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“Whakatane Intermediate School caters for students in Years 7 and 8 from the town of Whakatane and surrounding districts. Students and their families continue to benefit from the experienced leadership provided by the principal, senior management, and the board of trustees. Since the last ERO review the school roll has increased to 540 and the proportion of students who identify as Maori has increased to 59%.
The school demonstrates a strong commitment to creating a friendly and caring environment to support quality learning for emerging adolescents. Students are encouraged and supported to take advantage of the extensive range of academic, sporting, cultural and social opportunities available at the school. Staff and parents give generously of their own time to facilitate these experiences, and the many student successes are celebrated as a community. Classrooms are settled, positive and productive.
The school maintains a strong focus on literacy and numeracy teaching. Achievement information in 2010 in writing shows that students, on average, make good progress through the year and achieve, at or above national expectations. School data for mathematics again shows good progress with students achieving, on average, at levels comparable to national expectations Maori students achieve and progress at levels comparable to their non-Maori peers.
Teachers work as a supportive and mutually respectful team, to plan and deliver relevant programmes of learning for their students. They show a sustained commitment to know students well, and to supporting students with special learning needs and abilities. Teachers have been involved in sustained school-wide professional learning in aspects of literacy, and on best practice in meeting the educational needs of emerging adolescents.
Maori cultural perspectives are affirmed through significant Maori adult role models and whakawhanaungatanga in the five immersion classes. Students are encouraged to develop their confidence and skills in te reo me ona tikanga. The school acknowledges that further progress can be made in realising Maori success as Maori.
The principal maintains a high profile in the school and wider community, and he is ably supported by an experienced senior management team. Together, they create and maintain the positive tone and culture of pride and respect that is clearly evident in the school. Overall school priorities and high expectations in learning and behaviour for all are made clear and are accepted by staff and students. ERO, the board of trustees and senior managers agree that the next steps for school development involve strengthening important aspects of self review.
Experienced trustees continue to bring their wide range of expertise and community network contacts to enhance school development and improvement. They provide a generous level of support for learning resources, and maintain a very positive working relationship with the principal. Parents appreciate the open-door policy of the school and feel fully informed about their children’s progress and development.”