At Glenfield Intermediate School we have a comprehensive programme for learning English for those students for whom English is not their first language. The programme has been developed to cover three main stages in second language acquisition.
Students in the 'developing' stages learn English skills while working on curriculum content and focus on reading, writing and speaking. They are withdrawn from their usual class for two or three hours per week.
The students in the 'consolidating' stages are either supported in their own class or withdrawn once a week. The focus is on supporting their academic learning in both English and the other content areas.
The programme is taken by a senior teacher, who is assisted by language assistants all of who have relevant experience and training in this area of English teaching.
Glenfield Intermediate School is underpinned by a culture that includes all of the following:
Opportunities Outside the Classroom
In New Zealand there is an emphasis upon a broad education. This includes high quality academic learning as the first priority, with cultural, sporting and social opportunities as other important parts of a school day. New Zealand schools have many opportunities outside the classroom to foster abilities in sporting and cultural spheres to promote fitness and health, and to develop inter-personal skills, such as, trust and learning to work in teams.
Glenfield Intermediate School has excellent fitness facilities such as a gymnasium, music room, playing fields and tennis and netball courts. We have a sports co-ordinator who organises teams for a variety of sports. Cultural pursuits are popular at Glenfield Intermediate School. Students can undertake individual instrumental music tuition through the music school or they can work with other students in groups, such as, bands or dance and drama groups. There is also a strong cultural aspect within the school in the form of traditional Maori and Pasifika music and dance groups.