Intermediate education

Being a small rural school we are able to offer awesome opportunities to intermediate (Year 7 and 8) tamariki. Our intermediate tamariki are seperated into single sex classes . They are offered leadership roles, responsibilities that allow for growth, opportunities to learn new skills in various ways and places in which to share their learning. Past opportunities and activities have included ...

merc camp 

We we lucky enough to be apart of the Blake Experience offered at the Sir Peter Blake MERC. Our tamariki tested their boundaries, over came their fears and had a great time doing it.


Our intermediate tamariki go to Hukerenui School once a week to participate in hands-on technology experiences. There they learn about cooking, woodwork, 3d printing and sewing. 

Black mud fish petition

Our tamariki studied the plight of our native freshwater fish species. Through their mahi they decided to focus in particular the black mudfish found right here in Hikurangi (and very very few other places). From their research they were able to engage with experts and politicians, give interviews to the media, write and advertise a petition and then fundraise in order to deliver the petition to Parliament in Wellington. 

Bernina fashion awards

The Bernina Northland Fashion Awards are Northland’s prestigious and fun fashion awards showcasing the creative talent of Northland school students of all ages.

Floating classrooms

This in-the-field concept is a perfect way to teach kids about habitat restoration - planting trees and bringing back species – and the significance of keeping the islands pest free to support that restoration. On-board Explore's D3 vessel the students take on leadership roles in media, biosecurity, health and safety, construction of traps and planting. And once on Urupukapuka Island, they all take part in activities that help them learn about the realities of participating in a conservation programme.


Over the years our intermediate tamariki have taken the opportunity to board the R. Tucker Thompson. On board they've all had wonderful experiences of learning about sailing, general seamanship, safety at sea, navigation and how to read charts. They've learned about the environment and marine ecology, all while exploring the amazing Bay of Islands. 


At the end of each year we celebrate our Year 8 students and farewell them as they move on to high school. It has become tradition for our Year 8 graduating students to dress up and accompany parents, loved ones and staff to a dinner held in the school hall.