Culture

Masterton Intermediate School has a strong cultural programme which we encourage as many students as possible to participate in.

In 1996 Masterton Intermediate School was asked if they would be interested in hosting a group of students from Japan as the school they were supposed to be visiting was unable to take them. Accepting this invitation and hosting teachers and students from Shijonawate Gakuen Junior High School in that first year, has resulted in strong ties being developed between the two schools with M.I.S now having hosted students from our sister school for eleven consecutive years.   For the past ten years a group of up to twenty Masterton Intermediate School students and teachers have travelled annually to Japan and have been provided with a culturally rich programme by Shijonawate Gakuen Junior High School. Many strong friendships have been and continue to be forged between families and schools through these experiences in both countries. This year there will be special celebrations as we under-take our tenth visit to Japan.
  Students who have an interest in Maori performing arts are able to join our Kapa Haka group which practices as part of the school-wide options and art enrichments programmes. This year the Kapa Haka group is 130 members strong! This group is often involved in providing powhiri to our visitors as well as concert performances throughout the year.   Other Tikanga Maori programmes are also offered for interested students for the school wide options and art enrichment programmes. They include:  

  • Bone carving
  • Boys haka and taiaha
  • Making taiaha
  • Maori arts and crafts
  • Poi skills
  • Te Reo Maori extension 

Every year in term 4 approximately 100 Masterton Intermediate students participate in an annual cultural exchange with Havelock North Intermediate School. Every second year M.I.S travels to Havelock North with Havelock North students visiting us on the alternate years. This involves cultural sharing of Kapa Haka, choir and orchestra.   Children are encouraged to participate in cultural activities as part of their options programmes with Masterton Intermediate students developing and participating in events such as Dance Splash and Wearable Arts competitions and performing for the elderly.