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News from the Desk of the Principal

Kia Ora Tatou

It has been a full on last couple of weeks with students participating in a wide variety of activities. The much mentioned Catch Me if you Can has been playing in front of full houses for each of its performances. So far, we have received many complimentary thank you e-mails and the students are very proud of the final product that they brought to the stage and they have had a wonderful time. Staff involved were: Craig Milmine and Jonathan Skinner as the Co-Directors, David Pegram as the Producer, Anthony Lander as the Music Director and many more. I would like to publicly thank all of those staff involved so that our students could once again have such a fabulous experience.

The Queen's Birthday weekend has come as a welcome break as many of our students are starting to succumb to winter's coughs and colds. However the school programme does not let-up much with plenty still coming up. June 9th is the College Ball and this is definitely one of the highlights of the school calendar. Once again we are at Te Papa a wonderful venue and I am sure a good time will be had by all.

We have been doing a lot of work reviewing our curriculum so that we can ensure that our students get the best possible education. More recently this work has slowed as the Minister for Education announced that there was a review of NCEA to be undertaken. It is hard to plan for something if you do not know what it is. The initial thinking by the Minister's reference group is:

1. Reduce NCEA Level 1 to 40 internally-assessed credits with two parts – literacy and numeracy, and a project “driven by learners' passions”.

2. Tighten literacy and numeracy requirements, which students can currently meet by achieving many credits that are not directly related to English or maths; but also look at broadening the definition of “literacy” to include “digital, financial or civic literacy”.

3. Require at least 20 out of the 80 credits needed for both Levels 2 and 3 to come from “pathways” such as trades courses, research projects and community work in partnership with outside employers, tertiary institutions and community groups.

4. Reduce the huge number of small chunks of learning that now earn credits to a smaller number of larger chunks, encouraging schools and students to co-develop more coherent courses for each learner.

5. Redesign what is now the NZ Qualifications Authority's record of each student's achievement to include extracurricular activities and community work, describing each student's strengths and achievements in a format like a curriculum vitae (CV).

6. Scrap NCEA and scholarship fees and extend special assessment conditions such as reader-writers to more students including those with English as a second language, to reduce barriers to passing NCEA.

Source: NZ Herald

There is a lot of interesting thinking in here and the college is already well down some of these paths with our Wa Ako and Active Learning. Public consultation continues until September 16th.

Key Dates for Enrolments in 2018 for Students in 2019

On Thursday 14 June we are holding our ‘School in Action' morning and this will be followed on by an Open Evening. This is an ideal opportunity for anyone considering sending their son or daughter to the college to get a better sense of what it has on offer.

The School in Action starts at 9.15 am until 10.45am with families being met in the hall by student guides. The Open Evening will begin at 6.00 pm in the Hall followed by a tour of the school.

Please Note: This year, for the first time all enrolment forms need to be completed on-line. These can be found under the Enrolments Enrolmnent Process on our Website.

The enrolment timeline is as follows:

We would like all interviews for in-zone enrolments are to be completed by Friday 27th July. Please ring to make an appointment time. Dates for interviews are:
*Friday 15 June 8.30 am – 3.30 pm
*Monday 18 June: 8.30 am – 7.00 pm
*Tuesday 19 June: 8.30 am – 7.00 pm
*Wednesday 20 June: 8.30 am – 7.00 pm
*Thursday 21 June: 8.30 am – 3.30 pm
*Friday 22 June: 8.30 am – 3.30 pm

Year 9 Out of Zone Enrolments

*Completed applications to be received by Monday 30 July 2018
*Ballot for out of zone applications, notification of ballot results and acceptance of place offered via ballot will be advised following this date.

Year 10, 11, 12 and 13

*Out of zone applications close Thursday 18 October 2018
*Ballot held if required Monday 5 November 2018
Parents notified of outcome Wednesday 7 November 2018

Please also be aware that Parent/Teachers evenings are coming up on Thursday 21 June and Monday 25 June from 4.00-6.25 pm. Bookings can be made electronically and this information will be advised to you later next week.

Grant Jones


Near Misses with School Children on Train Tracks

We have received the following message. Can you please discuss it with your son/daughter/ward.

There have been some near misses recently involving children crossing train tracks before and after school. They all have one thing in common: children aren't expecting a “second train”. In all of these recent near misses, bells and lights have still been operating, but because the first train has passed, students make the mistake of thinking it's safe to cross. This can be extremely dangerous as the track crossings in areas with double tracks always have the potential for a second train to pass. This link shows footage of one near miss:

As well as looking and listening before crossing, please make it clear to children that if bells and lights are going, it's because a second train could be coming and it's not safe to cross. Thank you for your support in getting this safety message out to children. For more information about safe behaviour around tracks and trains, see tracksafe

Kirsty Barr - School Travel Coordinator

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