Week 1

This week we have been very busy preparing for Student Led Conferences and organizing our presentations for our parents. One of our highlights, however, from week 1 was KiwiCan and tech.

In term 2, Te Pou Herenga Waka won KiwiCan points for being the most respectful, responsible and engaged class in KiwiCan and in class. As a reward, Matua Sefa and Whaea Amiria will be shouting us a shared lunch this Friday.

This term 


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Epetoma o te Reo Maori Kuki Airani!

Kia orana Koutou i teia epetoma ou,

Welcome all to a new week and a new term.  This weeks focus are our Student Led Conferences held Tuesday 1st August and Wednesday 2nd August.  If you still have not made an appointment please drop an email to mayt@kelstonint.school.nz or text May Tamati on 0211376760.

This terms focus for inquiry is the ‘Living World’. The Mathematics topic is Fractions, Decimals, Percentages as well as Statistics and Probability.  Students will be showing their Oral Language skills by presenting a Persuasive Speech later in the term in preparation to the School Speech Competitions.  We will also be having our Health Puberty lessons this term.

Last week we farewelled Mrs Newby and Te Kei o Te Waka had a shared lunch for her as she is one of the favourite teachers here at Kelston Intermediate who has taught here for 16 years.  Speeches from Monique, Mya, Nadia were presented to Mrs Newby and also Matua Sefa thanked her for being a fabulous teacher when he was at Kelston.

Please continue to encourage your child to come to school and aim to arrive early on time at 8.40am.

Looking forward to seeing you all here for the Student Led Conferences.

Meitaki atupaka,

May Tamati


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Nau mai, hoki mai ki te Wahanga Tuatoru

Nau mai hoki mai ki te Wahanga Tuatoru.

Kua hikaka te hoki mai o nga tamariki ki te ako i to matou kaupapa hou ‘Te Taiao.’ I nga hararei kua taha ake i whakarereke i to matou akomanga, i whakairi hoki i etahi mahi hou hei hangai ki to matou nei kaupapa o tenei wahanga -whakapapa/pepeha, taumata, pakirehua ano hoki.

Anei etahi whakaahua o nga ahuatanga hou, ahuatanga rereke hoki ki to matou akomanga o Nga Kakano.

Our variety of different cultures and languages we share and use in Nga Kakano!

No hea matou display describing and linking our whanau to each other.

Our new roopu for Pakirehua, Tuhituhi, Pangarau me Panui

TAUMATA- The tikanga of our kura and identifying the next goals of achievement socially, culturally and academically.

For term 3 our main goal is to achieve our next taumata, converse in Te Reo Maori by using at least 3 different sentence structures and completing ALL our mahi by their due dates and to a very high and excellent standard.

These are the different kaupapa our tamariki will cover in Wahanga tuatoru:

Pakirehua (Inquiry): Te Taiao (Our environment) and understanding the relationship we have with the environment/nature and how our ancestors survived using the land/Papatuanuku

Tuhituhi (Writing): Tautohetohe (Speeches/debates) and using persuasive writing in a essay

Pangarau (Maths starand): Tauanga (Statistics Wk 1-5 & Fractions/decimals Wk 6-10)

Te Reo Maori: 

  • Learning our past, present and future tenses. Understanding the importance of tohuto and finding examples of these and using them in a conversation and recognising the differences when used and not used.
  • Completing our Wahanga tuatoru assignment on the revitalisation of Te Reo Maori in education

Nga Kakano are looking forward to an awesome term and we hope you can pop in sometime to see their hard efforts culturally, socailly and academically!

Ranui working really hard to complete his pie graph and trasnferring the information of that graph onto a line graph. Ka pai Ranui

Sharnadel and Maanea working on their Nga kai crossword and translating the words from Maori to english. Ka pai korua!

Roopou Porohita working together to solve their statiscal investigation.

Our new Pakirehua learning environment. Our kaupapa this term is Te Taiao!!!


  • Dont forget whanau we have Student Led Conferences on Ratu/ Tuesday and Raapa/Wednesday. This is where our tamariki will be showing you their mahi from Term 1 & 2 and their reports. Please come to our hui. You can email me terinah@kelstonint.school.nz to confirm a time.
  • It is very important that our tamariki bring their P.E uniform every day! This is part of our Taumata and we do morning fitness from 10.40-11am daily. This is to increase their fitness and basic skills of body movement in a physical activity. Please check and re-check that your tamaiti has this in their school bags. Also their sports shoes is a MUST! Kia kaha whanau. If there is a problem, please let me know ASAP so we can awhi you. We are here to help 🙂

Kia pai to wiki, Waea mai mena patai he raru ranei: 021-267-0745

Nga mihi, Whaea Terina

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MAURIA TE PONO – Week 1, Term 3

It has been a great start, to what is shaping up to be an extremely busy term.  We have started well with responsible, engaging and respectful behaviour displayed by many of our students.

Important Tips to have a successful term:

  1. Be engaged, respecful and responsible at ALL times
  2. Set high expectations for yourself and stay focussed
  3. Get involved and take the opportunities presented to you
  4. Be organised and plan your tasks/timelines


Reading: Reciprocal Reading: Collaborative Learning/Personal Reading
Writing: Explanatory Writing.  Persuasive Writing.
Oral Language: Formal Speeches: English and various Cultural Languages, Te Reo Maori, Mandarin
Visual Language: Presentations, Flow Charts
Maths: Number: Fractions/Decimals/Percentages

Statistics: Statistical Investigations
Inquiry: The Living World: The Forest: inhabitants of the forest, Native trees, how Maori survived in the forest – medicinal, Rongoa, the effects of deforestation
Health: Pubertal Change
ICT: One Note/Online Portfolios
PE: Large Ball Skills/FitnessTerm 3 Zone Days: Rugby League, Basketball

Have a great term and show RESILIENCE IN ALL THAT YOU DO !!!


  • Student Led Conferences will be held this Tuesday and Wednesday.  Please bring your appointment time back to me as soon as possible.  THANK YOU, MRS TUAOI 🙂
  • The Tongan Group Fundraiser, $5 day, will be held on Friday 11 August, 2017.
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Welcome to Term 3

Talofa lava matua ma aiga!

We have had an awesome start to the term. Our enthusiastic students in Lumana’i Manuia are showing a positive attitude to learning.

A reminder that next week we have our Student Led Conferences on Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd of August. The students have been working hard on their digital porfolios and are eager to share their learning. Thank you to all those who have made an appointment. If you haven’t already, please return the slip or email me patriciat@kelstonint.school.nz.

The students will also be receiving their reports at their SLC.

Below are some photos of our students in action this week.

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Principal’s Message

Kia Ora, Malo e lei lei, Talofa Lava, Ni Sa Bula, Ni Hao, Assalaam alaikum, Kia Orana, Namaste, Fakalofa lahi atu, Ku Musta Ka.

Welcome to our school website. We trust that you will find this information helpful in preparing your child for their enrolment at our school. Our learning programmes at Kelston Intermediate are designed to be:

Academically rigorous –

Academically at Kelston Intermediate School we embrace the experiences of our students and acknowledge their own world views. We develop goals that are inclusive of school, home and community values to make our students confident lifelong learners. We are committed to a pedagogy that ensures progress whilst upholding the mana of our tamariki collaboratively. Our students critically question and analyse the world they live in and contribute in positive ways towards their community. They aspire to be positive lifelong learners.

Culturally inclusive – 

Culturally at Kelston Intermediate School we acknowledge, encourage and embrace diversity and uniqueness, creating opportunities that enable us to celebrate difference while being secure in our own cultural identity. We acknowledge and embrace our student’s diversity and celebrate difference in all our experiences.

Socially challenging –

Socially at Kelston Intermediate School we encourage and value connections. Our community values positive relationships and confidence to navigate change in our society promoting active participation that influences global connections. Our students are able to maneuver through life in different social situations and weave together the best values, principles and morals of their communities.

We look forward to working with you in the future.


Nga Mihi

Phil Gordon


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Welcome back Miss Ali

Kia ora whanau!

We would like to welcome back Miss Ali, our student teacher who will be completing her final practicum in our class. She will be planning and teaching for 3 weeks in term 3. We wish you all the best Miss Ali.

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Wiki tekau-Wahanga Tuarua- Ko tata tai ki te mutunga

Kia ora whanau,

As we near to the end of Term 2- Wow what a term it has been!!! Our tamariki have been brainstorming all the amazing kaupapa we have learnt thus far throughout the year and then creating beautiful and very informative posters!- The kaupapa they have studied are: Whakapapa, Pepeha, Axis & lines of symmetry, Explanation writing, Te Reo Maori sentence structures, past-present and future tenses, large ball skills, Geometrical shapes and angles, Jade speaks up-Hika ma-just to name a few kaupapa we have covered.

Nga kakano creating a visual pepeha for our Whakapapa display to complete our Term 2 Inquiry kaupapa.

Our karakia hou mo te timatanga o te ra. Our new karakia Nga Kakano do every morning before our himene.

In groups we recite our karakia and practice everyday making sure our pronounciation and understanding of our karakia is very clear! Our tamariki learn the importance of karakia in Te Ao Maori and its purpose on a daily basis.

Kyron working hard to complete his Wahanga tuarua poster! This poster needed 20 examples of mahi that was completed this term and Kyron completed this to a very high standard. Ka rawe Kyron. Kia kaha mo te roanga o te tau!!!

Noah completing his Wahanga Tuarua poster describing all our kaupapa we have done this term! Ka rawe to pikitia Noah!

George and Noah working collaboratively researching the definitions and explanations of kupu hou. Ka pai korua!

Roopu Ruaumoko strategising and solving problems of Maths and uploading their mahi onto OneNote. Nga Kakano enjoy OneNote. Our tamariki will be using digital portfolios to showcase their awesome mahi thus far at our Student Led Conferences which will be on the 3rd & 4th of August!-Appointment times will be sent out this week. Please make a time and return the panui with your tamaiti on the first week back at kura. Nga mihi whanau



Mahi kainga: Our tamariki have a 2 week assignment due Monday the 24th July. Our kaupapa next term is on ‘Hauora’ and the well-being of ourselves, others and understanding this in the context of Te Ao Maori. Please awhi and assist your tamaiti to have this completed and returned first day back at kura. They will need the internet to research some of their kaupapa. Kia kaha whanau!

Samoan roopu performance at Zeal: Noah and Ocean will be performing at Zeal-WestWave this Wednesday at 5.30pm. Come on down and tautoko our boys and our beautiful Samoan roopu!

‘Old skool’ production: Our AMAZING Supa choir have a brilliant production this Thursday (Rapare) in our kura hall. Gold coin donation! 6:30pm start. Our Ocean, Lewis and Roman will be starring in this production. It would be awesome if you could come and tautoko our tamariki. They have worked really hard for this to be a success.

Taumata hui: This Friday we have an amazing day to celebrate our tamariki achieveing their first or next Taumata. Please come and tautoko this very special day for our tamariki. 2pm start.

Mena he patai, he hiahia tau imera mai: terinah@kelstonint.school.nz

Kia pai o koutou wiki,

Whaea Terina Hetaraka





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“Of a truth, men are mystically united: a mystic bond of brotherhood makes all men one.”  – Thomas Carlyle.

This is happening right now in Tamatoa ;

Tamatoa planing for our future learning wall next term.

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Mauria Te Pono – Term 2

Talofa, Kia orana and greetings….

In Mauria Te Pono we have been studying the following topics:

Math: students discussed how angles are used in everyday situations and why we need to have a solid knowledge of them.  We have also been learning multiplication strategies and how to multiply using decimals in some of our small learning groups.

Writing:  We have been using language to persuade the reader and some students wrote persuasive texts about ‘Why the haka should remain as part of New Zealand’s identity during sports matches’ and ‘why students should wear a school uniform’.

Inquiry: Students used ICT to present their findings around the importance of Water.  These were very interesting and our students put a great deal of hard work and planning in to their tasks.  Well done to our inquiring students !

Jade Speaks: We have set up a positive environment where we can support each other and discuss issues around keeping ourselves safe.  It is great to see that our students can work together and help one another when needed.

Upcoming Events – Get along and support your classmates at the SUPA Motown concert this Thursday 6 July, at 6.30 pm in the school hall.  Almost half of our class will be singing, dancing and acting, so get along and support whanau !

Congratulations – Team Kotahitanga are doing a great job at fitness and are making a great TEAM effort, keep it up everybody !



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