Wairau Intermediate School is a variable space state intermediate school dedicated to meeting the academic, emotional, physical and social needs of emerging adolescents.

Located on the North Shore ten minutes from downtown Auckland City, the school offers a wide range of programmes to a school population which reflects the unique diversity that is New Zealand society.

Its logo is derived from a Maori water pattern representing the meaning of Wairau, “an abundance of water”. In the sense that water is essential for growth, Wairau Intermediate aims to provide learning opportunities essential for adolescent development.

Our well qualified and professional staff are very successful in challenging students to achieve academic success in both national and international assessments. They also ensure that the social and emotional needs of children this age are met.

Wairau Intermediate encourages student participation in a huge variety of extra curricular activities, again challenging them to reach their full potential in all areas.

2017 Term Dates:

Term 3:         24 July – 29 September

Term 4:         16 October – 15 December 

2018 Term Dates:

Term 1:          31 January – 13 April (Year 8s) & 1 February – 13 April (Year 7s)

Term 2:          30 April – 6 July

Term 3:          23 July – 28 September

Term 4:          15 October – 14 December

Wairau Intermediate School opened in 1980 as the first variable space intermediate school on the North Shore. Situated between the suburbs of Forrest Hill and Sunnynook, it seemed that one of these would be taken as the school name. The original Principal, Dave Kerr, was keen to involve the school community in the naming of the school and after much input and discussion, it was decided that the school would be called Wairau Intermediate. Wairau was the original name for the whole area and with an English meaning of “abundant water”, it seemed very appropriate with water being the basis of all growth – in our case physical, emotional and academic growth.

Artist Toi Maihi, wife of the Deputy Principal Berry Maihi, designed the school logo to illustrate this theme of abundant water and life.

The principle the school was founded on was to build an atmosphere of caring, respect and collegial support whereby children’s growth could be nurtured in an environment that allowed staff to easily cater for individual needs. Subsequent administrations have built on this principle and the school takes great pride in the fact that it continues to be a very supportive and successful learning institution in the key areas of the academic, physical and emotional development of the emerging adolescent.

Originally built to accommodate 10 classes, the school quickly grew and was added to over the years.

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  • Newsletter Number 12 2017

    ICAS RESULTS 2017 ICAS Results to date are detailed below. Congratulations to all these students who received certificates in the following subjects and what wonderful results! Certificates are awarded under the following criteria – High Distinction – Top 1% Distinction –          Next 10% Credit –                  Next 25% DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES:  Certificate of Distinction Shreerang Kulkarni, Ian…

  • Newsletter Number 11 2017

    PE INTENSIVE Each year at Wairau Intermediate School, students have the opportunity to trial for our PE Intensive team, after nomination by their teachers based on their sports abilities. This gives students the opportunity to put themselves through a selection process in which they complete a letter of application, participate in a beep test and…

  • Newsletter Number 10 2017

    WAIRAU’S “DANCING LIKE THE STARS” COMPETITION In the last week of term two we held our annual “Dancing Like The Stars” competition. The event is hugely popular with our students and attracts a large crowd of parents/caregivers, grandparents and friends. This year the competition was intense in two dances, The Cha Cha and the Jive. Congratulations…

  • Newsletter Number 9 2017

    REPORTS The mid-year academic reports will be sent home tomorrow, Friday 30 June. The reports will detail your child’s progress in the year to date. It is important that these reports are kept in a safe place, especially for Year 8 students who will be asked for them when enrolling at secondary school next term!! …

  • Newsletter Number 8 2017

    PARENT CONFERENCES Our mid-year parent/student conferences will be held on Thursday 6 July. School will close at 12.30pm on this day.  For those students who catch the bus, this will leave school at 12.40pm.  A booking form will be sent home next Monday for parent/caregivers to book a time to see their child’s teacher. For…

  • Newsletter Number 7 2017

    TERESA NATHAN It is with great sadness that I tell you that Teresa Nathan passed away on Wednesday after a long battle with cancer. Teresa has been a teacher at Wairau since 2007.  Teresa was a wonderful teacher whose caring and loving nature and sense of fun, was enjoyed by the hundreds of children she…

  • Newsletter Number 6 2017

    HOMESTAY HOST FAMILIES For those families who are new to our school community, Wairau Intermediate would like to offer you the opportunity of becoming a “Wairau Homestay Family”.  We have affiliations with China, Korea and Japan and our next group are visiting from Harbin, China.  The children arrive on Sunday, 30 July and depart Saturday,…

  • Newsletter Number 5 2017

    GIRLS SELF DEFENCE Once again we are offering self defence lessons to our Year 8 girls.  This course is run by the Women’s Self Defence Network-Wahine Toa.  The girls will learn how to deal with acquaintance and stranger attacks including being followed, obscene phone calls, and safety issues relating to text and the internet.  These…

  • Newsletter Number 4 2017

    SCHOOL SOCIAL On Wednesday 12 April we are holding a school social from 7.00-9.00pm in the school hall.  A permission letter will go home on the day of the social and this needs to be signed and returned with your child, along with the $5.00 entry fee.   There will be no admittance to the social…

  • Newsletter Number 3 2017

    FIRST AID KIT FUNDRAISER As our first fundraising effort for the year, we are offering parents the opportunity to purchase a quality first aid kit for only $40.  These first aid kits are excellent value for money, a practical item for all households and ideal for your civil defence emergency supplies.  They also make a great…

  • Newsletter Number 2 2017

    SHORE TO SHORE. The annual Shore to Shore Fun Run/Walk will be held this year on Sunday 9 April commencing at 9.00am.  All students were given an information brochure about the event.  Entry costs are $10 for the fun run/walk and $15 for the timed race and $3 for a one way bus ticket.   Please…

  • Newsletter Number 1 2017

    SCHOOL LEADERS Throughout this year, Mrs Scott will be working with our School Leaders on a leadership programme.  Our School Leaders for 2017 are: Block One:  Shania Aholelei, Cathy Wang, Kirsten de Guzman, Mark Nelson, Robyn Hofmeyr, Peni Talafou, Kia Sampson, Ben Akers Block Two:  Eian Que, Dahamsha Panamulla, Sarayah Scully, Dante Keelan-Ellis, Tessa Seed,…

  • Student Yuzu Akiyama

    CONGRATULATIONS Yuzu Akiyama has been selected as a member of the All Star Legacy Stormz team, a competitive cheerleading team that will be representing New Zealand at an international event in Hawaii next month. Only athletes of the highest calibre form across New Zealand were considered for this team.   Yuzu is currently training several…

  • Praise for Wairau:

    “My daughter was thrilled with your session, and did tell me it was confidential.  I didn’t ask her questions, I just said you were there for her to talk to.  My daughter has also written your name on her calendar for next Wednesday, with a love heart and a kiss!  Think you definitely made an…

Learning gives students the power to direct their future.

We provide a learning environment that encourages success.

Wairau Intermediate School’s learning and teaching programmes are designed for:

  • flexibility
  • Individual student’s needs
  • scaffolding to further learning opportunities

Programmes cater for:

  • a range of academic levels for students
  • consolidation, extension and enrichment

Students have access to the latest innovations in learning technology

A copy of our current Strategic Plan is available for viewing at the school office.

Wairau Intermediate School is an internationally respected, research led school recognised for its excellence in teaching, learning, creative work, assessment, and administration.

We are committed to offering Year 7 and 8 students a well-balanced, well planned, and well implemented learning and teaching programmes.

Striving at all times to develop excellence in student achievement, these programmes go beyond the national guidelines set out in curriculum statements.

  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • English—Literacy
  • Science
  • Visual Arts
  • Technology
  • ASKWAI – Inquiry Based Learning
  • Physical Education
  • Second Language Learning
  • ESOL
  • Education Outside the Classroom
  • Outdoor Education/Camps
  • Music / Drama / Dance
  • ICT
  • Tikanga Maori
  • Careers Education
  • Leadership Training

Technology

Wairau Intermediate School is a technology and ICT focussed school and is investing heavily in computer technology, presentation technologies, and high speed access to the internet. Technology education at Wairau Intermediate is many faceted and is provided in a variety of ways.

Specialists

Highly trained teachers provide learning experiences in Food Technology, Metal Technology, Wood Technology, Visual Arts and Music. All children rotate through these five areas over the year. Extension classes are also offered in these subjects for pupils identified as having ability in these areas. Modern, attractive, well-resourced technology rooms offer an environment that fosters learning and gives a huge variety of hands on experiences.

Wairau Intermediate has a High Fliers Club to reward all consistent achievers in the school. This is to encourage the children who always try their best, complete their homework, wear their uniform correctly, are courteous and considerate and work well with others.

Students are nominated by their teachers; after three nominations they become members of the High Fliers Club. These children are recognised at assemblies and receive a membership badge and certificate. At the end of the year the names of all members go into a draw and the lucky five win a scenic helicopter flight over Auckland.

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Below is a list of sports that Wairau Students regularly are involved in at our local Zone days.  Some sports are offered outside of school hours, such as Netball, Basketball, Hockey, Water Polo and Table Tennis.  There almost isn’t a week that goes by that doesn’t have a team of keen and eager students out and about, representing Wairau Intermediate School.

  • Tennis
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Cricket
  • Triathlon
  • Orienteering
  • Soccer
  • Rugby
  • Rugby league
  • Hockey
  • Squash
  • Table Tennis
  • Netball
  • Basketball
  • Kiwi Kick
  • Cross Country
  • Gymnastics
  • Volleyball
  • Formal Dance
  • Touch
  • Turbo Touch
  • Badminton
  • Golf
  • Top Team
  • League Tag
  • Athletics

Grant Murray

Principal

grantm@wairau.school.nz

Margaret Laycock

Principal’s Secretary

margaretl@wairau.school.nz

Judy Carter

Deputy Principal, Block Leader

judyc@wairau.school.nz

Ethel Reid

Finance Secretary

ethelr@wairau.school.nz

Suzie Birch

International Students Director

suzieb@wairau.school.nz

Daniel Oh

International Students Advisor

danielo@wairau.school.nz

Liz Halliday

Library

lizh@wairau.school.nz

Lorraine Beven

Lorraine Beven

Counsellor / Arts Therapist

lorraineb@wairau.school.nz

Ann Wait

Teacher Aide

annw@wairau.school.nz

Va Viti

Teacher Aide

vav@wairau.school.nz

Bev Bibby

ESOL Teacher / Teacher Release

bevb@wairau.school.nz

Judy Carter

Deputy Principal, Block Leader

judyc@wairau.school.nz

Chloe Smith

Teacher

chloes@wairau.school.nz

Emma Hegan

Teacher

emmah@wairau.school.nz

Adam Phillips

Teacher

adamp@wairau.school.nz

Bernadette Walles

Block Leader, Teacher

bernadettew@wairau.school.nz

Susheel Awadh

Teacher

susheela@wairau.school.nz

Teresa Aue

Block Leader, Teacher

teresaa@wairau.school.nz

Ryan Pilkington

Teacher

ryanp@wairau.school.nz

Christine Graham

Teacher

christineg@wairau.school.nz

Lyn Davis

Teacher

lynd@wairau.school.nz

Fiona Scott

Team Leader, Art

fionas@wairau.school.nz

Narain Achari

Wood Tech

naraina@wairau.school.nz

David Bryant

David Bryant

Metal Tech

davidb@wairau.school.nz

Philippa Drake

Performing Arts

philippad@wairau.school.nz

Carol Gordon

Food Tech

carolg@wairau.school.nz

Esther Steven

Fabric Tech

esthers@wairau.school.nz

Hector Maria

Property Manager

hectorm@wairau.school.nz

Tess Karlsson

Groundsperson

tessk@wairau.school.nz

Enrolling at Wairau is an easy process, and most excitingly we do not have a zone that you need to worry about. This means that no matter where you live your child has access to all the wonderful opportunities that Wairau Intermediate School offers. It is however very important to enrol your child well in advance of the school year, to help with successful class placements and school organisation. Enrolment forms are available year round and the school hosts enrolment days and evenings in the third term.

Please click on the link below to enrol your child.

Open days / Evening

On Wednesday 30 August and Thursday 31 August we are holding Open Days between the hours of 9am and 3pm when parents will be welcome to come along and observe the school in action.  No appointment is necessary.  In addition, we will be holding an Open Evening on Thursday 31 August from 7.00pm until 8.30pm.  After a meeting in the hall, teachers and councillors will be on hand to explain how the school functions and to show you around.

Transition Days

Year 6 students from our main contributing schools will attend transition days on the following dates:

Forrest Hill School             Monday 14 August

Bayview School                 Thursday 17 August

Sunnynook School             Friday 18 August

Campbells Bay School       Monday 28 August

Target Road School           Tuesday 29 August

If your child does not attend one of these schools but you would like him/her to have this experience, please phone the school office on 410 7805 and we can arrange for them to join in on one of these transition days.

Wairau Intermediate School is a signatory to the Code of Practice for Pastoral Care of International Students and is able to enrol students who are living or not living with their parents in New Zealand.

The school accepts students from all nationalities. Students aged 10 years to 13 years are welcome to enrol.

Please refer to the documents below:

  • International Student Fee – $11,500 per annum, $3200 per term, $400 per week for short term students
  • Enrolment Pack
  • NZ Immigration Information for Studying in New Zealand
  • About North Shore City
  • Code of Practice for International Students

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Block One

Block One Day

The first thing that people notice when they come into Block One are the animals-Bobby the budgie, Pretzel the rat, Flipper and Mister the turtles, and the nine tadpoles, some close to turning into frogs. The students all love the animals and enjoy playing with them at interval and lunch time. They add an extra…

Block Two

Block Two Day

Life in Block 2 … Is that of a family; we promote honesty, integrity, commitment and loyalty. We also encourage respect for self and others and tolerance of differences. Students are inspired to be self-motivated, with a love for learning. They are guided to be active participants in their learning, rather than it being seen…

Block Three

Block Three Day

Academic, sporty, industrious, diligence and hard working – just a few attributes that describe the friendly, energetic and wonderful students and teachers in Block 3. We are a variable teaching space with 4 composite classes of year 7 and 8 students. Each student in Block 3 has the opportunity to participate, have a go and…

Block Four

Tech Day

Technology and The Arts are fun, educational and practical. The focus is “hands on” activities, where the students are involved in discovering, doing, making, creating and performing. Music is a fundamental form of expression. At Wairau we provide appropriate instruments that can be experienced playfully and that do not have too many technical obstacles, allowing…