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.