Leaders' Message

Kia ora, Talofa, Ni hao, Malo elelei, Willkommen, Bonjour, Ciao, Zdravstvena, Annyeong Hasyo, Hallo, Hallå, Gidday, Hello,  Welcome to Christchurch South Intermediate.
At South, we have a school Vision. It has four key messages: Embracing Challenge, Building Independence, Celebrating Diversity and Developing a Passion for Learning. These are really important. Embracing Challenge means trying something new and challenging, Building Independence is obviously getting more independent at school and at home. Celebrating Diversity is about acknowledging that we are all unique including our cultural backgrounds and accepting these differences. Developing a Passion for Learning is to enjoy learning different things and helping others enjoy it too
All members of the South school community are connected by the South Way. These are not rules of South but guidelines to success. The South Way is about the seven values that guide everything we do:
  • Self discipline
  • Common Sense
  • Respect
  • Commitment
  • Support
  • Involvement
  • Honesty
At South we have a school motto - AIM HIGH. It has a big influence on school life as we all try to do our best.  We have an award called the AIM HIGH badge. You can gain your silver AIM HIGH in Year 7 and then in Year 8 you can gain your gold. To achieve the silver and gold AIM HIGH you must complete various goals and meet criteria in the four visions. It's such a cool way to get involved with the school.
The opportunities at South are phenomenal. There are over fifteen different performing art groups, ten sports codes, six leadership groups and many more extra curricular groups and activities. If you’re into music, then you could join Jazz Band, Orchestra, or maybe Uke and Guitar ensemble? Or maybe music isn’t your thing and you would rather play sports like hockey or squash. How about theatresports? All of these groups help provide that extra excitement to suit your passions.
At South we have heaps of fun, friendly competitions to get your competitive streak going. Love swimming? Enter our friendly inter school swimming competition. Or maybe you’re a musician and want to enter battle of the bands, a low key school run band competition.Maybe you are a great dancer and want to enter “Dancing with the Staff” with your homeroom teacher.  Are you an athletic type? A runner? A biker? We have competitions for you as well! Have fun at our athletics day, our cross country, or our duathlon. We also have a whole lot of non competitive groups or groups that compete outside of school. As a general rule South just provides a whole lot of opportunities for its students.
One of the best features of South is the opportunities students get to learn from specialist teachers in specialist subjects. For three sessions each week, you get to go to Specialisation (or Spec for short). It is a rotation of six subjects. These are Performing Arts, Hard Materials, Science, Digitech, Soft Materials (Food and Fabric) and Visual Art. Specialisation is one of the highlights of each week. The teachers are all so kind, helpful and supportive. Specialisation is really fun and you learn so much from it.
One of the best features of South is the opportunities students get to learn from specialist teachers in specialist subjects. For three sessions each week, you get to go to Specialisation (or Spec for short). It is a rotation of six subjects. These are Performing Arts, Hard Materials, Science, Digitech, Soft Materials (Food and Fabric) and Visual Art. Specialisation is one of the highlights of each week. The teachers are all so kind, helpful and supportive. Specialisation is really fun and you learn so much from it.
Student leadership is highly valued at South. We are all encouraged to be leaders and make great decisions. We have many opportunities to develop our leadership skills. These include:  
  • Cultural Leadership Team. In the cultural leadership group we take care of all the cultural events like the Samoan language week and most of the language weeks we have done a international food week where each day of the week it was a new country's food, and this year we are going to get flags that represent each culture.
  • The Performing Arts Leadership Team. This team organises events like Dancing With The Staff, Battle Of The Bands, and this year, the brand new X-Sembly! Miss Revell is the teacher who manages this team. One of the best parts of being in this team are being an MC and introducing upcoming events.
  • The Visual Arts team. Helped by our art teacher the wonderful Mrs Wallace-Bell they organize the monthly art challenges and add an arty touch to the school. The monthly art challenges are art challenges that take place once a month (hence the name). They are themed anything from your Mihi to Christmas and are lots of fun. The visual arts team also helps set up and take down the displays in the office and suggest things like making sure there is a place in each pod for student artwork to be displayed.
  • The Social Awareness Leadership Team. This group of student leaders organise fundraisers to support charities and looks out for issues around the world where we can impact change and make a difference. So far this year we have organised Shave For a Cure where ten students volunteered to have their head shaved for cancer. We raised almost $3000. The Forty Hour Famine has also been successful with more than 200 people signing up. This year the money raised will go towards the Syrian refugee crisis to help those who have had to flee their homeland due to war. These have been great events where we have seen students step up and make a difference.
  • P.A.L.s stands for Physical Activity Leader. This is a great opportunity for people who are into sport and have great leadership qualities. Over the past few years we have had lots of opportunities to run and also play new games and sports such as Handball and Mini soccer tournaments. The group have handed out gummy worms after cross country and lobbied get new rugby posts. Every week on Tuesday the P.A.Ls meet with Mr Laing to discuss ideas and plan for physical activity opportunities for students.This is a great group to be in and will help you step up into leadership roles.  
  • The Health and Environment Team. They oversee that our school is a healthy and environmentally friendly. They meet every Tuesday and in their meetings they discuss problems in our school and brainstorm solutions. They monitor food in the canteen and organise fun competitions. It's such a cool group to be part of because they get the opportunity to really change the health and environment aspects of our school.
Each year we have either a Showcase or Major Production. The showcase is where we show off all the school talent e.g choir, all the bands, the battle of the bands winners and we do it in a funky way such as it could be a race or trip to the moon. Each year we swap so one year it is the showcase the next it is the production. For the production it is a story. Last year's production was called “Time Lord”.
The Haka Off is definitely a highlight of the school year. It is a great way for year eight and year seven students to get to know each other, as the senior students pass it on to the newer students. At CSIS we have our own unique haka, so it makes the passion and energy put in by students all the more special. There are five hakas in total for the day. Each Pod will perform their prepared haka in a randomly drawn order and a winner is decided based on points decided from pre-selected categories. We then conclude the afternoon by doing a full school haka, which is a huge highlight as it brings everyone together for the finish.
EOTC (education outside the classroom) is when students go on trips to learn more about teamwork leadership and the outdoors. It is an amazing experience.  The Year 8 students go on camp to Orton Bradley Park and the Year 7s go on 3 day trips - sailing, river crossing and going to Quail Island. It is really fun.  At Orton Bradley you go coasteering, kayaking, rafting, climbing and many more fun activities.  It is really cool and you get to know your classmates much better.
Winter sport and LE (Leisure Education) are a great opportunity to play sport or do other activities every Tuesday afternoon. This is a great time to interact with other schools and your team mates. 
  • The sports include: Table Tennis, Squash, Rugby, Hockey, Soccer, Netball, 
  • LE includes activities such as: Bread making, Bouldering, Games and craft, LE table tennis, LE soccer, Ten pin bowling, Mountain biking, Hard MaterialsGame Design.
LE and Winter sport are popular and a highlight of South. They definitely provide opportunities to get involved.
The Broadgreen Exchange is another one of South’s exciting opportunities to meet lots of new people. Every second year South sends 90 students up to Broadgreen Intermediate in Nelson for a week. These pupils are hosted by students from Broadgreen Intermediate. You get to play sport against Broadgreen and just have lots of fun. The year that South doesn't go to Broadgreen, they come down here. People apply to have students in their home and we even have a disco at the end. The Broadgreen Exchange is a fantastic way to meet new people and have lots of fun.
At south we have a very unique pod set up where the different classrooms can become all one large space or you can close the sliding doors and separate them into single classrooms.  This is really good because if one class is having a test and two other classes are working together then you can close some doors and leave others open. It’s an ideal solution. Each four pods are named after famous New Zealanders:
Sheppard - Kate Sheppard
Hillary - Edmund Hillary
Rutherford- Ernest Rutherford,
Ngata - Apirana Ngata.
  • Emily Cropp (Head Girl)
  • Toby Hull (Head Boy)
  • Mal Wickham, NoahSmith (Deputy Head Boys)
  • Ngaire North, Keira Hill (Deputy Head Girls)