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News from the Desk of the Principal

7 July 2017

Kia Ora Tatou

The term has now drawn to an end and as you would be aware from earlier messages, it has been an extremely busy one. I am sure that all the staff and students are ready for a well-earned break.

The end of the term also marks something of a milestone; my PA Mrs Sandra Wood is retiring after 25 years of service. She has given me and the college invaluable support and her knowledge of the college and community has been truly impressive. Mrs Wood and her husband have some exciting plans for their retirement which include visiting the Arctic Circle and I would like to publically thank her and wish her all the very best.

Interestingly enough the senior management team along with Mrs Wood is celebrating over 120 years' service to Newlands College. There is a lot of institutional and community knowledge here.

At the end of this term Mrs Jane O'Malley also leaves us to join the staff at Wellington Girls College as an ESOL teacher, something of a change from teaching English.

We would also like to congratulate Ms Claire Kersten who is trialling for the New Zealand Silver Ferns Netball team.

On 21 June, the Mayor Justin Lester opened our new artificial turf. It contains 6 netball courts, 6 tennis courts and is marked out for hockey training. It has added considerable value to the college and when the lights are installed in 4 weeks' time, it will add further value to the complex. I would like to thank the following organizations that generously financially supported the College: Lotteries Community Facilities Fund, Pelorus Trust, New Zealand Community Trust, Johnsonville Charitable Trust, Infinity Foundation and the Newlands College Board of Trustees.

I would like to thank Wayne Firmin who blessed the courts for us.

Matariki was celebrated on 28 June. This coincided with the 10th birthday of our Wharekura, ‘Te Ao Marama'. We were very pleased that we could have Lara Anderson our former Art teacher support us. Lara designed the stained glass window, and was able to share with the students the stories that sit in behind it. As part of the celebration a hangi was put down at the Papa Kainga – many thanks to those who helped and a great lunch was enjoyed by all.

I would like to congratulate all of those involved in the Winter Wonder on Tuesday 4 July. This enabled our community to enjoy the arts contribution to the college. There were live performances of drama, music and art displays. It was also very nice to see former students who have pursued their studies at university in these areas, to come back to the school to share their experiences.

It is timely that I have received the following information from the Ministry of Education in regard to the mental health issues that some of our students face.

“The Ministry of Education has asked all schools to let parents know where to find information to support the mental health and wellbeing of their children, and to let you know that the Ministry has recently updated their parents' website with information about where parents can go to for support and advice if they are concerned about their child's mental health. Parents are encouraged to regularly check in with their child about how they are doing and the things going on in their lives. You will find links to organisations you can contact for help and advice if you are concerned about your child on the Ministry of Education's website at“

In addition we have our own guidance network team, and our Guidance Counsellor, Mr Mulholland is available to support students.

I hope that you all have a well-earned break. Winter sports have only about 5-6 weeks to go next term and the senior examinations will start on Friday 25 August.

Nga Mihi Nui

Grant Jones

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