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Last week we received a flyer from our professional organisation – AIMS – the Association of Intermediate and Middle Schools.

I was so impressed with how this small sheet of information encapsulated what it is to be a part of the intermediate school community that I gave every staff member a copy.

AIMS is committed to meeting the learning and developmental needs of emerging adolescents, reflecting what we at intermediates and middle schools specialise in really.

There are a specific set of middle school principles that define our teaching and learning and for me, these are worth using as a check point from time to time;

  • Philosophy – (beliefs and understanding) that put the emerging adolescent learner at the centre
  • Culture that creates a caring environment of trust and belonging, active engagement where authentic learning is valued and healthy peer relationships are nurtured
  • Pedagogy – (the principles and practice of teaching) that is responsive to the needs and characteristics of emerging adolescents and that is challenging and demanding and provides effective differentiation of learning opportunities
  • Curriculum that is created from, is responsive to, and frequently reviewed through the use of student voice
  • Structures and organisation that is responsive to the needs of our students

I particularly liked the identified characteristics of teachers who work in middle and intermediate schools. Teachers who are;

  • Committed to working with emerging adolescents
  • Have a clear understanding of and empathy with the physical, social, academic needs of the emerging adolescent
  • Display fairness; are skilled negotiators and able to set firm, fair boundaries
  • Are flexible and in touch with youth culture and able to connect with this age group
  • Are prepared to keep up to date with current research on the emerging adolescent
  • Are appropriate, positive role models for the emerging adolescent

This prompted to me to think about the staff we look for to teach and work with us in this school. Lena, one of our DPs, and I both agreed that keeping our staff younger has some advantages as we "mature" and that younger teachers bring energy, enthusiasm and a willingness to try new ways to engage our students.

A strength of any school is also the ways it reflects the community it serves - having people working there from diverse backgrounds with wide-ranging interests and strengths, a variety of cultural views and experiences and with high aspirations for themselves and their students.




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.

Camp 2014

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


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 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.


The students, staff and parent community of Newlands Intermediate welcomed esteemed visitors this morning, Monday May 12 2014 to the opening of our much anticipated turf. The formal proceedings of the day began with a powhiri.

Matua Joe McLeod (Nga Hau e Wha o Papararangi) and Simon McAtamney (Deputy Principal) were the speakers for Newlands Intermediate whilst Craig Fransen (HoF Maori- Newlands College) replied on behalf of all the visitors.

Following the powhiri and a speech delivered by Patrick Conroy (BOT- chair), the turf was officially opened by the Honourable Peter Dunne.

The turf, comprising of a rugby/football field, two netball courts/two tennis courts, six-a-side hockey and a two lane running track, is intended to be used by schools and the wider community.

The turf has been made possible by the contributions from various community trusts.


Please [ CLICK HERE ] to book an interview for 2015 Year 7 students with a member of our Senior Leadership Team, Principal - Angela Lowe, Deputy Principals - Lena Meinders and Simon McAtamney.

schoolgen Launch - june 17

Building learning power through the context of solar energy was the theme for Newlands Intermediate's schoolgen launch this morning, Tuesday June 17. Schoolgen is a partnership between Wellington City Council and Genesis Energy: teaching Kiwi kids about solar energy and energy efficiency.

Newlands Intermediate is 1 of only 10 schools recently selected to be a schoolgen school. To recall our winning application, watch our entry on our e-learning page [CLICK HERE].

A schoolgen school is supported with the installation of a photovoltaic (PV) system, in our case, a 4-kilowatt (kW) PV system which generates electricity. Photovoltaic cells transform radiant energy from sunlight into direct current electricity. This electricity can be used as soon as it is generated or it can be stored for later use.

Visit and click on the map or search 'schools' to discover how much energy NIS is generating on a daily or monthly basis.

Strike performance - june 12

Newlands Intermediate students are a captivated audience during "STRIKE" performance.

NIS Open morning - june 19

On Thursday June 19 we are having an open morning- "Our School in Action."

The school will be open for all future or prospective parents and their children from 9am to midday.

During this time our students will be engaged in the learning activities that take place at our school each day. Our student ambassadors will be guiding parents through classrooms, looking at our facilities and answering questions about our school.

Parents are welcome to attend without their children if withdrawing them from school is a concern.

There will be opportunities to chat informally with the principal and deputy principals.

Please register at the front office upon your arrival.

Please note that this open morning does not replace our open evening on August 14.


Please fill in the form below and click submit details to receive an Application Pack for a teaching position at Newlands Intermediate School in 2015.