Welcome to all of our new families and those who have children returning to our wonderful school. It has been a great start to the school year and fantastic to meet so many parents here at the school on the first day.
We endeavour to place students with teachers who we think are a good fit for them both as a learner and person. Normally within a week or two they have made new friends and have settled in well.
Intermediate school offers many opportunities and it is really important to make the most of them and try new things. There are many sporting and cultural activities as well as areas to help out in such as the library and leadership roles. All of these add to your child’s education, because learning happens beyond the class-room as well and these experiences build skills and confidence.
We believe that students learn best when they are happy, feel safe and know that they are valued. This is the environment that we work hard to create and maintain. We look forward to working with you over the year. We welcome your input and involvement! Please let us know if there are any specific areas that you are keen to be involved in. We can make a big difference to your child's learning when we work together to support them.
Welcome to our new and returning staff:
Ms Sarah Hall, Room 13 - Year 7
Mr Pavel Granger, Room 14 – Year 7
Ms Kate Tilley, Room 27 – Year 8
Mr Phillip Straayer, Ms Kirstin Reed, Mr Steven Mills, Ms Angie Dang – Support Staff Mrs Natasha Nethula – Returning from Maternity Leave to Room 12 – Year 7
I would also like to formally welcome Ms Pushpa Bishwa – Year 7 and Ms Shalinee Perera – Year 8 to the role of Syndicate Leaders this year. We are very fortunate to have their passion and love of learning brought to this important role.
We have a wonderful team of staff here at Mount Roskill Intermediate. We all love this school and this community and are excited to work with you.
Testing: All students are involved in testing over the next couple of weeks to help us to get benchmark data for comparison and progress purposes as we move through the year as well as helping students to identify and set new learning goals to focus on.
Open Evening: We would love to meet you this Thursday 27th February between 5-7pm. This will be a chance to meet your child’s new teacher and wider school staff. It is an informal meeting time where we will have games set up on the field and courts and space for picnicking. You are welcome to bring along a picnic tea to sit and have at this time. There will be a barbeque if you wish to bring meat or sausages to cook.
Teacher Only Day: As a staff we are fortunate to be involved in the Ministry of Education Contract for Digital Learning. As the year continues we will be looking and developing further our approaches and skills to use technology to enhance learning for our students.
As a school wide introduction to this, we will be having a Teacher Only Day on Friday 2 February. This means that the school will be shut on that day. I know that the benefit of the learning that the day will bring ultimately to the students will be important. Thank you for your support. We will share with the results and initiatives of our learning as the year continues.
Year 8 Camp: This year our Motu Moana Camp will take place for Year 8 Students earlier in the year (during the first week of Term 2) so that the fantastic benefits and learning from camp can be built on throughout the remainder of the year. Outdoor education is an important part of learning that gives students the opportunity to learn outside the walls of the classroom. This is where they develop new skills of working with others cooperatively, problem solving to achieve goals, face fears and conquer challenges. We will need parents and adults to help with camp. Please contact the school if you are able to assist with camp in any way. A parent information evening will be held shortly.
We look forward to working with you this year.
Ko ia kāhore nei I rapu, tē kitea. He who does not seek will not find.