Year 6 Transition Day at Kelston Intermediate
Friday 7th August 2020
Talofa Lava, Malo Lelei, Fakalofa Lahi Atu, Namaste, Kiaorana, Ni Sa Bula, Ni Hao, Assalaam Alaikum, Ku Musta Ka, Tena Koutou Katoa and warm greetings.
Friday the 7th of August, this term is our Kelston schools Transition Day. We are looking forward to meeting the year 6 students from our primary schools and have planned several student-centred activities for all students who will be part of Kelston Intermediate for the day.
The day will start at 9.00am with students from our six contributing and neighbouring primary schools being transported to Kelston Intermediate, accompanied by a teacher from their school, arriving to us between 8.40-9.00am. Please Note: some schools will be organising their own transport on this day.
When all our students have arrived, there will be about a 10-15minute organisation time from 9.00-9.15am where students will be placed into their pre-organised groups, given a brief orientation about our school facilities and will have the timetable for the day explained to them.
Some of the specific objectives of this programme are listed below.
To ensure a smooth transition of children between schools - Primary to Intermediate.
To familiarise students with our teachers for the following year
To inform families/whanau of our requirements regarding administration. (Attendance Expectations, Uniform, Stationery, Enrolments etc.…)
To allow teachers the time to interact with students from contributing schools before the end of the current school year.
To have a learning programme designed to inform students of their new school, what the expectations are, gauge learning levels of the students and to ensure a positive start to the 2021 school year for all students, family and teachers involved.
Our first activity rotation is scheduled to start at 9.30am with five activity rotations in total for the day. We will be running a modified timetable so students will have a morning break and lunch time, but these breaks will be a little different from our normal school day. Our tuck-shop will be open during morning tea break and lunch time if students wish to purchase items.
Our last activity rotation will finish at 2.35pm, at this time we will bring all the groups back together to ensure students have enrolment packages with uniform and stationery requirements attached then release our year 6 students so they will be back at their current school to be dismissed at 3.00pm as usual.
This is also an open day for all whānau/family of our year 6 students.
If you would like to pop in during the day to have a look around and ask questions about how we “Do Things”at Kelston Intermediate then please do, we are always aspiring to be a great Intermediate for the students of the Kelston area and value your input, thoughts and ideas.
Please note that our Year 8 students will be participating in a Transition Programme of their own and will not be on site at Kelston Intermediate for this day.
Our Three Directors:
Mrs Maddie Gates, Director of Pastoral care
Mrs Kiri Laing, Director of Curriculum and Student Achievement
Mrs Mandy Martin, Director of Physical Education and Hauora
And I (Phil Gordon) will also be available during the day for meeting and greeting and would be happy to have a chat or address any queries you may have.
ERO Thoughts: September 2019 (Extract from confirmed ERO report September 2019)
School conditions for equity and excellence:
Processes and practices:
What school processes and practices are effective in enabling achievement of equity and excellence, and acceleration of learning? School leaders build strong relational trust and participation at all levels of the school. Their collaborative leadership models the school’s vision, values and priorities. Highly responsive communication supports and strengthens learning-centred partnerships with whānau.
The principal leads a relentless focus on improvement and purposeful evaluation. Teachers use internal evaluation processes, inquiry and knowledge building to sustain improvement to enable equity. Leaders and teachers are developing innovative initiatives that support deeper understanding of learning in their school context. Students experience a broad variety of learning opportunities that provide a sound foundation for their social, emotional, intellectual development. They benefit from multiple opportunities to realise their potential.
Taumata continues to be at the heart of the school’s improvement efforts and has contributed to improving student achievement. Students are encouraged to actively engage in their learning, and they are motivated to achieve success. Leaders and teachers value student voice and make good use of feedback to improve on the quality of teaching, learning and student wellbeing. Leaders and teachers are committed to developing and implementing a curriculum that is relevant to students’ lives, prior understandings and experiences. The curriculum draws on parent, whānau and community knowledge of students’ identities, languages and cultures, and is responsive to their aspirations.
Cultural and linguistic diversity are viewed as strengths to be nurtured and enriched. Programmes show a strong focus on bilingual pathway education. The majority of students at the school speak two or more languages. Students are well supported to access learning in their preferred language. Kaiāwhina bring expertise, local knowledge and experience to support students. Community collaboration and partnership extend and enrich opportunities for students to become confident, connected and actively involved learners.
If you are enrolling during the year for an immediate start:
Step 1: Contact the school by:
• visiting the office or
• phoning 818 5544 or
• emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Step 2: Complete an Enrolment form
Step 3: Supply proof of birth date (eg. birth certificate or passport)
Step 4: Read and sign the school Cybersafety Agreement
Step 5: Meet with the principal (if required)
In your meeting with the principal you will finalise a start date and any issues surrounding the enrolment.
If you are enrolling during the year but not starting until the beginning of the next year:
Step 1: Collect an “Enrolment Pack” from:
• your child’s present school
• Kelston Intermediate School office
Step 2: Fill in the details on the Enrolment form and sign
Step 3: Read the Cybersafety Agreement notes and sign the agreement
Step 4: Attach a copy of your child’s Birth Certificate or Passport showing their date of birth.
Step 5: Hand in the above forms to your child’s present school or send/bring to Kelston Intermediate School office.
If you would like to have a visit around the school and discuss your child’s enrolment, please contact the school office and arrange for an interview.