Tena Koutou Katoa

What a very busy time we have had recently as we approach the end of Term One.  

Our students have been very busy on the sports field, with practices for the winter sports well under way and selections for the rugby 7’s and football teams. Our boys and girls cricket teams represented Northland at the Northern Districts tournament and special congratulations go to the girls’ team for winning and now going on to represent Northern Districts at the national competition in November.  Well done girls – super proud of you all!

Thank you also to the parents, as well as Jess Turner and Matt Burns who coached and supported these teams while they were away.  Your time and efforts are very much appreciated.

Last week we had a couple of firsts for the school, one being our support of Shave for a Cure (raising money for leukaemia and blood cancers) where an impressive $6000 plus was raised.  As I’m sure you saw in the Northern Advocate, three of our teachers and a number of students had their heads shaved in support of this cause. We combined it with a Wacky Hair Day and students contributed gold coins. One student deserves a very special mention. Dylan Browne was instrumental in starting this fundraising campaign and it would be fair to say that neither he or I expected the outstanding support that we received. Thank you all so much for your very generous contributions.

On Thursday evening we held our first hui dedicated to those with an interest in Maori and Pasifika education.  Over 100 people attended and it was a fantastic chance for people to ‘mix and mingle’ while sharing aspirations and expectations for each child.  Our Kapa haka group performed publicly for the first time this year and we were all exceptionally proud. People had the chance to communicate with us about the things we are doing well at KIS and things that could be improved on to better cater for our students.  We will analyse this information and share with you on our website early next term.

The hui was an opportunity to use our new kai cooker. I acknowledge with exceptional gratitude the support of Helen Poa and John Moriarty who coordinated and prepared the kai for us all.  Kia ora Helen and John. Thank you also to Mike Harrison, Anaru Popham, Jenni Hudspith and the students in our two bilingual classes who helped prepare for the evening. We look forward to holding further hui in the future.

During our assembly on Friday, a number of students were recognised with certificates for Channel K and Tauira awards.  These awards are not given lightly, so if your child came home with one certificate (or in some cases two), you can be very proud, as we are of each student.

Next term our Parent Support Group will be coordinating a fundraising event to support the upgrade of our adventure playground.  Some activities have been closed down until repairs take place and with the support of the fundraising we hope to do this during Term Two.  We are holding a fun walk  on Thursday May 16 (The Mighty Walk) and the aim of the school is to collectively walk at least the length of New Zealand in a 12 hour period.  During the next few weeks details will be provided on how we hope to raise the money and information about the event. Please keep Thursday May 16 free to support us.

A reminder that this Friday we have a Teacher Only Day, so your children officially finish school for the term on Thursday.

Thank you for your support this term.  Have a safe and enjoyable holiday and we look forward to continuing to support each child’s learning journey throughout the year.  

Kim Sloane