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As we near the end of the year, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the support you have given the school during 2019.  

As the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child, and at Kamo Intermediate School, we enjoy being a part of that journey. 

Special thanks to our Board of Trustees (both past and present) for the way you govern the school.  I know we are in capable hands with all of the skills and knowledge you offer, and I very much value your support.

I would like to give a special mention to Paul Cross, our Board of Trustees Chairperson. The support we have received from Paul this year and in particular over this term has been outstanding and we consider ourselves very fortunate to have Paul assisting the school when needed.

Another group who work tirelessly in support of KIS, is the Parent Support Group. In only their second year of operation, they have made a significant contribution to the resources needed to sustain and start a number of extra programmes in the school.  Thank you. 

It is a time to celebrate the many accomplishments each young person has achieved, including academic, cultural, sporting and social aspects. 

Last week we recognised our top sporting students in our annual Sports Prize Giving.  This week a number of students have been or are being recognised in their Syndicate Assemblies. Tomorrow we have our Service Assembly and our formal Prize Giving on Thursday evening.  Congratulations to all students who have been or are about to be acknowledged for their outstanding achievements. 

We celebrate progress of any kind and hope our Y8 students feel well prepared for high school.  There will naturally be some nerves associated with the move, just like the move from primary to intermediate.  The high schools have great induction programmes to ensure everyone settles quickly.  

We look forward to welcoming back our Y7 students as Y8 role models and encourage them to continue making the most of all opportunities available.  We constantly say that we can assist with anything a student wants to learn about. 

For those who have Y6 children joining us next year – we very much look forward to welcoming them into Kamo Intermediate.  We have dedicated our first school day to inducting these young people and look forward to seeing them on Jan 30. 

Lastly, I would like to acknowledge the staff at Kamo Intermediate School.  The culture embedded at the school is something that has been celebrated for a number of years and we are very proud of.

As with many schools, we farewell some staff members and I would like to recognise and acknowledge these staff.

Firstly, Billy Drinnan – Billy has been with us for only a short year, teaching in the Tawa Syndicate. His calm disposition will be sorely missed.  Billy will be teaching at Blomfield Special School next year. 

Claudine Edwards moves on to teach at Maunu Primary School. Claudine has been instrumental in working to promote our Kapa Haka Roopu throughout the past few years and her expertise in this area will be missed.

Graham Hughes – Graham was instrumental in setting up our D2D (Dare to Dream) block and has been instrumental in guiding the path of many students who have come through KIS during the past 20+ years.  In addition to his musical talents, Graham has nurtured a number of young people through their adolescent years. We hope to still have regular contact with Graham as he moves on to Kamo High School as a Learning Support Coordinator.

Debbie Lockett makes the move north to live and work in the wonderful coastal community of Taipa.  Debbie will be missed as a superb classroom teacher. Our loss is certainly Taipa’s gain. 

Amy Masters – Amy has been fixed term for the past six months, teaching Visual Art.  Her most recent project with students can be seen on the water tanks along Corks Road at the Alzheimers Association.  Take a look next time you are driving by.  

Brony Oakley-Browne moves from classroom teacher at KIS to become our Learning Support Coordinator.  We are pleased Brony will still be working alongside staff and students at KIS. We hope to still be able to utilise Brony’s expertise with our small school choir.

We wish each of you all the very best for your futures.

He Kirihimete tino koa me te Tau Hou e haumaru.  Kia tupato. 

Kim Sloane