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Newsletter 3 November 2020
Week 4 ~ Term 4
From the Principal
Dear Parents & Caregivers

Kia ora tatou katoa

Well the swimming block is over and what a drama it turned out to be. Covid got in the way of the first block in term two then ceiling issues at DNI Pool meant we had to traipse all the way over to Wakari School - at least the seniors. We are grateful to Wakari School for letting us using the pool then shifting their own sessions to make it work for us. We are grateful to Jill and Aleisha at Jill Clarke Swim School for making it work for us. Thanks also to Sara in the office for her patience, organising transport in ever-changing scenario and, of course, to the teachers, teacher-aides and parent helpers who had to go the extra mile this time around. 

The DNI pool needs some serious work to extend its life. I have been at meetings to advocate for the pool issues to be resolved as it is an important school and community resource. The local primary schools - Opoho, George Street and Pine Hill all rely on this pool for swimming lessons.

Te Reo Māori Pathways Beyond NEV Normal
Our Board of Trustees and the Te Roopu Manaaki whanau have been in discussion with Dunedin North Intermediate about creating a te reo Maori class for our Te Roopu Manaaki graduates. We will send over fifty year-six pupils away this year to various intermediates and year 7-to-13 colleges across the city. Of that number, fourteen are from the bilingual class. It is important for those children to have a pathway which is similar to what they currently have. We are hoping DNI will come to the party in this respect. Apart from the Kura Kaupapa Maori in Fairfield, there is no te reo Maori offering beyond primary in Dunedin.

We warmly welcome Quinn to our team - Quinn will work in the school office for the remainder of the year, replacing Sarita. 

Kia kaha tatou katoa ki te tautoko o tatou tamariki mokopuna hoki.

John McKenzie

School notices


We warmly welcome Lilly in H4 to our school. We look forward to getting to know her and her families in the coming term.


There is no assembly this week.

Sun Hats

Children must wear a brimmed hat at school while outside this term

Absences Reminder

A reminder for parents and caregivers to please remember to report any absences for your child.

You can do this via the following:

  • Text 027 NEVN ABS (027 638 6227)
  • Ring the office on 03 473 8246
  • Notify us through the school app

PTA Information

Hot Lunch Helpers Needed

If anyone is free to help for Friday hot lunches please pop in and see Ashley & Lisa in the school hall kitchen on Friday morning.

  • Prep & Cook 9-12pm
  • Serving 12 -1pm

PTA Lunches

Hot lunches are available on Fridays. You can get:

  • Sausages, saveloy, vegetarian, gluten free $2
  • Milo $0.50

To order, bring your money to the school hall on Friday mornings before school.

Friday 13 November School Hall. Permission slips with $3 per child due into the office by Wednesday 11 November.

Rainbow Class

Our transition to school classes for term four will be held in room H4 from 1.15pm to 2.45pm on the following dates:

  • Thursday 12 November
  • Thursday 26 November

All four-year-olds are welcome!

Contact Mr Andrew ( or the office ( for more information.

Nikau participated in the National Wakeboard Competition held in Cambridge this past weekend.  He was amazing and came second in his age group.

School Photos

School photo orders have been sent home. Orders with money are due by 16th November to the Office.

Sports Fees

Sport fees for futsal $50, flippaball $50, and touch  $20 are due. Payment may be made online to account 03 1726 0055515 00, or eftpos/cast at the office.

Saturday Morning Music Classes Open Morning
(Instrumental classes for children 5 years and upwards)
Parents and children wishing to commence classes in 2021 are invited to observe classes in progress on Saturday morning 7th November.
George St Normal School Centre groups will assemble inside the Main Block door and be guided around classes between 9 and 10:30am.

Otago Regional Council would like to hear what you want for the future of your waterways?

What do you value most about your local lake, river, groundwater, stream or wetland? Is it being able to go fishing or swimming? Or do you rely on freshwater for your crops or farm animals? Maybe you want to see native animals and plants living in the water? What’s your vision for your waterways? Please tell us here

Advertising in the School Newsletter

Barry’s Newsletters are looking for advertisers for the back of our newsletter. Please contact them on 0508 733 733 or email for more information.

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