Welcome to Blockhouse Bay Intermediate

Tēnā koutou, e te whānau o Blockhouse Bay Intermediate

Welcome.

We know that the two years your child spends at Blockhouse Bay Intermediate will be challenging,
affirming and most importantly fun.

As an important transition in your child’s learning journey, our school plans well ahead for every
student by following a strengths based approach to learning. We get to know the whole student
before they enter the school and then we place them with the best teacher for them.

Our teachers are all trained coaches, able to set and support realistic and achievable goals for every student.
We have high expectations for every student to accelerate and have success in and out of the classroom.

Our values of Manaakitanga (Respect), Rangatiratanga (leadership), Wairuatanga (wellbeing) and
Whanaungatanga (Relationships) ensure we have a simple yet powerful philosophy for learning.
Class environments are affirming and welcoming for every student. Our grounds and facilities
are exceptional and well resourced.

We value and model strong citizenship and what it means to walk tall in our globally connected
world. Blockhouse Bay Intermediate is an exciting and innovative place to learn. We provide a
modern and meaningful curriculum, designed with the community, for the community. This
means your child will develop new skills, new independence, new appreciation for community,
and new understanding of how they learn and how best they can engage and lead their own
learning. They will be supported and nurtured by a professional, caring and dedicated staff to
be confident, independent, young adolescents who value themselves and others.

This website is a quick guide to give you an overview of who we are and why we are the choice of
intermediate for our wider community.

To find out more about our school I welcome you to explore our website, search us out on social
media or meet with us in person so we can answer any questions that you may have about your
child’s time with us.

Michael Malins
Principal

Relationships

Whanaungatanga

  • Lifelong learners
  • Maximising potential
  • Personal excellence and integrity
  • Active participants
Respect

Manaakitanga

  • Effective relationships
  • Identity & Languages
  • Celebration of cultures
  • Respect
  • Accepting differences
  • Equity (resources)
  • Knowing who and what we are/aware and accepting of ourselves and others
Wellbeing

Wairuatanga

  • Students value: physical, emotional, spiritual well-being
  • Social/whanau
  • Environmental excellence
Leadership

Rangatiratanga

  • Students understand that they are members of a wider, global community
  • Service to people and places
  • Compassion and care
  • Developing potential

Notices & News

Specialist classes

Art

Art

Students develop visual literacy and aesthetic awareness as they manipulate and transform visual, tactile, and spatial ideas to solve problems — individually and collaboratively. They will also experiment with materials to create various types of art.

Dance and Drama

Dance and Drama

We use a variety of stimuli to teach students how to create, analyse and refine their own choreography. Students will come to realise how Dance fits into our school focus through Taha Tinana – Physical Well Being and Taha Whanau – Social Well Being.

Food Tech

Food Tech

Students will learn how to make positive food choices including how to make and eat healthy food. We cater for all students food requirements, religious, allergies or intolerances and we encourage students to have a go at home and share their learnings.

Hard Tech

Hard Tech

Students will learn how to use tools and machinery to build from wood and other materials as well as develop skills in construction planning and management. Year 8 students will use their creativity to design and build a Tea-light candle holder.

Music

Music

Music is about having a go. Students learn how an instrument helps their brain and develop basic theory/harmony knowledge. They will create music using real and digital instruments using Ukuleles, Keyboards, Body percussion and Garage Band.

Science

Science

In Science, students learn how to look for and use scientific information to debate issues and make decisions for effective actions in their own lives. Year 8 students will explore UV radiation and the impact of sun damage on human skin.

School library and OPAC

Our school library is open everyday during second interval and at lunchtime.

Students are able to borrow two books for two weeks, and reserve up to two books.

Using our OPAC portal, students can access eBooks, Encyclopaedia Brittanica, read book reviews and watch trailers anytime, anywhere.

New to our school?

Each year our school holds open days for new students along with parent information evenings.

We work closely with our contributing schools to ensure each student has the opportunity to know their new school well before they start. Please check News & Notices for these dates in term three.

If you have any further questions please contact the school directly.

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