News From The Principal's Desk

23 May 2022

 

Ko te pae tawhiti,

whāia kia tata; ko te pae tata,

whakamaua kia tīna

(Seek out distant horizons and cherish those you attain)

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa

 

We are now three weeks into term 2 and with the month of June just around the corner winter will be upon us.  The winter term is always interesting, firstly for obvious reasons, the weather is at its worst.  For schools, this means students spending most of their indoors, students often coming to school wet, (please ensure that your student has a plain black jacket to keep dry), and a significant amount of uninterupted teaching and learning occurs.  For our senior students this will mean that their assessment load will increase and there is an opportunity for many students to gain quite a few credits towards their NCEA through internal assessments.

 

Term 2 is also a lot shorter than the previous term being only ten weeks long. With Queens Birthday being June 6 and a mid-term break on June 7 students will have the opportunity to take a mini-break and have time to get over the winter illnesses and COVID-19  that are prevalent at this time of the year. Matariki on June 24 will also provide another welcomed break.  While planning for Matariki is still in the early stages, we will probably celebrate it in similar ways as we have in the past, a pre-dawn ceremony on June 23, followed by breakfast and the science department providing telescopes for students, staff and whānau to explore the night sky.  More information will be provided shortly.

 

Another good thing about term 2 is that winter sport has begun in earnest with the bulk of most competitions being played.  At the moment many of our teams are still playing through grading rounds which can produce some lopsided results.  However, these results should even out over the next few weeks as grading is completed. More information can be found at https://sports.newlands.school.nz/

 

We have had some changes to our staffing.  Ms Te Morenga (Careers) has left teaching. Her replacement, Ms Valder will begin on June 13.  Mr Corbett (English) also leaves teaching and will be replaced by Ms Leigh and the transition will be seamless.  Mr Witts our Sports Director finishes on Friday after 10 years of service.  We are currently interviewing for a replacement.  I would like to wish them all the best in their new careers.

The college will be hosting a TED-X conference which will be organised and run by our students.  Please see their message below,

Kia Ora!

 

[email protected] - Newlands’ very own TEDx event! The student-led event committee has been working hard to bring this to the community, and we’re excited to announce that tickets are on sale now. For it, we’ve brought together an amazing set of youth speakers, youth agencies, and organisations, sharing their ideas under this year’s theme “Through My Eyes”. The event is scheduled for Wednesday 1st of June from 530pm onwards in the Newlands College hall.

 

We believe that this is a fantastic opportunity for students to network and connect, be inspired and most importantly, learn how they can make an impact on the future. Tickets are reasonably priced at $15 dollars and are of great value, covering both admission as well as light food and beverages. A great evening out for the whole family!



Tickets are for sale via eventbrite.co.nz (search [email protected]) and please check out our website at www.tedxyouthpaparangi.com and follow us on social media.

The [email protected] Organising Committee

 

If you have visited the College recently you would have noticed that a lot of property development work has taken place. Currently the new staffroom and guidance centre is well underway and is due for the completion at the end of the year, or early next year.  Also, a lot of groundwork are being completed after the demolition of the Library.  A separate project to modernize the top of A Block is also underway.  However, there is some new development that will affect the planning of our next phase of work.  More information can be found in the attached doc on this page. 

 

There are some key dates coming up that I would like you to be aware of please:

6 June          Queens Birthday

7 June          Mid-Term Break

11 June        Year 12 & Year 13 School Ball

15 June        School in Action for Year 9 students enrolling in 2023

15 June        Open Evening for 2023 Enrollments

23 June        Matariki Celebration (Pre-Dawn)  

24 June        Matariki Public Holiday

All the best

Ngā manaakitanga

Grant Jones


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