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DNI Newsletter - Friday 12 May

Important Dates:
  • Sunday 21 May, Winter Electives registration close
  • Friday 26 May, Pink Shirt Day Mufti Day
  • Tuesday 30 May, 6pm - BOT meeting, in the staffroom

Winter Electives:
Winter Electives run for Week 4 of Term 3 (August 14 - 17). Please find below the most popular options as voted by the students and an approximate budget (the final budget will be with 10% of the estimate). We ask that you discuss the options with your children and select the elective that suits your child's interest and your budget. 

Registrations for electives close on May 21 and we will then determine which electives will go ahead based on numbers.  We will be able to confirm which elective your child is registered in, and the final cost by June 14.  PLEASE DO NOT PAY FOR YOUR ELECTIVE UNTIL YOU HAVE HAD CONFIRMATION, WHICH YOU CAN EXPECT BY JUNE 14.

Swimming Term 2:
A reminder that during Term 2 - Rooms 3, 4 and 13 have their swimming lessons on Mondays, 11am-12:30pm at the pool; and on Wednesdays Rooms 8, 11, and 16 are at the pool 9:30-11:00am  and Rooms 1, 10 and 14 are at the pool 11:00-12:30pm.

Please also note that if your child is unwell, and therefore unable to participate in the school programme, you will need to arrange care for them. It becomes a safety issue for us if we have non-swimmers to supervise that we have not planned for and so we expect that if children are well enough to attend school, they are well enough to participate in swimming. We will also do our best to contact you if children forget their togs, but we will hire togs and towels (charged to your account) if we can't get hold of you.

Congratulations to Rebeeca Fisher who coaches aerobics at DNI. She has been selected for the NZ team to compete in Holland in October. This has been a two year journey that looked doubtful at one point after Rebecca suffered an ankle injury requiring surgery.  There are athletes from lots of different countries of different age groups competing as individuals, pairs, trios and bigger groups, and the hip hop world champs are also held at this event. 

Rebecca will be performing in Dunedin at the Kings High Performing Arts Centre (along with the other aerobics girls she coaches, including Naima Woodrow, Caitlin Hewson, Zara Geddes, Caitlin McDonald Waters, Amelia James-Pirie and Isabel McNaughton from DNI ) in August.  More info on this event can be found at

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School Cancellation Procedure:
With winter upon us, please note the procedure that we follow if the school has to close, or open late, due to weather conditions. This procedure sits under our Health and Safety Policy. It has been written for the purpose of ensuring that staff and students can travel to school safely.

The Otago Primary Principals Association elect representatives each year who determine whether schools will open late, or at all, when weather conditions are questionable. In the first instance the advice of the Otago Primary Principals Association Representative will be followed, as broadcast on local radio stations.  An email will be sent out and posts undated on Facebook and our website.  

However it is possible that DNI School may need to close or start late, when other schools are not affected, if we are not able to get enough staff to school for a safe opening.  Ultimately individual safety of students is at the discretion of parents and caregivers who need to consider their own circumstances and whether it is safe to travel to school.

We have to consider staffing of the school to be able to open so this becomes more problematic if kindergartens and primary schools close as many of our staff have young children. Further to this, we have a number of staff living in the hill suburbs and as far away as Waitati and Mosgiel and so even if the snow around school is not significant these factors must be considered. This is always a difficult decision and we appreciate your patience in this matter.

Bus information on late start days:
The buses are out of our control and many of them run at normal time regardless of whether we are starting late. Please be aware that on late start days you should plan to get your children to school independently of the bus. Please DO NOT send children on the bus, regardless of whether it is running until you know that school will be opening. We will make this decision by 8:30am. 



Friday 26 May is Pink Shirt Day, a day to make a stand against bullying. It’s a Mufti Day and students need to wear at least one pink item and bring a gold coin donation. All funds raised will go to support the local ChatBus service.

ChatBus sees more and more children every year (555 in 2016) and the demand for their service continues to grow. More schools want them for more hours, and although this is great, with no increase in funding, it leaves ChatBus in a vulnerable position. They need to raise an extra $50,000 this year to maintain the service to the children of Dunedin and Mosgiel.


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HOCKEY: 2017 Otago Under 13 Representative Trials
(Girls' Collier and Boys' Hatch Squads)

The trials will take place on Saturday 24 June 2017 (Call Back Trial Saturday 1 July 2017) and registrations are being taken now. 

For more information and to register your child click the link at the following address: 

Or checkout Otago Hockey website / Representative / U13 Hatch Boys Development Teams or U13 Collier Girls Development Teams.

Does your child enjoy singing?  Are they aged between 9 and 13 years? Then you might like to check out the Southern Children’s Choir! Established in 2007 to fulfil a need in Dunedin for a children’s choir that explores a wide variety of music, the choir is led by a professional musical director and brings opportunities for the children to perform to an audience in diverse settings.

The Southern Children’s Choir meet each Wednesday of the school term in Marama Hall at the University of Otago from 6:30pm until 8:00pm. 

Check us out at our upcoming concert at: Dunedin Public Library on Saturday 27th May at 1:15pm. 
Or visit our Facebook page    
Auditions will be taking place in June for any children interested in joining the choir. For more details contact Rebecca at 



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