Dear Parents, Caregivers and friends of the school,
Tena Koutou Katoa Nga mihi nui Ki a Koutou Katoa,
Welcome back to Belmont Intermediate School for the start of 2018.
I trust that you have all enjoyed your holiday and spending quality time with friends and family. A very special welcome to parents and students new to the school and parents of returning students. You have all joined a vibrant, happy, welcoming and successful learning community. It was wonderful to meet a large number of Year 7 students and their families during our ‘Meet the Teacher’ day last week. I also enjoyed the opportunity to talk to some parents as they made their way through the school.
Please feel free to contact your classroom teacher if you have any further questions as a result of your meeting. Email addresses for all teachers are on our website at http://www.belmontint.school.nz/contact-us/. A full schedule of events for Term 1 is available on our website calendar and upcoming dates are in this newsletter. You will also notice that our new electronic sign on Lake Road is operational. We look forward to using this new tool to celebrate the successes of our students and keep you informed of the many events that take place at our school on a weekly and fortnightly basis.
All teachers have talked to the students about our Student Guide for 2018 and its contents. Can I suggest that you create some time to go through this booklet with your child over the weekend so that they are aware of the standards and expectations of our school. A copy is available for download at http://www.belmontint.school.nz/administration/ .
Moving to the classroom, it has been exciting and rewarding for both our teachers and students to start the year in classrooms equipped with modern furniture, new Chromebooks and new televisions. The configuration of the furniture promotes choice for our learners, collaboration and flexibility. It is not one size fits all. There is also consistency between Year 7 and 8 in terms of the look and feel of our classrooms. Please see the photos attached to this newsletter of our students in their new, modern classrooms.
Starting a new year and intermediate school can be daunting for your son/daughter, so I would like to offer some suggestions about how you can make the transition as smooth as possible:
Start your routines again as soon as you can. Getting back to school-day bedtimes is a good place to start. Decide on a school-day routine and stick to it. Finding a quiet place to complete homework is also beneficial for your child’s learning.
Talk about change. Whether it is a new school or a change in your family’s circumstances, make time to talk about any fears or worries. Accompany your child, so they can get used to the new school. I encourage this and would like to make it clear that our parents/caregivers are always welcome at our school.
I would also like to take this opportunity to remind you of some important housekeeping matters.
Cycling & Scootering Agreement
Belmont Intermediate School recognises the many positive benefits of students cycling and scootering to and from school and we encourage our students to do so. The benefits include improved health through physical activity, establishing positive active travel habits, promoting independence and improving safety awareness, reducing congestion, noise and pollution in the community. The safety and well-being of our students is paramount and as such, we require all students and the parents/caregivers of students who wish to cycle or scooter to and from school to read and adhere to the school's cycling and scootering policies. Students who would like to cycle or scooter must complete a Cycling & Scootering Agreement google form. The forms have been distributed to all students by their teachers but can be accessed by clicking here. Both students and parents are required to digitally sign their acceptance of the agreement.
Please ensure that you have provided the office with your current contact details and update us if they change during the year. Our main mode of communication is via e-mail so please let the office know if your e-mail address has changed. Please also ensure that you have provided us with your current contact phone numbers so that we are able to contact you in the case of an emergency.
Activity fee and donation
Thank you to all the families who have paid the annual activity fee and donation. The office is busy processing payments and will e-mail receipts to you soon. The activity fee was due at the start of school year, if you have not paid yet, we would appreciate your prompt payment as soon as possible please. Both the activity fee and donation can be paid via our Online Shop.
It has been an extremely positive start to the year. I have enjoyed visiting all the classrooms, greeting students at the gate and talking to them about their aims and aspirations for the year. I am sure that 2018 is going to be an exceptional one at BIS.
Nga mihi nui