Kaupapa Mātanga

Students all participate in a range of specialist subjects across their 2 years

Visual Arts

The Visual Arts Programme offers students the opportunity to generate their ideas in a variety of artistic forms both transitional, and digital. They are introduced to the elements, principles, and techniques of Visual Arts. This enables them to learn about art in their own and others’ cultures through exploration, representation, imagining and creating artworks. Students are introduced to the creative process which enables them to broaden their ideas and imagination through research and practical application.

Performing Arts

The Performing Arts Programme is designed to give students the opportunity to learn the beginning skills of music, dance and drama. Through an integrated curriculum approach, students explore the creative process; translating ideas, thoughts, and feelings into original pieces of artwork and experiences. Teacher tuition on the keyboard and other sound experiences, allow students to manipulate sound in the music programme. In dance, they will improve their techniques, poise, self-confidence and creative ability, to respond to a range of stimuli. Drama offers the students an opportunity to explore their world through the ‘pretend’ in meaningful and fun contexts.

Materials Technology

Materials Technology at Maidstone Intermediate provides the students with opportunities to explore a wide range of resistant materials. They will learn about the properties of these materials and their suitability for use. Over the course of the cycle, students are introduced to many different tools including a laser cutter and are shown how to use them correctly and safely. All work in Materials Technology follows a Design Brief, and by Year 8, students will be designing, modifying and producing products for an identified need. Students use rubrics to identify their next learning steps and are given ongoing feedback to enable them to reach the specified outcomes.

Design Technology

Design Technology—Codebotiks is a programme that incorporates elements of both computer coding and robotics. Students are introduced to algorithms, the essential first step needed to learn to code and show how this can be applied to solve challenges using droids and apps. Students learn to understand how technological systems use control to allow for the transformation of inputs to outputs. Put more simply; program the robot correctly and it will complete the task.

Food Technology 

Learning in the Food Technology classroom has a focus on introducing the students to the Technology Process. This will assist them in designing, making and modifying food products to meet the requirements of a ‘brief’. The students will write their brief based on the need for healthy food for young people. Students will explore foods from other cultures and make products that they find new and exciting. Aspects of food safety and hygiene, culinary skills, and nutrition, are also an important part of the programme.

Te Ao Māori

Te Kura Waenga ō Hinepōhatu (Maidstone Intermediate) is one of the few schools in our region that has a specialist to provide the teaching and learning of Te Ao Māori. Every student has the opportunity to learn about the Māori world; not just the language. This course offers knowledge in reo Māori (language), Tikanga Māori (the way we do things), and Te Ao Māori (the Māori world in general). Students do a lot of work around their pepeha and whakapapa initially. After they develop an understanding of their own background and take pride in those who came before them, they move into building their knowledge of Māori protocols, and all things Maori.