School History

 

Our school was named after the Somerville Family who owned the land on which the school was built. 

 

Pre-1850

 

Ngai Tai people occupied several paa, or fortified villages, in the Mangemangeroa Valley, using the forest and marine environments for food and shelter. Evidence of midden sites, kumara pits and stepping stones show occupation occurred in at least five different sites within the Valley.

 

1863

Archibald Somerville purchased an extensive area of farm land (then known as the Paparoa Farm).

 

The Original Somerville Family Homestead

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1870

Maori who were living in Mangemangeroa, left for Waiheke as more farms developed.

 

1988

The Somerville Family subdivided and sold off areas of their undeveloped farm, earmarking a portion of land to be used for a school after Archibald Somerville's death.

 

1992

Archibald Somerville died at the age of 60.

 

1996

With the large number of houses being built in the area, a new intermediate school was needed and so the building of our school commenced.

 

1997

Somerville Intermediate School opened to students on 28 January 1997.

 

 

Facilities

Situated on a level, north facing site of 5.3 hectares, the school is an innovative and unique award winning design.  A large intermediate school that has a student population of approximately 950 - 1000 children throughout the year, Somerville Intermediate boasts many excellent facilities for the students to use and support the teaching and learning.

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Some of our facilities:

  • An internal arcade ("the street") links all the main block of rooms, providing a cool working environment in summer and, with total under-floor heating, is warm and dry in winter.
  • Somerville Intermediate is well resourced for information technology. A large, centrally located, information centre holds over 25,000 up-to-date books and resources.
  • The school is fully networked for telephone, facsimile, computer and video/TV, with access to all forms of multi-media
  • Five purpose built specialist rooms include an extensively equipped workshop, science laboratory, art room, music suite and food tech room.
  • Catering for a full range of sporting activities, the school site encompasses two large sports fields, tennis, netball and basketball courts and a synthetic multi sport field.
  • Landscaped grounds provide an open, safe and pleasant outdoor environment.
  • An extensive adventure playground and fitness trail for students to play and socialise.
  • A multipurpose facility/gymnasium and school hall provides for indoor sports, school assemblies, cultural and social events. Our school hall seating 500, and multi-purpose gymnasium that seats 1000+ are two of the largest spaces at Somerville Intermediate in which students and the community can gather. 
  • Performing Arts Centre and separate dance and drama suite.
  • The school is well stocked with the most up-to-date resources and equipment.

We provide:

  • Quality learning and teaching
  • Develop strength of character by promoting positive values
  • Foster a sense of belonging and commitment
  • Promote a balanced education
  • Promote creativity and innovation
  • Value uniqueness
  • Celebrate diversity