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DNI Newsletter - Tuesday 9 March 2021

Dates to remember:

  • Monday 22 March  - DNI Closed - Otago Anniversary Day observed
  • Monday 29 March - Thursday 1 April - Learning discussions (see below for details)
Kia ora koutou,
It is hard to believe that we are more than halfway through term 1 already, we have packed a lot in and have a heap more in the pipeline!

It was fantastic to see so many students challenge themselves on Friday during the triathlon. Intermediate is all about trying out new things or extending strengths and I saw many examples of this. I would also like to extend a huge thank you to Sheree and Luke for the many hours of planning and to the whanau that helped on the day.
Last week we started our process of formal academic testing and this information, along with our classroom observations and assessments, will provide us with start of year data, which we will share with you through learning discussions in week 9. You can read more about how to book a time later in this newsletter. It is really important that we touch base with all whanau so please do make a time. 

While Winter Electives are held in August, the planning needs to happen now so we can secure bookings. Staff are currently pricing up the most popular options and we'll send a survey home for you in the coming weeks so you can select an elective that suits your child best. While we could not run electives without a financial contribution from whanau,we also don't want kids to miss out. I have access to a number of hardship funds and we will also have a fundraiser in Term 2 that will help with the costs for those who wish to get involved.

You may be aware that DNI has been growing for the past few years. At 297 students we are the biggest we've been in 20 years and we are nearing capacity. The Ministry of Education has directed us to put in a zone so that we reduce the chance of overcrowding. The Board of Trustees is working on this now and consultation information will come home in the near future. 

Ka mihi
Heidi Hayward


Learning Discussions
You are invited to a fifteen minute three-way (student, caregiver and teacher) conference which will be held across week 9 (March 29 - April 1). At this meeting we will share the baseline assessment from Term 1, a key competencies report, along with a link to your child's online assessment folder.

Over the year more and more assessment will be added to this folder, and you will be able to look at it anytime. 

To book a time go to and use this code 35UQ4S26  Or if you don't have internet access, call the Office on Ph: 473 9027 and they will assist you with making a booking.


As per our previous advice we have decided not to proceed with the sleepover aspect of the Mārae visit. I’m sure you can appreciate that planning for 300 students takes a while and it’s not a quick process to change plans so we have been replanning our trip as if it is Level 2 which will mean that we can go ahead regardless of a last minute change to Levels. 

The revised cost of the trip is $50 and this includes the trip to Toitu later in the term. We could not fund learning opportunities like this without financial support from whanau, but we know that not everyone is in a position to cover this cost. We ask that those who can, do.  Please let us know if you need support with this. There is no facility to have kids stay at school on the day their class goes to Karitane. It is expected that all students go to the Mārae. 

We will still need parent help on the day listed below, but we do not require police vetting for this any longer. Please fill in this quick survey if you can come and help for the day. We will especially need help on the water.  

You can check all of the detail, and the gear list at this link.

Easter Bulbs Fundraiser 2021
Information Communications Technology (ICT) is such a large part of schooling today, and we are always looking to upgrade and expand our ICT resources at DNI. We try and hold a couple of fundraisers each year to top up the money that we already spend on ICT. 

Our first fundraiser this year will be garden bulbs (full details linked here)  We’re going to tie this in with Easter as a more healthy alternative to selling chocolate (this is a big call for us because chocolate sells, but we are trying to promote healthy options!)

Our thinking is that Easter Eggs are (intended as) a representation of new life. Reducing the amount of chocolate given and adding the gift of bulbs to plant (which will bring new life in the spring) is a healthy and environmentally friendly alternative.  

The bulbs will be here in late April/Early May, we really hope you can support us in selling them.

School Photos - Orders due back by 9am, Friday 26 March
All students will have received today their order envelope, with their individual photo proof attached along with instructions for how to order - please check bags after school today!

The class photos are on display in the school office if you wish to view them.  

Keep Calm and Carry On at Home, for whanau - with Aaron Ironside 
Wednesday, 17 March at Opoho School 7-8pm.

The North Dunedin Community of Learning, in partnership with the Otago Primary Principals' Association is pleased to host this great opportunity for whanau.

To register please use the following link. Registrations are due by Monday 15 March.


HPV vaccination programme - Year 8's only
If you haven't already returned the HPV form, please fill it out in pen and return it to the school office ASAP, even if you do not consent for your child to be vaccinated at school.

For any further information please phone the Public Health Nurse for your school, or look up

Year 7 Vision Screening
The Vision Hearing Technicians from Population Health, Southern District Health will be visiting our school to screen all year seven students for distance vision.

* 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.


DNI Boys NZC Cup 
At the end of February the DNI Boys cricket team took on Tahuna in the first round of the NZC Cup. This is a knock out competition between intermediate aged teams. 

Tahuna batted first and made a very competitive score of 142. Zakariya (Rm 16) starred in the field, bowling tightly and producing a superb piece of fielding to run out one of the Tahuna batsmen. Jury (Rm 4) also bowled well and took 2 wickets!

In reply, DNI fought hard but were dismissed for 82 in the final over. Matty from Rm 6 batted defiantly and scored 25 not out. Overall, the match was played in good spirits and the team acquitted themselves well against a very tough opposition.

Here's a cool shot of Alexis (Rm 11) who won the Otago Champs for Under 14 (and got 3rd for Under 16 too)!!!
Community Notices:

Girls Brigade, Developing skills... Discovering life…
30th Dunedin Girls Brigade Company held at St Marks Presbyterian Church Hall,
304 Pine Hill Road starts back Wednesday17 February 2021, 6.00 – 7.30pm.

Juniors 5-8 years old,
Seniors 9-12 years and Pioneers 13 and up.

30th Dunedin Company has been running over 65 years in Pine Hill.

For any other information contact: the Team Leader  Bronwyn Ramsay:
Phone:  473 0033,  021 127 3651
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