Teaching and Learning

Our Vision 

“Kamo Intermediate is a place where everyone has the opportunity to be the best they can be,
where diversity is celebrated and positive relationships are paramount.”

All classes at Kamo Intermediate are a mix of Year 7 and Year 8.  Most of the Year 8 students stay in the same class for the two years, and support the new Year 7 students.

Syndicates

There are plenty of opportunities to compete against other syndicates. These include: lunchtime sport, speech and reading competitions, tabloids, school wide sport events, mathematics competitions and cultural events.

Nikau – Orange

Kowhai – Yellow

Tawa – Blue 

Matai – Red

Rimu – Green 

Kauri – Silver 

Values

Our values are – excellence; innovation and flexibility; creativity; respect; Channel K; diversity and integrity.
At Kamo Intermediate we have six competencies that are reported on, in writing, twice a year.  These are:

  • Positive relationships – Relates well to others, co-operates, role model.
  • Active participation – Shares ideas, involved in wider opportunities, accepts responsibility.
  • Effective learning – Knows how they learn, reflects on learning, asks questions.
  • Channel K – Performs acts of kindness, affirms and encourages others, caring and considerate.
  • Managing self – Works independently, perseveres, manages distractions.
  • Classroom behaviour  – Respectful, courteous, diligent.

Every class has high expectations for each individual to reach their potential in reading, writing, mathematics, science, social sciences, health and physical education.  Students will also go to other rooms with different teachers to learn about other areas which may include: visual art, music, technology (food, hard material and textiles), design, performance and environmental studies.

Homework is, at times, set.  We encourage families to support their children to read often and widely.  On-line tasks are regularly used to support in class learning.

There are a range of extension classes available and traditionally have included: mathematics, science, creative arts, food, photography, film making, textiles, art, wood creations.  On Fridays there are opportunities to learn aspects like singing, guitar, drums, keyboard, drama, vocals and kapahaka.

The E-Team operates out of room 12.  The qualified staff provide extra support for students with specific learning needs.  Lunchtime activities are also available in these rooms.  Outside agencies are frequently supporting our students in these rooms.

Kamo Intermediate offers students the opportunities to take part in various academic challenges.  These include: debating, speech, mathex, ICAS assessments, science fair, litquiz, Otago problem solving challenge, Australian mathematics competition.

School begins at 8:45am and ends at 3.00pm.

Bell times (2018)

School starts 8:45am (morning roll and  admin 8:45 – 8:55)

Block 1 8:55  – 9:50

Block 2 9:50 – 10:45

Interval 10:45 – 11:05

Block 3 11:05 – 12:00

Block 4 12:00 – 12:55

Lunch 12:55 – 1:45

1:45 – 1:55 (afternoon roll and admin)

Block 5 1:55 – 2:50 (for specialists)

School finishes 3:00pm