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Principal's News Archive

First Message

4 November 2016

Over the last few weeks we having been getting our senior students ready for their examinations and celebrating their successes. Final assemblies have now been held and the students are preparing for their externals either through studying at home, or attending the tuition sessions that are available to them. In some cases, we have invited students to extra classes to help them get the last few credits that they need.

On 2 November we held our Senior Prizegiving to celebrate our top academic achievers. It was an eventful night with an unexpected interlude from a fire alarm. I was also able to share some exciting news with our community. One of our former students, Chris McIntyre who left us in 2010 to study Geography at Victoria University has been awarded a Rhodes Scholarship. This is one of the most prestigious awards available anywhere in the world. Chris will receive free accommodation, tuition fees, a stipend and travel costs to undertake a Master's degree in Public Policy at Oxford University in England. This is an outstanding effort and we wish him all the very best.

At the prizegiving Mr Pegram was also pleased to announce that our students had been offered over $180 000 worth of scholarships for study next year. Our significant academic prize winners were:

Dux Litterarum: Jainal Gandhi and Devon Russell (Joint Winners)
Proximae Accessit:Anushka Bhat

Wesley Broughton Award (Top year 12 Academic Achiever): Clarice du Toit Year 12 Runner-Up: Tyler Cruse

Top Academic Achiever Year 11: Shine Wu Year 11 Runner-Up: Emily Hollis

Earlier in the term we also held our Celebration of Arts and Sports Awards. The recipients of some of the key awards were:

Celebration of Sports Awards

Athlete with a Disability: Jack Rowland
Junior Sports Person of the Year: Te Aratu Maihi
Achieving to the Highest Level in Sport: Salote-Alison Taufa
Outstanding Contribution to Leadership and Sport: Liam Collins
Male Sports Person of the Year: Haydon Smith
Female Sports Person of the Year: Emily Thompson

Performing Arts Awards

Kapa Haka Person of the Year: Tiana Edmonds
Polyclub Person of the Year: Katrina Robati-Mani
Media Person of the Year: Liam Collins
Actor of the Year: Kiya Basabas
Musician of the Year: Phoebe Calderio
Visual Artist of the Year: Gregory Wang

We were very pleased to follow the progress of Finn Lewis (Year 10) in the National Spelling Bee Competition on television. Obviously we were extremely pleased when Finn made the finals, but when he went on to become the national champion, this was very special. Congratulations to Finn on an outstanding effort and I am sure the prize of $5000 towards further study, and $1500 for himself will be well used.

Two weeks ago I attended Government House to support Ella Murphy at the Frank Clarke Memorial Awards. These awards are organised by the Wellington Down Syndrome Association and Ella received a Highly Commended Certificate for her support of others and involvement in a variety of activities. Her award was presented by our new Governor- General, The Right Honourable Dame Patsy Reddy and the Race relations Commissioner, Dame Susan Devoy.

While NCEA begins on Wednesday 9 November for the seniors, there is still a full programme of learning for our juniors. They will be having their examinations on 15-18 November. The students' deans and teachers have been discussing with them what is involved and how to prepare properly for these.

A three day discovery programme, always an exciting time will be held on 30 November-2 December. This is an excellent opportunity for the students to try many different activities that they might not have done before. Junior Prizegiving will be held on Wednesday 7 December at 7.00 pm with the final assemblies for Year 9 and 10 on Thursday 8 December.

Second Message

9 December 2016

The school year has now come to an end. NCEA examinations presented a few challenges with the effects of the earthquake and the flooding, however the students were fully engaged and now await their final results in mid-January.

After the seniors left the junior students participated in a comprehensive programme which included their own examinations, and three day discovery. This year, the examinations included the Year 9 and Year 10 examinations being successfully done on-line. This will be good practice for the students as all NCEA examinations will be on-line by 2020.

We also celebrated our students' success at the Junior Prizegiving. This year the top awards went to:

Top Academic Achiever Year 9 Brandon Ru Year 9 Runner Up Ray Wu

Top Academic Achiever Year 10 Amber Zhu Year 10 Runner Up Gabbi Conway

As you will be aware from earlier messages we have been visited by the Education Review Office. The final report is now available here. There are many positives in this report and we are very pleased with the outcome of the review.

Start of Year Programme 2017

Our start dates for next year can be found on our website here.

2016: A Retrospective

Reminisce on the year that was by browsing through term by term highlights including video, photos and write ups, all in one handy location.

2016: A Retrospective

I hope that you all have good break, we look forward to welcoming our new Year 9s, and we will see the rest of you in the New Year.

Nga mihi nui

Grant Jones

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