Balmacewen Intermediate School - Dunedin, New Zealand


We believe students learn best in an environment which is emotionally and physically safe.

A child's emotional and physical wellbeing is paramount to achievement. Caring teachers who know their students well are the key to creating a safe and happy school

High expectations for students behaviour are expressed daily in our school. Personal and social responsibilities are themes that carry through every programme

We're here to help - when children do experience difficulty, we work as a team to put things right.

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Open Night 2015

We warmly invite any new students and their families to come and visit our school on Wednesday 5th August from 6pm for our open night. This is a great opportunity for you to speak to our students and staff, look around our classrooms and facilities and get an insight into what it means to be a Balmacewen student.

Of course we welcome enquiries and questions about our school at any time and encourage you to contact us if you have any questions or would like to have a look around our school, please contact the school office ph 466 7251.

Anzac Choir sings 1914

Our fabulous choir were honoured to be asked to sing at the Dawn service on Anzac day. They sang a song called 1914 which was written by our choir teacher Susan Mepham. Our choir featured on the New Zealand Herald online and you can view the video from this link: or this link:Anzac choir performance

We have also since featured on tv one news. You can view our performance on this link

Susan Mepham has kindly shared her lyrics and sheet music for those of you who would like to use it. Lyrics, Sheet music

Guest Speaker: Cam Calkoen

We were very lucky to have Cam Calkoen visit our school at the end of term 1.

Cam is a New Zealander who was born with Cerebral Palsy and was told that his two biggest challenges would be the way he walks and talks.

He realised he had two choices – let that become a disability, or live for awesome. In choosing to live for awesome Cam has become an athletic gold medalist, charitable fundraiser and today an inspirational speaker with a global message.

Cam's key message to the students was "Life is what we make it and the values needed to achieve awesomeness are simple – we need to believe, and in doing so, leave no stone unturned." Dream big and achieve more!

School Swimming Sports 2015

All students participated positively in the annual school swimming sports competition on Friday 6th March. There were egg and spoon and other smaller swimming races in the non competitive section, and closely contested races in the competitve end of the pool. The house relay at the end of the day was very close and there was loud applause and encouragement from the stands above. Highgate managed to win the relay with Shetland house in 2nd, Chapman 3rd and Lynn 4th.

School Powhiri:

Today Friday 13th, we formally welcomed our year 7 students, student teachers and new teaching staff to our school. The year 8's did a fantastic job of welcoming the new students and teachers and exhibited this through a rousing haka performance, an excellent speech from Eli Ellison and waiata from year 8 students. Well done to all involved


What the 2015 Year 8 students have to say about Balmacewen

Have a read below and see what some of our 2015 year 8 students have to say about Balmacewen