News From The Principal's Desk

12 February


Ngaro atu he tētēkura, whakaeke mai he tētēkura.

When one chief disappears another is ready to appear


Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa

My warmest welcome to you all as we embark on 2024 and our learning at Newlands College. 

After 22 years leading the learning here, Grant Jones in his last newsletter of 2023 referenced the whakatauki above. As I begin my time leading the school, I would like to acknowledge his leadership and the wonderful guidance and support we have received from Grant both professionally and personally. It has brought joy for me to return to this kura with the school in such a good heart. I feel extremely fortunate and privileged to be given this opportunity and would like to acknowledge the Senior Leadership Team who have ensured that we have had a smooth transition. 

Newlands College has a vision for learning that I will uphold. The school has a reputation for strong pastoral support of our learners and for achieving high levels of success across all spheres of learning. My focus in my first term as Tumuaki is to talk and listen to learners, teachers and whānau so we can work together and empower our young people to learn and grow as empowered citizens of Aotearoa.

Academic Success

Newlands College continues to achieve at a high level and despite all of the disruptions of 2023, our results compare very well to national averages. 



A number of our learners had success in the recent Scholarship examinations. 13 students obtained a Scholarship including Thomas Ru who achieved an ‘outstanding’ result placing Thomas at the very highest level of achievement. Our congratulations to all of these students. 

Over $260,000 was obtained for University Scholarships by our Year 13 students last year. These scholarships are designed to attract students to the various universities both in New Zealand and across the world and these funds allow our learners to have choices. 

Cell Phone Use Procedures for Newlands College

International research indicates some key challenges with cellphones at school. Cell phones are identified as a major distraction for our students as well as contributing to mental health decline and cyber-bullying. The following rules are designed to ensure that the learning of all students is maximised, while minimising any potential for distraction and cyber-bullying.  Our approach is “away for the day”, meaning cell phones either do not come with the student to school, or are switched off and placed in school bags during the full school day. 

If a student does bring their cell phone to Newlands College, these must be switched off and kept in bags at all times, unless directed by a teacher for a learning activity.

More information including detailed procedures and possible questions can be found here

Peer Support Camp 2024

Newlands College learners in Year 9 were welcomed into our kura by our staff and our senior students with four days together at El Rancho in Waikanae. The Peer Support Camp enjoyed fabulous weather, fun activities and lots of opportunities for whakawhānaungatanga. We value this camp as a wonderful way to ‘set the tone’ of learning and togetherness. Our Year 13 Peer Support leaders lead this camp with enthusiasm and energy and we are very proud of the leadership that they demonstrated this year. 

Update your contact and health details

Please remember to update your details with the school. If you have changed your phone number or moved house or have a new email address, we kindly ask that you inform us of this change. In addition, if the health or medical situation for your child has changed, please let the school know. You can change this through the portal or advise the office directly by emailing [email protected] This is very important in any emergency situation. If you have lost or forgotten your kamar login, please email [email protected] 

Ngā mihi

Deb King



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