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At Te Atatū Intermediate we not only teach the core curriculum, but we teach a range of specialist subjects: we teach thinking and learning skills, we emphasise character values, growth mindset, resilience, and the development of the whole person into the best that he or she can be.


The character values that we have selected as our core values are:

Whanaungatanga – relationship, kinship, sense of family connection – a relationship through shared experiences and working together which provides students with a sense of belonging.
Atawhai – kindness, generosity, kindheartedness, benevolence.
Kaitiakitanga – guardianship and protection
Ako – is a dynamic form of learning. Ako describes a teaching and learning relationship where the educator is also learning from the student in a two-way process, and where educators’ practices are informed by the latest research and are both deliberate and reflective.


While each student is based in a homeroom where they learn the core curriculum, they also get the opportunity to study specialized subject areas led by a teacher very well-qualified in the field and passionate about the subject.

Art; Science; Music; Physical Education and Health; Hard Materials – Wood; ICT – Robotics and Coding; Creative Media; Food Technology; Languages (Te Reo Māori and other languages that could include French, German, Mandarin etc – subject to teacher expertise.)


While we emphasize Literacy (both Reading and Writing) and Numeracy – ensuring that each child is given full support in attaining the highest levels possible for them in these areas. Integration across all subjects ensures students receive their hour a day across reading, writing and mathematics. The new Digital Technologies curriculum places emphasis on Computational Thinking, in which decomposition, pattern matching, abstraction and using algorithms are prevalent. We incorporate these across all subject areas and also in specialist ICT and Media subjects. We also consider the Key Competencies important: Thinking, Managing Self, Relating to Others, Participating and Contributing, and Using Language, Symbols and Text.


Within the area of thinking skills, teachers use a variety of tools to support students in their learning and in response to the world around them. Thinking is based around the 5 Cs that support learning in the classroom and beyond the school setting into life and careers. These are Creative (thinking in a new way) /Critical (questioning/challenging information)/ Collaborative (working together and considering all viewpoints) / Computational (understanding thought processes required to solve problems) and Caring Thinking (ethics, values and beliefs)

Students are encouraged to build on their strengths and be aware of areas needing development. This is done through assisting the students to be resilient when things don’t go their way, and to adopt a GROWTH rather than a FIXED mindset.


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Our school day begins at 8:40am. We encourage students to be here by 8:30am to set themselves up for the day. The rest of the day’s outline is:


8:55am – Period 1

10:05am – Small kai break

10.10am – Period 2


11:40am – Period 3

12:50pm – LUNCH

1:40pm – Period 4

3:00pmEND OF DAY


Most TAI students live on the peninsula, within a relatively short distance to the school. Many walk to and from school. Some ride bikes or scooters. Some are dropped off and collected by parents.

Students catching the bus to the Peninsula from homes over the motorway bridge will need to catch one of the public buses. Buses run often now – about every 10-15 minutes. They will need to catch the 13 bus or 113.

In the morning, students self-monitor their trip times, trying to ensure that they arrive at school before 8:40 am. In the afternoon, all bus students meet Mrs Clarke at the bus stop to catch the 13 bus, which is designated to arrive just after 3pm. There could be an occasional hiccough, and a bus may not arrive on time. If this happens, we wait for the next bus which arrives 10 minutes later. If they have a phone, students can text their parents to let them know.

1. Rules on the bus: It is a public bus, so loud talking or poor behaviour will not be tolerated. Frequent breaches of this rule may result in that child being banned from the bus for a time. Parents would be informed. So, no unnecessary pulling the bell; swinging on the poles; loud talking and shouting; disrespect to others.

2. The bus has to be waved down, so it is important that students only catch the 13

3. Students always need a raincoat. Even a $2.00 poncho (kept in the bottom of their bag for rainy days) will keep them dry. Auckland Transport has been very generous and has built two bus shelters for us, but we have many students catching buses, and we won’t all fit into the bus stop during bad weather.


We now offer four different options for lunches which must be ordered before 8:30 am on the day required. These can be ordered via the KINDO app.

Monday – Pita Pit

Tuesday – Pita Pit

Wednesday – Subway

Thursday – Rice Runner

Friday – Pita Pit & Rice Runner

You can view the menu options here.