Term 3 - Week 9 16 Sep 2020 AVALON INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL Raapa 16 o Mahuru- Wednesday 16th September Term 3, Week 9 Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori It’s cool to korero Maori! This is a great opportunity to celebrate and encourage regular use of Te Reo Maori in our kura. Our school challenge is to greet and farewell each other in Te Reo Maori, not just this week but every week of the year. Next term our school will be learning to play Ki o Rahi and we have 50 students who have expressed an interest in participating in an Intermediate tournament in Term 4 Week 3. We have Jason Tangianau from Kokiri Marae coming in to run 3 sessions with our students which start this Thursday. If you play (or have played!) Ki o Rahi and are able to come in and help our tamariki then get in touch - we would love to have our whanau on board too. COVID-19 Update Our extended community is continuing to take COVID-19 seriously through using the COVID tracer App, staying away if they are sick, seeking medical advice and getting tested if recommended to do so. Thank you all, for your efforts. While we are doing the right things, it is important that we continue to pay attention to the right information. Misinformation is designed to create panic, fear and confusion. Check your source. Get the real deal from the Ministry of Health or Unite Against COVID-19 websites. The Ministry of Education also provides information for schools and early learning services including specific information for parents and caregivers. Our knowledge of COVID-19 is developing quickly. But misinformation spreads further and faster. Be part of the solution. Don’t share posts or stories if you’re not sure if they’re true or aren’t from trusted sources like the Ministry of Health or Unite Against COVID-19 websites. Turbo Touch Tournament - Friday 18th September On Friday we are taking the school to Walter Nash and the Ricoh Centre for our annual Turbo Touch Tournament. We have had to adapt the daily programme because there is a limited number of students allowed in Walter Nash at any one time. Alissa Murdoch has done a great job organising the day, and we have booked buses to transport the students between the venues. Unfortunately because we are at Alert Level 2 we cannot have any spectators - we are really sorry that we can’t celebrate this exciting event with you all! Students should all wear their PE top to school and must bring a packed lunch and water bottle to school on Friday. Sports Draws (this week) Basketball Draw Wednesday 16th September Water Polo Draw Wednesday 16th September Badminton Draw Thursday 17th September Netball Draw Saturday 19th September Year 7 Boys v Naenae 8.00pm Year 8 Boys v Tui Glen 6.40pm Year 7 Girls v St Orans 6.40pm Year 8 Girls v Naenae 6.00pm There are two games this week: St Orans 5:35pm Hutt Int at 6:05pm AIS Tui vs Naenae 3:45pm AIS Kahu vs HIBS 4:50pm AIS Masters vs Naenae 4:50pm AIS Ruru v Naenae 4:50pm Ferns v Maungaraki 9.45am court 9 Diamonds v Maidstone 8.30am court 3 Rm 8 Trip to the National Library On the 12 of September (last Friday) Room 8 went on an amazing trip to the National Library in Wellington City. We went there to prepare our work for our Precious Exhibition that we are a part of. We introduced ourselves and explained what our taonga (precious object) was and what it meant for us. We went through the process of labelling our taonga, we had to do our signatures on the pieces of papers, we took photos with our taonga, planned the opening of our exhibition, and went down to the basement which was full of NZ history books. We got to see the original Te Tiriti o Waitangi, the suffrage signing and the Declaration of Independence. about our precious items and to have a look around the national library. Thank you to our parent/adult helpers who came with us; Linda Richmond, Gema Pikari and Ioane Poasa. Written by Jessica Wiggins and Persia Edmonds Araia te kino and protect yourself and your whanau. Nga mihi, Ariana Te Whetu