At intermediate school students continue to be taught all the curriculum subjects by their class teacher. Specialist staff teach the Arts and Technology part of the curriculum. Students are encouraged to enter the annual (ICAS) Australian Maths, Science, English, Writing, Spelling and Computers Competition. Our academic teaching and learning programmes are based around personalised, future focussed online learning platforms and collaboration. Each classroom is an active and dynamic learning community, which promotes action research across all areas of the community, fully utilising and developing 21st Century skills and tools. Emphasis is placed on developing competent and confident students who are independent critical thinkers ready to successfully enter secondary school.
Gifted and Talent Programme Students with particular gifts and talents are catered for in the Gifted and Talented Programme. This programme is designed to cater for students with gifts and talents in all curriculum areas as well as in the arts and sport. Parents with an interest in this area are invited to join the Gifted and Talented Reference Group that meet on a regular basis.
Learning Support – Developing Talents The learning support team at Murrays Bay Intermediate School is headed by a senior staff member and currently supported by our Senco and 12 teacher aides. A number of programmes, including Step to Literacy, Numicon and Fast Forward are used to support students who require academic support. Teachers have in class support for students where this is appropriate. The Resource Teachers of Learning and Behaviour (RTLB) work very closely with our staff.
Physical Education Students participate in PE or fitness each day at school. Students are required to change into their PE uniform for these lessons. The PE programme throughout the year covers a variety of sporting techniques and skills. Outdoor Education The whole school participates in an
Outdoor Education experience. Year 7 students will have a day based programme and the Year 8 students have a 5 day camping experience. It is essential we have parent assistance for these activities.
Technology The aim of technology teaching and learning is for students to develop technological literacy. Students will develop a broad understanding of how and why things work and also understand how products and systems are developed. They will learn to critically evaluate technological developments and trends in addition to evaluating their own products created in class. The Arts All students experiences classes in the Arts area with teachers who are specialists in their area. Murrays Bay Intermediate School has a very strong Performing Arts Programme and has a particularly strong reputation in music. MBIS values music education and has resourced the school with excellent equipment. Students learn about and create art in a range of media. In the Digital Art programme students use Apple computers and Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator to design works of art. Visual Art works in the medium of paint, pastel as well as textural resources. Students often follow artists models and cover learning experiences such as understanding the colour wheel, blending colours and paint techniques.
Session 5 During this daily session students rotate around teachers and classes learning foreign languages (Japanese, Chinese, German, Spanish and French), Te Reo Maori and Focus English.
Day Talent This programme runs through Terms 2,3 and 4. Students are encouraged to select options that enhance their strengths, help in areas that they may need more time or assistance as well as experience new activities. There are many activities on offer run by teachers who have a passion for their chosen activity.
Band Programme The Beginner Band Programme offers a unique music opportunity to all enrolling students. Students who wish to join the Beginner Band have small group lessons during the school day. We have qualified music tutors visiting the school weekly. Instruments can be hired through the school and in addition to the weekly lessons students participate in band rehearsals, assembly performances, fun trips and regular concerts to families. As the tuition is in small groups, the cost to families is very reasonable. Band Programme Information Evening - Wednesday 1 st November 7.30pm in the MBIS Hall Instrument Hire Evening – Wednesday 8 th November 7.30pm in the MBIS Hall Join us to see and hear how your child can become involved in our Music Programme. Enrolments will be taken during the information evening. Any questions email email@example.com Enrol your child and have fun with music!
No previous musical experience is necessary All students are guaranteed to be in the Band Hire your instrument through MBIS Lessons during the school day at MBIS
Extension Music Groups Extension programmes cater for specific interest groups during the years. The Beginner Band becomes the Concert Band in their second year at Intermediate. Other groups include: School Choirs, Orchestra, Strings, Hand Bells, Swing Band, as well as Rock Bands. Regular music evenings and concerts are presented by the students to families and community groups.
Performing Arts Murrays Bay Intermediate has a very strong Performing Art programme. Students can participate in a wide range of dance activities including Dancesport, Jazz Dance, Hip Hop, Cheer Leading, Kapa Haka and Korean Dance. Students are given the opportunity to choreograph their own dances and there are many dance performance opportunities and competitions throughout the year.
Visual Arts/Digital Art Students that show interest or talent can opt into addition time creating art, one block per week as well as on day zeros. The work created is often displayed in art exhibitions during the year as well as around the school.
School Production The school puts on a major school production each year. This involves a large number of students. A lot of the preparation for this takes place during our day talent programme. School Production usually takes place in Term 2.
ELIP (English Language Intensive Programme) Many of our international students require additional English at the commencement of their education in New Zealand. They spend part of their school day with our very experienced ELIP staff and the rest of the time in regular classrooms. We aim to buddy our international students with a speaker from their home country who is now fluent in English. The Director of International Students at Murrays Bay Intermediate School is Mrs Sandra Jacobs to whom inquires about enrolment should be made, and the Dean of International Students is Janene Levett.