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Happy Spring Everyone.  It’s lovely seeing some daffodils and young lambs in the countryside.  It gives me hope that some warmer weather is on the way!

What a fantastic few weeks we have enjoyed at Kamo Intermediate with so many of our students achieving well in their chosen fields.

A number of our students excelled at the Northland Science Fair held last week, receiving a number of awards. Please refer to the accompanying update from Trudy Norrish, our Science HOD.

Thank you to the parents and teachers of these students who assisted in providing opportunities for their child to participate. Special thanks also to Trudy Norrish, Andrew Epskamp and Graham Rickards for working alongside these students to challenge their thinking, provide guidance and ensure they met the requirements for the competition. 

I had the pleasure of attending the Whangarei Cross Country Championships last week. What an amazing event for our young athletes. Challenged by their respective age group peers, they showed determination to succeed to the best of their ability and as you will see from the results that feature in our updates, we had many students in the top twenty.    

We will be very well represented at the Northland Championships in a few weeks.  

I was very proud of the way our students supported one another and thank also the adults who came to support their children/grandchildren.  

Thanks Mr Kini and Mr Ridling for your organisation of the day.

Next week we have 100+ students representing KIS at the annual NZAIMS (New Zealand Association of Intermediate and Middle Schools) Games. It is a real highlight of the year for our competitors as they test their ability against others of the same/similar age. There will be no shortage of competition in Tauranga as this year they have over 11,000 registered students. 

I acknowledge and thank all of the adults who have made this week possible, most especially the coaches, managers and parent helpers who are travelling with us.  Special recognition goes to Natalie Hewinson, our Director of Sport, who has had the overall responsibility for organising our group. It is a huge task and one Natalie does exceptionally well.  

Last week we farewelled Mike Harrison, who has moved on to teach at Whangarei Intermediate School. Mike was instrumental in setting up the bilingual classes this year. His passion is to teach in a full immersion environment, hence the move, and we wish him all the very best.  

We welcome Keita Durie and Rachael Henare to our teaching staff.  Keita and Rachael will job share in Rm 17 for the remainder of the year. Keita’s last teaching position was in the bilingual unit at Tauranga Intermediate and Rachael has most recently  been relieving at schools while she raises her family. We are thrilled to have both join our staff.

We also welcome Shiree Small to our staff.  Shiree is part of our Front Office Administration Team.

As part of our Kahui Ako – Community of Learning Group, we had four teachers become accredited RBL (Relationship Based Learning) coaches last week.  Their expertise and coaching practice will be well utilised in working alongside our teachers.  

Congratulations to Nicola Fannin (across school leader), Lana Goodwin, Trudy Norrish and Brony Oakley-Browne for their accomplishment.  We are all very proud of you.  

As we expand our curriculum and what we can offer the students, I want to show you what some of our students have been working on in The Shed (the old Hard Materials Room). From pallets, kindly donated to us from a supportive grandparent, we have started making some seats.  Take a look at the first almost completed one. Thanks Mr Rickards for your enthusiasm and guidance.

If your child is in Y7 and they are interested in a change of learning environment for 2020, they will have the opportunity to express interest towards the end of this term. The majority of our students stay with their current teacher for the two years they are at Kamo Intermediate. Because we have a new character class in 2020, there will be some movement between classes. The Sports Class is a new initiative and the children in this class will learn predominantly through the context of sport.  Like most of our classes, it will be a mixed academic class.  

We don’t envisage too many changes from the Boys, Thinkers Plus and Bilingual Classes, however students will be invited to express interest in these learning environments, should there be any vacancies.

To parents of Y8 students. If you have not completed the enrolment for secondary school, please do so at your earliest convenience.  We certainly appreciate the Y6 students enrolling with us as early as possible, to assist with class placements, and I’m sure the secondary schools are the same.  

Finally, I would like to thank the many parents and whanau who so willingly give their time to support our students.  We are exceptionally grateful.  

Kim Sloane