Newlands College
Newlands College
Newlands College

Kia Ora Tatou

The term is now drawing to a close and it has certainly been a busy one. The winter sports programme is now well advanced with most teams having approximately five to six weeks of play next term before the season ends with tournament week which starts on September 3rd. Earlier this week I farewelled our basketball players who are heading up to San Francisco and New York to be part of the summer training camps. One student has never been on a plane before so a big adventure is about to be had. Tuesday night we had the Winter Wander where our music, art and drama students performed before family and friends. Some of them will leave this Saturday on huge adventure as they too, head off to New York.

Another highlight was our school ball which was a huge success. Often in the media we hear about school balls and things that go wrong. This was certainly not the case for us, and it never has been. It was a night of celebration and our students certainly seemed to have a great night out.

We recently had two days off timetable so that our students could pursue their active learning projects that they had been planning during the term. All manner of projects were completed, everything from cleaning up a beach, creating You Tube clips of things such as, How to get your Scooter License, baking cakes to sell for charity, as well as creating apps, and learning Korean. We will be having a display night scheduled for the middle of next term. It will be well worth visiting as project based learning is one of the key features that is currently being discussed as part of the NCEA review.

As you will be aware I will be away on sabbatical starting August 6th. Deb King will be Principal (Acting) while I am away and Susan MacDiarmid will become the Acting Deputy Principal. Mr Pegram and Ms Mills, current Deputy Principals will complete the Senior Management Team. I will return on Monday November 12

This week we have also been celebrating Matariki which is a special time of the year. It is nice to think the days will now start getting longer. As part of our celebration our students raised some money so that we could plant 9 Pukapuka trees. This grove will represent Pleiades and serve as a special part of the entrance to the school

We have a big term coming up after the break. Please check the calendar for the end of the winter sports season, senior assessment week and the NOSCARS. It is also the time when the students will start selecting their subjects for next year.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ablaze who has provided us with considerable support in providing laboratory safety equipment.
I hope that you all have a good break.
Nga Mihi Nui

Grant Jones

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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