TERM 4 - WEEK 5 13 Nov 2020



Rapare 13 o Whiringa-a-Rangi/Friday 13th November 

Term 4, Week 5




A separate letter for the Year 8 dinner has gone home today. It will be held at the Cossie Club in Upper Hutt on Thursday 3rd December. The cost for the event is $30 and this needs to be paid at the school office by Wednesday 25th November so we can confirm final numbers for catering. This is always a special evening with dancing, celebrations and beautiful kai! 



A reminder that our school swimming programme starts next week for those students who will be having free lessons. They need to bring their togs and a towel to school each day on the following dates: 

Monday 16th November - Thursday 19th November (Week 6)

Monday 23rd November - Thursday 26th November (Week 7)



We were very pleased to welcome our Lower Hutt Mayor, Campbell Barry, to our kura today. We had a mihi whakatau in our school hall and then he met with staff and students. Campbell Barry is the youngest city Mayor to be elected in the history of NZ and he was born and raised in the mighty Wainuiomata! It’s great to learn that he attended his local primary, intermediate and high school and he wants Lower Hutt to be the best place in NZ to grow up. Our Kapa Haka and Poly Club did a fantastic job welcoming him to AIS.  A big mihi to our staff that helped 



Thank you to our 4 PAL’s (Physical Activity Leaders) who attended the “Run and Become” Workshop at the Ricoh Centre on Wednesday. Taylor Cooper, Hayley Delaney, Arden Dougherty & Jah Reremoana are our ambassadors for Round the Bays 2021. Registrations for students AND parents to be part of the AIS group will be open SOON. 

Thank you to Mandi Lancely for accompanying our PALS to the workshop.  








An important piece of work we have been doing this year is reviewing our school vision and values. We recently asked whanau to give feedback on what we are doing well, what we can improve on and what values are important for our school. I will be sharing the feedback with you over the next few weeks and we will come back to share our proposed vision and values later in the term. 


As part of our consultation throughout 2020, the most common things that students, staff and whanau say that the things that AIS does really well are: 

  • Valuing students as individuals

  • Caring for our students

  • Encouraging and supporting learners

  • Relating well to students 

  • Making learning fun 

  • Supporting students and whanau 


As part of our consultation throughout 2020, the most common values from students, staff and whanau are: 

  • Manaakitanga

  • Whanaungatanga

  • Respect

  • Kindness

  • Confidence

  • Compassion

  • Diversity

  • Honesty

  • Resilience 

  • Wellbeing 


When we asked students what they want AIS to be famous for they said…

  • The annual turbo touch tournament!

  • Cultural diversity

  • Sports

  • More than just an education

  • Our performance groups; Kapa Haka, Band, Poly 

  • Understanding others 






A group of students in Rm 2 put a proposal to our BOT earlier in the year, asking if we can sell sports hoodies for our students. They organised quotes from different companies, helped with design and then met with a supplier. Anvesha Krishnann attended a BOT meeting to talk about this with our board members and we are really pleased that they agree this is a great idea for our school. It is important that students and whanau understand that these are sports hoodies and do not replace our normal school jersey. They can only be worn to sporting events e.g. Wednesday Basketball games at Walter Nash, Saturday Netball at Taita Courts and/or inter-school sporting events AND students can wear them on the weekend. Some important information: 

  • Students cannot wear them to school though as we think it is really important to keep our daily school uniform the same. 

  • Our board of trustees also decided that the student’s first name or surname must be printed on the sports hoody but not nicknames. You can see if the photo below what that will look like, where we have printed ‘Staff’. 

  • Orders for these sports hoodies can be made through our school office from next week and will close on Wednesday 25th November. We will then put the order through to our supplier, who will have them delivered on Thursday 10th December (the second to last day of school). If your child is a Year 7, they will be able to order them at the beginning of next year too. 

  • Our BOT appreciate that there are a lot of expenses for families at this time of the year and have agreed to subsidise the hoodies for our students, we are not making a profit from these but want our students to look smart and tidy at sporting events. We have a range of sizes for students to try on before they order them. (Some larger students may need to purchase the adult sized hoodies). 


Children’s sizes available: 10, 12 and 14 and these are $45 each (including the printing of the name) 

Adult sizes available:  S, M, L, XL, 2XL and these are $50 each (including the printing of the name) 










Nga manaakitanga,


Ariana Te Whetu, Principal