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Newsletter - Friday 30 August 2019

Dates to remember:

  • Thurs 12 September - NZSO concert (whole school)
  • Friday 13 September - DNI Polyfest Performance, in the 12:15 - 1:15pm performance block (further details to follow) 
  • Thursday 19 September - DNI Athletics day (save date, 26 September)
NZSO Concert (1:30pm - 2:30pm, Thursday 12 September)
The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra presents An Instrumental Journey, a concert with Taonga Pūoro and symphony orchestra, at the Dunedin Town Hall.

Horomona Horo, an expert in traditional Māori music leads the performance and is joined by acclaimed Māori singer songwriter Maisey Rika and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. 

Staying Healthy
We've been struck by illness at DNI in the past fortnight. In the past few days we have also had a number of staff away sick and the relievers are all sick as well so we have had to share out classes.
Obviously we want to be able to keep school open so please do keep children home if they are unwell so we can reduce the spread of illness. 

Flying Fox?!
Anyone in the community keen on helping us consider the possibilities of a flying fox at DNI? We don't know where to start so we'd love some help! [email protected]
Summer Sports Registrations (as emailed 22.8.19)
Please find below a link to the summer sports options available at DNI in Term 4.

We need registrations by FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 13 (EXCEPT VOLLEYBALL WHICH IS FRI 6 SEPT) and payment or part payment arrangements made by Friday 27 September.

Summer Electives Registrations - Open now! (as emailed 26.8.19)
Summer Electives run for Week 4 of Term 4 (November 4 - November 7). Please find at the link below, the most popular options as voted by the students and an approximate budget (the final budget will be within 10% of the estimate). We ask that you discuss the options with your child and select the elective that suits your child's interest and your budget. 

Registrations for electives close on September 6 and we will then determine which electives will go ahead based on numbers. We will be able to confirm which elective your child is registered in, and the final cost by the end of term - final costs will then be invoiced to you. 

PLEASE NOTE - North Zone Sports is unfortunately scheduled for the same week as our electives. We received notice of this after we'd booked the Routeburn and so we can not change our dates. If your child hopes to participate in the North Zone Sports then you need to select a Dunedin based elective.
Donations Scheme 2020
As you may be aware the Government announced a new donations scheme for schools decile 1-7 that will be available from 2020. On the surface this seemed like a real win for us however after much consideration the Board has elected to opt out of this scheme for 2020 for the reasons outlined below:  

Presently we ask for: 
  • $75 donation
  • $90 modules take home cost 
Total $165 and we have about 80% of whanau pay this. We do not insist upon people paying and we never withhold programmes from any child who has not paid, however it seems that about 80% of our community are in a position to support the school with these costs, and they do so. 

The government is offering to pay $150pp, however if we opt into this scheme we will not be allowed to ask for a contribution (or payment) for anything else at all. Camps have now been excluded, but our electives scheme would not count as ‘camp’ for the most part and we simply could not run it if we could not ask for a contribution. Additionally there are lots of ‘extras’ we offer  (Otago Cross Country, Otago Triathlon, Chess, O'Mathalon, Poly Fest, Stars on Stage etc) that we currently ask people to contribute to. We just would not be able to offer these experiences without financial contribution from whanau and so all of these added extras would cease.

From talking to my decile 2-3 colleagues, it seems that the scheme will be helpful to them, but these schools have about 30% donations paid, and no longer offer camps and all the extras we offer. As a decile 7 we are right on the cusp (it’s not being offered to decile 8, 9 and 10) and we think that our community values the breadth of opportunity we offer. It is a shame that the money has been ring fenced in this way. In an ideal scenario it would simply be paid to us, but we could use it only for supporting whanau who were struggling to pay for extra opportunities, then it would be awesome! 
DNI Rugby
On Wednesday the DNI Boys Rugby Team (pictured here with the Ranfurly Shield) played in the annual Sassanachs tournament at Bishopscourt. They performed extremely well, scoring a good win over Fairfield and having three very close losses against Taieri, Tahuna and Balmacewen Intermediate. 

3 DNI girls also played at the tournament joining the Kaikorai Valley College Girls team and played four hard fought games.

Well done to everyone involved and thanks to the parents who came to help and support. 

Stars on Stage
Congratulations to all students who performed in Stars On Stage on Monday night. Your hard work really paid off and you all looked fabulous!

Student success:

Otago Hockey Reps
Jack Aubin
Hector Howard, and Will N (who plays for DNI but goes to Lee Stream School) all were selected for the Otago Under 13 Hatch Cup Hockey Team to play in the Hatch Cup tournament in Palmerston North in the October school holidays plus other local competitions leading up to that. 

Jake Hibbert and Flynn Hayward (as Goalie) has been selected for the Under 13 Otago Hockey Development side to play in the 3-day Festival of Hockey in Oamaru in October plus local competitions leading up to that tournament.

Two other DNI players made the second call-back trials and although not selected for a team they should be very proud of themselves - Adam Mainvil-Baxter and Grace Fagerlund.

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