Tēnā koutou katoa

Yay, we have officially passed the shortest day of the year and we can all look forward to longer sunlight hours in the future months.

With three weeks until the end of term, we have a number of students involved in a variety of activities.  This weekend our Lit Quiz team represent Kamo Intermediate and the Te Tai Tokerau region, at the National Championships in Wellington.  We wish Mr Brown and the team all the very best in this competition. 

On Sunday, Rm 4 fly to Wellington for the week.  The students are understandably very excited.  In addition to their day at parliament,  including dining at Bellamys, the students will be spending time at Capital E – a film making and coding studio, Te Papa, Weta Workshop, Mount Victoria and Cuba Street. Students have been tasked with planning, purchasing and preparing meals for each of their groups – a great budgeting exercise. Have a great time Mr Epskamp, Miss Abercrombie, Parents and Students of Rm 4.

Towards the end of next week our Agrikids team head to Christchurch representing KIS and again the Northern Region in the National Agrikids competition. A huge thank you to Mrs Grant and the parents accompanying the two teams. Your tutelage and fund raising efforts are very much appreciated.

Next Friday we host our first ever Matariki Festival and we are hoping as many of you as possible can come along and join in the celebration.  Our Kapa Haka Group will be performing along with other local school groups.  A hangi is on offer (pre orders only) and there will be a few food stalls.  Each team is working on some activities to help promote and celebrate this festive occasion.  

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of attending the annual NZ AIMS (Association of Intermediate and Middle Schools) Leadership Conference. Speakers included, The Right Honourable Kelvin Davis, Angus McFarlane – recently awarded the Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to education, psychology and Māori, Lester Flockton – advocate for specialist education for the middle years of schooling, Sir Ian Taylor whose company provides the graphics for a number of world wide sporting events, Chris Clay a globally recognised innovative educator, Annah Stretton fashion designer and RAW founder (Reclaim Another Woman) which was set up to help break New Zealand’s ever-growing cycle of educational underachievement, persistent poverty and violence for a group of disadvantaged women, and Fi McMillan, Senior Law Associate with Anderson Lloyd.  Each speaker focused their presentation on catering for young adolescent people, including their own experiences, history, future aspirations and what we can do now to support them. 

Common themes included,  the importance of building strong relationships between student and teacher/s, having a sense of belonging, social and emotional wellbeing and recognising the uncertainty associated with transitions in and out of schools.  

Our first concept for the year, Turangawaewae focussed strongly on students connecting with their special place/s and people. Surveys conducted show our students feel safe at school and we pride ourselves on the transition for students coming into KIS.  School camps are a great opportunity for students to get to get to know each other and form connections with students and staff.  Most of our students did attend Camp and really enjoyed the experiences provided.

We aim to engage our students with activities that enhance and challenge their learning.  Our Graduate Profile provides a platform for students to showcase their learning, in its many forms (academic, social, physical, emotional)  These include:

RESPECT, HIGH EXPECTATIONS, CURIOSITY, HEALTHY AND WELL BALANCED LIFESTYLE, COMMUNICATION AND, SENSE OF BELONGING.

Behaviour: 

Please take a moment to discuss behavioural expectations with your child/ren.  Most students wear the correct uniform, treat their peers and adults with respect and manage their behaviour well – we are very proud when we see this in action and receive positive comments.  Unfortunately there are a few students letting themselves and our school reputation down.  If a student is unable to manage their behaviour at school, parents/caregivers will be phoned and you may need to collect them.  All students and staff have the right to feel safe and if this is put in jeopardy, action will be taken. If your child walks to and from school, please take the time to discuss road safety and appropriate behaviour (language, actions).  Complaints from parents and members of the public are causing us concern.  Thank you for your support.  

Finally, we have received verbal confirmation that we have been granted the funds to replace the classrooms in Tawa block.  I thank students and staff for their resilience during what has been a very stressful few days while we manage alternate learning spaces due to the increasing mould toxicity levels in these rooms.  We look forward to some new classrooms in the future. 

Nga mihi 

Kim Sloane

Tumuaki