Extension and Enrichment
A number of extension and enrichment activities are available at Maidstone Intermediate. All enrichment groups involve students working in an environment that provides challenges and the opportunity to work alongside like-minded and capable peers. Many of the tasks involve levels of difficulty beyond the normal classroom programme. Others are designed for those students who have different approaches and skills. Problem solving in a practical, authentic setting, and looking at creative ways to understand the world and its peoples are also encouraged in these activities and programmes.
- Complete at least 20 hours worth of community service hours.
- Complete at least 20 hours worth of ‘Passion Projects.’ A passion project is learning a new skill or hobby which students have not taken part in before.
- Students take part in five outdoor activities which are at least two hours in length and are challenging in nature.
Students work together in small groups to build and modify these bots. Once completed they compete in a competition, usually held in the Wairarapa.
A problem would be offered to, or found by, our students who would then follow the Engineering Design Process (Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, Experiment, Improve) to complete their concept. In the world of STEAM it is seldom the norm to get it right the first time! Each attempt (or iteration) gives the students further opportunities to collaborate, think deeply, problem-solve and use skills from across the STEAM range of subjects.
It is known that the skills acquired from a STEAM programme can assist our tamariki in becoming future focussed, adaptable learners who will be well prepared for integrated learning at college, and be resilient enough to deal with set-backs.
Literacy: The Literacy Academy offers students an opportunity to dig deeper into areas of interest. Developing further as a critical reader and a skilful writer are central to what we do.
- Journalism (investigate/research, write, and report for publication)
- Propaganda (how and why people persuade and are persuaded)
- Myths, folklore, legends, and fables (identify and critique moral purpose within the literature)
- The film, art, and performance critique (review and recommend).
MAD (Maidstone Athletic Development)
- A competitive environment where everyone is supportive and aspires to become a better athlete.
- Exposure to a variety of sports and physical activities.
- Sessions with sports professionals from the wider community.
- Weekly sessions where they will learn new skills and knowledge in sports science, nutrition, game strategy, specific skills and much more.
- Leadership opportunities in school and the community.
- Access to elite training and skill development.
- EOTC trips focusing on improving and developing the students as athletes and as people.
- An awesome MAD t-shirt that can be worn as part of the school PE uniform.