attend              V – Value,        A – Aspire,

L – Leader & Learner   O – Our Place    N – Never Give up

Year 8s, you only have 2 terms until you are off to College so make the best of what Avalon Intermediate offers you.  Take responsibility for your own actions in both learning and behaviour. 



Topic: Biosecurity                    Maths: Geometry, Fractions/Proportions/Ratios

Writing: Our writing topics this term are linked with our Biosecurity Unit so students will be writing for a range of purposes. Some tasks include information reports, brochures, script writing and speeches.

Interschool Sports: Volleyball, Netball and Rugby. Our PE programme will tie in with these sports. Swimming is also part of our PE programme this term and begins in Week 5. More information will be sent home shortly. We really want ALL STUDENTS participating.

Languages: Our languages programme begins next week. Students have selected from the following options; Spanish, Tongan, Cook Island Maori, Sign, German and Arabic 

Our learning support continues with a number of students working alongside teacher aides for reading support. Our extension programme continues on Fridays and students in Extension Literacy and Numeracy will be participating in the NSW English and NSW Maths tests this term.



Our study centres continue this term and we are pleased with the high number of students still attending these sessions. Contact Ariana Te Whetu if your child is not in study centre, and would like to attend.

Maths Study Centre – Tuesday 2:50pm – 4:20pm

Literacy Study Centre – Wednesday 2:50pm – 4:20pm

Science Study Centre – Thursday 2:50pm – 4:20pm

Gardening Group – Thursday 2:50pm – 4:20pm

If your child is not able to attend study centre, please let the office know or send a note with your child.



Our swimming programme begins in Week 5 (Monday 20th August) and runs for two weeks. Swimming instructors run these lessons at Stokes Valley Pool. We want all students to participate in this, we have high numbers of students who are not confident in the water and are not able to swim. As a country we have a major problem with water safety - of the 104 drownings in NZ in 2017, 88 were preventable.





Note for Parents / Spectators at Sports Events: Please be aware that all umpires at our Intermediate tournaments are volunteers and are usually college students. They will always do the best they can and will only become great umpires with experience. All Avalon Intermediate supporters are expected to be positive and encouraging. Negative comments and criticism aimed at teams, event organisers or umpires is unacceptable, unhelpful and reflects poorly on any school. Please also be aware that it is never appropriate to approach our coaches or managers at our Intermediate representative tournaments regarding your child’s playing time. Our teams are representative teams and playing time for students is at the discretion of coaches. Fortunately as a school AIS have had very few issues with poor behavior over the years and we are very proud of the positive parent support we get.


Basketball: A new competition begins next week on Wednesday 1st July. We have 4 teams in the competition again and newsletters for this have been sent home. The fee for Basketball in Term 3 is $10 which needs to be paid to classroom teachers before next week.


Netball: A newsletter was sent home yesterday outlining expectations and game/training times for this term. If your child plays netball for AIS please ensure you have read this carefully and that your child is organized for the second half of the season.  


Waterpolo: The Waterpolo team had a convincing win over Korokoro last night; the final score was 21-2


Our school fruit deliveries have started again so we are pleased to offer students fresh fruit each day. We now have free bread that is delivered to school each week so there are free sandwiches available for students at lunchtime in the school hall.   



Congratulations to Sanerivi Fulifor winning the gold card draw by focusing on his learning from the ACROSTIC “L”  – Learner & Leader. This week’s Principals award went to Laifone Kamoto in Room 1 Congratulations on your resilience Laifone.



Please ensure that your child is enrolled for college next year so that they do not miss out on any subject choice days, and so that Colleges can start to plan classes, interviews etc.

Any Year 8 students who are going to Taita College need to return their enrolment form tomorrow to the school office; we will forward them on to Taita College. This is very important as schools are organizing staffing for 2018 and need to know numbers.



Please return these now for Year 7 2019 Students.


Ian Hastie, Principal