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Curriculum Programme

The Educational Advantages of an Intermediate School

Middle Schooling – Why choose an intermediate school?

Learning in Year 7 and 8

“During these years students have opportunities to achieve the best of their abilities across the breadth and depth of the New Zealand Curriculum – values, key competencies and learning areas laying a foundation for living and further learning.

A responsive curriculum will recognise that students in these years are undergoing rapid physical development, becoming increasingly socially aware and encountering increasingly complex curriculum contexts. Particularly important are positive relationships with adults, opportunities for students to be involved in the community and authentic learning experiences.

Students learning progress is closely linked to their ongoing development of literacy and numeracy skills. These continue to require focused teaching.”

Learning Pathways, Learning in Years 7-10, New Zealand Curriculum, Ministry of Education, 2007.

Why choose Mount Maunganui Intermediate School?


Teaching and learning at Mount Maunganui Intermediate is based upon the New Zealand Curriculum. Integrated units of work are collaboratively planned with an emphasis on the key competencies and what our learners need

to learn. Instructional group teaching in literacy and numeracy is also a priority in our classrooms.

Learning Areas

- English

- Mathematics and Statistics

- Science

- Social Sciences

- Health and Physical Education

- Learning Languages (Te Reo, Chinese, French, German and Samoan)

- The Arts (Art, Music, Dance and Drama)

- Technology (Food and Nutrition, Hard Materials and Electronics)

Specialist Programme

The specialist programme is an essential component in
the transition between primary and secondary schooling. We currently have four specialist teachers teaching in technology (hard materials/electronics, computers/robotics, food tech and music). At Mount Maunganui Intermediate School students are currently timetabled to get a minimum of 3 hours of specialist instruction per week and a total of 120 hours over the course of the school year.

We are an exciting place where students are able to explore, grow and develop by making the most of the numerous opportunities offered, while still maintaining the safety, security, support and targeted teaching in the home room environment.

We acknowledge the needs of emerging adolescents and we:

  • -  Nurture students’ academic capacities and have proven success in shifting student achievement

    -  Differentiate instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners

  • -  Shape our curriculum based on the needs and interests of students

  • -  Develop students’ leadership and voice

  • -  Create a safe learning environment

  • -  Engage students in the community 

Other Learning Opportunities

- GATE [Gifted and Talented Education]

A differentiated programme that is aimed at challenging and extending capable learners.

- Digital Learning/e-learning

Students are able to bring their own laptop to use as a tool for learning in classrooms. Teachers will enable students to use their own laptop as a tool for their learning. (Technician fees apply)

- Consultation is being undertaken regarding bilingual class for 2013.

Leadership / Citizenship

- Class Councillors/School Council
- Combined Intermediate Schools Leadership Camp - Kaea mo te roopu kapahaka o Kia Maia
- Librarian
- Pupil Led Assemblies
- Enviro Group
- Travel Safe
- Self Defense for Girls
- 40 Hour Famine

Kiwi Can Programme

This programme teaches essential life
skills and values such as resilience, respect,
integrity and manners. It’s a whole school
programme with all children attending a Kiwi Can lesson once a week. Specially trained Kiwi Can Leaders work
in pairs delivering the high energy, interactive and, most importantly, fun lessons and are awesome role models for the kids to look up to.


Preadolescent learners love to take risks and to challenge themselves. This programme enables students to do this in a safe environment. Opportunities are varied and based on student voice. Options include drama, wrestling, skateboarding, mosaics, orienteering, glee club, knitting, art, balsa wood, lego technics and harakeke.


Awarded for recognition and achievement. The school presents blues to pupils who have represented our school or achieved high standards. Blues are awarded for academic achievement, sport, and citizenship.


  • -  Performing Arts

  • -  Kia Maia Kapa Haka Roopu

  • -  Fresh Moves

  • -  Hip Hop Dance Tuition

  • -  Instrument Tuition: voice, clarinet, flute, drums,  saxophone, bass, keyboard

  • -  Orchestra

  • -  Choir/Kids for Kids Concert/Combined Choirs

  • -  Talent Quest

  • -  Rockquest

  • -  Arts Evening

  • -  Aim’s Arts Days

  • -  Year 8 Graduation Social



- Computer studies – computer suite (ICT/e-learning) - Electronic Smartboards
- 40 additional laptops available for classroom use

Special Needs Programmes

- Tutor Reading

- Toe by toe (phonics)

-  Programmes and support for students with learning and/or behaviour difficulties

  • -  English Language Learning for speakers of other languages

  • -  Strong working partnerships with support agencies

    Extra Curricular

    Mount Maunganui Intermediate students are given the opportunity to participate and excel in a wide range of sports and cultural activities.


  • -  Otago Problem Solving

  • -  Future Problem Solving

  • -  Primary Enterprise Programme (PREP)

  • -  Annual participation in the ICAS international


  • -  Literature Quiz

  • -  Bay Maths

  • -  Science Fair

  • -  Life Education Trust

  • -  Mathletics
    - Te Reo Extension - Zerowaste
    - Careers Expo


Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC)
Year 7: Camp Ngatuhoa
Year 8: Findlay Park

There is opportunity for other educational visits to the snow, marae, rocky shore, estuaries, forests, museums, cities, and other schools. Students also have an opportunity to attend the annual sports camp. We also take advantage of our proximity to the beach as a stunning context for our learning.


Opportunities for in school, interschool, and ELITE Sport (Gisborne, Bay of Plenty/Poverty Bay)

- Athletics
- Basketball
- Chess
- Climbing
- Cross Country
- Football
- Golf
- Gymnastics
- Hockey
- Indoor bowls
- Kiwi Tag
- Mountain Biking - Netball
- Open Water swim - Orienteering
- PCT Challenge
- Quadathlon
- Rugby
- Softball
- Surfing
- Swimming -Tennis
- Triathlon
- Volleyball
- Waterpolo
- Wrestling

Academy Programmes

Coastal Ferns (Netball) and Coastal Sharks (Waterpolo) academy programmes consisting of player skill development and intensive coaching.
In 2012 the Coastal ferns have worked in conjunction with Netball Bay of Plenty and have been fortunate to work with our very own Silver Fern Juliana Naoupu.

Aims Games

The Aims games are an annual competitive event, like the Olympics, where Year 7 and 8 students from across New Zealand compete. The total number of sporting codes has grown to 16 which include Golf, Rugby Sevens, Indoor Bowls, Football, Cross Country, Gym Sport, Tennis, Hockey, Swimming and Waterpolo, which are the codes that we have entered into for 2012.

Approximately, one quarter of our school take part and we are certainly highly competitive.

MMI Exceptional Performance to July 2011-12

- Bay of Plenty/Poverty Bay Intermediate Elite Surfing and Golf champions

- NZAIMS Golf - Sam Kendall gold medalist

- Sports Camp - cheerleading, darts and scram ball champions

- Elite Artistic Gymnastics - bronze teams

- Police PCT Challenge - Bay of Plenty runner up

- Tauranga Waterpolo champions and NZAIMS silver medalists

- Harbourside Year 8 Netball champions and fifth placing NZAIMS

- Kiwitag Champions