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A warm welcome to Week Two, Term Three.  The staff look forward to welcoming you into the school this afternoon or tomorrow afternoon for Student Led Conferences.  This is a time for the students to share their progress, next learning steps, what they are proud of and to jointly set some goals for the coming term/s.  We thank each of you for taking the time to invest in your child’s education by coming along to meet with the teachers.  

Term Three is a term where choices are made concerning schooling for Y6 and Y8 students.  We have welcomed staff and students from a few of our local schools while they talk with our Y8 students about their options for 2023.  You are encouraged to go along to their respective Open Evenings to learn about their individual curriculums and pedagogy.  In a fortnight we will host Y6 students, and their parents, during the day and at our annual Open Evening.  In advance, we thank you for the support in having our students join us during the Open Evening (Aug 16)  to talk with prospective parents and students.  It is our young people who we encourage to share their KIS journey.

I was thrilled to read feedback from Sport Northland who were working with some of our students yesterday.  

‘The students were amazing! They got stuck in, had fun, laughed lots, reflected as we went along and were aware that this was a session to learn some games/challenges that they could then lead back in their classrooms with teacher and resource support. Focus was on communication and being aware of how they were demonstrating leadership.’

This makes us very proud and if any of your children were involved in this workshop, a big high five! 

Congratulations to the hockey teams who took part in the Shepherd and McKendry tournament during the weekend.  I heard it was a great tournament and was thrilled the players were able to experience 11 aside games!  Well done to our Girls team who won the Shepherd Trophy.  

On Friday we hosted the Regional Chess Championships.  The competition involved teams from around the Whangarei Region, with Primary, Intermediate and High school students playing in our school hall. In the team event Nikau came 2nd, and the Matai/Rimu team came 3rd.

Individual overall winner was Callum Small – congratulations Callum! 

On a slightly more sobering note, we recently received feedback from a survey our students completed last term.   This is part of our involvement in The Resilience Project, a structured programme around building resilience, showing gratitude, empathy and engaging in mindfulness.  

KIS students scored around the national norms for most questions but one that showed a higher than average response was: 

“During the last week, how many times have you sent or received messages between the hours of 10pm and 6am in the morning?”

Results:

Year 7 – x62 students 5 or more times / x22 students 3 or 4 times / x65 students once or twice = 149

Year 8 – x57 students 5 or more times / x28 students 3 or 4 times / x66 students once or twice = 151

Not only can this increase anxiety but, as you know, sleep deprivation hugely impacts on peoples’ ability to function to their best.  

Please take 5 minutes to talk with your child/ren around the use of their phones/devices.  

On Thursday we are holding our annual Cross Country at the Kamo Sports Park.  The first race starts at 12:30.  Staff and students look forward to your support if you can make it.  The students do love to have their whanau come and along and support them.

While I will be with you in spirit during the next few days, I won’t physically see you as I finally joined the Covid Club a few days ago.  

Take care everyone

Kim Sloane