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Newsletter - Friday 9 March 2018

Dates to remember:
  • Monday 12 March - Lit Quiz, hosted at DNI
  • Friday 16 March - Mufti Day
  • From Monday 19 March (Week 8 and 9) - Goal Setting Interviews 
  • Monday 19 March - ICAS registrations close - 3pm
  • Tuesday 20 March - DNI Triathlon  (postponement date 21 March, morning)
  • Wednesday 21 March - Paid Union Meeting - school early closing at 12:30pm for all classes except Rooms 13, 14 and 16 (who have modules)
  • Thursday 22 March - School photo orders close - 9am
  • Friday 23 March - Winter sports registrations close - 3pm

Tena koutou,
We're half way through Term 1 - crikey!  I have been super impressed with the way our students are getting stuck in to new challenges. We are focussed in 2018 on bringing our new values to life:

- Kia māia - be courageous and independent
- Dream Big - promote creative, curious, happy learners
- Act with integrity - we value manaakitaka, kaitiakitaka and kotahitaka
I'd like to expand on Kia māia this week. In order for students to do well in the education system they need to learn to overcome challenges. Learning is not possible without failure and we need to accept failure as a natural and expected consequence of learning. Thomas Edison put this best when he said - I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. 

As a parent of three I am no stranger to trying to 'fix' things for my babies. No caregiver likes to experience the distress that challenge can bring to a child. However in order to succeed children need support to push through the challenges. This will look different for all children. For some it will be participating in a sporting event, for others it might be mathematics or reading, or learning an instrument. For some it will be finding and maintaining friendships. Children need to learn that the discomfort and confusion in learning is necessary and they need support to persevere at these times rather than quit. 

I've posted a few videos on facebook of whole school kapa haka learning - for many this is breaking new ground and for others it has involved stepping up to leadership and students are taking this is their stride. Camp has been and gone and for many children this was challenging, but they did it and consequently the teachers report that their classes have gelled well. Modules have started and students may be involved in new learning areas here too. Transport to and from school is new for lots of kids, and they are learning hugely valuable skills around independence and solving problems. The triathlon is coming up and I know many will be freaking out - please do reinforce that we can only ask that you try. The goal is to do better the second time than you did the first - this might look like going faster, or not stopping, or doing more than one leg. It might look like winning the whole event, or beating your own time, or simply participating. 

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough. Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.                                                                                    Nga mihi, Heidi Hayward                      

Goal Setting Interviews
Over weeks 8 and 9 teachers will be holding goal setting interviews . The purpose of this interview is to share our assessment of the level that your child is working at in literacy and mathematics, discuss their experience of intermediate to date, and set goals for the year. We'll also share with you the folder that you can access that has on-going assessment throughout the year. Students are expected to attend these meetings too. Our goal at DNI is to ensure that students move at least a half level (which is the expectation) each year. We are more interested in seeing this progress than we are concerned with measuring achievement. We certainly don't expect all 10 year old children to be the same height, but we all get a bit concerned if it seems that they are not growing at all. Our focus is firmly around growth. 

We expect to communicate with all parents/caregivers before the end of the term and we are happy to make telephone contact if it's too hard to get into school. 

Bookings will open on Monday morning (12 March) by going to and entering the code JYXUSA9L. If you don't have access to a computer please phone the office on Ph: 473 9027 and they will book for you.

Paid Union Meeting - Wednesday 21 March - early close
The New Zealand Educational Institute has called a paid union meeting for all teachers on Wednesday 21st March, starting at 1:00 pm.  It is expected that all teachers from our school attend in order to discuss NZEI claims and negotiations. 

There are significant challenges for us in terms of recruitment and retention of teachers and it is therefore vital that teachers contribute to the planning around how to better resource education in New Zealand in the coming years.   

Therefore, it is necessary for us to call on the support of our community and request that children in Rooms 1, 3, 4, 8, 10,and 11 be picked up from school at 12:30pm. The only exception to this will be students in Wednesday Modules (Rooms 16, 14 and 13). Modules will run as planned and these students will finish school at 2.55pm as usual.   

I apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.nzei.jpg

If your child is in Rooms 1, 3, 4, 8, 10,and 11  and you are unable to pick your child up 12.30pm please email by Monday March 19 and supervision can be provided until 3:00 pm.  

School Photos
Your child should have brought 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 office 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 2018 - Registrations close Monday 19 March
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.

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 for more information. 

ICAS Selection Forms will be  available at the school office and feel free to contact Scott Kleener if you have any questions.

Mufti Day for Tonga, next Friday
As you are all well aware, Tonga was hit last month with what has been described as the worst cyclone in decades. 70% of the country has been affected, which includes the homes and livelihoods of many families there. 

Within our kura and community we have some students whose families have been directly affected by the cyclone. To help support the rebuilding of lives within the country, DNI is going to have a mufti day to raise funds. 

When: Friday 16 March
Cost: Gold coin donation if wearing mufti. 

Wanted - by Wendy!
Wendy would like your clean, empty cans / packets/ bottles brought along to Room 5 for use as a shop for Maths.  She will collect these for one week only, up to Friday 16 March. Thanks!

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

  • Lunch-on-line on Wednesday (Pita Pit), Thursday (Sushi - NEW!!) 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. Bagels can be ordered at the office, again before 8.45am on a Tuesday. All bagels will be a $6 Lunch Size Plain Bagel, 120g wet dough opposed to the usual size of 150g wet dough. They will be freshly baking to order that morning. All bagels will come with a biodegradable bag & napkin, with a choice of one of the following toppings: Free-range ham, cheese, lettuce & mayo. Raspberry Jam & cream cheese (organic salt free). Smoked salmon & cream cheese spread. Yoda Pesto (dairy-free spinach & cashew nut)

  • On Mondays 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.

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.

Student success
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.

We've got our fingers crossed for Jack Aubin Rm 8, who is through to the second round (a great achievement) again for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year - Natural History Museum in London - 10 and Under category (he was 10 when he submitted the photos last year - his last chance in this age group!). He will find out the result soon - good luck!

And well done again to Jack Aubin along with Oscar Lambeth and Tyla Hanna-Luskie who all had their book reviews published in the Literacy Forum Journal (Vol 32, No 3, 2017) recently.

Congratulations go to Zara Geddes who has been selected in the team to represent Otago at the New Zealand Inter-provincial Athletics Championships in Taranaki this Easter!

And Jake Owen has been successfully competing in Surf Life Saving - see below - great effort!

Term Dates and Holidays for 2018
These are the full 2018 dates (they are on the calendar on the school website).

Term 1 - Wednesday 31 January, to Friday 13 April
Public holidays during Term 1 are 
Otago Anniversary Day, Monday 26 March;
Easter - Good Friday 30 March, Easter Monday 2 April AND Easter Tuesday 3 April (a school holiday)

Term 2 - Monday 30 April, to Friday 6 July
Public holiday during Term 2 is
Queen's Birthday Monday 4 June

Term 3 - Monday 23 July, to Friday 28 September
Electives Week, 6-9 August (this includes ski camp)

Term 4 - Monday 15 October, to Monday 17 December
Public holiday during Term 4 is
Labour Day Monday 22 October


Summer Sports
Up on the school website now is our summer sports page.  It's your first port of call for all the team lists and to the various sports organisations for the weekly draws.  You'll also find information on DNI school sports events that are coming up and links to community sports events.

Winter Sports - Term 2 and 3 - Register NOW!
Registrations are now open for Winter Sports, follow this link:       

Registrations close on Friday 23 March - 3pm.

NEV Table Tennis Club
NEV Table Tennis club is again offering free table tennis coaching for pupils from our school, every Wednesday during the school year, 6:30 to 8:30pm in the DNI Hall.

If you'd like further information, contact Robin Sew Hoy on Ph: 0274-335 803 

DNI Triathlon 2018                              
The DNI triathlon is planned for the afternoon of Tuesday March 20, 12:00pm - 2:50pm
(postponement date - the morning on Wednesday March 21, 9am - 12:30pm). 

Do you have access to fence standards or electric fencing tape that you’d be happy to loan to DNI for the triathlon? These items will be used to guide the students where to bike for the Opoho field section of this event. If you can help, please email the office to let us know.  When dropping them in before the event, we ask that you clearly name your items or place some tape or a mark of some kind to ensure that you get your full set back at the end of the day / event.

We also need Parent Helpers. We need a large number of parents to make this event safe for our students.  The times below are set out for the Tuesday and we need helpers to work with us in one of the following ways:

8:10am Sort and sticker bikes on the DNI field 

8:45am To help transport bikes from DNI and drive them up to the Opoho tennis courts with a caged trailer/ transport truck to help drive bikes up.

9:15am To help set up transition areas up at Opoho field for the Bike/Run section of the field. Put out fence standards for the students to bike around. Set up the run section on the DNI field with fence standards.

11:45am to arrive at DNI to work as a Marshall during this race event. Being a Race Marshall involves standing to supervise at a set place on the course being a director indicating the correct direction for the run section - running in the correct direction around the gardens run section until all races have finished. This also involves helping to bring in gear at the end of this event.

2pm return to Opoho to help pack and return bikes from the Loveloch end of the Opoho field.

Again, if you're able to assist either on Tuesday March 20 or the following morning if it's postponed please email to let us know.

Sheree Landrebe-Potter  TIC - Sport 

Community Notices:


11 – 13 YEARS MONDAYS 4 – 5 PM

Cost: $80 per term
Siblings half-price $40



Contact:  David Moir  -  Education Co-ordinator
03 487 9776     027 689 5051

Southern Children's Choir
Does your child enjoy singing?  Are they aged between 9 and 13 years? Then you might like to check out the Southern Children’s Choir! Established in 2007 to fulfil a need in Dunedin for a children’s choir that explores a wide variety of music, the choir is led by a professional musical director and brings opportunities for the children to perform to an audience in diverse settings.
The Southern Children’s Choir meet each Wednesday of the school term in Marama Hall at the University of Otago from 6:30pm until 8:00pm.
Auditions will be taking place on Wednesday 14th February from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at Marama Hall for any children interested in joining the choir. Children are also welcome to join the choir throughout the year. For more details contact Rebecca at

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