December 2019

5 December 2019

‘He iti te kōpara ka rērere i te puhi o te kahikatea’

(Though the bellbird is small, it can reach the crown of the kahikatea)

Kia Ora Tatou

We have now reached the end of our school year.  The seniors have finished their NCEA examinations and can expect their results in the third week of January.  Since the seniors left our Year 9 and 10 students have had their own school assessments and their results and report comments are now available on the portal. The juniors have also been involved in their own comprehensive programme which included three-day discovery. Students had the opportunity to try a wide range of different experiences which included: being tourists in Rotorua, tramping in the Queen Charlotte Sounds, learning to surf, gathering kai and learning how to cook it, ethnic cuisine, clay sculptures, sports at the ASB centre and soap making.  There was something for everyone.

We recently held our junior prize giving for our premier award winners.  Many students also received recognition for their efforts and contribution to the school at several other events held earlier. Our main academic award winners for this year were:

Top Academic Achiever Year 9: Ella Pan

Year 9  Runner Up: Abby Sangwine and Nayomi Thiagarajah

Top Academic Achiever Year 10: Rosie Meyer

Year 10 Runner Up: Anush Goel and Molly Zhou

At the end of year prize giving we also farewelled several staff members.

Ms King, our Deputy Principal and member of staff since 2000 has accepted the position of Deputy Principal at Wellington Girls College.  We wish her all the very best in this new roll.

Ms McDiarmid, our Head of Social Sciences has been promoted to Deputy Principal to replace Ms King.  Our congratulations to her.

Ms Ryan, who has also been with us for 19 years has been appointed Head of English at Bishop Viard College.

Other leavers include: Ms Wilson, Mr Cameron, Ms McGuire and Dr Molloy.

I would like to thank them all for their contribution to our College.

Start of Year Programme 2020

Our start dates for next year can be found here.

2019: A Retrospective

This will give you the opportunity to reminisce on the year that was by browsing through, term by term highlights including video, photos and write-ups, all in one handy location.

2019: A Retrospective

I hope that you all have a good break. Next year we look forward to welcoming our new Year 9s, our biggest group ever at over 260 students and all of you who are returning.

Ngā mihi nui

Grant Jones

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November 2019

4 November  2019

Kia Ora tatou

Pena ka haere tonu, a te wā ka taea, ka mau

You will get there if you just keep going.

(Dame Whina Cooper)

It has been a busy few weeks since the final term has begun.  In the last three weeks we have had two Art exhibitions, the Spring Serenade, the Arts Awards, the Celebration of Sport, and the Senior Prize Giving.  All of these events have given us the opportunity to celebrate the achievement of our students, and recognise their efforts during the year. 

Dux Litterarum:  Amber Zhu and Brandon Ru

Proximae Accessit: Isaac Andrews

Wesley Broughton Award (Top year 12 Academic Achiever): Ray Wu

Year 12 Runner-Up: Victoria Bain

Top Academic Achiever Year 11: Kimberly Zhu

 Year 11 Runner-Up: Katie Chu-Fong

Earlier in the term we also held our Celebration of Arts and Sports Awards. The recipients of some of the key awards were:

Celebration of Sports Awards

Male Sports Person of the Year: Matthew Nel

Female Sports Person of the Year: Lauren Smith

Achieving to the Highest Level in Sport: Lauren Smith

Outstanding Contribution to Leadership and Sport: Isabella Gates

Junior Sports Person of the Year: Suizannah Kelekolio and Ngahau Tepaa

Performing Arts Awards

Kapa Haka Person of the Year: Zion GodwinPolyclub Person of the Year: Renata Iva-Reedy
Media Person of the Year: Stella Blomfield

Writer and Speaker of the Year : Gabbi Conway

Actor of the Year: Issac Andrews
Musician of the Year: Senuka Sudushinge and Rhona Symon-Pellatt
Visual Artist of the Year: Keeley Waller

At the recently held College Sport Wellington Awards evening, which celebrates and awards the top students in the Wellington region for their sporting achievements, we were delighted that Milly Mackey was announced as the top female rugby player for 2019.

At the same event we two former students Phil Burrows and Kyle Pontifex were inducted into the Hall of Fame. Both had played well over 150 games of Hockey for New Zealand.  They join former student Jodi Te Huna (Netball) who had already been inducted.

When our senior students left last week we held special assemblies for each level.  At these assemblies students were awarded certificates for personal excellence, service to the school, and the student leaders were able to present their thoughts about the year. The Year 13 assembly also included some wonderful film footage that covered the five years that they had been here and an insightful farewell speech from Mr Anquetil, their Dean.  As is now becoming a tradition, the Year 13 students received a farewell haka from the juniors.

While NCEA begins on Friday 8 November for the seniors, there is still a full programme of learning for our juniors. They will be having their examinations starting on Friday 8 November. The students' Deans and Teachers have been discussing with them what is involved and how to prepare properly for these.

A three day discovery programme, always an exciting time, will be held on 27-29 November. This is an excellent opportunity for the students to try many different activities that they might not have done before. Junior Prizegiving will be held on Wednesday 4 December at 7.00 pm with the final assembly for Year 9 and 10 on Thursday 5th December.


Nga Mihi Nui



Grant Jones

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