Intermediate School is a decile 1 school in Otara. The 2015 school roll is 440,22%
Maori , 17% Cook Island Maori 58 % Pacific Island and 3 % other students.
B.O.T. and staff have placed emphasis on accelerating academic achievement within
a safe and caring learning environment. In 2016 all staff will be engaged in vigorous
school wide Professional Development in literacy.
staff and 16 students have successfully completed the accelerated learning in
literacy programme in 2015 and these staff will continue with this programme in
2016 with an intake of new teachers and students.
current goal is for all students to achieve success and to achieve this we will
- The child with emphasis on evidence
- Colleagues and effective pedagogy
9am to 3 pm , “no excuses”.
- Community through effective
partnership and community.
theme which will form the basis of all learning is “New Beginnings” and our
first step is to build positive relationships with our community , all schools
within our cluster and with all agencies that work in our school.
school uses STAR Reading, asTTle Maths, asTTle Reading, asTTle English Numeracy
Strategy Stages student observation , learning conversations , bookwork and
class based tests to assess students and our expectation is for both Year 7 and
8 students to achieve at National Standard in Reading , Writing and Mathematics
at the conclusion of the learning at Ferguson at the end of Year 8.
and teaching practices caters for Maori and Pacific Island students. All
assessment data is comprehensively analysed to show Maori and Pacific Island
achievement and achievement between boys and girls. Special Needs and ESOL
students receive individual and small group teaching from teacher aides, fully
qualified teachers, R.T.L.B.s and SES. Student gains are recorded and reported
to the B.O.T. regularly.
report to parents on student achievement during mid-year and end of the year.
Parent Interviews are held during July and these will be further supplement
with curriculum and other community meetings at least once per term.
will also be encouraged to participate in the “Reading Together “ programme and
these will be held during three different times during designated days to cater
for working parents as well as those parents who are at home.
Studies is integrated across the curriculum and teaching staff uses the “Key
Competencies” , values and principles in
their planning and teaching.