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Newsletter - Friday 28 February 2020

Dates to remember:

  • Friday 6 March - Staff Professional Development - DNI closed for instruction
  • Monday 23 March - Otago Anniversary Day holiday
  • Tuesday 31 March - BOT Meeting, 6pm in the Staffroom
Staff Professional Development
DNI closed for instruction Friday 6 March

Dunedin North Intermediate is one of about 18 schools in Dunedin who are part of the Maori Achievement Collaborative (MAC).  On Thursday 5 March approximately 150 teachers will attend an overnight noho at Otakou Marae.  As previously advised, school will be open as usual on Thursday March 5, but closed for instruction on Friday 6 March.

Nathan Wallis - Engage Your Brain
Dunedin North Intermediate is proud to announce that Nathan Wallis, the host of the documentary “All in the Mind” and co-host of the TV Series “The Secret Life of Girls”, is coming to our community with his talk - Engage Your Brain.

This talk focuses on the social/emotional aspects of your brain development – how feeling impacts our thinking. While the times that our social/emotional brain really has the steering wheel is 2-8yrs, and again in the middle of adolescence, it is relevant to all learners who want to feel engaged, enthusiastic and passionate about what they do.

Highlighted in this talk is the importance of play-based learning and how this enhances outcomes for our tamariki.

A fundamental educational mistake that New Zealand society has made over the last few decades, is thinking that the earlier we get ready to be seven, by learning numeracy and literacy, the better off our tamariki will be. Come along and find out why this is not the case.

Get in quick as tickets will sell out. Our whole teaching staff went to professional development with Nathan in January and I can not recommend this highly enough - every parent/caregiver, every teacher should hear this message.

A shout out to the DNI Board of Trustees!
We had our first meeting of the year on Wednesday and Jeanette Wikaira was returned as Board Chairperson. I just wanted to take this opportunity to formally thank the Board for their time, compassion, and combined intelligence!

There is a significant time commitment and the Board are faced with challenging decisions at times. We are very lucky to have a Board with wide ranging skills and understandings and the community is well represented by them. 
DNI Board of Trustees:
Jeanette Wikaira, Liz Riggir, Scott Klenner, Craig Meade, Paia Taani and Lisa Dick

Ex-Students PE session
On Tuesday 25 February we had some ex-DNI students come in to run a PE session.
Nik Martin and Liam Marsh were in our class last year and are now Year 9 at Logan Park High School. They had a half-day on Tuesday so they decided to come in and help out their old classroom by taking a PE session. They ran a game of Dodgeball and Capture the Flag out on the field. 

Nik and Liam could have spent time with their friends, at the beach, in town or at home but they decided to come and help out at DNI! The whole class enjoyed the session and we would like to thank Nik and Liam taking the time to do this. 

by Jaspar Schoenleben and Joseph Hola, Room 1

Speed limits changing
Speed limits around our school are changing during Term 1.

Speed limits are being lowered from 50km to 40km during school pick-up and drop-off times. From 8am to 9.30am and 2pm to 4pm on weekdays you’ll need to slow down when you approach and leave the school.

Electronic signs will remind you about the new speed limit.

Other road safety improvements the Dunedin City Council is installing around our school include temporary kerb buildouts and gateways.

Kerb buildouts will indicate gateways to our school zone, encouraging motorists to reduce speeds and be prepared for high numbers of pedestrians around school start and finish times. They narrow the road width to ensure the school zone signs are as visible to drivers as possible.

The temporary buildouts and gateways will be replaced with permanent work later.

This work is part of DCC’s schools’ speed management programme project to improve road safety outside Dunedin schools. Schools prioritised to receive these improvements this term because of the risk to pedestrians and cyclists from speeding vehicles include Bayfield High, Fairfield, Dunedin North Intermediate, Sacred Heart, George Street Normal, East Taieri, Waitati, Wakari and Kaikorai Valley College. See the link below for further information.


The DNI Softball team (that plays under the Cardinal's club) had a great start to the new year with a resounding win over Bathgate Park 21-12. Player of the day was Emma who displayed great pitching, as did Shihang and Sarah. Slick base running meant they took opportunities available and kept the pressure on at all times.

On Tuesday 18 February, the DNI Boys cricket team travelled to Bayfield to compete in the NZC Cup. The first game against John McGlashan was very close and resulted in a narrow loss. In the afternoon, DNI played Fairfield and, in an exact replica of last year's result, achieved a win off the last ball of the match. Well done to the team on their efforts and our thanks to Otto Hyink for acting as scorer for the day.  Check out the great action shot below!

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

School Term and Public Holiday Dates - For your advance planning

Term 1 (Monday 3 Feb to Thursday 9 April).
Monday 23 March - Otago Anniversary Day

Term 2 (Tuesday 28 April to Friday 3 July).
Monday 27 April - ANZAC day observed
Monday 1 June - Queen's Birthday

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

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

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