At Whanganui Intermediate we focus on providing engaging, stimulating learning for all students as per our vision:

Inspiring & enabling every learner to have a successful, creative & confident future.

Our school specialises in programs and experiences that support the education and development of 11-13-year-olds. During these crucial years children experience more growth, emotionally and physically, than at any other time in their lives. Whanganui Intermediate offers educational opportunities designed specifically for students in this age group so they all achieve success.


Our school structure ensures that class sizes sit between 22-26 students. This is well below the national average and no student goes unnoticed. Teachers are able to differentiate all learning be it for further support or extension. Our dedicated teaching team all teach in their chosen area of expertise and passion. This combination, of small class sizes and teachers with a wealth of experience and enthusiasm for education, equals high-quality learning in every subject area.


Our integrated curriculum focuses on keeping learning real for our students and links across all areas of their school life. The specialist subject teachers engage fully in the whole curriculum allowing students opportunities to use core subject knowledge in a variety of contexts. Our core learning areas are ‘Literacy and Communication’ and ‘Mathematics and Physical Education’.
The specialist areas; Te Reo Māori me ōna Tikanga, Culinary Arts, Hard Materials, Visual Arts, Music & Performing Arts, Science Investigations, Global Citizenship and Environmental Studies, focus on the learning in core subjects to further enrich every students learning journey.

The week begins with ‘Hauora’ where all students spend time with their homeroom teacher to consider and address the values and behaviours that keep the school culture positive. This is an important time for the Health curriculum to focus on student wellbeing an essential component of education for these pre-teens.

The partnership of Te Tiriti o Waitangi is practiced fully at Whanganui Intermediate to give all our students the skills and understanding needed to walk in both worlds of Aotearoa, Pakeha and Māori. To support students further in their growth as true partners of Te Tiriti the school operates at Level 3 Te Reo Māori immersion. This means that all students experience a minimum of 7.5hrs per week where their learning is immersed in Te Reo and Tikanga Māori.


Our school structure is designed to expressly wean students from the sole classroom teacher model of primary school and let them begin to experience the multi teacher specialist model of secondary school.

To do this we operate Homerooms of mixed Year 7 and 8 students. Each Homeroom has their own teacher that they begin and end the 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 in secondary school. In this model they have up to three teachers per day and over a week will work with four teachers in total. A teacher for ‘Literacy and Communications’, ‘Mathematics & Physical Education’ and two different specialist teachers. The two specialist subjects change each term to ensure that all students experience eight different specialist subjects in any one year.


MANAAKITANGA: He aroha whakatō, He aroha puta mai – If kindness is sown, then kindness you shall receive.

AKO: Nāu te rourou, nāku te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi – With your food basket (contribution) and my food basket, the people will prosper.

WHANAUNGATANGA: Me mahi tahi tatou, me te oranga o te katoa – We must work together for the wellbeing of all. He waka eke noa!