Kia ora and welcome to the Kahu Hapori!


Nau mai, haere mai ki te Kāhu Hapori!

Kāhu is the intermediate team, made up of all Year 7 & 8 students, six teachers, and an incredible teacher aide. Students are members of one of five smaller whānau, with a teacher who serves as their kaiārahi (guide) to help them navigate new challenges. During learning, students have the opportunity to work with all of the teachers across a variety of spaces

Kāhu, or harrier hawk, are the largest raptors in the New Zealand sky, just as we are the oldest students at The Gardens. They are known for flying high over the open country,  and roaming far and wide. As intermediates, we are on a similar journey. As we build on the experiences of Year 0-6, we fly higher with new knowledge which allows us to have a greater perspective of the wider world. And once we complete our time here, we will roam farther towards high school and beyond.

Our programme builds on strong foundations of Literacy and Maths, while giving students new ways to apply their learning. Students put their skills to use as they delve into Social Studies, STEAM, Languages, and Hauora (Wellbeing). Specialised learning is further supported by the Mātanga teachers as well as ample access to technology areas, including our kitchen, green room, and makerspace.

We are located on the second floor, aptly named ‘Tīwai’ which means ‘tree trunk’. As the trunk of the school, we accept our responsibility to support younger students as well as the wider school and community.  Recognising this, the Kāhu motto is ‘Lead Proudly’ and is an integral part of our hapori. All Kāhu students take on a leadership role that highlights their strengths and allows them to serve as a role model. Opportunities include House Captains, Hospice Ambassadors, Road Patrollers, and more. 

Our intermediate programme is designed to strengthen our ‘WINGS’ - Wonder, Innovate, Nurture, Grow, and Succeed - so that we take an ever more active role in our own learning.  Students gradually gain independence as they show positive learning attributes, such as collaboration, trustworthiness, accountability, initiative, and resilience, along with the ability to identify their next steps to success and act on them. This gradual release Self-Directed Learning model empowers students with all the skills needed to be confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners.