20 March 2024

Poipoia te kakano, Kia puawai

Nurture the seed and it will blossom

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa


As we head into week 8 of 2024 it feels very much like we are getting on with the learning. Learning in the classrooms, learning outside the classroom, learning on the sports fields or courts and learning in the rehearsals.

The Newlands College Vision of every learner being at the centre of their learning is a key driver for our school. We see this as an important part of who we are and how we stay focused on the larger goals of our kura. 

You may have noticed or heard from your young person that we have enrolled a lot of new students into Newlands College this year and there has been a large increase in young people moving into the zone and commencing their study with us. This has resulted in some classes being larger than ideal and we are seeking to employ new staff as a direct result of this increased roll. The new learners bring such a vast array of experiences both within and outside Aotearoa and if you are new to us, we warmly welcome you and your whānau. 



The buses are proving problematic - particularly those from Churton Park. We have met with the bus company to reinforce the need for more buses and we look forward to seeing an improvement in this space. Everyone has been reminded to cross at the crossing after school and not to dart out between the buses at key times. Please reinforce this and remind our restricted drivers that the limit is 20 km as you go past a school bus. 

The good news is the bus company will arrange an extra bus for route 627. It will be starting from Thursday 14th March.

This bus will follow a non-standard 627 route. The students on board will not need to worry as it will still get them to school on time. The reason for this is due to the route 635 also having capacity issues and we can have this bus cover parts of both routes.

Students who usually catch route 635 from stops 3242, 3244 and 3246 can also catch this route 627.


Route directions:

[3060 Cortina Avenue (near 21)] Cortina Ave, (R) Erris St, (L) Ironside Rd, (R) Branscombe St, (L) Cunliffe St, (R) Cambrian St, (L) Chisbury St, (R) Chorley Gr, (R) Hawtrey Tce, (L) Clifford Rd, Bassett Rd, (L) Ironside Rd, Helston Rd, Bracken Rd [3466 Newlands College – Bracken Road].

Library Rebuild

When I have any news about the library rebuild, I will share it with you. At this point, we are awaiting the Ministry of Education's next steps about the design and the timeline. 


Phones are away in classes so thank you for your support with that. The Senior Leadership Team now have pouches which means that when our learners are finding it challenging to leave the phone in their bag they will be required to place it in a locked pouch.  The phone stays with the student but is unusable in the pouch. As we move to our Term 2, phones away all day at school, we will be using these pouches for students who might find this instruction challenging. If you have any questions or thoughts on our phone procedures, please email me at [email protected]

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

Parent Teacher Evenings

The opportunity to connect with parents and caregivers is a very important part of working together. We have created several options for you so that you can either meet online or in person. 

Wednesday 27 March : Online hui from 1.30pm to 4.30pm. This year, the school will host parent teacher interviews via google meet.

Thursday 4th April: Face to face hui, from 4pm to 6pm

You will receive a letter soon with a link to teachers' calendars. Please book one appointment per teacher. Max 6 appointments.

Congratulations to Horse of the Year result from Charlotte Conder

Charlotte reports that “Last week I was away in Hastings at the Land Rover Horse of the Year show. On Thursday afternoon I had one of my biggest classes being the FMG Young Rider of the Year Final. My coach (Jaime Campbell) and I had set this as one of my goals this season to win the Big Red trophy. There were 25 combinations from all over Australasia that had qualified for the final, with only 6 including me that came back for the second round. I had tied first equal with my friend from Christchurch, and the judges decided not to run a jump off. I still can’t believe it. It is such a huge achievement for Jaime and I and now the preparation has begun for Nationals which is held down in Christchurch”. Well done Charlotte and all the best for your next events.


Head Student Rhea Whiteman reports that this year our kī-o-rahi team has advanced our skills and worked hard to make it up the ranks. At the end of last year/the start of this year, a few of our members were selected to play in the Upoko-o-te-ika (Wellington) representative team that played in Tūrangi where both the u16s and u19s placed first overall. Since then we trained hard and developed our skills for the college sport Wellington regional competition. This year we placed third overall, we made it to the semi-finals where we were defeated by Wainuiomata High School (the winners of the competition) by a mere 1 point in overtime. This was our only loss of the tournament. We then went on to play off for 3rd and 4th and came out victorious. This means we have qualified for next year's nationals, this will be our third year in a row competing at the national level. This year the Nationals are held in Gisborne on the 11th-12th of April and hopefully will be live-streamed on Whakaata Māori on youtube and possibly television but this is yet to be determined. What a fantastic achievement to get to Nationals - all the best for the weeks ahead.


Blake Taylor provided this update from the First XI Cricket team - We are having a very successful season so far, having won 6 games and only one loss.  This Saturday, we look to earn promotion into Premier 2, as we face Wellington College in our Premier 3 grand final. Please keep eyes on Newlands College Cricket and Newlands College Sports instagram pages for the location and time of our game on Saturday, as it would be great to have as many supporters as possible. We wish you and the team all the best for the final Blake!

Congratulations to Pomare Dickson

We want to congratulate Pomare Dickson on his achievements at the AWD athletics.  He has gained a place at the regionals in the Boys Shot Put championship and Boys Discus throw Championship.

Arts Update

We have a number of our students involved in the Arts across the school. The production rehearsals are well underway and we know that the team are working hard to learn lines, dances and songs. Our Choir has been rehearsing for ‘The Big Sing’ and we look forward to hearing from this group in the near future. Our Ukulele Orchestra will be performing on the 24th March between 1-2 at Uke-A-Dupa  

Ngā mihi


Deb King

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