News from the Principal's Desk

17 May 2019

Kotahi te


he nui ngā

hua o te


A tree comes from one seed but bears many fruit.

Kia Ora Tatou

I would like to welcome you to Term 2 which as I have mentioned before is extremely busy.  At the end of the holidays we had the return of the Humanities Trip which had spent the previous three weeks in England, France, Belgium and Italy.  They enjoyed a vast range of experiences and these were shared at a recent assembly.  Planning for the next trip for 2021 will begin shortly and it will target our current Year 10 and 11 students.

School Production: Beauty and the Beast

The students have also been working hard to get ready for the school production which will be performed from Tuesday May 28th to Friday 31st May. Tickets are on sale at the school office and they are selling quickly.  We have had queries about Wednesday 29th May because of the industrial action (see below).  The school has gained an exemption by the PPTA to allow us to hold the performance.

The performance for May 29th will proceed as normal.

2019 Humanities Trip

Industrial Action:  Wednesday 29th May

I have been advised by the PPTA, the secondary teachers union, that they will be holding a strike on Wednesday 29th May regarding their terms and conditions.  As the school’s union membership is over 90% there will be no timetabled classes on this day. The school however will remain open for supervision only.  For students in the Learning Support Centre you will be contacted separately regarding arrangements for the day.

If there are any changes to this arrangement I will advise you as soon as possible.


The Minister of Education has announced that fees will no longer be charged for New Zealand domestic students to participate in NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship and this is effective from 2019.

KAMAR (our school software management system) have advised us that they are working on an update to make the required changes. 

Once the update is available, those students who have already paid this fee for 2019 will have the full amount transferred to become a credit balance on their school account. This can then be used towards other school activities.

If you would prefer the funds to be refunded to you, please email to request a refund giving your bank account details and the student’s name.

We appreciate your patience as we manage this process.

Other News

Early in the week we competed in the Junior Triangular Tournament, an annual event held between Tawa College, Onslow College and us.  In recent years the weather has played a significant role, but this year we could not have asked for a better day.  All events were keenly contested, and for more information I would encourage you to visit our website.

Congratulations to Laura Stone who was successful in gaining a scholarship to attend the NZCF Association of Choral Directors’ National Conference.  This will also make Laura eligible to a student accompanists of Big Sing choirs, one of the most significant singing events on the calendar this year.

A reminder that the school will be taking a mid-term break on Tuesday 4th June, the Monday is Queens Birthday.  We will make up this day at the end of the year.

I hope that I see many of you at the production.

Nga mihi nui

Grant Jones


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