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Newsletter - Friday 23 March 2018

Dates to remember:
  • Friday 23 March - Winter sports registrations close - 3pm
  • Monday 26 March - School closed - Otago Anniversay Day
  • Thursday 29 March - Ed-Uke-Ate Ukelele Jam
  • Friday 30 March - School closed - Good Friday
  • Monday 2 AND Tuesday 3 April - School closed - Easter Monday and school holiday
  • Tuesday 10 April morning - Bayfield Show "Grease" - Rooms 1, 3, 4, 13, 14 and 16
  • Wednesday morning, 11 April - Bayfield Show "Grease" - Room 8, 10 and 11

Tena koutou,
If ever there was a chance to see our school values in action it was on Tuesday at the DNI Triathlon. I noted many students "dreaming big", daring to challenge themselves to get a placing in their category. I also noted many students demonstrating kia māia - working well outside their comfort zone, but giving it a go. I know that for some, just turning up on the day would have been as challenging as contemplating winning the event and so I congratulate each and every one of you.

However, what I am most proud of is the integrity demonstrated by every student I witnessed on the day. From my station, on the road crossing, I could hear regular shouts of encouragement ring out for runners entering the school grounds, I saw grit and determination from all of the runners coming down the hill, and I saw responsible and mature leadership from those nominated to help in other ways due to injury. 

I'd also like to extend a huge thank you to Sheree for her super organisation, and to Becks and Andy for the additional work on the day to get things set up. Then there are the multitude of parents that helped, we are very grateful for your efforts too. Events like the triathlon, electives, camps, cross country, music festivals and such like are so important for students to get a well rounded education. They take a significant amount of 'behind the scenes' organisation so we really do appreciate the extra effort many people engage in to ensure these opportunities continue.                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                              Heidi Hayward

Holiday Dates to Remember
DNI will be closed for instruction on the following days:
  • Otago Anniversary Day - Monday March 26
  • Good Friday - Friday March 30
  • Easter Monday - Monday April 2 
  • AND Tuesday April 3

All Otago Schools observe Otago Anniversary Day on the actual day, providing consistency and avoiding confusion across schools.  Although many business either take Anniversary Day or observe this on the Tuesday after Easter.

The Ministry of Education require all schools to observe Easter Monday AND Tuesday. More often than not the Easter period falls within the first school holidays and therefore people don't realise that the Tuesday is included for schools.This has been the case for many years - certainly since I attended primary school so that's a while now!

Behaviour and Attitude Reports
The Technical Team at our Student Management Provider have alerted us that some people may not be receiving emailed Behaviour and Attitude reports. We send these out fortnightly. Please contact the office if you have not been getting them,

Fundraising 2018
Thanks so much to those who supported our Easter Eggs fundraiser (by selling them or making a donation). A special thank you to Liza and Shane Carter and to Amanda Figgins for your additional support to get this running.

We'd love all the Easter Egg money back to the office before Easter please.  

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. 

Chatbus 2018
My name is Jacqui Tangney and am very pleased to be part of the Chatbus Team supporting DNI children every Tuesday. I come from a teaching background but more recently have focused on the counselling aspect of working with children and young people.

My role is to support children through confusing and difficult times both at school and at home. The service is offered free and where possible the children are guided gently towards healthier ways of thinking and understanding confusing feelings. I encourage children and parents to make contact for an initial visit. Many thanks Jacqui.


A reminder of our new bought lunch options that are proving popular:

- Lunch-on-line on Wednesday (Pita Pit), Thursday (Sushi) and Fridays (Hell Pizza). Lunches online can be ordered by parents via their website up until 8.45am on the day of delivery. All further information can be found on the website.

- Beam me up Bagels on Tuesdays will be finishing at the end of the Term 1.  We'd like to thank them for helping us offer another/local option for lunches this term, but understand that the orders did not warrant the additional hours it is costing them.

- On Mondays (and Tuesdays from Term 2) students who need to purchase lunch are expected to do so before they enter the school grounds in the morning. Once at school we do not expect students to leave again.

HPV Parent Consent Forms
Just a reminder that the HPV Parent Consent Forms are due back at the school office ASAP. We've only had about half back so far!

Please fill in the form and return it, regardless of whether you consent to the vaccinations or not, as there is a section in the form to complete for those who decline. 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.

Grease is the word!
We are excited to be invited to attend "Grease", the Bayfield High School Musical. We've been to the last few productions and found the standard incredibly high and our students have really enjoyed them. We don't need permission as this is covered in your blanket permission slip so we're just giving you a heads up. There is no cost to attend the show but we'd appreciate a gold coin donation for the bus.

The classes will be going on the following days:
- Tuesday 10 April leaving school at 9.00am (for a 9.30am start) - Rooms 1, 3, 4, 13, 14, 16
- Wednesday 11 April leaving school at 9.00am (for a 9.30am start) - Rooms 8, 10, 11
Student Successes!
We love to celebrate the current achievements of our talented students whether it be in sports, music, art etc. But if it's outside of school, we often don't hear about it or don't know the full details.

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

Well done to the Envirogroup students who did a great job educating the community at ‘Creek Fest’ last week.

And also to the DNI Lit Quizzers.  We had 3 teams competing last Monday. It was a very full hall as there were over 20 teams, with first and second place coming down to a tie breaker!

Congratulations to the DNI boys who represented us at the Rugby League 9's tournament last week.  They had a great day and some hidden league talents showed up too, watch out in the Warriors in a few years eh?!
And congratulations to all the DNI students that represented us so well at the Dunedin Primary and Intermediate Triathlon recently.  Our confirmed results were great:
  • Zara Geddes, second place AND Taya Kain third place in the Year 8 Girls Individual Race.
  • Jake Owen, second place in the Year 8 Boys Individual Race.
  • Caitlin Hewson, Isabel McNaughton and Maddie, second place in the Year 8 Girls Team Race.
These students have now qualified for the Otago Primary and Intermediate Triathlon!
Speaking by not speaking   (Shared Writing, Room 16)
Today the students and staff at Dunedin North Intermediate had 17 minutes of silence. We did this to show that we care about the families and school children in America that we care about them and what happened to them. We want the American Government to change its laws around guns.

At exactly 10:00am on the Wednesday 14th February 17 students and one geometry teacher were killed, by an ex-student with a gun. We got up silently from our seats and walked to the classroom door. The whole school joined together in a circle. Kotahitaki was alive in our school and with that school in America. 

The silence made us think deeply about the sadness that was caused by these events.

We hope a change will come.


Winter Sports - Term 2 and 3 - Close 3pm today!
Registrations for Winter Sports close today at 3pm, follow this link:       


Community Notices:

 ACC Paralympics New Zealand Open Day in Dunedin
Saturday 7 April at Forsyth Barr Stadium.

The ACC Paralympics New Zealand Open Day is a free event open to everyone to attend. The event is run to promote awareness of disability sport in the Otago Region, Southland and nearby districts. Sports on the day will include Table tennis, Wheelchair Rugby, Wheelchair Basketball, Blind Sports, Boccia, Para athletics and more. There will also be chances to meet New Zealand Para Athletes and Paralympians.
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