Newsletter - 25 August 2023



Where have all the teachers gone?

Over recent months you may have heard various reports about the shortage of teachers, particularly in Auckland. In an effort to fill vacancies, many casual relief teachers have been employed to teach full-time. Unfortunately, this has now created an additional problem and that is a lack of day to day relievers. The combination of these issues along with the usual Term 3 increase in staff illness has meant there have been a number of occasions recently when we have been unable to find cover for your child's class.

On these occasions, we have been left with no choice but to make the unfortunate decision to split classes. This means that when a teacher is not available to cover a class we distribute the students amongst other classes, typically 2 or 3 students from each room go to another room for the day.

We appreciate that this is not ideal however I can assure you that we make every effort to avoid this situation. Going forward we are hopeful that as the weather improves the situation will improve. It is however likely we will need to continue to split classes on occasion while the teacher supply issue is being resolved across Auckland.

We thank you for your understanding and patience during these challenging times.

Thank you for your contributions

Recently we sent a message seeking payment from those who have not yet paid the school fees and/or donations. I would like to take this opportunity to extend our sincere gratitude to the vast majority of you who have paid all fees and donations in full. It is your support that has enabled us to continue to grow and develop the vast array of opportunities and experiences for your young people.

Kyle Brewerton
Principal/APPA President



Parents considering enrolling their child at Remuera Intermediate for 2024 are encouraged to submit their application form by Wednesday, 30 August 2023.

The closing date for Out of Zone applications is Wednesday, 30 August 2023 at 3:30 pm. No late applications will be accepted.
The ballot for our priority 6 Out of Zone applicants is Wednesday, 6 September 2023

If you wish to enrol your child as an In Zone student, it would be appreciated if you could get these applications to us by Wednesday 30 August 2023 to ensure appropriate class sizes and staffing can be established for next year.

Any applications not completed correctly or missing required documents can not be processed. You can now apply online by clicking this link. If you have a query regarding the enrolment process, please contact Ms. Amy McGowan at [email protected]

All completed enrolment applications are acknowledged by email at the end of the week they are submitted. If you did not receive the acknowledgment email, please contact the Ms Amy McGowan at [email protected]



Last week, we had the pleasure of successfully hosting an EPro8 Interschool event in our school hall, where multiple schools, teachers, and enthusiastic students came to Remuera Intermediate to compete. It was an exciting occasion where everyone worked together, combining what they knew, building on their teamwork skills, and their creativity to solve tricky problems presented to them.

Our four teams performed exceptionally well, with Brainy Buddies and RI Digits securing victories, and MnMs coming in third. They have all made it to the semifinals to be held in a couple of weeks. The fourth team narrowly missed the top three but finishing fourth out of 12 teams is commendable.


On a wild weather Wednesday in Term 3, Week 3, the team fought for their position through all the rain, hail and shine. After winning Central Zone playing 11-a-side, the boys had to adapt to playing 7-a-side on half a field against the other winning zone teams. They adapted extremely well and it all paid off! After winning all games in the round-robin, RI played against St Kents in the final. It was a draw at the final whistle, which meant it came down to penalty shootouts. We were the first to get 3 goals which made us the top Intermediate school Auckland team!

Another fantastic hockey competition day for the boys!


The year 8 speech competition was held on Thursday 17th August. 10 amazing students showcased their skills in public speaking and spoke on the timely theme of- Kaitiakitanga / Guardianship. Several students presented a traditional speech while other students stepped out of their comfort zone and presented a slam poem or rap. 

All students who competed in the competition are to be congratulated for the outstanding effort they put into creating their presentations, and the high standard of delivery on the day. The following students took out the top spots, 1st place winners are through to the CZ Ruhi Tai competition: 

Alexei Clark Room 5, 1st Speech
Amelie Surgenor Room 7, 2nd Speech 
Arvin Rafiee Rm 25, 1st Spoken Word


The girl’s soccer team played Northcross Intermediate during Friday lunchtime. They worked well as a team and represented our school well. They had a successful game winning 5-1! They should be very proud of their efforts! 


These photos show several Year 7 Performance classes sharing their performance of a Māori story. Their task has been to transform a play based on a Māori legend into a musical. Their results were very creative and entertaining.


On the 24th of August, 32 runners headed over to a very muddy Waiatarua Reserve to compete in the CZ Cross-Country Championships. We were really lucky with the weather and all our runners did an amazing job navigating the swampy conditions.

Well done to both our Year 7 girls and Year 7 boys teams who both placed 1st in their competitions. Both Charlie (Room 1) and Emilia (Room 28) came first in their categories. Fantastic results!


A number of Year 7 and Year 8 students took part in the recent Race Unity Poster Competition. They were asked to make a poster with the theme of race unity. The Year 7 top posters were created by Summer, Asmi and Venus (all from Room 8). The Year 8 top posters were created by Lydia (Room 20), Laura (Room 5), Jiu (Room 25) and Tiffany (Room 6). All of the posters are on display in the St. Vincent's foyer.

The Social Changency is really happy that many students got involved and are spreading a positive message about all people uniting together.


The girls had a great day at CZ yesterday. They played really well. We came 2nd in our pool losing only to Ponsonby. We won the quarters and then faced Ponsonby again in the semis. It was a close match but they stretched a lead away from us. We then had a much easier final game against St. Mary's to gain 3rd place. The girls were a great team and showed great sportsmanship throughout the day.

Tim came with us as coach and ref. He was amazing. He reffed all our games and made fair calls for and against our team (no bias) In between games, he coached the girls and advised them on the strengths and weaknesses of our upcoming opponents. He had one tough game because he reffed by himself and even helped out with semis and finals with teams that were short on refs. We could not have managed without him.



If you are considering enrolling your child at the following local high schools for 2024, please click on the following schools to begin the enrolment process:

Auckland Grammar School
Epsom Girls Grammar School 
Glendowie College
One Tree Hill College 
Selwyn College 

Out of Zone Applications Closing:    Wednesday 30 August 2023
Ballot for Out of Zone Applications:  Wednesday 6 September 2023



August 28 CZ Basketball Boys 
August 29 IZ Cross Country
August 30

ICAS Mathematics - Year 7                       2024 Out of Zone Application CLOSED

August 31 ICAS Mathematics- Year 8
September 1 Lockdown Drill
September 6 2024 Out of Zone Enrolment- Ballot Day
September 7 RI Talent Quest 
September 12 PTA Meeting
September 15 International Day
September 19 BOT Meeting                                             
CZ Volleyball Girls 
September 21 CZ Volleyball Boys
September 22 Term 3 Ends 


All absences need to be reported by 8:45 am at the latest. To report an absence please:

Use the 'Report an Absence' link in the top right corner on the school website homepage

Use the school app or phone the office on 09 522 9890 Option 1
Please do not email absence notifications to classroom teachers


Your children’s safety is of paramount importance to us.  In order to ensure the safety of all our students, at 9:45 am if your child has not been marked as Present we will send out a text notification to alert you of his/her absence.  We are aware many parents are very busy people and forget to notify the school so please respond with a Y and a reason for the absence/lateness. Respond with an N if you have dropped your child at school or know that he/she was coming to school and we can investigate this promptly. Should your mobile number change, please notify the school immediately so that we can update our records accordingly. 


Parents are able to use our portal to pay for their child’s donations and fees. We encourage anyone who has not already signed up to do so.  The address is


You can download the free SchoolAppsNZ from the App Store or Google Play. It works on both android and Apple phones. It sends important school messages and forms a big part of our school communications.  

Features of the App:

  • You can subscribe to alert groups of interest to you and your child
  • You can complete the absentee form directly from the App
  • You can access the school calendar, news and events directly through the App
  • We can send out targeted alerts to everyone with the App or to specific groups