Principal's Pen

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends of the School,

Tena Koutou Katoa Nga mihi nui Ki a Koutou Katoa,

Our school prizegiving will be held on Friday 15 December at the Harbourside Church, Esmonde Road, Takapuna.  This is an opportunity to celebrate our successes in 2017 and farewell our year 8 students, as they head off to high school. Prizegiving is a formal occasion with a range of cultural performances and presentations.  All students are expected to wear the correct school uniform. We welcome parents and caregivers to come along and join in with the celebrations of our students.  

The prizegiving commences at 9.30am, and we would love it if you are able to join us.  Students will be bussed to and from the venue and will be dismissed once they arrive back to BIS from prizegiving.

To the students, thank you all for your enthusiasm, energy and love of learning. As a group, you are confident, receptive and keen to make the most of your opportunities and for this, you must be congratulated. You have responded well throughout the year, and I am proud of the way in which you have all finished the year strongly as a group of students. You have been a pleasure to lead.

The BOT has continued to provide high-quality governance of the school, and they have again been focused on monitoring achievement and working with me to ensure that we are focused on continuous improvement and providing the very best education for our students and the community.  We have enjoyed another strong year as a school and look forward to evolving in 2018.

Moving to staffing matters, Mrs Jo Needham has informed me that she will be retiring at the end of the year. Jo has added a significant amount of value to the school over the last 10 years. Jo will not be lost to the school, as she will be returning next year in a relieving capacity.  After 14 years, Mr Scott Boniface has decided it is time for a change and will embark on the next stage of his career at Auckland Normal Intermediate.  Mrs Corrina Kagaya, our ESOL and Foreign Languages teacher, will be returning to Nelson to be closer to her family. Scott, Jo and Corrina will be missed by both our staff and students, and we wish them well in their future endeavours. Mrs Shannon Oswald will be on maternity leave for 2018. 

The teaching teams for 2018 have been finalised and are as follows: 

Year 8

Team Rangitoto (Year 8)

Jen Bauer (Team Leader) Deb Dickinson, Steve Ramdhanie, Eric Rone (new to BIS) and James Lauder

Team Motuihe (Year 8)

Tim Oldham (Team Leader) Carly Tustian, Caitlin McKeown (new to BIS), Paul Howard, Teacher TBC, Larissa Johnson, Lynda Dahlberg/Fiona Sokolich

Team Rakino (Year 7)

Wendy Hay (Team Leader) Jo Hilario, Jo Powell, Claire Janes (Assistant Principal), Maddy Guppy, Robyn Norwell and Mike Ferguson

Team Motutapu (Year 7)

Lauren Tyler (Team Leader), Simon Hughes, Renae Kettle, Fiona Lysaght and Brooke Doherty (new to BIS)

All of our new teachers will be in the school prior to the Christmas break and will be attending our three teacher only days in January.

Finally, I would like to acknowledge the highly skilled and dedicated group of teachers that we have at BIS. They have continued to inspire your children and provide them with an irresistibly engaging environment.  They are passionate and committed to our school; it’s vision and intent. I am proud to work with and lead you all.

Warm regards,

Nick Hill