Welcome To Howick Intermediate School's Website
Dear Parents / Caregivers
A FANTASTIC HALF YEAR!
It has been a short but busy term.
Students have been working with their teachers towards achieving their learning goals in the curriculum areas via authentic learning experiences. Reports of visits to the Botanic Gardens, looking at Adobe clay bricks to green roofs, designing and building enrichment toys for zoo animals, designing and donating rat traps for the Wild Bird Trust, beach clean-ups, tree planting, the survival of our kauri trees, water pollution, water safety, as well as several extra-curricular activities sums up a fair share of active citizenship by our students.
We have groups of Japanese and Korean international students visiting next term. It is always a pleasure to host these students and the adults who accompany them. The learning that transpires is mutually beneficial, and it is another opportunity for us to see our students shine with manners and respect.
This year, we intend to celebrate the talents of our students during an Arts Extravaganza evening on the 19th of September. We have incredible talent at our school and want to showcase this to the community. Please mark this special event in your diary as the staff and students are working hard in preparing a great show for you.
Our incredible P.T.S.A. has been working hard behind the scenes to raise funds for our school. It never ceases to amaze me the dedication I see in their term-by-term fundraising drives. The Polar Bear Dare mid-winter dip was a definite success and the P.T.S.A. is looking towards making this an annual event. I want to thank the Black Ferns for their community spirit by participating in the dip (in their onesies!) and for being super role models to our girls. The grocery raffle is on the go now, and we look forward to a family receiving this prize when the raffle is drawn in September. Please support this drive by donating the grocery items allocated to your child’s class.
I want to wish our hard-working staff a restful break over the two weeks. They have been focused on the task at hand amidst interesting times at our school. It is a pleasure being a part of this great team.
I want to wish all our students and parents well over the holidays, and we look forward to reconnecting on the 21st of July.
Neetha Mudhan (Ms)
One of the most important things your child can do to achieve academic success is also one of the most basic: going to school every day. In fact, research has shown that your child's attendance record may be the biggest factor influencing his/her academic success. Other benefits include:
Being part of the school community: Just by being present at school, your child is learning how to be a good citizen by participating in the school community, learning valuable social skills, and developing a broader world view.
Achievement: students who attend school regularly are more likely to pass formal and informal assessments.
Exposure to the English language: Regular school attendance can also help students who are learning English by giving them the chance to master the skills and information they need more quickly and accurately even in other subjects!
As a parent or guardian, it is possible to plan ahead in order to limit your child's absences, make school attendance a priority, and help your child from falling behind if it is necessary to miss a day of school. You can do this in the following ways:
Help your child get to school on time every day. Teach your child how to set and use an alarm clock.
Follow the school's guidelines and attendance policy, and report excused absences
immediately. Help us by phoning the school on 534-
Check homework. Check each night to see that your child understands and completes the day's home-
Take an active role. Stay involved with your child's daily experiences at school by asking how the school day went, and then listening carefully to what your child shares with you both the successes and struggles.
Locate potential sources of anxiety. If your child frequently appears upset or reluctant to go to school and cannot tell you why, schedule an appointment with his or her teacher or school counsellor to talk about possible sources of the anxiety.
Keep updated on school events and announcements. Read the school documents that your child brings home and take note of important announcements and dates, such as open school night and parent-
Plan ahead. Encourage your child to prepare for the next school day by laying out clothes the night before and helping to fix lunches.
Promote good health. Make sure that your child eats a balanced diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables, and has opportunities to exercise every day through a sports team or playtime outside. Provide a medical certificate when your child is away sick.
Create a restful environment. Finally, make sure that your child can relax before bedtime by doing something quiet like reading rather than do something stimulating. Ensure that your child gets enough quality sleep ideal amounts range from 8 to 12 hours. Getting enough sleep will help them get up on time, be refreshed in the morning, and feel ready for a full day of learning ahead!
By making your child's school attendance a priority, you will be taking an important step in
supporting your child's school success, and setting a good example. Remember every day counts!
BUYING BUS TICKETS
Please talk to your children about being organised with regard to buying their bus tickets. Tickets will only be sold in the morning and at morning tea. There will no longer be ticket sales during lunch. If students forget to buy their ticket, and have no clicks left, they will be required to phone home and get someone to pick them up.
OUR SCHOOL LIBRARY
The library is open to students and staff from 8 am until 3.45 pm every day. Students are welcome to come in before and after school and at lunchtime to spend a few quiet moments, complete homework, read, play cards or chess, or hang out with friends. Students must have their ID card and gold card to issue books, and can take out two fiction and two non fiction books for two weeks. Students are able to reserve books and also renew books required for a little longer.