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Te iwi tahi tatou - We are one family.
Tēnā koutou, Konnichiwa, As-salāmu 'alaykum, Hola, 


29 January 2023

Dear Parents & Whānau,

Welcome to Term 1, 2023! We are really looking forward to seeing all our returning students and welcoming those who are new to our school.
Here is some information for the first week of school through to Waitangi Weekend:

Monday 30 Jan
School does not start this day, but second-hand school uniforms while be available in the school library. Any koha is welcome. Please bring your own bags. Doors open at 8:30am.

Tuesday 31 Jan - ‘Meet the Teacher’ day
Families who have made an appointment with the new Homeroom teacher can come in then to see the classroom and talk with the teacher. Your child does not need to wear a uniform for this meeting.

Wednesday 1 Feb
Only Year 8s come to school. If your child is Y8 but new to SWIS this year then they attend this day as well.

Thursday 2 February
  • School starts for everyone at 8:30am. The students returning to SWIS as Year 8s will be in the hall as the tangata whenua to lead the Powhiri.
  • New students with families will be meeting in the bottom court outside the hall and will be welcomed in at 8:45am. Please be ready at 8:30 am.
  • Your child needs to be in full green uniform.
  • School finishes at 3:00pm

Monday 6 February - No school, Waitangi Day

Tuesday 7 February - Back to school as normal! 8:45am start. School finishes at 3:00pm.
Same hours for the rest of the term.

Finally, I'd like to draw your attention to is the "Our Kids Online" Cyber Safety Parents Information Session that we are co-hosting with Island Bay School, 7-9pm on 2 Feb. This event will give you valuable tools and insights into navigating your child's internet and social media experience. It will be held at Island Bay School Hall, and we encourage as many of you as possible to attend.
Nga mihi,
Toby Stokes

Don't forget to check out the school's Facebook Page which has the latest updates about what is going on at school.  

Dates for Term 1
  • Tuesday, 31 Jan - Year 7 & new Year 8 Interviews
  • 1 Feb - Returning Year 8 Students ONLY
  • 2 Feb - Our Kids Online Parent Information Evening - see more below
Term dates for 2023
  • Term 1: 2 Feb - 6 April
  • Term 2: 24 April - 30 June
  • Term 3: 17 July - 22 Sep
  • Term 4: 9 Oct - 15 Dec

School Noticeboard


Could your family host an international student?

We have a number of international students looking for a welcoming host family. This is a great opportunity to share your home, culture and family life with another child.

See more details here

Here are some key points:
  • The student would be in your home for two weeks - 6 to 25 March 2023 (dates tbc) 
  • A fee paid to families to cover costs (this will cover the costs incurred for food etc)
  • All adults in the home undertake a police vetting process, and there is a house inspection undertaken by the school.
  • International students must have either their own room or be sharing with a child of the same gender.
If you are interested, then please email Toby Stokes ( He is happy to answer any questions. See the testimonial below!

"Our family hosted students who visited SWIS from Japan in 2018 and 2019.  We really enjoyed hosting a visitor and getting them to experience life as a teenager in Wellington.  We got to be tourists in our own city as we showed them our favourite parks and cafes.  It also connected us further with other families at SWIS as we communicated in a private group the activities we were doing with our students.  For my oldest child it spurred an interest in studying Japanese and they are learning Japanese at High School.  The programme that they visit through is really well organised and there is a lot of support available. I'm looking forward to hosting a student again in 2023."

SWIS is moving to KINDO!

From next year you will be able to pay for all school activities online using Kindo. Once registered, you will be able to pay for donations, trips, stationery etc. Kindo also acts as an online permission form, so you may be asked to sign your child up on Kindo for an activity that doesn’t have a cost attached. Register for Kindo here


A reminder that the list of stationery is available at If you prefer to buy elsewhere, you can still use the list - just select South Wellington Intermediate School.


Island Bay Festival 2023 - get involved! 

Kia ora! The Island Bay Enhancement trust is looking at reinvigorating the festival for 2023 (including going plastic free!), and we'd love the community to be at the heart of that change. We are looking at combining the festival events to just one day on Sunday, 12 February. We would love to see as many locals involved as possible! Fill in this survey to register your interest!
Please contact us:
0800 PRIDE 4 U 
Register online: 
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