Newsletter 25th March 2021
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We have been very busy preparing for our Open Evening and Gala which is on today from 3.30-6pm. There will be many food stalls, raffles, pony rides and games. Students and staff will be available to answer your questions and help guide you on a tour around some of our classes. When you arrive for the Open Evening you will register and be given a card. If you visit at least four of the department displays, get the cards stamped and then place your card in a box at the registration desk you will go into the draw for a free uniform for 2021.
As mentioned in my last newsletter, ‘Regular’ attendance is defined for statistical purposes as 90% or higher. However, Ministry of Education analysis shows every day has a cumulative impact on a child’s learning and there is no ‘safe’ level of non-attendance. Every day matters. The whanau class with the highest average attendance rates for the first 10 weeks of school will earn House points and a pizza lunch. Students are asking their teachers what their attendance rate is on a regular basis.
Our KARMA cards have been a real success. Students who are displaying our school values and effort in their classes are earning themselves stamps on their KARMA card. Every week students who have completed cards gain House points and go in the draw for chocolate. This week's assembly was full of excitement as the first recipients were given their chocolate. Well done to all students who are regularly displaying our values of Kotahitanga, Resilience, Manaakitanga and Respect. I would like to thank Ms Haderbache and Ms Clark for all the work they have done in setting up this new initiative.
This week we have many fun activities happening including the Cricket Year 7 and 8 District event, our Open Evening and Gala, our Cross Country at Mr Galvan's farm and EPRO 8 for the district on Friday.
This week presentations to Year 11 classes started outlining what is needed for students to gain NCEA Level 1 and what Level 2, Level 3 and University Entrance also look like. Discussion was had around the need for these qualifications, terminology and what students had to do to gain Subject and Level Endorsements. The classes we have gone to so far have had a good understanding and they also asked good questions which is very pleasing.
Our assembly this week acknowledged students who had shown leadership in Years 9-12. These students received their leadership badges. I would like to congratulate them and I look forward to seeing what they accomplish this year.
Ngā mihi nui
Mrs Jo-Anne Vennell
GALA IS TODAY AT 3:30 COME ALONG!
PB4L – Positive Behaviour 4 Learning
Positive Behaviour 4 Learning a is framework that Wairoa College has been using for many years now. However, it is getting a little bit of revamp this year with some new and exciting things happening.
The driving force behind PB4L is staff openly and transparently acknowledging out students’ positive actions. We want our young people to leave school in a positive way, into whatever they would like to do, with positive behaviours in place.
There are two new changes in school. The first is the KARMA Cards. The acronym KARMA stands for our four values of Kotahitanga, Aumangea, Respect and Manaakitanga. If you demonstrate good behaviour and these values, you are an Awesome person.
Each student has a KARMA Card and must have it sitting on their desk in class. Whenever staff see positive behaviour, they reward students by stamping their card and acknowledging their behaviour. When a student’s card is full, they pop into the house box at the office and go into a weekly draw for chocolate. At the end of each term, all KARMA Cards from the entire term will go back into a big draw for prizes.
The second change is a new fortnightly report. Each fortnight, teachers will be marking students on their ability to meet classroom expectations. The first focuses are on students’ effort and their ability to meet deadlines in subject classes.
The expectations of effort and meeting deadlines may look differently in different subjects so teachers will be having a conversation with students about this.
This fortnightly report is entered on KAMAR when teachers do the roll. Students will be given a mark between 1-4.
1 – Erratic (Students are erratically attempting work and/or meeting deadlines).
2 – Inconsistent (Students are occasionally attempting work and/or meeting deadlines).
3 – Consistent (Students are frequently completing work and/or meeting deadlines).
4 – Extra/Excellent (Students are going above and beyond expectations with completing work and/or meeting deadlines).
At the end of each fortnight, an email will be sent to all whanau with your student(s) report.
The purpose behind this report is to give students a more regular idea of how they are meeting classroom expectations. We are wanting to improve communication with our whanau in the community and allow better conversations to happen between students, whanau and teachers to improve learning outcomes for our students.
Please note that we need an up to date email from all whanau. Whanau teachers will be contacting you to update our details. These reports do not replace our current reporting system but support it.
9C English - Daily Dash
We are Learning to write quickly and well.
Topic of the day: Personal Excellence.
Writing by Kaya Keefe-Taeoalii
Personal excellence is all about teamwork, social intelligence and much more. It’s all about yourself. It’s also being the very best you can be. If you are a dedicated person then you might strive for personal excellence. Yes, it is hard work, but if you try really hard then you might achieve it. You just need to try your best and if you do you might even achieve something over personal excellence.
Writing by Tuhi Thompson-Hatley
Personal excellence is being the best you can be. In sports, try your hardest, don’t be a sore loser and have fun. Have a good time. Show kindness to others around, to all of the people you see even if they are mean to you.
Are enjoying to learn how to thread a sewing machine by their sewing teacher Mrs Murphy.
Enjoying Digital Technologies in the computer suite.
Concentrating on making a fruit smoothie.
LEVEL 2 CHEMISTRY
9C and 9O Sailing
Senior Tourism Class
The students were then given a talk by Rubyanne Edwards the Tourism Information Coordinator. The students learnt a lot about the various roles within Tourism and they left with many brochures highlighting the beautiful local attractions in our area.
Many thanks to Hope and Rubyanne for their enthusiastic hospitality.
Ngā mihi Paddy Owen
Farming and Agriculture
All students have received a preliminary report last week to take home to whanau. These reports are a brief indication of how the student has settled into their learning for 2021. If you have any questions about the information provided in the report please do not hesitate to contact your student’s Year Level Dean to discuss these issues further. Whanau who have an email address on record should have received a copy of the report via email. Reports will also be made available on the Kamar app.
HAWKES BAY ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIP
Hawkes Bay Secondary Schools Swimming Champs
(12 years) make waves at the annual Hawkes Bay Secondary Schools swimming champs in Flaxmere.
Was a nice little meet to get Kaylah back into the competitive world after a number of meets being cancelled due to Covid, with Kaylah entering a small number of events she came home with top placings within the 14-15 year old female age group 1st 50m freestyle, 2nd 50m breast stroke , 2nd 50m butterfly.
It was a joy to see Kaylah up there with the top competitive swimmer in her age group.
Ronan swooped up 4th 50 backstroke, 4th 50freestyle and considering he was the only 12 year old male swimming he did amazing for his age group mixed in with 13 year old boys , he placed 10th overall in 100 freestyle this even was open age so he came up against a few 17 year old males .
These two swimmers put Wairoa College on the board with our female placing 5th school overall out of 10 and Boys 6th overall out of 7 schools.
Both swimmers continue to train 5 days a week to prepare for future competitions.
Well done Ronan and Kaylah.
ATHLETIC DAY PRIZES AWARDED AT ASSEMBLY
Year 7 - TK / Te Ahikura Edwards
Year 8 - Maraea Ahuriri-Campbell
Year 9 - Te Ruiihi Rore-Keefe
Year 10 - Zade Thompson-Maxwell
Year 11 - Hamuera Waiwai-Tipuna
Year 12 - Sativa Pari
Year 13 - Patricia Davis
Best shown house spirit
Junior boy - Joshua Cram
Senior Boy - Teancum Scotson
Junior girl - Chanelle Brown
Loudest person during chants
Te toki - Awatea Tither
Te toki - Putiki Greening
Patu - Mokai Wallace-Karauria
Nga taiaha - Wheturangi Peipi
Nga taiaha - Syderra Morrison
Manu- Tupou Pasikala
Manu - Jessie-James Mason
Best SPL participant
Senior girl - Angel Hammond
Junior girl - Storm Sigley
Senior boy - Ceizar Fasso
Junior boy - Kayahdem Weekley
Best dressed teacher
Female - Turina Paku
Male - Reece Harrison
Most supporting teacher
WHAT DOES ONLINE BULLYING LOOK LIKE? HOW IS ONLINE BULLYING DIFFERENT THAN OTHER TYPES OF BULLYING? CAN PEOPLE GET IN TROUBLE FOR BULLYING? WHAT TO DO IF YOU’RE BEING BULLIED ONLINE? WHAT TO DO IF A FRIEND IS BEING BULLIED ONLINE?
Upcoming Events For Term 1
- Open Day and Gala, school finishes at 1:30 - Thursday 25th March
- 10R Cross Curricular Trip - Friday 26th March
- EPro8 - Friday 26th March
- Board of Trustees Meeting - Wednesday 31st March
- Firearms Licence info session - Tuesday 30th March
- Easter Holidays - Friday 2nd to Tuesday 6th April
- Year 10C &10K Cross Curricular trip to Takitimu Marae - Thursday 8th to Friday 9th April
- Aspiring Leaders Screening - Friday 9 April
- Gisborne Careers Expo - Tuesday 13 April
- Interschool Athletics - Wednesday 14th April
- Puhoro Wananga Day - Thursday 15th April
- Trades Academy Year 12 & 13 Gisborne - Friday 16th April
- Last Day of Term 1 - Friday 16th April
- Term 2 Starts - Monday 3rd May
- Year 13 Health and Safety Course - Friday 7th May
- Smarts and Smashed Programme - Friday 7th May
- Trades Academy Year 12 & 13 Gisborne - Friday 7th May
- Learners Licence Course - Wednesday 12th May
- Alcohol Expo Taradale - Friday 14th May