Tena koutou katoa

As we again contend with the weather conditions, I hope all your properties are free from flooding and you are all safe.  

This week we are hosting a number of students from local primary schools as part of our pre enrolment visits.  We have an Open Night on Thursday to showcase our school to parents and students who weren’t able to attend during the school day.  On behalf of our staff, thank you for making your young people available to assist us with this promotion.  A number of them will be in the specialist STEAM classes or their own home room.  Those visiting very much enjoy talking to the students about their learning, engagement at school and the opportunities offered at Kamo Intermediate.  We would appreciate it if the students could be in their respective classrooms by 5:45pm and can be collected at 7:00pm.

Last Friday we held our annual school Cross Country.  Thanks to the many of you who came along to support your child/ren.  It was a great turn out of parents/whanau.  This year the Kowhai Team dominated many of the top placings in the races. The overall team points will be announced at our next whole school assembly.  Those who have made the Whangarei Cross Country championships will be notified this week.  

We are in the middle of rehearsals for our upcoming school production, Fame Junior.  Students and staff are working hard to make this a spectacular extravaganza.  Tickets will be available later this week.  Please refer to our school website for more information.  

I would like to thank you for your support in helping our young people reduce the time they are spending on devices.  The students have accepted the requirement of handing phones in at the start of the school day and for the safety of all students we hope they are doing so.  If students are reluctant to hand their phones in, they are encouraged to leave them at home. 

We continue to have a number of students coming to school extremely tired and when questioned, claim to have been ‘gaming’ or engaging on social media late into the night.  Along with a well balanced diet and moderate exercise,  having enough sleep is extremely important.  I am aware that I talk about this regularly but we are finding that it is affecting levels of engagement and learning. This is a global trend but unless we consciously try and do something about it, nothing will change.

Lastly, a friendly reminder that the speed limit when entering the school grounds is 5km/h.  Please adhere to this for the safety of all pedestrians. 

Nga mihi

Kim Sloane