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DNI Newsletter - Wednesday 21 June

Important Dates:
  • DNI Swimming Sports, Friday 30 June at Moana Pool
  • BOT Meeting,  Tuesday 4 July in the Staffroom
  • DNI Science Fair open to view, Wednesday 5 July 3-5pm in the DNI hall
  • Last day Term 2 - Friday 7 July
  • First day Term 3 - Monday 24 July

What a whirlwind of a term! As of this week we are now working from our new (but temporary offices) in the library, where we expect we’ll be stationed for about a year. The hand demolition started on Monday and machine demolition will likely start next week. This kept us very busy last week as we moved so please do phone or email us if you are waiting on anything that may have been missed or lost in the move.

A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of joining 22 other principal’s from the Otago region as part of the Māori Achievement Collaborative. 157 principals are involved nationwide and our goal is to improve outcomes for all of our Māori students. Research confirms that what works for Māori, works for all. We were warmly welcomed to the Otakou Marae on Monday and had another hui, hosted here at DNI on the Friday where we looked at the Kai Tahu Education Strategy. This is an exciting project to be involved in and reminds me that learning is a lifelong journey.


Science Fair
As you will be aware, the students have all been working very hard in class on their science fair projects. They will be completed by week 10 and the judges will judge them on Wednesday 5 July. The hall will be open to parents, caregivers, friends and family to come and view the range of science fair projects from 3pm-5pm on Wednesday 5 July.  

Student Achievements!
Congratulations to Nick Brett for making the under-14’s squad representing Otago at the NZ National Futsal Competition in Palmerston North from 14 - 16 July.

Taddy Kleffman has also been doing very well with his horseriding.  In February he won the Twilight Showjumping hack competition. Then the Dunedin Branch Ponyclub won the Southern Teams eventing trophy too. This in an annual team event in Invercargill. This year 10 teams were competing against each other and Taddy was part of the winning team with a counting score.  Well done!

Jayden Jesudhass competed in Gore at the NZ Gold Guitar Awards over the Queen's Birthday Weekend.  He entered 7 sections (two intermediate and five juniors), and got into finals for 6 sections.  He eventually received a Highly Commended for Traditional Intermediate, won two categories (Country Rock Junior and Instrumental Intermediate), and got the Overall Runner-Up title as well. Awesome!

And we’re also very proud of our ex-students at King’s who have been awarded Year 9 Scholarships:  
·        The Bob Glass Scholarship – Samuel Blackwood
·        The Rector’s Scholarship – Scott Butler-Pollock
·        The Dunedin Old Boys Music Scholarship – Christian Fogavai
·        The King’s High School Sports Council Scholarship – Spencer Gable  

Thanks Bendigo Valley Sports & Charity Foundation
We would like to thank the Bendigo Trust for their kind donation of $3500 to help purchase our new sports equipment.  logo largeWe were finding it difficult to fund our PE programs through the operational grant limitations from the Ministry of Education.  We could provide for basic maintenance but were in a position of needing to replenish much of our tired and well-loved equipment all at the same time.  We needed some support to do this. 
This equipment will ensure that our Sport and PE programme can be of benefit to our whole school. We are excited that we have a well stocked supply of equipment.  We have also just developed a great new space in the school to put all of this new gear and students have been busy setting up shelves, moving equipment, pumping up balls and naming them and sorting through the gear that can now be retired.

We look forward to using our new gear and a big thank you to Otago Sports Depot for supplying our gear too.

We have had a confirmed case of Chickenpox.  Chickenpox is contagious from 1–2 days before the blisters appear. Avoid close contact with other people, stay home from work and keep children home from school and early childhood education centres for 1 week from the appearance of the rash until all blisters have dried. Chickenpox is serious for pregnant women and people who are have a reduced immune response.

The chickenpox virus is spread through the air by infected people when they sneeze or cough. To help stop the spread:

Always turn away from others and use tissues when you cough or sneeze.
Always wash your hands after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
Chickenpox can also spread through touching the blisters and then touching objects or other people.

Wash your hands often, especially if you’re the caregiver of a child with chickenpox – and make sure they do the same.
Discourage children from scratching the blisters.

Road Safety Reminder
A timely reminder that our students need to be vigilant at intersections and crossing roads, after one of our parents had an incident with a couple of DNI students last week who were crossing Dundas Street at the Castle St/Dundas intersection.  Luckily the parent could see them peering the other way and anticipated that they might not look back before they stepped into the path of a tonne or so of moving metal! This could have turned out quite differently otherwise.

Kickstart Breakfast Club
New to DNI, start the day the Weetbix way!  
8:00 - 8:40 am in the Food Tech Room,
Monday - Fridays.  Open to all.

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. 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.

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.  Winter electives will remain August 14-17.

Onyx Militaires Under 12 Marching Team is looking to welcome new girls aged 7 to 12 years old to our team for the 2017 – 2018 season. No problem if you’re new to marching – our experienced coaches will teach you our unique sport, and in the process, you’ll gain confidence, co-ordination and commitment. During our season you’ll travel, make new friends, learn new skills, and have a lot of fun in the process. If you’re interested in hearing more, please ask your parent or caregiver to call Michelle on 45030964 or email us at  You can also find us on facebook – just look for Onyx Militaires.

We’re looking forward to showing you why many girls join our sport and move through our other age grade teams over the coming seasons.
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