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Newsletter - Friday 26 June 2020

Dates to remember:

  • Monday 29 June - BOT Meeting, 6pm in the Staffroom
  • Thursday 2 July - Whanau Hui, 5:30pm in the Staffroom
  • Friday 3 July - Last Day Term 2
  • Monday 20 July - First Day Term 3
  • Thursday 23 July - DNI Open Night - school closing early at 2pm
  • Monday 10 - Thursday 13 August - Winter Electives week

DNI Open Night - Thursday 23 July
We'll be holding our Open Night for prospective 2021 students on Thursday 23 July, from 5:30pm.

In order to allow time to set up plus give our staff and student helpers a break beforehand, DNI will close early at 2pm.  The Pinehill bus will be at its usual time.

Whanau Hui - Thursday 2 July
Last year we established a Māori Student Council, which is open to all of our Māori tamariki. The Māori Student Council will be taking the lead on whanau hui and the first for 2020 is scheduled for Thursday July 2, 5:30pm in the staffroom.

We warmly invite you to join us. At the hui the ākonga will share with you the things we feel are going well and discuss with you the ideas we've had for improving things Māori at DNI.

Winter Electives
Winter Electives are largely confirmed. We’ve had unprecedented interest in camps which is creating some challenges and has therefore slowed down getting confirmations out.

You can expect confirmation letters before the end of the term at the very latest.


Key Competencies Survey
The Key Comptencies sit alongside the academic subjects and make up 50% of the NZ curriculum. Put simply, it is recognised that academic prowess alone is not enough to ensure students succeed in school and in life. Key Competencies are skills that we can use in everyday life as well as learning at school such as managing self, relating to others, participating and contributing, using language, symbols and texts. 

One of the common themes that we've heard regarding learning from home is that children's strengths (and weaknesses) in key competencies become apparent very quickly. We are now gathering data to look at strengths our students have in the Key Competencies. The students have completed this same survey and we'll compare views of teachers, students and whanau.

We do appreciate that you are likely sick of surveys (and zoom) but it remains the most efficient way for us to get feedback from you and we'd be very appreciative of your time if you are willing.

Link to survey here

School Photos
The School photos have arrived and will be given out by the home class teachers on Monday.  Please rescue them from your child's bag!

Science Fair Display
All completed science fair boards will be on display in the DNI Hall on Wednesday 1 July.  You're welcome to come for a look from after school till 6pm.

Learning Discussions - bookings still open
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

Maths Art Classes
Based on the responses to date we see that Maths Art is much more popular as an after school activity than a school holiday programme. 

Consequently, there will not be a holiday programme, but there will be another 6 week block scheduled for weeks 3 to 8 in Term 3. Maths Art will be on Wednesdays and Thursdays again and we'll be adding "Clockwork" on Tuesdays. This is a programme for developing basic facts knowledge. 

A sign-up link will be available in Week 1 of Term 3. 

Student Success
Well done to Cambell from Room 6 who received distinction in the National Online Mathematical Olympiad held during 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:

Looking for an after-school programme that ignites your child's curiosity, stretches their learning, and inspires a love of science? Come along to Tūhura Club at Otago Museum!

Led by qualified science educators, your child will discover the Universe in the Perpetual Guardian Planetarium, programme a robot, explore biology in the Tropical Forest, perform chemistry experiments, and lots more.

Starting Term 3:
3.30pm – 5pm, Wednesdays
$20 per child
Book seven sessions and get one free
Ages 8 – 14 years

Bookings essential at


Otago Girls High School - Open Night
With the impact of COVID-19 and social distancing, Otago Girls' has decided to run a different Open Night this year with shorter individual tours that parents will need to book a time for - see below:
Affordable Food Info Dunedin
A group of Otago Polytechnic students studying the NZ Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (level 4) have been doing a community project on food shortages within Dunedin and have researched a list of affordable food resources which they asked us to share with the community. 

They have compiled all of these resources onto a Facebook page.

Affordable Food Info Dunedin

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