ROLL CALL/NOTICES: 8.40am - 8.55am
     MORNING BLOCK (1): 8.55am - 10.10am
                           INTERVAL: 10.10am - 10.30am 
           MIDDLE BLOCK (2): 10.30am - 11.20am
           MIDDLE BLOCK (3): 11.20am - 12.35pm
                                LUNCH: 12.35pm - 1.25pm  
 AFTERNOON BLOCK (4): 1.35pm - 3.00pm  
             TERM ONE: 31 January - 13 April          
        TERM TWO: 01 May - 07 July          
      TERM THREE: 25 July - 29 September
              TERM FOUR: 16 October - 15 December




Monday 1 May -to- Friday 7 July 2017

Monday 1 May 2017

Monday 15 May 2017

Tuesday 23 May 2017

Friday 7 July 2017



By Mahalia Room 7


By Mahalia Room 7


What is a Specialist?


At Kamo Intermediate School we have extra classes called Specialists.Everyone at KIS gets an opportunity to take part in each class. But what is a Specialist, and how do they work? I’ll give you the best idea of what a Specialist is.


Every student at Kamo Intermediate School participates in every Specialist class. Our 6 syndicates are split up into year 7 and year 8’s. These are then divided into 6 groups. These groups then have 3 different rotations during the year, taking part in 2 Specialists classes each time. By the end of the year we will have experienced all the Specialists run at KIS.


There are 7 Specialist subjects and 7 teachers, Mr Brown who does Hard Materials, Mr Epskamp taking Electricity, Ms De Bruin who teaches Textiles, Mrs Grant shows us how to cook in Food and Nutrition, Mrs Nicholson creates Art, Mrs Wild instructs us in Performing Arts, and Mr Hughes plays Music. Specialists are like an extension to our learning.


When we go to Specialists, there are rules we must follow for our safety. We must wear the correct uniform that fits our subject, listen to all instructions, and follow our mantras. The rules and Specialists are respected and appreciated! It always comes to mind that not all Intermediates have them.


In conclusion Specialists are great classes to include in schools and we are so lucky to have them here at KIS! It is also a great opportunity for people to make new friends and work together to become a team!





By Adam Room 27

The Library


To all the new students at Kamo Intermediate this is for you. This is one of the cool things about the best school in the world.


The Kamo Intermediate library is an air conditioned space (phew), right next to the front office. The librarian is Mrs Michelsen. The library is open during the day, where classes can issue and return books. The library is also open every lunchtime to read, to play games, and to relax.


The library has nearly 6,000 books (5,954 to be exact) with popular books such as Harry Potter, Geronimo Stilton, Hunger Games, Asterix and Obelix and much much more. For your convenience the library is split into two sections fiction and non-fiction. They are then split into genres such as adventure/mystery, wild life, fantasy, humour, real life, sport, graphic novels, picture books and quick reads.


If you're the kind of person who likes board games then you’re in luck, they have a giant Connect 4, a giant Chess set, Monopoly, Jenga, Scrabble and so on. For study the library has iMac computers and Chromebooks.


How To Become A Librarian

To become a librarian, there are a few things you need to know.  You must be a year 8, willing to give up your lunchtime and be reliable. Just because you are a librarian, it doesn’t mean you get special privileges, you still have to return books on time! If you have these qualities then maybe the job as a librarian is for you.


So in conclusion the library is a cool relaxing place to hang out, play some games and maybe even take a book out. So now you know about the KIS library, come and check it out today!





Monday 15 May - 2017


Former Kamo Intermediate student and KIS Hockey team member Madi Doar, made her International Debut on Sunday 14 May, playing for the Vantage Women’s Black Sticks team against India in Pukekohe, Auckland.

Madi who was wearing Number 32 was also playing alongside Ex-Room 3 KIS student Ella Gunson and Northland player Brooke Neal. Later in the series Stacey Michelsen will return from injury and Sam Harrison will also take part as well.

Madi is a student at St Cuthbert College in Auckland and was a member of the 2011 & 2012 KIS Girls 1st XI. She helped us win the Northland JMC Title both years and won an AIMS Games Silver medal in 2011 and an AIMS Games Gold in 2012.

Well done and a huge congratulations to you Madi and Team Doar!!! Ka mau te wehi!!!


Here is a link to an article from the Northern Advocate Friday 26 May 2017




By Jacynta Room 21




Why do we commemorate Anzac day??


I wanted to find out WHY we commemorate Anzac day, but also why we commemorate it here at Kamo Intermediate. So I went to interview several people to find out what Anzac means to them.


Firstly I talked to Mr. Epskamp and he told me, that his mother and father were involved during World War 2 (1939 - 1945). He has a lot of family history. He said he commemorates the people who were in the War. Remembering those who fought for us. Anzac day is also good for all students, to commemorate with all the people who fought for us.


I also interviewed Papanui, he said that it’s not all about killing and war, it’s about all those young people who were prepared to sacrifice themselves for our country. Papanui’s grandfather and great uncle, were in the NZ Tunnelling Company at Gallipoli during World War 1.


I also spoke to Miss Bower and told me that it’s a time to reflect on all of the sacrifices that people made, and a day to think about also reflect on how lucky we are.


Mr. Brown, the Hard Materials specialist teacher, said that it’s a time to reflect to all those soldiers and people who went away and served in the wars. The ones who died and the ones who returned injured, the ones who fought for us.


Mr. Soar related to me that it’s a time to celebrate all the people who fought in the war. Remembering those who died and survived in the World War.


I asked my class reps Bree and Holly, about their thoughts about Anzac day. They said that it’s a day and time to celebrate and remember those soldiers who survived and died for our country. And also celebrating what we have now.


I also interviewed my Nana, Maureen about what Anzac day means to her. She said that it’s not about all the people that died, it’s about the people who risked their lives, and put their lives on the line. Every day her and her brothers would go home and ask her Dad what was it like in the war but, he wouldn’t say anything because of what happened.


Personally I think Anzac day is a time to reflect on all those people who sacrificed themselves and fought for our country. It is also a time to look back and see how lucky we are. It will always be great to see KIS kids at the Anzac commemorations in the future.




By Agostina Room 11

Light It Orange Friday


Why Light It Orange?

"Every year in March, hundreds of schools, workplaces, clubs, businesses, and individuals throughout New Zealand Light It Orange to help raise awareness and much needed funds to help victims of family violence get safe and stay safe.” (from the Light It Orange website: www.lightitorange.co.nz)


Light it up Friday (previously Orange Friday), is a community project/event started by Shine*, an organisation trying to put a stop to domestic violence. Kamo Intermediate School is ONE of the schools to be part of Light It Orange.


Orange Friday started on Black Friday 13 March 2015 with a Orange Mufti Day. A friend of Papanui’s (our I.T. Guy) was a member of Shine* and they convinced Ms. Brown (Deputy Principal) that Kamo Intermediate should be involved. So we joined the Orange Mufti Day.



The first year we had a prize of a chromebook for the class that raised the most money. That class was Room 17 (Ms. Butler). In 2017 they changed Orange Friday to Light It Orange. We raised $858.10


So that's why Kamo Intermediate got involved with Shine and Light it Friday. To help stop domestic violence.




Matapouri Camp

By Mia C Room 9

Matapouri Camp

By MIA C Room 9


On Wednesday the 28th of February Matai’s Room 9 and Room 7 went off to camp for 3 nights and 4 days. We stayed at Matapouri Community Hall (also known as the Library).


We had many fun activities most of them were at the beach but we did some ABL which is Adventure Based Learning. My favourite activity was the pink peg race. This was a race to Whale Bay, through the bush, hunting for pink pegs along the way. My group won of course.


Some of the other activities included were surfing at Sandy Bay, Spotlight, two ball soccer and capture the flag at the beach. An awesome Raft Race down the estuary, where we had to make our own rafts, during the race we also had eggs and flour thrown at us.


I interviewed one of my classmates Bree and she told us what her experience was like. She really enjoyed her experience but the surfing and all the water activities were the best part of the whole week. Unfortunately Bree didn’t enjoy not having showers and having to use portaloos. Other activities Bree mentioned were Adventure Forest and floating down the estuary in a innertube.


As you can see, Bree and I really enjoyed camp, and so did all the other kids.




Tuesday 31 January 2017

Welcome to Kamo Intermediate School
Tuesday 31st January -to- Friday 15th December 2017

Tena koutou whanau! Welcome to 2017 at Kamo Intermediate School.

We would like to welcome all those brand new Year-7 students, their parents and families to what we call “The Best Intermediate in the World!”.  It’s also great to see all those returning Year-8 students. Hope you are all ready for a fantastic, hectic, enlightening experience at KIS?

With every year we loss those Year-8 students moving on to High School, but we also have staff moving on to different and new adventures.

Paul Shepherd - Ali Arms - Ms Ngaire - Tracey Hey - Kim Reeves - Marcie Michelsen

Mr Shepherd arrived in 2013 and after 4 years here at KIS he has left to be the new Principal at Maunu School. Congratulations and may you “Be The Best That You Can Be”.

One of our longest serving teachers here at KIS, Ms Arms has gone on long term leave, but may turn up occasionally to do some relieving. Enjoy your time off and hope to see you back here sometimes.

Ms Ngaire came to KIS in 2010, and made an immediate impact. Being skilled in so many areas outside of, as well as inside of teaching. Your skills will be missed.

As well as being a teacher here at KIS she was also a student. Mrs Hey has left to be a full time mum to her beautiful daughter. In her too short of time here teaching, she has shown her skills as a teacher and organiser. Enjoy your time with your family!

Ms Reeves has decided to go back and work with her husband on their business full time. Thank you for joining us Ms Reeves it was far to short a time.

Miss Michelsen is leaving to spend time with her family and await her new arrival (due in September) .

With the loss of some truly memorable teachers, we get to welcome new Teachers to the KIS whanau and with every new teacher come some new distinct skills

Rob Soar - Lauren McKenzie - Jess Turner - Lisa Williams - Joel Newberry-Wright

Mr Soar has come in, once again to be acting Principal for Term 1, while a replacement can be found for Mr Shepherd. Thank you for coming back Mr Soar.

Miss McKenzie was a former KIS student (in Room 14) and is a beginning teacher and will be in Matai, in Room 9.

Miss Turner is also a former KIS student (in Room 15) and has returned to the whanau to be a beginning teacher in Rimu’s . . . Room 15.

We welcome Miss Williams as a brand new beginning teacher in Rimu’s Room 17.

Mr Newberry-Wright is the new teacher in Nikau in Room 22.

Welcome everyone.