Senior Support Team

At Whanganui Intermediate School we have a dedicated and experienced senior team lead by our Principal Charles Oliver and assisted by three Deputy Principals; Gillian Eades, Lisa Clark and Vanessa Bourne.

OUR MISSION is for every pupil at our school to:

  • Embrace cultural identity to achieve success in all learning areas, especially literacy and numeracy
  • Have access to a variety of learning programmes and diverse opportunities that are new, exciting and relevant, and will prepare them for life
  • Take ownership of their learning and be proud of their achievements.
  • Through this we will develop life-long learners who are confident, connected and actively involved global citizens.

Charles Oliver – Principal

I have been Principal of Whanganui Intermediate since 2001. During this time we have seen the school change from being just a school into a vibrant, exciting place of learning that our pupils love coming to each day. We work very hard to make this school the best it can be. All of the staff work as a team and we share a clear ambition for our students. It is our aim for every pupil to make a significant improvement in their achievement and have access to learning programmes that are exciting and challenging. We are keen to develop the following values: Respect, Responsibility, Relationships and Resilience. We promote Manaakitanga and Whanaungatanga across the entire school. Whanganui Intermediate is the school of choice for year 7 and 8 students from the city and surrounding district.

I am very proud to be the Principal of Whanganui Intermediate. Here, we encourage our pupils to be the best they can be whenever they undertake any endeavour, be it in a sports team, academically or socially. I have been Principal of many different schools throughout my career but this school is my favourite by far.

Vanessa Bourne – Deputy Principal

I am incredibly excited to be part of the Whanganui Intermediate School team. I am passionate about teaching and learning and as head of curriculum I remain committed to quality learning environments and improving student achievement.

We are very lucky in New Zealand to have a curriculum document that allows us to balance the needs and interests of students with the requirements of society and the economy. At Whanganui Intermediate School we are proud to offer a broad curriculum to ensure our young people have the very best of educational opportunities. I oversee our team of hard working teachers and work alongside our curriculum leaders to ensure our curriculum engages and challenges our students. Our aim is that they will develop the competencies they need for study, work and lifelong learning and go on to realise their potential for life.

In my spare time I like to go for walks or sit in the sun and read a book.

Gillian Eades – Deputy Principal

As Deputy Principal in charge of special needs, I am responsible for coordinating for our students who require extra assistance, ensuring that they receive the support and help they need in order to be successful both at school and once they leave us. This involves working with outside agencies such as RTLB and Special Education as well as providing training and support for teachers to enable them to provide an appropriate classroom programme to meet the needs of all of our students. I am also curriculum leader for health and am in charge of overseeing staff welfare. In addition to these roles I am also a classroom teacher in Room 21 and leader of the Rata Cluster.
In my spare time I like gardening, shopping and travelling as well as catching up with my family.

I love my job and know that if I had my time again I would choose the same vocation.

Please feel free to contact me by phone or email ( at any time or pop into my classroom after school if you have any concerns.

Darren Torrie – Deputy Principal

For the past 11 years I have been a teacher and Junior school pastoral leader at Whanganui High School. The pastoral role is both challenging and very rewarding, which I am excited to continue with here at Whanganui Intermediate School. There are many challenges facing our youth both in and outside of the classroom; from puberty to relationships, home life to mass media, and I am happy to be leading a wonderful team of caring professionals to help our students negotiate these troubled waters.

I have a very fond association with Whanganui Intermediate School as a parent. My son and eldest daughter are past students and the habits, friends and love of learning were certainly fostered during their time here and continue to this day almost ten years on. My youngest daughter will get her chance next year.