5 November 2021

Ka mahi te tawa

uho ki te riri

(Well done, you whose courage is like the heart of a Tawa tree)

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa

I have chosen this whakatauki as it points to people with grit and determination.  At this time of the year, when so much is happening it is easy to become overwhelmed. However, grit and determination will carry us all a long way.

Term 4 is always a “full on” term, as we celebrate our students’ successes, report their progress, and farewell our students before they leave for NCEA.  This year, our seniors have stayed at school a bit longer as the NCEA examinations have been pushed back to November 22.  This has allowed us some extra teaching time and I am pleased to report that with over 80% of internal standards completed (not all of them are attempted) across all groupings, (Year Levels, Gender, Ethnicity), 87% of these have been successfully achieved.

We have also been celebrating our students’ successes.  Unfortunately, parents have not been able to attend these functions in person because of the social distancing requirements due to the COVID-19 restriction. However, we have live streamed these events and I am pleased that we have received positive feedback, and a high uptake of the opportunity.

The Celebration of Sport was the first of our Awards evenings. Despite a truncated season for some sports, we were still able to complete most of competitions, albeit without spectators.  Curtis Imre, a former student who competed at the recent Olympics was to be our guest speaker, but unfortunately he is based in Cambridge and was in lockdown.  We were pleased to receive his speech remotely and screen it at the evening.

Some of our premier award winners were:

Coach of the Year Award:            Tavana Taefu, her Junior A Volleyball team won Premier 2

Team of the Year                        1st XI Girls Football – Premier 2 Champions

                                                Newlands 10 Netball – Collegiate 3B Winners

AWD Athlete of the Year              Tiffany Natta

Junior Sports Person of the Year  Cara McCully and Bayley Puha-Harris

Sportspersons of the Year           Tania Guttenbeil and Jonathan Cottle.


Another of our annual events is the NOSCARS, a showcase of the films made by the Media Studies students. This event is usually help at the Embassy Theatre at the end of Term 3, but due to the lockdown restrictions, we ended up holding it at school on Tuesday.  It was a well-attended event and the extremely supportive audience enjoyed viewing seventeen films of different genre.  Some of the award winners this year were:

Best Performance                               Jack Bedford-Evans, Quentin is Going to Make it into The Noscars

Best Director                                     Stella Blomfield, Not Here,

Best Script                                         Cheron Fourie, A Better Goodbye,

Audience Choice and Best Film         JackBedford-Evans and William Peterson-Claridge, Quentin is Going to Make it into The Noscars 


The Arts Awards, also held with a limited audience and livestreamed, had other restrictions placed on them as well.  Not only was social distancing required, we were unable to present live performances and singing.  Despite these restriction we were able to celebrate the achievements of our students in the different disciplines found in the Arts.  Some of the recipients to the main awards were;

Creative Writer of the Year                                                 Ronelle Pieterse
Toastmasters Cup for Public Speaking                                 Kristina Taefu
Public Speaker of the Year - Afeaki Cup                               Anush Goel
Kapa Haka Person of the Year                                            Rose Aldridge
Polyclub Person of the Year - The Tiatia Trophy       Taupou Tauafiafi-Muagututi'a
The Mona Williams Cup for Dance                                       Chloe Faulkner-Ball
Media Person of the Year                                                   Stella Blomfield
Shakespearean Actor of the Year

The Tompkinson Owen Cup                                               Kiri Sim
Musician of the Year - Anne-Marie Ward Memorial Trophy     Laura Stone
Actor of the Year - New Players Theatre                              Timothy Johnston


As in previous years were able to hold our Spring Serenade albeit at lunchtime with students only and the Art Exhibition (next Monday also students only).  This enables our faculties to showcase the students’ achievements in their curriculum area.

Next week our farewell to our senior students will be take place on Tuesday 9 November. The College’s Prize Giving will be the following evening, Wednesday10 November. Again, this will be a student only event and will be livestreamed.

Other news includes, our building work is now underway in earnest, with the demolition of the staffroom underway, and the replacing of the A Block roof.  NCEA begins on November 22, and a reminder that there is a Ministry of Education mandated Teacher Only Day on Wednesday December 1st.

I would like to wish all the students who are undertaking NCEA all the very best.

Ngā manaakitanga

Grant Jones

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