NZ Curriculum

The Essential Learning Areas:

  • English, the arts, health and physical education, learning languages, mathematics and statistics, science,
    social sciences, and technology

The Key Competencies


Enhanced Curriculum Programme

  • Camps; Outdoor Education; Environment Care; Waterwise
  • Annual Production; Concerts; Talent Quest; Choir; Instrumental and Vocal Groups; Instrument Tuition; Music
    and Performing Arts Festivals; Cultural Festivals; Visual Art Exhibitions; Television & Film
  • Speech; Languages; Literature; Writing; Mathematics; Science; Visual Art; Technology; Environmental;
    International Competitions
  • Inter Class & School Sports; Zone & All Auckland Sports Competitions
  • New Zealand School Exchanges; Annual Hiroshima Junior High School (Japan) Home and Away Exchanges
  • Socials/Dances; Community Service; Student Government

Learning Support

  • Literacy; ESOL; Numeracy; Physical Skills; Social Skills


Classes / Modules / Contracts / Online

  • English; Languages; Publishing; Mathematics; Information Literacy; Science; The Performing Arts; Visual
    Arts; Technology; Leadership


All classes at Pasadena are composite Year 7 and Year 8 homeroom classes and are of mixed abilities.
This organization:
  • provides the emotional and social stability and security so vital for the maturing pre-adolescent child
  • enables the incoming Year 7 students to integrate more naturally and easily into the school system
  • provides the student, where appropriate, with the same homeroom Class Teacher and Syndicate Manager for
    their two years of intermediate schooling
  • best suits the seamless design and structure of the New Zealand Curriculum
  • enables teachers to make available to students, programmes geared to their specific needs and abilities
  • enables the school to maximise staff expertise and knowledge and to make the best use of the facilities

What to do if you have a grievance?

We want you to be happy at Pasadena Intermediate School. There are times however, when things do not go as smoothly or as well as we may like. Here are some ideas about what you can do about it.

Problems with a teacher:

Make a time to talk to your classroom teacher about your concern. If your concern is the classroom teacher, make a time to talk to the Teacher responsible for International Students.
  • After a few days, if you do not think the problem has been solved by your classroom teacher or talk to Deputy Principal Miss Lisa White.
  • If after a few days, after you have spoken to Miss Lisa White, the problem is still there, talk to the Principal, Mr Jonathan Hughes.
Problems with school friends:
Take the time to talk to your teacher about your concern.
  • You can also talk with Deputy Principal Lisa White. She is very helpful, especially with broken friendships


Please refer to the section ” Provision for International Students” in our ERO report.

Education Review Office (ERO) Report

December 2017
The Education Review Office gave Pasadena Intermediate School an outstanding report following its most recent assessment visit. It noted that School data shows students achieving well in National Standards….

Jonathan Hughes

Students at Pasadena always come first. In our learning environment students will learn, grow and develop socially, intellectually and culturally over the two years they are with us. We pride ourselves on providing an innovative and holistic education where personal excellence is achieved.