Whakapuāwai – To Thrive
MRI Update, 4th March 2024
Key Dates for Term 1:
Talanoa Ako Learning Conversations - 12th & 14th March
Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC), Year 8's - 15th to 22nd March
Good Friday, School CLOSED - 29th March
Easter Monday and Tuesday, School CLOSED - 1st & 2nd April
Last day of Term 1, 3pm - Friday 12th April
First day of Term 2 - Monday 29th April
Message from the Principal
Kia ora koutou,

The year has certainly taken off with a sprint and we are half way through Term One already. The students have settled in well and there is a really lovely feeling evident across the school.

Thank you for taking the time to come along to our recent 'Meet the Teacher Evening'. It was great to meet new families and reconnect with others. Please feel free to make contact with your child's teacher with any issues or questions that you may have.
Next week, on March 12th and 14th, we have Learning Conversations - Talanoa Ako, where the teacher will meet with you and your child to reflect on where they are with their learning and set new goals for the first part of this year to work towards. Below is a link to the letter that was sent out at the end of last week with details about these meetings and how to book in your meeting time.
Over the last couple of weeks your child will have had a number of learning assessments. This information helps us to plan the learning for your child to ensure that they are both supported and challenged in their learning. Our learning programmes develop the skills that students need not just for now, but the type of thinking that is needed to be successful down the track in NCEA and as a good learner.
As per the new Government requirements on schools, our students will continue to have Reading, Writing and Mathematics learning time daily. This will take place as specific learning blocks and will also be explicitly integrated into other curriculum areas such as Inquiry and Specialisation areas e.g Food Technology. Due to the timetable restraints of Intermediate, and the importance of the learning opportunities across the whole curriculum, a balance of core learning time for literacy and mathematics is needed. This will even out on the days where areas such as Specialisation, Languages or P.E, for example, are timetabled. We have rearranged our timetables to ensure that the curriculum subjects outside of literacy and numeracy are spread across the week, as practically as possible, and core curriculum areas are given priority time. Friday continues to have wider curriculum opportunities for learning, but these have been shortened in duration to ensure more classroom time. Literacy and Numeracy integration is included in these ‘breadth of the curriculum activities’.

Congratulations to the students who have been selected as House Captains for this year. They are:
Rātā : Grace (Rm 8), Amy (Rm 8), Sidon (Rm 7), Immanuel (Rm 7), Tahir (Rm 8)
Kōwhai : Cullen (Rm 14), Lopeti (Rm 14), Monty (Rm 14), Deijah (Rm 13), Jayleeahn (Rm 13)
Rimu : Anna (Rm 19), Ashton (Rm 24), Heman (Rm 22), Mokapule (Rm 24), Tane (Rm 24)
Kauri : Juston (Rm 18), Sanay (Rm 28), Milla (Rm 18), Pia (Rm 18), Yasmin (Rm 18)
It is with sadness that I inform you that Mrs Jill Grant, our long serving office administrator at Mt Roskill Intermediate School, recently passed away after a short illness.
Mrs Grant served our school for almost forty years and had close links to our school and wider community. She will be greatly missed.
Year 8 Boys CZ Softball Champs!
Congratulations to our Year 8 boys softball team who won the Central Zone competition last week. They now advance to the Auckland champs in a few weeks time. We look forward to seeing how they get on.

In late Term Two we'll be holding our annual ‘Arts Week’. If you or anyone you know would like to be involved in taking a group for a special project for the week, we would love to hear from you.

Please let us know if there is something that your child has achieved so that we can acknowledge them. We love to celebrate success!

Kristen Walsham
Principal / Tumuaki

He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata! He tangata! He tangata!
What is the most important thing in the world?
It is people! It is people! It is people!
Over the past few weeks three of our four Houses have walked up to the summit of Mt Roskill/ Puketāpapa/ Pukewīwī to enjoy a picnic together with their fellow House mates. The sun has been shining each week. Let's hope that it will do the same for our final House who will be going this Wednesday.
Helpful Information for the school year:
MRI Communications
Our main means of communication to you comes via email and through our school App. All communication can also be found on our website.
Our School App provider is SchoolappsNZ. See the flyer below with details on how to connect to our app.
If your contact details, such as email address or phone number, change at any stage, please inform the office as soon as possible.
Children are expected to be in their rooms by 8.45am, ready for school to begin at 8.50am. Punctuality is important. Any absences need to be explained. If your child is unwell and won’t be in at school for the day, please ensure you report their absence as early as possible through either our Website, School App, by email to the class teacher and attendance@mri.school.nz or by phoning the office on 09 620 8508. You can leave a voice message if you call outside our office hours.
All students are expected to arrive and leave school in their correct school uniform. Full uniform is is to be worn to and from school. Only on days they have PE or sport, MRI PE uniform can be worn to and from school.
If for some reason your child cannot wear the correct uniform, they need to advise their teacher with a note or email from their parent/caregiver.
Sun Hats
We strongly encourage our students to wear a sun hat while outside during break times and when participating in PE and sport. Plain black caps are available to purchase for $10 each at the school office.
Naming of your child’s uniform
Please clearly name your child’s uniform. This helps us greatly with enabling us to return misplaced garments back to their rightful owner.
Unclaimed items at the end of each term are repurposed or disposed of.
School Lunches
MRI are a water only school so students are not to bring juice, fizzy or flavoured drinks to school. Your child can bring their own named water bottle or we have hands-free water fountains available for use around the school.
We work with Ezlunch who provide quality, fresh-made food to purchase. If you order by 9am on the day, your child’s lunch will be delivered to the school by lunchtime. Click the link to find out details on how to order and to view their menu HERE
NO Driving onto the school campus grounds
For the safety of all our students, as well as our neighbouring Primary and Grammar students, no one is to drive into our school grounds/carpark at the start of the school day or the end of the school day. If you drop off or pick up your child, this must be done on one of the surrounding streets. Only staff are allowed to drive onto school grounds.
Our Denbigh Ave bridge is still closed to vehicles but is currently open to pedestrians. We are working with the Ministry of Education around the bridge replacement. While planning is underway, full works are not expected to be completed until the end of this year.
Mt Roskill Intermediate School is a Schooldocs school. All of our school policies and procedures can now be accessed online through: https://mri.schooldocs.co.nz
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Term Dates 2024
Term 1 : Thursday 1 February - Friday 12 April
Term 2 : Monday 29 April - Friday 5 July
Term 3 : Monday 22 July – Friday 27 September
Term 4 : Monday 14 October – Tuesday 17 December
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