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News from the Desk of the Principal

29 September 2017

Kia Ora Tatou

The end of Term 3 has arrived, and as expected it has arrived extremely quickly. We have had a number of our usual events, eg school examinations, risk management trip, tournament week and next term we start our celebrations.

NOSCARS

The NOSCARS or the Newland College Oscars was held last Wednesday at the Embassy Theatre. The 720 tickets sold out in a matter of days and the evening was a wonderful testament to some high quality film production. Top awards went to:

Best Cinematography Annie Cheng & Nafeesa Shah

Best Script Ben Murdoch

Best Performance Panashe Dindingwe

Best Direction Daphne Martinez & Euan Widjaja

Best Film Annie Cheng & Nafeesa Shah

Audience Choice Ben Murdoch

I think it is important though to congratulate all the students who had their films shown. The standard was extremely high and the judges had an extremely difficult task.

Year 11 Semi-Formal

On Thursday we also held our Year 11 Semi-Formal at the Westpac Trust Stadium. This event organised by the Year 11 Form Representatives who did a great job. The evening was enjoyed by all and it also provided the students with a flavour of what the Ball next year would be like.



Student Board of Trustees representative

It is also the time of the year when we elect our new Student representative for the Board of Trustees. Janhavi Gosavi has done an excellent job this year and described the role well to all the voters. There were six candidates, all worthy of the position. Our new trustee for 2018 is Shani McMullan.

Term 4

Next term we have three significant celebrations, Celebration of Sport (19 October), the Arts Awards (24 October), and the Senior Prize Giving (2 November). The prize giving is by invitation.

The Celebration of Sport has become a victim of its own success and tickets quickly sold out, which meant that some recipients were initially not able to get tickets. This was unfortunate, but by increasing the capacity of the hall, and reallocating tickets we have now been able to cater for everyone who indicated that they wanted to attend. A long term solution will need to be considered in the review of the event which we hold each year. I am also aware that some parents also became part of an e-mail trail which they did not wish to belong to. Again this was unfortunate, not intended and we have reviewed our processes so that it does not happen again.

Next term is just over two weeks long with the senior student's final assemblies on 1 November. NCEA begins the following week and we will be running tutorials to help students prepare for their externals. These holidays should be used to focus on revision for these examinations. Junior examinations will be mid- November.

I hope that you all have a restive and productive break.

Nga mihi nui
Grant Jones

From the Counsellor's Corner

With ‘Mental health Awareness Week' approaching during the holidays, I wanted to look at the changing context of the life of a young person.

The way that young people live their lives has changed greatly over the past decade and this has created a range of poorly understood pressures that affect their psyche and behaviour. Technology has changed the nature of their social networks and how they communicate and interact with one another. Compared to previous generations, today's youth face many more choices at an earlier age, but at the same time may have less clarity as to what lies ahead. The pace of these sociological and technological changes is unprecedented and it is not surprising that many young people, particularly those with less psychological resilience, can be left with a growing sense of dislocation.

Adolescence is a vulnerable period, brain biology, behaviour and the tendency towards adolescent distress and psychological illness must be understood in order to reduce the risks of anxiety, depression, self-harm, and suicidal thoughts. It is estimated that around 20 per cent of adolescents suffer from mental health disorders. Health Ministry Statistics show demand for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) has gone up by 30 per cent in the past 3 years.

So is modern life simply too taxing for today's youth, or are we raising less resilient young people? I don't think this is the case, rather I feel adolescents are under greater pressure than ever before, are in far too much of a rush to grow up, and mental health services are so stretched and poorly resourced that they are turning away young people with serious mental health issues, including those at risk of taking their own lives, leaving GP's and School Counsellors to cope with young people struggling with increasingly severe levels of anxiety and depression.

Where to get help;

  • Talk to an adult; School Counsellor, Dean, Teacher, your family Doctor or Parent
  • In an emergency always call 111
  • Lifeline 080 0543354
  • Suicide Prevention helpline 0508 828865
  • Youthline 0800 376633 or free txt 234 or you can email talk@youthline.org.nz
  • The Lowdown Text 5626 or visit the website www.thelowdown.co.nz

Marc Mulholland (Guidance Counsellor)

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