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Last Friday we took our entire school, 310 students, into Wellington to be part of the Anzac commemorations. The planning for such a trip is relatively complex with important decisions to be made in advance like where to be picked up and dropped off by the 6 buses on such a busy day, what route to walk, where are the toilet stops, what will we do if the weather is poor, how many parents will we need, where do we rest and eat and where do we all stand without terrifying or upsetting the general public?

There were moments last week when I worried about the size and sanity of undertaking such a trip. But sometimes you just have to be brave and have a go. Especially when it's important and the experience may well be "memory-making." 

Our first stop was the Field of Remembrance on the Salamanca Lawn over-looking the Lady Norwood Rose Gardens in the Wellington Botanical Gardens. I loved the way many students found crosses with the same surname as theirs and claimed a relative immediately.

We then walked to the Cable Car and looked at the view over the city. Wellington turned on a magnificent day with fine, still weather and we enjoyed great views of the harbour.

I was anxious about the walk from high in Kelburn to Pukeahu Park but it was a real tribute to our students that they managed the walk without incident or complaining (at least not in my presence!) We spent nearly 30 minutes at  Pukeahu Park settled on new polished concrete slabs with the choir and band practising while we ate lunch. For many students this may be the first and only occasion they spend time at this special place.

We found a long stretch of Taranaki Street unoccupied so all of us took up positions to watch the parade. Despite  having to wait 30 minutes everybody sat or stood quietly. The parade itself was not long but held everyone's interest with horses, guns, trucks, music and 1000s of paper poppies floating in the air and along the road. Several people asked which school we were from and commented how great it was to see the whole school there and how well behaved our students were.

I was very proud of our students for their respectful, engaged response to such a special occasion. I am also very grateful to our staff and parents for leading by example and sharing a special day with their students. I think last Friday was worth every minute of the worry and I would do it again in a heartbeat.

I hope we did indeed make some memories.



inter-intermediate sevens' tournament

Newlands Intermediate will send three teams along to compete at this tournament to be held on Wednesday, May 13 at Trentham Memorial Park. Our Y7 boys' team, Y8 boys' team and composite Y7/8 girls' team are all looking forward to representing NIS. Come along and support our students who will e representing NIS.

powhiri 2015

Our year began with current students welcoming new students, their whanau and  teachers with a powhiri.

2015 Year 8 students during the haka powhiri.

New students, whanau and teachers wait for the karanga to call them into the hall.

INtroducing Schoolhouse honey

Our very first jar of honey.

Starting the journey to getting honey for our school wasn't easy.

We started with getting the hives and the suits, hiring professional beekeepers to help get the bees into the hives then keeping them in good health until it was time to harvest the honey.

Once the honey was ready to be harvested, we had to suit up, pick up the smoker and go out to the hives. We opened up the hives to see that the frames were full of capped honey! The frames were incredibly heavy but we had to carry them inside to where the extractor was waiting to be put to use.

To begin the extraction process, we got a hot knife to cut off the caps that were holding the honey in place. The next step was to place the frames in the extractor and spin it. Centrifugal force ensured that the honey  would flick out of the frames and on to the sides of the extractor. The honey then dripped down the sides of the extractor and we waited ready to open the tap.

After spinning one side of the frames we turned them over and repeated the process. Opening the tap was very exciting, especially watching the honey pour out!

We filled the sterilised jars and then labelled them.

After giving jars of honey to board members and bee keepers, the remaining jars were available to teachers and students, for a donation.

Connor Smith (Bee Scientist)


School cross country

Our school cross country was held last Thursday, April 30 on the grounds of Newlands College. We thank our tuakana at the college for being a wonderful support on the day.It was a great day and all participants earned points for their respective syndicates.


YEAR 7 GIRLS': 1st Samantha Smith 2nd Tui-Aroha Fransen 3rd Blaise Clarke

YEAR 7 BOYS': 1st Lucas Maihi 2nd Jonny Cottle 3rd Scott White

YEAR 8 GIRLS': 1st Sharlotte Singh 2nd Alani Butters 3rd Chelsea Laing

YEAR 8 BOYS': 1st Reuben Allen 2nd Caleb Brunner 3rd Aaron Fawkes

2015 cross country spectators