Term 3 - Week 3 09 Aug 2018

NEWSLETTER 09/08/2018



Teachers and principals across NZ have voted to strike for a full day on Wednesday 15th August. This is the first time teachers have taken industrial action since 1994. Because most staff members at AIS belong to the NZEI teachers union, the school will not have enough teachers on site to safely operate the school. Please organise appropriate arrangements for your child. There is an information sheet attached, which explains what teachers and principals are campaigning for.


MAGIC CARD – A privilege for AIS students

We hope all students are making full use of the free library, internet and swimming pool use.  We want to have ALL STUDENTS using the cards at libraries and pools every week.



If your year 8 child is not enrolled in College for next year yet please organise this as soon as possible. Taita College enrolments can be left at our office.



The boys and girls volleyball teams travelled into the ASB centre yesterday to play in the Inter-Intermediate volleyball tournament.  The girls notched up seven wins and a draw to finish 5th, while the boys managed 3 wins (and a few close losses) to come in 9th. Thank you to Andrew Connochie and Julia Poasa for coaching, and to Shelley Howsan for taking the girls team on the day.




Netball results:

AIS 1 Manaakitanga won against Te Aroha 

AIS 2 Maramatanga lost to Hutt Int H    

AIS 3 Mohiotanga lost to Our Lady of the Rosary


Basketball results

Y8 Boys won against Hutt 41-13

Y7 Boys won against Maidstone 21-6

Y8 Girls lost to Maidstone

Y7 Girls lost to Te Ara Whanui 16-10







We have given out more swimming permission forms for those students who have not yet paid. Please check your child’s school bag!!  It is important we have everyone swimming. We remind you that swimming begins on Monday 20th August and is $20. If you pay by AP or will transfer this payment online, then please indicate this on your form by ticking the correct box.



Last week, a group of select students had a short trip to Walter Nash to go to Pacific/Maori Science Expo run by Victoria University. There were a lot of stands and booths showing different areas of sciences all with Pacifica and Maori students explaining what is happening and how it’s happening. Almost all of them were interactive and super fun and cool to see first-hand what was happening. Everyone particularly liked playing in the sand box, which had a projector showing water, mountains, rocks and volcanoes based on how we moved the sand; moving around the sand to shift the rivers, and make mountains. There were a lot of fun strategy games and one paper aeroplane contest, teaching us about how planes work and fly higher, faster and better overall. In general, the expo was super fun and interesting, and we learnt a whole lot! We hope that there’ll be more fun and educational trips like this.

By Tamanna Amin and Aimee Unasa, Rm 2



Here are a few photos from the Cook Islands celebrations last week as part of Cook Island Language Week!



RAIL SAFETY WEEK  (13-19 August, 2018)

To mark Rail Safety Week we wanted to remind students and whanau of the importance of always looking for trains when crossing railway tracks, and particularly taking care to look for the second train. The message this Rail Safety Week is back to basics - ‘Look right, look left for trains”. It’s also really important to always wait until the bells and lights have stopped operating before crossing. For younger children, as well as looking and listening before crossing, please make it clear to them that if bells and lights are going, it’s because a second train could be coming and it’s not safe to cross. 


Ariana Te Whetu, Deputy Principal