At Kirkwood children are given the opportunity to enter:

  • University of Canterbury Competitions
    The University of Canterbury offer each child the opportunity to participate in the Great Kiwi English, Mathematics and Science Competitions.  These competitions take place annually and are designed by New Zealand teachers for New Zealand students based on the New Zealand Curriculum.
  • Cantamath
    Cantamath has two main categories. The first one is the team competition. Teams of four students answer a series of challenging mathematical questions and they are literally racing the other teams to be the first to complete all the questions. Every year Kirkwood Intermediate enters 1 Year 7 team and 1 Year 8 team. The students who have strength in Mathematics get extended and trained throughout the year and the teams are selected in Term 3.
    The other category is Mathematical Displays Competition. Students submit written, design, construction and even wearable mathematical displays related to a mathematical theme. There are a number of categories and selected work entered is displayed in the Town Hall.
  • Otago Problem Solving Challenge
    This is a mathematical problem solving competition aimed primarily at intermediate school students. It is organised by members of the Department of Mathematics at the University of Otago. Students participating in the competition attempt to answer five questions in 30 minutes on each of five problem sheets. All Kirkwood students get an opportunity to participate in this.
  • Australasian Problem Solving Mathematical Olympiads
    This is a mathematical problem solving competition which has more than 35,000 students participating in Australia and New Zealand. Kirkwood Intermediate School provides this opportunity to the students to extend their problem solving skills. Students attempt to answer five questions in 30 minutes on each of five problem sheets.
  • World Maths Day
    World Maths Day is an online maths contest. Students get one minute to answer as many numeracy questions as they can. The level of difficulty is approximately age appropriate. When playing a game, the website will attempt to find other players of the same level around the world to match the player against. Students can play at home and at school against other students around the world in live games of mental arithmetic.
  • Canterbury-Westland Schools’ Science and Technology Fair
    Every year students get the opportunity to enter in the Canterbury-Westland Schools’ Science and Technology Fair. Starting around the beginning of Term 2 all Kirkwood Students are given the option to complete a project in either science or technology. The children meet as a group once a week to receive addition guidance throughout their project. More information on the Canterbury-Westland Schools’ Science and Technology Fair can be found here


September 2019:

  • 1st place for the best heath science projects from the University of Otago,

Christchurch in the NIWA Canterbury-Wetland schools’ Science and Technology Fair.

Ragavi, Room 13





  • Published Writers
    There are many opportunities for students to have their work published. Any student who wishes to send their work away to various publishing companies such as Learning Media (School Journal) can approach the teacher in charge of Literacy for more information with regards to this. There are also many competitions that are advertised and provide students with the opportunity to have their piece of work published.
  • Kids’ Literature Quiz
    This is an annual event held nationally. Regional finals are held throughout New Zealand and a the winning team from each region goes forward to the National Final. It is now an international event with teams competing from all over the world. Last year the International final was held in Scotland.
  • New Zealand Post Book Awards
    This is a national competition. The children get a chance do different activities each year (locally) and also vote for what they think is the children’s best book in the awards.


Congratulations to our 2018 Cup winners

They are as follows:

Speech Award  Emma C
Sports Boy Ben A
Sports Girl Kayla P
Performing Arts Award Willow G
Technology Girl Ava-Grace
Technology Boy Ryan S

Kapa Haka Girl – Tauhi Gear

Kaitataki Wahine Trophy

 Mackenzie N

Kapa Haka Boy – Hakopa Gear

Kaitataki Tane Trophy

 Quinn M
School -Service  Ngoc L
Academic Award Casper C and Rima R
Citizenship Award  Seth W
Visual Art Award  Olivia C
International Student Award Ruitian W


Blues Awards

Congratulations to the following students who have gained an All Round Ellite Award in Term 2 2019

Dance Elite                            1st Showcase National Dance Championships  – Rosa

Go Karting Bronze Elite       1st Kart Sport Nelson Meet – Chris W

Futsal Bronze Elite               Selected U14 Canterbury Futsal Team – Caden G

Cricket Silver Elite                Selected for the CJCA Latham development squad that was 1st in the South Island Tournament. – Jack J

Athletics Silver Elite             3rd 400m Colgate St Is Championship – Jerome B

Orienteering Silver Elite       Selected for the South Island Orienteering Team. – Emma H

Equestrian Silver Elite         Katie 3rd in her class at South Island Welsh Show – Katie F

Equestrian Gold Elite           Reserve Champion Horse of the Year – Ella F



Congratulations to the following students who have gained a Prestigious Blues Awards and All Round Ellite Awards 2018

Athletics Bronze Elite                   Canterbury Schools’ Athletics Competition

3rd Open 200m 3rd 60m  – Sofia

 3rd Discus – Kayla

Touch Rugby Bronze Elite          Touch Canterbury U14 Mixed Team  – Aria

Cricket Bronze Elite                      Selected Canterbury Team   –   Kayla

Basketball Silver Elite                  2nd U13 Girls A Grade South Island Regional   – Sophie

Chess Silver Elite                          3rd South Island Championship

Finlay C

Rima R

Emmanuel C

Casper C

Motocross Silver Elite                 2nd South Island Championship  – Caleb C

Speed Skating Gold Elite            2nd New Zealand Short Track Championships – Edward Feryagin

All-round Elite

Katie S

Michael L

Emma C

Olivia C



Gymnastics Bronze Elite – Selected Canterbury Rhythmic Gymnastics Team


Softball Bronze Elite – Selected Canterbury U15 Boys’ Team


Tennis Bronze Elite – Selected Ellesmere Representative Team


Football Bronze Elite – Selected Selwyn Representative Team


Orienteering Bronze Elite           

Lachlan         1st Long Distance Event Canterbury Orienteering Festival and 1st Standard Sprint Competition

Xavier            2nd Long Distance Event Canterbury Orienteering Festival


Korfball Bronze Elite – Selected for the Canterbury Korfball Tournament



Rugby Bronze Elite – Selected for Ellesmere U11 Representative Team


Water Polo Silver – Selected for Canterbury 1st Tri Series Tournament


Taekwondo Silver Elite – 3rd Sparring 2nd Breaking Boards South Island Championships


Athletics Silver Elite – 2nd 1500m and 3rd 800m South Island Athletics


Badminton Silver Elite – 3rd South Island Tournament




Rugby Silver Elite – 1st U48 South Island Tournament


Cross Country Gold Elite – 2nd Year 8 in New Zealand Cross Country Championships in Auckland


Trampolining Gold Elite – 1st 11/12 Women’s Tumbling – New Zealand Trampoline Championship



All-round Elite – Awarded an Academic, Cultural and Sporting Blue