Welcome Mr King!

The Board, staff and students welcome Mr David King to the principal’s position at Waikowhai Intermediate School.

Mr David King

Learning at Waikowhai

At Waikowhai Intermediate, we take pride in challenging our students to take ownership of their learning.  We have stepped away from the traditional teacher-led classroom, and have embraced inquiry-based learning where the students choose their journeys based on a larger concept.  Evidence of this method can be seen in the videos below

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The Real Cost of Cheap Meat

The Real Cost of Cheap Meat is a short film that room 8 student Maja Skilling entered into the Vegetarian Society Film Competition. Her talented entry came in the top 4 in New Zealand!

"I decided to enter the vegetarian society film competition because my parents have a friend who is an animal rights activist and he told me about it because I am a vegetarian and I like animals. He got me some footage of factory farms and gave me some advice on the filming because he is also a photographer. It only took a day to film, but it took a few weeks to put together."- Maja

Year 7 Camp

On Tuesday 10th of November the Year 7 students and staff will be departing for their annual camp! We are heading to Finlay Park located on Lake Karapiro in the mighty Waikato.

On Tuesday remember to...

Arrive to school at normal time, don't be late.

Bring your lunch for Tuesday- all other food is provided.

Double check the gear list and please ask if you are missing anything.


Robotics SuccessNational Champions again!!! Two of our robotics teams competed in the National Robocup Championship in Christchurch over the weekend. Braedon Pooley, Connor Wratten-Stone and Zach Ogilvy came first in the Junior Soccer competition. They competed against other regional winners and won all their games. Congratulations to the boys.We also competed in the Theatre competition. The bright lights on stage caused one of their robots to stop following the line and may have cost them a placing. The team were Awat Kakai, Ashley Mar and Melissa Barnes. Well done girls.

Trash to Fashion

Since March, a group of dedicated Trash to Fashion students have been hiding away in the art room and at home creating garments from disused materials.

On the first weekend of September, three garments from Waikowhai walked the catwalk in the finals. The girls involved showed commitment and enthusiasm through weeks of practice, this was clearly displayed through the high standard of the show.

Well done to Eden Rose-Yon, Maya Edmunds, Awat and Khalat Kakai for your participation. A special congratulations goes to Aimee O'Halloran who took out the highly commended award for her category 'Lost in Space.'

AMSSA Annual Art Exhibition


Waikowhai Intermediate is proud to have on display the brilliant artwork of 26 students in the annual Auckland Middle Schools Art Exhibition. This year it is being held at Corbans Estate Arts Centre, Shed 2. The exhibition is open 9am-5pm till Saturday 19th September. The students that have artwork included are: Joelle Ireland, Vanessa Jim, Emma Simon, Misi Timoteo, Leann Chen, Rhea Lakdhir, Dylan Bishop, Kushan Kanji, Tsukimi Umeno, Serah Kavaliku, Mitchell Gosling, Yoon Lee, Mia Nicholson, William Hodge and Victoria Siliai.
Also on show are Trash to Fashion outfits by the following students: Eden Rose-Yon, Maya Edmunds, Awat and Khalat Kakai, Aimee O'Halloran, Amanda d'Souza, Ashley Mar, Leann Chen, Amy Johnston, Grace Selby Brown, Jessica Drage and Lily Horgan.
This is a fabulous opportunity these students to view their work, and the work of other talented children, in an exhibition setting.


Bandquest Battle of the Bands

Congratulations to our school Band Wai Stylez who were the winners of the Rockshop Auckland Region Bandquest Battle of the Bands for 2015.

Back Row:  (side profile Matt Nanai (Band Tutor), Ashar Tuilata (Keyboard) Soni Tu'uefiafi (Bass)

Second Row:  Leah Love (Vocal) Josiah Sao (Drums) Manu Uaisele (Vocal) Bailey Bennett (Keyboard) Noah Aupa'au (Saxophone) Joshua Ford (Guitar)

Front Row:  Sean Jarvis (Trumpet) Chloe Vos (Vocal) Jovahn Stanley (Vocal) Eliana Competente (Saxophone)

This is the second year in a row that Waikowhai Intermediate has won the Rockshop bandquest competition. Their performance was a standout coming up against 15 other schools from the Auckland region. Wai Stylez also took out the best male vocal award, going to Manu Uaisele and Jovahn Stanley.

A big thank you must go to our band tutor Mathew Nanai. Mathew is a former student of Waikowhai Intermediate, from where he went on to feature prominently at Lynfield College and then to complete his music degree at Auckland University. Mathew now spends much of his time supporting some of New Zealand’s best known musicians and recently supported the contestants on the New Zealand’s Got Talent Television programme.

Mathew is now compiling an impressive list of achievements since joining the team at Waikowhai Intermediate to help out his old school. In 2013 his band UNEEK finish 2nd overall and won the best drummer award and had the Pacifica Beats Best Female Vocalist. In 2014 his band WAIFI placed first and won the best drummer award. In 2015 he has again achieved the top award with Wai Sylez, along with best male vocalist.


"ANTHEM ... Our Tribute"

Using the performing arts to portray different history changing events that shaped the world we live in today - our showcase this year is a tribute piece dedicated to those who gave their all for this wonderful nation of New Zealand.  Tickets are now available at the front office.  Three evening shows - doors open 6:15pm with showtime at 7pm.

Waterpolo Winterfest Tournament

Over the weekend of August 14-16th the second Waterpolo Tournament of the year was held across pools in Auckland. The first game for the A team was against tough rivals Diocesan School for Girls, the game was a tight 3-2 loss. They did have successful games against Ponsonby and Kristin.

The B team competed in their first tournament, having great wins against St. Mary’s and Carmel as the weekend progressed but unfortunately lost in their games against Baradene, Diocesan and Blockhouse Bay. The tournament was a great success and both teams had a lot of fun. The A team won 2 of the 6 games and placed an amazing 8th out of the 16 teams in the B grade. The B team won 2 out of the 5 games in the C grade which was made up of 10 teams and they placed a well deserving 6th.

Regional Robocup Junior Championship

On Saturday 1st August sixteen of Waikowhai Intermediate School competed in the Regional Robocup Junior competition that was held at the St Kentigern College. Out of the three categories for primary schools our students came first and second in two of those categories.

Well done to Braedon Pooley, Zach Ogilvy and Connor Wratten Stone who came first in the Robotics Soccer competition. The girls in the Dance competition came second with only one point between them and the winners. Well done to Ashley Mar, Awat Kakai, Madeline McCormick and Melissa Barnes.

Three Rescue team also participated and the best finish was fifth. The students who participated were Ezekiel Jenkins, Jeremy Bell, Jack Lockhart, Sean Yelverton, Michael Fong, Damon Atherstone , Zane Leggett, Samuel Bain and Callum Scott.


Trash to Fashion

Waikowhai Intermediate was represented last weekend by 22 students in the Semi- Finals of the Trash to Fashion competition. Many of you may have seen the photographic display in the Library, of their creations, during the parent conferences. The thinking, innovation, creativity and perseverance that these students display through their creations are definitely to be admired and is what we desire from our learners. Congratulations to the three finalist outfits created by Aimee, Eden, Khalat and Awat. These will be shown again on the 5th and 6th of September at the Corbans Art Estate Henderson. Ticket Info.

Well done to all of the following students: Leann, Amy, May , Rosa, Isi , Flo , Rhea, Eden, Aimee, Ashley, Charlotte, Jamie, Maja, Amanda, Awat, Khalat, Clara, Grace, Lily, Rina, Renee, Jessica, Stephanie.


ANI Exchange

The annual ANI vs Waikowhai occurred on Friday 24th July. Waikowhai hosted this event utilizing the new hall facilities, Library, Basketball Courts, Astroturf and Keith Hay Park. The sports being contested were Boys Under 55kgs 7's, Boy's and Girl's Football, Boy's and Girl's Basketball, Boy's and Girl's Hockey, Girl's Yr 7 Netball, Girl's Yr 8 Netball, Boy's Mixed Yr 7 & 8 Netball, Chess and Table Tennis. The competition was fierce and very even throughout the day with Waikowhai coming out on top by a very close margin 6-5, retaining the Chaplain's Cup for 2015.

CZ Netball Girls

On Wednesday, 22nd July, Waikowhai A and B teams attended the Central Zone tournament held at the Auckland Netball Centre in St John’s. The weather was fantastic and both teams played extremely hard for six games each, mostly with only 10 minutes between them. Special thanks must go to all the adults who attended especially the coaches, managers and umpires who came and took excellent charge of their teams.

Waikowhai A The Year 8 team found the competition tough in their pool and were unable to achieve a win until their last game, giving them a creditable 14th place out of 18 teams. The winning school was Waiheke High School and runners up were ANI. At the ANI exchange a few days later the mismatch in abilities was clear, but the girls put up a brave front and managed to score several goals against them. The team consisted of: Leah Love, Tyler Kennerley, Winona Lee, Bailey Bennett, Olivia Halpin, Akansha Nadan, Millie Rogers, Eden Rose-Yon, Megan Miller, Kaitlyn Stubbings.

Waikowhai B The Year 7 team had great success with 4 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss, but some bad luck, meaning they narrowly missed out on qualifying from their pool (losing out by 2 points on goal differential) thereby being relegated to the bottom half of the 16-team competition. Nevertheless, they went on to win that division, claiming 9th place overall. Their sole drawn match was against ANI (who went on to 4th place) so the girls were keen to play them again on Friday at the ANI Exchange, where justice was served with a score of 4 - 3 to us! The top team in our pool went on to come second overall, so we certainly had the toughest pool. The talented and hard-working team consists of: Carleece Hurt-Pickering, Madison Ilisio, Rose Tapuosi, Jennifer Tutuila, Alisi Sevele, Amanda D’Souza, Shreeya Prasad, Layla Ilisio, Mary Macdonald, Alison Wulf, Brigit Nelson, and Josie Noller

CZ Hockey

At the very late stages of term 2 our Boys’ and Girls’ Hockey teams competed in the Central Zone Champs. The Girls played fantastic hockey to come seventh overall out of fifteen teams, only losing a close match to the eventual champions 2 -0. The Girls Hockey team members are;Joelle reland, Leah Love, Winona Lee, Sylvia Brunt, Rose Tapuosi, Carleece HurtPickering, Shivani Unka, Lourdes D’Souza, Claudia Jack, Chloe Vos, Josie Noller, Jasmine Pickston, Grace Selby-Brown, Ashlee Gordon, Joanna Wu, Megan Miller

The boys had an outstanding day to finish second overall. The boys played with great teamwork, skill and sportsmanship. They had a wonderful semi-final victory over Mount Roskill Intermediate, however, found Remuera Intermediate just a bit too strong for them in the final. The Boys Hockey team members are; Joel Stewart, Connor Burrell, Will Hodge, Timothy Wylens, Jayden Dahya, Xanthian Po -Nepia, Nathan Sands, Damon Atherstone, Xiaojian Guo, Jack Lockhart, Matthew Denby, Kelvin Kwok, Sam Ormsby, Anoosh Kulkarni, Jaishaan Dayal

Both the girls and boys teams also competed, recently, in a Mount Roskill Grammar School hosted tournament, where both teams were undefeated on the day.


This year’s mid-year conferences will be held during the first week of the third term over the days ofWednesday 22nd July 2:15pm-8pm and Thursday 23rd July 2:15pm-5:15pm book your appointment now. This can be done by logging onto  www.schoolinterviews.co.nz and using the access code: NKMWL


Term 2 ends on Friday 3rd July at 2pm. All school bus services have been altered to accommodate the earlier finishing time, with the exception of the 022 service that, as per usual, will not be providing a service outside that of the normal service. If your child usually catches the 022 service home, families will need to make alternative arrangements for them on Friday 3rd July.


Your child will bring home their mid-year written school report on the last day of the term. The report will be followed up with student/parent/teacher conferences during the first week of the third term, please see details below.


Mr Thanh Hoang, Teacher of Room 5 and Team Leader of the Year 8 Team has gained promotion to the position of Associate Principal at Mansell Senior School and will be leaving us at the end of this term. Mr Hoang has been a significant driving force in the development of our ICT programme as well as opportunities for our students in the sporting field, most notably Rugby. We wish Mr Hoang all the best for his future teaching career. Mr Hoang’s replacement in Room 5 will be Mr Aneil Ganda.


CZ Girls Soccer

On the 6th of May the year 7 Girls soccer team went to Seddon fields for the Central Zone Soccer. They had a great day of kicking the soccer ball and scoring goals and they came an amazing 4th place. Well done to the team members: Eliana, Maja, Claudia, Clara, Olivia, Holly, Chloe, Hannah, Jasmine, Madeline, Brigit and Sylvie.

On the 7th of May the year 8 girls’ Soccer team also visited Seddon fields for the Central Zone Soccer. They had an amazing time and played to their absolute abilities. They came a fabulous 10th place. Well done to the team members: Stephanie, Jadzia, Emma, Ashlee, Ivy, Rosa, Zara, Megan, Kaitlyn, Joanna and Jade.

TheXFactorNZ Visits Waikowhai

For a special treat just before the long weekend Waikowhai Intermediate students were privileged to have TheXFactorNZ contestants Beau Monga and Nyssa Collins perform at music assembly! Thanks to Matt Nanai and Mrs Tuitama for organising this awesome treat.

Life at Wai

Head Boy and Girl Chosen

Late in term one the 2015 student leaders were chosen. Congratulations to Zachariah Alaimoana and Eden Rose-Yon for being chosen as Head boy and Head girl. All year 8 Waikowhai students had the opportunity to vote for their classroom representatives, each candidate having to make an in class speech. Councillors are involved with fundraising within the school, and each year run different groups focusing on creating a better Waikowhai Intermediate.


Thank you to everyone who attended our WaiFest.  It was a brilliant evening for everyone involved.

Maritime Museum

On Friday 13th and Thursday 19th of March the year 7 students along with their teachers and parent helpers visited the Maritime Museum in Downtown Auckland. This trip was organised to reinforce the Social Sciences inquiry into Migration. The trip included a guided exploration of the museum, discussing migration to New Zealand, our own ancestry and the stories that come from the experiences of migration. The students also took a harbour trip on the heritage vessel, the Ted Ashby!

Beach Ed

Thursday 5th March Rms 1, 3 and 5
Friday 6th March Rms 2, 4,and 6
Our year 8 students are all looking forward to our Beach Education trips this week!

Appropriate summer clothing (no school uniform day!)
eg. shorts/t-shirts/ sweatshirt/jacket/jandals or sports shoes
Swimming gear, Towel, Hat, Sunblock (there will be school sunblock available if needed)
Lunch/Drink, *Personal Medication (if needed)

CZ Girls Softball

On Thursday 5th of March our Girls Year 7 and 8 Softball teams competed at the Central Zone Softball Tournament. After a tough competitive day, with amazing parent support which we couldn't do without, our teams finished in an outstanding 3rd place in Year 8 and 2nd place in Year 7. An especially big thank you to Shelly Ryan who managed the Year 8 team.

CZ Girls Tennis

Tuesday 24th February took our Year 7 and Year 8 Girls to play at Windmill Road Courts.

Year 7 Jasmine PIckston placed 4th in her singles competition. Hannah Armstrong and Lourdes D'Souza were also placed 4th in the doubles.

Year 8s  Flora Pang, Min Lee placed 7th in their doubles.

Super effort ladies.

CZ Boys Tennis

On Thursday 26th February Year 7 and Year 8 Boys played at Windmill Road Courts:

Year 7 student Xiaojian Guo placed 9th in the singles, Anthony Rigg, Filipo Dunn who played doubles placed 6th

Year 8 students Josh Williamson, Ashar Tuilata and Tom Greaves placed 8th in their doubles rounds. Ashar played three excellent games but unfortunately finished his day injured, being replaced by Tom.

Ethan Lobb showed great talent placing 3rd in the singles

Great job boys.


Parent Teacher Conferences

Thank you to all families who attended our student/parent/teacher conferences this week. The overall turnout represented 86% of our students; this is a very healthy number. The overall purpose of these meetings is to establish contact with each other, “putting a face to a name”; learning goals will have also been discussed as well as plans for this year.


Our next opportunity to meet formally and specifically discuss individual student progress will come during the last week of term two. At this time the teachers will have ‘hard data’ to analyse with parents and they will also offer an opinion regarding the student’s attitude and desire to learn.

Swimming Sports

Waikowhai Intermediate's annual school swimming sports was held on Wednesday 11th February at Mount Roskill Grammar School. Results can be found in the sports section of the website.

2015 Term 1 Start Dates

  • Uniform & Stationery Sales: 21st Jan 10.00am to 2.30pm - 22nd Jan 3.00pm to 6.30pm found in Reception

  • Year 7 start date 8.30am 28th Jan

  • year 8 start date 8.30am 29th Jan

PB Tech - Chromebooks

A big thank you to PB Technologies for supplying Waikowhai Intermediate with 170 Chrome books for the start of 2015, and 190 more for 2016. These Chrome books will significantly boost our ICT department and allow us to be well equipped as we enter the next generation of Teaching and Learning.

We look forward to building on our partnership and providing students with discounted prices for school purposes in the future.

Coming Events

22 November Year 8 EOTC week
2 December Yr6 Orientation Day
8 December School Picnic Day