Newsletter 31 - October 20 2016 20 Oct 2016


The school will be closed on Monday 24th October for the Labour Day holiday.



Last week the winner of the lucky draw was Lleyton Carrol  R4:  N- NEVER GIVE UP for keeping on trying, giving everything a go.

This week’s winner is Cruz Campbell R2:   O - OUR PLACE.  He has been doing a great job looking after Our Place by keeping the playground tidy.

Well done boys, you are making good choices at Avalon Intermediate!!





A colony of honey bees ,5,000+, was welcomed to Avalon Intermediate School with a Powhiri last Friday. Our visitors from Massey University (Tama Kirikiri Sector Leader Maori Medium for Tatai Angutu, Dale Morgan Kaupapa Maori Co-ordinator, College of Creative Arts, Dr Jean-Pierre Martin, French Physicist, University of Orleans,  Professor Anne Noble, College of Creative Arts, Associate Professor  Dr Tracy  Riley,  Institute of Education &  Angela Lowe Principal Newlands Intermediate)  were called into the hall by a Karanga (Genesis Kiliata).   We are really excited about the learning opportunities the bees will give us.  We’re looking forward to adding a new dimension to the school. Parents/caregivers are welcome to come and see the Apiscope.

The Apiscope (the bees are in a perspex box which is attached to a window where they can access the outside word and pollinate.  There is a ‘bee ramp’ attached to the building that allows the bees to come and go) is the second to be installed in a classroom in Wellington and two Massey researchers are very interested to see what impact this carefully designed observation hive has on the school and its community.

The 10-year-old project is the brainchild of French physicist Jean-Pierre Martin who has overseen the installation of 80 Apiscopes in schools throughout France.  Dr Riley and Professor Noble are collaborating on a research project investigating the potential of the Apiscope to create authentic learning experiences across many areas of the curriculum.   They will support and observe how the teachers at Avalon Intermediate use the Apiscope and the impact this has on the children.  “I think there is a huge potential for the Apiscope.  There is the potential to explore big concepts like sustainability, patterns and relationships, and it’s also an opportunity to involve new kinds of communities in the life of the school, ” Riley says.

“We know from Jean-Pierre’s work in France and anecdotally that children of all ability levels, gifted and those with learning challenges, enjoy the bees. I want to document how that works and how teachers use it to meet different needs. We can learn what inspires childrens’ curiosity and use their questions and experience of wonder as learning opportunities,” Dr Riley says.


Volleyball:  the team played 3 games on Tuesday night coming away 2nd and 1st.  Wins over the two Chilton teams and a tight loss to St Bernadettes.  Well done players.

Cricket Skills started on Tuesday 18th October.  Each class will receive 6 sessions of 45 minutes alongside Sri and his team from the Taita Cricket Club. Our students are really enjoying themselves.

Cycle Skills is beginning Monday 31st October.



Please could you complete and return the parent/caregiver survey for this sports initiative with Sport New Zealand and the Hutt City Council. This initiative has seen AIS students fully involved in many sports activities over this time. We have been very fortunate to be part of this project so it would be really good if we get a good parental response to the survey.





Our band Maramatanga are performing at Brandon Intermedaite on Friday 28th November.  Good luck!!



Statements are being sent home today.  If the balance is highlighted you are in credit and do not need to pay anything.  For families who have been asked to end their automatic payments please could you action this as soon as possible.  Naturally students who are in year 8 2017 or have siblings starting at AIS please keep the automatic payment going. 



RailEx Model Train Show :  Walter Nash Centre, on 19th & 20th November 10am-5pm Saturday and 10am-4pm Sunday. 

Ian Hastie, Principal