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DNI Newsletter - Friday 31 March

Important Dates:
  • Girls Self Defense Classes, over the remainder of Term 1
  • BOT Meeting - Tuesday 4 April, 6pm in the Staffroom
  • Tuesday 11 April - Meeting for those registered for the December Tramp
  • Thursday 13 April - Last day Term 1
  • Monday 1 May - First Day Term 2
  • Swimming - Starts Term 2, Week 1 - more information to come shortly


Sports Reminders:

  • Netball Trials - Competitive Players only - Monday 3 April, 6-7pm, at the Edgar Centre. Year 7's, Court 14 and Year 8's, Court 16
  • Kiwi Hoop Trial - Year 8 Competitive boys only - Tuesday 4 April, 4:30-5:30pm, at the Edgar Centre, Court 2
  • Hockey trials - Tuesday 4 April and Wednesday 5 April, at lunchtimes at DNI. Full safety gear is needed and wooden sticks if possible.

Home-School Conferences:
Homeroom teachers have seen about 70% of all whanau to discuss start of year assessment and goals for 2017. If you have not yet seen your child’s homeroom teacher please do get in touch and make a time. We are happy to arrange a time to have a discussion by telephone if it is hard to come to school.

We hope to have seen all whanau by the end of term. Reports are issued as part of this conference.

Electives Term 3:
Our mid year electives will be held in August. Details will be available in Week one next term and you will be able to discuss options with your child and then select an elective that meets their interest (and your budget).

I’d like to give you some advance warning about the ski elective as it is more expensive and therefore you might like some time to prepare. The price will be confirmed by May, but it’s usually around $350 and you are welcome to start making regular payments now if that helps. Alternatively, we hold the ski elective every year and so you might prefer to plan for 2018. We are happy to start taking payments from January 2018.

Student Achievement:
Jayden Jesudhass (Rm13) recently won the Talent Quests at both the Portobello Blues Festival (under 16 category) in Dunedin and the Harbour Street Jazz Festival (Junior category) in Oamaru. This was the second consecutive time that Jayden won first prize at Harbour St Jazz Festival Talent Quest.

Prior to this, Jayden had participated in South Dunedin Busking Festival, and came in second at the competition (Junior category).  Amazing effort!

2016 National Standards data:

We assess all of our children at the start and end of each year in order to measure personal progress. Depending on where a child starts the year, it is wholly possible to make significant progress, but not actually reach the National Standard. Equally, it could be possible to start and end the year “above the National Standard” and not have made any progress. For this reason we provide the graphs you will have seen on our recently issued reports so that you have a clear indication of where your child is working at the start of the year, and you can track their progress over the time they are at DNI. We are very proud to report the following progress in reading, writing and mathematics in 2016.

Our end of year data indicates that:

- 93% of all students had made the expected progress (of one year) in reading

- 94% of all students had made the expected progress  (of one year) in writing

- 90% of all students had made the expected progress (of one year) in maths

- 39-45% had made accelerated progress  (of more than one year) in reading, writing and maths

- 83% of students targeted for reading made accelerated progress of more than one year

We still have some challenges around the number of children meeting the national standard and have set some further targets to continue to address this in 2017.

Our 2017 start of year data suggests that around 68% of children are working at the standard in reading, and about 50% of children are working at the standard in mathematics (we are still assessing writing). We continue to aim to accelerate the progress of children who have not yet reached the standard when they come to us, in order to better prepare them for high school.

HPV Parent Consent Forms - A Plea from the Public Health Nurse!
HPV Parent Consent Forms were due back at the school by Friday 10 March, but to date, only half have come back. So please fill in the form and return it ASAP, regardless of whether you consent to the vaccinations or not, as there is a section in the form to complete for those who decline.  There are spares at the office if you've misplaced it.  If you have any questions regarding the HPV Form or Vaccination Programme, please contact Marion O’Kane (Public Health Nurse)  on Ph: 476 9894 or 027-550 8885.

Calling on registrations of interest for the End of Year Tramp:
As part of electives in December we usually run a tramp somewhere in the lower South Island. Beds in the tramping huts fill up fast and so we need to take registrations for the tramp now. There will not be an opportunity to join the tramping elective later in the year, this is your one and only chance. 

Until we know how many students are keen we can't tell you exactly where we'll be going as this will depend on numbers, so here is the process for signing up. 
Please email or phone the office by Friday April 7 if your child would be interested in the tramp.

At 6pm on Tuesday April 11 there will be a meeting of all interested parents and students and Julie and Mike will make some suggestions and draft pricing based on numbers. This will be an opportunity for you to ask questions and make suggestions. A finalised plan will then be available at the start of Term 2. 


Police Vetting:

The New Zealand Police have informed us that they are looking to implement a cost recovery with their police vetting service later this year.  This is likely to come into effect around July.  We would encourage you to come in and complete your vetting documentation prior to this if you think you might be a parent helper on a camp in the next few years, or a volunteer to help with swimming, electives etc. 

At the moment there is no charge, just bring in two forms of ID (passport or birth certificate, and driver licence, etc - one ID must have a photo) and the office team can send it away.  Police vets last for three (3) years.

Wanted - Any RESENE paint/test pots:
The Year 8 Art modules are entering the Resene Mural competition and have to use Resene Paint.  Any contributions welcome.  Please leave outside the art room door in the design lobby.
Make it a family weekend at the 3rd Annual Wanaka Trail Ride -  a unique trailbike ride that caters for all ages and abilities and attracts over 500 enthusiasts from across the South Island. The course covers the stunning hill-country of Deep Creek, Long Gully and Lindis Peak Stations, near Tarras.
This joint fundraiser for Wanaka Primary School and Montessori Children’s House Wanaka raised $28,000 last year, benefiting many young families in the community.
Pre-register online now for discounted entry fees and a chance to win fantastic prizes!
Visit or contact Nicolle on 022 139 3021 for general enquiries.

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