Curriculum and Learning
Here at Wesley Intermediate School, we strive to provide a rich curriculum with multiple opportunities for new learning experiences and personal growth.
We follow an Inquiry Learning approach that supports critical and deeper thinking for students. Much of our planning is integrated and students are immersed in experiences that allow reading, writing and the arts to be explored simultaneously.
Through both partnerships with external influencers (Manaiakalani, Critical Pixels, Te Whangai) and by utilising our highly skilled teaching staff, we create high quality, authentic learning experiences and strong curriculum design. Our focus remains clear as we seek to support the development of confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners, as set out in the New Zealand Curriculum.
Te reo Māori
Te reo Māori is a language of communication in our country, Aotearoa. Our students are taught to understand and acknowledge tikanga Māori, grow in their ability to understand and speak the language, and to begin to learn how to read and write it. We strive for our learners to incorporate both language and Māori world view into their way of being while at Wesley Intermediate School. All students are offered te reo Māori through the Ka Mau te Wehi programme within the school.
Wesley Intermediate is very proud of their music programme, offering every student ukelele, guitar, drum and keyboard tuition. Students are also given the opportunity to participate in a band, and a number of students choose to audition for the school rock band. If selected for the band, students learn to perform with the enthusiasm and competency associated with professional musicians.
In addition to the school rock band, we have a very successful steel pan band, supported by a professional teacher from the The Steel Workshop.
During their two years at Wesley Intermediate School, students are likely to be involved in a variety of education visits and experiences outside of the classroom. While most of these involve the whole school, we continue to offer smaller groups rich experiences such as leadership camp, ski camp at Mt Ruapehu and sports trips to the NZAIMS games. We also aim to take students on a 3-4 day residential camp in Hamilton once a year.