Monrad caters for a range of students. Regular assessments are used to plan further steps in learning and reporting to parents occurs in a friendly, open manner. We are well resourced and often utilise expertise from our community and outside organisations. Staff receive regular Professional Development to ensure quality teaching and learning.
Monrad ‘punches above its weight’ in local and regional Intermediate School-age competitions. We offer an extensive range of sporting opportunities to students, allowing them to extend their interests as well as try new sports. It is important to identify and harness natural ability and to provide training and direction. Excellent coaches are a key to Monrad’s sporting success! Regular lunchtime Inter-Class competitions and Friday House Sport take place allowing for all students to take part. Visit the Sports page for further information.
CULTURAL & THE ARTS
Monrad students have opportunities to participate in a wide variety of Cultural and Arts activities. Tutors are drawn from school staff and parents, as well as experts in the community. Cultural and Arts activities are for both enjoyment and for competition. We run two programmes on a Wednesday, Auahatanga and Hauora which cater for both the Arts and Wellbeing.
Students have a voice at Monrad Intermediate. Pupil Leaders will be selected at the start of the year by recommendation from staff. They are interviewed by Senior Leaders as part of the selection process. They undertake a number of responsibilities in and out of school and represent the voice of their peers regarding school-wide activities involving students.
Most students at Monrad are in English medium classes. These classes are mixed ability, mixed gender and organised in separate Year 7 and 8 levels. In addition to the core subjects, Mainstream classes offer a wide variety of programmes and content.
BILINGUAL CLASSES – TAHUNA-Ā-RUA
Monrad Intermediate is a leader in Bilingual Education. We offer smaller class sizes, language teaching at multiple levels and a variety of cultural experiences. Kapa Haka is a vital part of life at Tirohanga. Our group, Ngā Iti Rearea, has represented the school at Regional level and National level and done us proud. Our Bilingual Unit, with its whānau approach, services a need for many in our school community. Entry is by firstly indicating at enrolment. Because numbers are limited, it is strictly first in, first served. Following that a waiting list in in place.
Monrad offers a fantastic range of Specialised Subjects for students to extend their interests and try new things. Students rotate through Specialist Subjects in groupings on a timetabled basis. Subjects can vary and often include: Food Technology, Art, Music, Hard Materials and Science.