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


7 February 2023

Dear Parents & Whānau,

It was a pleasure to welcome our new students and whānau to SWIS last week. Thank you to all those who attended our pōwhiri. 

Just a quick email to remind you of a few important dates coming up.

We are hosting a welcome and camp info evening on Thursday 9 Feb, from 5.30pm till 7pm. There will be a BBQ and an opportunity to meet the staff informally before we move to the hall for an information session about the upcoming camps at approximately 6:15. We encourage all parents to attend with your children. 

I'd also like to note that we need parent support to make our camps happen. If you are able to come to camp, you will need to be police vetted, so please contact the office asap. Note. if you've been vetted within the last two years by SWIS, it is still current.

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
  • 9 Feb - Welcome BBQ and Camp Information Evening
  • 13 Feb - School Board Meeting
  • 1 March - Teacher Union Meeting - Early finish 1.30pm
  • 6-8 March - Camp 1 - Rooms 3, 4, 11, 15
  • 8-10 March - Camp 2 - Rooms 7, 8, 12, 13
  • 13-15 March - Camp 3 - Rooms 9, 10, 14, 16
  • 15-17 March - Camp 4 - Rooms 1, 2, 5, 6
  • 13 March - School Board Meeting
  • 30 March - Learning Showcase Evening
  • 5 April (Wednesday) - Last day of school for Term 1

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



NZEI Te Riu Roa (Teachers Union) - 1 March

NZEI Te Riu Roa leaders are calling paid union meetings for members to discuss and consider important issues including:
  • Ensuring pay and working conditions are sufficient to attract and keep people in teaching.
  • Advocating to effectively improve support for children's teaching and learning, including increasing staffing, learning support specialists and reducing class size.
  • Make school leadership roles manageable and desirable.
The meetings will include voting on the outcome of negotiations between NZEI Te Riu Roa and the Ministry of Education for the renewal of members’ collective agreements.

School will finish at 1.30pm on 1 March to allow our teachers to attend this meeting. A small number of staff will remain at school to supervise any students who cannot go home early.

School sports for Term 1 - register now! 

See here for the full details regarding all of the sports options that are available for Term 1, as well as information on upcoming sports and events. If you have any questions then send through an email to Registration is due from 8 Feb depending on choice, so don't miss out!

Options include:
  • MUDRUN (Junior Tough Guy and Gal Challenge - one off event on 24 May)
  • Floorball
  • Touch Rugby
  • Waterpolo
  • Netball
  • Basketball
  • Badminton 

Island Bay Festival - 12 Feb

The Island Bay Festival is on at Shorland Park and the Beach on Sunday 12 Feb and includes the Day in the Bay Markets and food stalls, the Island Bay Festival Parade (parade starts at 10am) and the much loved Blessing of the Boats (2pm at the beach). See their website for more details! It's a day not to be missed!
If your child loves doing Cartwheels, Handstands, Jumping, Swinging, Climbing or doing Flips, then they will thrive at Bigair Gym! TERM 1 CLASSES ARE STARTING NOW, SO DON’T MISS OUT, BOOK IN TODAY! Bigair Gym classes are excellent for fun, focus and fitnessChildren learn new skills and develop personal confidence and self-achievement! Strong focus is given to safety and technique, ranging from fundamentals to advanced skills. The structured classes follow a Bigair Badge Programme, which creates focused learning, and allows children to achieve and progress! Classes include GYMNASTICS, TRAMPOLINING, TUMBLING, FREE RUNNING (thats parkour with flips) & CHEERLEADING! Inquire about Bigair BIRTHDAY PARTIES too!
Its easy to book online at or contact our Bigair Gym office. We would love to hear from you. Bigair Gym Owhiro Bay ph. 383 8779 e.

Paddy's teaching style is relaxed and fun. He focuses on the music that resonates with the student, encouraging them to choose the songs they want to learn, in a self directed learning environment with the student in control of their progress/process. He's happy to take on anything from Simon & Garfunkel to Metallica - and everything in between and beyond.

Paddy has over fifteen years' experience teaching all ages and levels, from complete beginners upwards.  References available.

Paddy Bleakley (Diploma in Music)

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