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A message from our new Principal - Diane Crate

Kia Ora koutou,


Ko Roeha Waiohenga o Ngati Porou raua ko Hori Punehu o Ingarangi oku tipuna

Ko Hikurangi toku maunga

Ko Waiapu te awa

Ko Ngati Porou toku iwi

Ko te whanau a ruataupare ki tuparoa te hapu

Ko Ruataupare toku marae

Ko Diane Crate toku ingoa

No Whangarei ahau


My name is Diane Crate and I am both honoured and proud to have been selected by the Feilding Intermediate Board of Trustees to be the new Principal.


I have lived in Hamilton for the last 25 years. I grew up in Whangarei, but moved to Hamilton for University. As a child, I had family living in Feilding and the Hawkes Bay, so we became accustomed to long drives for family holidays!


I have 5 children, ranging in ages from 23 down to 10. My younger two sons will also be moving to Feilding with me. My eldest daughter is a personal trainer and powerlifter here in Hamilton, my eldest son is a 3rd year medical student in Dunedin, and my youngest daughter is working through the process of joining the NZ Police. My husband worked as a Police Dog Handler for over 20 years, but has now taken the slightly quieter step to working in probation.


My family is very excited about making the journey to Feilding and ultimately becoming fully involved in the wider school community. I am an avid supporter of sport, and am looking forward to getting to know the community on the sidelines!


As I make the transition to Feilding, I will be prioritising getting to know the staff, students and wider school community. I am very aware of the anticipation that accompanies a change in leadership, so please do not hesitate to come and introduce yourself. During this term, I will be making several school visits, and working closely with Selina O’Leary and the staff, as we make plans for my formal start date of July 24th.


Nga mihi


Diane Crate

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Welcome to Feilding Intermediate School

Feilding Intermediate School, Feilding, Manawatu, is an innovative friendly school where pupils, staff and caregivers feel a welcoming proud spirit. Academic excellence with associated social and physical development are the unifying themes for our staff.

Our education includes four interest centres that will help focus on student strengths and make better use of teacher strengths including:

  1. Motuhaketanga (Building Independence through Science and Problem Solving)
  2. Hauora (Health / PE)
  3. Nga Toi (The Arts)
  4. Taumata (Academic Strength)



Feilding Intermediate Vision:

We want to ensure that all students will participate in a variety of experiences designed to recognise their uniqueness as well as promote academic, social and cultural development.

  • Our students will take responsibility for their own learning and behaviour and develop high standards of effort and achievement.
  • Our students will have respect for themselves, others, the environment and a sense of pride in the school.
  • We will provide a full range of technological experiences that encourage the development of life skills and the development of safe practises in all these areas.
  • We will be a school which is a fair and equitable place to learn.

ERO COMMENT….. A broad and inclusive school curriculum provides opportunity for diverse learners to be challenged, learn in context that match their interests and achieve success…..