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Newsletter - Week 5 - Friday 3 March

Dates to remember:
  • DNI Triathlon, Thursday 23 March - details below
  • BOT Meeting, postponed to Monday 14 March, staffroom at 6pm
  • Week 8, Home-School Conferences
  • 13 April - Last day Term 1
  • 1 May - First Day Term 2


School Photos:
Your child will be bringing home today the proof of their recent school photo and order envelope.  Class photos are also available for purchase and these photos are on display in the school foyer should you wish to view them first.  

Whilst we collect the orders at DNI, the money goes directly to Kelk Photography so please do not pay by Direct Debit, cash only in the envelope.


ICAS Assessments 2017:
DNI is offering ICAS assessments again this year. 

ICAS is an independent, skills-based assessment program which recognises and rewards student achievement. ICAS is a comprehensive suite of academic assessments for primary and secondary school students. The assessment topics comprise Digital Technologies, English, Maths, Science, Spelling and Writing. Students who achieve Distinction or High Distinction in a test are eligible for school ‘colours’.

Administration Guidelines are provided to the schools with the ICAS papers to ensure that the same conditions are afforded to all students sitting ICAS.

See https://www.eaa.unsw.edu.au/icas/about for more information. 

ICAS Selection Forms are available at the school office and feel free to contact Mike Neill miken@dni.school.nz if you have any questions.


Healthy Community:
We've had a pretty rough year this year with two nasty bugs going around. Most of our staff have already had a day or two off sick and many children too. If your child is unwell please keep them at home to prevent the spread of bugs.  Children should not attend school if they have had vomiting or diarrhea within the past 24 hrs.

Home - School Interviews:
In week 8 we welcome you to come for a 15 minute conference with homeroom teachers to share baseline assessment and set some goals for 2017. Students are expected to attend conferences. If you are not able to attend an interview you might like to book a time for a phone call instead? Interviews for Kate Mullan/Greer Taylor will be run differently and this class will be advised by email.

Bookings open on Monday 13th at 3pm. Go to this link: https://book.parentinterviews.co.nz/welcome and use the following code: 8BDR8

If you don't have access to a computer please phone the office and they will book for you. 



Swimming:
Swimming will start in Term 2. All students will get between 9 and 10 lessons, one a week for the term. We engage Swimsation to teach swimming so if you attend private lessons you may wish to put them on hold for the term? The cost will be around $45 per child, which is substantially cheaper than private lessons. Please let us know by April 1 if you might need support with the cost of swimming (email annem@dni.school.nz or phone).

We expect all students who are present at school to participate in swimming. It becomes a safety issue for us to take non-swimmers to the pool as we then need to supervise them, and it's really disruptive to other classes to have children join them because they are unwell and can't swim. 


Fundraising:
As previously mentioned we have two projects that we hope to raise funds for this year. One is sports gear and the other is technology. Three awesome parents have been in contact to offer help. Please contact Anne if you would be keen to join one of the teams.   annem@dni.school.nz



School Bank Details:
If you'd like to make payments via internet banking, our school bank account details are:          Dunedin North Intermediate  03-1726-0033914-00  

Please clearly mark in the reference fields the name of your child, and what the payment is for.


SPORTS


ALL Summer sports have started. For team lists and sports draws please use this link:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1VDK_6btNpfTnwMOfq3T71_sZB97ATLcpNB-gNNLJ7jE/edit?usp=sharing
or go to the School Sports Web Page - http://www.dni.school.nz/sports


Winter Sports - Term 2 and 3:
Registrations are now open for Winter Sports, follow this link https://tinyurl.com/wintersport17          Registrations close on Friday 24 March.

HockeyTrials: If your child would like to play Winter Hockey for DNI on a Friday night over Term 2 and 3 then please make sure you have registered at the above link and make yourself available for the trial.

Hockey Trial Date: 
Time: 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm 
Day: Thursday 
When: Week 8 
Term: One 2017
Where:  McMillan turf. 
Equipment Gear: Your child will need to bring their own a stick, a mouth guard and shin guards along with the correct clothing to play sport in - long socks, shorts and a t -shirt.


Girls Rugby:
This year to create more opportunities for females in Rugby & Sport, Warren Kearny (NZ Rugby Women’s development officer) is encouraging Junior Metro Rugby Clubs to offer Girls Junior Rugby grades. They have the option of still playing with the boys or they can play in the new girls grade! There will be 3 age groups, U9, U11 & U13. They will play Saturday mornings like regular Primary Rugby. See the attached poster for more details. 

https://drive.google.com/a/dni.school.nz/file/d/0B2WIsNzjwRUsNHJIYWs3Qmx5alE/view?usp=sharing

   DNI Triathlon:

Kia Ora Te Whanau,

We are wishing to recruit some helpful parents to help with the DNI Triathlon. It is on Thursday 23rd March, start time 12.00pm.

We need volunteers to be available before this time to:
  • Help set up the track on Opoho Road (meet at Alhambra at 10:30am to start marking out the track).

  • Racking and labelling bikes at the school  (meet at school at 8:00am to sticker bikes and put into order as they arrive on the field.

  • Drivers with caged trailers to transport bikes (we need 3 caged trailers to transport bikes.  We need to start transporting and organising the bikes at 10:30am.

  • Help to unload the bikes at Alhambra Courts and put them in racing order.

If you can help please contact Addie addied@dni.school.nz or Sheree L shereel@dni.school.nz

Thanks in advance.
 

Otago Swimming Champs - 25 March 2017:
Entries close on 10 March so if your times have improved go to the school sport page on our website and check out the qualifying times.  You can send your times in from your club or change the times for those that have already entered if you want.  There is still time.  Remember it is $5 per individual event.  
 







Community Notices:


Maori Hill Junior Football 2017

Maori Hill JFC, Dunedin’s largest junior football club, is currently taking player registrations at all grades for the 2017 football season.

We are a family-focused club in which a large number of DNI children play. We offer all-girls as well as boys and mixed boy/girl teams, and run an in-house Little Kicks programme for 4-5 year olds. Where a player is new to the club and/or football we endeavour to place him or her in a team appropriate to their skills, with friends from school. While the best of our teams are competition winners at their respective grades, our primary focus is on player development and enjoyment.

To obtain an online registration link or simply find out more, email us at Maorihilljfc@gmail.com or telephone Club President Phil Tait on 021 735 605 or Junior Club Captain Jonathan Bolton on 027 431 1300 (both evenings).

Initial registrations for Maori Hill JFC close on Friday 3 March although there may still be some places available in various grades depending on player numbers.



International Storytelling Festival: Around the World in 80 Tales

Take a journey around the world, through the stories from some of Dunedin’s diverse cultures.

Over 15 different languages and performers, plus dance, puppets, music and song.
Be part of this inaugural Dunedin festival for International Storytelling Day. A chance to celebrate diversity, hear other languages and experience the universality of story.

All welcome: suitable 0-100 years  Sunday 19th March, 11am – 3pm  Dunedin City Library   FREE!



 
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