Intermediate Syndicate

Our boutique-sized Intermediate Syndicate comprises three composite Year 7 and 8 classes. Currently, the three classroom teachers are Mrs Sharyn O'Brien (Syndicate Leader), Miss Elizabeth-Esther Collins and Mr David Dean. We have been working together as a committed and cohesive team for the past ten years.

Supporting our students, we have specialists - Mrs Catherine Shipton (Science and Technology), Mrs Elise Van Der Ven (Music) and Mrs Lydia Brown (Sport). A Maori tutor and a foreign language teaching assistant are also employed for specialist rotations throughout the year.

Our classes allow provision for all students to take advantage of the many opportunities offered for personal development. Our students are involved in an individualised learning programme (ILP). In addition to this, we offer a wide range of other opportunities including a spelling bee, 'Win with Words' writing competition, APPA speech competition, literature studies, Mathex, Otago Problem Solving Challenge, Jump Jam, marimba band, senior rock band, choir, kapa haka and chess.

Student leadership comprises a Year 8 Student Council, Year 7 Sports House captains and assorted Peer Support, Travelwise, Walking School Bus supervisors and Environmental representatives leading our Green-Gold journey.

School Council initiatives have included a joint Auckland City Council wetlands development, the integration of two water tanks, a Friendship Garden, an Outdoor Classroom and the recently constructed, national award winning, Sound Wall.

Sporting opportunities include Eastern Zone and Inter-zone competitions in all fields. We also offer extra-curricular involvement in a variety of sports including netball, basketball and water polo.

A variety of EOTC (Education Outside the Classroom) experiences are incorporated into our programme. These include: Camp Raglan (every second year), Mairangi Bay surf lifesaving and beach education (odd years), Rotoroa Island, Millennium Institute, Sonshine Ranch and other appropriate day excursions.

Health instruction incorporates visits from the Life Education Trust (annually) and St. Johns First Aid providers. Pubertal Change is taught by classroom teachers.

A recent highlight was our 'History Rocks' extravaganza, which was highly acclaimed and predominantly student-led.