Newsletter - 28 July 2023




This year we have begun taking a deeper look into what we mean when we think about success. Whilst academic success remains our primary focus, intermediate schooling offers so many more opportunities for our young people to shine.

This past week has once again highlighted the importance of sport with the FIFA world cup drawing huge crowds and promoting a spirit of celebration and positivity. Cinemas were once again full with the release of two wildly different movies each drawing different crowds and in some cases the same.
Our Kapahaka group visited RPS to join in their Matariki celebrations and put on an outstanding performance. As a school, we are hosting a STEM event ‘ePro8’ next week which will bring many of Auckland's greatest young problem solvers together to build and create all sorts of weird and wonderful contraptions.

This breadth of experience and these demonstrations of success are what we pride ourselves on as a school. We encourage you to talk to your young people about these opportunities. If they have not yet put themselves out there and tried something new, take some time to talk with them to help them consider what they might like to try in the coming months.

These two years are a prime opportunity to not only continue to progress our learning but to also explore who we are and what passions may be hiding just beneath the surface, waiting to be discovered.

Kyle Brewerton
Principal/APPA President



CZ Girls Hockey

In Term 2, the hockey girls represented RI with pride and their teamwork and skills were outstanding throughout the day at the central zone competition. After winning all of their pool games they ended up in a semifinal with Dio. Unfortunately, they were beaten in this game but won third place in their final game and ended up on the podium. An amazing day on the turf and they should be proud of themselves. A big thank you to their coach Andrew Thompson.

CZ Boys Hockey  

In Term 3, our boy's team also represented RI at the central zone with pride and they finished the day in first place! They all played incredibly well and worked together as a team. Their sportsmanship was something to be proud of too. Over the course of the day, they scored 34 goals and only ONE goal was scored against them. Thanks to their coaches Ash and Graham. The boys can look forward to another awesome day at the Interzone competition. 

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected from 90 triallers to be in the U13 Auckland hockey team. This team will be heading to Fiji towards the end of the year. Over 90 children were trialed, so it’s impressive that these 8 players are on the team.

Team: Henry Martin, Jayden Naran-Patel, Kieran Lash, Pahul Saini, Shyam Dhanji, William Bason, Lizzie Hawksbee, Giuliana Gianesini 



To celebrate Matariki, some members of the Kapa Haka group went on a trip to visit the students at Remuera Primary School. The group performed some of their waiata (songs), showed their poi and taiaha skills and the boys showed off their haka skills.
It was their first performance of the year and they did an amazing job. To celebrate Matariki, some members of the Kapa Haka group went on a trip to visit the students at Remuera Primary School.

The group performed some of their waiata (songs), showed their poi and taiaha skills and the boys showed off their haka skills. It was their first performance of the year and they did an amazing job. In the Year 8 Te Reo Māori classes, the students learned different stories about the Māori New Year.
They made stars to represent Matariki and her children, and inside their stars they wrote a goal/wish/hope for the coming year. They also decorated some kites which are traditionally flown around Matariki time to represent the connections between the Earth and the heavens.

They learned that each star in the Matariki cluster has a meaning and is responsible for a certain aspect of the world.


EPRO8 RI Internals

The EPro8 RI Internals happened last week Wednesday, the winners of the competition and representing Remuera Intermediate at Inter-Schools next week are:

The Brainy Buddies - Guangnian Li, Sebastian Mcivor, James Lethborg and Shivesh Shetty
RI Digits - Laura Allan, Finley Connor, Xinlai Zhang and Finn Walker
M n Ms - Ben Zhou, Jack Garfield, Zach Symons and Sameer Khemlani
Mathex - Charles Jiang, Safwan Oumer, Vishak Sivakumar and Tiger Li

Congratulations to these kids for a job well done! Big shout out to the super subs who filled in for absent teammates as well. Attached are some pictures of the night


On the 25th of July a Year 7 and Year 8 boys team travelled to Windmill netball courts in Epsom. It is great to see boys getting involved in sports that they may not play out of school and it was a pleasure to take the two boys' teams. Both teams did extremely well, the year 7’s grew through each game becoming familiar with the rules and how to move on the court. They had a great attitude throughout the day always remaining positive and finished 3rd overall.

The Year 8’s is a team like no other, the way they move on the court and just play their game is always outstanding to watch. Throughout the day they tried new plays and new strategies which continued to grow them as a team. Overall they finished 1st and will be attending interzones. 


This term Year 7 students are exploring their story of Migration, and the factors that caused their families to move to New Zealand. Please take some time to discuss this with your children. This topic is so relevant to their lives. Year 8 Students are exploring the Art of influence. We will learn language skills that help them to communicate their point of view more effectively, and see how we can influence others with our own advertising.

We also have a number of new ESOL students beginning classes this term. A warm welcome goes to the following students and their families.
Ziluo Yang, Haoyu Wu, Thomas Ding, Gabor Xiao, Jenny Chen, Ray Shin

Gillian Waters





We are delighted to inform you that our school will be participating in the world-renowned ICAS competition this year.  

What is ICAS?  
ICAS is an online academic competition that is designed to assess students’  higher-order thinking and problem-solving skills in English, Mathematics, Science, Writing, Spelling Bee and Digital Technologies. Each assessment celebrates students’ accomplishments by providing opportunities for recognition and development. Every student who participates will receive a printed certificate and an online results report. Top performers will be eligible for medals.

This year, RI will be participating in English, Science, Mathematics and Digital Technologies. The ICAS dates are listed here.

How to participate in ICAS  
If you wish for your child to participate in ICAS this year, please:  

  • read about ICAS subjects and prices here
  • read the terms and conditions here 
  • go to Parent Portal to purchase tests here
  • enter our school’s access code – RRG122
  • enter your child’s details, select the tests you would like to purchase, then proceed to payment.  

After payment is made via the Parent Payment System, you will receive an order confirmation email, please keep this for your records. The last day to order is Monday 31 July 2023.


Our 2024 Enrolment is now open.  If you have a Year 6 student who will be coming to RI in 2024, we encourage you to start the enrolment process early to ensure we are well prepared for the coming year. 
You can now apply online by clicking this link. If you have a query regarding the enrolment process, please contact Ms. Amy McGowan at [email protected]


August 1 Year 7 Water Safety - Room 1            Year 7 Immunisation Catch-up  
August 2 BOT Meeting
August 3 Year 7 Water Safety - Room 14
August 8

Year 7 Water Safety - Room 16           PTA Meeting                                         CZ Squash                                     School Cross Country

August 9 ICAS Digital Technologies
August 10 Year 7 Water Safety - Room 18
August 11 CZ Netball Girls
August 15 Year 7 Water Safety - Room 17
August 16 ICAS English
August 17 Year 7 Speech Final                       
August 21 CZ Basketball Girls
August 23 ICAS Science
August 24 CZ Cross Country
August 28 CZ Basketball Boys
August 30 2024 Out of Zone Application CLOSED    ICAS Mathematics
September 6 2024 Out of Zone Enrolment - Ballot Day
September 7 RI Talent Quest 
September 12 PTA Meeting 
September 15 International Day
September 19 BOT Meeting 
September 22 Term 3 Ends



All absences need to be reported by 8:45 am at the latest. To report an absence please:

Use the 'Report an Absence' link in the top right corner on the school website homepage

Use the school app or phone the office on 09 522 9890 Option 1
Please do not email absence notifications to classroom teachers


Your children’s safety is of paramount importance to us.  In order to ensure the safety of all our students, at 9:45 am if your child has not been marked as Present we will send out a text notification to alert you of his/her absence.  We are aware many parents are very busy people and forget to notify the school so please respond with a Y and a reason for the absence/lateness. Respond with an N if you have dropped your child at school or know that he/she was coming to school and we can investigate this promptly. Should your mobile number change, please notify the school immediately so that we can update our records accordingly. 


Parents are able to use our portal to pay for their child’s donations and fees. We encourage anyone who has not already signed up to do so.  The address is


You can download the free SchoolAppsNZ from the App Store or Google Play. It works on both android and Apple phones. It sends important school messages and forms a big part of our school communications.  

Features of the App:

  • You can subscribe to alert groups of interest to you and your child
  • You can complete the absentee form directly from the App
  • You can access the school calendar, news and events directly through the App
  • We can send out targeted alerts to everyone with the App or to specific groups