Principal's Weekly Message

Kia Ora Whanau,

The final week of the term has certainly come to a very sunny and

pleasant end! The second term is as equally as busy as any other,

and is often the one where things get up and running. The AIMS

teams were finalised and all training programmes are well

underway. The Kapa Haka Roopu developed their performance over

the term and are beginning their final preparations for their

competition, which is early in term 3. The cultural trip to Samoa is

also going through the final stages of preparation, ready to depart in

week three for their 7 day experience. The learning programmes

have been engaging and comprehensive all term and the quality of

the students’ work has been absolutely amazing. It was great to

finish the term with our latest round of Whanau Teacher Hui, where

whanau can meet with their child's teacher and share the learning

experiences and progress. Thanks to all whanau who were able to

attend an interview and continue the partnership with our staff.

While it is exciting to come to the end of a busy term and embark on

two weeks of rest and recreation with friends and whanau, it is tinged

with a little sadness as we farewell a valued colleague from our

kura. Ms Sarah Afriyie-Agyemang is finishing her time at Whakatane

Intermediate School to travel overseas. During her time,

Ms Afriyie-Agyemang has given a lot to the students in her class and

to the wider school. She oversaw the school’s Hip Hop team at last

year’s AIMS Games, where they performed amazingly well. We

thank Ms Afriyie-Agyemeng for her energy, commitment and care for

the students of our kura, and we wish her well for all of her travels

overseas. Mrs Sue Harris is returning to teach Room 23 for the

remainder of the year and we will welcome her at the start of next


This week also saw the school hold its annual Cross Country event

at Cutler Cres. It was fantastic to be able to hold such a school wide

event in the final week and bring the school together with whanau. All

the students who ran their respective events did amazingly well in

what is a true cross country course. It had uphill, downhill, flat areas,

bumps, water and a fair amount of mud! The students who

participated clearly had fun, and also enjoyed cheering on their

classmates and friends at the finish line. Well done to all the

placegetters for their success and to the students who earned a point

for their syndicate. Thanks to all the whanau who were able to join

us, brave the cold, the sudden downpour and support our students.

The second term is generally the hardest to get through in terms of

winter illness and other health related reasons to be absent from

school. It has been encouraging to see that our weekly attendance

has remained higher than at the same time last year. This is down

to the hard work of the teachers and also the added support from

whanau to ensure each child is at school as often as possible. We

look forward to working hard to keep the attendance even higher next


I would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday.

Nga Mihi


Mike Webster