Principal's Message...

By Debbie Halkett | Posted: Thursday May 16, 2024

Our Purpose: To prepare students to be active participants who will contribute to their community.

Tēnā koutou katoa, Malo e lelei, Talofa lava, Bula vinaka

Yesterday we celebrated our very talented, passionate and dedicated team of support staff. We are so fortunate to have such a wonderful group of people who support our students to achieve their goals.

A huge thank you to all of our community for the support in selling chocolates, and a special thank you to Jude Garrett and Amanda Notman along with their team of helpers who are running this fundraiser for the school. Please return your money to Jude Garrett (Room 17) by this Monday and return any unsold chocolates.

I was lucky to participate in our Community of Learning professional development session on Monday. This is always a great opportunity to get together and share the mahi we have been doing toward our learning goals. One of the most exciting things that comes from these meetings is the opportunity for teachers from high schools, primary schools and Intermediate to get together to discuss education across sectors and communities. We are super lucky to have Sarah Caldwell and Victoria Forrest leading these sessions.

Today a number of our students and staff were wearing something pink. This was to raise awareness of the nationwide anti-bullying campaign, Pink Shirt Day, which celebrates culture, gender, and diversity, and creates environments where everyone feels safe, valued, and respected.

At Oamaru Intermediate one of our values is Acting with Respect, this means respecting self, others' opinions, religions, identity, and our environment. We are always talking about doing the right thing even when others are choosing not to, speaking up when something isn’t right, and seeking help when a situation is unsafe. Keep talking with your child about calling out inappropriate and unsafe behaviour whether it be online or face-to-face. We can all do our part to stop bullying.

Student Led Conferences

On Wednesday 5 June, our Student Led Conferences will be taking place. This is a very important opportunity for you and your child to meet with the teacher. Making the time to prioritise their education, and coming and meeting with their classroom teacher sends a direct message to your child that you are invested in their learning and the importance that you place on them having success at Oamaru Intermediate. It also helps to keep building those positive home and school connections that are so important in ensuring successful outcomes for your children.

To enable these conferences to happen, our normal classroom programme will not be running that day. If possible, we ask that you keep your child home for the day if you are able to. Be rest assured if you cannot find an alternative for your child we will have teachers available to supervise your child for the day.

Please contact the office on 4370822 or email to inform us if your child needs to be at school that day. 

Rebecca Meek