Principal's Pen

Dear Parents, Caregivers and friends of the school,

Tena Koutou Katoa Nga mihi nui Ki a Koutou Katoa,

There is a hive of activity amongst our students and teachers as we approach the end of term three. This week, we  congratulate all of the individuals and teams who have been competing at this year’s AIMS Games. We had boys basketball, girls football and many individual competitors ranging from rock climbing, squash, swimming, tennis, yachting and cross country competing over the week. Well done to all our competitors, all the results can be found on page 7 of the newsletter. This is also an opportunity to say thank you to the parents for their fundraising, support with training and for some, even attending the events in Tauranga - THANK YOU all.

On Wednesday 11 September we had three students competing in the inter-school Rehu Tai Speech Competition. Students who attended were Daniel Twine (Prepared Speech Category), Roisin Ward (Spoken Word Category) and Ben Clarke (Flash Talk Category). Only the winners of each category are announced, however, after all the competitors had finished Ben was acknowledged by the judges - having come “a very close second” - by just one point. Daniel Twine was the winner in the Prepared Speech category - a great follow up to winning the BIS School Speech Final two weeks ago. The topic was “Evolving Language” and Daniel’s entertaining speech was thought provoking and a fascinating insight into language roots and development through time. Congratulations to our three amazing participants and especially to Daniel.

Next week we will be entering the pre-production phase of Beauty and the Beast. This is a time of polishing, tweaking, getting used to costumes, makeup etc. We wish all those involved a successful week as we prepare for our shows in the last week of term, Tuesday 24 - Thursday 26 September. Tuesday has two shows - a matinee and an evening performance, Wednesday and Thursday have evening performances only. Tickets are ON SALE NOW - ONLY $12. Available from iTicket!

Our winter sports season has now drawn to a close with our teams performing well. Again we would like to say thank you to the parents and staff who have supported their child and the teams through the season, especially those who have coached and trained teams and attended the fixtures - not always finding car parking easy or the weather conducive to standing on the sidelines.

Congratulations to Andre Smirnov who performed so well at the recent South Pacific New Zealand Accordion Championships the Hon. Maggie Barry gave him a special mention in Parliament and sent us a certificate to congratulate him. We have never had a student mentioned in Parliament before so this is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate success. Further details are on page 9 of the newsletter.

Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori has also been an exciting and informative event here at BIS with homeroom language lessons for the week all being about Te Reo. We hope to share some photos and videos through our gallery page soon. Thank you to all the teachers who have contributed to the wide range of activities this week - especially to Whaea Caitlin McKeown for all the planning, coordinating and driving of the events and activities. Patai atu ki to tamaiti he aha nga mahi i mahia e ratou i te kura i tenei wiki : ask your child what they did at school this week.

At home you may wish to discuss with your child their goals for term 3. How close are they to achieving them? What are they going to do to ensure they can achieve it by the end of the term, who is going to help them, and how? There are only a couple of school weeks left and to engage and support them as they strive for their own personal excellence will assist in maintaining the focus on successfully achieving their own individual goals.

Finally, at the end of term, Friday 27 September, BIS will be supporting LOUD SHIRT DAY. This is a mufti day in support of The Hearing House - who continue to support children and adults with hearing difficulties as well as their families, including current students at BIS. So search for that really bright shirt and get your child to wear it to school on the 27th AND contribute to a great cause by bringing a gold coin. Thank you for your support.

Congratulations to those who received Principal's Certificates this week; Mark Hansen and Callum MacVicar.

Warm regards

Claire Janes
Deputy Principal