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DNI Newsletter - Friday 19 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.  


Kickstart Breakfast Club
New to DNI from this Monday - start the day the Weetbix way!  
8:00-8:25 am in the Food Tech Room, Monday - Fridays.  
Open to all.

Fundraising for ICT:
We're looking for a team of parents who would be willing to run a Whittaker's Chocolate fundraiser. This would involve a small team who would be willing to order the products and manage the issuing and return of the chocolate to families for sale.

Would you please contact Anne if you would be interested in being a part of this team.

Opportunity to design a Skate Park:Image result for skatepark images
We have many children happily engaged in scooting and skateboarding at breaktimes. As I drive home each night I also see many young people at the skatepark behind the railway station and this has gotten me thinking! Is it viable to create a skatepark in North Dunedin?
This is blue sky thinking and to be honest I have absolutely no idea how possible it is but I would like to throw this opportunity open to our students to explore more. 

My idea follows:
Interested students would be released from ‘topic’ learning in class for the next 20 weeks. These students would work in teams, of no more than two, to fully design, plan and cost a skatepark. This would include costings and funding opportunities, a CAD design that meets legal requirements, and an analysis of the pros and cons for DNI. An ‘expert’ would be engaged in September to assess the proposals and determine the top three. These three would be presented to the Board in October by the students.

Students would need to understand that this is a challenging project and they will be expected to work to a standard that ‘professional designers’ might be expected to - there will be lots of new understandings that students will need to commit to.
There would also be an expectation that students given this opportunity will be fully committed to their reading, writing and maths lessons in order to earn the time and trust  that will be allocated to the design of the skatepark. There would be a level of independence that will require a high level of integrity.  Parental approval is essential.

If this sounds like your child’s cup of tea then I’d like to hear from parents who would be interested in further discussion around this. 
Could you email me to express your interest.

Student Absences:
Just a reminder that if your child is going to be away from school for either a planned reason, or being unwell, please ring the office or if you're emailing please cc  

This ensures the Office staff who complete the absences process get the information in a timely manner, as the start of day is a busy time for our teachers so they often don't get to check their emails/phone messages until later in the day.

Congratulations to these DNI students who were selected to trial for the Metropolitan Junior Weight Grade Rugby Teams:

Under-48kg             Beau Lundy
Under-65kg Gold    Isaiah Mafi and Liam Ashton
Under-65kg Blue    Tom O’Neill, Dylan Harris and Alex Parkes

And, hot off the press we can so far confirm Tom and Alex were selected for the Under-65kg Blue team!

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. 

Summer Electives: 
We are going to need to move Term 4 electives due to not being able to secure bookings for the Routeburn on the dates that we hoped for. 

Electives will therefore be the week starting October 30. Apologies for any inconvenience this causes. 

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.
(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.


Otago softball is on the search for keen female players aged between 9 - 12. We are offering winter training for those that may be interested in playing softball in the 2017-2018 season. We will kick start the training on 18 June and 25 June at the Edgar Centre from 1:30-2:30pm. 

For any families that would like more information they are most welcome to contact:

Coach - De Thomson - 022 371 9922 /
Manager - Lynne Harwood - 027 350 0226 /


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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