Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Intermediate Term 3 newsletter

Intermediate School Update   Term 3 2013
Dear Parents/ Whanau .
Welcome to the new families this term.  We hope that these students feel welcome and we look forward to meeting parents over the coming weeks.
Reports went home last week and we look forward to meeting with students and their parents on Wednesday or Thursday this week. Booking times  are available on www.schoolinterviews.co.nz  and the event code is HYLP2.                If you would like to meet with Ms Lyons, teacher of science, art and technology please email her suel@parnell.school.nz.  She is available Wednesday   and Thursday 3- 5pm.

 PARNELL CROSS COUNTRY – Wednesday 21st August
This is also our school student fundraiser for 2013 – Please encourage your family and friends to support the children. Sponsorship can be on line, www.schoolfunrun.co.nz even your overseas whanau can support this way, or using the booklet sent home last term.
Other dates for the term.
Wednesday  7th and Thursday 8th August-             Conferences
Tuesday 13th August                                                       ICAS Maths Exam
Thursday 15th August                                                      Netball Tournament
Wednesday  21st August                                               Parnell Cross Country
Thursday 22nd August 7 pm                                          Mathex- at ASB stadium
23rd - 30th August                                                                              Skiing Champs
Thursday 29th August                                                      Kiwi Kapers concert
Thursday 5th September                                               Zone Cross country
Monday 9th September                                                                 Zone Boys Basketball
Wednesday 11th September                                       Zone Girls Basketball
Tuesday  24th  September                                             Production  6.30 – 9 pm
Wednesday 25th September                                       Production  6.30 – 9 pm.
TERM 4 Key  Dates
Week 2,  21- 25 October.                                              Exams
Week 3, 29 October – 1 Nov.                                      Year 8 Piopio trip
Week 5, 11- 15th  November.                                      Piopio visitors.
Week 9,   9th – 15th  December .                                  Year 8 Dissertations
Thursday 19th December.                                             Intermediate celebration evening.


This year our biennial production is a pantomime based on the story,  Jack and the Bean stalk.  This is being performed in  the Auckland Grammar School Centennial  Theatre in Mountain Rd Epsom during the last week of the term.  The children are involved with developing  ideas for the script, designing and creating sets, props and costumes, crafting songs and rhymes as well as acting and dancing under the guidance and support of Ms MacRae.


Please note the following dates  -

Monday 23rd September  - setting up the stage and working with main characters at the theatre.

Tuesday 24th September              Dress rehearsal  from 9.30 – 2.30 at the theatre

Tuesday 24th September              Opening night – students at the theatre from 6.30 – for show to commence at 7.15.

Wednesday 25th September       11.am  Matinee  for junior school – some tickets will be available .

Wednesday 25th September       Second Show - students at the theatre from 6.30 – for show to commence at 7.15.

Please note:  it is important that all students are able to attend in the evenings.


More information and requests for parent assistance with filming, supervision, make up etc  to come.


Each year students in year 8 from Parnell District School travel to Piopio to spend a week living in a rural community and year 7 students from  Piopio visit Parnell to see what city life is like. This exchange has been an annual event for over 30 years.   Children are billeted with local families but come to school each day and venture into the local area for day trips. Piopio is a village 20 minutes from Te Kuiti on the road to New Plymouth,  just past  the turn off to Tongariro National Park.

This year Parnell students are heading to Piopio on Tuesday 29th October, leaving school at 7.30am and  visiting the Waitomo caves, museum and local parks on the way to Piopio. While in Piopio they will visit a number of farms during day trips and experience the life of country students. On the journey back to Auckland on Friday 1st of  November we will visit the Otorohanga Kiwi House and take part in a couple of other activities, arriving at school approx. 2.30pm. I know that some of the year 8 students are looking forward to being billeted with the families of the students that they hosted last year.

When the Piopio students visit Parnell – they will need to be billeted with local families – both year 7 & 8 students. Billet families need to provide a bed/ camp bed or airbed is fine,  and a packed lunch daily. You do not need to be a tour guide – but involve your visiting student in the normal daily events of your household.

Further information will be sent out about this in a specific letter.


Yes we are having syndicate speech competitions – with the winner competing in the Rotary Speech event .


We look forward to another busy learning term –

Suzanne Parkinson, Sue Lyons, Sue MacRae, Melanie Barr and John Jugenheimer

The Parnell Intermediate team.

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