Te Karere 29 Sept

Edgecumbe College Newsletter - 29 September 2021

Kia ora!

Tena Koutou Katoa

Well, it has certainly been a different term, and one we have all found very testing and tiring. It is great to see most of our students back at school now, with our attendance rates getting back to normal. Students need to be in school 90% plus of the time so that they can learn effectively. A high attendance rate is one of the best indicators of a student’s success.

Some key steps that can help our senior students on track and knowing what they need to do to get their certificates this year:

Ensure they know about the Learning Recognition Credits

Extra Credits:

for every five credits a student earns, they get one extra LRC

students at NCEA Level 1 are eligible for up to eight additional credits

students at NCEA Levels 2 or 3 are eligible for up to six additional credits.


no change to normal requirements.

University Entrance

no change to normal requirements.

Get clued up! Check out and use the NZQA Website www.nzqa.govt.nz as it has many past years external exam papers along with answers that students can use to study with. The papers change very little from one year to another and this is an excellent way to study and learn. I cannon stress this enough.

Plan! Ensure the students know what is their pathway for the level (1,2,3, UE) certificate and what part does each subject play. Check against Kamar. What do they have in the ‘pipeline’ and what do they have to do to achieve this?

Know where you are now: Ensure students know how many credits they have in each and what they are planning to achieve. Check against Kamar

Establish with their teachers what their next step is in each subject - starting small and short term (complete the standards they can now) and then moving outward / long term (exams and then into next year).

Make sure students develop a good study programme timetable, run it by the teacher / Kaiarahi

Look at continuing to use online resources where they are useful and help with revision. E.g. Education Perfect. We’ve started sharing some of these on Facebook as well.

Senior reports early in term 4 will be very focussed and directed on clear useful feedback to help with the externals and any internals that are still being completed.

There are now only 5 school weeks until the external NCEA exams, so students really need to focus between now and then. It is great to see how many students already have their certificates completed, so well done.

Thank you again for your support this term, it is very much appreciated. I wish you all the very best for the next couple of weeks, and hope our students both get a good break, but also do some much needed study, revision and completion of their outstanding standards.

Mike Jackson


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Announcing our Blue Light - Edgecumbe College partnership!

We had a wonderful signing of our Blue Light – Edgecumbe College Memorandum of Understanding with a host of possibilities now available for all of our students.

A huge thank you to Blue Light CEO Rod Bell and his team for helping set up this amazing partnership.

The number of students who are keen to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme and also leadership camp in November is awesome. If your child wants to take part in either of these activities without cost please encourage them to sign up, or email me to put them on the list.

Girls sucessfully doing seeds Countdown placements.

boys successful completing forklift and scaffolding courses.

Whaowhia te kete mātauranga

Fill the basket of knowledge.

Always keep learning, and embrace opportunities to educate yourself.

Congratulations to our students who were acknowledged at our assembly last week for high academic success, for badmington wins, and for commitment to winter school!


Our school Cross Country is on the first Tuesday back next term – 19 October - with Thursday 21st being a reserve day. Encourage your students to get out and do some training to enjoy the event!!!
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If you loved Nathan Wallis, you're going to want to see Kathryn Berkett!

What is it about that moment when we can’t find our keys? Why does your teenager stand in front of you and not be able to do more than just grunt? What effect does screen time have on our children's brains? Kathryn will unpack the stress response and our neurobiological reactions to our environment in a way that will have you saying: “Oh my goodness - that makes complete sense!”

We are really excited to be hosting Kathryn Berkett on the 11 November. Kathryn's presentations are engaging and humorous - you'll be laughing all evening and having lightbulb moments.

She's going to speak to our students, run some professional development with staff, and present a parent and educators evening!

You can purchase tickets HERE - so grab a few mates/fellow parents and come along for a laugh and an education!

In the meantime check out her TEDx talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrOddAuNau8

Year 13 Students Reflect on their time at Edgecumbe College


Trinity Lands Ltd is a large-scale kiwifruit grower in the Edgecumbe region.

We are looking for staff for the upcoming growing season.

We offer top rates in the area and are also offering flexibility in work hours/days.

Full time casual and part time casual options are available.

We are wanting to work in with parents and offer “school hours” to those who this works best for.

Experience is not necessary as full training will be given.

Direct employment to the company (no contractor involvement).

If you think this works for you or you have any questions then please contact:

Jean Rameka 02040878303


Shayne Joyce 021869219

Or email queries to:


Edgecumbe College 60th Centenary Celebrations heating up!

Come and join our Facebook group of Edgecumbe College alumni - previous students, staff and board - reconnecting, sharing memories and photos and making travel plans for next years celebrations!


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Our new APP

Edgecumbe College has gone digital! Our new app can be downloaded from the app store (School Apps NZ). Once you have downloaded this, enter in 'Edgecumbe College'.

Once we're all set up, you'll need to register so that you get parent-only communications.

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.

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