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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 2020, a year like no other.  

Covid has certainly taught us many things about ourselves, each other and the world around us.  I frequently think how lucky we are as a country to have worked so hard to limit the impact of this nasty virus.  

Special thanks to our Board of Trustees 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.  

Another group who I would like to acknowledge is the Parent Support Group.  While they didn’t have to actively organise too much this year, they have always been willing to support us in any way they can.  Let’s see what 2021 brings!

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

Last week we recognised our top sporting students in our annual Sports Prize Giving.  This morning we acknowledged those who have given Service to the school, of which there were a large number.  Students have also been recognised at their Team Assemblies for various achievements.  Thank you parents and grandparents for coming along to celebrate your family members success.  

Tomorrow evening at 6pm we have our formal Prize Giving where academic and citizenship achievements will be recognised.  

Congratulations to all students who have been or are about to be acknowledged for their outstanding achievements. Be proud of your efforts and 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 are only a phone call / email away if you need our support in transitioning to your respective schools.  

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.  Students have opportunities through their generalist classes, technology and arts subjects, extension, support and buy in classes.  Passion Based Learning (PBL) has also assisted students to realise some of their dreams.  

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 all on Feb 3.  The Y8’s will join us on Feb 4 when we will begin the day with a whole school powhiri.  

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.  Covid provided a learning journey for us all and like the students, there was plenty of new learning.  

I wish staff moving on to other schools, having a change of career and those retiring, all the very best for their next journey in life.  Nicola Fannin, Trudy Norrish, Anaru Popham, Jess McQuin, Sam Wyrsch, Ali Arms, Lou Keogh and Brenda Ratima have all given great service to KIS.  

We wish Lisa Lipsham all the very best for her year’s maternity leave and Keita Durie as she takes a year’s sabbatical to upskill in Te Reo Maori.    

He Kirihimete tino koa me te tau hou. Noho ora

Kim Sloane