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Newsletter - Friday 23 November 2018

Dates to remember:
  • Tuesday 4 December - Early closing at 2pm
  • Tuesday 11 December - Year 8 Leavers Disco - evening (time TBC)
  • Thursday 13 December - Prizegiving 6:30pm
  • Monday 17 December - Last day for 2018 and Poroporoaki (Final farewell) starting at 12 noon
  • Thursday 31 January - First day for 2019

Well term 4 is flying by and for our Year 8's their time with us is drawing to a close.  We are so proud of our students and we know that they leave DNI ready for their next challenge.

The last three weeks will be jam packed and in order to keep the wheels rolling we do expect that school is business as usual in terms of our behaviour and attitude expectations.

 
Garden Party!
Despite the weather, we had a great opening of the new buildings and gardens on 9 November. We'd like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and say a big thank you to the people that made it all possible on the day:

- Paul Ashford, our very patient Landscape Advisor
- All those that donated plants
- All those that donated the beautiful baking for afternoon tea
- New World Gardens and Logan Park for their generous donations
- Our kitchen helpers: Su Martin, Fane Tauevihi, Mandy Mayhem and Fiona Moffat
- Our garden planting helpers: Justine Molloy, Shannon Colbert, Dara Chan and Mary Prum


Mufti Day
And while we're at it, the School Council would like to pass on their thanks too for the great support of our mufti day fundraising for the Otago Hospice.  It raised $319.20 which the Hospice were delighted to receive!

Early Closure
On Tuesday 4 December, we'll be closing at 2pm for professional development.

Welcome to our new Board of Trustees Member
We're pleased to advise that Jeanette Wikaria has joined the DNI Board of Trustees (this is by way of ‘selection’ – the Board’s intention to do this was previously advertised).  

This is great for us because we will get the benefit of Jeanette’s perspective about te Ao Māori, and this will also strengthen succession planning as we look towards the 2019 elections. Welcome Jeanette.

 

Jeanette Wikaira (Ngāti Pukenga, Ngāti Tamaterā, Ngāpuhi) is mum to Lola who is starting at DNI in 2019. Jeanette works as a Research Fellow at the University of Otago. She has worked in a wide range of roles within the cultural heritage and education sectors and has held university teaching and professional roles both in New Zealand and Japan. Jeanette currently holds board positions as the Chair of the Hone Tuwhare Charitable Trust and is a member of Dunedin City Council's Creative Dunedin Advisory Group. Jeanette is passionate about working with communities to advance Māori cultural aspirations and engage with Te Ao Māori.  

Student Success
Congratulations go to:
- Bodhi (Rm 14) who's just been selected for the South Island Primary Schools Representative Cricket Team.
- Taya and Holly (Rm 8) who have been selected for the South Island Waterpolo squad.


- Felix and Zara (Rm 14) who gained Distinction in ICAS English; Libby and James (Rm 14) Distinction in ICAS Maths and to Aubrey (Rm 14) for gaining High Distinction in ICAS Maths! 

We also had 76 students who qualified to represent DNI at the North Zone Athletics, of which 51 of them then qualified to go on to the Otago Champs!  Sadly, due to the weather (a reoccurring theme at the moment!) the Champs were postponed, and then cancelled for 2018.

Following on from Aims Games...
Naima had a great time in Tauranga competing in the Aims Games.

What was even more special was her Great Uncle Barry Magee went and watched her and brought with him his Bronze Medal he won in the marathon at the Rome Olympics in 1960 for NZ. Naima and Barry won their medals in the same week just 58 years apart!

Kaitiaki Town Belt Photography
Congratulations to Jack and Eva (Rm 8) who were both winners in the Kaitiaki Town Belt Photography competition - Jack in the Under 13 section and Eva in the 13 & over section. They both won new cameras for their efforts!

Their photos are on display in the Office foyer until next Friday.

 

Office Open Dates
Our office staff take a break over the school holidays too, so the school office will close on Monday 17 December at 2pm, and will reopen on Monday 21 January 2019, 9am .

School Donation / Modules Costs for 2019
The BOT have set for 2019:
- the school donation at $75 per family;
- the Modules cost per student at $90 - this is a recoverable fee which is used to purchase the products and goods required to run the six module classes.  

These are payable by bulk payment in February, term by term or by direct credit on a regular basis.  We also have eftpos facilities in the office.  Please talk to Anne or Helen about the option which best suits you.


Stationery for 2019
DNI use OfficeMax myschool. This provider guarantees their product both in terms of quality and price. This facility will be available online from early December at www.myschool.co.nz/Dunedinnorth and the Stationery List will also be available on our school website from the same time.   

Sandwich Wrap project - Envirogroup
A reminder that our first batch of completed sandwich wraps are now for sate from the school office, for $10 each.  Come and check them out!
 


SPORTS:
Our Waterpolo team (below) played in the South island Champs recently and while they didn't place overall, they fought hard and still won a number of games.  Thanks goes to Shannon McNatty who gave up her weekend to coach and support our kids.





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