Edgecumbe College Newsletter, Thursday 10 November 2022
From the Principal - Mike Jackson
And so, our seniors our sitting their NCEA exams. It has been a difficult year for them, in lots of ways, but particularly around the issues with Covid, illness, disrupted classes, staff away, and the ongoing malaise that has struck much of the country. It is very hard to be positive, engaged and focused with so much going on around you most of it negative.
I really am concerned for our young people and wish them all the very best over the coming few weeks. Students are eligible for the additional Covid credits which will help, but they don’t make up for all of the disruption and mental stress that students have been under.
Having said that we had a wonderful senior prizegiving, a big thank you to Minister of Justice Kiritapu Allan, and our guest speaker and ex-student Wayne Pamment. It is always an emotionally charged time as we recognise our students’ achievements and farewell many of the.
The ‘minor’ works have all but finished now, apart from a few small jobs to be done, and the Major Capital works are due to start in a couple of weeks. It will be great to see this major project finally kick-off.
Teacher Only Days
We have only had 4 full weeks of school left for our junior students, and the week of the 28th of November will be very disrupted with two Nationwide teacher-only days for NCEA – Monday the 28th of November and Friday the 2nd of December. Teachers will be spending the day in professional development planning for the changes coming in all subject areas for NCEA. Students will not be in school on those days. Adding to the disrupted week there is a Paid Teacher Union meeting on Wednesday afternoon for teachers to hear about and discuss the new Secondary Teachers Collective Agreement pay offer. So students will not be at school in the afternoon on Wednesday.
Junior Prizegiving is on Tuesday the 13 of December and you are all cordially invited to come along and celebrate your student's success.
60th Annual Senior Prize giving 2022 - Prize recipients
Rutherford House captains Skie Ratapu and Nikora Bright display the trophies Rutherford won during the 2022 Interhouse Challenge. A well-deserved win - Great leadership and teamwork.
BOPFA Trades Academy applications- URGENT!
There are so many wonderful courses available for 2023. Prospectuses and application forms are available now in the Careers Room but you must be quick as enrolments are also being taken from other schools and places are limited. See Dr. Murphy or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Coaches for Sports 2023
A huge plea, we are desperately seeking Coaches for sports for 2023. We are looking to start pre-season training early next term. So if you would like to give back to your community, some of the sports we are needing support in are: boys and girls rugby, boys and girls Volleyball, and Netball just to mention a few. Please contact the office or me directly our students need you.
Seeking Touch coaches now
Student & Caregiver Portal
What is the Parent/Student Web Portal?
The Portal provides the ability for caregivers to view student information held in the school database (KAMAR) on the web.
The following information is currently available:
• Daily Notices
• School Calendar of Events
• Student Details, including the ability to submit changes
• Attendance (delayed by 1 day) and Timetable information
• All Results, current year results and NCEA Summary
• Progress Reports
• Financial Summary
• Course Selection for next year's subjects (When appropriate)
• Pathways information
The information is read directly from KAMAR using FileMaker Server's Web Publishing Engine. This means the information is live and updated often.
The Portal can be accessed here https://kamar.edgecumbecollege.school.nz/
More detailed information on the Portal can be found in this pdf file https://edgecumbecollege.school.nz/parent-portal-overview/.
School Calendar: Click on link below:
Our school app
Its very easy to use and free. You can fill in an absentee form, see previous notices and newsletters, go straight to Kamar to access your student's records, see our school calendar, and receive emergency notifications if necessary.
Edgecumbe College 60th Centenary Celebrations
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Edgecumbe College Careers
Did you know we have a specialised FB page dedicated to Career Pathways? Go find and like our page! It’s called Edgecumbe College Careers. This page is regularly updated with a host of information about where to seek job vacancies, apprenticeships, preparing for jobs, careers events, Open Days, scholarship and grant applications, and heaps of photos celebrating our wonderful students. Nau mai, Haere mai.