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News from the Desk of the Principal

6 March 2018

Kia Ora Tatou


Leadership is an important aspect of school life and we provide the students with numerous opportunities to demonstrate this. The School Executive is one of the most significant leadership groups in the school and we recently held the elections to select its membership. The staff and students both voted; students votes were weighted by year level and the shortlisted candidates were then interviewed by the Senior Management Team. As a result of this process I am pleased to announce that the following are our student leaders for 2018.

Head Girl
Ruth Cabahug
Head Boy
Shine Wu
Academic Captain
Matt Jay
Arts Captain
Gabby Browne
Sports Captain
Emily Dawson
Kowhai House Captain
Alex Clinton
Matai House Captain
Ethan Kelly
Rimu House Captain
Kiana Butters
Totara House Captain
Liam Kendrew
Komiti Maori
Emily Bain
Komiti Pasifika
Ruci Seru
International Student Representative
Ada Zhang
Helen Kuang
BOT Representative
Shani McMullan

NCEA Results

At our most recent assembly we were pleased to invite parents to share in the presentation of our Excellence awards to those who had excelled in NCEA. Last year over 91% of students achieved NCEA Level 1. Of that group over 2/3rds of the students were endorsed with Merit or Excellence, which is well ahead of national averages. For Level 2 93% of students were successful and over 70% gained Merit or Excellence which compares exceptionally well with the national average of 48%. Included in this group were 5 students who also gained Scholarships. Shine Wu our joint Dux last year successfully achieved 4 Scholarships which is an outstanding effort for a Year 12 student. Overall the College achieved 18 Scholarships in total.


Since my last newsletter we have also held our traditional Tabloids sports day. It is a house based competition which is a blend of games and sporting competitions with elements of wearing house colours and costumes (think the Sevens). It is a fun day, builds a lot of school spirit, and most students get to do some physical activity for the day. This year's tabloids were won by Matai House.

Holidays During term Time

Increasingly I am told by parents that they will be taking their sons and daughters out of school for long periods of time. Sometimes this can be up to a term but it is usually 2-3 weeks and the reason provided is that it is a family holiday, or a family function such as a reunion, wedding or elderly family member's birthday overseas.
The evidence is unequivocal, absenteeism from school affects student's learning and success. Students find it hard to catch up when they return, they often miss key steps in their learning, and assessments do not get completed or submitted which is critical if they count towards NCEA.

Our Guidelines from the Ministry of Education are quite clear, these absences under the Education Act are illegal and will be entered into our absentee system as “Unjustified”. If the absence is for more than three days can you please e-mail me directly and advise me of the situation. Please be aware that the staff will not be providing work to students who are away for these types of reasons, however the students can track their classwork using their device. Any assessments will need to be submitted prior to departure, and late assessments will not receive grades. In the case of NCEA there may also not be a re-submission opportunity.

Learning Conferences

As in the past we will once again be holding our Learning Conferences with our students and their families. These are scheduled for the afternoons of Tuesday 20th and Monday 26th of March. Further details will arrive in your inbox shortly.
Nga Mihi Nui

Grant Jones

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