Welcome to Avalon Intermediate!
We have 255 students at Avalon Intermediate and most of our tamariki are from Taita, Pomare and Stokes Valley. We run 9 classrooms and our classrooms are organised into 3 teams; Team Tui, Team Ruru and Team Kahu. Students spend most of their learning time in their classroom so it's important that they can build a positive and strong relationship with their classroom teacher. Our staff spend a lot of time getting to know our learners and their whānau. Our students visit our Technology rooms on Mondays and Tuesdays for 90 minute lessons in Wood, Multi, Fabric, Food, Art and Science. Our weekly timetable is made up of Literacy and Numeracy, PE and Health, Inquiry, Te Reo Maori, Technology and the Arts/Languages. Students can also attend weekly Kapa Haka and Poly Club sessions which are held during school time.
Sports: We are proud to be part of the Wellington Intermediate Schools Sporting Association which means that we attend all Inter School Tournaments with the other 14 Intermediates across the Wellington region. Students who are interested in representing our school at these events attend trials and trainings as part of preparing for these competitions. We have teams who play Basketball at Walter Nash on Wednesday afternoons/evenings in Terms 2 and 3, as well as teams who play Netball at Taita Courts on Saturdays in Terms 2 and 3. Floorball is offered in Term 1, Waterpolo in Term 2 and Badminton in Term 4. We have teams who play touch at Fraser Park in Term 1 and in Term 4. Because we are a relatively small intermediate school, there are LOTS of opportunities to play sport as long as you are committed, reliable and try your best!
Our Values: Ngā tikanga, the values that underpin the way that our school works are:
ERO Feedback from our last review in 2020: Avalon Intermediate is a multicultural school catering for students in years 7 and 8. Students predominantly come from the Stokes Valley, Pomare and Taita area. Our traditional contributing schools are Koraunui, Tawhai, Pomare and Taita Central.
Students at Avalon Intermediate School learn in an environment focused on improvement. Respectful, friendly relationships with teachers and, generally, among students, contribute to a settled working atmosphere. Overall, students know the purpose of learning and criteria for success. They set and monitor personal goals and can identify progress.
Our students are proud of our school. They enjoy a strong voice in school improvement. The young leaders’ group regularly consult their peers and represent their views to staff, contributing to fresh initiatives. Māori and Pacific students are recognised in school-wide opportunities for leadership. In many areas of the curriculum, students have opportunities to choose within broad themes aligned to their knowledge, strengths, skills and interests. Cultural capacity and competence are nurtured through an effective kapa haka and Pasifika programme.
A variety of effective teaching strategies engage and motivate our students. Closely analysed achievement information forms the basis of detailed planning to meet individual students’ identified needs in literacy and numeracy. Teachers build on prior knowledge, provide relevant and high interest resources, use peer and group learning opportunities and model expected outcomes. Relevant activities allow most students to work independently for extended periods of time.