A Welcome from our Principal

Natasha Hemara

Tumuaki (Principal)

He mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa, nau mai haere mai ki te Kura Tuarua o Kamo.

To all ākonga (students) and whānau (families) we warmly welcome you to our school community. Kamo High School seeks to educate our young people to grow into fine adults who will contribute to our society in a positive way. Each student brings a unique set of skills and knowledge with them and we value this diversity, aiming to develop every student as an individual. At Kamo High School we are able to provide students with multiple academic pathways to ensure that they are able to find a fit for themselves for their future.

It is our belief that for our ākonga (students) to succeed, they need to feel connected and cared for and have confidence in their own abilities. When an ākonga (student) is comfortable in their abilities they will be encouraged to take risks in their learning and develop as a self-managing individual who, when they leave us, can navigate their own world in a confident and directed manner.

“Whakatutuki tikahia kotahitanga - Together we will succeed” signals our commitment to work with whānau to support our students’ learning. We look forward to you joining our school where you will become an important part of our learning community. The pastoral care of our students is paramount. At Kamo High School a network of Deans, Whanau Teachers, Counsellors and Youth Worker supports each student. Strong links to students’ whānau allow us to develop a deep understanding of each individual’s needs. Our staff are friendly, experienced professionals who enjoy working with young people. We work together to ensure that our students are cared for and have access to both personal and academic success. We give you our commitment that we will do our very best to provide your child with multiple learning experiences and opportunities that will set them up beyond school.

Our Kaupapa:

We are proud to be a bicultural school which actively reflects and lives the Treaty of Waitangi. The Treaty principles put our students at the centre of teaching and learning, asserting that they should experience learning which engages and challenges them, which is inclusive and which affirms their identity. We have established a kaupapa which supports our Māori, and all students, to pursue their full potential.

Through Kia Eke Panuku, we know our Māori students do their best when we reflect and value their culture, identity and language. We focus on building strong relationships, and as a school we have a collective and shared commitment to encourage Māori student success. We provide our Māori students with the tools they need to walk in both worlds - te ao Pakeha me te ao Māori, and being able to balance them both through a key to both huarahi or pathways. Student voice is a key part of the vehicle which drives our teaching and learning; we listen, we reflect, we improve.

School Values

Tūmanako - Inspire student hopes and aspirations

Whakawhanaungatanga - Building respectful and meaningful relationships

Whakapono - Building integrity and trust

Aroha - Practise compassion and respect

Location

Kamo High School was established in 1960. It is situated close to the northern boundary of Whangarei and serves the Whau Valley – Kamo area as well as the rural districts to the north, west and north east. These extend as far as Ngaiotonga-Bland Bay, Purua and Whananaki. Fifty percent of the school’s students must travel by bus.

Structure

Kamo High School is a co-educational, multi-course, Year 9 – 13+ school with nine hectares of grounds providing a pleasant, attractive environment. The school is arranged in five whanau – Moana, Kaha, Rangi, Tapere and Waima. Each whanau is made up of a group of vertical forms. Each form consists of approximately 27 students from Year 9 to Year 13+. This encourages students to mix widely and provides a family group for their support. Where practical, students remain in the same vertical form with the same whanau teacher while they are at school.

Kamo High School has a senior management team comprising the Principal, three Assistant Principals and an Executive Officer. Every teacher is responsible for ensuring appropriate learning and behaviour in their classes. Every curriculum/learning area has a Faculty Leader who is responsible for the preparation and delivery of the curriculum, the organisation of appropriate equipment and resources, and the support of teachers in maximising student progress. There is a strong student support ethos, with extensive guidance available from a modern Student Support Centre.

School Facilities

Special facilities exist for the teaching of Computing, Horticulture, Hospitality, Media Studies, and Technology. There are well-equipped Science laboratories, two Gymnasiums, Swimming Pool, Astro-turf (four tennis courts), Library, Music Suite with Digital Recording studio, Stationery Shop, Canteen, four major sports fields, a Wharenui and an Arts Centre which provides modern facilities for Art, Art Design, Photography, Performing Arts, Dance and Music.

International Students

Kamo High School hosts students from a wide range of countries around the world. The students study a full academic programme and are able to participate in an extensive range of activities outside the classroom. Their time at Kamo High School allows them a unique opportunity to study, play and live in a typical New Zealand environment. The international staff are committed to the well-being of students and as a signatory of the Ministry of Education Code of Practice for Pastoral Care of International Students, ensure that all requirements are met.

Newsletters

Regular communication with the home is seen as an important feature of the school. A number of newsletters are published each year. These are distributed by email where possible, and hard copies are available for collection. Additional newsletters are also sent home to keep caregivers informed of special occasions and events. The annual posting forwarded to all families during January includes vital information for reference for the year.

Uniform

All students (except Year 13+) must wear correct uniform at all times. Every endeavour has been made to adopt a uniform which is fair, practical, inexpensive and suitable for the school. It is reviewed regularly by a committee chaired by the Assistant Principal – Students, and includes parent, Board, student, and staff representatives.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Students are encouraged to participate in a wide variety of sporting, cultural, leadership and social activities, as well as a variety of opportunities to provide service to others. Assistance from interested parents is welcomed and valued.

Sports

Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Cricket, Cross Country, Equestrian, Football, Fun Run/Walks, Futsal, Hockey, Kayaking, Lawn Bowls, Mountain Biking, Netball, Mud Run, Netball, Orienteering, Pistol Shooting, Pool, Renegade Hockey, Rugby, Rugby League, Rugby Sevens, Squash, Surfing, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Touch Rugby, Tramping, Trap Shooting, Triathlon, Volleyball.

Music

Students have the opportunity to learn to play instruments or join singing and band groups.

Drama

The Performing Arts department produces evening performances as part of their curriculum programme.

Leadership

Prefects, Ambassadors, Whanau Council, School Ball A student leadership committee arranges the annual School Ball.

Culture

The school provides an opportunity for a variety of cultural activities including a strong Kapa Haka group. Language week highlights the uniqueness of the many diverse cultures we have in our school.

YES/YEP

Students have achieved national success in the Young Enterprise Scheme, which is now an integral part of the Enterprise Certificate of Management course at Year 11 and 12, and we have been one of the few schools participating in the Young Entrepreneur Programme, an international first in this area of student business opportunity.

Students are encouraged to participate in a wide variety of sporting, cultural and social activities. Assistance from interested parents is welcomed and valued.