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News from the Desk of the Principal

Kia Ora Tatou

Our third term is now into full swing with lots of activity going on for our students. Significantly our senior practice examinations start on Friday August 25th, only two weeks away. In some cases it is practice for externals at the end of the year, it could be gaining further credits for NCEA or it could be a workshop opportunity for students undertaking practical subjects such as Hard Technology or Art.

For those who have students sitting examinations for the first time, we normally hold these in the hall, and they last between 1-3 hours. When a student does not have an examination they do not need to attend school, although they can use the library for study purposes. Sometimes students do not put a lot of effort into the externals and focus on the internals. This is not a good strategy as it gives little indication for the teacher where the student is up to with their learning. Secondly, and this is important given the cancelled examinations due to the flooding last year, we use the results as indicative grades if the student cannot sit the end of year examinations.

The examination timetable is available at Senior Examination Timetable 2017.

One of the things that we use the results for is to help us plan the student's courses for next year. Making decisions about which subjects to take next year is a critical one particularly if career paths form a strong part of that decision. We will be interviewing each student about courses and the Careers and Transition advisor, Mrs Featherstone is also available. The subject choice site that contains the course information can be found at Subject Choice.

The Northern Polyfest is a wonderful celebration of Pasifika culture. The students have been practicing hard here at the College with invited students from Onslow College and Wellington Girls College. We had two dress rehearsals at the College as well as a special evening with a performance from Newlands primary before the big day. The performance evening was a special event and all the students performed to a very high level. The Polyfest will be held at Te Rauparaha Centre on Friday 11th August. We would expect our student to be on stage, just after 5 pm.

Our Sports Captain, Audrey Martinez, has worked extremely hard to bring about the inaugural senior exchange with Wellington High School. Audrey had arranged a great programme of sport for the day but sadly we were defeated by the weather. The concept is a good one though and we will try again next year as a pre-season tournament when the weather is better.

We have also had a lot of good things happening in sport, so please check our website. Other “good news stories” include:

  • Congratulations to the cast of 'Ten/Two' that performed extremely well in the Theatre New Zealand One Act Play Competition. They have made it through to the Lower North Island Regional Round which is held on Friday 18 August.
  • Congratulations to Aaron Villarante who was a winner in the Lower North Island Spelling Bee Competition and now enters the National Finals in October.
  • Emma Downey has been invited to join the National Secondary Schools' Brass Band.
  • Germaine Ambray and Amanda Stone have both been invited to join the New Zealand Secondary Schools' Symphony Orchestra.
  • In our annual senior debate against Onslow College our team of Shine Wu, Ryan Maass, and Aneesa Delpachitra successfully affirmed the moot, “That technology is essential for the classroom” in a convincing win.
  • Aditi Tiwari is a finalist in the graduate Show at the New Zealand Fashion week which makes her an official New Zealand Fashion Week Designer. She also wins a Brothers design pack.

There have been significant changes to our buses, and the times that the buses will run. These will begin on August 28th. Please see the changes at Bus Routes on our website

Nga Mihi Nui

Grant Jones

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