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Principal News

Simon Clarke —

Kia ora koutou katoa nau mai haere mai e te whanau

It is a privilege to serve the Tahuna School Community and I am thoroughly looking forward to working with you and your child.

I was a third year college student at Tahuna Intermediate before taking on my first teaching job in a Year 7 class at Macandrew Intermediate. From there, I moved to Balmacewen Intermediate to take on the Deputy Principal role for ten years before moving to Kaikorai Primary School as Principal for the last ten years.

My wife Julie (who is a nurse) and I sent our two children to Tahuna Intermediate where they had a great time and were well prepared for high school.

As you can see I have had a long history of being involved in Intermediates and I am passionate about working with this age group and their teachers.

I believe these years are a very special time in a child’s life and education. It is a time that they can find out what they like and perhaps more importantly what they don’t like in a safe and secure way before moving onto high school. Tahuna Intermediate will endeavour to provide a wide range of activities so that every child can find and follow their passions. We want our young people to experience a balance between academic success, positive social interactions and full involvement in sports, cultural activities and the arts. We also want them to have a bit of fun along the way!

Transitioning can be difficult whether it be from one year group to the next (e.g. Year 7 to Year 8) or to a new and different school. This is what successful transition looks like at Tahuna;

  • The staff will endeavour to make the all students feel that they belong in their new school and/or class. A huge amount of emphasis will go on developing a team culture in the first few weeks.

  • Year 7 students have come from a wide range of schools. For the most part they have been placed with peers they are familiar with but it is also a wonderful opportunity to enlarge their friend group and meet new people. Children should be open to this idea.

  • The class teacher has information from their previous teachers but all of the children get a “fresh start”. The teachers will focus on getting to know your child well including their strengths, interests and learning needs, and show they are interested in them.

  • One of our major goals is to develop your child’s independence but we also understand that the Year 7 students are coming straight from Primary School and may not have had the expectations that we will have for them. We will actively teach your child how to become more independent.

  • All teachers in the school understand the importance of their language, culture and identity.

  • Learning is appropriately challenging interesting, relevant and fun. We want students to have ownership of their learning.

  • Students are physically and emotionally safe with plenty of opportunities to try new, exciting things and extend their particular skill interests.

Children learn best when home and school work together and we encourage you to discuss learning activities with your child on a regular basis. Questions like what was the best part of your day are more likely to get a response than what did you do today? What matters most is parents showing they are interested and having quality family time.

Unfortunately due to Covid19 and the red restrictions we are not able to implement many of the plans that we had in place.  This newsletter will provide more information about upcoming events and plans so please read these carefully.  

In Summary 

Class Placement and Lists - This will be email on Friday and put on the schools website.

Transition visit - Monday 31st 1:30 - 3pm -  This will be for Year 7 and new Year 8 students only and times will be scheduled.  

First day of school - Tuesday 1st of February.  Students will go straight to their class.

Meet the Teacher - Cancelled.  Teachers will post a webinar about their classroom programmed next week for you to view and a forum to ask any questions.

Student Led Conferences -  A longer chance to talk to your child’s teacher about how they have started will be at the Student Led Conferences on the 15th and 16th of March. 

Please remember your face masks as these are compulsory at all times on the school site.

All of our other key dates and information can be found on the News section of our website. 

Tahuna is a busy place and your child will need our support in learning new systems and keeping up to date. We would encourage you to  follow us on Facebook and check your emails. A full newsletter will come out every three weeks.

I hope all students have a restful final weekend of their holidays and I know I am excited about meeting our returning Year 8 students and our new Year 7 students next week.

Ngā mihi nui

Simon Clarke