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Newsletter - Friday 12 June 2020

Dates to remember:

  • Friday 26 June - Mufti day - bring a can or two for the food bank
  • Monday 29 June - BOT Meeting, 6pm in the Staffroom
  • Friday 3 July - Last Day Term 2
  • Monday 20 July - First Day Term 3
Learning Discussions
Time to have another go at learning discussions!

Bookings will close on July 3, but interviews will run through to the start of August.
The purpose of this meeting is to discuss how learning is going for your child and as such it's really important that the students are part of the conversation. We are very happy to hold Zoom Meetings or face to face. If you would prefer a Zoom Meeting you can add a comment to this effect on your booking.

There are some 7pm - 8.30pm bookings, but these are for Zoom only meetings - teachers will not be at school this late in the evening:)

To make your booking log onto Parent Interviews
and use this event code: GMCXSU9V


Science Boards
As you'll probably be aware, DNI students are currently working hard on their Science Fair projects.

The Science Fair boards have now arrived and are available for purchase from the school office for $10 - cash / eftpos accepted.  Please note these can't be charged to student accounts.

DNI Snow Days and Late Starts Procedure
With the weather starting to get colder it seems timely to remind you about snow days and late start procedures.

We will never post messages on facebook, radio or email unless there is a CHANGE to our normal start time. I'm sure you can appreciate that on a questionable morning there is a power of work that takes place behind the scenes to determine if it's safe for students to get to school, and secondly whether we can staff the school. If by 7:20am we determine that it's business as usual then you won't hear from us so you can assume everything is normal. 
If however school is starting late or closed be find further information below:

Citywide late starts/closures: If the conditions are widespread then the Otago Primary Principals Association will make a city wide call, we have no control over this and will update you as we know. This will be advertised on facebook, radio, our website and we'll email you. 

Individual late starts/closures: If, like this morning, the conditions are variable across the city then individual schools must make a decision. This takes time, and it is dark when we start the process. We do understand that this process can be frustrating, however, we can not control the weather and we do our best to balance the safety of the staff and students with not interrupting your work day unnecessarily. If we are pressured to make the call too early then we are prone to making errors. Sometimes we begin with a late start so that we can assess the conditions once it gets light. In this instance there will be communication about this by 7.20am and we'll aim to have staff at school and the doors open 30 minutes before the advertised opening time (so 9.30am for a 10am start).
If we are going to update a late start to a closure we'll make this decision by 8.30am so we ask that you do not send children to school before 8.30am on a day we've advertised a late start.  
In both instances this will be advertised on facebook, radio, our website and we'll email you. 
Ultimately individual safety of students is at the discretion of parents and caregivers who need to consider their own circumstances and whether it is safe to travel to school. If you decide not to send your child then just phone the office and let us know. 
  • In the event that the principal and or Board Chair is away responsibility shall fall to the acting principal and/or Board Chair.

Bus information:
  • The buses are out of our control and many of them run at normal time regardless of whether we are starting late. Please be aware that on late start days you should plan to get your children to school independently of the bus. Please DO NOT send children on the bus, regardless of whether it is running until you know that school will be opening. We will make this decision by 8:30am. 


Winter Electives:
Winter Electives run for Week 4 of Term 3 (August 10 - 13). Here is the link to 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. There is a very short turnaround this year due to Level 1 having only just been announced. Registrations for electives close on June 19 (next Friday) 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 June 29.

The electives programme could not run without a parental contribution. This is not a voluntary payment because there is a choice about what one opts to do. Please consider this in your selection.

If you need some support with payments please contact us at the office. Remember also you can register for fundraising, and all proceeds are banked against your account. Register here for fundraising:

Kepler Registration:
In our Summer Electives we always offer a tramp on one of NZ'd Great Walks. This year it is The Kepler. We have to books beds now so we take registrations for the tramp much earlier than we offer any of the other Summer electives. 
You will find a registration form for this at the bottom of the Winter Electives Form. 

Creative Maths Classes
Sandra Rogers is again offering Creative Maths classes, this time during the school holidays.  She would very much appreciate you sharing your child's possible interest and availability by answering a very short survey with 8 questions.  To access it, simply clink on the following link:

Creative Maths Interest Survey

Please note that all correspondence should be directly with her at, not through the school office.
Message from Orbus re buses
As we have now moved to Alert level 1 no physical distancing is required on buses and the usual service delivery has resumed. 

That means that from MONDAY 15 JUNE there will no longer be dedicated school services. Students should catch their normal bus along with other members of the public as they would have done pre-lockdown. 

School Term and Public Holiday Dates - For your advance planning

Term 2 ends  Friday 3 July

Term 3 (Monday 20 July to Friday 25 September).

Term 4 (Monday 12 October to Wednesday 16 December).
Monday 26 October - Labour day

For information on the different winter sports (such as team lists and links to weekly draws) check out the DNI sports page on our school website or follow this link

We continually update this as new information comes to hand.

Community Notices:

Talanoa Ako app

 Launched last week, the Talanoa Ako app provides Pacific parents with ongoing access to education and learning information. The content is in plain English and 10 Pacific languages. Each language is also available in audio with visually impaired functionality. The app provides core information for Pacific parents and families to build their knowledge and confidence about education in their own time and in their first language.   
Free to download from on both Android and iOS devices, the app is part of the Talanoa Ako programme that will be delivered in Ako Centres later in the year.

Parenting Helpline
For support and advice on any parenting issue; if you need someone to talk to about what is happening in your family, or need some advice on how best to support your family, call our free parenting Helpline on 0800 568 856. Available from 9 am – 9 pm 7 days a week.


Online coaching
Online coaching to develop parenting strategies or coping skills you can implement straight away.

Our parenting coach can support you with strategies to help in chaotic situations, create structured routines that best support your family, suggest strategies to stop unwanted behaviour, create plans to achieve a calmer household and learn how to work together as a team, etc.

30 mins or 60 mins sessions available via Zoom. Call 0800 568 856 to book an appointment or read more here:


Affordable counselling
We understand that in this strange new environment we are in that all relationships can be tested and we urge you to reach out for support. Our counsellors offer therapy online via Zoom or via telephone. We offer a 30-mins free initial appointment.

Call 0800 568 856 to book an appointment or read more here:

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