Ki te kura tuatahi o Whakatane naumai       

Welcome to Whakatane Intermediate School


Mission Statement

" A friendly, caring school with quality learning and quality behaviour that respects the needs of the individual student in the spirit of partnership between the school, caregivers and the community."



 “He kura manaaki, he kura atawhai i nga tikanga rangatira, nga tikanga ahua noho o te tauira i roto i te wairua ngatahi kei waenganui i te kura, nga kaitiaki me te iwi kainga.”


Welcome back to term 3!


Kia Ora Whanau

Welcome back to everyone, for what will be a very busy and exciting term ahead. The term has started in a very positive way, with students and staff clearly very energised from the holiday break and excited to be back at school! This term still brings some major events to look forward to and be a part of. Next week’s annual Winter Tournament takes place with the main sports codes of Netball, Hockey, Football and Rugby. Our school will again be well represented and the students have trained as much as possible given the time available. All students involved

will no doubt have an enjoyable and successful day. Other events include the traditional Gisborne Exchange, which has been moved to week 6 of the term and our speech finals in week 4, which are always entertaining and insightful. At the end of the term another sports tournament is being planned for which will hopefully include some of the sports who had their competition days cancelled due to Covid-19.

Yesterday saw our annual Cross Country event take place at Cutler Crescent. Normally, we would have had time to promote and train for this day properly. But due to the situation with Covid-19 affecting our calendar of events, this was not possible. So a BIG thank you to the whanau who were able to make it down to support their child and the school. The biggest success of the day was seeing so many of our students take part regardless of being slightly “under prepared” and appeared to enjoy the event with their friends. There is something very positive to be taken from participating in a school wide event like this and contributing to your class or syndicate’s team effort. There have been many stories of students achieving by completing the course so please celebrate this with your child.

See the results in this newsletter.

Nga Mihi

Mike Webster.





Each year we review parts of our

Whakatane Intermediate School Local Curriculum.

This term we are reviewing the English, Science, Social Sciences and Languages areas of our Local Curriculum. We would really appreciate feedback from our community. If you are interested in being a part of this process, please call in to the office, or we can email you the appropriate documents.

We look forward to some input from our community.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ring us.


Regards, Anne Volmuller (Deputy Principal.)


Note some dates may change

Friday 31st July - Winter Tournament - Tauranga

Monday 10th August - Teacher Only Day SCHOOL CLOSED


Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th August – Gisborne Exchange – (at Gisborne Intermediate School)

Free Healthy School Lunches Pilot Programme


We are very pleased to announce that Whakatane Intermediate has been invited to join the free Healthy School Lunches Pilot Programme from the start of term 4.  This programme provides a healthy school lunch for every student each day (including catering for dietary requirements).   

We would love to keep the catering local, so that it provides jobs and then the money stays local. It could be for catering for possibly up to 4000 children during each school day in the Whakatane area alone!  However, there is the option for several companies to cater for a lesser number each eg: you may be able to cater for 400 children per day.

The process involves applying through GETS (Govt Electronic Tendering Scheme) and  the timeframe is short for companies interested.  Details will be coming out shortly and we will share this via our school notices, facebook pages etc


This opportunity is definitely exciting for our students and community.  I am meeting with the MOE next week and will be in a position to share more information then. 


Mike Webster



He waka eke noa.

 We are all in this together.

Moving into Alert Level One


Kia Ora Whanau, 

I am sure you would have been as pleased as we were when the Prime Minister announced that we will move to Alert Level 1. 

I would like to thank you for the support you have given us as we have navigated the various alert levels and the challenges each has provided. 

The staff at WIS have been amazing throughout this time with their unwavering effort, flexibility and dedication to your children throughout this time. We have an excellent team here, and I am proud of them and thank them for their commitment to their students. 

We have begun reflecting and thinking about the changes that have been implemented throughout the various alert stages.The intention is to integrate the successes into our learning programmes, school structures and co-curricular events as much as possible.The increased confidence and independence in the students learning, being able to prepare themselves for the day are some of the successes we want to see continue throughout the school year.  

We are supporting contact tracing by having QR code posters at the front office – so if you haven’t already downloaded the NZ COVID Tracer app the Ministry of Health’s NZ-COVID Tracer app page has information to help you do that. There will still be the usual visitor register for anyone onsite for any length of time. 


What is changing is we can now look forward to inter-school and community sport, cultural events and other events returning and to welcoming all of our school community on site for these activities. We are also planning other alternative events for those cancelled for 2020 from next term. 


Our school continues to be safe to attend, including any staff and children who are considered more vulnerable to COVID. We have a good cleaning routine in place, people who are sick are staying at home and we continue to encourage good hygiene practices, including regular hand sanitizing, and wiping down of school equipment.


An immediate return of the following school practices:


1. Full school assemblies will begin again from this Friday.

2. Students are allowed onsite from 8am as per pre lockdown. 

3. Parents and whanau are allowed (and welcomed!) to be onsite, although if you enter during lesson        time we would ask that you present at the front office first.  

4. If collecting your child for whatever reason during the day, please sign them out at the front office.


Again, thank you for your support. We also look forward to seeing you in person at some point over the next few weeks and our doors are again open to whanau and friends.  


Nga Mihi

Mike Webster