Principal's Message

Ko Kerehana ko au. Ko au ko Kerehana – I am Kelston. Kelston is me.

Kia Ora Koutou. Malo e Lelei. Malo lava le soifua ma le lagi e mama. On behalf of our Board of Trustees and the staff of Kelston Intermediate School, we extend to you, our Kerehana whanau, the warmest of greetings. We trust you will find the information on our website helpful with your consideration and preparation to enrol your child at our kura. The learning journey for our tamariki here at Kelston Intermediate is designed to grow our learners holistically. We strive to achieve this through being:

Academically rigorous

He Moana pukepuke ekenia e te waka - A choppy sea can be navigated.

Our students have their own cultural capital, knowledge and world view and we value and we embrace these experiences at Kelston Intermediate. We co-construct authentic goals that are inclusive of home, school and our Kerehana community, so the outcomes grow the student holistically. Like our students, our staff are lifelong learners too and we are committed to best practice which can grow our pedagogy to improve learner outcomes. At the heart of our service to our tamariki and their academic growth is our desire to uphold their mana and wairua. Through our Taumata angitu, students at Kelston Intermediate are encouraged to explore, to cast a critically responsive eye over their learning and the world, and to reflect on how they can contribute positively to our Kerehana community.

Culturally inclusive

Naku te rourou nau te rourou ka ora ai te iwi – With your basket and my basket the people will live

At Kelston Intermediate we welcome, we acknowledge, we encourage and embrace our cultural diversity, our uniqueness, and the fact we come from different backgrounds and experiences. We strive to create and maintain a safe environment that celebrates our differences, that values our cultural identity and that empowers our student and community voice. We know that we can disagree, we welcome debate and respectful engagement to promote shared understanding and growth. At Kelston, we create opportunities where students lead, where students are the teachers and where their diversity is upheld as a strength and a necessary tool in their learning journey.

Socially challenging

Whaia te iti kahurangi ki te tuohu koe me he maunga teitei – Seek the treasure you value most dearly, if you bow your head let it be to a lofty mountain

Our Kerehana community values positive relationships. With trust and respect, we feel we can create an environment where our students at Kelston Intermediate know they can be heard, and where they can have the confidence to share their thoughts and beliefs. In an ever changing and dynamic world, we want our tamariki to be active participants, problem solvers, global citizens, and agents for positive change. We strive to see our students manoeuvre through life in different social situations and weave together the best values, principles, and morals of their community.

So, explore our website, share it with your tamariki and whanau. Be curious, write down questions you would like further detail on, then reach out to our friendly office staff, who are long serving and live in our Kerehana community. We would be honoured to walk alongside you and your whanau over their 2 years at Kelston Intermediate, so come and talk to us today.

Ngā mihi nui,

Bert Iosia

Tumuaki for Kelston Intermediate