School Hours

School Starts: 8.45am (Monday – Thursday) and 9am (Friday)

Interval: 10:05am – 10:25am (Please note that school starts at 9.00am on a Friday)

Lunch: 11:35am – 11:55am

Recreation:  1:05pm – 1:45pm

Students are asked not to arrive before 8:00am and unless involved in an official school activity with a teacher, are asked to leave the grounds by 3:20pm.

We do not observe a shortened day and early closure because of poor weather. Our Wet Weather Recreation Programme provides a variety of extracurricular activities that see our students fully occupied.

School closes at 2:00pm on the last day of term and 1:00pm on the last day of the year.


The value of regular attendance cannot be overstressed. All students are expected to be conscientious about punctuality and attendance. We expect all students to arrive on time to begin learning at 8:45am.

In the event of absence from school, parents/caregivers are asked to telephone or email the school and to provide a reason for the absence.

Applying for leave for students

Application for leave 

Sun Safe

The dangers of over exposure to the sun and of the significant increase in the occurrence of skin cancers in New Zealand are well documented.

The school has adopted a seven stage strategy to provide sun protection for students and staff.

  • Compulsory school hats
  • Shade umbrellas
  • Sunblock
  • Nature shade canopies
  • Shade canopy and verandahs

The ‘baseball style’ school cap and ‘bucket style’ school hat, have been designed with
student input and are part of the official school uniform.

School hats are essential for outdoor activities during Terms 1 and 4.

Illness Accident Injury

Parents/caregivers are asked to note major health problems, allergies, medication and physical difficulties on the Enrolment Form. A list of students with special needs, their condition and necessary medication is held electronically and is available to staff at all times.

Contact, emergency contact and doctor telephone numbers are also noted on the Enrolment Form. Should any details change, parents/caregivers are asked to inform the school immediately.

In the event of illness, accident or injury, the following procedures will be followed:

  • Students unwell or injured are taken to a Medical Room
  • Minor injuries or conditions are treated by the teacher/Administration Staff.
  • If necessary students rest/recuperate in a medical room
  • Parents/Caregivers are contacted and arrangements are made for their child to be collected from school
  • If the parent/caregiver cannot be contacted the student will remain in the Medical Room
  • In the case of a serious accident or injury, the attending staff member will make the patient
    comfortable and render first aid
  • The student will be taken to Ponsonby A & E Clinic, St Lukes A& E Clinic or an ambulance will be requested
  • Parents/Caregivers will be contacted at the
    earliest opportunity
  • Unwell or injured students will not be sent home without parent/caregiver permission
  • If the student is in a very distressed condition and parents/caregivers cannot be contacted, the family doctor will be consulted
  • Students will not be permitted to give themselves first aid treatment or medications unless specific written permission has been received from parents/caregivers

Parents/Caregivers are asked not to send children who are unwell to school.

Medicine authority form

If your child requires medicine to be administered at school, please complete this form.

Access to School

Pasadena Intermediate has only one vehicle access – off Moray Place via Pasadena Avenue

At peak times there is often considerable congestion and we would request parents/caregivers exercise
extreme caution when delivering and collecting children. Pedestrian access to the school is via two bridges from Motions Road and a walkway from Premier Avenue.

Pasadena Intermediate is on the TravelWise programme and encourages students use active and sustainable modes of transport to get to/from school eg walking, cycling, public transport.


Pasadena Intermediate School is extremely well served by public transport, and the use of buses has become a common means of school transport.

For further information on buses between your home and Pasadena Intermediate School, please refer to the AT Journey Planner.

Off-Site School Activities

Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC) events provide students with access to hands-on experiences that are not available inside the classroom. They offer unique and stimulating learning opportunities that support your child’s learning and achievement. 

There are many occasions when students will leave the school campus for EOTC, some of these will be in the local area while others are further afield e.g. trips, sports tournaments, concerts, festivals, exhibitions, productions, competitions, school exchanges, arts performances, visits, community activities etc.

Parents/Caregivers will be informed in advance and in writing of the impending outing beyond the local area, including the details and any cost that may be involved. Parents/Caregivers will be asked to sign and return to school a Consent Form.  Permission for trips in the local area is provided through our enrolment form.

There is an expectation that students will take responsibility for their own learning and for their safety and that of others.

Students may not leave the school grounds for an activity without the signed consent of a parent/caregiver.

Library Books

All library books are able to be borrowed free of charge. However, parents/caregivers will be required to make a contribution towards lost and/or damaged books.

Valuables, Money and Clothing

There is always the possibility that items of property will be lost or go missing. It cannot be too strongly emphasised that parents/caregivers can assist the school by clearly labelling all items of clothing and equipment so that it may be returned to their child.

When an item of clothing is lost, students should check in the lost property in the sick bay.  If the item is labelled it will be returned to the child.
Parents/caregivers are also welcome to check. 

Large sums of money or articles of substantial value, must not be brought to school. When necessary, teachers will
hold money for safe keeping on the understanding that all due care is given, but no responsibility is accepted.


Individual, family and class photos are taken  early in Term 1.

Photographs are taken by a private company, on a ‘no obligation to purchase’ basis.

Orders are made directly through PhotoLife, and the school is unable to provide reprints in the future.

Stationery Supplies

  • All basic stationery items can be purchased from the school
  • Stationery may be purchased from the School Office
  • Prices are published with the Stationery Order Form and in the Student Information Book
  • Prices are correct at time of printing and are inclusive of GST

Student Leadership

Each year there are a variety of opportunities for Student Leaders, including Strategic Leadership Groups, Office Monitors, AV Technicians, and Librarians.

Student Strategic Leaders are selected following a written application and small group interval.  These groups meet regularly to discuss school activities and matters and proposals raised by the student

Strategic Leaders are responsible for running school events, such as socials, coordinating fundraising, and taking action in the local community and school. 

ICT Agreement

Information and Communications Technologies and the Internet are important resources for students’ learning. 

The school will do its best to restrict student access to offensive, dangerous or illegal material on the Internet or other communication technologies, through its robust filtering software, however it is also the responsibility of students to have no involvement in such material or activities.  This applies to all digital communication technologies children bring into the school environment, such as personal digital devices (including but not restricted to laptops, smartphones, tablets), mobile phones, hard drives or memory/USB sticks.

As responsible members of the Pasadena Intermediate School community, all students are expected to follow the agreed guidelines. These guidelines are detailed in the ‘Pasadena Intermediate School Acceptable Use For Information and Communications Technologies Agreement’ that each student and their parents are required to sign as part of the enrolment procedures, and before students may access Information and
Communications Technologies resources available to the school.

While school will help students keep personal devices secure, students will have the final responsibility for securing their personal device(s). Please check with your homeowner’s policy regarding coverage of personal electronic devices, as many insurance policies can cover loss or damage. (Pasadena Insurance does not cover students’ personal device).

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.

Read the full report


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.

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