Welcome to Tauranga Intermediate School

Welcome students and families to Tauranga Intermediate School. We are a large intermediate school which prides itself on the quality educational opportunities that we provide for our students.

Please come and visit our school as we would love to share with you the outstanding teachers, exciting opportunities and our many achievements that make us a great school.  


Tauranga Intermediate School - catering for 21st century learners.

What is a multimedia classroom?

A digital environment where learners work on their own laptop to access and complete learning. Both Rimu and Tanekaha are Innovative Learning Environments, with an open plan layout, containing four classes each. This allows students to work collaboratively. Students are encouraged to work collaboratively with their peers and have an immediate audience as they work online.

What are the advantages of multimedia?

  • An interactive learning environment
  • Inquiry based learning using advanced digital tools and processes e.g. animation, basic programming, computer science, media art,, movie-making, music making, photography and entering digital competitions
  • Creating content rather than consuming content
  • Digital citizenship culture
  • Flipped classroom approach to learning
  • Access to child’s learning through online tools
  • Cater to a wide range of learning needs              

Will multimedia suit my child?

Does my child;
• manage their own time effectively?
• show initiative?
• demonstrate a sense of inquiry?
• think critically and creatively?
• enjoy creating content on their computer? • Focus on their own learning?

How can my child get into multimedia?

Entry to multimedia is through completing the online ballot application. This can be accessed on the front page of the school website. Ballot applications close on Friday 9 October at 3.00pm. Families will be notified by email by Monday 12 October. Out of zone students will be included in the ballot subject to approval to attend Tauranga Intermediate School for 2021. Our multimedia information session will be on Wednesday 26 August following the General Information Evening being held in the School Hall at 6:30pm.

What device is required?

Following acceptance into the programme your child is required to have an Apple MacBook Pro or Apple MacBook Air, including;

  • Mojave Operating System (above 10.14.5) or macOS Catalina Operating System (10.15) 
  • 5 to 6 hours of battery life
  • Cost is approximately $1,800 - $2,200.

If you have any further queries regarding multimedia contact waynea@tauranga-int.school.nz or phone 07 5784401. 

Wayne Arthur 

Deputy Principal





4 or 11 July                       (Saturday)                   Out of zone enrolment advertised in the BOP Times.

20 JULY                              MONDAY                    TERM THREE COMMENCES

20 July                               (Monday)                    Multimedia Ballot application forms available on line.

17 August - 21 August    (Monday - Friday)      

Open Days

Monday 17 August        12.00pm - 1.00pm      Kathy Colville

Tuesday 18 August        11.15 am - 12.15 pm  Tracey Kerr-Aim

Wednesday 19 August   2.00 pm - 2.45 pm     Kathy Colville

Thursday 20 August       3.30 pm - 4.30 pm     Wayne Arthur

Friday  21 August            9.00 am - 10.00 am    Tracey Kerr-Aim

26 August   (Wednesday)    General information evening for incoming 2021 Year Seven students 

at 6.30 - 8.00 pm in the School Hall at Tauranga Intermediate School followed by CWSA and

Multimedia information meeting.

15 September       (Tuesday)     CWSA Testing 9.00 am - 12.00 pm in the Hall

at Tauranga Intermediate School.

18 September        (Friday)                        TIS Ballot closes for out of zone students

23 September        (Wednesday)              TIS Out of zone Ballot drawn and parents notified. 

5 October               (Monday)                     CWSA successful students notified

09 October             (Friday)                         Multi media Ballot closes

25 SEPTEMBER       FRIDAY                         TERM THREE CONCLUDES

12 OCTOBER           MONDAY                      TERM FOUR COMMENCES

12 October              Monday                        Multi media Ballot Drawn

Multi media successful students notified

15 October              (Thursday)                    Out of Zone enrolment confirmation (all enrolment documentation 

to be returned to school)

24 November          (Tuesday)                      Orientation Day - For all incoming 2020 students 9.30 am - 12.00 pm

in the Tauranga Intermediate School Hall.

24 November           (Tuesday)                      Parent Support Group Meeting -

7.00 pm in the staff room at Tauranga Intermediate School, for parents of students coming to

Tauranga Intermediate School in 2021.

2 December                       (Wednesday)                Sports Prize giving 6.30 pm at Tauranga Intermediate School

10 December                     (Thursday)                    TIS Cabaret

14 December                     (Monday)                      Year 7 Assembly/Year 8 Picnic Day

15 December                     (Tuesday)                      Year 8 Assembly/Year 7 Picnic Day

16 December                     (Wednesday)                Whole school assembly

16 DECEMBER                   WEDNESDAY                TERM FOUR CONCLUDES AT 12.00 PM

17 December                    (Thursday)                     Tauranga Intermediate School Parent Support Group Secondhand

Uniform Sale - time and venue to be confirmed

20 July

Term Three begins

22 July

TGC & Matai whanau hui evening

6 August

Tauranga Girls College open evening

12 August

Tauranga Boys College open evening

13 August

Tauranga Boys College Enquiry evening

18 & 19 August

Tauranga Girls College whanau and student interviews

21 August

Teacher only day

3 September

School Speech Finals

16 September

TBC & TGC College Testing 

25 September

Term Three concludes

12 October

Term Four begins




We have completed our lock down exercise and all students, staff and persons on-site are safely accounted for.  Everyone did extremely well and responded to instructions.  A notice will be going out to parents/caregivers tonight to provide some more information about our emergency lock down procedures. I would like to personally thank you for your support while we conduct these practices.  Kind regards – Mr. Cameron Mitchell, Principal



Tauranga Intermediate School is conducting a lock down exercise. All updates are provided on our website. Please do not come to the school or phone the school as you will not be attended to. We will update this website when the exercise has been completed. Thank you.

Emergency Procedure Training

Kia Ora Parents and Whanau

Recently, Tauranga Intermediate School engaged the services of an independent company, Harrison Tew,® who specialise in emergency management planning for schools.  The procedures developed by Harrison Tew® allow us to respond safely and quickly to a range of circumstances.

As a component of the implementation of the emergency procedures into our school, specialised training is being conducted with senior leadership and our staff.  Today the students will also receive training directed at their respective age groups from Harrison Tew®.

The training consists of a low key but detailed approach to potential threats and has been successfully implemented in hundred of schools throughout New Zealand.

After the training, we will be conducting a lock down exercise under the guidance and support of Harrison Tew®.

The exercise will be as real-life as possible, which will mean that parents/families will receive notification by way of text and/or email.  The information passed on will emphasise that this is an exercise/practice and will explain that all updated information will then be posted on the school website.

Can I please remind all parents and caregivers to ensure your contact details (mobile phone numbers and email addresses) are current as this will be our communication with you, should an emergency occur at the school.

In a genuine incident, should you hear of a lock down or evacuation at the school, can I please ask that you do not attend the school or phone, as we will not be able to respond.  Your presence at, or contact with, the school may make it more difficult for us to manage the situation and could potentially place your children and, in fact, yourselves at risk.

In the event of a legitimate lock down, we will communicate with our school community initially via email, Facebook, School APP and our school website.  All updates will be only posted on our school website.

Ngā mihi nui,

Cameron Mitchell  (Principal/Tumuaki)




Key dates reminder:
15 April Term 2 begins (through distance learning)
22 April Current date for ending of lockdown period
27 April ANZAC Day observed​


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