Welcome to the Principal's blog!

Last week saw the start of our running academy. Earlier this year I had the pleasure to meet Alistair Leslie, a middle and long distance running coach from a local athletics club. Alistair is the running coach of several of our ex-students who are doing very well in both regional and national events.

It seemed timely with the development of our turf to think creatively about how community groups and skilled experts could use our facilities.

We have invited the top runners from our local contributing schools to take part in this new initiative and it is heartening to see how enthusiastic the students are about coming to run and train at the intermediate. Our top year 7 and 8 runners are taking part also. Alistair will be talking to everyone about the opportunities to train at Olympic Athletics Club too.

We hope that over the next few years the Newlands community becomes known for its cross country runners and able track and field athletes.

Another new initiative this term are our bees. We are about to become beekeepers. The site for the hives is being cleared among the gorse and broom above the netball courts, away from the main playing areas. The bank that runs alongside the main rugby field is going to be planted in thyme, lavender and rosemary and this will be the main foraging field for the colonies.

We have become members of the Wellington Beekeepers Association and have a mentor to help us with our hives.

It is an exciting programme but also one that fits with our environmental science and sustainability vision and values. Bees are like frogs and sparrows, indicators of the health of local ecosystems.
Our bees will roam for nectar and pollen up to 2kilometres so if you feel you are in this foraging zone please give some thought to planting bee friendly shrubs or trees.

We are soon to interview for our 2015 beekeepers – one in each class is our goal. We have ordered bee protective suits and smokers and with the help of some of our students we are building frames and boxes for the hives. We will of course sell the honey next year so watch out in the newsletter for our honey promotions.

Our last celebration evening of the year is going to be a cultural celebration. With our students and families we are organising an evening of food from all our cultures and an evening concert. Many of you will be asked to help in some way. It is a fundraiser for us but more importantly it will be an inclusive celebration of all the great ethnicities and cultures that make our school the vibrant, interesting place that it is.




Newlands Intermediate Kapa Haka Roopu preparing to take the stage at the 2013 St Brigids Kapa Haka Festival.

Saturday, September 21st was a proud day for our school as we hosted the Annual St Brigids Kapa Haka Festival. The inclement weather did not dampen the enthusiasm shown by performers and spectators alike. Thirteen roopu representing many schools from throughout the Northern Suburbs performed with passion and pride.

Camp 2014

Room 12 from Nga Wawata enjoying a bite to eat after a long tramp.


NIS 2013 Mathswell Team

The victorious Newlands Intermediate Mathswell team proudly displaying their gold medals after placing 1st at the regional competition. Team members: Jared Hodson, Shine Wu, Caleb Bartlett, Chelsea Kah, Aneesa Delpachitra and Lilly Zhang were resilient and collaborative in their efforts.

Newlands Intermediate is very proud of their efforts. A total of 32 schools from throughout the region took part in this competion. This is the second time in 4 years that a Mathswell team from our school has placed 1st in this esteemed competition.


The students, staff and parent community of Newlands Intermediate welcomed esteemed visitors this morning, Monday May 12 2014 to the opening of our much anticipated turf. The formal proceedings of the day began with a powhiri.

Matua Joe McLeod (Nga Hau e Wha o Papararangi) and Simon McAtamney (Deputy Principal) were the speakers for Newlands Intermediate whilst Craig Fransen (HoF Maori- Newlands College) replied on behalf of all the visitors.

Following the powhiri and a speech delivered by Patrick Conroy (BOT- chair), the turf was officially opened by the Honourable Peter Dunne.

The turf, comprising of a rugby/football field, two netball courts/two tennis courts, six-a-side hockey and a two lane running track, is intended to be used by schools and the wider community.

The turf has been made possible by the contributions from various community trusts.

schoolgen Launch - june 17

Building learning power through the context of solar energy was the theme for Newlands Intermediate's schoolgen launch this morning, Tuesday June 17. Schoolgen is a partnership between Wellington City Council and Genesis Energy: teaching Kiwi kids about solar energy and energy efficiency.

Newlands Intermediate is 1 of only 10 schools recently selected to be a schoolgen school. To recall our winning application, watch our entry on our e-learning page [CLICK HERE].

A schoolgen school is supported with the installation of a photovoltaic (PV) system, in our case, a 4-kilowatt (kW) PV system which generates electricity. Photovoltaic cells transform radiant energy from sunlight into direct current electricity. This electricity can be used as soon as it is generated or it can be stored for later use.

Visit and click on the map or search 'schools' to discover how much energy NIS is generating on a daily or monthly basis.

Strike performance - june 12

Newlands Intermediate students are a captivated audience during "STRIKE" performance.

NIS Open morning - june 19

On Thursday June 19 we are having an open morning- "Our School in Action."

The school will be open for all future or prospective parents and their children from 9am to midday.

During this time our students will be engaged in the learning activities that take place at our school each day. Our student ambassadors will be guiding parents through classrooms, looking at our facilities and answering questions about our school.

Parents are welcome to attend without their children if withdrawing them from school is a concern.

There will be opportunities to chat informally with the principal and deputy principals.

Please register at the front office upon your arrival.

Please note that this open morning does not replace our open evening on August 14.

TEAching positions in 2015

Please fill in the form below and click the submit details button to receive an Application Pack for a teaching position at Newlands Intermediate School in 2015.