Newlands College
Newlands College
Newlands College

11 May 2018

Kia Ora Tatou

Term Two

Term 2 is now well underway. I often think of this as the busiest term as it contains the winter sports programme which runs through to early term 3, the school production which has its gala night on Tuesday 29th May, the school ball on 9th June, as well as numerous other activities such as the Junior Triangular with Onslow and Tawa Colleges. This term we also start getting ready for 2019 (how quickly it comes around) and we will be having our school in action, and open night on Thursday June 14. While this is all going on there is plenty curriculum and assessment occurring so the students are fully engaged.

Catch Me If You Can

As mentioned, the school production Catch Me If You Can begins in two weeks' time. History tells us that there is a strong demand for tickets and in the past we have performed to sell out audiences, so if you plan on attending I would encourage you to purchase your tickets soon. Catch Me If You Can like many musicals targets older audiences and is slightly risqué but it is not out of context and is appropriate for the 1960s setting. Having watched the students rehearse at the production camp last week, I think the audience will be in for a good night's entertainment.

Overseas Trips

During the holidays we had two groups of students head off overseas. One group went up to Rarotonga and were able to trace the origins of the historical Maori migration to New Zealand/Aotearoa by finding similarities in language, place names and culture.

The other group headed to France where they were able to practice their French in a French context, and survive the usual French transport strikes.

Both groups had a fabulous time and thoroughly enjoyed their experiences. At the end of the term we have the Basketball trip to the USA occurring, and the Arts trip to New York is also taking place.

Paid Union Meeting

I have been advised by the teacher's union, the PPTA that they will be taking a Paid Union Meeting on Thursday 31st May. This meeting is covered by the Employment Relations Act. As a result there will be a normal timetable in the morning, although the periods will be shorter, and at 12:30pm, timetabled classes will conclude. After this the school will be open for supervision only. Students may go home and buses will be organised. Students in our Learning Support Centre will have different arrangements (because of the taxis) and information regarding this can be found in the LSC newsletter.

Mid-Term Break

The other key date for you to beware of is Queens Birthday weekend. The school will be closed for Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th June. Normal classes will resume on the Wednesday.

Contact During Class Time

It would be most appreciated if you require to contact your son or daughter via text message or telephone call during the school day that you please do this during interval and lunchtimes. This will avoid a distraction during class time.

I hope that I will be able to see many of you at the production.

Nga Mihi Nui

Grant Jones






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