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20 March 2019

Important Updates

Mufti Day - Friday 22 March    As per our previous newsletters Libby Barnes-Gardner is doing Shave for a Cure on March 23rd. She lost her Nana to cancer three years ago and this is a way of honouring her memory. DNI agreed to support Libby some weeks ago (to help her raise her goal of $1000) by holding a Mufti Day on the 22nd of March. This will be going ahead as planned. Students wishing to wear mufti should bring a gold coin donation.

Ideas for moving forward in light of the Christchurch Attacks   On Monday morning we met as a school to acknowledge the events of March 15 and talk about how we might begin to heal as a community. We try and keep things student led at DNI as much as possible and so we have gathered ideas from the students. I can tell you that you should be very proud of our tamariki - they have come up with some beautiful and thoughtful suggestions. The school council meets on Friday and this will be our first item on the agenda. I think it is important that the students plan and implement whatever actions we decide upon or it will not be very meaningful for them. We'll advise in due course.

From the Ministry of Education:

Advisory for schools in relation to Christchurch shooting videos

Netsafe has received a number of reports of online content relating to the attacks in Christchurch. Footage of the attacks has been deemed objectionable under New Zealand law which means that possessing or distributing the footage is an offence. Anyone who finds footage of the attacks online should report it to Netsafe at but they should not keep copies or share it. Netsafe encourages schools to speak with students about what to do if they come across the footage and about the fact that sharing the footage with this classification is against the law.

The footage of the Christchurch attacks is disturbing and will be harmful for people to see. If students have viewed the video and are struggling with what they have seen it’s likely they will require additional support. Agencies which can provide free support include YouthlineNeed to Talk and Kidsline.

While the content is online there is some risk that children or young people may come across it. Netsafe encourages schools and parents to proactively discuss with young people what they should do if they come across distressing content online. Further information is available at

If parents or schools have questions relating to this incident or other distressing online content they can contact Netsafe for free and confidential advice at or call 0508 NETSAFE.
Notifiable diseases health information to schools and early childhood centre
We are pleased to confirm, as advised by Marion Poore, Medical Officer of Health, that there have been no further cases of measles in our region. 
We have been asked to share the following information about notification and information sharing:
Cases of suspected measles must be notified to Public Health South by health care providers so that the appropriate public health actions can be put in place.  This will include notification to the school or early childhood service when a child or young person has been notified, and Public Health staff will provide accurate and appropriate information to you, and assist with communications as needed. 


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