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News from the Desk of the Principal

13 February 2017

Kia Ora Tatou

I would like to welcome you to the first Message from the Desk of the Principal for 2017. I would also like to extend a warm welcome to all parents and caregivers who have children in the college for the first time.

Communications with our families and whanau are extremely important. These messages are provided on the website fortnightly, and we advise parents of them by e-mail. In addition parents and caregivers can find important information specific to their own student(s) through the parent portal. This information will include: attendance, timetable, invoice for costs, and personal details. The students' progress is also reported through the portal, subject by subject as significant pieces of work are completed. This will occur at least once a term. In this way you will receive regular feedback. All students will also receive an engagement report. This is a snapshot of the progress being made, based on a 1 to 3 scale and are published fortnightly. The first of these will be coming out in the middle of the term. The portal is password protected and you will have received your password by now. If you have any difficulties with your password, please contact my P.A. Sandra Wood at

Last year's students have now received their NCEA results, and while there is still an opportunity for students to gain additional credits, the college has a picture of how well the students achieved this year. I am always reluctant to discuss specific percentages as there are so many variables that influence the results that are beyond our control. An example of this is that international students who returned home in August and did not sit the examinations, are still included in the results. However for the sake of transparency, our results were:

  • Level 1 91%
  • Level 2 90%
  • Level 3 84%
  • University Entrance 73%

Some other very good results were that of the 91% who achieved Level 1, 75% were endorsed with Merit or Excellence. Maori students who left at the end of Year 13, 95% achieved NCEA Level 2 and for our Pasifika students, it was 100%.

Nine students gained Scholarships; and Shine Wu who was in Year 11 gained NCEA Level 2 endorsed with Excellence, as well as Scholarship Calculus, an outstanding effort.

Given the horrendous summer weather we've been having it came as no surprise that the Year 9 Peer Support Camp at El Rancho experienced their own weather issues including flooding. However the camp served its purpose of inducting its 170 Year 9 attendees into College life, and the 65 Year 13 students who also attended provided plenty of valued leadership skills. Most of the activities were still able to be completed, including the relay, which is always a highlight. The following week the students were formally welcomed to the college with a Powhiri.

Finally I have been encouraging the students to become involved in co-curricular activity. The summer sports programme is getting underway, with cricket and dragonboating already starting as well as auditions for the school production Rock of Ages. This is a good time to get involved.

I will keep you informed of what is happening in the college as the year progresses and please check the events calendar as there is a lot happening this term.

13 March 2017

Kia Ora Tatou

Student leadership is an important part of the college and we have been working our way through nominations, polling and the election of our student leaders for 2017. Student leaders become involved in every aspect of school life and their contribution is greatly appreciated. Recently we were very pleased to invite the parents of our successful students to see their sons and daughters receive their badges at assembly and join us for afternoon tea.

Our student leaders for 2017 are:

  • Head Girl - Daphne Martinez
  • Head Boy - Ben Murdoch
  • Academic Captain - Kiya Basabas
  • Arts Captain - Hunter Giltrap
  • Sports Captain - Audrey Martinez
  • Kowhai Captain - Matthew Bain
  • Matai Captain - Dylan Jones
  • Rimu Captain - Michael Chang
  • Totara Captain - Rachael Wilson
  • BOT Representative - Janhavi Gosavi
  • International Student Representative - Gary Xiao
  • Komiti Maori - Ian Murray
  • Komiti Pasifika - K'shana Fa'amasino

The following week at assembly we celebrated those students who had gained an excellence endorsement for NCEA Level 1 or 2. Ninety students took to the stage to receive their badges and again we were able to invite parents to share in the occasion.

Our Vision for the college is that our students will be successful lifelong learners that are creative, confident and connected. To support this vision we have created a programme of learning which we call Wa Ako (think and learning) which occurs every Friday. The programme is multi-faceted and our current focus is Whanaungatanga, links thinking and learning to our community. To support this learning on Friday 10 March we invited numerous guest speaks to the college, including the Mayor Justin Lester, MP Peter Dunne, Ben Sigmund, Police, Fire Service, Ambulance Service, two Lawyers, Diversity leaders and other groups from our community. Students were able to get a good insight into the roles they play and how the students could be proactive in building community links.

As part of this learning we will be holding Learning Parent Conferences on Tuesday 21 March and Monday 27 March. The conference will be with students, parents and the Wa Ako teacher. While they are not subject specific, the interviews will provide opportunities to discuss student goals for the year, how they can be achieved, how students engage with their learning and how they can plan for life after college (more relevant in the senior school). Information on how to make an interview appointment will be e-mailed to you shortly.

Our new artificial turf continues to make progress, and weather permitting in the next two weeks 30 rolls of turf will arrive from Australia ready to be laid. It will be a wonderful addition to the college.

30 March 2017

Kia Ora Tatou

Earlier this week we completed our Learning Conferences which I hope you found useful. Talking with students and staff, many of the families and students found the conversations around goal setting, thinking about learning, how to be organised, and future planning to be most useful. During our Wa Ako time we will continue to focus on these themes as well as other active learning, option selections and career planning.

Our summer sports season has now come to a close. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the parents and volunteers who were involved with our teams, in whatever capacity, e.g. coaching, managing or supporting. Your support is greatly appreciated. Winter sport begins for most teams at the start of next term. Many of the codes have gone through the selection process and are now in pre-season training. Like summer sport we would appreciate any help or support from our parents as our teams take to the fields or courts. If you can help please contact our Sports Director, Graham Witts.

Progress on the artificial turf continues. I did not appreciate once it was measured, it had to be made in Australia, and then exported back to New Zealand. Some thirty rolls of turf are needed and these are currently being laid. New lights on 15 metre poles are also being set in place so I am certainly looking forward to the opening of this new facility at the start of next term.

With Term 2 not that far away, senior students will be going into compulsory blazers and ties for the next two terms. The vest is the option to be worn under the blazer. For the junior students, blazers, vests and ties remain an option.

13 April 2017

Kia Ora Tatou

The end of the term has now arrived and reflecting back we have achieved a huge amount. As mentioned earlier we started the year with excellent NCEA results from 2016. We have held our 43rd Peer Support camp, despite flooding and bad weather, elected our student executive, participated in a wide variety of summer sports and school production Rock of Ages is well underway.

During the holiday break we will be celebrating ANZAC day (25 April) with the community down in Johnsonville. The celebrations begins at 10.00 am and our students will participate with the reading of Flanders Field, and the choir will also be performing. This is a tradition for the college and it would be good if you could join us.

Term 2 is no less busy than the first with winter sports getting underway by the end of the first week, although Collegiate Netball starts on 13 May (No.1s start on 29 May). The school production, a must see, Rock of Ages is scheduled for Tuesday-Friday starting on 30 May. The second term also has the school social highlight of the year, the Ball which will again be held at Te Papa on Saturday 10 June. We will also be opening our new artificial turf in the first week back, a great addition for the college.

The break is a good time for students to “recharge their batteries” get on top of any uncompleted work or assignments and get ready for Term 2. The teachers feel the same.

I hope that you all do have an enjoyable break, use it productively and I look forward to another full on term in two weeks' time.

Nga Mihi Nui

Grant Jones

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