Principal's Pen

Dear Parents, Caregivers and friends of the school,

Tena Koutou Katoa Nga mihi nui Ki a Koutou Katoa,

It gives me great pleasure to inform our community that Poppy Gallagher was announced as our new Head Girl last Friday. Poppy is respected by her peers and teachers and has a warm, caring and supportive approach to leadership. Lily Gray was also appointed to the student leadership group to start in term two. Congratulations to both Poppy and Lily.

I would like to thank personally all the coaches and managers of our winter sports teams for giving up their time to coach, support and encourage our students. Your contribution to the school and the development of our students in their chosen sport is invaluable. I look forward to seeing many of you on the sidelines throughout the next two terms. There is a wonderful buzz around the school in the mornings with the number of netball and basketball teams training hard. Should you have any feedback regarding sports at Belmont Intermediate School, please contact our Sports Coordinator, Alice Browning at sports@belmontint.school.nz.

The teachers’ and support staff union (NZEI) has issued notice of industrial action to take place on Wednesday, 29 May 2019. Members of the union have voted for strike action on this day in support of their contract negotiations. Therefore the school will be closed on Wednesday, 29 May 2019.

The school will also be closed on Friday, 31 May 2019 for a professional development day. This includes all schools on the peninsular, who are part of our Kahu Ako or Community of Learning who will attend a conference at Takapuna Grammar School. As a result Belmont Intermediate School will be closed for instruction on that day. The closure for professional development was taken into account when planning the school year to ensure all schools comply with the Ministry of Education requirements for schools to be open for the required number of days. The Ministry of Education has confirmed that days lost because of industrial action are not to be ‘made up.’
Thank you for your support and understanding in this matter.

Finally, I would like to congratulate the following students who received a Principal’s Award at the last school assembly: Jessica Rice, Chloe McCutcheon, Xi Li, James Bullians, Kaia Schneebeli and Nia Shipkov.   
      
Warm regards,
Nga mihi nui,

Nick Hill
Principal