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Kia ora and welcome to 2015

Several years ago we looked closely at the concept of BYOD - Bring Your Own Device and after canvassing our students, staff and community we decided the time was not right. With the primary and secondary schools around us now actively looking at and promoting BYOD we have revisited our decision.

Newlands Intermediate is launching a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiative this year. Students will be able to bring laptops, Chromebooks, tablets or iPads to use for educational purposes.

We are a well-resourced school with good access to digital devices, but BYOD is an optional extra for those students who would like to use their own device to support their learning.

Device Guide

Devices must:

  • be either a tablet, iPad, netbook, laptop, Ultrabook or Chromebook. Smartphones are not considered appropriate for BYOD at Newlands Intermediate
  • have a screen size no smaller than 7 inches (measured on the diagonal)
  • be wifi capable
  • in the case of Windows' devices, have up-to-date antivirus protection
  • have word processing and internet browsing software

Other things to consider include:

  • size and weight of the device as it will be travelling to and from school each day
  • whether it has a camera (useful though not necessary)
  • protective covering

While we look forward to the educational opportunities that BYOD will bring, participation in this initiative is voluntary. Your child will not be left out if they do not have a device. Newlands Intermediate will continue to provide access to school owned technology. Please look at the BYOD Information sheet below.

BYOD Supporting Information

Please note that no digital devices should be brought to school until the Digital Code of Conduct has been brought home, discussed and returned to school signed by parents. This will be sent home on Tuesday February 3rd and the sooner it is returned, the sooner devices can be bought into school to support learning.

See you on February 2nd.




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.