On Study Leave
Ki te taha o tōku matua - Ko Kauwhehei tōku maunga. Ko Tukituki me Papanui ōku waiu. Ko nga uri o Kurahaupo ōku waka. Ko Ngai Te Whatuiapiti tōku hapu. Ko Ngati Kahungunu te iwi. Ko Otane tōku hau kainga. Ki te taha o tōku whaea - Ko Upolu tōku motu. Ko Falealili tōku rohe. Ko Saleilua tōku papa kainga. Ko Nu’usafe’e tōku motu tapu. Ko Fanene te tangata Ko Hamoa tōku hau kainga. One of the things I am most proud of in life is being the principal of Papakura Intermediate, the best little intermediate whanau in Papakura where every learner can believe, strive and achieve success as themselves: tu rangatira! I have been immersed in a range of Auckland and Samoa schools - teaching, leading and providing core curriculum professional learning, as both a lead facilitator for Alison Davis’ literacy-based company and co-director of LEIS - Leading Educators Inspiring Samoa. I have a deep-driven desire to be my best self and awhi others to be their best selves in and for the world. My whanau lives in Mangere. We love people and places, culture and kai, learning and leadership.
Acting Principal 2021
Kia ora, my name is Amber King - Savage (Tupaea). I have been here at Papakura Intermediate since 2016. I have been teaching for 11 years and I still think it is the best job in the world. I love and appreciate the Arts: fashion, music, theatre all types of art. My favourite thing to do is to travel with my family; making memories, holidaying at beautiful beaches and soaking up the sun.
Learner Support Co-ordinator
Kia Ora! My name is Denise Welsh, I am new to Papakura Intermediate this year and will be a Learning Support Coordinator for the Papakura Community of Learning. I am Cook Island Maori, I grew up in Otara, Manurewa and on the GC in Australia. I have been teaching for 8 years in Māngere, most recently specialising in The Arts and Digital Technology. I do Crossfit for a bit of fun and enjoy making memories with my whanau, my partner and our four beautiful children.
My name is Tony Thompson and I am a member of the Board of Trustees at Papakura Intermediate. I have been on the Board since 2011. My wife TJ and I have had a proud association with Papakura for over 35 years. Although originally from the Hutt Valley, my identity, social connections, business, and Church affiliations all in and around Papakura. I love the Kiwi outdoors and so I’m really into hiking/tramping/ water sports and mountain-biking. I’m passionate about protecting and improving our environment and I am Convenor of Wairoa River Landcare Incorporated. I have a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Science and I am currently the owner and Director of a small business which provides environmental services to industry. Above all else, I am passionate about seeing our young people achieve the best they possibly can, and to be responsible positive-contributors to our community. This is my main motivation for being involved on the Board at PI.
Our teachers are dedicated and trained in the teaching of students in their early adolescent years in a safe and caring environment.
The Board of Trustees encourages a school programme of academic achievement first, combined with involvement in sports, culture, music and arts.
Programmes are in place to counsel and support students with learning challenges. All students are expected to show respect in all ways to staff, fellow students and visitors.
Parents and caregivers are welcome to attend board meetings. The board meetings are held at Papakura Intermediate School mostly on Monday nights at 6pm.