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:
Respect, Kindness, Consideration and Concern, Compassion, Honesty, Duty, Responsibility and Resilience.
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; Hard Materials – Metal; Creative Media; Food Technology; Computer Studies; Languages (French, German, Mandarin, Japanese and Te Reo Māori).
LITERACY, NUMERACY and the KEY COMPETENCIES
While we emphasise 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 – we also consider the Key Competencies important: Thinking, Managing Self, Relating to Others, Participating and Contributing, and Using Language, Symbols and Text.
LEARNING, THINKING, QUESTIONING and MOTIVATIONAL SKILLS
Under the umbrella of the Essential Fluencies and using Multiple Intelligences (Gardner), students are taught (and required to use in relevant contexts), the following: The Sixteen Habits of Mind (Costa and Kallick); Bloom’s and SOLO Taxonomies; The Six Thinking Hats (de Bono); Thinker’s Keys (Ryan); The Questioning Toolkit and Fertile Testing. Students are also made aware of their personality types and are encouraged to build on their strengths and be aware of areas needing development (CarolDweck)
TRAVELLING TO AND FROM SCHOOL
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 20 minutes. They will need to catch the 131 bus from Henderson.
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 Mr Evans at the bus stop to catch the 131, which is designated to arrive at 3:11 pm. 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. Because students don’t all fit in, the school has a 3:11 pm and a 3:21 pm group for the bus. Those waiting for the 3:21 pm bus wait on the school premises until Mr Evans escorts them to the bus stop at 3:15 pm.
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 131 (the 132 goes to the city).
3. Students should have $2.00 tucked in a safe place, just in case the HOP card is empty.
4. 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.