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News from the Desk of the Principal

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.


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
  • The Lowdown Text 5626 or visit the website

Marc Mulholland (Guidance Counsellor)

8th September 2017

The end of the term is now closing in on us. Winter sport has now been completed and many of our teams acquitted themselves extremely well. Currently we have three teams away at national tournament week and by all accounts they are having an enjoyable time.

Last week our seniors finished their practice examinations. This is now a critical time as they receive feedback on how they got on, and feedforward on what they need to do to address. Many of the practice examinations were based on externals that the students will sit at the end of the year. This information will be extremely useful for those students who still have not managed to reach the Achieve level and for those who want to improve their endorsements to Merit and Excellence. For those studying at Level 2 and want to attend university this can be critical, for example, currently 62 excellence credits can earn a student a Victoria University Scholarship which is worth $5000 towards their first year of study.

The year is also advancing very quickly. Our senior students now have only three weeks left of Term 3 and Term 4 is two weeks and three days. Taking out things such as Labour Day there would only be approximately 20 periods per subject left! Now is the time for the students to start thinking about their study calendars, complete all their folio and project work e.g. Art, Technology, Media and the like and getting ready for the end of the year. For our Juniors their examinations start on 13th November, another date that will come around quickly.

Currently we are working with the students on their subject selections. The recent results will act as a guide for the seniors around some of their choices. Each student will be interviewed so that they have a career plan in place. For students who are not sure of what they want to take next year, a conversation with Mrs. Featherstone our Careers and Transition teacher is advisable.

Congratulations to our Year 10 Mathswell team who beat all other teams to be the top team in Wellington. An outstanding effort.

Left to right: Ray Wu, Ethan Pan, Julian Sico, Ria Hermans, Brandan Ru, Logan Maass.

Also congratulations to our Year 9 Mathswell team who won the Plate Division

L to R Back:Jake Domb,Kimberley Zhu, Teran Abeeydera
L to R Front: Max Mawby, Luke Piper, Girisha Goel

As the end of the year approaches please keep an eye on the schools calendar, there is lots of things coming up including: the NOSCARS, Year 11 Semi Formal, Art Exhibitions, Arts Awards, Sports Awards, and Senior Prizegiving.

Nga mihi nui

Grant Jones

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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