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Welcome to the Principal's blog!Recently we have reviewed our school charter and confirmed our teaching and learning priorities for the year. Please look on our website and give us your thoughts and ideas. It is an affirming task – looking at what we have achieved in the past year and then looking ahead to what we want to achieve this year.
We thought hard about what we wanted to accomplish when it came to the health and safety of our students, part of each year’s planning. We have made a commitment to develop and promote physical health and fitness and make our school a healthy and safe place. Talking with our teachers we would like to make physical health and fitness a priority.
For many students physical activity can be a challenge – they don’t enjoy it, they don’t feel a sense of achievement and some skills can be difficult to master, control or learn as quickly as others. Our job is build resilience in face of these challenges, provide inclusive, positive experiences and overall improve the skills and fitness of all our students. We need your help with this.
Students who come to school without their PE gear instantly have an excuse not participate so please send it to school every day. If your child has injuries that prevent them from full participation in our fitness and sporting activities please talk to us about this. We may be able to provide an alternative programme that prevents them from sitting day after day just watching from the side-lines. If your child complains of sore knees, muscles or joints, please get these injuries checked out by a physiotherapist or similar professional so these problems can be remedied and physical activity can begin again. We acknowledge that sometimes there are students with ongoing health problems and we are sympathetic towards these but in recent years we have had up to 20 students per syndicate opting out of our PE programme week after week.
Physical health and fitness is a priority for all schools and indeed for the Ministry of Education who are looking for ways to invest in child health to reduce obesity, diabetes and later in life health problems of all kinds.
We try to run innovative, engaging and challenging programmes at school. These may include short sharp bursts on a fitness circuits to loud music, student experts helping others break down essential skills for games, lunchtime sport competitions where whole classes participate together and sports and fitness activities like a Beep Test that students use to set achievable, personal goals for the year.
Last week I went to visit the campers. It was absolutely great to see so many students having a go at challenging, scary and new things - taking a leap of faith in many cases. We have relaxed our stand on swimming in the river this year. As long as they are well supervised and the conditions have been checked and deemed to be safe, swimming in the river to cool off (and get clean) is encouraged. This camp is designed to be challenging, to push our students, test their resilience and perseverance. I hope when everyone has had the experience we will hear that this has been the case.
Developing a positive attitude to activities like these, adopting a "give it a go" ethos, striving for personal improvement and a commitment to physical wellbeing should be goals for all our students.
Newlands intermediate touch rugby
Parents of students playing Touch this Friday March 7, please [ CLICK HERE] to inform us of your availability to help us with transport.
NEWLANDS INTERMEDIATE Cricket
Students selected for the Active Post cricket competition have two up-coming games. We play away, against Adventure School at Adventure Park in Whitby on Thursday March 13. We will then play at home against Plimmerton School on Monday, March 17.
Please [CLICK HERE] to complete the permission slip on-line.
Room 12 from Nga Wawata enjoying a bite to eat after a long tramp.
PO PASIFIKA 2013
Pasifika girls performing to family and friends.
Our recent Po Pasifika was a successful evening that enabled our students to celebrate their cultural diversity.The audience actively engaged with our performers and showed their appreciation in the traditional Pacific way. Our students also chose one aspect of their cultural home to share with everyone gathered. The presentations covered a range of topics from tivaevae making in The Cook Islands to the medicinal uses of kava in Tonga.
Staff from Newlands College and Newlands Intermediate, along with BOT representatives mixed and mingled with whanau and friends while our students shared new learning with all.
NIS KAPA HAKA
Newlands Intermediate Kapa Haka Roopu preparing to take the stage at the 2013 St Brigids Kapa Haka Festival.
Saturday, September 21st was a proud day for our school as we hosted the Annual St Brigids Kapa Haka Festival. The inclement weather did not dampen the enthusiasm shown by performers and spectators alike. Thirteen roopu representing many schools from throughout the Northern Suburbs performed with passion and pride.
The victorious Newlands Intermediate Mathswell team proudly displaying their gold medals after placing 1st at the regional competition. Team members: Jared Hodson, Shine Wu, Caleb Bartlett, Chelsea Kah, Aneesa Delpachitra and Lilly Zhang were resilient and collaborative in their efforts.
Newlands Intermediate is very proud of their efforts. A total of 32 schools from throughout the region took part in this competion. This is the second time in 4 years that a Mathswell team from our school has placed 1st in this esteemed competition.
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