Since 1997, we have been a full primary school also catering for Year 7 and 8 students. Intermediate students participate in all school-wide activities and some special activities designed just for them. All core subjects are taught within the classroom. Research into achievement in NZ schools by the National Education Monitoring Project (NEMP) has shown clearly that students in a full primary learn as well as – and in some cases better than - students in Intermediate Schools. Another advantage of full primary schooling that has been identified by researchers is that full primary students are not adversely affected by the ‘dip in performance’ caused by transition from one school to another. Our students are advantaged by our seamless continuance on to Year 7 and the opportunity to become acquainted with a high school regime during their lessons at the adjacent high school.
Our students have the advantage of attending Green Bay High School for their design technology subjects. Students also benefit from our exciting in-school Science specialist programme. Second languages (currently in Chinese, Korean, Mandarin and Te Reo), and Careers Education are also provided.
Throughout the year, Year 7 and 8 students participate in many interschool events with other local intermediates, as well as entering zone competitions. Our intermediate students also have a number of wonderful outdoor education events including camp, adventurous and creative electives, triathlons, etc.
Our intermediate students are expected to behave as role models for the younger students at Green Bay School. As school leaders, they are given extra responsibilities and privileges. Our department, being smaller than some other intermediate schools, offers additional unique advantages. Our students do not get ‘lost in the crowd’, plus they develop positive peer and adult relationships. Bullying and anti-social behaviour is infrequent; individuality is encouraged, all within a positive, restorative environment.