Tena Koutou Katoa,

We welcome back our staff and students for another action-packed term here at Kamo Intermediate.  I hope you all had an enjoyable break over the Easter period, or perhaps longer. We were exceptionally lucky to have great weather.

Our schoolwide focus continues to be Life Skills this year and there will be modules on ‘Financial Literacy’, ‘Keeping Ourselves Safe (taken by the police) and an emphasis on aspects of the science curriculum.  All students will be undertaking fair tests and some will be invited to complete a Science Fair Inquiry.

We will be reporting in writing to you towards the end of the term.  In addition to reporting on achievement against the New Zealand Curriculum levels, we will report on our schoolwide capabilities.  You will be encouraged to attend triadic conferences at the start of Term Three. As always, we encourage you to keep in regular contact with your child’s teacher as they will with you.  Encourage your child/ren to discuss their day’s achievements, learning and what they need to do to attain their next steps in learning.

As you will have seen in last week’s updates, we are holding a fun walk on Thursday May 16.  Funds raised will help support the upgrade of our adventure playground and if possible equipment for a fitness circuit around the school.  Our aim is to collectively walk the length of NZ in a 12 hour time period. The walk will take place at Kensington Park from 7am – 7pm. Please refer to last week’s update for further details.

Thank you for your support.  

Next week we are starting a breakfast club and we will provide Weet-Bix/milk for any student who wants to attend.  This will be from 8:00 – 8:30 each school day and our student leaders will help run this. Eventually, we hope to offer toast and various condiments and, milo.  

Each year we set annual goals for the school and one of these for 2019 centres around attendance.  We aim to have 60% of our students attend for at least 93% of the school year. Teachers will be contacting you during the next few weeks if your child has been identified as having attendance levels lower than we would like.  We really do appreciate your efforts to ensure your children come to school.

Another of our goals, through meaningful and authentic activities, is to show progress in the core areas of reading, writing, science and maths.  

Lastly, a reminder to regularly check on what your children are accessing online.  The student email accounts are to be used for school-related activities only. Students need to use their own personal email accounts for other activities such as gaming and this would be at your discretion. Parents are also reminded that 13 is the legal age for students to have their own Facebook or Instagram accounts.  Other social media sites probably have the same age. I cannot emphasise enough the importance of knowing exactly how your children are engaging with digital forums.

Nga mihi nui

Kim Sloane