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Newsletter - Friday 16 October 2020

Dates to remember:

  • Monday 26 October - Labour Day holiday - DNI closed
  • Monday 2 November -  BOT Meeting, 6pm in the Staffroom
  • Monday 9 - Thursday 12 November - Summer Electives
  • Friday 13 November - Year 8 High School Orientation Morning/Day
  • Friday 20 November - Teacher Only Day - DNI closed for instruction
Term 1, 2021 starts Tuesday 2 February

Student Account Statements
Our student management system, Edge has been having a few issues when sending out statements and we are aware that some people are receiving statements and some are not.

Edge are trying to rectify this issue but in the meantime if you require a statement please email Lucy at

Student Success
We have a good deal of student success to report and will do a 'Celebration Newsletter' next week.

Dunedin Festival of the Arts
We were very lucky to have Rob Thorne Taonga Puoro school programme visit DNI this week as part of the Festival of Arts with 50 students taking part in the Porotiti Mindfulness Workshop & Performance Meditation and then the whole school in the concert following.

Rob is hosting further workshops this weekend:

BOT Mid-Term Elections - Nominations are open now!
A reminder that nominations are now open for our Mid-Term Board of Trustees elections - there are two (2) parent trustee positions, both for a period of three (3) years.  Nominations close at noon on Sunday, 1 November 2020.

All eligible voters have been issued via email or postage (on Saturday 3 October), a nomination form and a notice calling for nominations - you can use this form to nominate yourself or someone in your community. If you need more nomination forms, please contact the DNI school office.
If you are considering standing for the election have a look at this link for further information.  NZSTA have also provided Kōrari Learning Module Video - which you can watch via the link.

If you have any questions about what it means to be on a board, please contact the current board chair, Jeanette Wikaira (
or any of our current board parent trustees Liz Riggir (, Craig Meade ( or Paia Taani (

Year 7 Vision Screening
The Vision Hearing Technicians from Population Health, Southern District Health will be visiting our school again next week, on Wednesday 25 October to screen the remaining year seven students (plus any year eights missed in 2019) who were away during their first in August.
  • Distance Vision (Amblyopia & Hyperopia).  This determines how well your child is able to see at a distance. It involves reading an eye chart.  (Not required if child wears glasses/ or is currently under care for their vision)
If you do not wish your child to be screened please fill out an opt-out slip, which are available at the school office before our visit.

Staffing 2021
DNI has been steadily growing for the past few years and we are pretty much at capacity for 2021.

We are delighted to announce that Alexia Moore was recently appointed to a permanent position at DNI and we welcome Craig Beer to the DNI teaching team for 2021, see below:

Kia ora koutou! 
My name is Craig Beer and I am really excited to be teaching at DNI in 2021! I have spent the past few years living and teaching throughout the lower North Island and am stoked to be moving back to my hometown of Dunedin. I am passionate about mathematics and science and I really enjoy giving young people opportunities to express themselves creatively.

When I'm not in a classroom, you'll most likely find me wakeboarding out on the water or being pulled along on my skateboard by my two dogs. I look forward to being a part of the team at DNI next year and getting to know each and every single one of you! 

For information on the different summer 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:
Unipol are inviting the youth of Dunedin to get active this summer with a $75 youth summer membership at Unipol Recreation Services, at the University of Otago!
Youth summer memberships include group fitness, netball, table tennis, basketball, volleyball, badminton, pool, foosball for all Year 7-13 students as well as full-use of the cardio, weights and functional training zones and a free fitness programme for 15-17 year olds!

Lockers and showers are free and all youth members get 50% off rentals from the Unipol Outdoor Rental Centre plus Sweet Summer rental deals! Youth summer memberships go on sale 1st Nov and expire 28th Feb 2021.

Check out this link their website for further membership details
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