Newsletter November 2009 - Kamo High School

Newsletter November 2009 - Kamo High School

Newsletter November 2009

Jake Herbert ‐ Year 11

proudly displays the coffee table he made

in his Technology Hard Materials class for the new office foyer

Our Vision

“A centre of excellence for the changing and varying needs of every student.”

Senior Prizegiving

Monday 7 December

Forum North

commencing 6.30pm

Junior Prizegiving

Year 10 – Wednesday 9 December, 1pm in the school hall

Year 9 – Thursday 10 December, 1pm, in the school hall

Dear Parents

Kia Ora tatou.

As we approach the end of the school year it is timely to reflect on another

successful year and to look ahead to new challenges and initiatives in 2010. This

year Kamo High School experienced significant and unexpected roll growth which

was well over the Ministry of Education predictions. This meant we faced a

number of challenges in terms of staffing and timetabling. It is to the credit of

everyone concerned that these were overcome with very little disruption to the

teaching and learning programmes.

Senior students are currently sitting their NCEA external assessments. In order to try and ensure that these

are given proper focus we have moved our Senior Prizegiving from its usual date of early November to

Monday 7 December. This key event in the school calendar will now be held at Forum North starting at

6.30pm. I encourage all parents of senior students to be there and join with the staff in celebrating the

achievements of our young people.

This year we have celebrated many successes in the Arts, Sport and Culture. The range and nature of these

achievements is evidence of the rich diversity which is Kamo High School. Our commitment to educating

the whole child is also reflected in these outcomes.

Next year we will continue to work toward this goal. The introduction of the Te Kotahitanga Programme of

teacher professional development and the changes to our daily schedule are two initiatives aimed at

raising student achievement, improving academic guidance, and building stronger, more effective

staff/student relationships. The investment of additional time in Whanau class will help provide for

students a significant adult, improved advice and guidance, and more effective communication. This time

will also be used for assemblies and all administrative functions, thus ensuring teaching/curriculum time is


Over the next few weeks we will hold our Arts and Sports Awards. Congratulations to all those who are

acknowledged at these events. The talent on display at all our school events is remarkable and is a

reflection of the hard work staff and students have put in during the year.

Staffing – New Appointments

I am pleased to announce the following teacher appointments for next year. We are extremely fortunate

to have secured such well qualified, trained and committed staff.

• Joanne Hutt ‐ Assistant Principal

• Louise Carse ‐ Science / Mathematics

• Devan Ganess ‐ Information Technology / Mathematics

• Tony Henderson ‐ Science with Physics

• Margaret Inder ‐ Mathematics

• Emma Leyland ‐ English / Media Studies

• Bronwyn Prosser ‐ Science / Chemistry

• Mark Turton ‐ Information Technology / Retailing

• Peter Yeoman ‐ Technology / Graphics

End of Year Arrangements

Wednesday 2 December

Friday 4 December

Monday 7 December

Tuesday 8 December

Wednesday 9 December

Thursday 10 December

Friday 11 December

‐ Sports Awards Dinner

‐Arts Awards

‐ Senior Prizegiving, Forum North, commencing 6.30pm

‐ Senior Clearance

‐ Year 10 Prizegiving, school hall, commencing 1.00pm, Year 10 finish

(no Year 9 in school)

‐ Year 9 Prizegiving, school hall, commencing 1.00pm, Year 9 finish

‐ Staff only

January Mail Out

As most of you will be aware we will be sending out a newsletter in mid‐January 2010, which will contain all

of the necessary information regarding the start of the 2010 school year, including option/fees forms and

stationery lists. I would like to draw your attention to the fact that there may be more than one

option/fees forms and stationery list in the envelope (individually named) if you have more than one child

attending Kamo High School. However, the envelope will only state the eldest child’s name. Please also

advise the office as soon as possible of any change of address during this time.

Thank you to everyone who has helped make 2009 such a successful year for Kamo High School. Have a

safe and relaxing Christmas break.

Bernard J. Taffs


26 November 2009


Applications for a Derived Grade (previously known as Compassionate Consideration) for NCEA external

examinations must be with me by 3:30pm Friday 4th December in order for this to be processed. NZQA

guidelines and the form are available to download from or can be collected from the

school office. If you have any questions please contact me by phone or email Derived grades are based on the students performance in school


Dianne Anson ‐ Principal's Nominee


Helpers for Stationery Sales 2010

If you would be available for a few hours to assist with our busy stationery

outlet, and allow us to continue to provide this very valuable service to

families of Kamo High, then please contact me directly, or complete the reply


Sales begin before the school year commences to allow time for the correct

stationery/workbooks to be purchased, so the students can begin their school

year smoothly.

Reply Slip


Mrs Sheryl Riceman

Stationery Co‐ordinator

Kamo High School

Po Box 4137



Phone: 09‐435 1688 extn 629


I/We would like to be included on the list of people available to help with

stationery sales in Jan/Feb 2010 (dates, times etc will be confirmed individually):


Telephone No/s:


Student’s Name at KHS:

I/We would prefer:


Before/After the school year commences or Both



Clearance forms were issued on Monday 2 November 2009.

1 Clearance should have already begun by:

- Paying all outstanding fees

- Returning all borrowed equipment

- Returning all text books

- Returning all library books

- Returning all sports uniforms

- Getting teacher’s signature to confirm clearance for that


2 Senior clearance day is on Tuesday 8 December 2009 ‐ 9.30am to 1.30pm.

All senior students must come to school on this morning to clear (they may wear mufti). If your child

has started a job, please make sure they inform their employer that they are required at school for this

purpose at this time. The Dean will issue end of year reports, year book (and testimonials for Year 13

students) if they have received the “all clear”.

3 If a student is unable to attend on Tuesday 8 December because of another school commitment, e.g.

DOE trip, exam or another circumstance beyond their control (having to work is NOT), they must see

Mrs Delaney with a written explanation and their clearance form as soon as possible.


Clearance forms will be issued on Monday 30 November 2009.

1. Begin clearing now by:

- Paying all outstanding fees

- Returning all borrowed equipment

- Returning all text books

- Returning all library books

- Returning all sports uniforms

2 Between Monday 30 November and Friday 4 December students should get their teachers’ signatures

to confirm clearance. If there is a department stamp or an “all clear” they do not require their

teacher’s signature for that subject.

3 If the clearance form is lost, please ask the School Office for another copy.

4 Once the clearance form is “All Clear”, and they are the eldest child at Kamo High School and the Parent

Contribution fee for this year has been paid, students can collect a year book. These will be available at

the School Office at interval and lunchtime from Tuesday 8 December. Students must bring their

clearance form with them.

5 Once students have completed the clearance process and received their year book, they must hand

their clearance form into their Whanau teacher. If the form is “All Clear” they will be issued with their

end of year report after Year 10 Prizegiving on Wednesday 9 December or Year 9 Prizegiving on

Thursday 10 December.

All library and subject books must be returned to school as soon as possible. Far too many students do

not regard this as important and as result the cost of replacement has an impact on the school budget.

Elaine Delaney – Assistant Principal


It seems I am always farewelling students. Their time with us passes so quickly. We had a meeting last

week to say our goodbyes and there were plenty of tears shed. The students all feel that their time here at

Kamo High School and in New Zealand is the highlight of their lives and we are glad to be able to offer this

programme for them.

Leaving after one term:

Katharina Schwark Chile Diego Cuevas Chile

Carmen‐Paz Campos Chile Daniel Yanez Chile

Bastian Solis


After two terms:

Lars Schmarje Germany Sophie Ockert Germany

Malin Ehrhardt Germany Lisa Schwerin Germany

Victoria Braendlin Germany Katharina Jaeger Germany

Nicola Schroeder Germany Walthino de Abreu Brazil

Fernanda Carregosa Brazil Bernardo Freitas Brazil

Taisa Mariani


After one year:

Maite Roeders Germany Nina Morita Brazil

Mariana Castro Colombia Sofia Parra Colombia

Anna Carolina Cervino Brazil Thais Martins Brazil

Alex Matta Brazil Victor Silva Brazil

Kyung Park


Gaylene Sanford ‐ Director‐International Students

Florian Ortner from Germany shows

his rockwall climbing skills in the

exam alternative programme run for

International Students

Students sing a lively

Spanish goodbye.

From left: Bernardo

Freitas, Daniel Yanez,

Bastian Solis and

Diego Cuevas

Have you iced your Xmas cake and want to decorate it with flair? Join our tutor on a Saturday morning and

make decorations with a Xmas theme, i.e. Santa, Xmas trees, etc. Maybe you are looking for a unique gift

for that person who has everything. Make a gorgeous fabric vase ‐ samples available at the CEW office. If

you are looking to brighten up your backyard before summer then come along to the Garden Art class and

paint a vibrant design onto corrugated iron. Be in quick, these are the last classes for the year. To register

phone 435 0889 or email

CLASSES WILL BE AVAILABLE AGAIN NEXT YEAR ‐ our website will be updated mid‐January with details of

all courses for Term 1. The CEW office will be closed over the school holiday period but you can register for

courses online. Visit Brochures will be available towards the end of January – please

collect a copy from your local library or Kamo High School.

Adult Community Education ‐ Lifelong Learning

Shona Hill – ACE Co‐ordinator


As students move through the school from Year 9 into Year 10, it is sometimes necessary to make changes

to the composition of the core classes. This is done primarily to maintain a balance in numbers but also to

integrate the new students who have enrolled at Year 10. This means there is a likelihood your child may

find themselves in a different core class from the one they were a part of in Year 9. I understand that some

students may find this unsettling to discover at the start of a new school year, but I would urge them to

“take it in their stride” and look for the positive outcomes this change can offer to them.

I look forward to getting to know the students who will be in Year 10 next year, and trust they have a very

rewarding year as they prepare for NCEA in 2011!

Mike Goodwin ‐ Year 10 Dean


We would appreciate all library books and text books returned before your son/daughter leaves for the

Christmas break.

Alyson Gates – Librarian


Several different groups of students from the Whanau Leadership Programme have stepped up into

leadership roles this term. Despite having exams, study and final assignments, the students have worked

on projects they are organising and managing themselves.

The Northland “P” Project is one such project. Designed to raise awareness of the dangers of “P” and its

use particularly in Northland, the students have given their time at Rugby and on Mufti Day to raise money

for the project. Under the leadership of David Tuisaula, 20 students involved themselves in this project.

Another smaller group: Megan, Ben, Barney, Sam, Adelle, Lauren, Sarah and Ashlee, have been working to

develop greater synergy between Senior and Junior students at Kamo High School. They have developed a

plan to work with Year 9 students in Term 1, 2010. This plan involves activities organised and managed by

the Year 13 students from this year’s Whanau Leadership Group.

Jan Menzies – Leadership Co‐ordinator


The senior school have now left for the year, we wish them all well for their exams. To those Year 13’s

who have left to become part of the big world we send all our best wishes, we look forward to hearing

in the future of your success in your chosen fields.

As the school year winds down the Arts Department is still

very busy. We have junior students preparing performances,

costumes and props for their up and coming “WOW”

performances, which will be held on Wednesday 25 and

Thursday 26 November in A6 at the Arts Department, starting

at 7pm. There will be a gold coin entry fee. Make sure you are

there as it will be a great night with our young students

showcasing their talents.

Some of the junior Drama and Music students travelled to Sky City in Auckland on the 19 November to

watch the performance of Oliver; this was a terrific opportunity to watch theatre at its best.

Finally don’t forget the “ARTS AWARDS EVENING” to be held on Friday 4 December in the Kamo High

School Arts Department Drama room. Starting with a walk through at 6.30pm, the main event will start

promptly at 7.00pm. A light supper and drinks will be available. Tickets are $10.00 and are available at

both the School office and the Arts office.

He toi whakairo – He mana tangata

Where there is artistic excellence – There is human dignity

Kay Haigh ‐ Arts Co‐ordinator



…. to the following students who were WINNERS at the ASB Northland Secondary School Sports Awards:

Student Year Sport

Robert Douglas‐Green 10 Archery

Eryn Lovell 13 Athletics – Trail Running

Tegan Nicholson 12 Badminton

Amy Reeder 13 Taekwon do

Iain Abel 10 Kickboxing

Dana Genefaas 13 Equestrian – Mounted Games

Katie Rood 12 Football

Daniel Ridgley 10 Football

Hannah Wilkinson 13 Futsal

Grace Niblock 11 In‐Line Hockey

Jamie Ball 11 Table Tennis

Patxi Scott‐Arrieta 10 Surfing

Jamille Ruka 12 Waka Ama

Natarsha Ganley 13 Rugby Referee

Special Prizes & Acknowledgment:

Cayzia Mills 9 Netball Umpire

Jess Turner 10 Hockey Umpire

Lani Hewson 12 Hockey Umpire

Emma Stevens 10 Hockey Umpire

Brooke Johnson 10 Hockey Umpire

… to the following students who have achieved highly in their respective sport and have earned school

sports COLOURS:

Student Year Sport Colour

Harris‐Otene, Mohi 9 Touch Bronze

Hetaraka, Manasseh 9 Touch Bronze

Howe, Logan 9 Swimming Bronze

Leuluai, Kealii 9 Touch Bronze

Nink, Steven 9 Hockey Silver

Olsen, Dallas 9 Football Gold

Olsen, Dallas 9 Futsal Bronze

Abel, Iain 10 Futsal Gold

Abel, Iain 10 Kickboxing Gold x 2

Apeldoorn, Josh 10 Futsal Gold

Brown, Layton 10 Touch Bronze

Chamberlain, Alana 10 Football Gold

Connelly, Travis 10 Athletics Silver

Crane, Ashlee 10 Swimming Silver

Crane, Ashlee 10 Swimming Bronze

Dean, Shaun 10 Motor Cross Gold

Douglas‐Green, Robert 10 Archery Gold

Erihe, Justice 10 Futsal Bronze

Glover, Katie 10 Cricket Silver

Glover, Katie 10 Hockey Silver

Goodwin, Jamie 10 Athletics Silver

Hartley, Kimiora 10 Futsal Bronze

Hawker, Becky 10 Football Gold

Hawker, Becky 10 Futsal Bronze

Johnson, Brooke 10 Cricket Silver

Johnson, Brooke 10 Hockey Umpire Silver

Johnson, Keeley 10 Cricket Bronze

Kake, Ariana 10 Football Gold

Kake,Ariana 10 Futsal Bronze

Matiu, Jaycob 10 Waka Ama Gold

O’Grady, Finn 10 Rugby Silver

Pene, Jordan 10 Swimming Bronze

Riceman, Nick 10 Outdoor Bowls Bronze

Scott‐Arrieta, Patxi 10 Surfing Gold

Stevens, Emma 10 Cricket Silver

Stevens, Emma 10 Hockey Umpire Silver

Takiari, Amber 10 Rugby Silver

Takiari, Amber 10 Touch Bronze

Taylor‐Mackie, Cee Jae 10 Waka Ama Gold

Turner, Jess 10 Cricket Silver

Turner, Jess 10 Hockey Umpire Silver

Whaikawa, Stevie 10 Touch Bronze

Wickens, Jesse 10 Touch Bronze

Winterburn, Kyran 10 Futsal Gold

Graham, John 11 Rugby Silver

Bennett, Ben 11 Moto X Gold

Hyde, Hayley 11 Cricket Silver

Burns, Matt 11 Karate Gold

Paul Carter 11 Athletics Bronze

Couling, Nikki 11 Football Silver

Couling, Nikki 11 Football Gold

Couling, Nikki 11 Futsal Bronze

Hately, Garrick 11 Hockey Silver

McDonald, Nopera 11 Touch Bronze

Niblock, Grace 11 In‐Line Hockey Gold

Niha, Tepiha 11 Swimming Bronze

Pearce, Taylor 11 Touch Bronze

Baker, Emma 12 Football Gold

Baker, Tess 12 Football Gold

Barrell, Troy 12 Hockey Silver

Blundell, Aaron 12 Futsal Bronze

Byrnes‐Clark, Jess 12 Futsal Bronze

Byrnes‐Clark, Jessica 12 Football Gold

Cherrington, Majka 12 Touch Bronze

Cherrington‐Hiha, Te Aorangi 12 Netball Bronze

Dunn, Ihaka 12 Rugby Silver

Green, Georgia 12 Football Gold

Hendricks, Ian 12 Rugby Silver

Hewson, Lani 12 Hockey Umpire Silver

Jackson, Mike 12 Futsal Bronze

Keefe, Harley 12 Rugby Silver

Keefe, Harley 12 Touch Bronze

Kiwikiwi, Shelby 12 Netball Bronze

Lansdowne, Tyler 12 Rugby Silver

Larritt, Solly 12 Futsal Bronze

Lovell, Ashton 12 Rowing Gold

McEwen, Alice 12 Football Gold

Mortimer, Hannah 12 Football Gold

Perry‐McLeod, Hamish 12 Futsal Bronze

Phillips, Courtney 12 Cricket Silver

Rood, Katie 12 Football Gold x 2

Rood, Katie 12 Cricket Silver

Rood, Katie 12 Futsal Bronze

Silva, Victor 12 Futsal Gold

Silva, Victor 12 Futsal Bronze

Smith, Liam 12 Futsal Bronze

Stokes, Aorangi 12 Rugby Silver

Te Iringa, Wiremu 12 Rugby Silver

Te Iringa, Wiremu 12 Touch Bronze

Ward, Matt 12 Futsal Bronze

Whaikawa, Jacqui 12 Touch Bronze

Whare, Pania 12 Cricket Silver

Whare, Pania 12 Football Gold

Alexander, Chris 13 Golf Silver

Bergmann 13 Futsal Bronze

Chapman, Alexis 13 Netball Bronze

Cherrington, Curtis 13 Rugby Silver

Cherrington, Curtis 13 Cricket Silver

Diamond, Sharnee 13 Hockey Silver

Durham, Kelly 13 Cricket Silver

Durham, Kelly 13 Football Gold

Faithfull, Lauren 13 Hockey Silver

Genefaas, Dana 13 Equestrian – Mounted Games Bronze

Gravatt, Caitlin 13 Hockey Silver

Hemara, Vicky‐Jo 13 Football Gold

Hemara, Vicky Jo 13 Futsal Bronze

Hoernemann, Anna 13 Taekwon Do Bronze

Kingi, Kauangarua 13 Touch Bronze

Lovell, Eryn 13 Athletics (Trail Running) Gold

Lovell, Eryn 13 Athletics (Road Running) Gold

Lovell, Eryn 13 Triathlon Bronze

Mahanga, Aniwaniwa 13 Touch Bronze

Mata, Alex 13 Futsal Bronze

Matta, Alex 13 Futsal Gold

McCaw, Hayden 13 Rugby Silver

McCaw, Hayden 13 Outdoor Bowls Bronze

Reeder, Amy 13 Taekwon Do Gold

Shortland, Puawai 13 Netball Bronze

Sorg, Alex 13 Futsal Bronze

Wilkinson, Hannah 13 Football Gold x 2

Wilkinson, Hannah 13 Futsal Gold

Wilkinson, Hannah 13 Athletics Gold

…. to the Junior Boys Touch Team who won the Northland Secondary Schools Tournament recently.

…. to the Junior Boys Volleyball Team who came 2 nd at the Northland Secondary Schools Tournament and

will be travelling to Rotorua next week to compete in the North Island Junior Tournament – good luck,


…. to Alexis Chapman who has been awarded an MVP scholarship from Netball North to assist with her

university education at AUT, Auckland.

…. to Amy Reeder who is presently representing New Zealand at the Taekwon Do Junior World Champs in


2010 AGM Dates:

15 February ‐ Cricket

16 February ‐ Netball

22 February ‐ Rugby

23 February – Hockey

Kamo High School




Wednesday 2 December 2009


in the school hall

Tickets available at the school office

$25 students $30 adults

Gloria Miller ‐ Sports Co‐ordinator


to help with coaching our sports teams,

especially RUGBY, NETBALL and HOCKEY

Phone Gloria

Sports Office ‐ Ph 4351688


25/26 November WOW Performance, A6 – 7pm

30 November Junior Clearance Forms Issued

2 December NZQA Examinations End

2 December Sports Awards

3 December Junior Tabloids

4 December Arts Awards

7 December Senior Prizegiving, commencing 6.30pm, Forum North

8 December Senior Clearance – Year 11/12/13 finishes for the year

8 December Year 13 Leavers’ Dinner

9 December Year 10 Prizegiving, 1pm in the School Hall – Year 10 finishes for the year

(No Year 9 students)

10 December Year 9 Prizegiving, 1pm in the School Hall ‐ Year 9 finishes for the year

11 December Staff Only

18 December Office closes


21 January Office re‐opens, 9am

28 January Year 13 Leadership Course

28 January Stationery Sales Commence – D1 9am‐12 noon, 4.30‐8pm

1 February Northland Anniversary Holiday – School Closed

2 February School Bus Service commences

2 February Year 13 Course Confirmation

2 February Stationery Sales – D1 – 9am‐12 noon

3 February Year 13 Commence ‐ Year 12 Course Confirmation

3 February Stationery Sales – D1 – 9am‐12 noon

4 February Year 13 in school ‐ Year 9 and New Students Commence – Powhiri 9am in the Gym

4 February Stationery Sales – D1 – 10am‐2.20pm

5 February Year 13, Year 9 and all New Students in school – Year 12 Commence

5 February Stationery Sales – D1 – 9am‐2.20pm

8 February Year 10 and 11 Commence ‐ Full School in attendance

8 February Stationery Sales – D1 – 9am‐2.20pm

9 February Stationery Sales – D1 – 9am‐2.20pm

10 February No Stationery Sales today, but will recommence from the Stationery Shop (next to

the hall) on 11 February

Next Newsletter: Mid-January 2010

School Contact Information

Main Office: Telephone 09‐4351688 ‐ Fax 09‐4350790


PO Box 4137, Kamo, Whangarei


Web Site:

Gateway Direct Phone: 09 – 435 2931

CEW Direct Phone: 09 – 435 0889

CEW E‐mail:

CEW Website :

Your Contact Information

If you have had a change in your contact details, i.e. address, phone

number (home, work or mobile), emergency contact, email address, etc.,

please let us know either by phoning the school office on 09-435 1688 or

emailing . If you are unsure about any of the

details you have provided so far, please don’t hesitate to contact us to

discuss. We look forward to hearing from you.

Another way you can assist is to notify us if your child is going to be absent

or late to school by ringing the school office. Absentee messages can be

left at any time of the day. Many thanks.


Reply Slip


Ms Emese Tornai, Homestay Manager

We would like to be included on the list of families willing to offer homestays

for visiting students:

Family Name:


Telephone No:


Student’s Name at KHS:

We would prefer: Short Term Students

(1 term – 2 terms)

Long Term Students


Appreciates the Support & Sponsorship

Provided By the Following Organisations:

Bream Bay Butchery

Culham Engineering & Crane Co

Engraving Systems

Fuji Xerox

Goldstar Apparel


Rebel Surf

Rosvall Building Centre

Rowsell’s Collision Repair Centre

For Prizegiving and Scholarship Awards:

ASB Bank

Allen’s Foundation

Barrell’s 100% Mega Store

Bivouac New Zealand


Gilmore Brown Ltd

Northern Advocate

Returned Services Association

Rotary Club of Whangarei South

United Security ‐ Northland

Whangarei District Council

The Following Trusts:

Caversham Foundation

Lion Foundation

Oxford Sports Trust

Pelorous Trust

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