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I recently had the opportunity to make a presentation about what intermediates offer as educational entities. It was an enjoyable task thinking about what an intermediate education can offer and identifying the opportunities we provide.

At an intermediate school, funding is distributed across just 2 year levels. Think about this in terms of resourcing for our library, the reading and numeracy resources, the software needs, the sports equipment, even the professional development for the teaching staff – all targeted to meet the needs of our intermediate aged students. The funds given to us by both the government and our parent community are channelled towards just year 7 and 8. It is also not widely known that intermediate schools, are funded more generously than primary schools – an acknowledgement of the specific teaching and learning needs of pre-adolescents.

We have worked hard in recent years to develop, modify and create a modern 21st century learning environment. All schools pride themselves on their special character. How we use our environment and develop our special character sets us apart from others.

Here in our enviable site next door to Newlands College, we have the opportunity to use the college expertise and facilities. Just last year a very talented young student had the chance to join a college art class to develop his strengths – he had full use of resources and access to specialist teaching staff.

Each year between 20 and 30 students take part in the NIWA science fair. The college Head of Science spends time with our students supporting their learning and extending their skills and knowledge. The college facilities are made available to these students also- particularly in the case several years ago when a student wanted to incorporate some advanced technology and needed equipment we could not provide.

We use the college sports facilities often, have shared access to a sports coordinator, and benefit from year 13 PE and mentor programmes. All of this builds rich and rewarding relationships between our students.

I asked students themselves what they think of intermediate school - "We grow up at Intermediate. We learn to manage ourselves and cope with change." "It's good for us. When we first start we have role models in the year 8s and we learn from them, especially things like catching the right bus."  "We have made so many new friends. It's good to know more people than just your primary school friends."

I think intermediates provide almost seamless transition to college.

Grant Jones, principal at Newlands College confirms every year that our year 8s move into college with barely a murmur. They are well prepared, confident in their identity, comfortable with change and familiar with learning environments that extend and excite them. Intermediates prepare students well for college.

We are very proud of what intermediates can offer in the way of leadership for year 7 and 8s. Our students have opportunities to lead their peers. In many cases our students are teachers of others – digital media teams, tech support groups, student councillors, ambassadors – both in and out of school, sport captains, referees for all sporting codes, Pasifika students lead Poly Club and provide role models for their peers. Maori student leaders are much revered at our school for leading learning in tikanga, te reo and Kapahaka. Right now we have 110 students working together on Stage Challenge – an outstanding opportunity for leaders in the arts to shine.

ANGELA LOWE, PRINCIPAL

NIS KAPA HAKA

Newlands Intermediate Kapa Haka Roopu preparing to take the stage at the 2013 St Brigids Kapa Haka Festival.

Saturday, September 21st was a proud day for our school as we hosted the Annual St Brigids Kapa Haka Festival. The inclement weather did not dampen the enthusiasm shown by performers and spectators alike. Thirteen roopu representing many schools from throughout the Northern Suburbs performed with passion and pride.

MATHSWELL CHAMPIONS

NIS 2013 Mathswell Team

The victorious Newlands Intermediate Mathswell team proudly displaying their gold medals after placing 1st at the regional competition. Team members: Jared Hodson, Shine Wu, Caleb Bartlett, Chelsea Kah, Aneesa Delpachitra and Lilly Zhang were resilient and collaborative in their efforts.

Newlands Intermediate is very proud of their efforts. A total of 32 schools from throughout the region took part in this competion. This is the second time in 4 years that a Mathswell team from our school has placed 1st in this esteemed competition.

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Camp 2014

Room 12 from Nga Wawata enjoying a bite to eat after a long tramp.

PO PASIFIKA 2013

Pasifika girls performing to family and friends.

Our recent Po Pasifika was a successful evening that enabled our students to celebrate their cultural diversity.The audience actively engaged with our performers and showed their appreciation in the traditional Pacific way. Our students also chose one aspect of their cultural home to share with everyone gathered. The presentations covered a range of topics from tivaevae making in The Cook Islands to the medicinal uses of kava in Tonga.

Staff from Newlands College and Newlands Intermediate, along with BOT representatives mixed and mingled with whanau and friends while our students shared new learning with all.

NIS CALENDAR

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