We aim to give all our students an introduction to the
SKILLS & ATTITUDES TO MOVE ONTO SECONDARY SCHOOL & BEYOND
For most students, this is the first time they have had the opportunity to be taught by a teacher, who is an expert working in a teaching space specifically designed to meet the requirements of their curriculum area. Our specialist suites are fully equipped for each respective subject – Culinary Arts, Hard Materials Workshop, Science Laboratory, Visual and Performing Arts Studios and Environmental Education Spaces.
TE REO MAORI ME ONA TIKANGA
Whanganui Intermediate School is proud to provide tauria (students) with an opportunity to be introduced to the world of the beautiful language and customs our Māori people.
E rere kau mai te awa nui mai i te Kāhui maunga ki Tangaroa. Ko au te awa. Ko te awa ko au. The river flows from the mountain to the sea. I am the river and the river is me.
This programme offers students the opportunity to carry out simple experiments in a dedicated laboratory environment. Students have access to specialised equipment to enable activities involving physical and chemical changes, separating mixtures, light and sound, heat, forces, electricity, and magnetism. They work towards designing their own investigation questions within the class theme, then carry out their design, present their data, and produce a conclusion.
HARD MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY
Students use a wide range of wood and plastics in projects where they are encouraged to problem solve and use mathematical processes in their designs and construction. Students learn to use the various machines and tools in the Hard Materials workshop in a safe manner.
The spacious Art Studio houses drawing, painting, 3-D modelling and printmaking facilities. Students work in a wide range of mediums and are encouraged to explore their creativity.
This programme promotes healthy food choices and hygienic practice in creative cooking contexts. As our students’ confidence grows, recipes become more complex. There is scope for individual and group challenges.
MUSIC & PERFORMING ARTS
This subject encompasses the three arts; Music, Dance and Drama. We have six practice rooms and two performing spaces with tiered seating. Students can play marimba, piano, guitar, drum line, digital percussion, learn dramatic dance and compete in theatre sports.
This course focuses on students as global citizens and issues the world has faced in the past and is facing at present. It allows students to ask questions and inquire further into aspects of war, climate change, New Zealand history, natural disasters and the role of a citizen. Students also attend ‘Forest School’ to grow their understanding of the importance the natural environment plays in our lives.
Students learn about the relationship between people and the environment, as well as learning ways that humans can reduce their impact on the earth. Developing and growing the concept of Kaitiakitanga embeds this learning in te ao Māori with a focus on a local beach, Mowhanau.
EDUCATION OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM
Students are given a variety of opportunities to have meaningful experiences with their peers in safe and collaborative environments.