TERM 1 - WEEK 3 12 Feb 2020




 Tuesday 12th February



5pm:        Meet in the school hall - Foci for Avalon Intermediate in 2020 

5:20pm:  Classrooms - Values activity  6:00pm:  Sausage sizzle, games, mix and mingle


A reminder that we have our first whanau meeting next week. This starts at 5pm and we will all meet in the school hall. This year we are reviewing our school vision and values, and as part of this review we are asking everyone in our school community, to share their values and things they are important to them, their children and their whanau. At our staff only day, the  most common values amongst staff were: 

Creativity - Empathy - Manaakitanga - Fun - Happiness - Honesty - Aspire - Maramatanga - Love - Never Give Up - Whanaungatanga - Positivity - Reliability - Teamwork - Trustworthy - Understanding - Our Place 

There will be an opportunity for you and your child to record your values at our hui, which is very important as we work through this process.


Last week a community health nurse visited the school to explain what immunisations are available for our students this year. The Boostrix vaccine is available to Year 7 students and the Gardasil vaccine is for all Year 8 students. Information and consent forms came home last week and all students need to return these to school. If your child will not have the vaccine, then this needs to be written on the form and/or if they will have this done at their G.P. We have spare forms available from the office.  There is a class challenge on offer - the first classroom that returns all immunisation forms gets a free ice cream!  



We have over 40 students, staff and parents participating in the Wellington Round the Bays Run THIS Sunday 16 February. Good Luck to all participants, with a reminder that you need to be at school by 7.45am on Sunday morning to catch the bus and will return to school at approximately 12.15pm.  Your child can be picked up from school at this time.



Congratulations to Poisiden Waihape, Rm 8 who won the Gold Card Draw in assembly last week. Students are given gold cards for ‘living’ the A.I.S. Way and they all look forward to Mr Thompson’s weekly draw. Well done to Aaliyah Campbell who received the Principal’s Awardand to Alazae Reremoana and Rangimarie Raimona for the Deputy Principal’s Award. 



A reminder that the following slips should be returned to school by the end of this week: 

  • 825 Bus Expectations. This needs to be returned to school if your child catches the school bus. 

  • Homework Questionnaire. We are currently reviewing our homework policy and would appreciate any input from our families. 

  • Whanau Hui meeting. This is on Monday 17th February and starts at 5pm in the school hall. 

Students can get extra copies of these slips from the school office. Thank you for your input and support. 



This school wide inquiry for term 1 at Avalon Intermediate is titled Turangawaewae and is about student belonging, kinship and whakapapa.. This is important to begin each year with this focus and help year 7s understand how we operate and their role in our school. Our assessments for Reading, Writing and Maths are now underway. Students will be doing their STAR Reading and PAT Maths tests online using our chromebooks, and they will also be completing a writing assessment over the next few weeks. Teachers use this information to inform their planning, grouping and to set goals with students in these core subject areas. 



We are also working alongside the Sustainability Trust to look at how we are looking after our community, and our place. We are trialling a recycling station with staff, in an effort to decrease our landfill and encourage the 3R’s - reduce, reuse, recycle! At our last staff meeting we learned about which plastics can be recycled in Lower Hutt and what you can (and can’t!) put in your recycling bins. Staff are now planning ways to help students learn about the importance of reducing our landfill and recycling. This week we have our classroom compost containers out during lunch break and fruit break time, this is then taken to our school compost at the end of the day. 


We will share information about our after school study centres next week, permission slips for these will be available from next week and these will begin in Week 5. The environmental group is starting this week, permission slips for this group can be picked up from Mr Crafts in Rm 5. The gardening group will meet on Tuesday afternoons this term from 2:50pm - 4:20pm. 


Ngå mihi,

Ariana Te Whetu, Principal