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News from the Desk of the Principal Archive Term 1 2018

12 February 2018

Kia Ora Tatou

I would like to welcome you to the first Message from the Desk of the Principal for 2018. 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. Fei Gao 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 93%
  • Level 3 84%
  • University Entrance 70%

These results exceeded all the national averages. Also of note is that our Pasifika and Maori students did extremely well, although using percentages can be misleading as the groups of students are small in numbers.

Maori Level 1 89%, Level 2 93% and Level 3 75%, and for Pasifika, Level 1 90%, level 2 87%, and Level 3 67%

All female students who stayed until the end of year 13 achieved Level 2 and 97% of males gained the qualification.

As in the past we began the school year for our Year 9 students with our Peer Support camp. This allowed the new students to start building new friendship bonds, get to know their Form Teachers, and undertake a wide range of outdoor activities. It also provided our year 13 students the opportunity to learn leadership skills. We were once again at El Rancho up at Waikanae and the students tried swimming, mud slides, kayaking, as well as a big range of initiative activities. These culminated in the form class relay which was strongly contested.

The new students and staff were formerly welcomed to the school on the following Monday with a Powhiri. This year we tried as much as possible to have the whole school involved. The result was much more powerful singing and the haka made a significant statement as the new staff and students entered the hall. The format was one which we will repeat.

The school year is already moving quickly. Auditions for this year's school production Catch Me If You Can are underway, dragon boating, cricket, futsal and volleyball have begun and our elections for the student leaders have also begun. It is going to be another full on term.

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

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