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Thursday 1 July 2013 Greetings, Kia ora, Fakaalofa Lahi atu, Bula vinaka, Malo e lelei, Talofa lava, Taloha, Kia orana.

mid-year report you would know their next learning steps and possible ways of improving achievement levels in reading, writing and mathematics.


We are always talking with students about if we want to get better at reading we need to read and discuss what we are reading.

Welcome to all new students and their whānau it is great to have you with us and trust that things have gone well as you settle in. We hope that you look forward to your journey at our school.

There are a number of questions that you could ask that focus on specific comprehension strategies:


Prompts I might use to encourage making connections What do you already know about …?

School Newsletter Publication Dates Our newsletter is published every fortnight, coming home on a Thursday. Our intention with this newsletter is to ensure the communication between home and school is frequent, effective and relevant by keeping you fully informed about all that is going on in our school, and also, to share with you some student work.

Think about what you know as you read new ideas in the text. Prompts I might use to encourage visualising Have you got a clear picture in your mind from the story? What can you see? What words does the author use to show us the pictures? Prompts I might use to encourage inferring What do you think is really happening here? What clues does the author give us? What do you know about this character? What clues has the author given us? Prompts I might use to encourage asking questions:

From the Principal

What will the main character do when faced with this problem? I wonder what the author will try and make me think about this issue.

What are you reading? Who is one of your favourite author’s? What are you interested in reading? What was the last book that captured your attention? Having just spent time at the Student Led Conferences are reading through your child’s

To prepare for the upcoming school holidays ask your child what they are reading and if 1

the answer is…nothing! Encourage them to select books from the school library or make a visit to the Avondale Library and have some books issued. If you are not currently members of your local library consider joining as you are able to withdraw more than just books. Let the adventure begin!

We would like to thank both Mr Kite and Mrs Lowes for their contributions while here at Avondale Intermediate School and wish them well as they embark on the their new adventures.

Out and About


At the end of the term we will be saying farewell to two staff members. Mr Toby Kite who has been teaching in Room 16 this year is moving to Papatoetoe Intermediate where he will be taking up a classroom teaching position with leadership responsibilities in I.T.

National Samoan Speech

Competition Wellington 28 June

During Mr Kite’s journey at Avondale Intermediate he has contributed immensely to the range of activities on offer and certainly shared his expertise in I.T.

It was certainly an early start for Fa’asulu, her mum and Miss Figota on Friday 28 June as she organised herself for the 6am flight to Wellington for the National Samoan Speech Competition. However, it was an opportunity to line up for breakfast at McDonalds after checking in at the Air New Zealand Kiosk.

Mrs Charli Lowes is taking time to spend with her young children. We will continue to see Mrs Lowes about the area and when she pops in to do a bit of relief teaching.

Through the security check and off to gate 31. Who would have thought at this time of the morning you could sneak a photo with the pilot in the cockpit.


Speaking earlier in the line-up Fa’asulu was able to relax and enjoy the other speakers in each section and wait for the judges’ decision. The National President of the FAGASA Incorporated Society described the standard of this year’s competition as exceptional high. We are all extremely proud of Fa’asulu and her achievement in this National nd Competition. Her 2 place trophy is currently on display in the main office foyer. For other photos check out the News Centre on the school website.

in netball, athletics and swimming and what has led her to New Zealand. Julie's messages also related to our own key messages during assembly over recent weeks: • our school vision Aim High: reach for the highest peak • our values Respect, Caring, Integrity and Striving for Excellence • our STAR expectations Safe, Tolerant and Responsible Thank you to Julie and the LG Northern Mystics for making this visit possible, we certainly appreciate your time and energy.

Old Dental Clinic Removal We have been talking for many weeks about the removal of the old dental clinic. It has finally happened. At 6.50am on Friday 21 June the removal truck rolled in with a couple of pilot vehicles. The plan was to have the building lifted and on the truck ready to roll at 9.00am when the permit allowed the truck back on the road.

At last week’s assembly we welcomed Julie Corletto, current LG Northern Mystics and Australian Diamonds defence player. Julie shared with us her journey as an elite sportswoman and her aspirations which have led her to play netball at this level. She talked about the support of her family, the importance of education as an elite sportsperson, decision making, selecting a sports code after participating at a high level

With a little negotiation the truck rounded the end of the hall and was nearly ready to head towards its new home. The truck was parked for a few minutes in the main car park while the workers checked the connections and double checked a variety of things beneath the truck. Then away it rolled down the school drive, out the main gate and left onto the road and off! The area where the old dental clinic once stood will be redeveloped as we extend the edible gardens – watch this space! 3

We were fortunate yesterday to have music students from Avondale College perform for us during school singing. Thank you to both the students and teaching staff for providing us with this experience. Maybe this performance ignites a new passion!

Book Fair Our recent Book Fair held during the Student Led Conferences was successful. Thank you to all students and families who made purchases. Having sold over $1000.00 worth of books we were able to retain 30% of sales and books to the same value for our library.

Student Conferences


Thank you to everyone who attended the Student Led Conferences. It was great to see students actively engaging family members in their learning and next steps. It for some reason you were unable to attend the conferences your child’s classroom teacher will contact you. Also, by now you should have received your child’s mid-year report in the mail if you did not collect it during the conference week.

This week we started a two squash programme supported by Sport Waitakere. All students have the opportunity to try the sport which is based in the school hall. We also look forward to the opportunity to find out more about woodball. A class will work with an exhibition team from Korea as they demonstrate this sport that is driven by golf and cricket skills. If you are interested in how this sport is played Google woodball.

General Notices

Music Department Concert Information Update 4

If there have been any changes to the custodial arrangements, change of address, change of contact phone numbers, emergency contacts or any other information we would appreciate an update from you as soon as possible. It is important that our records are maintained.

AT HOP cards will soon be introduced to bus services near your school.

Netball Fees We are tying up a few loose ends and would appreciate all outstanding fees paid before the end of the term as our subs are due to Waitakere Netball. If you are not sure if you have paid your fees in full please contact your child’s coach.

The AT HOP card –a one card system for all public transport fares, was introduced to trains and ferries last year. AT HOP system will be progressively installed on Auckland buses between June and November 2013. Please note – it will not be implemented on privately chartered school bus services. Urban Express will be the first bus service to launch AT HOP on Sunday 23 June 2013. Information about the changes is available at

We have been automated!

We have this link on our school website to assist you accessing the relevant information.

When you call the school you will now be greeted by a prerecorded message. This message directs you to several options. Listen to the choices and make the appropriate selection.

ASB Voucher

Each classroom has an extension number so you may like to cut this extension directory out and place it with your other contact numbers.

If you are interested or thinking about buying a home the ASB Bank have provided parents of students at Avondale Intermediate School a voucher which will provide the school with $250.00 when the home loan is drawn down. If you are interested in further details visit our school webpage for further details.





Elena Figota



Tuli Fa’amamafa



Lynn Pavihi



Laura Dower

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Nuku Nabete



Sophia Schuster



Doug Calwell



Diana Matangi



Timena Muna



Jeffery Lappin



Amy Smith



Regina Tovia



Janice Taylor



Rebekah Stemson



Grace Ikenasio


We look forward to seeing you all for an action packed Term 3 on Monday 29 July!

Term 2 & 3 Calendar Please note these events in your diaries. Some dates do change so you will need to keep checking this calendar. W9

Thursday -School Newsletter ,

4/7- 5/7

Thursday 6.30 Community Evening, Exhibition of Learnin

Friday -10am Cultural Groups, 11.30 Whole School Assembl

Holiday Reminders •

Tuesday WZ Boys Hockey- Rangeview,

8/7- 12/7

Thursday WZ Girls Hockey- Rangeview

Friday - 10am Cultural Groups, 11.30 Whole School Assemb

Check that you have all your learning tools (pens, pencils, etc…)

Friday - Last Day of Tem Two

Make sure that all your uniform items are clearly labelled

Empty your school bag of all the items trapped in the bottom

Put your lunch box away so you know where to find it

Take time out from all your adventures to get trapped in a good book


Keep yourself safe

Holidays Saturday 12/7 – Sunday 28/7, Office closed first week, open second

Term 3 W1 29/7 – 2/8

Thursday, School Newsletter ,6.30pm College Night in AIS College, St Paul’s, Auckland Girls; All Year 8 children an Friday ,11.50 Whole School Assembly all welcome


Monday, 6.30 BoT Meeting

5/8 – 9/8

Tuesday WZ Netball- GlenEden Thursday Save Day WZ Netball- GlenEden Friday , 11.50 Whole School Assembly all welcome


Sport Camp all week. 6


Wednesday IZ Girls Hockey- Harbour Thursday IZ Girls Hockey- Harbour, School Newsletter Friday, 11.50 Whole School Assembly all welcome

Thank you all for your continued support. Sincerely Jo Hardwidge Principal Email: Ph: 09 8287883

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