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Whaowhia te kete māturanga - Fill the Basket of Knowledge

Intermediate Schools are facing new challenges in providing for the learning needs of their students, however we aim to give all our students a strong background in all eight learning areas whilst developing the five key competencies as specified in the revised New Zealand National Curriculum. This is achieved through the Core Curriculum Programme as well as Huarahi and other specialist programmes on offer. Neither is more or less important than the other, these programmes offer unique learning experiences for our students. 

Learning Areas & Key Competencies

English (Humanities)

The Arts (Dance & Drama, Music and Visual Arts)

Health and Physical Ediucation (Hauora, Physical Education, EOTC, Food Technology)

Learning Languages (Te Reo Māori)

Mathematics and Statistics


Social Sciences

Technology (Huarahi)

  • Thinking – using creative, critical and reflective processes to make sense and question information, experiences and ideas

  • Using language, Symbols and Texts – working with and making meaning of the codes in which knowledge is expressed 

  • Managing Self – self motivation, a ‘can do’ attitude: the ability to establish personal goals, make plans, set high standards for self.  Knowing about who you are, where you come from, and where you fit in.

  • Relating to others – interacting effectively with a diverse range of people in a variety of contexts.

  • Participating and Contributing – participating actively in local, national and global communities.

All student cover the National Curriculum requirements.

The students build on and extend the scope of the work carried out in the primary schools. There is special attention paid to the core curriculum areas of language, reading and mathematics. The establishment of sound work habits to equip the students to further their education is seen as important.

Other school programmes offered:

Huarahi - Pathways - Technology/Arts

This is broken into six areas:

  • Food Technology and aspects of Health

  • Hard Materials Technology (Wood, Metal and DVC)

  • Digital Technologies

  • Visual Arts, Music and Drama

  • Te Reo Māori

  • Information skills

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