Principal’s Welcome

Principal’s Welcome

Welcome to Birkdale Intermediate School.  Our vision is to provide a quality education in a caring environment.  We strive for excellence in all we do to ensure that our students get a well-rounded education that embraces cultural, academic and sporting opportunities while developing our students into confident global citizens.

Our students are talented, respectful and enthusiastic learners.  They engage with our environment and thrive in our classrooms where a solid curriculum based on thinking skilfully has been developed to specifically cater for our adolescent learners.  We focus on the key competencies from the New Zealand Curriculum which includes numeracy, communication, thinking skills, self-management, social and co-operative skills.  Our quests are units of inquiry that challenge our students to think skilfully, develop their ideas and debate their conclusions.

We are proud of our academic standards.  We are also aware that students come to Intermediate for the many other additional programmes that develop the whole learner. Our Arts and Technology rooms are abuzz with students creating, designing, reinventing, performing and producing quality work.  Whether you are in an art room, our dance studio, the theatre, the robotics room, the cooking area or any of the technology studios, you will always see learners engaged and keen to learn more.

Our sports teams make us proud each week as they compete in many sporting codes and demonstrate our commitment to fairplay.  Our Sports Academy has strong ties with the local College. Students in sports academy have additional opportunities to represent us on and off the sports field and compete in the annual sports camp against other schools from the North Island.  Regular fitness, PE lessons and sports games encourage our students to participate in healthy activities.

We are extremely proud of our diverse community and of the many cultural opportunities that our students enjoy.  Celebrating language weeks, cultural festivals and special days are all part of our learning.  Our Pasifika groups and Kapa Haka performance group are talented and perform with confidence.  Our regular visits from groups of students from China and Korea are always met with excitement as we learn about their culture and share ours with them.

Our choirs, school bands and dance sport teams compete with pride in numerous performing arts events.  Each year our school production allows students the chance to show off their singing, dancing and acting skills on the stage where they dazzle and hold the audience in awe of their talent.

Our staff are second to none.  I am so proud to be associated with such a dedicated group of professionals who are committed to our motto, Strive for Excellence.

Birkdale Intermediate School is certainly a school of excellence and one that lives the vision of providing a quality education in a caring environment.  I would love to show you around our school and tell you about the many wonderful reasons why our school should become your school.

JoAnne Sutton





December 1, 2012 |

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