Newsletter 2022, Term 2, Week 4

Tawa College

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Message from the Tumuaki

While it has been a challenging start to the term, I can state with confidence that we are incredibly proud of the resilience and perseverance shown by the students and the community as we have navigated our way through the last week. As I noted in an earlier communication, challenges like those we have faced ask us to reflect carefully on who we are as a community and respond in a way that amplifies the best of us. It is my hope that from here we can reflect and grow in a way that only makes Tawa College stronger.

We are grateful for all the messages of support and kindness shown. It is gestures of solidarity like these that remind us of our collective strength. We are now looking forward to the rest of the term and the opportunities that our students will have to engage with their learning and the wider life of the school.

Ngā mihi

Andrew Savage

Strategic Consultation

This year we are beginning consultation with different parts of our community as we develop the next three year strategic plan. We are beginning to collect voices from the community to help us decide what needs to happen next at Tawa College. You will find a link to a short survey below with six short sections that cover the following themes:

  • Learners at the centre

  • Barrier-free access to education

  • Quality teaching and leadership

  • Future of learning and work

  • Your experiences of Tawa College

  • An invitation to join a focus group

Tawa College Representation at Anzac Day

Thank you to two of our Head Students, William Pita and Sharlene Viliamu-Letalu for attending the Anzac Day service at the Tawa War Memorial on Anzac Day during the term break.

Te Kohu a Tawa Kapahaka

Ki a rātou kua wehe atu ki te pō, ngā taumaha e kawea ana e tātou e noho mataora ana. Hoki mai ki a tātou nei tēnā tātou. Kei aku nui kei aku rahi tēnei he mihi whakamānawa ki ngā whānau whānui o te hapori o Tawa.

This term we will be having a whānau hui in Week 5. We will be ramping up for Polyfest in Term 3 designing a bracket that talks to the loss of our reo. All are welcome to come tautoko or join.

NZ Race Unity Speech Awards

Whakamihi ki a Madi Moore-Feu’u. Madi tied for first place at the recent Wellington Regional event. The Race Unity Speech Awards are a nationwide initiative instigated in 2001 by the New Zealand Baha’i community. They are supported by the NZ Police, along with the Human Rights Commission, the Ministry for Ethnic Communities and many other sponsors.

Last week, over 120 students from 87 schools delivered their speeches at regional heats around the country.

Madi will now join the regional representatives at the national semi-finals in Auckland on 25 June, and if successful at that level, will present in the national final on Sunday 26 June.

Teora Turua and Kaita Hummel-Jibiki also represented Tawa College with powerful and thought provoking speeches.

Music Department News and Events

Dawn Chorus has started up again - all students from Year 9 to Year 13 are very welcome to come to the hall to sing on Friday mornings at 8am. It’s a fun and low-stress way to start your Friday morning and involve yourself in a co-curricular group with nearly 100 other students.

9 June Big Sing Regionals at the Michael Fowler Centre. This wonderful day (8:30am to 9.30pm) which will involve all Dawn Chorus’ and Blue Notes’ choir members.

JUNE TUNES is back in 2022

Please join the Music Department at 7pm on Wednesday 29 June for June Tunes. Instrumental and singing groups will all present their recent repertoire. Entry by donation - suggested adults $5 and all students a gold coin.

30 June Barbershop Regionals at Aotea College - a morning of singing with other groups from around the region. Students will travel to and from Aotea College by bus.

Careers and Transition

There are a number of events and opportunities this term that could be of interest to those of you exploring future career options or who are leaving school at the end of the year. Please keep an eye on the school notices for more details and further opportunities. I will also email students directly regarding opportunities that may be of interest.

Career pathway advice

I am available for career conversations and support (whānau are welcome). Email me at for an appointment or pop in to T 11 and try your luck.

Dates to note:

Auckland University introduction - Thursday 2nd June, 1.20, T3

Canterbury University Scholarship writing - Wednesday 15th June, P5, Library annex (Year 13 only)

Future Pathways Career Expo

Wednesday, June 15th, 5-7pm

38A Duncan Street

Wellington, Wellington

We will be welcoming around 50 stall holders to the Tawa College hall and gym including tertiary education providers, workplaces that provide on the job training, support services and more. Put the date on your calendar.

University Open Days

Students (Years 12 and 13) intending to go to university are encouraged to attend open days to learn about courses, visit the departments, see the facilities and get a general feel for the particular place of study. You can also see the accommodation and chat to current students.

University updates and information can be found here

Whitireia and Weltec - Mid Year Courses

Whitireia/Weltec have a number of courses that start midyear for school leavers. Some courses are filling fast including:

  • Level 2 Construction and Infrastructure

  • Level 2 Manufacturing and Technology

  • L3 Carpentry

  • L3 Plumbing

  • L3 Electrical

  • L3 Health Assistant

  • L4 IT Essentials

See Mrs Wiltshire for more information or you can contact Whitireia directly to arrange a tour.

Prospectuses and Brochures

I am starting to receive updated prospectuses and faculty brochures from NZ universities (including Otago, Waikato and Massey) and Whitireia/Weltec. Feel free to pop into T11 to collect what you need/are interested in.

STAR Short Courses

The Tawa College Careers Department offers a range of short taster courses throughout the year. These are advertised in the Student Notices and on Tawa College Career’s Facebook page. The courses are available for Year 12 and 13 students. A few of the courses available this year are: Health & Safety, First Aid, Flight Attending, Careers in Travel, Tourism and Aviation Holiday Programme, Hospitality Holiday Programme, ECE, Cookery, Baking, Carpentry, Automotive, Electrical, Musical Theatre, Social Work, Nursing, Commercial Dance, Music Production, DJ, Hairdressing, Beauty Therapy, Game Design, Ethical Hacking, E-Sports and Barista Training. See Mrs Gillum in T12 for more information.

Police Pathways

Recently the Pathways -Police class went out to the NZ Police Dog Training facility at Trentham. They had a really positive experience engaging with the trainers and gaining a valuable insight into police dog handling.

The manager of the facility showed where the dogs were housed, exercised and trained. The Dog Handlers put on a show of what the dogs had learned so far - some of their handlers were only in their second day of training.

Below are a few pictures from their experience.

Dance Department presents Mosaic 2022

The Dance Department is delighted to bring you our annual dance showcase, Mosaic, in Week 10. Come along to the Tawa College School Hall from 5 - 7 July to see what our dancers have been up to this year. The show starts at 6:30pm, three nights only, koha appreciated.

INTERNATIONAL DEPARTMENT - 2023 host families needed

After a long break we are expecting some short-term students in July 2022 who will be staying with some of our experienced families.

We know we will be needing more families to look after short-term and long-term students who will be coming here to study from January next year. Could that be you?

Please email for more information, an application form, payment details, or even just if you have any questions.

Tawa College Library Update

BookTok Made Me Read It: Popular Books on TikTok

If you think TikTok just isn’t for you, you might want to take a few steps back and reconsider because there’s a special little corner of the video-sharing app that’s been carved out purely for avid readers. Yes, we’re talking about #BookTok.

If you haven’t come across BookTok before, let us fill you in. The hashtag was created by self-confessed book nerds as a space to share everything from their must-read titles to their immaculate bookshelf organisation videos and has quickly expanded to become a huge online meeting space, with millions of people seeking BookTok recommendations from like-minded readers.

Amidst the many TikTok book recommendations, you’ll find plenty of categories to help you find something that’s your vibe – from ‘books that made me sob at 3 am' and ‘enemies to lovers’ to ‘spicy reads’ and ‘worth the hype.’

Here are some of the most talked about titles from the online community that are available from our library:-

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Year 12 & 13 Health & Wellbeing Day - Tuesday 2nd August 2022

On Tuesday 2nd August we are holding our Health and Wellbeing conference for Year 12 and 13 students. Period 1 there will be a guest speaker in the hall (Jehan Casinader - a NZ Journalist / Author - his book is called "This is not how it ends: Fighting Depression and Anxiety. During Periods 2, 3 and 4 students will select from a variety of workshops that they are interested in. If any members of the community have special skills and are willing to run a workshop, we would love to hear from you. Please email

Workshop ideas are: Yoga, CV writing, food for flatting, self-defence, mindfulness, safe exercise, stress and anxiety, gap year, heading to university, leadership, personal finance, time management, nutrition, mental health, exploring gender, resolution and negotiation and more.

Amnesty International Group

Amnesty International Group

During Term 1, the Tawa College Amnesty Group held some fundraising events which were well-supported by the students and staff. We held a non-uniform day and a bake sale, and we raised more than $1000, as well as gathering hundreds of petition signatures for the Ukraine appeal through Amnesty.

We have donated $500 to the UNICEF Ukraine appeal, and $500 to Amnesty International.

The UNICEF funds will go towards supporting children affected by the war in Ukraine providing food and medical care to families in need.

The Amnesty International donations will be used for human rights research and support of human rights campaigners, including in Ukraine.

Visit to add your voice to those who support the rights of all people, particularly in Ukraine today.

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Student Successes

Digital Technologies Department

Year 13 Computer Science - making programs to help Year 9 Math students learning

Our Year 13 students have recently completed a seven week project/assessment which involved using the programming language of Python to create a basic Math game to support Year 9 students. Students were required to have a user login, present five questions and collect the users answers to show a report at the end if their answers were correct. The challenge was also to create a user friendly Graphical User Interface. In the near future we hope that the Maths Department could use some of these programs.

The following is a fine example from Saahil Prasad. Also pictured to the right is some of the python programming language that Saahil has written to build his Math program.

Ka pai Year 13 Computer Science students, your Math programs were so professional.

Mr Foulds, HOD Digital Technologies

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Softball NZ

Congratulations to Maiarangi Waipara and Tyla Bull who have both been selected for the New Zealand Junior White Sox squad for 2022. This squad will be travelling to Australia later in the year to compete in international tournaments. We wish Maiarangi and Tyla every success in this national squad.

2022 Apollo Projects Division II Swimming Competition

Four Tawa College students recently took part in the 2022 Apollo Projects Division II Swimming Competition, at Moana Pool in Dunedin. Hara Hughes (Y12), Charlotte Gibbs (Y12), Matthew Biddington (Y10) and Bella Sheridan (Y10) joined their Tawa Swim Club squad and spent a week, from 8th to 12th May, competing with swimmers from all around NZ. Hara and Charlotte, both 16, have to compete in the 16-18 year old age category at this event. This makes their results even more impressive. These four swimmers swam over 40 races throughout the week! There were 58 clubs competing and Tawa Swim Club placed 4th overall. Special thank you must go to Charlotte and Hara who are the tuakana of the club and do an outstanding job of supporting the club's teina at events like these. Their leadership and manaakitanga are a key part of this club's success. Details of the results are in the table below. Congratulations to all of the Tawa College students who took part.

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Japanese immersion camp

Year 12s and 13s studying Japanese went to IPU, a Japanese university based in the Manawatu, to immerse themselves in the language, culture and food. We were treated to sushi-making, taiko-drumming, shodo-calligraphy and more. Students also got to experience the life of a tertiary student staying in the dorms, eating at the cafeteria, and taking Japanese lessons from the lecturer.

Year 10 Spatial and Product Design: Skateboard Designs by Year 10 students

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Tawa College Community Education


Tutor/Facilitator: Danette Muollo

One Saturday morning only - 18th June 2022 from 9:30am to 1:30pm.

Feel like whatever you say is falling on deaf ears and want new strategies for parenting? Discover a fun approach to parenting and communicating using a strengths lens. We offer tips and tools to turn 'argh' moments to 'aha' moments and find the joy in parenting.

Fee: NZ$65

Come along and enjoy the interactive tools and resources as we explore the following topics:

◊ Understand strengths as the DNA of how we think/feel/act; illustrating the diversity of

strengths and the basis of how they are developed.

◊ Strengths as compelling motivators; learning to strengths spot for your children.

◊ Brain states and emotion; appreciating the impact on behavior.

◊ Reframing behaviour; applying a strength lens to interpret and respond to your child’s behaviour and needs.

You’ll take away insights and strategies to implement a strength lens at home, improve

communication and find the joy in parenting.

Enrol through the Community Education Web Site,parenting-course,5207

Tawa College Support Staff Vacancy

Tawa College seeks applications for the position of Senior Leadership Support Administrator. The position commences on 25 July 2022.

As part of our administration team, you will be responsible for providing support to our Senior Leadership Team and the front office. This is a permanent part time position, worked in term time only. A sound knowledge of administration systems, Google and Microsoft suites would be an advantage.

You will have: excellent communication and time management skills, strong attention to detail, computer literacy, a positive attitude and a commitment to working within a team and sharing tasks.

A maximum of 20 hours per week negotiable, worked Monday to Friday in school term time. You may be required to work additional hours in school holidays from time to time.

Enquiries about the position, a job description and application form may be obtained by emailing

Closing date for applications is Thursday 16 June 2022.

School Bridge

For seeing information about your child/ren

Tawa College School Communication

Tawa College uses many forms of communication to notify you of school events and student achievements. In terms of day to day operational information please use School Bridge to access information on student attendance, school reports and academic results.

The School App continues to be an accessible source of information about the school and is used by many caregivers to notify school of absence. It will also be used to push out information throughout the year and in emergencies - please subscribe via your app store.

The Tawa College website is for parents and caregivers to find information about the school.

E2Learn is the site for students to find information about the day to day running of the school.

Reporting Student Absences

It is important that parents and caregivers keep us informed of any student absences. Please report a student absence using one of the following three options:

1. Use the School App

2. Ring our absence line 232 8184 extension 1

3. Email

Please state your child’s name, form class and the reason for the absence. Please also ring the college office if your child plans to sign out at any time during the school day for an appointment.

An automated text message is sent by the Absence Manager each day after Period 1. Planned or extended absences of three days or longer require the written approval of the Principal.

Second Hand Uniform Exchange

A reminder that we operate a second-hand uniform sale exchange, it can be found on the Tawa College website

Click on Uniform and you will see our Second Hand Store and Second Hand Seller Form. Terms of selling and how to submit items are outlined there.

Hair and Make Up offer for the 2022 Tawa College Formal

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Tawa College Alumni

All Whites

Congratulations to three former Tawa students who have been confirmed for the World Cup 2022 Play-Off game against Costa Rica in Doha on 15 June.

Elijah Just (FC Helsingør, Denmark)

Callum McCowatt (FC Helsingør, Denmark)

Nando Pijnaker (Sligo Rovers, Ireland)

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Ten Pin Bowling Success

Past Tawa College student Clare Sahayam, has been selected for the TBNZ Tenpin bowling Youth team to represent New Zealand at the International Bowling Federation (IBF), Under 21 World Championship in Helsingborg, Sweden! Leaving 17th to 30th June.

Clare has been bowling since she was 12 years old, winning many awards and medals over these years. No stranger to International Competition, Clare represented NZ Junior Youth in Australia 2019.

After Sweden, Clare will compete with the NZ Katipo 21 Team in the Australian National Championship being held in Hobart, Tasmania in August.

Clare needs financial assistance to attend Sweden and Australia. Get Involved Charitable Trust will be fundraising on behalf of the whānau to enable Clare’s dreams to come true.

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