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

As we draw the term to a close it is a good opportunity to think about how whānau can keep tamariki busy over the term break.  If you look at the school's Facebook Page you will see a range of posts outlining clubs and groups that students can get involved in.  Scrolling to the bottom of this newsletter will also highlight some of the activities that children can participate in over the break and throughout the Winter months.

There is much to celebrate at this time (just check out the posts below!) and I will take this time to thank the staff members who have kept the ship steady throughout a tumultuous term.  The level of COVID infections at SWIS continues to trend downwards, (total absences - made up of COVID numbers, common coughs and colds and other medical reasons - hover around the 10% mark) and it is due to the professionalism and willingness of staff to refocus roles within the school that has meant we have not had to roster classes to work offsite.
Thank you to everyone for making this happen.  I hope that our well-tested planning is not needed again in the future!

Staff Only Day and End of Term 1:
Just reminding you that next Wednesday (April 13th) is the last day of term for our students. 
School will finish at 3pm that day.

Thursday, April 14th is a Staff Only Day.  Students remain home that day
Friday is a public holiday (Good Friday).

COVID Update:
I said in my last newsletter that I would update you regarding the removal of vaccination mandates for education workers and volunteers and the impact of this on our SWIS community.
I have been working through a Health and Safety webinar provided by the MoE, school unions and the New Zealand School Trustees Association and unpacking the implications of this change in law for South Wellington Intermediate School.

I want to reassure you that we are completing a risk assessment review of our current COVID-19 policies and procedures and this will determine our next steps in this process.  We already have in place very high levels of protection to ensure the safety of the students and staff at SWIS including:
  • Strong hygiene practices
  • Masks worn by all staff and students (who can)
  • Excellent ventilation and CO2 monitoring
  • Heightened cleaning practices
  • and access to hand sanitiser, extra masks and soap.
Ngā 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.  
Upcoming Dates - Term 1, 2022

1-22  April - SWIS Student Art on display at Juliet Best Gallery - see below
14 April - Staff Only Day
2 May - First day of Term 2
19 May - Learning Showcase - See details below
23 May - Tough Guys & Gals Mud Run Event, Wainuiomata

School holidays are 14 April - 1 May inclusive

Learning Showcase 2022

Dear SWIS Whānau,
It’s celebration time!  Your child is preparing a presentation to share with you about some of their learning highlights at SWIS during Term 1 and the start of Term 2. This is our Learning Showcase evening, run by your child.  It is a great opportunity to see and hear what your child is most proud of in their learning.
Come celebrate your child as:

  • A mathematician, a problem solver, a reasoner 
  • A reader, a researcher, a thinker
  • A writer, an entertainer, a persuader, a philosopher
  • A scientist, a participator, a questioner, a contributor
  • A designer, a painter, a sculptor, a chef
  • A film director, an actor, a photographer, a musician, a performer
  • A role model, a good friend, a team player, a competitor
  • An orator, an environmentalist, a protector 
Book by clicking this link or go to and enter the event code kzm3q.

You will still receive 2 written reports about your child's progress (at the end of term 2 and again at the end of term 4) and you will have the opportunity to meet the teacher to discuss your child's progress at our Parent/Teacher conferences in term 3.

School Noticeboard

Parent Helpers Needed!

Have you ever wanted to learn Raranga - the art of weaving Harakeke (Flax)?
Rangi Piwari from Te Wānanga O Aotearoa will be coming in to teach our enrichment class and we could really use a few extra pairs of hands! Learn alongside our students on Friday afternoons from 1.05 - 2.50pm for Terms 2 and 3. Contact Ally if you are interested (

Uniform reminder

As the weather gets colder, just a reminder that additional uniform items such as long trousers and fleece jerseys are available from NZ Uniforms, 167 Thorndon Quay, Wellington. See full details here on our website. 
We also have second-hand items still available from our school office.  Just come in and speak to Dianna and she will help you out.

School News

Student Art displayed in local gallery

From 1-22 April, our students have the amazing opportunity to have their art on display 24/7 in a functioning art gallery space! Check it out at Juliet Best Art Studio at 151 The Parade, Island Bay.

"Navigate: A journey in Ceramic Art"

Students read about Tupaia, who accompanied the crew of the Endeavour during James Cook's journey in 1769, then thought about their own journey to help them create objects that visually represented things they would take on their own waka. Things about them.

They used these reference points: sentimental, useful, spiritual, cultural, a skill or strength they have, and a figurehead (tauihu).
Using clay building and attaching techniques, these glazed waka artworks have been carefully planned and created by our Year 7 & 8 students.

Many thanks to Juliet Best Art for hosting our students' artworks!

Waterpolo Stars!

Waterpolo is a popular sport at SWIS.  We currently run 4 very successful teams in the Wellington Waterpolo Primary & Intermediate League.  All teams play in the 5m / deep pool at the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre in Kilbirnie.  Our 2 C teams, Ika and Piranha, play half pool, while the B Orcas and A Makos play full pool.  All teams have been very competitive this year and the Makos are undefeated this season. 

We'd like to give a big shout out to dedicated parent coaches: Dean Murphy, Langi Mitipelo and Martin Rooke who have put a lot of personal time and effort into keeping the teams running through COVID. 

We'd also like to highlight our fantastic crew of SWIS alumni - both current high school students, and our Y8s who volunteer their time to work with our teams.

A huge thank you to Estella Ward, Archie Murphy, William Murphy, Paige Mitipelo and Ollie Smith. They are not only gaining valuable experience in coaching but they make fantastic mentors for our younger students.  Here are a few photos of them in action!  Best of luck in the finals to all of our teams and we hope to see everyone back in the pool when the leagues starts up again in Term 4.  

South Wellington Art Show

We'd like to say a big thank you to everyone involved in the hugely successful South Wellington Art Show fundraiser which not only pulled together an amazing online show at the final hour, but also raised a significant amount of money towards our hall mural project.

Thanks in particular to the organising team - Sarah Nightingale, Robyn Connor, Andy Spain and Cate - what an outstanding effort!

And finally thanks to the artists who participated in the show, our wonderful sponsors Wonderlab, Karma Drinks, Natty, Andy Spain Photography, FujiFilm, My KINDO, Keicha Daniels Beauty, Next Stop Earth Florists, Alpha Domus and Arch Furniture, and of course to everyone who bought art! We appreciate all of you!

COVID Reminders

We are no longer displaying QR code posters around the entrances to the school but we ask that all visitors report to the office and sign in using the Vistab system at our front desk.  This has always been in place and is a Health and Safety system that many schools use. 

Medical-grade masks remain a requirement for indoor teaching and learning. We will continue to use these masks at school until further notice.  Please keep sending your child to school with their masks if they're able to wear them.

Please continue to let me, Toby Stokes ( or 022 536 8035) and your child's teacher know if there is a positive case within your household or your child is confirmed positive, including if they become positive after a period of isolating.  Remember:
  • At Phase 3 of the Omicron response, only cases and household contacts are legally required to isolate - see the chart below to work out when this applies.
  • If your child is well, they can come to school unless there is a positive household contact.
  • For those who are not able to attend school online learning is being provided by teachers.

Many thanks for your help with this.
SWIS is continuing to follow all public health measures.

What you need to do:
  • Watch for COVID symptoms
  • If any develop, get tested immediately
  • Then, stay at home until you receive the result
Additional info
Self isolation advice
Extra support if you are self-isolating or have COVID
Book your Vaccine 


CodeCamp allows kids from the ages of 7-12 to develop 21st century skills in a fun and action packed environment. Develop confidence & initiative through design, creativity, solving problems, presenting & collaboration. Create games, apps.

Wednesdays, 3pm till 4:30pm
From the 11th May - 29th June
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Welly Philosophy & Creativity Holiday Programme

This is a new holiday programme offered at Ridgway in April. It invites young people aged 10-14 to grow as critical and creative thinkers in a playful atmosphere. Every day, the programme will include a mix of:
  • Philosophical dialogues to explore fascinating questions that matter to young people and to the world;
  • Collaborative creative projects, from making witty comic books to putting on whimsical plays;
  • Outdoor activities including sports, camp games and scavenger hunts!

This programme was designed by a team of educators and researchers at Victoria University of Wellington. Because the programme is partly funded by a university scholarship, we can offer it at an affordable price ($75 for a 5-day programme), which can be waived for low-income families. 

Dates: April 18-22 (including public holidays)

Time: Drop off 8.30-9am; pick up 3.30-4.30pm.
Location: Ridgway School, 120 Mornington Road, Brooklyn, Wellington 6021.
Cost: $75 per child.

Nga Manu Easter Celebration 2022

Ngā Manu Nature Reserve, 74 Ngā Manu Reserve Road, Waikanae, Kapiti Coast
Friday 15th April – Monday 18th April 10:00am – 5:00pm
Gather your family, pack a picnic, and come and celebrate Easter at Ngā Manu Nature Reserve. We have Easter eggs, children’s activities and awesome daily prizes throughout the long weekend!
Full event details on our website or on Eventfinda: or on Facebook:
Families can visit our Easter Zone to make a decoration to hang on our Easter Wishing Tree, hunt for Ngā Manu Easter Rocks and Winner eggs throughout the reserve to win chocolate eggs and prizes throughout the long weekend. It’s going to be lots of fun!
As a charitable trust, your visit to Ngā Manu supports Nga Manu’s wildlife and conservation programmes – thank you. Please help us share this event far and wide!
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At Bigair Gym, the classes are structured and follow a badge programme. This quality coaching & structure creates motivated and focussed learning, which allows children to focus on goals, gain feedback, reflect, and apply this to achieve through the levels! This type of training develops confidence, resilience and a positive attitude towards personal challenges and new learning. Parents keep telling us that Bigair Gym Classes are having a positive influence on their children, and they are benefiting from learning these lifelong skills outside of the gym. So, don’t miss out on this for your children! Book online for Term 2 classes from the 4 April into GYMNASTICS, TUMBLING, FREE RUNNING (Parkour with flips), TRAMPOLINING & CHEERLEADING!
Bookings are OPEN NOW online for Bigair Gyms active, fun & popular upcoming April HOLIDAY PROGRAMME. Half day & full day sessions: 8.30am-1pm or 1-5.30pm = $30, & 8.30am – 5.30pm = $45. We offer BIRTHDAY PARTIES at Bigair too, so please inquire today.
Subway on Mondays & Tuesdays
Pita Pit on Wednesdays & Fridays
O'Sushi on Thursdays
See the full menu here.
Order your lunch or register for KINDO here
Please contact us:
0800 PRIDE 4 U 
Register online: 
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