Tena koutou katoa

A warm welcome to the start of Term Three.  I hope you all spent some quality time with your tamariki.

We start another busy term with plenty to engage our young people.  The current concept of CHANGE, with a science focus, has engaged the students with a number of experiments and now we look forward to each student completing an inquiry related to some aspect of change.  Speeches are timetabled for the first half of the term and in keeping with an integrated curriculum, they will have a focus of ‘change’.  The third concept for the year will be Globalisation and this will have more of a social science focus.  

We are looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible on Wednesday or Thursday afternoon for our mid year student led triadic conferences.  You have until tomorrow morning to make a booking.  If you are unable to attend but still wish to meet with your child’s teacher at some stage, please do make contact with them to arrange a suitable time.  If you are interested in viewing the science fair exhibits, please make your way to the concourse in our D2D (Dare to Dream) building.  

This term we enrol Y6 students joining us next year.  We have an open evening on August 11 at 6pm and we will be asking our current students to assist us with showcasing the school.  

In September we have over 100 students representing KIS at the annual AIMS (Association of Intermediate and Middle Schools) Sporting Tournament in Tauranga.  Students are working hard at their regular practices so they can be great representatives of the school.  I would like to thank Natalie Hewinson along with all coaches, managers and parents for all you are doing to support our young people in being the best they can be in 7 weeks time.

During the last week of Term Two our students competed in the Te Tai Tokerau Stagequest competition at Forum North.  Up against some very stiff competition, our students wrote and choreographed their own performance based around Channel K (Kindness), something that has been a feature of KIS for some years.  A huge thank you to Katy Wild for her guidance of this performance.  We are regional winners and will find out in the near future if we are national winners!  

I look forward to meeting up with as many of you as possible on Wednesday and Thursday at our mid year conferences.

Kim Sloane

Tumuaki