By NZAIMS inc | Posted: Thursday February 4, 2021

Kia ora koutou Colleagues,

Welcome to Term One, I trust you had a well-deserved break. For all of us Term Four was exceptionally busy as we attempted to pack in all the events that had been postponed. Wonderful for our young people but testing for our staff and ourselves.

The NZAIMs executive looks forward to continuing its work in a vast range of sector and reference groups with our organization’s vision, always guiding our terms of engagement.

Our Vision

The New Zealand Association of Intermediate and Middle Schools (NZAIMS) is the Promoter of Middle Schooling (Years 7–10) in New Zealand

NZAIMS has a, “better to be in the tent” approach to representation and consultation. In all consultative roles executive members constantly promote, require specific recognition and promotion of middle schooling years 7-10 within curriculum, resourcing components and the New Zealand learning pathways.

Sector and Reference Groups we currently engage with:

Online safety

Bullying Prevention


Teacher Aide funding review

Trustee for AIMS Games

Teaching Council

Social Sciences Curriculum review

MOE- Schooling Network, Infrastructure and Property liaison

Aotearoa New Zealand Histories Curriculum


Sector Leaders forum

NLG ( NZEI -National Leaders Group)

NELP ( Independent -National Education Leaders Partnership)

In addition to the above, in 2020 we contracted a research team from Victoria University with the task of identifying specific pedagogical characteristics of successful Middle Schooling. Stage One of this research will be released at the Queenstown conference and then be available on our website.

We are working in a consultation role with Open Polytechnic - Kuratini Tuwhera developing a remote ITE course. This is being designed specifically for those living in remote areas and have ongoing engagement in a school setting. This would include Teacher Aides who wish to train as teachers.  

We have established a link with Waikato University school of education to access ITE distance learning to achieve a teaching degree qualification.

We are also supporting a Peak Bodies group, that in conjunction with the Teaching Council are supporting the development of the Leadership Centre.

I thank the executive for their commitment to always endeavouring to have the voice of the Middle years heard.

This year we look forward to meeting with many of you In Queenstown, in June at the “Break Through Leaders” conference. The lineup of speakers is nearly identical to what would have been in Auckland last year with the exception of one presenter from Australia, we now have a totally New Zealand line up. In the spirit of forward planning, we have selected a venue that caters to a maximum of 100 attendees. I believe there are approximately 20 places left so please book now if you intend to join us.

Registrations are open for our specialist's conference to be held in Christchurch May May 27/28.  The “Beyond Buzzy Bees and Number 8 Wire" programme ensures a great mix of school visits, speakers and work with Canterbury University. I would encourage you to send a group of your specialist teachers as targeted PLD for them is very limited.

All the best for the start of the term as we transition in our Year 7 students. I always say to parents and whanau to remember their child on the first day and compare that to what they have developed into by the end of Year 8. Together, our school communities create many amazing young people.

As always please contact us if you have any suggestion or concerns. We have a strong network and helpful advice that is always available.

Ngā mihi,

Sharon Keen 

NZAIMS President.