Tēnā koutou katoa 

Yay the sun is shining and it’s looking good for the Winter Sports Day tomorrow where all of our students will compete in friendly matches against other Y7 and 8 students from the Whangarei Region.  It’s always a great day with a sea of colour, so pop on down and support your child/ren if you get a chance.

We close off the fundraising for The Mighty Walk today and I am beyond grateful for the support we have received. At the time of writing, we have raised $38,550. This will support us greatly for sporting equipment and other school resources. It was a great day, with students really making an effort to walk as far as they could and make new friends as they walked the track.    

Because of the Winter Sports Day tomorrow, we will acknowledge and celebrate, next Wednesday, the successes of our students who walked long distances and/or raised a significant amount of money. We will let you all know if each team met their target distances. 

A very special thanks to our Parent Support Group and those who came along to help on the day.  Special thanks to Andrea Smith, Karla Scott and Trudy Hudson for their efforts leading up to the walk.  School support at its best and without the work, behind the scenes, we would not have raised as much as we have.  

The initial visit from our Education Review Officers went well last week.  They were really impressed with the welcome (powhiri) received from our bilingual classes and the special badges made for each of them.  The model of review has changed in recent times and it seems they will be working alongside us for the next few years.  We welcome their input – to let us know what we are doing well and what we could do better.

We are in the last few weeks of teaching and learning our first concept for the year, Turangawaewae.  I do hope the students have shared their learning and involved you in supporting them with identifying their ‘place of belonging’.  Our next concept, CHANGE, will focus heavily on Science,  incorporating the other learning areas throughout.  

Kamo Intermediate students have again put the school on the map, by winning a national competition.  Three of our students from Rm 4 submitted a video to parliament focussing on CHANGE.  The brief was to “inspire rangatahi across New Zealand to voice their opinion on an issue that affects them, their community, or all of Aotearoa.” Congratulations Maya Raven, Izzy Tamahori and Imogen Parker for taking up the challenge, producing a persuasive video that resulted in the win!  Tino pai! 

Yesterday we received the news that they had won, earning an overnight class trip to Wellington to spend time in parliament and meeting various politicians.  As their class is already going to Wellington later in the term,  the organisers are coming back to us with how they can support that visit.  We have been assured that they will have an audience with the Prime Minister.  

We would appreciate a combined effort of getting our students to school well before the bell each morning.  We have noticed an increase in the number of students arriving at school late.  It does make for a good start to the day if they can be prepared well before the bell goes.

Lastly, if your child is walking or cycling home from school, please have a wee chat about behaviour.  A few students are letting us down with inappropriate language and behaviour that is threatening to a number of local residents.  Students travelling on the buses also need to uphold a high level of behaviour or they risk finding other means of travelling to school.

Thank you for your support.

Kim Sloane

Tumuaki / Principal