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Maraetai Beach school is a full primary and caters for year 7 and 8 students.  We provide a seamless transition moving from primary into the intermediate school.  Students are offered an extensive range of technology, cultural, sporting, music and arts opportunities and environmental experiences that support their academic, social and emotional development. Our Year 7 and 8 students are confident, connected, successful learners. They are the leaders in our school and have pride in their school community.

Successful Transition to College

What are we doing to ensure MBS students have a successful transition to College?

  • On-going communication between local colleges and Maraetai Beach School
  • Our Deputy Principal meets with Howick College on a regular basis
  • We survey our Year 9 Howick College students who attended Maraetai Beach School to find out how we can improve our transition programme
  • Howick College visits Maraetai Beach School each year
  • We are investigating future visits for Year 8 students to Howick College
  • We are involved in a Community of Learning with Howick College

Student Quotes

"I think Maraetai did well preparing me for Howick College”

“I would like to say thank-you for such a great primary and intermediate experience. Maraetai Beach was so much fun”

“Overall MBS really gave me an idea on what Howick was going to be like so I was prepared and excited”


Intermediate Highlights:



Year 8’s have the opportunity of becoming a house, tech or sports captain. These roles come with opportunities to run house and sports events, organise house points and choice choice awards, lead assemblies and be the role models for our school.


Our Year 7 and 8 students have the opportunity to become a student coach. This is a great experience for our students as they learn to set goals, and have future focussed conversations. Coaching creates a common approach to working together on activities and solving problems and great questions and listening encourages students to work together. This provides opportunities to learn from each other and develop the skills of collaboration and knowledge sharing.


Showquest Video 2020

Robotics 2021

Motat Visit STEAM 2020

Photos from our Intermediate School:

Maraetai Beach School Intermediate School Information Presentation 2021


2019 Discovering China Trip

It is important to us at Maraetai Beach School to recognise and learn about different cultures and countries.  Our interactions with students that visit us are supported by our own adventures.  In 2019, a group of our Intermediate students were lucky enough to be able to visit China.  Here is a short video of the wonderful experience they had.

China 2019



Our Intermediate offers a wide range of activities. Here are a few examples:

  • School Councillors
  • House Captains
  • Sports Captains  
  • Attend National Young Leader’s Day
  • Maths extension
  • Otago Problem Challenge
  • Technology Programme
  • ICAS Examinations
  • Science Fair
  • Speeches - interschool and zone
  • EPro 8 Challenge and Robotics Cup
  • Science Badges
  • School events - swimming sports, cross country, athletics sports, etc.
  • Lunchtime sport
  • Intermediate sport on Thursday afternoons
  • ECCS sports days 
  • Counties zone days
  • Auckland inter-zone days
  • Sports Camp
  • Running Club
  • Have a go sailing
  • Kapa Haka
  • Pasifika Group
  • Enviro Team
  • Puberty Plus Programme
  • Digital Fluency
  • Intermediate Camp
  • Out of school experts
  • Year 7 and 8 Ball
  • Year 8 Graduation
  • Extension Art Programme
  • Showquest
  • HPPA Dance Festival
  • Production (Intermediates as leaders)
  • 2021 The year of the Arts

Howick College is a state co-educational secondary school located in the eastern Auckland, New Zealand suburb of Cockle Bay. Serving Years 9 to 13, the school has a roll of 2005 students as of July 2016.

Address: 25 Sandspit Rd, Howick, Auckland 2014
Phone: 09-534 4492

Founded: 1974
Gender: Mixed-sex education

Botany Downs Secondary College is a state coeducational secondary school located in the Auckland, New Zealand suburb of East Tamaki.

Address: 575 Chapel Rd, Howick, Auckland 2016

Phone: 09-273 2310

Founded: January 2004