At Kirkwood children are given the opportunity to enter:

  • International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS)
    is conducted by Educational Assessment Australia, UNSW Global Pty Limited
    . Students from twenty countries now participate in ICAS.
  • 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
  • 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


Congratulations to our 2017 Cup winners

They are as follows:

Speech Award





Sports Boy Reuben
Sports Girl Aaliyah
Performing Arts Drew
Technology Girl Aaliyah
Technology Boy Ethan

Kapa Haka Girl – Tauhi Gear

Kaitataki Wahine Trophy


Kapa Haka Boy – Hakopa Gear

Kaitataki Tane Trophy

School Service Finn
Academic Award Polina
Citizenship Award Brielle
Visual Art Award Jino
International Student Jiahe


Rotary Speech Competition 2017

Both Ruby and Lachlan represented Kirkwood extremely well last night at the Rotary Speech Competition held at Merrin School.  The level of competition was high this year and they performed admirably.

A further congratulations to Lachlan for winning first place.  What a great result!

We are very proud of both of them.


EPro8 stand for Engineer Problem Solve Innovate 2017

Congratulations to both our teams – achieving 2nd and 3rd place means we go through to the regional finals.

Kirkwood Genius’s (Sophie (leader) Cayden, Kane and Dante) built from scratch a moving vehicle that was remote controlled and had to travel 2m while holding up a balloon at the same time!

Kirkwood Wizards: Aarya (leader), Amad, Ethan and Finn. This team used the talents of individuals really well.

Both teams did really well in a variety of difficult challenges.
Thank you very much to our supporters – Ms Anderson who helped make afternoon tea to nourish people before the long event and Alisha who was reserve and supported both teams.


NIWA Canterbury-Westland Schools’ Science Technology Fair  2016

NIWA Canterbury-Westland Schools’ Science Technology Fair 2016
Our Engineering team (Jess, Liam, Cameron and Vincent) entered a Swimming Pool Temperature Probe App Project at the Canterbury-Westland Schools’ Science and Technology Fair which was held at Ara last year.
They won the Statistics New Zealand Award for Excellent Use of Statistics.
Our team feature on the Future in Technology website which has been published recently.  Please read their article below:

The Caretaker’s Swimming Pool Temperature App

Technology ( Electronics ) | Years 7-8 | Christchurch region | January 2017

Image: students with their prize

Four students at Kirkwood Intermediate designed and built an electronic sensor and mobile app to free the school’s caretaker from taking hourly manual readings of the swimming pool’s temperature.

Electrical engineer Chris Baddock from MWH mentored the team and guided them through the product development process. The students started with meeting their client – the caretaker – to establish what he wanted from the project and how the temperature information would be presented to him.

They decided on a smartphone app that updated in real time and could be checked even when the caretaker wasn’t on the school grounds.

The team then researched and analysed different varying measurement techniques before designing their electronic device. It included components to measure, process and display the temperature data locally, and a Wi-Fi module to transmit the data.

During the construction and testing phase the group entered their work in the Canterbury – Westland Science and Technology Fair, where they gained a merit award form Statistics new Zealand for ‘Excellent use of statistics in a science project’.

“Chris made the learning as practical as possible,” says teacher Julie Anderson, “with students testing design ideas and making modifications to improve performance. He also discussed the impact an engineering career can have on improving the quality of individual, family and community lives.

“I was amazed at the visible personal growth of the students during the project. They gained confidence as they volunteered for various roles and spoke to adults. Students learnt more than problem-solving – it also involved ways to make and how to justify a decision, how to design solutions, the importance of stakeholder feedback, and working to a budget.”

Photo caption: the students show their prize at the Canterbury – Westland Science and Technology Fair



Riccarton Rotary Speech Contest 

Salma and JorjaCongratulations to our two speech contest participants.  Salma gave an excellent speech in the Year 7 competition but was unplaced whilst Jorja won the 2015 Year 8 Riccarton Rotary Speech Contest – an excellent first place.

We are so proud of both our students.





Blues Awards

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

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









Korfball Bronze                    Named in the Tournament Team

Natalie, Tanae, Sam

Touch Rugby Bronze          U14 Canterbury Touch Rugby

Aaliyah, Emma

Touch Rugby Bronze          U12 Canterbury Touch Rugby


Touch Rugby Bronze          Canterbury U14 Mixed Touch


 Dressage Bronze Elite        2nd open grade and pony class in the ESNZ Canterbury Area Dressage Competition


Basketball Bronze Elite       Canterbury U11/12 Basketball team


 Grass Karting Bronze          1st Canterbury Championships


Rugby Sevens Bronze Elite           1st Canterbury Metropolitan Spring Seven’s Tournament.


Cross Country Bronze         Canterbury U12  Cross-Country


Cross Country Silver           2nd South Island Championships


Gymnastics Silver                3rd South Island Gymnastics Championship


Rugby Silver                                     South Island Rugby Team


Trampolining Gold                           1st National Championships


Taekwondo Gold                              Gold Medal at the National Championships


Grass Karting Gold              2nd New Zealand Championships in his age group


Table Tennis Bronze

2nd Canterbury Championship singles U13U15 boys’ doubles 2nd place

Table Tennis Silver Elite

1st South Island U13 doubles

Table Tennis Gold Elite National Championship


Gold Water Polo Elite          2nd  National Championships in 2016


Gold Squash                        Selected for New Zealand Development Squad


2016 Term 4 All-round Elite – Awarded an Academic, Cultural and Sporting Blue

Max, Mia, Charlotte, William




Blues Awards Term 3

Athletics Silver Elite    Colgate South Island Games
Dante          3rd in 4x100m relay

Libby            1st in 4x100m relay, 1st in Medley Relay, 3rd 80m hurdles

Caleb           3rd 4x100m

Silver Elite Boxing

Riley             1st in South Island Golden Gloves Competition (63 kg class)

Silver Elite Touch South Island Touch Championship

Caleb           1st Place

Silver Elite BMX South Island Championship

Ashton        1st in Cruiser

2nd in 20 inch

Silver Elite Basketball South Island Tournament – 3rd Place

Ashton, Jake, Reuben, Dean, Tanae, Caleb and Riley 


Blues Awards Term 4

Prestigious Blues Award for Term 4

Canterbury Junior Championship

            Individual Overall – 2nd

            Team’s Event – 1st

Josh                 Gymnastics Bronze

Selected for the Canterbury Rugby League Team

Reuben             Rugby League Bronze

Olympic Hopefuls after South Island Competition

Sarah               Water Polo Bronze

Canterbury Basketball Competition

Wharanui Gators Team – 2nd place

Mya                          Basketball Bronze

Chillarie                     Basketball Bronze

Canterbury Combined Country Netball Competition

Selwyn Representative Team – 2nd place

Jade                            Netball Bronze

Canterbury Combined Country Netball Competition

Metro Representative Team – 1st place

Carrie                           Netball Bronze

Canterbury Combined Town/Country Competition

Metro Representative Team – 1st place

Connor                          Rugby Bronze

Canterbury Combined/Town Country Competition U11

 Ellesmere West Team – 1st Place

Jacob                             Rugby Bronze

Selected for Canterbury Korfball Tournament Team          Korfball Bronze

Molly, Lexi, and Tanae

Selected to Referee the Canterbury Touch Finals

Meadow                         Bronze Touch Referee

Canterbury Championships                                          

U13 Singles – 2nd place

U15 Doubles – 2nd place

Induwara                       Bronze Table Tennis

South Island Championship                                          

U13 Doubles – 1st place

Induwara                        Silver Table Tennis

South Island Championship

Individual Overall – 2nd

Team’s Event – 1st

Josh                               Silver Gymnastics

Cultural Bronze Elite

Cultural Blue and 2 Cultural Bars