Courage and Commitment – Kia Kaha, Kia Maia
School Motto:Courage and commitment
School Values:Respect for self, Respect for others and Responsibility for your actions
Mission Statement:Rotorua Intermediate enabling progress and achievement within a Collaborative and Innovative Learning community; targeting Personalised and Globally Connected learning experiences, to prepare our learners for an ever changing world.
Demographics:Rotorua Intermediate is a decile 4 school with a roll of 650 students. (ERO 2013) The school is situated near the centre of Rotorua and caters for students in Years 7 and 8. The school is enriched with an increasing number of students from Pacific and other heritages. Flags for each country are prominently displayed and students act as cultural ambassadors to represent the 31 countries represented at the school. Students demonstrate pride in their school and assist in maintaining attractive gardens and grounds. The school values of ‘respect for others, respect for self, and responsibility for managing oneself’ are explicitly promoted and continually reflected in the attitudes and behaviour of many students throughout the school. School leaders and teachers regularly celebrate student success in a wide range of academic, sports and cultural experiences. The school offers classes that focus on bilingual education, e-learning, academic extension, single gender education or learning support programmes. All students participate in specialist classes, such as culinary arts, multi materials (blending of electronics, hard materials and soft materials), music, drama, graphic design, science, adolescent health and cyber safety. There are many opportunities for students to develop leadership skills including the organisation of school-wide sports activities during three ‘student engagement’ times each week. The board employs two school counsellors to support students and families and assist teachers in providing a safe emotional environment for learning. Teachers have designed and implemented a school-wide approach to positive behaviour for learning. (PB4L).