NEWSLETTER NO. 26 : 1/9/16 01 Sep 2016



    NEWSLETTER NO. 26 :    1/9/16




We have 3 more weeks of term 3 to go (15 days).  At this time it is sometimes challenging for us with some students not as focused as they should be and making poor choices.  Learning is the No. 1 criteria, followed closely by students being focused and organised to offer positive, proactive learning.  We are being let down by a small number of students who are making unwise decisions and not taking responsibility for their own actions which is spoiling it for many others.  Our patience is getting stretched with us dealing with ongoing poor decision making.



The expectations of Avalon Intermediate School are as follows;  please discuss them with your child –

1.  Come to school prepared for learning (ie pens, pencils, books)
2.  Bring your lunch (or money to order) and morning tea
3.  Be in full school uniform – this includes PE uniform
4.  Get to school on time wearing correct uniform including correct sports shoes
5.  Ensure you have a good nights sleep so that you are ready to learn when you get here
6.  Behave positively so that learning takes place and teachers can teach
7.  Assist your teachers by working with them
8.  Be polite and well mannered



You may have seen in the news the NZEI teachers and support staff  and PPTA (technology staff) have called for combined Union meetings to inform education workers of their stance on recently announced government initiatives. The meeting for our area is THURSDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER AT 1.30PM at Walter Nash Stadium. This meeting which is a legitimate paid union meeting has been called because of the changes being proposed by the Government around funding of schools.

For AIS students this will mean that they LEAVE AT 12.30PM WITH BUSES LEAVING AT 12.35pm. It is important with the meeting being held at Walter Nash Centre that all students go straight home at 12:35 and stay at home. For those families who are really stuck we will have 3 staff who are not union members at school till 2:50pm. (A separate letter will accompany this newsletter outlining this option for parents/caregivers.)



Thank you to all families who came to their child’s classroom meeting either on Monday or Tuesday nights.  It is great to have school and home coming together in this informal way. We have now had 6 classroom meetings over the last 2 years and for some families this has been an extra 6 positive interactions with the school learning about what goes on in rooms. The meetings could be even better, however for that to happen it requires most students to be represented at each meeting. I urge all year 7 parents to think about that for next year’s meetings – the more parent/caregivers the better!!!



 Gold Coin Donation Please

We are supporting KidsCan by joining in with their national fundraising day.   This is a charity that supports the education of thousands of NZ children nationwide (including Avalon Intermediate).   They give food, clothing, shoes and basic health & hygiene products directly to children in need in partnership with the schools they attend. 






Karen Morgan the new Principal of Taita College spoke about Taita College on Tuesday.  If your child is intending to enrol at Taita College please could you fill in their enrolment form quickly as they are starting their interview processes on the 7th & 8th September but they do need all the enrolment forms in NOW please. Taita College enrolment forms may be left at our office. A number of students are clearly going to Taita and have not completed their enrolment forms. These can be picked up from the school office & returned to us also.



Please read and reply to the notice on the back of last week’s newsletter;  he performs on Friday 9th September. We have also included another notice to be completed and returned tomorrow for those students who have not done so. It is an opportunity to see an excellent show and we want students attending.  The cost is $5.00.



The swimming programme for those students who participated was excellent.  I have to say that I have been very disappointed with the numbers actually taking part in the programme, clearly the swimming ability of students is better than I first thought.  We charged students based on 200 taking part in the lessons but unfortunately did not get anywhere near that number.  As I have said before too many of our students cannot swim well and these lessons were an excellent opportunity to get better.


Basketball results: Yr boys win, Yr 8 boys loss &  Yr 8 girls loss.



On Wednesday 14th September our Rangatira have organised a school disco for our Avalon Intermediate students.  A separate letter with a permission form will be sent home separately.  The cost will be $3.

                                                      GOLD CARD LUCKY DRAW

Congratulations to Rachel Fairbairn, R2  who was the lucky winner of the gold draw this week being rewarded for our ACROSTIC L- LEARNER/LEADER for attending to her work.  Yay Rachel!


Ian Hastie, Principal