KIA ORA – WELCOME TO KAMO HIGH SCHOOL
As a large co-ed school we offer a broad curriculum in a supportive, learning environment. Teachers and support staff display a passion for what they do and their commitment is evident in the wide range of curricular and co-curricular activities provided to students. Our school is extremely well resourced with modern specialist facilities in all areas of Arts, Sports and Phys Ed, Technology, Science and general classroom facilities. Our wireless network provides internet access for our digital fluency classes and allows all teachers to utilise technology to aid learning. Pastoral care and student support systems are strong, and based on our core values of Respect, Pride, Participation, Self-Management and Perseverance. Students achieve highly and the school has gained excellent academic results over recent years. This website gives information and shows something of life at Kamo High School.
We are proud to be a bicultural school which actively reflects and lives the Tiriti o waitangi. The Tiriti 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. As a Kia Eke Panuku school 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Students have the opportunity to learn to play instruments or join singing and band groups.
The Performing Arts department produces evening performances as part of their curriculum programme.
Prefects, Ambassadors, Whanau Council, School Ball A student leadership committee arranges the annual School Ball.
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.
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.