Kaitaia Intermediate School Expectations
The 3 main guidelines are “Respect, Responsibility and Relationships”
Respect – Respect yourself, respect other people, respect property
Responsibility – Look after your possessions, complete tasks, be a contributing school member
Relationships – Form positive relationships with whanau, peers and adults
Come to Class Prepared
· Wear correct uniform at all times.
· Arrive on time – unless you are a bus pupil do not arrive before 8.20
· Tie long hair up as required, e.g. during Technology classes
· Have appropriate stationery
The only jewellery to be worn is:
· Simple stud earrings
· The expectation that all students will attend at least 90% of the time. This means no more than 19 days absent
for the year.
The following items are not acceptable:
· Rings, facial piercing of any kind, nail polish or bracelets. Any tattoos must be covered.
The following areas are out of bounds:
· Outside of the school fence or gates · Around the back of the school
· The car parks · The dairy
· In a classroom without a teacher present · The staffroom
· Near the Technology block when outside schools are at Technology
· Bikes must be pushed in school grounds.
· Cyclists must wear helmets.
· Bikes to have a lock.
· PE gear to be worn for all PE lessons. This includes hats for Terms 1 and 4.
· Togs and towel for swimming lessons.
· Wear swimming caps when using the school pool.
· Recycle where appropriate.
· Put litter in bins
· Chewing gum, fizzy drink, energy drinks and lollies are not allowed.
· Remain seated while eating.
The basis of school discipline is Assisted Discipline (AD). This is a two tier system:
· AD 2 for repeated rule breaking or ‘very inappropriate behaviour’.
· AD 3 being for offences against people or property.
AD 2 is a lunchtime detention and AD 3 is three lunchtime detentions with one day off for good behaviour.
A letter will be sent home for AD 3, detailing the incident. AD detention begins at 1.25 pm and finishes at
1.50 pm. Pupils on AD 2 or 3, report to the AD room at 1.20 pm.
A number of staff have been trained to use ‘Restorative Justice’ practices. If a major conflict arises between
pupils the school may elect to call a Restorative Justice meeting to resolve the issue.
Peer Mediators are trained to mediate issues that arise between pupils. When used correctly Peer Mediators
significantly reduce friction between upset pupils and the need for an adult to become involved.
Parents are kept informed of school activities in the following ways:
· Weekly school newsletter – prepared by Principal.
· Class newsletter – prepared by classroom teachers.
· School Website www.kis.net.nz
· School news channel (SMS messages sent via texting)
· Teachers email addresses are posted on the school website.
· Flyers – as necessary to inform the community of a special event / occasion.
· Text / e.mail / landline telephone calls via our automated parent communicator
School office is open from 8.30am to 3.30pm.
Pupils are discouraged from arriving at school too early. They are of course permitted in the grounds, but
with no access to school property until teacher supervision is to begin.
8.20 a.m. Teachers on duty
8.50 a.m. Morning classes commence
10.50 a.m. Morning Interval
11.10 a.m. Mid morning block commences
1.10 p.m. Midday Interval
1.50 p.m. 10 minute warning before class starts
2.00 p.m. Afternoon classes commence
2.45 p.m. 5 minute warning before end of school day
2.50 p.m. End of School day
Attendance is compulsory for New Zealand citizens and residents aged between six and 16 years.
Regular attendance at school is fundamental to student learning. Students who attend school regularly are more likely to achieve educational success, and increase their career and life options. Parents/caregivers
have a legal responsibility to ensure their child attends our school regularly (Education Act 1989 No. 80: Part 3 No. 25). Our school shall take all reasonable steps to ensure that students who are required to attend the school whenever it is open, do so – we expect at least 90% attendance. A student’s attendance is monitored from data that teachers enter electronically each day. The school office must be contacted if a child is absent –
either by phone, by texting the reason to 2807 SMS (short message service), email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Absences of more than three days through illness should be backed up by a medical certificate. If the school is not informed of the reason a child is absent, attempts to contact the parent will be made on the first and
subsequent days of the absence through our School News Channel. This is a system which texts cellphones and sends e.mails to parents/caregivers. Parents/caregivers simply need to respond to the message by
texting/e.mailing the reason your child is away. The Kaitaia and Districts Truancy Service (KDTS) is authorized to investigate absences on behalf of the school.
Traveling to school on the bus is a privilege not a right. Pupils who compromise bus safety will be asked to find alternative methods of traveling to school. Issues to do with the bus should in the first instance be
addressed to the Deputy Principal who is the bus controller. Only pupils living 4.8 km or further from the school are eligible to travel by school bus. Ineligible pupils must apply to the Bus Companies if they wish to
use the buses. There is a small charge for ineligible students. Bus pupils are not to swap buses without permission from the bus controller.
Bus pupils must at all times:
· Remain seated in the places given to them at the start of their bus journey to and from school
· Speak in quiet tones. Quiet should be defined as, “In a tone that does not distract the driver from driving.”
· Do not touch another person.
· Do not eat or drink (unless driver allows this)
· Get off the bus at the appropriate stop.
· Do not throw things either inside the bus or out of the bus.
By allowing your child to use the buses, all parties agree to these procedures.
In 2014 pupils will have access to computers in the following ways:
· Two ICT computer suites. One as part of the technology programme and the other for mainstream classroom use. Classes are timetabled to use this suite once or twice a week.
· Web connected computers for research in the ICT rooms and Library.
There are four technology specialist teachers for our classes: Food Technology, Information Communication Technology, Hard Materials & Materials Technology. The children receive 3 hours of instruction per week
and each term is spent learning about one Technology.
Camps are generally held in the last few weeks of Term 4, however some teachers also organise overnight excursions during the year to complement studies the class is involved with.
Many pupils cycle to school and bike stands are located within our grounds for their convenience. It is compulsory to wear a cycle safety helmet both to and from school. Pupils who do not wear helmets to or
from school will have their bicycles stored safely away until they commit to wearing a helmet. Cyclists are expected to dismount from their bikes outside the school gate and walk /wheel bikes into the school grounds.
Cyclists heading towards town after school are expected to use the pedestrian crossing. This positions them to ride their bikes on the correct side of the road. For security, bike locks are recommended.
Impress Reading is a reading programme available at Kaitaia Intermediate School to assist children who are reading below their chronological age. It is a comfortable, non-threatening way to boost reading and
comprehension. Our data shows that for every hour pupils spend on Impress Reading their reading age increases on average by 1.6 months. The programme runs for 10 weeks, after which time the children are
tested again. Groups have up to six children in them who are reading at a similar level.
Reading mileage is another reading programme that we have available to help raise reading achievement. It also has proven results.
Lexia is a computer program available at our school. It is a good strategy for filling those gaps which occur very early in a child’s reading journey and have not been identified. It helps children who have not yet
mastered the basic skills needed to identify words and enable them to read, i.e. vowels sounds, consonants and blends. The program enables the teacher to administer a test online which places the student at the
correct level. As the child masters skills, they progress through the levels. It is particularly useful for pupils identified as dyslexic. The Lexia program gets a very positive response from the pupils.
One of our classrooms has been especially set up to run “Successmaker” which is a programme of instruction accessed on computers. It contains courses in Mathematics, Reading, Spelling and Language. It is tailored
to suit each pupil’s individual needs. Lessons run for 30 minutes five days per week. To be eligible pupils must show excellent school attendance.
Within the first six weeks of school all teachers will make an opportunity to meet with all parents. This is an informal parent / teacher meeting.
· Informal Written Report is issued in Term 1.
· Written Report One is issued at the end of Term 2 to coincide with Parent / Pupil / Teacher interviews.
· Written Report Two is issued in December.
· Parents must attend these interviews to receive these reports.
· Parents are encouraged to visit their child’s class at any time.
If you wish to make an appointment to see any teachers, this can be done via the school office at 4081490.
Each pupil’s report should give the following information:
· The achievement standard expected for each child.
· The child’s achievement level.
· The child’s progress over a period of time.
· Areas for the child and teacher to work on together to make improvement.
· Area worked on at home.
Our school library offers a wide range of fiction, non-fiction, reference and other resource material which caters for a wide variety of reading and interest levels. The library and IT suite work together to support the
pupils’ research skills; computers are available in the library to assist this. Classroom teachers are committed to helping pupils develop the information skills they need to become successful learners and users
All classes will be made up of Year 7 and 8 pupils. There will be 6 mainstream classes and two bilingual classess. These classes will be arranged into two syndicates of four classes.
The Bilingual class is a composite Y7 and Y8 class. Instruction in Maori is between 31 – 50 % per week and is used in all subjects. Pupils entering this class must be able to speak and learn in Maori and be prepared to
participate in the Kapa Haka Roopu. See entry criteria with enrolment pack.
When new pupils enrol at K.I.S. we receive information from their previous school which helps us to understand their needs. We are able to provide programmes for pupils with special needs in Language,
Maths, Spelling and Reading via our Impress Reading, Successmaker and Lexia Programmes. There is close monitoring, to ensure they improve their ability in these areas.
Pupils are not permitted to use the school phones unless the use pertains to school activities or events.
Gadgets such as MP3 players, Ipods, cameras and cell phones are not permitted at school. If a child needs to bring a cell phone it must be handed in at the office for safe keeping. The school accepts no liability
whatsoever for their safety. If a child is found to have a cell phone or gadget at school it will be confiscated and must be picked up by an adult.
Enquire at the school office for any lost property. All clothing must be named.
Kaitaia Intermediate School has the services of a Social Worker in Schools. This position is for 1 day per week (Tuesday) when the Social Worker is in the school to liaise with staff, pupils and caregivers regarding
the social wellbeing of pupils. The social worker can be contacted on any day, as required, by phoning the school office.
The RTLB is based at KIS and is available 2 days a week. Monday and Thursday. The RTLB supports and works within school settings, assisting staff with ensuring success for students experiencing learning and
behaviour difficulties while supporting the development of inclusive teaching practices.
The Resource Teacher of Maori is based at Kaitaia Intermediate School. The room is used as a teaching space, a teacher development venue, and is a resource for all Far North schools, which may require access to
information, ideas and activities. Phone/Fax: 09-4081487
Physical Education should occur at least once a week in each class and assist pupils with physical fitness, strength, speed and coordination. Students are required to wear the correct PE uniform, plain black shorts
and KIS P.E. T-shirt (hat is required for Term 1 and 4).
We have a school pool facility with children having access to it at least once a day over the swimming season. Pupils are expected to participate in swimming sessions as they are a part of the school programme
like all other subjects. Lunch time swims are available each day for a small charge. For health and safety reasons approved swimwear and swimming caps must be worn.
School stationery packs are available from Paper Plus from mid-January. If individual teachers require extra stationery items, these will also be available from Paper Plus.
Basic stationery items may be purchased from the office during the year before school or during breaks.
All visitors and parents to school must sign the visitor’s book on the counter at the office.
The Kaitaia Intermediate School uniform is available from Postie Fashions and consists of:
Shorts Grey drill
Shirt Grey or White Polo Shirt with school logo
Socks Grey with double royal blue band
White Polo Shirt with school logo
Socks White ankle
Head bands Blue, black or white only
Boys & Girls
Hat Royal Blue/Navy “Bucket Hat”. Sun hats are worn in Terms 1 and 4.
Swim Cap Any colour is acceptable and these must be worn for any swimming activity.
Jacket Royal Blue Polar Fleece with school logo
Jacket With lining and school logo
Pants To match lined jacket
The only change to the winter uniform is that pupils may wear straight black trousers with no markings or patterns whatsoever on them. Plain black T-shirts are allowed to be worn under the polo shirt.
Boys and Girls
Hat Bucket Hat
Shirt Blue T-shirt with monogram
Shorts Black boxer type (no labels)
School uniforms are available through Postie Plus in Kaitaia. We will be happy to sell surplus uniforms on behalf of parents. These must be clean, clearly labeled with contact details and a price, and may be left at the
school office. Postie Plus, along with Schooltex, provides a loyalty programme for Kaitaia Intermediate School for all uniform items purchased. Please clearly label/name all clothing.
1. Address the complaint with the person involved in the first instance.
2. If there is no satisfaction then the complaint may be taken to the Principal who will:
- Approach the person complained about
- Give them opportunity to respond to the complaint
- Respond to the person making the complaint.
3. If there is still no satisfaction then the specific matters must be put in writing.
4. The person being complained about has the right to representation at any stage.
5. The matter may be brought to the attention of the Board of Trustees who may seek advice and make further enquiries in order to be satisfied as to the facts of the specific matter(s).
6. Any action required will be put in writing and a reasonable timeframe provided to effect the necessary changes
7. The process and any action taken are to be recorded, sighted and agreed to by the parties concerned.
8. The services of an arbitrator may be necessary.
Complaints against the Principal
A complaint against the Principal should in the first instance be addressed to him/her either face to face, or in a letter.
If there is no satisfaction then the complaint may be taken to the BoT Chairperson who will:
· approach the Principal
· give him/her opportunity to respond to the complaint
· respond to the person making the complaint
If there is still no satisfaction then the specific matters must be put in writing.
The matter will be brought to the attention of the Board of Trustees who may:
a) Seek advice
b) Make further enquiries in order to be satisfied as to the facts of the specific matter(s).
Any action required will be put in writing and a reasonable timeframe provided to effect the necessary changes. The process and any action taken are to be recorded, sighted and agreed to by the parties
concerned. The Principal has the right to representation at any stage. The services of an arbitrator may be necessary.