As the winter season takes hold, this time of year signifies the beginning of Matariki, the Maori New Year and the celebration of culture, language and people. As part of our school celebrations our Maori Enhancement Group is laying a traditional Hangi, food wrapped in cabbage leaves and cooked slowly in the ground. This is a special event, information has been sent out about how you can be involved.
Thank you to everyone who fed back thoughts and opinions about the different uniform proposals that we have had on display. The reasons for the implementation of a new uniform in 2016 are to modernise and raise the quality of the current uniform, and also for providing options that can be purchased for additional warmth such as long sleeve shirt, trouser options and a school jacket. The uniform committee looked very carefully at all of the feedback that you gave us. From next year, Argyle will be our new providers. We are very excited about the result and look forward to sharing it with you. If your child is currently a Year 7, they will not need to purchase the new uniform next year, they can continue to wear the current uniform. Only new students coming into the school will need to purchase the updated uniform.
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our ATHON Fundraising. This is our school major fundraiser that keeps camp costs as low as possible for Year 8 students and supports the purchasing of library books and sports equipment. The top fundraisers, individual and class, will be acknowledged and celebrated as part of our special ATHON assembly on the last day of term. Please encourage your child to start bringing in the money that they have raised through sponsorship. We are receiving great support for prizes from different community groups, which we are very appreciative of. Thank you for supporting this event.
Special congratulations to the following students:
- Our school chess team placed first in the Central Auckland Intermediate and overall division, at the recent Chess Power competition. Daniel Gong placed first overall individual competitor. MRGS was the top Secondary school. Special thanks must go to Mr Wayne McDougall for his fantastic coaching, support and dedication to chess at MRI.
- Laura Mackness – selected to represent Auckland in an upcoming Taekwondo tournament to be held in Wellington.
- Daniel Gong – selected by the New Zealand Chess Federation to attend the 16th Asean + Age under 12, 2015 championship later this month in Singapore.
We wish both Laura and Daniel all the very best in their upcoming competitions.
With mid year fast approaching, teachers are currently writing Progress Reports. These communi- cate your child's progress towards National Standards, their strengths and achievements along with their next steps in learning. Reports, which will go home on Friday 26th June, form part of the picture about how your child is progressing with their learning. Meeting with you to discuss how you can support your child with their learning goals is the other important aspect. Parent Teacher meetings will take place on Tuesday 30th June. School will close at 1.40pm on that day. Information for booking meeting times will be sent home shortly. We look forward to meeting with you.
It is wonderful to see students happy and growing in their learning and confidence as they develop new skills and get involved in the many opportunities at Intermediate. Coming up next week is our Campus Music Concert, which will showcase our orchestra, band and choir. The Science Road Show and Matariki celebrations also take place in June. Keep your eye out for details about these great events. We would love to have you be part of them.
He taonga rongonui te aroha ki te tangata
Goodwill towards others is a precious treasure
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