Term 3 - Week 3 08 Aug 2019

NEWSLETTER 08/08/2019



Te ‘Epetoma o te reo Maori Kuki ‘Airani – Cook Island Language Week

We have celebrated Cook Island Language Week through art and language activities in our classrooms. There are 10 students and staff members at our school who are from the Cook Islands! COOK ISLAND MAORI is sometimes called Rarotongan after the capital island and it's the most widely spoken version of Maori.  It's estimated that about 42,700 speak it.  That includes islanders on Atiu, Aitutaki, Mitiaro, Mauke and Mangaia where they have their own accent and a few of their own words. 



If your child is away sick, please contact the office 5677 453 or text our office phone number _______. It is important that absences come through the school office, rather than through the classroom teacher. Please note that if a child is away for more than 5 days, a medical certificate may be requested.



Chrissy Gillmore is completing her Master’s of Counseling through Massey University and is completing her placement at AIS for 2019. She has been working alongside a number of students since term 1 and has some spaces available to support others. Her profile is attached to this newsletter, if you would like more support for your child, please contact Chrissy and she will try to organize for this to happen. There are no costs for this service.



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. Taita College, Naenae College, & St Pats Silverstream uniforms are purchased at NZ Uniforms in High St opposite Mad Butcher. They have a uniform club, which could be a great option so that you can put money aside to purchase uniforms for next year.  https://www.nzuniforms.com/pages/uniform-club.htmx



Our volleyball teams travelled into the ASB centre yesterday to play in the Inter-Intermediate volleyball tournament.  Congratulations to our girls team who came 3rd with some strong wins against EBIS, SWIS, Hutt, Raroa and Maidstone Int.  The boys team didn’t place but they enjoyed their day and represented our school well. Meitaki Ma’ata  Hazel (refereeing) and  our players of the day were Emmanuel and ___. A special thank you to Mr Connochie for our trainings and to Mrs Makisi for helping on the day. By Jasper (Rm 1) and Shalom (Rm 4)



Congratulations to Kimmy-Zen Dolden (Rm 8) who for receiving the principal’s certificate this week for showing manaakitanga to those around her.


Well done to Ryan Stirling (Rm 8) for winning our gold card draw this week. Ryan is also a wonderful role model and an asset to our learning community.


I have also included a poem written by Riana Shaw (Rm 9) that she developed at Literacy Extension. It is called Friendship and is on the back of this newsletter. Great work Riana!



 A special thank you to Taita College for inviting our Year 8s to be part of the careers expo that was held at their school this week. They organized a bus to transport our students and we were lucky enough to even be treated to morning tea in the canteen. It is important to start having these conversations about careers our students are interested in getting in to, so that they know what is required at secondary school. There is some useful information on www.careers.govt.nz that is worth looking at with your child.



We have organised our swimming groups, which will start in Week 6. Students will be taken by bus to Stokes Valley Pools. The swimming dates are as follows:

Week 6: Tues 27th, Wed 28th, Thur 29th, Fri 30th August

Week 7: Tues 3rd, Wed 4th, Thur 5th and Fri 6th September

Your child will need to bring their swimming togs, a towel, a water bottle and a big lunch on these days. Students who are not participating in this programme will stay at school and work in a different class.


Meitaki maata!

Ariana Te Whetu, Acting Principal









Grasp onto friendship

For if friendship dies

Life is a gloomy night sky

With hiding spies.


Grasp onto friendship

For when friendship goes

Life is a hungry dragon

Hunting you with fiery blows



Riana Shaw