Principal's Welcome

Nau mai, haere mai ki te kura takawaenga o Heretaunga. My name is Michael Sisam and I am proud to be the Principal of Heretaunga Intermediate since May 2014. After starting my career at an intermediate school in Upper Hutt, my wife and I moved to Hawke’s Bay to raise our family; we have two boys and a girl who are growing up quickly, and I taught at Frimley School for 10 years, the last four as Deputy Principal.

The time came to move on and Heretaunga was an obvious choice, as I believe it has five great contributing schools whose students arrive at Heretaunga ready for the challenges of Intermediate, make new friends, and enjoy having many opportunities to choose from that an Intermediate can offer.

Thank you for taking the time to consider Heretaunga as the Intermediate for your child’s education. The intermediate years are a crucial part of the school system as students transition from primary to secondary school, while at the same time the students are coping with significant emotional, physical, intellectual, and moral development. To assist us in catering for all these needs we pride ourselves on delivering a quality learning environment that places the development of positive relationships with our students and their whānau at the core. Once we have the whanaungatanga in place, we then develop our students’ Te Ara Ako within a culturally responsive learning programme to give them the skills to learn in all curriculum areas, and settings [these are explained through our website].

At Heretaunga Intermediate, we know and understand the need to really get to know our learners. We are an inclusive school that aims to individually meet the needs of our learners in and out of the classroom. We know that our students need to be stimulated in their thinking about what and how they are to learn. By offering a range of learning programmes, styles, and topics we attempt to cater to the areas of interest of all our students through our approach to teaching and learning of Literacy, Numeracy, and the wider curriculum - including cultural, sporting, art, science, technology, and musical opportunities.

We have introduced a number of changes at Heretaunga over the last seven years, all with the purpose of providing engaging, motivating, and at times challenging programmes and resources for our students. These include professional development for staff, resources for the classroom, and resources on the school grounds. We are so excited to have our court canopy cover as well as be moving into our new Science, Technology and Arts building for the 2022 year.

We are well connected in our community. We take full advantage of services to provide support teaching and learning programmes as well as wrap around support for any students requiring assistance. Looking through our prospectus will give you plenty of examples of what we have to offer. We also welcome visits to school to meet with us and see our school in action.

Being a Principal is an exciting job because you get to be a part of positive change in so many lives. I take pride in seeing students and staff enjoying their time at school, making connections in their learning and making the most of the opportunities and challenges presented to them. I also really enjoy seeing the students perform on the sports field and stage, showcasing all the other talents that they have to offer (outside of the classroom).

Looking through our website, and our school, should give you the feeling of our want to provide the best environment, and opportunities for all our students to achieve in all areas of the curriculum.

If you are interested in making an informed decision and care about your child's education, on behalf of the Heretaunga staff and students I invite you to make an appointment to have a good look around while we are busy making the most of our learning opportunities.


Family man

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Amateur cook

Michael Sisam