Principal's Pen

Dear Parents, Caregivers and friends of the school,

Tena Koutou Katoa Nga mihi nui Ki a Koutou Katoa,

Congratulations to all the students who performed with such energy and enthusiasm at our concert evening on Wednesday. I am always so impressed with the quality performance, variety and skill that is on show.  My thanks to Mrs Norwell and all our teachers for the support and expertise they have provided throughout the year. I would also like to acknowledge the wonderful job that Matthew Blair and Sophia Walker did as MC’s for the evening.
 
I had the pleasure and privilege of supporting our teams and individual athletes at the AIMS Games last week. The performance of the boys and girls teams along with the many individual performances were a credit to the school and the families of the respective students. Our girls soccer team finished sixth in New Zealand! This is the highest placing that a team from Belmont Intermediate School has achieved. Well done! My thanks to Mrs Browning and Mrs Lysaght for their support of the soccer teams and to Mr Darryl Petherick, Mr Richard Wells, Mrs Mel Scott, Mrs Deborah Travers and Mrs Fiona Bower, for their support of the teachers and athletes. A big thank you also to all our parents for their help and support in the individual sports. Please see below for a full list of results and medal winners.
 
Moving to staffing news, Mrs Frances Brown will be leaving us at the end of term three to take a position at Conifer Grove Primary School. Frances has taught in our Enhancement department for the last 18 months and has been a valued member of the team. We wish her all the best in the next stage of her career. As communicated earlier in the term, Mrs Renae Kettle will also leave us next week to take up a position in the private sector. Both the staff and students alike wish Renae all the best for the future.
 
We have been advised by Auckland Transport School Buses that there will be some bus changes from Term 4, 2018 (Monday 15 October 2018). Most school bus routes will be given new route numbers to formalise the route numbering system and remove duplication. Some bus routes are changing to remove differences between the morning and returning afternoon routes to make them easier to understand and use. Some routes are being changed due to low patronage in streets along the current route.
 
For more information on the school bus changes for the North Shore and Hibiscus Coast, go to https://at.govt.nz/northschoolbus You will note that our school has only had minor alterations. If you have any queries or questions, please email Karen Thompson: Karen.Thomson@at.govt.nz for assistance.
 
I am looking forward to attending our annual Blokes Night this Friday, 21 September. My thanks to the PTA and Michael Swarbrick for their co-ordination of this popular event on our calendar. Should any Dads wish to buy tickets please click here.
 
It was with a heavy heart that we all farewelled our colleague, Rhonda Lissington on Monday morning. Rhonda’s bubbly personality, sense of humour and warm nature will be missed by our students, colleagues  and community. Thank you to the large number of parents who have emailed or phoned the school to offer their support over the course of the last fortnight. While Rhonda will be missed she will not be forgotten.
 
Next term is a summer term so we will be expecting all our students to be appropriately dressed. This includes wearing a school sunhat and utilising the sunscreen that is available in all classrooms. As this is my last newsletter for the term I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a happy, safe and enjoyable holiday break.
                
Finally, I would like to congratulate the following students who have received Principal’s awards this week; Rocco Gillies, Hayley Macduff, Lucas Pringle, Lila Spade, Josephine Tappenden, Emily Du, Rebecca Robson, Max Hamilton, Juno Shepherd and Laura Blick-Moroney.


Warm regards,
Nga mihi nui,

Nick Hill
Principal