Term 3 - Week 1 25 Jul 2019


Term 3      Week 1     25/07/2019


Tena koutou katoa!

Welcome back everyone to Term 3. Every term is busy at AIS, but we have lots of events coming up and some exciting programmes running which we know will help our tamariki and our school. Our students have come back excited, prepared for learning and there are lots of smiles in classrooms and in the playground.



Thank you to all of our students and families for preparing and sending along food for our cultural feast on the last day of term 2. It certainly was a feast and we were glad that so many families joined us on the day for lunch. It was a special assembly, especially because we farewelled Ian Hastie, and the support from you all by coming along or contributing to our shared lunch was very much appreciated.



This term, students will be exploring the changes and challenges that happen during adolescence. The Life Education Truck is at school for the first two weeks of term and our students have been learning interesting information about their mind and body. More topics that we are excited to learn about this term include:

-        How our brain works and how it regulates our emotions

-        The negative effects of drug use and how we can make informed choices to keep ourselves safe

-        Finding out about how our bodies change as we begin developing into young adults

-        Sharing our knowledge and learning by writing explanations, procedures and information reports

-        Learning about geometry and how fractions, proportions and ratios work

-        Learning to work with a team and developing and maintaining healthy relationships with adults and peers

-        The skills used in turbo touch!



We have attached a survey that explains how we teach the Health component of the curriculum at AIS. We would like feedback on this programme and welcome suggestions from our whanau and families about this. All surveys completed will go into a draw to win a $50 Pak n Save voucher! This draw will be made at our assembly next Wednesday so please have these back by then to be in the draw.



Our study centres continue this term and we have spaces available for more students to join these sessions. Contact your child’s classroom teacher if you would like to enrol your child in any of the following centres:

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 and STEAM  – Thursday 2:50pm – 4:20pm




There are still lots of spaces available for the Goodtime Music Foundation Programme for any students who are/were 12 years old in 2019. They collect students from school on Friday afternoons at 3:15pm and the programme runs till 5:30pm. The bus then drops students at drop off points in the Taita/Stokes Valley area. If you would like more information or an application form, please call the office. There are no costs involved.



In the July BOT meeting we discussed the number of students involved in the swimming programme and they have now kindly agreed to pay for the swimming programme in Week 6 and 7 for all students who want to participate. This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to have free lessons with swimming instructors. If you have already paid for swimming, the payment will be transferred to outstanding fees and/or the camp cost (of $40) for Term 4. If all fees have been paid we will organise a refund of payment, the office will contact you directly about this. We will also be sending more permission slips for parents who have not yet indicated as to whether their child is swimming. Please contact Ariana Te Whetu if you have any questions.



The basketball and water polo competitions both begin on Wednesday afternoon next week. Further information about draws will be sent home next week. It is important that fees for these sports are paid before this begins. The fee for term 3 basketball is $10 and water polo is also $10.


Netball starts up again this Saturday so please ensure your child is organised for their game. There have been some changes to grades because two teams won their grade last term. The draw for Saturday 27th July is:

AIS Ferns v Fergy 2 Court 5 at 1pm

AIS Diamonds v Hutt D Court 5 at 2pm

AIS Magics v Taita Juniors Court 2 at 3pm  



Congratulations to Christian Fowler-Evans who won our Gold Card Draw this week! 

This week’s Principal’s award went to Paige Mai (Rm 9) who wrote a beautiful poem at the end of term about Matariki. This is included this on the back of today’s newsletter – have a read!



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 to the school office urgently. We will forward them on to Taita College.

This is very important as schools are organizing staffing for 2020 and need to know numbers.



Ariana Te Whetu

Acting Principal