Whakatane Intermediate School has a strong academic focus and we provide not only quality classroom instruction but also provide other academic activities beyond normal classroom programmes. These include:
ICAS Exams – International examinations in the subject areas of Science, Mathematics, Writing, English, Information and Computing Technologies.
Otago Problem Solving – Administered by Otago University children sit a series of 5 test papers involving challenging mathematics problems.
School Science Fair – Students undertake an investigation into the areas of Science, technology, Research or Observational Drawing Study throughout Term 2. The school Science Fair is held in the final week of Term 2.
Science Badges – This scheme operates in Terms 2, 3 & 4. Students may opt into undertaking an investigation into a particular area of science. They complete a certain number of activities in order to be awarded a badge and certificate.
Maths Badges – This scheme operates in Terms 3 & 4. Students may select a certain area in mathematics completing a certain number of activities in order to be awarded a badge and certificate.
Future Problem Solving – This scheme is run by our GATE teacher. Whereby each syndicate nominates students to form a team of 4 students. Throughout the year the teams with the guidance of a coach research and solve different futuristic scenarios as part of the FPS International Program.
24 Challenge Competition – The school runs this run and very challenging math competition as interclass, inter-syndicate and individual competition. Only the quickest and most mathematically able will be the winners in this test of mental arithmetic.
Arts and Technology Intensives – Twice a year an exceptional group of students is selected by technology and arts staff to have 3 days of intensive learning, working with their peers on specialist projects.