TO PARENTS OF YEAR 7 STUDENTS AND NEW YEAR 8 STUDENTS, 2021. Welcome to Heaton Normal Intermediate School. We are looking forward to the start of the year and getting to know you and your child.
Our school starts on Thursday, 4 February 2021. Year 7 students, please meet in the school hall at 9.00 a.m. After the mihi whakatau, students will leave for their classrooms with their teachers to begin the day’s programme. Year 8 students, please come to the office at 8.30 a.m. Parents/caregivers/whānau are very welcome to stay with their child until interval at 10.15 a.m. and be part of the introductory programme.
2021 Mihi whakatau
We are having a mihi whakatau which is a Māori ceremony to formally welcome our new students and whānau. This will make them one with the tangata whenua (Year 8 students and staff) and will help to develop a sense of belonging, tūrangawaewae, in your classroom and within your school. For further information on a mihi whakatau please go to the link http://www.aut.ac.nz/community/maori/mihi-whakatau
We will all meet in the hall and the process will be explained. The waiata (song) Te Aroha will be sung by all Year 7 students, staff and whānau. Please go to the link so you are familiar with this waiata. Te Aroha waiata
The words for the waiata are;
Te aroha Love
Te whakapono Faith
Te rangimarie And peace
Tatou, tatou e Be amongst us all
(repeat twice then the last line again to finish)
Please ensure the school office has the current email addresses for caregiver 1 and 2.
Communication is key to a successful experience at Heaton Normal Intermediate School. We use a number of platforms to keep you connected and updated.
Please follow the link for further information to register yourself with the following applications:
· SchoolAppsNZ – for emergency alerts, notices and absences
· Hero – for student accounts, reporting academic progress and community notices
· Kindo – for purchasing optional items and events
Class Placement. Log in to your Hero account to gain access to your child’s information. Class placement information will be available from Wednesday 27 January 2021.
There will be an opportunity to meet briefly with class teachers on Wednesday, 3 February between 3.00 p.m. and 4.00 p.m. There will be a formal teacher/parent/student interview early in the term.
PTA Morning tea. The PTA are organising a morning tea for parents/whānau of new students. It will be on Thursday, 4 February from 9.30 a.m. – 10.15 a.m. in the LRC (Learning Resource Centre). This is a good opportunity to meet other parents/whānau and members of the PTA.
Houses – There are six houses at Heaton. Year 7 houses for 2021 are Otahuna, Rhodes and Elmwood. Year 8 houses for 2021 are Lansdowne, Tikao and Purau.
High ability classes for students – One class in each house is made up of students who have high academic ability. There are, however, many opportunities for every student to be extended in their areas of strength and for all students to learn together.
Some Important Information
Are available from the following approved Heaton uniform stockists:
Mainland Uniforms: 511 Wairakei Road. Phone 360 3037
376 Ilam Road. Phone 351 7666
Susan Ross School Uniforms: 69 Rutland Street. Phone 355 0605
Girls’ Summer Socks – Please note that girls’ ankle socks are white socks that reach up clearly above the ankle bone.
Sunhats/caps – It is compulsory to wear sunhats in Terms 1 and 4. The Heaton sunhat or cap are available from the canteen, and cost $15.00 each.
Physical Education Uniform – All students are required to wear the Heaton P.E. uniform. If you have not purchased this before day one, it will be available from the canteen. The canteen will be open on Wednesday, 3 February between the hours of 2.30 p.m. and 4.00 p.m. The cost is $20.00 for the shorts, $20.00 for the top and $15.00 for the hat or cap.
PTA Second Hand Uniform Sale
The PTA second hand uniform sale will be on Wednesday, 16 December from 3.00 – 4.00 p.m. in the school hall. Cash sales only.
Cellphones may be brought to school. If a student uses a cellphone through the day, it is only for the purposes of learning and under the supervision of a teacher.
Skateboards are not to be brought to school at any time.
Heaton School App – We have a Mobile App for absences and important school information, such as emergency notifications. Go to the App Store on your Apple or Android device and search SchoolAppsNZ to download the HeatonSchoolApp to your phone or tablet. Please allow PUSH notifications as this will allow alerts to come to your phone.
The school donation is $240 for one child per year or $400 per family per year for two or more children. The donation enables us to offer our students a range of learning opportunities that we are not able to provide from funds received from the Ministry of Education.
Education Outside the Classroom
- Year 7 students will attend 3 activity days during Term 1. Cost to be finalised.
- Year 8 students will attend Waipara Adventure
Centre. Dates are Weeks 1 and 2 in
Term 2. Cost of camp is $170 per student.
School Statements will be used to invoice your donations, sports, camps and other incidentals. Statements are emailed at least once a term. Payments can be made by internet or eftpos.
Stationery – Year 7 and Year 8 stationery packs are available to purchase on line via the Eeny Meeny website. Please go to www.schoolpacks.co.nz and choose Heaton Normal Intermediate School from the drop down menu on the left hand side of the page. Select your child’s year group to view the stationery requirements of that year group.
Music Tuition – Heaton is able to offer music tuition with itinerant teachers in flute, saxophone, clarinet, violin and ’cello. Commercially provided lessons on drums and guitar are on a user pay model. We have some instruments available for hire. Classes operate after school and during lunchtimes. An application form and letter outlining the details of the programme will be available to collect early in Term 1.
If you have any queries, please contact me after Monday, 25 January.
Andrea Knight, Principal, (firstname.lastname@example.org)