Tena koutou katoa

Thank you to those who were able to join us a few weeks ago for our Open Evening.  It was lovely seeing and hearing the students share their classrooms/teachers/learning with you all.  I was very proud of the way the young people spoke so enthusiastically about their school.  Early next term we will hold more formal conferences where you can talk with the classroom teachers about your child’s learning.  We encourage you to communicate with the teacher at any stage if you need clarification, have concerns or just want an update on your child’s progress.  

This week we are hosting Jacinda from the Hundertwasser Arts Centre.  Jacinda is working with each class for a brief period, giving students the opportunity to understand a little more about Friedrich Hundertwasser and his modern art style.  Students are having the opportunity to paint colourful designs using his philosophy of art and his great care for the environment.  Much of this can be seen down at the Town Basin in and around the Hundertwasser building. 

Last week we celebrated Support Staff Week – a week where we acknowledge all that our wonderful team of Administration Staff, Teacher Assistants, and Property Staff do to assist students and teachers.  At Kamo Intermediate we value each and everyone of these staff members.  I know many of you will have regular relationships with some of these staff as they do such a great job of supporting our students.  Additionally we are grateful to have an awesome Administration Staff who go about their respective jobs with passion and enthusiasm.  

We have noticed an increase in requests for counselling services at school.  Our school counsellor works one day a week at KIS and has a waiting list of clients.  We recommend that your first port of call should be your family GP who will offer support and guidance around counselling services. 

We look forward to the day the Ministry of Education fund full time counsellors in primary and intermediate schools.  

A reminder that we do appreciate that if you need to make appointments involving students, that these are made outside of school hours.  Yesterday we had sixteen students leave school between 2 – 3:00pm for appointments.  

Next week, along with all of Aotearoa/New Zealand, we are looking forward to celebrating Matariki – Maori New Year.  On Wednesday we are opening our school from 11:00 – 2:00 where whānau will be able to help us celebrate by viewing team displays and a number of performances, including our Kapa Haka Roopu.   

Until next week..

Kim Sloane