Natasha Hemara

Tumuaki (Principal)

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