Opportunities at Waikowhai

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Trees for Survival

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Trees for Survival

Special Education Needs

The goal at Waikowhai Intermediate is to ensure students with Special Education Needs receive the support they need by providing opportunities to enhance their learning through successful coordination of services, effective teaching practices, efficient and experienced support staff and engaging programmes that are meaningful and consist of well-scaffolded resources.  For more information on our programmes, please contact ioelu@wai-int.school.nz

Support Programmes - Literacy & Maths

It is the intention of Waikowhai Intermediate to provide all students with the opportunity to improve their literacy at their own level. Our support programmes offered are Rainbow Reading, Fast Forward, and Steps for Literacy. These programmes are based on research proven methodology and resources. Not only are the students motivated by the purposeful and engaging activities but they also gain confidence in their literacy abilities.

Rainbow Maths aims to support our learners who require an extra boost with their Numeracy skills.   With a focus on number knowledge, the activities are hands-on and engaging.

Accelerated Literacy Learning

Accelerated Literacy Learning (ALL) is a short-term programme designed to motivate and accelerate the progress of students in Writing. This intervention is in addition to effective classroom teaching.

English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
At Waikowhai Intermediate, the ESOL course is designed to equip students from diverse language backgrounds with skills to participate successfully in a mainstream classroom and learn about our way of life in New Zealand. ESOL students participate in a variety of programmes such as Self-Pacing Boxes, Raz-Kids Reading, Rainbow Reading, Steps for Literacy and ESOL Classes.

Active Life
Active Life is a tailored programme run by the Salvation Army that provides support for young youth and youth at risk.  The team is headed by Michael Smith who has been part of the Waikowhai Intermediate community for the past 8 years, and includes ex-students of Waikowhai.  Active Life works alongside teachers to identify students who are potential leaders and supports the student's growth throughout their time at intermediate and college.  They also assist with youth at risk who require guidance and support to foster their growth both socially and academically.  Michael and his team run mentoring programmes every Friday for boys and have recently opened up to girls in 2015.   They have been very successful and continue to support Waikowhai students with school trips, camps, coaching and in class tutoring.  They are based at the Rec Youth Development Trust located in Dominion Road Extn, Mt Roskill.
For more information about this programme, please contact muna@wai-int.school.nz

Trees for Survival
Waikowhai Intermediate is a partner in the Trees for Survival nationwide charitable trust, an environmental education programme. Our students have hands-on experience growing and planting native plants to help restore natural habitats. During the year, the students visit a landowner’s property to plant out the trees they have been nurturing, and to see how the previous plantings have matured and helped with erosion, water quality and biodiversity. Also, these students are involved in the Garden to Table programme where they grow vegetables in the school garden and prepare the fresh, seasonal produce.
If you would like more information, please contact robertson@wai-int.school.nz

Extension Opportunities


In Robotics, students have an opportunity to work collaboratively, explore, problem-solve and above all, develop perseverance skills when faced with challenges. They learn basic computer programming skills, develop an understanding of the principles of physics and implement engineering concepts when creating their robot.  Check out the Robotics page!


Masterchef is a group of approximately 12 students, who are given the opportunity to further develop their cooking skills after having completed a Food Technology rotation.  Students follow an applications process, and after a certain period of time, the group changes to give others a chance to participate in this very popular class.


Masterchef allows students to cook by themselves, with different buddies, under pressure and in competitive situations. They also get the chance to cook a variety of foods using ingredients that they select themselves, using recipes they create themselves or research and find from different websites.


Many students from this group are encouraged to further develop their skills in Food Technology to the next level at high school, or as a career.

Satellite Units

Carlson School

Waikowhai Intermediate hosts one of the satellite classes for Carlson School. We are able to provide an environment whereby students can be socialised and participate in school life alongside their mainstream peers.  The students and staff attend school assemblies and music assemblies as well as Trees for Survival and are integrated into programmes such as Visual Arts and Science.


MindPlus, part of the New Zealand Centre for Gifted Education, is a programme for gifted students that provides intellectual, creative, social and emotional learning and support.  Held at an off-site location, students from various local schools, as well as home-schoolers, come together for one day each week to work with a specialist teacher. Together they engage in differentiated, strength-based learning experiences to further develop their gifts and talents and a greater understanding of themselves. Our comprehensive entry selection process identifies students who would benefit from the MindPlus programme. Referrals to MindPlus are welcomed from parents or schools; the referral process for students of Waikowhai Intermediate School is overseen by Leanne Smith. To find out more about MindPlus, visit our website www.nzcge.co.nz, contact our office on 0800 769 243, or email us at admin@nzcge.co.nz