5 February 2020
Kia Ora Tatou
"Mā te huruhuru ka rere te manu"
Adorn the bird with feathers so it may soar.
I would like to welcome you all back to the 2020 school year. A special welcome to those of you who are new to Newlands College. With our largest ever Year 9 intake of over 260 students, and new students to other levels that is quite a few of you who are new.
For families that are new to our school the ways that we communicate with you are very important. Communications, such as the Principal’s newsletter are provided on the website every two to three weeks, and we advise parents of them by e-mail. In addition, Parents and Caregivers can find important information specific to their own student(s) through the Parent Portal. This information will include: attendance, timetable, invoicing, and personal details. The students' progress is also reported through the portal, subject by subject as significant pieces of work are completed. In this way you will receive regular feedback. All students will also receive a Me Whakamatau Report. This will replace the engagement report that we have used in the past. It will be posted on a regular basis and more details will be provided shortly. The portal is password protected and you should have received your password by now. If you have any difficulties with your password, please contact my P.A. Fei Gao at [email protected]
Last year’s students have now received their NCEA results, and while there is still an opportunity for students to gain additional credits, the college has a picture of how well the students achieved this year. Last year the way that the school’s success is calculated has changed. Now, any student who has been in the school for 70 days is counted in the data. Also students if they identify with more than one ethnicity are counted in each of their chosen identities with up to three choices. The data includes students who have not yet engaged with Level 1 on the curriculum (NCEA Level 1 is Level 6 on the curriculum) and students who left during the year.