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.”



Due to the very recent passing of a family member of two key staff members involved with this event next week, it has been decided to cancel it for 2019.  Our thoughts and aroha are with our staff members and families at this sad time.

There could be the chance for the students who were part of the Extravaganza to perform at a different time, at an assembly and we will inform you of this, should this be the case. In regards to ticket purchases, please return all tickets purchased to date to the school office.  A refund will be made by school cheque. This process may take a few days. We apologise for any inconvenience.

We would like to thank you in advance for your understanding and support of our staff at this sad time.

Nga Mihi


Mike Webster


Our school has had the opportunity to participate in a strengths-based research project about how students learn, succeed and thrive at school. This project is being conducted by Dr Melinda Webber from the University of Auckland.  Our school would like to invite you as whanau, to take part in this important research. This research will help our school to find out more about how our students develop positive attitudes, engagement and aspirations towards school, and who their role-models for success are. 



We value your ideas and opinions and invite you to complete a survey.  It can be hard copy, available at the school office, or your child can pick one up from their teacher or you can complete the survey online by logging onto the following Qualtrics link.  The link is also on the school's Facebook page and there is a video of her presentation to the school to view if you wish. We would appreciate you taking the time to complete the survey and thank you to those parents who have already completed the survey.


Ka panukunuku te korirangi kia Tanenuia rangi, nana i waihangatia ko te uruuru matua ko te ururutau ka tataia koihonuku ko Ihorangi ka puta ki te whai ao ki te ao marama Tihei mauri ora.

Tenei te mihi atu ki nga kai manukorero i tu pakari ai i mua i te tangata.

Na ratou i whakato te kakano ki roto ki tena  ki tena o matou. No reira nga mihi nui.

Our annual Manu Korero speech competition was held on Monday. What a fantastic morning we had, with 46 students presenting their speeches. The standard of speeches was very high and we were extremely proud of all our participants.

Manu Korero results for 2019:

Y8 Boys

1st Maiororangi Moses-McRoberts R9,

2nd Jarard Ropiha R7, 3rd Ngakau Thompson R2

Y8 Girls

1st Te Rangiataahua McLean R2, 2nd Maia Paterson-Foster R1, Shaylin Awatere-Kohunui R9

Y7 Boys

1st= Jayden Ohlson R1 and Traize Jobe R1,

2nd Eru Kohunui R1, 3rd Tekaumarua Christie R8

Y7 Girls

1st= Faith Wignall R1 and Mihiwai Henare R7,

2nd Tuihmareikura Apanui R8, 3rd Tyla van Alpen R1.



Congratulations to our winners and to all our participants. Also thank you to our judges and to our whanau who came to support our tamariki.  Rosey Kara (Organiser.)

2020 Upcoming Events

Friday 31st January – School Office opens (9.00am – 12.00pm only) for enrolments and sale of second hand uniforms (cash only)

Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th February – Teacher Only Days 

Note: School Office will be open 9.00am – 12.00pm. for enrolments and sale of second hand uniforms (cash only. This is subject to change)

Wednesday 5th February – First day Term 1 for all students – 8.50am start

Thursday 6th February – Waitangi Day (Public Holiday) School Closed

Friday 7th February – Normal school day


Outstanding ICAS Success!

Congratulations to Indigo Tomlinson (Rm 20) who has achieved an exceptional result in ICAS Writing. We recently received confirmation that Indigo has been awarded the highest score in New Zealand and the Pacific and that she would be eligible for a University of New South Wales Medal. She has been invited to attend a ceremony that will be held at The University of Auckland in December. We are very proud of her and her achievement!

New Bell Times!

The school is trialling some significant changes to the timetable for the remainder of this year. The changes have come about through suggestions from the student, staff and whanau reviews that were completed in Terms 2 and 3. (Please see our Newsletter 24/10)