TERM 2 - WEEK 9 12 Jun 2020


Ramere 12 o Piripi - Friday 12th June

Term 2, Week 9



Alert Level 1

It is great news that we are now at Alert Level 1. For schools this will mean:

·   If people are sick, they should stay home (phone Healthline or their GP and get tested if they have cold or flu symptoms)

·   Wash and dry hands, sneeze and cough into elbow

·   Regularly disinfect shared surfaces

·   Soap, water and the ability to dry hands should be provided in bathrooms.

We are really pleased that we can have our full school assemblies together again! Students on the school bus are allowed to stand again so our school bus run has resumed as normal. 



Alazae Reremoana is the winner of the Principal’s Award this week. Alazae is a wonderful role model, is always positive and offers to help others. 


The winner of our Gold Card Draw this week was Madison Ritchie. Well done Madison for modelling our Avalon Values so well at our school. 


Winter Sports Update

Now that we are at Alert Level 1, our winter sports are resuming. Mrs Makisi organises school netball which is held on Saturdays at Taita Courts, and Mr Crafts organises the Wednesday basketball games which are at Walter Nash on Wednesday evenings. Students participating in these competitions have returned permission slips to these teachers and we are currently organising teams. Confirmation of teams will be sent home next week. 

Basketball starts on Wednesday 24th June and netball begins on Saturday 20th June. 


Term 2 Reports 

Our 2020 Term 2 Report is being sent home today. It will be followed by a learning conference with the student, parents/caregivers and teacher next week.  These meetings are a really important part of our school calendar. The purpose is for teachers to meet with the student and whanau, and to discuss student learning goals and needs.  Normally we have a goal-setting meeting at the end of term 1, which obviously we missed this year.  


The report includes a general comment about how your child has settled in this year, a student reflection on what they are enjoying and looking forward to, and their achievement in Reading, Maths and Writing, with 2 learning goals for each subject. This midyear report gives you a snapshot of where your child was in terms of curriculum levels when they were tested at the beginning of term 1. This is a long time ago now but due to the intervening school closure and the challenges of distance learning during lockdown, this data is the best we have at the moment.  The tests we are reporting on are nationally-normed assessments, and are generally only one of the tools teachers use to judge each student’s achievement level.  We always expect a ‘summer lag’, where student achievement drops a bit when they are away from the class learning environment for a few weeks, so if you see that your child is  not doing as well as you expect, this could be one reason. If you are concerned about this or don’t understand what the report says please discuss these things with the classroom teacher at the follow-up interviews.


Nationally-normed assessment explanation

STAR Reading assessment.  The result is expressed as a stanine, with 1 the lowest and 9 the highest, and 5 being the middle and expected level for that year. It is the same across the country.

PAT Maths test. The result is also expressed as a stanine. Stanine 1 is the lowest, 9 the highest. The expected, average achievement is stanine 5. 

EasTTle Writing assessment.  Students complete a piece of writing in a limited time period, and this is marked by the teacher using specific criteria about different aspects of writing. This includes their ideas, the structure and language they use, the types of sentences and punctuation they use, how they organise their writing and how well they spell. The result is the curriculum level that the sample showed they are writing at.  Curriculum Level 4 is generally the level expected for years 7 and 8 - intermediate school.  For easTTle, each curriculum level is then split into 3 sub-levels: b (beginning), p (proficient) and a (advanced).  


School Newsletter Update

A reminder that we will be sending school newsletters home on Fridays until the end of term 3. If you do not receive the newsletter by email, please call Leanne in the school office 5677 453 or email admin@ais.school.nz and she will add you to the mailing list. Paper copies of the newsletter are available for families who do not have access to email. 


Take care,


Ariana Te Whetu 


Learning Conversations/Interviews are available between Monday 15th June and Tuesday 23rd June from 3:00pm - 5:00pm on most days. Teachers have set their availability so it does vary across classrooms. Late night options are available on Tuesday 16th June and Wednesday 17th June. 

If these dates and times do not work for you, please email your child’s classroom teacher and they will organise a suitable time with you. 


To book your interview, go to www.schoolinterviews.co.nz/code in your browser, and enter the event code x66u7

  1. First enter your name, your student's name, and your email address. 

  1. Choose the TYPE of interview you would like - Face to Face    OR    Google Meet    OR    Phone call 

  1. Select the teacher(s) you want to meet. Technology teachers are available if you would like to meet with them too.

  1. Then you'll see a timetable showing when your chosen teachers are available. Simply click on the times that suit you.

When you have finished, your interview timetable will be emailed to you. And you can return to the site and enter the event code  x66u7 again to change or cancel your interview.

If you don't have internet access, please call Leanne at the school office (5677 453) and she will be able to make a booking for you.