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News from the Desk of the Principal

8 December 2017
Kia Ora Tatou
The school year has now come to an end. NCEA examinations presented few challenges logistically despite transport stoppages and now the students 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.

Three Day Discovery

The three day discovery provided some excellent opportunities to try out a whole range of different activities. Some students headed up to Rotorua and were tourists for three days, some got involved in robotics, others made a variety of soaps, interesting international food was cooked and there was an extremely large participation in geocache. Overall it was an excellent experience for the students.

Junior Prizegiving

We also celebrated our students' success at the Junior Prizegiving.

This year the top awards went to:

Top Academic Achiever Year 9. Laura Stone

Year 9 Runner Up: Kimberly Zhou

Top Academic Achiever Year 10: Brandon Ru

Year 10 Runners Up: Victoria Bain and Ria Hermans

Young Ambassadors 2018

The College was excited to hear of Shani McMullin's success. Shani, who is our student representative on the Board of Trustees has been selected to participate in the Young Ambassadors 2018 ‘Following Family Footsteps' trip to France in July!

The trip commemorates World War I and French-New Zealand friendship. Shani will also be involved in a range of activities to commemorate ANZAC Day.

Start of Year Programme 2018

Our start dates for next year can be found here.

2017: 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.

2017: 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

3 November 2017

Kia Ora Tatou

Our teaching year for the senior students has now come to an end. While tutorials are still operating and some students are working on internal assessment projects that have not yet been completed most are studying towards their external examinations. NCEA starts on Thursday 9th November with the first big examination, level 1 English taking place on November 13th.

Prior to the students leaving we held a number of award ceremonies. Our senior prizegiving was held on Thursday 2nd November and we were pleased to acknowledge the outstanding academic success of our students. Our Deputy Principal, David Pegram was also very pleased to announce that so far our students have been awarded $404 000 in study scholarships for next year. The top scholars for 2017 were:

Dux Litterarum: Shine Wu and Clarice du Toit

Proximae Accessit: Benjamin Murdoch and Rachael Wilson

Wesley Broughton Award (Top year 12 Academic Achiever): Shine Wu

Year 12 Runner-Up: Chelsea-Jane Kah and Emily Hollis

Top Academic Achiever Year 11: Amber Zhu

Year 11 Runner-Up: Gabriella Conway and Issac Andrews

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

Sports Awards

Junior Sports Person of the Year: Tui-Aroha Fransen
Achieving to the Highest Level in Sport: Kyran van Asch
Outstanding Contribution to Leadership and Sport: Liam Collins and Tiarne Southon
Student Coach of the Year: Daphne Martinez
Male Sports Person of the Year: Reece Edgecombe
Female Sports Person of the Year: Lauren Smith

​back row from left: Liam Collins, Tiarne Southon , Daphne Martinez, Claire Kersten, Tui-Aroha Fransen, Kyren van Asch, Lauren Smith, Reece Edgecombe
front row: Victoria Bain & Georgia Rainey

Performing Arts Awards

Kapa Haka Person of the Year: Andrew Morgan
Polyclub Person of the Year: Millennium Suga
Media Person of the Year: Toby Harding
Actor of the Year: Kiya Basabas and Issac Andrews
Musician of the Year: Germaine Ambray
Visual Artist of the Year: Danielle Mendoza
Moana Williams Cup for Dance: Kyran van Asch

​Danielle Mendoza, Kyran van Asch, Germaine Ambray, Isaac Andrews, Ben White, Dylan de Bres

When our senior students left earlier in the week we held special assemblies for each level. At these assemblies students were awarded certificates for academic achievement, service to the school, and the student leaders were able to present their thoughts about the year. The year 13 assembly also included some wonderful film footage that covered the five years that they had been here and a heart-felt farewell speech from Mr Cargill, their dean who is leaving at the end of the year. As something special, which has not been done before, the Year 13 students gathered outside the hall at the conclusion of their assembly where the entire junior school performed a farewell haka for them. It was a stirring moment and something that I would like to see become a tradition in the school.

During the last school holidays a group of our students went up to Japan for two weeks. It was a wonderful cultural experience for them. They stayed with Japanese families and this helped them to improve their language as well as experiencing everyday life in Japan

While NCEA begins on Thursday 9 November for the seniors, there is still a full programme of learning for our juniors. They will be having their examinations starting on the 13th 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 29 November-1 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 6 December at 7.00 pm with the final assemblies for Year 9 and 10 on Thursday 7th December.

Nga Mihi Nui

Grant Jones

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