Term 2, Issue 4
Dear Parents & Caregivers,
It was encouraging this week to see that the Government has plans to extend the Covid vaccination programme to include teenagers. While teenagers appear to be a low risk group , they can still transit the virus and, as we start to move back to ‘normal’, our main defence against Covid is that it cannot spread in our community.
It was also good to see a common sense approach, which will see schools being used for vaccinations. However, we don’t have any details about how this will work. At this stage, I would strongly encourage everyone to get vaccinated as soon as your age group is eligible.
Just this week, we can see how dangerous the new variant of the virus is with the escalating number of cases in Sydney and the news that one of the cases travelled to Wellington! Even with the tightest possible border screening processes, the virus will still get here. Having very high levels of vaccinations will be our best defence against it spreading. Do your bit to protect the most vulnerable in our community who, for medical reasons, can’t get vaccinated. We can protect them by being vaccinated ourselves.
At the Board of Trustees' meeting on Monday 21st June, the Board approved some variations to the school uniform. For items such as the school blouse, these changes will come in slowly until current stock is used:
- Junior & Senior Bouses: The style of these has been revised and will now feature a short (rather than 3/4 length) sleeve, a neater collar and concealed buttons. The fabric will remain the same
- Skirt: An additional, longer style will be introduced as an option later this year.
- Shoes: Plain, black leather sneakers with NO sports branding or detailing are now permitted. For details on the exact style, please see the revised Footwear Code HERE.
BUILDING WORKS & CAMPUS IMPROVEMENT
We have a lot of property work going on in the College at the moment and the new classroom block is getting closer to completion. There are, of course, the usual delays in finishing the fit- out, but we hope to move in early in Term 3.
We are planning a formal blessing of the building early next term and we're working with local iwi on this. We will let everyone know more details soon. We will also be holding a formal opening ceremony later in Term 3, once any teething problems have been ironed out. Again, details to follow.
In addition to this, modernisation work is currently being carried out in O-Block and we are almost ready to go to tender for two new, standalone toilet blocks, on which we hope to start work in Term 4.
Next Term on Saturday 11th September we have our REUNION. For all of our parents who are former students, we hope you'll be able to take the time to come along and connect with old friends. It will be a fun night with live music, gourmet food trucks and plenty of nostalgia, so let your friends know and organise a group to come along! Tickets are availble from iTicket.
CHANGES TO NCEA LEVELS 2 & 3
The Minister of Education has announced public engagement on the proposals to NCEA subjects for Levels 2 and 3 and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa across all Levels, including new mātauranga Māori subjects in The New Zealand Curriculum and in Te Marautanga o Aotearoa. The Ministry is seeking feedback from parents and whānau. If you would like to provide feedback, please visit: https://ncea.education.govt.nz/. The deadline is August 11th 2021.
These will be available on the Parent Portal from Friday 2nd July.
Nō reira aku mihi manahau ki a koutou katoa mō te tau.
Pat Hanly Award
Howick Youth Enviro Challenge
Musicians Perform at Uxbridge Theatre
On Friday 11th June, Pakuranga College musicians put on a lunchtime performance at Uxbridge Theatre in Howick. They entertained the local community with selections from our chamber ensembles and soloists, items from the recent school production and a heartfelt rendition of 'Tiaho Mai Ra' to finish. The very next day, our chamber musicians ‘Trio Salzburg’ and ‘Trio Française’, represented the school in the New Zealand Chamber Contest at Epsom Girls' Grammar.
Pegasus Work Experience
This year, our Pegasus students have begun attending work experience opportunities in the community every Friday. We would like to thank everyone who responded to our work experience initiative. Two of our senior students (Katrina Lee and James Voykovich), have begun attending work experience at Downlights, a New Zealand owned candle company that manufactures luxury candles while supporting the development of skills, and offers employment opportunities for young adults with Down syndrome and intellectual or learning disabilities. https://www.downlightsnz.com/
Year 11 Accounting Trip
On 17th June, Level 1 Accounting classes had the opportunity to travel to Pakuranga Bowls Club to learn about how a community organisation handles its financial and non-financial information. READ MORE HERE
- Pegasus Unit Fundraiser - Friday 7 July. If members of the public would like to support us, we would be very grateful for raffle prizes.
- Cultural Night - Thursday 5 August, 7pm,
- Open Morning - Saturday 7 August, 9am - 12 noon
- Staff Only Day - Tuesday 10 August
- Part Time School Nurse
For more information CLICK HERE
Motorcycle & Scooter Safety
If students are driving or riding motorbikes or scooters to school, ensure you are driving safely. Keep a safe distance between you and the vehicles around you, indicate 4 seconds before you move into a space, and always wear a helmet. For more tips and safety information please CLICK HERE
Changes to Footwear Code
Our school foorwear code has been updated. Plain, black leather sneakers with NO sports branding or detailing are now permitted. Please see HERE for examples of acceptable styles.
It is important that young people who are menstruating have access to appropriate and safe sanitary products. We are pleased to inform you that we have enrolled in the Ministry of Education initiative for the provision of free period products and have received our supply of these items.
We are guided by the MoE conditions of us receiving these products :
- Only available at school
- Not for staff or for resale
- Manage distribution of product and no excessive amounts taken
- Responsible for communicating to whānau and community
For further information or access to these products, please contact the School Nurse or Guidance Team.