Annual Report


This is a link to the PDF of the Newlands College Financial Statements 2017


The Board of Trustees is pleased to report the progress that the college made in 2017. Last year we had considerable change in our Board of Trustees.  The Board welcomed new members Tom Logan, Michelle Mako (who served on the Board previously and has returned for another term) and Brian Norris, along with our new student representative Shani Mc Mullan who will be the student representative for 2018. The Board also co-opted Janhavi Gosavi (the outgoing student representative) to strengthening the “student voice” on the Board.  The Board has faced some considerable challenges this year and Gavin Knight (Board Chair) and Jane Temel (Deputy Chair) provided outstanding stewardship as they addressed these issues.

Academic Results

The school performed very well in National Examinations.  The results of NCEA 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 Māori students did extremely well, although using percentages can be misleading as the groups of students are small in numbers.

Māori 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.

In the scholarship examinations, 18 students were successful, including Shine Wu who in Year 12 gained four.


At the end of 2017 we celebrated the academic and personal success of the following students:

Dux Literarum                                                         Shine Wu and Clarice du Toit

Proximae Accessit                                                    Benjamin Murdoch and Rachael Wilson  

Year 12 Overall Academic Excellence                          Shine Wu

Year 11 Overall Academic Excellence                          Amber Zhu                                                             

Year 10 Overall Academic Excellence                          Brandon Ru                            

Year 9 Overall Academic Excellence                            Laura Stone

Co-Curricular Activity

The co-curricular programme offered in our college is one of our strengths and it is always pleasing to see so many students participating in a wide range of activities.  Some of the stand-out efforts included:

Sports Awards

Junior Sports Person of the Year                     Tui-Aroha Fransen

Male Sports Person of the Year                       Reece Edgecomb

Female Sports Person of the Year                    Lauren Smith                                                                

Performing Arts Awards.

Media Person of the Year                                Toby Harding                                                    

Actors of the Year                                          Issac Andrews, Kia Basabas

Musician of the Year                                      Jermaine Ambray

Kapa Haka  Person of the Year                        Andrew Morgan

Pasifika Person of the Year                             Jane Edna Bryce

College Roll

The Ministry of Education predicted that our roll for 2017 would be 842 with a Year 9 intake of 168.  Our confirmed roll as at March 1st ended up being 887 with a Year 9 roll of 184. Year 13 returnees were as expected at 173. The downward trend in student numbers appears to have “bottomed out” and the roll is now growing.  Newlands Intermediate is seeing a growth in its numbers and the local primary schools are also experiencing growth.  This should flow into the College in the next 2-3 years and this is already being evidenced with our expected year 9 intake for 2018 of 180 being exceeded and is now 213.  In addition the college had an average of 58 international students throughout the year.  Their origin countries varied with students coming from Japan, China, Vietnam Thailand, Chile, Brazil, and Germany.  Our Learning Support Centre contained 35 students which is consistent with recent years.


There was some change in our staffing at the end of 2017.  Ms Atkinson and Mrs Parkinson both left for maternity leave.  Ms Wi completed her fixed term contract while Ms Buchannan was on maternity leave and will be working in another College.  Ms Coorey will be moving to Belgium and Mr Staples will be living in Vietnam while his wife fulfils an employment contract.  Ms Kersten has resigned so that she can concentrate on her Netball training as she made the New Zealand team this year.  Mr Cargill leaves us so that he can travel abroad.  Long serving Mr Wegner has retired after a distinguished career which included convening badminton in the College for the last 18 years. 

Annual Highlights

While there were many highlights throughout the year, the following are a small taste of what was special.

  • Active Learning and Wa Ako continued to be embedded in the College. Some stunning projects were produced
  • Our junior Social Studies examination was again held on-line and other faculties have begun trialling their own on-line assessments.
  • Our year 10 students won the Wellington Mathex competition against all other schools. Year 9 won the plate division
  • Our Pasifika group had an outstanding year performing to the highest standard at the Northern Polyfest
  • School trips to Europe and Japan gave the students wonderful insights into other cultures
  • The school production, Rock of Ages played to full houses each night
  • The year 9 and 10 students performed a farewell haka to year 13 as they left after their final assembly


At the time of writing the 2017 Financial Report shows an operating surplus of  approximately $300000


It has been a difficult year for property development.  The highlights include: The new artificial turf is now fully operational and the lights are operational, the new science labs have been completed and are in use. We are trying to develop a ten year property plan but this has stalled as the Ministry would like to know the cost of asbestos replacement.  This work has now been completed so it is hoped that 2018 will be a year when we can get some of our projects, such as the library refurbishment underway.


2017 was yet another successful year for the college. This is an enduring result of the ongoing vibrant teaching and learning environment that exists at Newlands College. It is great to see the high levels of achievement gained by students at all levels across both academic and co-curricular domains. We particularly note and celebrate that NCEA results continue to exceed national averages and that scholarship results were the best ever for the college.

The Board would like to thank the staff whose commitment, ability and professionalism is a key factor in making the college the success it is today.

The Board would also like to acknowledge the leadership provided by our Principal, Grant Jones, who with the support and commitment of the senior management team, continue to raise the achievement benchmark for our staff and students.

A key theme of almost every Board discussion is “how can we enable better educational outcomes for our students?” It is deeply rewarding to see the results flowing from this focus.


On behalf of the Newlands College Board of Trustees

Gavin Knight (Chairperson)                   Jane Temel   (Deputy Chairperson)

Tom Logan                                          James Maulden

Brian Norris                                         Ben Lau (Staff Representative)

Glenn Mc Stay                                     Janhavi Gosavi (Student Representative)                     

Michelle Mako                  

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