Principal’s Welcome

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Principal Susan Arrell

Kaitaia Intermediate School 

Tena koutou katoa,

Kaitaia Intermediate School is focused on raising achievement. It is staffed by talented and committed teachers’ who are striving to raise achievement beyond what is normally expected of Year 7 and 8 pupils. All of our teachers use research based best practice teaching strategies, work hard to develop positive learning relationships with all pupils and teach an exciting and relevant curriculum.

KIS has approximately 220 pupils, 8 classroom teachers, 4 technology specialist teachers and a number of caring and committed administration and support staff. The Board of Trustees is comprised of dedicated volunteers who govern the school with commitment and dedication and have been instrumental in assisting and supporting staff to raise achievement.

We pride ourselves on raising achievement particularly in literacy and numeracy where a large majority of pupils achieve beyond the National Mean.

KIS is proud to be a Health Promoting School and to be receiving fruit as part of the Fruit in Schools initiative. In 2009 KIS became the first intermediate school in Northland to become ‘Sunsmart’ accredited.  We are also ‘A Duffy Books in Homes School’.

Despite our relatively small size, KIS competes beyond expectation on the sports field and dominates most sporting competitions in the north.  We are  proud to be able to send a team of our pupils to Tauranga for the annual Association of Intermediate and Middle School Games(AIM’s).  This tournament is the largest sporting competition in Australasia for intermediate school aged pupils.

This year as in the past we are offering the opportunity for any child at Kaitaia Intermediate School to participate in the University of New South Wales Exams. These exams are offered to many countries throughout Australasia and is an excellent opportunity for children to experience and take part in an exam situation. The results of these go towards selecting our school Dux. The exams available are science, writing, maths, English and computers.

Each year we enter teams into the Northland heats for the Mathex competition and Kids Lit Quiz.

A few other activities at our school include: Trash to Treasure Wearable Art, E-Waste Model Making, Life Ed Caravan, Science Fair, Speech competition and Kapa Haka. Our Whanau Hui Day held early in the school year and Matariki Festival held in June are both highlights of the school year.

The School is proud of all of its facilities including the new library and all weather netball/tennis courts both completed and opened in 2012.  The Computer Suite which opened at the beginning of 2009 is well utilised by all classroom teachers and pupils.  The new Technology Building opened in May 2010, continues to be a focal point for not only KIS students but the approximately three hundred Y7 and Y8 students from the outside schools who travel to KIS each week for technology.

The buildings are attractive and well maintained and we have huge playing fields that are envied by other schools and are well utilized by many community, business and social organisations for a number of recreational activities.

We are PB4L (Positive Behaviour for Learning) school.

At Kaitaia Intermediate School we develop

positive relationships and become successful learners by:

 staying safe,

showing respect, and

being responsible

Naku noa

Susan Arrell

Principal