The Bulletin

Term 2, Issue 3

PRINCIPAL'S UPDATE

Dear Parents & Caregivers,


Thank you to everyone who came along to our Whānau Hui last week. The event was run by our Māori department and Maori student leaders. The evening consisted of whakawhānaungatanga (connecting) between tauira (students), kaiako (teachers) and whānau (family). It was also an opportunity for parents to meet our new Deputy Principal who takes care of Māori students, Kelly Bigwood.


Possible changes to enrolment schemes

The government is proposing changes to the way enrolment schemes currently work for out of zone students.

These changes include:


  • How school board elections are run
  • Ensuring all education employees are Police vetted before they begin work
  • Strengthening and clarifying Teaching Council of Aotearoa processes dealing with teacher conduct
  • Enabling the Educational Review Office to review professional learning and development services
  • Possible changes to the priority categories for out of zone enrolments in state schools. These changes do not alter the current Priority 2 ranking for out of zone students who have a sibling already attending a school. If there are any further changes to other priority categories resulting from this consultation, these will not be introduced until 2022 at the earliest. This means that the current priority categories will continue to apply for students and schools for the time being.


It is not clear why these changes are being proposed, as the existing system functions perfectly well. However, I would encourage you to do the online survey HERE.


Illness & Assessments

We have had a number of students coming to school to complete assessments when they are unwell.

Please remember that students should stay at home if they are ill. If they have an assessment, they will need a medical note from a doctor in order to be able to complete the assessment on their return.


Nō reira aku mihi manahau ki a koutou katoa mō te tau.

Mike Williams
Principal

New Look Bulletin!

You will notice that this week's Bulletin looks a little different from previously. We are currently trying out a new platform that is compatible with the NZ Schools App, to keep things simple for parents and caregivers. If you or anyone you know has stopped receiving the Bulletin as a result of this switch, please email newsletter@pakuranga.school.nz asap and we'll check to make sure the correct details are on our database.

International Student Leaders Appointed

Congratulations to Harry Li and Mike Yu who have been selected as our international head students for this year. We also have four international student ambassadors: Laura Netzer from Austria, Zak Choi from South Korea, Eason Zhou and Winnie Wan from China. READ MORE HERE

Samoan Language Week

Last week was Samoan Language Week and, as part of our celebrations, Pasifika leaders spent tutor time and morning tea at the Pegasus Unit making ili (fans) out of paper plates and feathers.

Te Awamutu Trip

On Thursday 3rd June, senior Te Reo and Level 2 History students visited key sites from the Waikato War of 1863-64. They had the opportunity to interact with weaponry, hear different views on what actually happened during the war, and reflect on the impact it still has today. READ MORE HERE

ANZAC Stories

As part of this year's ANZAC activities, Year 10 History students were visited by retired teacher Mr Graeme Diver, who who spoke to them about his father and grandfather, both of whom served in World Wars. Mr Diver brought along artefacts, such as medals and a combat helmet, for the students to look at and gave them a fascinating insight into the reality of what young men experienced during wartime. READ MORE HERE

Whānau Hui

Last Wednesday, the Māori Department hosted our Whānau Hui, which takes place each term. Two of our Māori student leaders, Kayla Ngaropo and Charlotte Tukiri spent the week planning and hosting the perfect night for our guests.

READ MORE HERE

Year 12 Business Market Day

On Tuesday 8th June, Year 12 Business students had their first opportunity to sell their products and services at Market Day. Eleven businesses set up their stalls offering a wide range of things including terrariums, jewellery and even a polaroid photo booth! READ MORE HERE

Upcoming Events

  • Year 9 2022 - Parent Information Evenings - 22nd & 23rd June, 7pm, College Library
  • Open Morning - 7th August, 9am - 12 noon

KEY NOTES

Positions Available


  • Exam Centre Manager We are currently seeking an Exam Centre Manager to oversee this year's NCEA exams.
  • Part Time School Nurse
  • Head of Guidance & Hauora Position Available



For more information CLICK HERE


Uniform

Students are expected to attend school be in the correct, warm uniform and correct shoes. The uniform shoes are leather (not canvas). Don’t forget that we mean what we say about school being a partnership, we are there to help – contact your Dean if you are having problems with uniform.


Vaping

Vaping is not cool! It is also prohibited in schools by law, so students can expect serious disciplinary action if they are caught vaping. Also, a reminder for parents: the whole school site is smoke free and vape free (by law).