Newsletter Term 3, Week 2

Tawa College 2 August 2021

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Update from the Principal/Tumuaki

Tēnā koutou

Welcome back to the start of Term 3. I trust that students and their whānau have taken the opportunity over the term break to relax and recharge as we now enter the second half of the school year.

Nearing the end of Term 2 we held the Tawa College 2021 Formal on Saturday 19th June. This was held at Shed 6. It was unique this year because everyone students was attending the formal for the first time. This rare occurrence resulted from the fact that the 2020 Formal was cancelled due to Covid19, which meant that last year's Year 12 students, were unable to take part in this event. So in 2021 all Year 12 and Year 13 students who took part, were doing so for the first time. The evening was a fabulous success. The students who attended bought huge credit on themselves, their families, the school and the community.

The Mosaic Dance Showcase was held on Wednesday 30 June 2021 to an appreciative audience. Sadly due to the Level 2 restrictions that were imposed in Wellington at the time we were only able to go ahead with one of the two scheduled performances. Despite this, the students put on a wonderful display of their talents in dancing, kapa haka and choreography.

Another highlight at the end of Term 2 was the Music Department concert June Tunes which showcases the choral and instrumental talents of our students. The varied programme delighted the capacity audience and again we were thankful to be able to host this event, which was delayed due to the Level 2 restrictions.

On the last Monday of Term 2, our Kapa Haka group attended the regional event and performed with distinction, mana and pride. Their willingness to spend hours of their own personal time rehearsing for this event is remarkable and showed a high level of commitment and dedication to Kapa Haka. I am thankful to the members of our staff who have supported the students involved.

I want to acknowledge all of our Pasifika students who are currently rehearsing in their respective cultural groups for the upcoming Regional Polyfest event to be held on Friday 6th August. Along with the Kapa Haka group we have Cook Islands, Samoan, Kiribati and Tokelauen groups all performing at this event and we wish them every success.

The Tawa College auditioned choir the Blue Notes has been selected for the seven consecutive year to attend the Big Sig National Finale which is to be held in Christchurch later on in Term 3.

In winter sports competitions Tawa College teams have participated in a positive way embracing fair play and giving of their best. At present the highest performing team is our Girls Hockey 1st XI team who are currently placed 2nd in the Premier 1 grade.

In the last week of Term 2 a Year 9 student, Mina Garay was awarded runner up for her speech "Ode to Your Life" at the Dunsheath and Stockley Cups Speaking competition run by the Wellington Speaking Union. This is an outstanding achievement for a young Year 9 student.

In the first week of Term 3, the 2021 Major Production New York New York was performed over four nights. I want to extend my congratulations to everyone involved in this outstanding event, cast, crew, orchestra, lighting and support. Please look at the photos from this event further on in this newsletter.

At the beginning of Term 3 we welcome Sarah Perera in the position of Head of Visual Art, Sarah Holswich (Dance), Rebecca Jackson (French) and Sharon Greenfield (Guidance). During the course of Term 3 the following staff will be joining Tawa College: Emma Eames (Science), Elizabeth Strugnell (Science) and Matty Boglesmith (English).

Ngā mihi nui

Murray Lucas

Whānau Voice - Rongohia te Hau

Kia ora whānau

Tawa College is regularly reviewing how to raise student engagement and success. We really value hearing from our wider community and are working hard to include this voice in our decision making.

Since 2019 we have been working with the University of Waikato - Poutama Pounamu team to focus on Cultural Relationships for Responsive Pedagogy. In 2019 we carried out a survey and the data collected has fed into decisions during 2020 and the start of this year.

Part of the work in 2020 was to start our journey with Te Hurihanganui. Te Hurihanganui supports communities to work together to address racism and inequity so that they can accelerate the achievement and wellbeing of ākonga Māori and their whānau.

We would like to collect voice from all those invested in all our ākonga - their whānau, themselves, and their teachers again this year, to allow us to measure progress and respond to the community perspective.

To this end we are asking for your voice, it is important to us. Below is a link to a short survey - it should take no longer than five minutes, it will be open until 20th August 2021. The more voice we have, the more we know and decisions being made can reflect our community.

This voice will feed into our next steps and we plan to share the collected data with you in the first half of Term 4. We hope you will be able to work with us on these next steps too.

Tawa College Whānau Survey 2021

Ngā mihi maioha ki a koutou

NCEA Information and Subject Selection Evening

Wednesday, Aug. 4th, 5-7pm

38 Duncan Street

Wellington, Wellington

This event is being held in the college hall. Teachers will be available to discuss subject choices for 2022.

A presentation on NCEA will take place in the staffroom at 5.30pm and will be repeated at 6.15pm.

Course Selection 2022

Students in Years 9 to 12 will be shown a ‘How to’ video on making course selections for 2022, during form time in the first two weeks of Term 3. Here is a link to the video.

We also encourage caregivers to look at the courses available in 2022 and have conversations with your children. It is important that selections are made carefully as these determine the timetable we create for 2022. The course selections will be open on Monday 16th August 2021 and will close on Friday 10th September 2021.

Due to limited resources some courses will be on a "first come, first served" basis.

Tawa College Board Student Representative Elections

Nominations are invited for the election of a student representative to theTawa College Board. Nomination forms are available from the school office. Nominations close at 1:30 pm on Thursday 19th August 2021 and should be accompanied by a brief candidate statement.

The voting roll is open for inspection and can be viewed during school office hours (8am to 4pm). A list of candidate names will be displayed on the student noticeboard by the front office as they come to hand.

Voting closes at 1:30pm on Tuesday 21st September 2021.

Future Me

Tuesday, Aug. 17th, 9-11:30am

38 Duncan Street

Wellington, Wellington

On Tuesday 17th August we will be holding a Future Me morning for all Year and 10 and 11 students to help them with their subject selections for Years 11 and 12 respectively. There are 25 talks for the students to choose from covering a wide range of possible career pathways and areas of interest. Students need to select three talks to attend by Thursday 5th August. Students are being encouraged to look at a range of industries and challenge themselves to explore different pathways.

Transition and Careers Information

The TC Beanies café is a popular spot on Wednesday and Friday mornings. Come and meet our amazing student baristas who are currently in training and gaining fantastic work experience.

TC Beanies is open 8am to 9am Wednesdays and Fridays and we operate from the PTA Centre, located behind the college canteen. Come and see them working hard making fantastic espressos, and hot chocolate drinks. Cash only - $2.50 per item or $3.00 with a flavour shot.

STAR courses will be coming to an end this term. Students have had some great experiences in Youth Work/Social Work seminars, Painting, Carpentry, Electrical, Automotive, Plumbing, Nursing/Paramedic seminars, Animal Care, Beauty Services/Hairdressing/Barbering, IT Introduction, Bakery/Cookery, Dance (provided by Whitireia/WelTec), Barista Training (MOJO), 3D Animation/Digital Illustration/Visual Design/Character Design (provided by Yoobee Colleges in Wellington), First Aid Courses/Health and Safety/Youth Responder/Responding to Small Emergencies (provided by PJ Safety Solutions and FETS), Bartending (The Learning Place), Apiculture (Papa Taiao), Travel and Tourism (NZ School of Tourism).

These STAR courses are available to Year 12 and 13 students. If students have any enquiries regarding short courses and what might be available in 2022, please contact Mrs Gillum in the Transition and Careers Department, office T12.

University Course Planning Visits

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Wellington Tertiary Open Day

Friday 20th August 2021 - all day


  • Victoria University

  • Massey University

  • Cuba St Hospitality Campus

  • Te Auaha Creative Campus

  • Youbee College

  • And others - see individual websites to confirm

This is an independent event and students need to make their own way to and from any campus of interest. School absences need to be advised as normal.

BCITO Pasifika Trades Secrets

Thursday, Aug. 19th, 6pm

17 Parumoana Street

Porirua, Wellington

All welcome. For further information or to register click here.

Victoria University Huapae Programme

Victoria University has invited interested Year 13 Māori students to attend their Huapae programme. Friday 13th August from 9.30am to 2pm at their Pipitea campus.

Huapae is a day-long programme for local Year 13 Māori students to meet some of the whānau (both staff and students) and to feel more prepared for university studies. Two of the big things that will be covered are finances and scholarships.

Interested students need to contact Mrs Wiltshire Tuesday 3rd August, email is fine.

Year 13 Leavers information

Please see the attached document for university and scholarship information.


  • Scholarships - close from 15th August

  • Halls of residence - applications are open now

  • Open Days

  • Enrolments

  • Studylink

  • And more….

Click here


Last term two of our students were part of a group of 10 students to complete the first Wellington based ETCO training programme for electrical trades. This included pre-electrical trades theory as well as hands-on practical work.

Engineering programme for Year 12 Girls WiE CAN 2022

Hands-on sessions, inspiring presentations, and fun social activities, this is the perfect opportunity for Year 12 female students to explore the limitless opportunities offered in engineering.

Date: 16-20 January 2022

Location: UC College of Engineering, Christchurch

Eligibility: Open to female students completing Year 12 in 2021 at a New Zealand high school.

Cost: FREE! We will cover all programme, accommodation and food costs. Travel expenses excluded, however assistance is available for those experiencing financial hardship.

To register and for more information click here.

Applications close Friday 13th August 2021.


A one day workshop on Sunday 12th September 2021 that is designed to teach, invigorate and inspire self-confidence. Our workshop provides an introduction to modelling and the industry. Industry professionals provide a supportive learning environment covering: pilates, skin and hair care, makeup application, photographic movement, self confidence, catwalk, and industry knowledge. Photos will be taken on the day by a professional photographer. Age 14+ all genders. Please contact Kirsty Bunny on for more information or to book

Part Time Work Opportunity

Hell Pizza Mana has some part-time Delivery Driver Positions available.

Generally we can be pretty flexible around commitments and study. Your hours can be adjusted to fit your requirements. However, weekend availability is a must.


  • Positive attitude

  • Ability to follow instructions but take initiative when required

  • At least a restricted drivers license

  • A warranted and registered vehicle

If you are interested, please email your CV to

GirlBoss Awards

The GirlBoss Awards are a nationwide search for trailblazing young women (aged 11–18) who are defying stereotypes and creating change in their communities.

We are after inspiring young leaders, artists, activists, role models, and innovators.

There are over $10,000 in cash prizes up for grabs!

There is a category for every outstanding young woman at your school:

  • Sport

  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)

  • Volunteering

  • Community

  • Innovation

  • Arts & Culture

  • Emerging Leader

  • Trailblazer

  • Inclusion

  • Activator (Primary Industries)

  • Wellbeing

  • Enterprise

If you know an inspiring young woman aged 11–18, nominate them for a GirlBoss Award (or they can nominate themselves).

Student Wellbeing - Life Education

Life Education is visiting our school Friday 27th August 2021. Life Education has been supporting health education in schools for more than 30 years. It is likely the student in your care has taken part with our educators and Harold the giraffe at primary school.

Year 9 students will have a one hour session - consisting of a 30 minute performance followed by a 20-25 minute interactive workshop with students - SMASHED uses powerful live theatre and interactive workshops to engage students on the dangers of underage drinking. Young audiences follow the lives of three young people and witness how they become involved with alcohol and how it affects their lives. Interactive workshops enable students to explore the facts about underage drinking and develop strategies for resisting peer influence.

Year 10 Students will have a one hour session on SMART$. This is a financial literacy programme and consists of a 45-50 minute interactive performance with workshop elements for student responses enabling key learning points to be captured. SMART$ is designed to provoke thinking and conversations around every day financial decisions and opportunities impacting young people. Our approach - financial capability is a life skill, not an elective subject.

Any questions email

New York New York

Last week we had the joy of experiencing the 2021 major production, New York, New York. The show ran for four consecutive nights to packed and fully appreciative audiences. It was a vibrant, engaging, moving and uplifting event that showcased the huge talents of our students from all year levels. There are two many "stars" to mention here but to all those involved, on stage, back stage, within the orchestra, lighting, front of house and more, thank you for all of the hard work and dedication that you have put in to create such a spectacular show. Well done everyone. Below is a gallery of some of the highlights. Enjoy.

Kapa Haka

Last month Te Kohu a Tawa competed in Te Whakataetae Kapa Haka Kura Tuarua o Te Whanganui-a-Tara ki Otaki, the Wellington Regional Secondary School Kapa Haka Competition for 2021.

It was a huge achievement for the rōpū to make it on the Regionals stage, having worked harder than ever in the lead-up to the event. The day was an incredible display of mana Māori and whakawhanaungatanga, with the entire region’s Māori community coming together to celebrate the success of our Māori rangatahi.

A mihi to our kapahaka whānau, kaitautoko, and kaiako who made our journey possible. The feat simply could not have been pulled off without you all.

Languages Department

Omatsuri-Japanese festival

Last term senior Tawa College students participated in the Omatsuri Festival, hosted by IPU. It was a fun evening where students experienced many cultural activities including tasting Japanese street food, learning traditional bon-folk-dancing and the art of taiko-drumming. Photos from the event are in the gallery below

Mosaic 2021

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Online Enrolments for 2022

Online enrolments for out of zone places in Year 9 in 2022 have now closed. If you are enrolling for an in zone student please complete the online enrolment form as soon as possible as we will be communicating with you throughout Term 3 about next steps in this transitional process. Please follow the attached link.

Tawa College Community Education Term 3 Update


A Self Defence course will be held on Saturday 7 August from 12pm to 3pm. It is open to anyone 15 years or over. The fee is $50. The three hour session will be at an introductory level and will focus on civilian self defence. The main intent for civilian krav maga is to: minimise harm to oneself, stop the escalation of conflict by defending in a decisive manner, and also by escaping quickly at the very first opportunity. This is a practical course and is valuable for all ages and fitness abilities. The topics covered will be Self Defence Mindset and Controlled Aggression:

  • Effective striking, blocking, deflection techniques;

  • Use of common objects for self defence;

  • Releases against common grabs, chokes, and bear hugs.

For enrolment and further information please go to our web page,Self-Defence-Wellington,1808

Judith Havill

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

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.

All Year 9 to 12 students must sign out at the college office before leaving school for any reason.

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Tawa Community Civic Awards

You now have the chance to nominate an individual (or a group) who you think is worthy of recognition for providing a community service in Tawa. Nominations for the Tawa Community Civic Awards close on Friday 27 August 2021.

It may be a person who helps in the local school, sports club, church, or in some other capacity. An awards ceremony at which the Mayor of Wellington will thank such volunteers and voluntary groups will be held later in September.

Please make your nomination at or pick up a nomination form from the Tawa Library or Tawa Community Centre.

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