Campion College Newsletter
Newsletter 36, Term 4, Week 37, 21 November - 27 November 22
FROM THE PRINCIPAL'S PEN
Tēnā koutou katoa
The school year is very quickly coming to an end; with only two weeks left for our students.
This week has seen a number of exciting and eventful activities taking place. Our Year 9 camp to Lake Waikaremoana ended 24 hours early after heavy rain, wind, thunder and lightning struck where our students were camping. This follows a similar pattern with the Waikaremoana tramp from two weeks ago. The weather in Te Urewera is unpredictable and we are very thankful to the expertise we have in the staff and adults on the trip.
Congratulations to our students who took part in the Tūranganui Schools Māori Cultural festival. It was a very powerful and moving performance.
We also acknowledge the work and participation of staff, students and members of the public in
providing an excellent careers week focus for Year 10 students. I am sure that they are very appreciative of the opportunities provided.
Next week looks to be just as busy with Monday being a Teacher Only Day, Wednesday closing early for a PPTA union meeting for teachers, St Edmund Campion Feast Day, Friday being our Prep Market day and next Sunday our leavers dinner. It’s starting to feel a bit like Christmas.
Ngā mihi nui
We have a number of important dates approaching, so please mark these in your calendar!
We will celebrate the feast day of St Edmund Campion on Thursday, 1 December, with Mass and an afternoon carnival. Our Year 7 - 10 Prizegiving will be held on Thursday, 8 December, at 1.00 pm in the college gym. On the last day of school, Friday, 9 December, we will have a Christmas Liturgy in the gym at 11.30 am. We hope that you will be able to join us in our celebrations.
For over three decades, Lions clubs around the globe have been sponsoring a very special art contest in schools and youth groups. Creating peace posters gives children everywhere the chance to express their visions of peace and inspire the world through art and creativity. Year 8 student, Catalina Camero, entered this year's competition after placing second in New Zealand with her entry last year. The 2022 - 2023 Contest Theme was "Lead with Compassion." Catalina used acrylic paint and black ballpoint pen to create her poster. She wanted to convey the message that every person can lead the way through compassion. Catalina was very surprised to learn she had won not only the regional but also the national competition. She acknowledges that there are many talented artists out there. Catalina's poster now goes forward to be judged against the best posters from the Australian & Asia Pacific regions. We wish Catalina all the best in the next stage of the competition.
TURANGANUI SCHOOLS' MĀORI CULTURAL FESTIVAL
On Thursday morning our Kapiana Kapa Haka Roopu performed at the Turanganui Schools’ Māori Cultural Festival. Our team worked very hard to prepare for the performance and we commend everyone involved for their dedication and commitment leading up to the performance. Ngā mihi nui koutou! You can see the full 15 minute bracket by clicking on the link below.
YEAR 7 & 8 MARKET DAY
Our Year 7 & 8 students are busy making a selection of Christmas themed gifts, crafts and food items to sell out our upcoming Market Day. You can pre-purchase Campion College currency through kindo (see the link below) or purchase from our 'bankers' on the night. EFTPOS is available.
PTFA SILENT AUCTION
Kia ora koutou,
We would like to invite you to take part in the PTFA Silent Auction!
With thanks to the McGregor Family we are able to auction a Sculpt Armchair (Lilac Plush) which is valued in excess of $1,800. The McGregor Family are the owners of Contempa Furniture. All proceeds raised will be donated by the PTFA to the Performing Arts Centre.
The Campion College PTFA has set a reserve on the chair. All bidders will be notified once the reserve has been reached. All proceeds raised will be donated by the PTFA to the Performing Arts Centre.
Please think of a secret bidding name and complete the rest of this form to have some fun and take part in the auction. The Sculpt Armchair will be up for sale once reserve is met.
The successful winner will be able to make payment by automatic payment or credit card or cash at the office.
Payment must be made within 2 working days of being notified of your successful bid.
To make a bid click HERE.
NCEA TEACHER ONLY DAY
PPTA PAID UNION MEETING
The PPTA Union will be holding a branch meeting on Wednesday afternoon, 30 November. This means that we will not be able to run normal classes on Wednesday afternoon.
All students will be released from school at 12.45 pm to go home for the afternoon. If any parent is not able to make arrangements for their children, students can remain at school and will be supervised for the afternoon. These students are asked to go to the library at the start of afternoon classes,. In these situations, we ask parents to please email the College (firstname.lastname@example.org) so we can provide appropriate staffing. NB: School buses will run at the normal time.
NZQA EXTERNAL ASSESSMENTS AND TIMETABLE
NZQA External Examinations began on Monday for senior students. Please encourage your child to carefully check the exam timetable to ensure they know the date and time of each of their exams. Missed exams cannot be completed at an alternative time.
Turanga Health are running a FREE Sports day for Maori and Pasifika on the 3rd of December – Saturday 9am – 1pm (8.30am Team Briefing). There are also kids events for 12 and under:
- Bouncy Castles
- Slip and Slide
- Mini events
Health Services being offered on the day include: Vaccinations, Child Immunisations, Covid Boosters. There are prizes for people who take advantage of these health services.
There will be coffee trucks serving Coffee, Hot Chocolates, Smoothies, Ice Creams, Snow Cones
and for lunch: Chop suey, Potato Salad, Meat (Chicken/Red meat).
There are great prizes for the winners of each sport. Registrations close on Wednesday 30th November at 3.00 pm. Contact David to register email@example.com
Our annual Leavers’ Dinner will be held on Sunday 4th December 2022 at the Bushmere Arms. Students leaving the secondary school system and parents are invited to this official function which is the last formal occasion on which the group meets. It is a requirement that all students attend with at least one parent.
The cost is $55.00 per person and tickets can be purchased through KINDO by Wednesday 30
Guests are welcome to arrive at 6.30pm for informal gathering and drinks, with the
official function starting at 7.00pm. In the past this evening has been most enjoyable for parents, students and staff attending. It is an opportunity to meet with and farewell our senior students as they embark on the next phase of their lives.
We do not like to see any of our families facing financial stress. If there is any student
who would like to attend but feel that their financial circumstances prevent this, please
see your learning mentor or Mrs Sadler.
KEY DATES FOR TERM 4
Monday 28 November: NCEA Teacher Only Day
Wednesday 30 November: Paid Union Meeting 12.45pm - 3.00pm
Thursday 1 December: St Edmund Campion Feast Day
Friday 2 December: Market Evening
Sunday 4 December: Leavers' Dinner
Thursday 8 December: Year 7-10 Prizegiving
Friday 9 December: Christmas Liturgy
Friday 9 December: School finishes for all students.
2023 NEW ZEALAND SECONDARY SCHOOLS WINTER SPORTS WEEK
Campion College are all booked and will be represented in next year’s New Zealand Secondary Schools Winter Sports Week in the following tournaments:-
- Hockey Mixed team (Taupo, August 28 – 1 September)
- Football Boys (Hawkes Bay, August 28 – 1 September)
- Football Girls (Palmerston North, August 28 – 1 September)
- Basketball Boys (New Plymouth, August 26 – August 29)
- Netball (Hamilton, August 28 – 1 September)
Further information will be given at the beginning of 2023. In the meantime, if you have any questions about tournament week, please contact Kylie, our sports co-ordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.