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.”


September 12th, 2022


Kia Ora Whānau and Caregivers


You maybe aware after today’s announcement that New Zealand will move to a new, long-term approach to COVID-19. These changes have been made based on public health advice and reflect high levels of immunity and declining case numbers across New Zealand. This new approach involves the removal of the Covid Protection Framework, which takes effect tonight at midnight. As a result there are two key changes that will change the way we operate here at Whakatane Intermediate.


The first change is that mask wearing is no longer expected or strongly recommended within the school. Students (and staff) can still choose to wear a mask if they wish to and will be supported in doing so. The School will have plenty of masks available for students who would like them.


The second change legally requires only those who are have tested positive to COVID 19 to isolate for seven days.

- Household contacts no longer have to isolate as well, but are required to complete RAT Tests for five days, and can continue to attend school if negative. It is the best place for them to be so they can be engaged in their learning, and connected with their teachers, classmates and friends.

- Anyone who is symptomatic should also still stay at home and get tested for COVID-19. If negative they can return to school.


All the other recommended public health measures will stay in place as we know they reduce the spread of infectious illnesses including COVID-19. These include ensuring our indoor spaces are well-ventilated, maintaining good hand hygiene, encouraging everyone to cough or sneeze into elbows and, most importantly, staying home and getting tested if they have COVID-19 symptoms.


I would like to sincerely and genuinely offer a heartfelt thank you to all whanau for the support of the school over the last two and a half years, as it dealt with the frustrations of the COVID Pandemic. The school has always placed the welfare of the students and staff at the centre of how it implemented any of its plans, and whanau support was central to such plans working.


Ngā mihi Nui

Mike Webster Principal


This is a developmental approach to evaluation where ERO and our school work together over time rather than one-off reviews that happened previously. Te Ara Huarau is used in most Englishmedium state and state-integrated schools.

ERO maintains a regular review programme to evaluate and report on the education and care of young people in the schools. Our school worked alongside ERO to write our Profile Report. This type of report will only happen once as part of our initial engagement with Te Ara Huarau. The profile report reflects our strategic goals and a shared evaluation focus on one or more areas that are important to us as we work together to improve outcomes for all our learners. ERO, like us, have a strong focus on equity and excellence. Future reporting will show our progress and achievement toward meeting the goals we have set.

Public reports like the Profile Report are published on ERO’s website.

A Board Assurance Report that shows how we are meeting regulatory and legislative requirements has also been published. 

Whakatane Intermediate School is pleased to announce that we have completed the first stage of the ERO review process.



Mike Webster (Principal)



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