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This week’s update starts by acknowledging Aimee Lindsay, a very special student.    

Aimee was farewelled by a huge number of people yesterday in a beautiful ceremony.  Listening to the accolades bestowed upon her, it was very clear that she had a huge impact on many lives in her thirteen short years. 

Below is Jess Turner’s citation for Aimee’s nomination for the school wide Citizenship award.  Jess wrote this three weeks ago when staff were asked to forward nominations for our annual prize giving ceremony. 

Aimee is a mature and outgoing student who has exceeded in all areas of the curriculum. She is a positive, kind and caring role model who is looked up to by her peers and teachers. Aimee is always the first person to put her hand up to help when needed and will be the first person students go to when they need assistance. Aimee has involved herself in many areas this year, including AIMS Football, Girls Cricket, Mathex, Student Leader, breakfast club, CKP, iPad monitor, Whangarei and Northland Cross Country (where she was placed in the top 10 in both) and MKR. Aimee was the captain of her AIMs Football team, the first time the school has entered a girls team. With over 30 teams entered in the competition, Aimee lead the team to win a bronze medal.  She displays all the KIS Capabilities and values in and out of the classroom. Aimee is always focused in class and works to the best of her ability. She has achieved her silver stripe, meaning she had earned a total of 35 stripes. Aimee has many talents in and out of the classroom. She loves to be involved in lunchtime sports and group activities in class. She was one of the first year 8’s to receive a Tauira and Principal stripe. Aimee is an all-round positive person with a kind and caring nature who wants the best for herself and everyone around her. I am so proud of the effort Aimee has put in this year and she should be extremely proud of herself. J Turner; class teacher 2019.

On behalf of all staff and students of Kamo Intermediate School, I thank you most sincerely for the overwhelming support we have received during the past week.  Your kind messages, morning teas, donations and phone calls have meant a great deal to us. Thank you.

I take this time to also offer condolences to our staff members Jo Grant, Suzy McAsey and Andrew Epskamp who lost their mother’s last week.  

On a brighter note, a special thanks to staff and parents who took some Y8 students to Vanuatu earlier this term.  From all accounts, and looking at the photos, a great time was had by all. What a wonderful opportunity these students had to experience a very different culture to our own. Y7 students – start saving for next year!

As we move forward towards the end of the year, we have a number of school functions coming up.  Tonight the hockey prize-giving takes place and on Thursday, our Y8 students are invited to an end of year Graduation Dance to celebrate their two years at Kamo Intermediate School. A tidy standard of dress is expected please.

Thank you very much to our Parent Support Group who have taken on the majority of organisation for this event.  You are an awesome group of people who have worked tirelessly and supported KIS throughout the year.  

The Y7 and Y8 Whangarei Athletic Sports take place on Wednesday at Kensington Stadium.  Good luck to all of our competitors and thank you, Dave Palmer, for the overall organisation of this day.  

A reminder that this Friday we have a Teacher Only Day and the school will be closed for instruction.  Staff will be working with facilitators from Cognition Education. 

A number of students were acknowledged this morning at our school assembly.  If your child was one, please take the time to talk with them about how they earned their stripe/certificate.  We are proud of them all.

Maioha ki a koutou tautoko 

Nga mihi nui 

Kim Sloane 

Principal