News From The Principal's Desk

6 November 2023

He mate kāhu kōrako

(Desire the hawk with the white feathers)

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa

Our seniors have now finished their schooling for the year, what remains is the external assessments.  For some students, their subject choice and assessment structure means that they have already gained the qualifications that they are seeking.  For others especially with science and mathematics subjects they will have a heavy, study and assessment schedule ahead of them.

The whakatauki above speaks to ambition.  Many of our students are ambitious and they have goals that they would like to achieve.  These can relate to academic success that allows them to pursue careers that they are interested in, or it can be excellence in sports, music, arts, drama or leadership.

Over the last 4 weeks we have been celebrating the successes of our students.  The events have included the Arts Awards, Celebration of Sport, and the Senior Prize-giving.  We have also farewelled our senior Māori students at our Pou Whakanui.  We were pleased to welcome many families, friends, and whanāu to these events, and for those who could not attend, live streaming the events enabled them to participate.

Dux Litterarum                                   Thomas Ru

Proximae Accessit                               Esther Leo

Wesley Broughton Award                     

(Top Year 12 Academic Achiever)          Mai Nguyen

Year 12 Runner-Up                              Sophia Wong

Top Academic Achiever Year 11            Hiyori Forde

Year 11 Runner-Up                              Holly Robins

Some of our premier award winners were:

Celebration of Sports

Deb Mills Trophy - Sports Person of the Year                            Holly Robins

Morris Barling Trophy - Sports Person of the Year                     Bayley Puha-Harris

AWD Athlete of the Year:                                                       Sasha Howard

PE  Department Junior Sports Person of the Year                     Seren Mawby

John Hornal Trophy –

  For the student reaching the highest levels in sport:               Holly Robins

Student Coach of the Year                                                     Jaeyun Han

Killara Trophy -  For outstanding leadership and

 contribution to sport in the school on and off the field of play   Jaeyun Han                                                                                                                                     

Team of the Year:                                                                  Girls 1st XI Hockey

Sasha Howard also won the Special Olympics Athlete Award and at the College Sport Wellington Ceremony.

Arts Awards

Creative Writer of the Year                                                     Abby Sangwine

Toastmasters Cup for Public Speaking                                     Bunni Dinh and Aahna Suri
Public Speaker of the Year - Afeaki Cup                                   Heena Sharma
Kapa Haka Person of the Year                                                Ngaire Wiki
Polyclub Person of the Year -                                                 Jaybez Bryce
The Mona Williams Cup for Dance                                          Amy Harrisom
Media Person of the Year                                                      Jaeyun Han
Musician of the Year                                                             Oliver Temel

Contribution to Visual Arts                                                     Sophia Wong

A special congratulation to all of our students.

College Sport Wellington Ceremony 2023

NCEA has now begun.  We are finalising our internal assessment grades for the year.  At this stage 90% of internals have been completed (although not all internals are offered in any given years) and there is probably about 3-4% to go through final moderation.  At this stage we are slightly ahead of last year with 86% of those standards being achieved at some level (Achieve, Merit, Excellence). Last year it was 85%.  As a result, I believe that we are on track for our students to do well with their final results which come out in January.

A reminder that there is a Ministry of Education mandated Teacher-Only-Day on  Monday 13 November.  The school will be closed for instruction.

I would like to wish you all the best for the remainder of the year.


Ngā manaakitanga

Grant Jones


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