MMI Curriculum

Teaching and learning at Mt Maunganui Intermediate is based upon the New Zealand Curriculum.
Integrated units of work are collaboratively planned with an emphasis on the key competencies and what our learners need to learn.
Instructional group teaching in literacy and numeracy is a priority in our classrooms.

Learning Areas

– English

– Mathematics and Statistics

– Science

– Social Sciences

– Health and Physical Education

– Learning Languages

– The Arts (Visual Art, Music, Dance / Drama)

– Technology (Food and Nutrition, Hard Materials and Digitech)








Our students explore 4 inquiries each year. 

Mt Maunganui Intermediate is an exciting place where students are able to explore, grow and develop by making the most of the numerous opportunities offered, while still maintaining the safety, security, support and targeted teaching in the home room environment.
"We acknowledge the needs of our students. We nurture students’ academic capacities and have proven success in shifting student achievement. Our teachers develop differentiated programmes to meet the needs of diverse learners."
– Melissa Nelson - MMI Principal

Digital / e-learning

Students are encouraged, if possible, to bring their own device to use as a tool for learning in classrooms. We ask that students bring either a:

–       Chromebook

–       iPad (capable of running a current OS)

–       Apple laptop

Our school limits BYOD to these products to make connecting to and managing our network straightforward and to make troubleshooting less problematic. We recommend Apple products, as these have longer-lasting properties and inbuilt virus protection.  We recommend Chromebooks as a practical, affordable option.

Please remember that BYOD is optional. Every classroom has access to a range of iPads, MacBooks and Chromebooks. The ratio of devices to students is currently around 1:2 which is sufficient to allow equity amongst students.

Mobile phones are not an approved learning device.

Hire to buy information can be discussed with staff at Noel Leeming.

Kiwi Can

Kiwi Can Programme

This programme teaches essential life skills and values such as resilience, respect, integrity and manners. It’s a whole school programme with all children attending a Kiwi Can lesson once a week. Specially trained Kiwi Can Leaders work in pairs delivering the high energy, interactive and, most importantly, fun lessons and are awesome role models for the kids to look up to.

Kiwi Can Programme Research and Evaluation Information


Blues are warded for recognition and achievement. The school presents blues to students who have represented our school or achieved high standards. Blues are awarded for academic achievement, sport, and citizenship.

Extra Curriuclar Events

Extra Curricular

Mount Maunganui Intermediate students are given the opportunity to participate and excel in a wide range of sports and cultural activities.


  • Otago Problem Solving
  • Future Problem Solving
  • Annual participation in the ICAS international examinations.
  • Literature Quiz
  • Bay Maths
  • Science Fair
  • Life Education Trust
  • Te Reo Extension
  • Zerowaste
  • Careers Expo


  • Performing Arts
  • Kia Maia Kapa Haka Roopu
  • Fresh Moves
  • Hip Hop Dance Tuition
  • Instrument Tuition: voice, clarinet, flute, drums,  saxophone, bass, keyboard
  • Orchestra
  • Choir/Kids for Kids Concert/Combined Choirs
  • Talent Quest
  • Rockquest
  • Arts Evening
  • Aim’s Arts Days
  • Year 8 Graduation Social

Leadership / Citzenship

– Class Councillors/School Council
– Combined Intermediate Schools Leadership Camp – Kaea mo te roopu kapahaka o Kia Maia

– Librarians
– Pupil Led Assemblies
– Enviro Group
– Travel Safe
– Self Defense for Girls
– 40 Hour Famine