Gisborne Intermediate is focused on meeting the unique characteristics and needs of emerging adolescents. Our aim is to grow great people by working in partnership with parents, in preparing our young people for living in the 21st century and to be positive, contributing members of society.

We provide high quality teaching and learning programmes, with a clear focus on ensuring that all students learn and achieve to the highest possible level in the core areas of literacy and numeracy. All students are exposed to a broadly balanced holistic programme, designed to develop the whole person so that they are able to excel at high school and beyond. To this end there are numerous opportunities for students to experience and excel in academic, cultural, sporting and leadership activities. We encourage our students to take risks, to go out of their comfort zones and be exposed to new experiences.


School and Community

Gisborne Intermediate School has a roll of 580-600 students, providing a basic staffing entitlement of 27.5 teachers, special education staffing of 0.63 and additional staffing of 1.08

Gisborne Intermediate School has a mix of old and refurbished classrooms, comprising of 21 teaching classrooms in all, with 19 currently being used. In addition to the classrooms and administration block, there is a library and a Tech Arts Centre (Music, Dance/Drama, Food Tech, Hard Materials and Art), hall and swimming pool.  The school grounds are both sealed and grassed and prove to be adequate for the needs of the school. Comprehensive adventure playgrounds are installed and prove to be favourite meeting places for many of the students. The School Administration block includes school offices, medical rooms, staff room, resource room, Principal and DP’s offices. The school has a comprehensive computer network system with each classroom having Promethean boards or TV screens. All classrooms, the Library, and school offices have computers and the school has wireless internet throughout.

The School is organised into four education teams:

  • Taruheru Team (Learning Hubs 1-3)
  • Waipaoa Team (Learning Hubs 4-5)
  • Waimata Team (Learning Hubs 6-9)
  • Turanganui Team (Learning Hubs 10-12)

The school has all of its classrooms digitally enhanced with digital interwrite boards or TVs, networked computers and chromebooks. LSH is our special needs room where our identified students with special needs are able to work with their teacher’s aides. The room is also the base for our special needs teacher of ORS students.

Although the Principal has overall responsibility for all areas, the Deputy Principals and Lead Teachers have delegated responsibilities respectively. All classes are multi year groups, years 7 & 8.

The contributing population to Gisborne Intermediate School is multicultural; with a 50% Māori group and a small immigrant group from a wide selection of Australia, Britain, Asia and the Pacific Islands.

The community has quite high expectations of the school. There is a strong indication that parents support the education their children are receiving. The school calendar highlights a number of events parents may wish to become involved in. In 2017 our key Curriculum Goals include: Teaching as Inquiry, e-Learning, Literacy and Numeracy.



Gisborne Intermediate participates in the Poverty Bay / Bay of Plenty intermediate schools sports competitions in a wide variety of sports, where the students travel out of district to compete. There are also a number of students who compete in the AIMS GAMES in Tauranga or at other regional events representing Gisborne Intermediate throughout the year. We have many great successes within our sporting codes and the students shine when given these opportunities. They also participate in an annual exchange with Whakatane Intermediate in sporting and academic fields.

Gisborne Intermediate is strongly represented in the performing arts with a range of school groups.  Every year we have performance groups who perform at a variety of events.

The school web site is a portal to what is happening at Gisborne Intermediate and we use a school Facebook page which offers weekly updates of events, sporting successes and is the preferred method of contacting promoting school events. A quick view of the term calendar highlights all that is being offered for the students' from school camps to sporting events to reporting timelines so parents are kept well  informed of what is coming up in a very busy year. Teachers have also created class blogs or class Facebook pages to keep parents up to date with what is happening specifically in their classrooms.


Gisborne Intermediate is focused on meeting the unique characteristics and needs of emerging adolescents.

Our aim is to grow great people by working in partnership with parents, in preparing our young people for living in the 21st century...



Gisborne Intermediate School

156 Roebuck Road, Gisborne 4010

PO Box 1252, Gisborne 4040

06 867 2246

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