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Newsletter - Friday 29 March 2019

Dates to remember:

  • Next week - Marae Trips  - Leaving Monday 1 April Rooms 1, 3 and 4; leaving Tuesday 2 April Rooms 13, 14 and 16; leaving Wednesday 3 April Rooms 8, 10 and 11
  • Tuesday 9 April - DNI Board of Trustees meeting, 6pm in the Staffroom
  • Friday 12 April - Last day for Term 1
  • Monday 29 April - First day for Term 2
  • Term 2 - Swimming lessons start for Rooms 1, 3 and 4 on Monday; all other classes start on Wednesday (more info to follow soon).

Tena koutou,
It's hard to believe that it is nearly the end of term - the weeks seem to be flying by! We've done a superb job of collective fundraising in the last few weeks. We raised $305 last week for the Shave for a Cure Mufti and this week we've raised another $260 and we have a couple of boxes worth of cans for the victims of the Muslim attacks. Local arborist Peter Waymouth has agreed to work with us around developing a plan for the Tolerance Tree so we look forward to meeting with him in the coming weeks. 

The bulbs have also arrived and will be available for collection from Monday afternoon and we have close to $1750 to put toward ICT resources so thank you to everyone who supported these fundraisers. 

As I mentioned earlier in the year, intermediate is a time for children to experiment with burgeoning independence and self management. We often see rapid progress and this year is no exception. It is fantastic to see so many students trying new things and taking risks. It is vital that children understand that failure is an essential and often unavoidable aspect of the learning process. Albert Einstein summed this up nicely when he said "Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new". On this note we are looking forward to the upcoming Marae stays, which for many will be a new experience and a reminder too that winter sports regos close tonight so please do take this opportunity to ensure that your child is registered for at least one winter sport!

By now I hope that everyone has had a chance to meet with their child's homeroom teacher to look over the start of year assessment report and discuss hopes and aspirations for the year. Please do get in touch if you've not been able to meet yet as we really value the input from home and we'd like to have seen (or spoken) to everyone by the end of term. 

Heidi Hayward - Principal

Easter Bulbs Fundraiser
What amazing support we have had for this fundraiser.  The bulbs will be ready for collection on Monday from 1pm onwards - please bring bags when you come to collect.

ANZAC Poppies for sale
Over the next two weeks we'll have poppies for sale at the Office for a gold coin donation.
Kids' Lit Quiz 2019
On Monday 11 March DNI hosted the Otago heat of the international Kids’ Lit Quiz competition.  A fantastic event at which teams of 4 students ransack their knowledge of literature to win spot cash prizes and the opportunity to go on to a national final in Wellington and International final in Singapore. Parents and Staff  also showed off their literary knowledge to win  vouchers and cash prizes.
Twenty teams participated, three of which were from DNI.  The excitement was palpable as Columba claimed first place narrowly beating The Terrace School from Alexandra.  Tahuna 2 and DNI 1 (Grace, Ben R, Aisha and Libby, all from Rm 14) went head to head for third place with Tahuna winning the sudden death question). 

North East Valley and Rudolf Steiner schools  were first time players.  North East Valley put in an impressive performance beating Opoho and multiple teams from Grant’s Braes and Macandrew Bay schools to win the year 5 and 6 section, they came 6th overall.

All teams thoroughly enjoyed the day and we look forward to welcoming them and newcomers to the Kids’ Lit Quiz 2020!
Rugby League 9's Tournament
On Friday 15 March, DNI was proudly represented at the Intermediate Rugby League 9's tournament by 17 courageous and determined players.  The photo's below show them after a great game against Haeata from Christchurch - we lost in the last second of the game but it sounds like the team had a blast!
Vaccination Register
With the current Measles outbreak in Christchurch we need to update our Vaccination Register - could you please ensure you have filled in the form at the link ASAP if you haven't already done so (we're still missing 100 students from the responses so far). It'll only take 2 minutes, promise!


Shave for a Cure
Thank you for the amazing support of the mufti day last Friday helping Libby from Rm 1 in her goal of raising $1000 for Shave for a Cure - we raised $305 on the day!  Check out the before and after photos below.

Student Success!
We love to celebrate our students who get up to all sorts of amazing things during and outside of school hours. So if you think there's something worth sharing with us, email the office so we can acknowledge it in our newsletters.

Congratulations go to Logan from Room 13 who ran his 50th park run in March, and also ran a personal best.  Great display of Kia Maia!
Office Hours - April School Holidays
Our office staff will be having a break too, so the office will be open in the first week of the school holidays only - Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 April, 9am - 3pm.  


Final reminder - Winter Sports 2019 sign up closes at midnight tonight - Friday 29 March!

Click here for the Winter Sports link 

There are no Futsal games next week (2 April) for any of the DNI teams due to the number of players being away at Camp.

Community Notices   

Do you or someone you know experience anxiety?
Learn how to recognise and understand feelings of anxiousness, the effect it can have between yourself and your children, plan your supports and learn the relationship between depression and anxiety and autism and anxiety.

Come to our afternoon or evening workshop, whatever suits you best. 

See you there!

Thanks to IHC and The Florist in Oamaru for supporting this workshop :) 
Friday 5 April
Wkshop one 
Wkshop two 7-9.30pm

Oamaru Intermediate
Pembroke Street

Free but koha will be gratefully received




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