Welcome To wesley

Kia ora and warm greetings.

A big thank you to all our parents and caregivers for being patient as we navigate through this time.

Wesley Intermediate school will be OPEN tomorrow Tuesday 23rd November for face to face learning.

Our school hours will be from 8.30 am - 2.00 pm

Just a reminder to all our whanau that swimming starts tomorrow so please remind your children to bring their swimming gear.

Online learning will continue for some of our students tomorrow with their teachers.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me through email: admin@wesleyintermediate.school.nz

Noho ora mai,

Simon Tafea

Acting Principal /Tumuaki

Wesley Intermediate School

Letter to the community regarding the Principal at Wesley Intermediate

Kia ora koutou parents and whanau

Following the recent news regarding the resignation of Nigel Davis, I would like to join with the many well wishers and wish Nigel all the very best for the future. I don’t personally know Nigel as well as many of you do, but certainly the many messages have been a delight to see and I hope he thoroughly enjoys the next stage in his adventures.

Simon Tafea is very kindly holding the role as acting principal until the end of the year. I appreciate the work he is doing, especially in the midst of a lockdown which can make the role very complicated. A very big thanks to Simon and I know he is looking forward to getting back into his role of Deputy Principal and passing over the Principal role soon.

With this in mind, I have some very good news for the school as we start back in 2022. I have been most fortunate to recruit John McGowan as Acting Principal to get us started next year. John McGowan trained in Wellington and spent the first years of his teaching career working in schools in Porirua East. His first two roles as principal were in schools in Wainuiomata. In 1993 John and his family moved to Auckland where he became Principal at Campbell’s Bay School, with a student roll of 1,000. This was a position he held until mid 2019 when he retired from permanent principalship. In 2020 he returned to Campbells Bay School for three terms to be Acting Principal while the new Principal was on parental leave.

During his time in Auckland John has held various leadership roles including being on the executive of the Auckland Primary Principals’ Association for seven years as well as being president of the North Shore Principals’ Association. John has a Master of Educational Leadership (Hons).

John is excited to be working at Wesley Intermediate School in term one next year. He is very much looking forward to getting to know the school community and working with you for the benefit of everyone involved in the school.

I will now begin working with the Wesley Board of Trustees to appoint a new, permanent Principal for your school to start later in the year and will keep you updated as this recruitment progresses.

In the meantime, we can look forward to a very happy and successful start to 2022 and keep our fingers crossed that Covid 19 is kind to us!

Ngā mihi nui,

Linley Myers (Limited Statutory Manager).

John McGowan

Covid 19 update

Sunday 21st November, 2021

Important Information for Parents to know before

Monday 22nd November

Kia ora, Kia Orana, Bula Vinaka, Malo e lelei, Talofa lava, Fakafeiloaki, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Fakaalofa atu, Halo, Warm greetings.

This message contains important public health information for you. We have been working closely with the public health service and Ministry of Education officials to guide our response. Please read this letter carefully.

A staff member has been confirmed as having COVID-19. School is closed on Monday 22nd November

Wesley Intermediate will be closed for cleaning and will re-open on Tuesday 23rd November.

Based on international and local evidence and experience, the risk of COVID-19 transmission within school settings is considered low. This means that it is no longer necessary for the school to close long term when a case has been identified as infectious while at school. After cleaning, Wesley Intermediate will re-open on Tuesday 23rd November, 2021. Online learning will continue for all students tomorrow with their teachers.

What you need to do

• Please watch for symptoms and if any develop, get tested immediately and stay at home

• If you do not have any COVID-19 symptoms, you can still come to school/kura when we open

Please get vaccinated

If you and your whānau have not yet been vaccinated, please get vaccinated as soon as possible.

If you have been identified as a Contact of the case, please wait until your isolation period has finished to get vaccinated.

• You can book online at www.bookmyvaccine.covid19.health.nz. There is information on this website about finding your closest walk-in vaccination centre

• You can also go to www.healthpoint.co.nz/covid-19-vaccination or www.karawhiua.nz/all-clinics.

Please watch for symptoms of COVID-19

If you develop any of the following symptoms, no matter how mild, ring Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or your doctor, and get tested. Healthline is a free, 24/7 service with interpreters available.

Common symptoms of COVID-19 are like those found with illnesses such as a cold or influenza.

You may have one or more of the following:

• New or worsening cough

• Sneezing and runny nose

• Fever

• Temporary loss of smell or altered sense of taste

• Sore throat

• Shortness of breath

‘VERSION 1.0 Less common symptoms of COVID-19 may include diarrhoea, headache, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, malaise, chest pain, abdominal pain, joint pain, or confusion/irritability. These almost always occur with one or more of the common symptoms.

For more information about COVID-19, see www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-andconditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-health-advice-public/about-covid-19.

Please contact Wesley Intermediate School ph: (09) 620-9367, email: admin@wesleyintermediae.school.nz if you have any questions.

Noho ora mai,

Simon Tafea

Acting School Principal /Tumuaki

Wesley Intermediate School

New Enrolment Scheme

Overview – What is happening?

The Ministry of Education is developing an enrolment scheme for Wesley Intermediate School, which will be in effect for the beginning of term 1 in 2022. Having an enrolment scheme in place will ensure the Board of Trustees has a fair and transparent mechanism to manage the roll as it grows. Children that live within this area will have entitlement to enrol at Wesley Intermediate School.

Starting at the intersection of New North Road and Richardson Road, travel southeast down Richardson Road (113-223 odd and 104-370 even addresses included, Amazon Parade also included) until turning east down Owairaka Avenue (excluded, Lorraine Avenue and Delphine Close also excluded). At Mt Albert Road (251-305 odd and 258-310 even addresses included, Columbia Road, Huntingtree Avenue, Kiwitea Street 49 and above odd and 66 and above even, and Freyburg Avenue also included), turn southeast and then turn southwest down May Road (excluded). At the Southwestern Motorway (including from south of motorway to Richardson Road until Amazon Parade), turn northwest and travel until New North Road (excluded, Hendon Avenue and Ennismore Road included), turning northwest along New North Road until returning to the origin.

What does this mean for my family?

If you live in the enrolment scheme home area for Wesley Intermediate School you will be entitled to enrol your child at the school. This entitlement applies to new students starting school, as well as any intermediate school aged children currently attending another school in the area.

Families who live outside the enrolment scheme home zone of Wesley Intermediate School do not have entitlement to enrol and could only attend if the Board of Trustees planned to enrol any out of zone students. The enrolment scheme will establish the process for this, and places will only be available if the Board of Trustees considers it has the capacity to allow for this. Further information about whether any out of zone places will be made available will be made later in 2021.

Consultation process and timeline

The Ministry of Education is currently undertaking consultation about the proposed changes and new enrolment schemes. You can have your say by:

  • Emailing auckland.enrolmentschemes@education.govt.nz if you have further questions or comments

The Ministry will consider all feedback and liaise with the Board before making a final decision. The new schemes and changes will come into effect for the beginning of 2022.

To our wesley whanau

Kia ora koutou Staff, Board and Community

It has been a privilege to serve the Wesley Community for the past 24 years. I have been truly blessed to have met so many amazing people, colleagues, students, parents, whanau, and a huge group of people in the wider community. You have all contributed to the person I am today, and for this I am very grateful.

Having been the Principal of Wesley Intermediate School for 24 years, I believe it is now the time to leave and pass the baton onto someone else. The houses in the Wesley area are being demolished as part of a huge Kainga Ora project, and a whole new community will be developed within the next few years. The area will change dramatically with an increase of approximately 20,000 new houses, and obviously new families.

As part of the community development, a whole new school will be built over the next few years, with significant change starting soon. As with all educational settings, the principal will drive the change. These are very exciting times to be associated with Wesley Intermediate School, however in the best interests of the future direction of the school, I believe the new principal should be part of the rebuild and have an opportunity to develop relationships with the new clientele coming into the area. It will also give the new principal time to build a team of educators around them as the school increases in student numbers. It is for this reason that I will be saying goodbye at the end of 2021.

Once again, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. You have all been a taonga to me and I will always carry you in my heart.

As always, I will continue to pray for God's blessing on you all.

God bless.

Nigel Davis

Principal: Wesley Intermediate School

Covid 19 update

Friday 12 November, 2021

Important Information for Parents to know before Wednesday 17 November

Tena Koutou Parents/ Caregivers

I hope you are well and you are looking forward to having your child here ready to learn on Wednesday 17th November. These are just a few reminders that you will need to be aware of when your child comes back to school.

Keeping our students and staff safe

  • As per the Ministry of Education guidelines, all staff members are required to provide their vaccination status and evidence of an initial negative COVID-19 test that has been administered within the last five days prior to returning to work on site.

  • Hand-washing hygiene and hand sanitisation will occur every time they enter and exit the classroom.

  • Any shared equipment will be sanitised in between use.

  • Full surface cleaning will occur in each classroom at the end of each day.

  • If we get a confirmed Covid-19 case in the school, we will follow the advice from the Ministry of Education and Health.


  • Students (and all staff) are required to wear a face mask at all times unless the student has a medical condition/exemption (note from the doctor).

  • Eating and drinking without a mask will need to occur outside.

School Hours and days

  • From Wednesday 17th November until the end of term 4 Wesley Intermediate school hours will be 8.30 am - 2.00 pm. This is done so teachers have the opportunity to plan learning for the next day

  • School days will run from Monday - Friday every week until the end of term 4

  • Office hours will be from 8.00 am - 2.00 pm

  • We request that students do not arrive at school before 8.30 am

  • Students arriving from 8.30 am onwards can go directly to their classroom ready for an 9:00 am start.

  • Parents/caregivers are not able to access the school site

Distance Learning/Face-to-Face Instruction As per the Ministry of Education guidelines

  • There will be no online learning on Tuesday 16 November. Teachers will be preparing their classes for face to face learning.

  • Wesley intermediate school will continue to provide Distance Learning for any children who are not able to attend face to face onsite learning. Classroom teachers will inform you about this

Sun hats

  • Sun hats and sunscreen are recommended as students will be spending time outside. Please support your child to apply sunscreen before coming to school


  • There will not be any face to face school or house assemblies for the duration of the 2021 school year.


  • The Library will not be open for the rest of term 4

Tuck Shop/Eat My Lunch/ Fruit in schools

  • The school tuck shop will not be opening for any food orders

  • There will not be any shared lunches in classes

  • Eat My lunch will continue from Wednesday 17th November

  • Fruit in school will start back up from Monday 22nd Novemeber

Sick Children

  • Keep sick children at home if they are sick

  • Anyone who is unwell, self-isolating, or who has been advised by health authorities to remain at home while they wait for their COVID-19 test results, must stay home.

We understand that there will be anxiety around a return to school with COVID active in the community. We also know that everyone has a different set of unique circumstances. These will guide your decisions for your whānau. We support your decision to do what is right and look forward to working with you in the way that you deem is best for our current situation.

If you have questions or concerns, you can contact me or your child’s teacher by phone or email simon@wesleyintermediate.school.nz

We look forward to seeing you back at school next week.

Ngā mihi,

Simon Tafea, Acting Principal /Hagai Ulu Faiaoga