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Newsletter - Friday 13 April 2018

Dates to remember:

  • Friday 13 April - Last day of Term 1
  • Monday 30 April - First day of Term 2
  • Monday 30 April - Swimming starts for classes 13, 14 and 16
  • Wednesday 2 May - HPV vaccination programme, Round 1
  • Wednesday 9 May - Swimming starts for classes 1, 3, 4, 8, 10 and 11

Winter Electives - Deadline is today!!!
Please find the options for DNI Winter Electives here
It is important that you register by 5pm today because staff will use the holiday break to make bookings based on the numbers we have registered. We can not guarantee you a place in your first option after 5pm today. 

School Photos:
FYI - If you had ordered photos from Kelk photography, these were given out to the students yesterday afternoon.

Fundraising 2018
Thanks again to those who supported our Easter Eggs fundraiser (by selling them or making a donation). To date, we've made $1770 profit and the school will match this so we'll be able to spend $3540 on new technology.

A special thank you to Liza and Shane Carter and to Amanda Figgins for your additional support to get this running.

Has anyone got time or ideas for a second fundraiser this year? We don't have a PTA as such so we just gather a fundraising committee each fundraiser. Please contact Anne ( if you'd be interested in helping this year. 

School Swimming is an essential component of the Health and PE programme and starts in Week 1 of Term 2. Students will be attending nine swimming and water safety sessions at Moana Pool. 

Sessions are at different times/days for different classes. A timetable is included below: 

Rooms 13, 14, 16 - Mondays in Term 2 from 11am - 12.30pm starting Mon 30 April (no lesson Queens Birthday)
Rooms 1, 3, 4 - Wednesdays in Term 2 from 9.30am - 11am starting Wed 9 May
Rooms 8, 10, 11 - Wednesdays in Term 2 from 11am - 12.30pm starting Wed 9 May

There will also be a school swimming sports day held on Friday 6 July from 9.30am - 12.30pm. More details on this event will follow in Term 2.

The total subsidised cost per child for the 9 Moana Pool sessions and school swimming sports is a total of $38pp. This includes admission, lessons and transport to and from the pool. Payment is due by the end of Term 2. Please discuss part payment options with the office if you would like to. 

Students will need to bring their togs, towels and goggles (essential) to school on swimming days. All students present at school are expected to participate in swimming. The only non-swimmers we can cater for are children in plaster/fibreglass casts or with medical certificates. If your child is simply unwell or unable to participate in swimming (the regular school programme on that day) then we ask that you organise care for them. 

As per our EOTC policy we require at least one adult to every eight children (around water) and so we do require parent/grandparent/caregiver (...any available adult!) assistance. You do not need to get in the water, but rather watch swimmers in the wave pool and alert the life guards to any children in need of assistance. If you do have water safety experience however, please make this known as we may be able to use your skills. You can contact your class teacher if you can help or you can book yourself in at this link: Swimming Parent Help 2018

Please help us with our planning by completing the online survey using this link Swimming Snapshot 2018 by the end of Term 1.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at the school either by phone or email.  Many thanks, Chris Marslin

Please spend some time in the holidays checking/treating your kids for these nasty little critters.  Let's try for a nit-free Term 2.

Office Hours during the School Holidays
The school office will be open in the first week of the holidays only, on Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 April, from 9am - 3pm.

Otago Settlers Association Essay Competition 2018 - perfect for the holidays?
Write a story about your family’s immigration to Otago and be in to win:
1st Prize: $200 and one year’s subscription to the Otago Settlers Association.
2nd Prize: $100 and one year’s subscription to the Otago Settlers Association
3rd Prize: one year’s membership to the Otago Settlers Association.
Stories can be historical or set in the modern day but must be based on a journey someone in your family has made to Otago.

For full details, click here:

Pacific Intermediate Sciences Holiday Programme
For Pacific students Year 7-8 (Intermediate) - Explore Science at Otago University. Make science happen with fun hands-on activities. The programme is FREE but limited spaces are available so parents must register their children to attend before Sunday 15th April.

When:  April 16 - 18
Where:  University of Otago
Time:  8:45am – 12:30pm

To register and for any questions, please contact

Amanda Taia
Programme Coordinator
Ph or txt 0211776629

For safety reasons, NO JANDALS/SANDALS ALLOWED in the labs, please wear gym shoes.
Morning tea is provided each day

Student Successes!
Photographic talent ...We had 4 DNI students represented in the finals of the Otago Wildlife Photography competition recently.  Out of over 2,500 entries, in the Under 14 year old category Jack Aubin won the Pets category, and was also Highly Commended in the Animal category.  Maddie Hannah, Eva Woodhouse and Lina Fraser also made the finals. 

All 4 kids have their photos on display in the Otago Museum for the next couple of months and the public can vote on their favourite photo.

We also had some great swimming results at the Otago Primary & Intermediate Schools Swimming Championships last weekend. 

Holly Wright, Taya Kain, Emily Scott and Caitlin Hewson won the Year 8 200m Medley Swimming relay!

And then Holly, Emily, Caitlin and Briar Gager came second (by 0.2 of a second) in the Year 8 200m Freestyle relay!! 

Also last weekend, Cameron McAnally won the Intermediate Parkour Competition at the Dunedin Gymnastic Academy.

Congratulations everyone!

Community Notices:

Musikids Holiday Choir 2018
Is your child interested in singing?
Who’s it for?
Children from year 2 to year 8 who are keen on music and singing.
Who’s running it?
Sara Brown, a music teacher with extensive experience working with children and choirs.
Mhairi Rowbottom, a performing arts student.
Tanara Stedman, a music teacher who conducts the Dunedin Rock Choir
What will we be doing?
Basic singing training, rehearsing fun songs, singing and moving to some elementary choreography.
The Music Suite at Logan Park High School, Butts Road, Dunedin

Monday 16th April, Tuesday 17th April, Wednesday 18th April from 1pm to 3pm. We will perform a short concert for families and friends at the end of the workshops.
How much?
$30 per child.
What to bring to rehearsals?
A water bottle, a snack and a sun hat for break time.
What to do next?
Fill in the form at the link below:
or email if you have any questions or check us out of Facebook/musikidsdunedin

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