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Newsletter - Friday 27 September 2019

Dates to remember:

  • Friday 27 September - Last day of Term 3
  • Monday 14 October - First day of Term 4
  • Monday 28 October - Labour Day Holiday - School Closed
  • Monday 4 - Thursday 7 November - Summer Electives Week
  • Friday 8 November - Teacher Only Day - School closed to students (see below)

Well that term disappeared fast! However, when I think about what we packed into it I'm not surprised. Highlights include winter electives, Stars on Stage, Poly Fest, radio broadcasting, and of course the spectacular Music Festival!

Term four is no less action packed as we gear up for Summer Electives, high school transitions, summer sports, Year 6 orientation, prizegiving and farewelling our Year 8's. I do hope that you enjoy a change of pace for a fortnight and we'll look forward to seeing your tamariki bright eyed and bushy tailed next term.

Nga mihi,

Teacher Only Day
DNI will be closed for instruction on Friday November 8 for staff professional development. This is the Friday of electives week so students on the Routeburn will still be away and arriving back that night. 

End of Year Dates - For your advance planning!
  • Thursday 12 December - Year 8 Leavers Dance
  • Friday 13 December - Syndicate fun day at St Clair Salt Water Pool (TBC)
  • Monday 16 December, 6pm - Prizegiving
  • Tuesday 17 December 12.30pm - Whakawātea (final farewell)

Spring In The Valley - Music Festival   By Sophie and Micah - Room 10
On Friday 20 September Rooms 8, 10 and 11 hosted a music festival for our community. It was a huge success with a variety of bands playing and people coming along to have a blast with their whanau and friends. We had a bunch of activities, from face painting to an inflatable obstacle course. 

We would like to thank the community and the following businesses for helping make the evening a success:
* Jumping Jacks              * Hamptone Productions                   * Strawberry Sound   
          * Mitre 10 Mega                 * New World Gardens                      * Resene
We hope to make Spring In The Valley an annual celebration - so watch this space for 2020. 

(Thanks to Jack Aubin for the photos below)

Summer Electives
Summer Electives have now been confirmed and you should have received a notice (hardcopy and email) this week advising you of the confirmed details. Summer electives run from November 4-7. 

Student success:
Congratulations to Holly Wright who is DNI's first every recepient of our Mana Taonga. Ka mau te wehi!!!

We also have some talented photographers at DNI - Jack Aubin recently won the Orokonui Ecosanctuary Photography competition (Animal category - under 16yr)

Then three students from DNI - Jack, Rocky Allan and Orion Jacobs were all finalists in the Town Belt Kaitiaki Photography Competition. Well done to you all! Jack came 1st and 2nd in the Under 13 years category , plus won the Overall Best Photo (5 to 18yrs). Very exciting!  Check out his beautiful shots below.


Congratulations also go to our DNI League Team who came first equal for the season!!!

Tennis Competition:

Registrations are currently open for Term 4 Primary and Intermediate Tennis Competition!  If there is enough interest then we'll consider putting in a team - please email [email protected] by Monday 14 October to register your interest.

There are 4 grades available in the competition:
- YR 4-6 Beginner grade (No previous experience necessary)
- YR 4-6 Advanced (Players can rally and score)
- YR 7-8 Grade
- Yellow Ball Advanced (Competitive grade for experienced players)
YR 4-6 grades will be played from 4pm-4:50pm
YR 7-8 and Yellow ball grade played from 5pm-5:50pm
For all grades, schools can enter as many (or as few) players in each grade as they would like. Cost is $25 per player or for YR7-8 grade cost is $50 per team

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