Kia Ora Tatou
Term 3 is now well underway and this will be my last “Message” for several months as I begin my sabbatical on Monday. I will return to the College on November 12th and while I am away Deb King will be the Acting Principal. Ms Susan MacDiarmid will be Acting Deputy Principal.
Term 3 is an interesting term as the end of the year starts to loom large. For our senior students, excluding the week of the internal examinations there is only nine and half weeks of school left for them. This will equate to 36 periods per subject! If they are participating in things such as tournament week, or the risk management trip then this number will reduce further. Looking into our calendar there is still a lot of activity going on. Tonight is the Polyfest, there is the Active Learning Showcase, end of the winter sports season, Derived Grades Assessments, sports tournament week, Year 11 semi-formal and the NOSCARS. So there is still plenty to be done.
Also coming up this term is subject choice for all students. As the term progresses you will receive more information about course selections for next year. It is important that students make good decisions around their selections as in many cases they are starting on their future pathways to tertiary education and employment. Year 13 students will need to be particularly active in applying for scholarships and halls of residence as closing dates are very soon. In all instances it is appropriate for students to work with their Form Teachers, Deans and the Career Advisor, Ms Featherstone.
During the holidays we had several groups head off overseas. Our Board of Trustees student representative, Shani McMullan, was one of New Zealand’s Youth Ambassadors that went to France as part of the World War 1 centenary celebrations. Our basketballers went to the USA and their teacher Mr Broadbent described the trip as:
“Senior Boys basketballers visited the USA to play, practice, and learn more about basketball from the best in the world. The group visited San Francisco, New Jersey, New York, and Hawaii over the course of the trip. Students were able to enjoy a once in a lifetime experience and had plenty of fun along the way!”
“Senior Art, Drama and Music students had the opportunity to enjoy the sites of New York. Fully immersing themselves in the culture and arts of the city that never sleeps!”
There were a number of students involved in representative teams over the July holidays. Matthew Nel (Y10) was part of the U15 Indoor Cricket team that played in the provincial championship in Christchurch. In Basketball, Kiefer Salisban (Y9) was part of the U15 Gold team and Ryan Stokes (Y9) part of the Black team at the U15 Nationals. In Netball, Ashley Barr (Y10) was in the U15 Gold team at the North Island Championships whilst Lauren Smith (Y12) was part of the U17 team that won Nationals for the 3rd consecutive year (Lauren was also part of this winning team last year). Aidan Churches (Y10) has been selected for the Wellington U15 Hockey team that will be playing in the National Premier Tournament in Christchurch in the first week of the next holidays.
Congratulations to Emma Downey. Emma now holds the New Zealand Under 15 National title. She competed in the National Brass Band championships as a soloist and part of the Hutt City Brass band in the under 15 and solo competition.
Congratulations to Finn Lewis who was top in his, Star Yoobee, Game Art & Developed course during the holiday period.
I do need to pass comment about the school buses. Metlink has the contract to provide the bus service, but its actual delivery of the service has been sub-contracted to Tranzurban. I have been in daily contact with both companies over the provision of the buses and the timing of them. It is still not right, but please be assured, from our end that we are doing our best. If you have concerns please contact Metlink in the first instance.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all the very best for the remainder of the year.
Nga Mihi Nui