Newsletter Number 4 - Wairau Intermediate School

Becroft Drive, Forrest Hill, North Shore City 0620 Ph 410 7805 Fax 410 7985
School email: [email protected] Board email: [email protected]
ear Parents and Caregivers
What a busy two weeks we have had. It is no wonder the term goes so quickly! I continue to be impressed by the wonderful tone in the school and the commitment of our students to their learning.
Lilley and Jaylen McAllister. The final fundraising figure is not
yet available but as of today, the total raised by our school and the
four “shavees” stands at $4,707. This is an amazing effort and
we are extremely proud of Julie, Luke, Jordan and Jaylen.
As mentioned in previous newsletters, the annual
Shore to Shore Fun run will be held this Sunday, 30
March at 9.00am. We are delighted that this year we have
113 entries as this is similar to the number of participants
last year. All entries, whether they be students or friends
and family, help in determining the money that comes back
to our school for sports equipment.
The “before” photos
We are having a sausage sizzle on Milford Reserve at the
conclusion of the run. Sausages will be on sale for $2.00
each. This will be a wonderful family day and we look
forward to seeing you there.
Congratulations to Jordyn Oakley who competed in
the Auckland Intermediate Schools’ Equestrian
championship recently. In her class, Jordyn finished first in
the jumping and second in the pacing and manners. Well
done Jordyn.
The “after” photo
A huge thank you also to Gail Martin who volunteered her time
and expertise to shave our brave four.
Earlier this week we sent home order forms for our school
jacket which is a winter uniform option. The jackets cost
$80 and are available in sizes 8, 10, 12, 14, S, M, L. We have
sample sizes available if you wish to look at them. All orders
must be in by Friday 11 April.
Jordyn Oakley on her horse “Polly”
Our boys’ softball team competed in the Year Eight
Auckland championship last week against teams from
across Auckland. They represented the school with pride and skill
and finished 7th out of 12 teams.
What an amazing assembly we had last Wednesday!! Julie
Leigh (teacher 1/4) decided to support the Shave for a Cure
foundation and their fundraising for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer
research and support. Julie’s decision to shave her head for this
cause drew the immediate support of the Board, staff, students and
parents/caregivers. Three students made the brave decision to
further support Julie and the Shave for a Cure Foundation, by
getting sponsors to have their heads shaved.
Thank you to all of you who supported Julie, Luke Crosby, Jordan
We are in the process of testing students across the
school in Mathematics and Reading. These tests are
important in helping us identify students who may need
extra assistance in these areas. They also help us identify
students who would benefit from sitting the University of
New South Wales tests in English, Maths and Science later
in the year.
This Friday from 11.35am to 12.35pm Michelle
Bluemel from the NZ Police will be working with
our cyclists to reinforce safe skills on the road.
Many thanks to those families that have already paid the
school donation. Many schools charge fees for ICT, Technology classes, and other activities. We have resisted this trend,
but do rely on the donation to help fund the many extra things we
offer. Donations are $150.00 per child or $250.00 per family, payable at the school office or via internet banking. If paying by internet banking, please enter “your child’s name, donation”. A receipt
will be sent home with your child.
Our school bank account is: 12 3109 0011778 00
As part of our science technology programme, a group of
Year Seven students from Block Two visited Tiritiri Matangi recently. Professor Dianne Brunton led the tour of the island
and talked to the group about animal behaviour and the different
bird songs and their meanings.
Boys’ soccer trials began this week for those students interested in representing the school in zone days. Yesterday the
boys were given a letter to take home which gives more detailed
information. The boys’ zone days will be held on 12 and 14 May.
Trialling and training for the girls’ soccer team will be held each
Thursday until the end of term. The girls’ zone days will be held
on 19 and 20 May.
Grant Murray - Principal
BIRTHDAY GREETINGS to the following
students who have birthdays between
26 March and 9 April: Aaliyah Luna, Caleb Koko, Katelyn Feck, Ananya
Kumar, Ryleigh Wyatt, Vanessa
Macdonald, Danny Lam, Yo Han
Kim, Xavier Dunn, Sean Hansen,
Isaac Kim, Lochlan Worth-Thompson
28 Mar
30 Mar
1 Apr
1 Apr
1 Apr
2 Apr
2 Apr
8 Apr
17 Apr
Tag Zone Day at Sunnynook Park
Shore to Shore Fun Run
1/2 & 1/4 Art Gallery Trip
Girls Tennis Zone Day
Block 2 Goat Island Trip
Block Three Museum Trip
Boys Tennis Zone Day
BoT meeting 6.30pm
Term One ends at 3.00pm
2014 Term Dates:
Term 1 30 J an-17 April
Term 2 5 May-4 July
Term 3 21 J ul-26 Sept
Term 4 13 Oct-12 Dec
JO LARSEN-HARRIS is an Ar ts Ther apist
(MAAT, reg. ANZATA, PostGradDip Adult Educ,
BA) and has a private therapy practice in Birkenhead.
With a person centred, mindful and strengths-based
approach, Jo assists her clients work through their issues. Jo works with children, young people and adults
and currently has openings for clients. Contact Jo on
021 0364 777 or see
CHILD, YOUTH ND FAMILY - all young people
need a safe and loving home where they feel they belong. If you think you may be able to open up your
home, talk to us. Ph Denise East-Lip on 985 4704
GLENFIELD TENNIS CLUB - School Holiday programme - Tues 22-Thurs 24 April 9am-12noon $50 per
child or $20 per day and Mon 28-Fri 2 May 9am12noon $95 per child or $20 per day. These sessions
will have fun while learning skills to play better tennis.
For more info phone John Carlyon on 479 5372 or 021
655 482, email [email protected]
UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND, Holiday Wor kshops: Painting, 22-24 April, Mixed Media 28 April-1
May. Term 2 art classes for children and teachers - 715+yrs Mon-Thurs 4.00-5.30pm and Sat 9.00am &
11.00am, 5yrs up at 11.00am. Classes begin Mon 5
May. Where: Children’s Art School, University of
Auckland, Epsom. For more info phone 623 8858 or
email [email protected]
rates available. Delivery area is Forrest Hill. Contact
Julie/Elaine on 489 5049 at Barfoot & Thompson
Environmental Corner
STEVIA: We have been gr owing Stevia which is a plant that can r eplace sugar because of its sweetness. The plant
has a long history of medicinal uses in South America. Stevia originated from Brazil and is up to 300 times sweeter than
sugar. Its other names are Sweet Leaf and Sugar Leaf.
JOB’S TEARS: We have also been gr owing J ob’s Tear s which is an ancient plant that produces hard seeds which thousands of years ago in Asia were
used to make rosary beeds and necklaces. The environmental group have
used the seeds to make their own creative jewellery.