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DNI Newsletter - Friday 7 April
Important Dates:
  • Girls Self Defense Classes, over the remainder of Term 1
  • Tuesday 11 April, 6pm - 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 

Student Achievements:
What a great few days we've had!  Over the weekend our very own Equestrian Team made up of Paris Cooper, Zara Geddes and Brook Holt won the Primary Team Trophy at the East Otago Equine Day.

Special mention goes to Zara for being awarded Champion of the section.  Thanks to the parents and caregivers (and ponies) who got up early and put so much into making this happen.

On Monday night, our DNI Tigers Rippa team - Andre Taani, Hoani Singh, Dallas Kernan, Maui Nixon, Isaiah Mafi, Logan and Tom O'Neill - won their the Term 1 Intermediate Rippa Competition!

Then yesterday we had three students, Zara Geddes, Jake Owen and Taya Kain, travel to Cromwell to compete in the Otago Primary School Triathlon Champs. All three had qualified at the Dunedin Triathlon held in March.

Amazingly two of our students won medals! Taya came second, and Jake came third. Outstanding!


We love to celebrate the achievements of our talented students whether it be in sports, music, art etc. but if it's outside of school time we often don't hear about it or don't know the full details.

Please help us, by emailing and This will ensure the information gets through to the newsletter and to Andrea who co-ordinates the Achievers Wall that is completed at the end of each year.

Module Reports:

We have a new system for sending our module reports in 2017. In the past you got a report twice a year, but we feel that this reporting is quite disjointed as you will often get the report many months after your child participated in the module. This year we are sharing reports after each module via a google folder (you will get an email inviting you to view). If you have not received one, please contact the office or the teacher your child last had for modules.

Creek Fest:      
On Sunday 26 March a few of my fellow classmates and I went to Creek Fest to educate the public about our decreasing fresh water supply and how to keep our oceans clean!  I really enjoyed the fact that the public were willing to learn about the problems that we Enviro Groupers were addressing.  ”That was really interesting, I never knew that we had so little drinking water’’, was a common response to our ‘How much water is in the world?’ demonstration.  A look of understanding dawned on every face of every person that watched our ‘storm drain’ demonstration.  I personally loved Creek Fest and the fact that there are people out there that are willing to learn.

By H W Mullins



Tramp Meeting:
Registrations are now closed for the Term 4 Tramp. Julie and Mike will be holding a meeting to discuss plans and logistics on Tuesday April 11, at 6pm in the Design Lobby. If you are interested in attending as a parent please ensure you are at this meeting.

DNI Office Hours over the Holidays:

Over the two weeks of the school holidays, the DNI office will be open on Wednesdays and Thursdays only, 9am - 3pm.

HPV Parent Consent Forms - Please!
We're still missing HPV Parent Consent Forms for 35 of our Year 8's!  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.

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


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.


(As an enviroschool, we like to encourage recycling and re-use when possible)



* CLEAN COTTON or CALICO FABRIC / ZIPS / BUTTONS / THREAD - for Fabrics Technology.  If you can help, please drop to the Office.

* ANY RESENE PAINT / TEST POTS - for Art. 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.

Kaikorai Junior Rugby
U12 & U13 Rugby at Kaikorai.  Increased registration numbers means an extra team this season, with space for a few more players.   Assistance is available for families for which the cost of playing is a barrier.   Contact Simon Anderson 0274 988 009.
St Clair Golf Club Holiday Programme
Would your child/children be interested in playing a game that provides skills for life?
Then why not send them along to give it a try? Plenty of fun guaranteed to be had!
Expert tuition from St. Clair Golf Club’s professional will be sure to send your kids home with a grounding for the great game of golf!

Dates: Tuesday 18 – Wednesday 19 April9:00am – 12:00pmThursday 20 – Friday 21 April9:00am – 12:00pmThursday 27 – Friday 28 April9:00am – 12:00pm.
Cost: $60.00 per child

For further information contact or (03)487 -7076


Basketball Otago Holiday Programme
Sessions led by Basketball Otago development officer Natalie Visger and local coaches. A focus on skill development, competition, and fun!

Date: Tuesday 18 April – Friday 21 April
Cost: $100 per child, 2 children - $150, 3 children - $200
Year 1 – 8, 9:00am – 12:00pm and Year 9 – 13, 12:00pm - 2:00pm

For further information contact




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