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

Capabilities for Living and Lifelong Learning
  • Thinking; Using Language, Symbols, and Texts; Managing Self; Relating to Others; Participating and Contributing.

Enhanced Curriculum Programme

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

Learning Support

  • Camps; Outdoor Education; Environment Care; Waterwise; Sustainability Programmes

Gifted and Talented Classes

  • English; Languages; Publishing; Mathematics; Science; The Performing Arts; Visual Arts; Technology; Leadership, ICT – Computer Programming, 3D Printing and Design


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


The organization of Pasadena Intermediate School is structured into 2 Teams.

National Standards

Students receive Written Reports against National Standards twice a year,at the end of Term 2 and at the end of Term 4. Student led Conferences are undertaken in Terms 1 and 3.
To read a presentation on how Pasadena Intermediate determines the National Standards please click here.

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.