Our School

Curriculum

Our integrated curriculum focuses on keeping learning real for our students and linking across all areas of their school life. Our core learning areas are ‘Literacy & Communication’ and ‘Mathematics & Physical Education’.

Specialist Classes

Specialist subjects teachers engage fully in the whole curriculum allowing students opportunities to use core subject knowledge in a variety of contexts.

Classes

Our school structure ensures that class sizes sit between 22-26 students. This is well below the national average and ensures that no student goes unnoticed.

 Education Outside the Classroom

This is an important part of our curriculum, all our students are given a variety of opportunities to have meaningful experiences outside of the classroom.

Class Clusters and

Homerooms

At Whanganui Intermediate we operate 24 ‘Homerooms’ of 22 -26 Year 7 and 8 students. Each ‘Homeroom’ has its own teacher that they begin and end each day with and who plans and delivers the weekly ‘Hauora’ session. For at least two blocks of each day, students move to a subject teacher’s room. They remain with their ‘Homeroom’ peers, as in primary school, but experience different teachers for different subjects as at secondary school.

Over a week they will work with four teachers being ‘Literacy & Communications’ teachers, a ‘Mathematics & Physical Education’ teacher, and two different specialist teachers.

Four ‘Homerooms’ belong to a cluster group, there are four clusters,  each cluster is lead by a senior staff member. The cluster will often work closely together to plan interesting and exciting classroom programmes to cater for the needs of all their students. The four clusters are called Kahikatea, Harakeke, Rata, Tawa.

Rooms 1,2,3 & 4

TAWA CLUSTER

Rooms 5,7,8 & 9

KAHIKATEA

Rooms 10, 11, 12, & 13

HARAKEKE

Rooms 14,15,17 & 18

RATA