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Edgecumbe College Newsletter, Monday 20 February 2023

From the Principal - Mike Jackson

So, another year starts for Edgecumbe College with lots of exciting things planned and happening.

We hope you have had a great break over the Christmas and New Year period, but the weather has certainly not done what we wanted it to do!

It was incredibly sad news to lose one of our amazing students, Japjeet Kaur, suddenly and unexpectedly taken from her family and us through illness over the holidays. It remains a shock and there is real sadness in our community. Our thoughts remain with her family.

It was great to welcome our new students to the school with our Powhiri, and especially great to have Edgecumbe Primary join us in the welcome and have the new year 1 student welcomed on to the Kura as well. Working together more with the Primary school will be a focus for us this year, and we welcome Mark to the role of Principal, and I am enjoying working with him.

Lion Foundation acknowledgement

Another huge thankyou to the Lion Foundation for their support of our school again. We were allocated $35,000 to buy new keyboards for music and new high end laptops for our digital classes. This is fantastic news and the equipment will a significant bonus for our digital students and their learning. Likewise the keyboards will make a huge difference in Music.

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Sports events

Start time: From 9.00am

Athletics Day: 23 & 24 February

Swimming sports: 9 & 10 March

We welcome parents, caregivers, and whanau, to come along to these events to support our students. Postponement of events due to weather will be notified via our school's Facebook page.


As you will no doubt have seen the major re-development project is well underway with work on B-Block well underway. I hope to have a timeline update early next week, and although it has been a very long time coming, it has at least begun. Let's hope for fine weather and committed construction crew.

Wifi Upgrade

We have also over the holidays carried out a major Wifi upgrade, replacing all our wireless points throughout the school giving us fast wireless access throughout, finally, and making work so much easier and more efficient. There is a further upgrade to happen once the major works project has relocated and finalised the server. But we are so lucky to now have quality equipment and access throughout the school.

Change to our Whanau Ako House Structure

This year we have changed our Whanau Ako classes to be vertical classes, having years 9,10,11,12, and 13 students in the same House Whanau Ako class.

They remain within their same houses, but we have changed the way that we put them into their Whanau Ako classes.

The reason for the change to vertical classes is to strengthen the house structure by providing more opportunities for our great senior students in terms of leadership within the house and school and giving greater opportunities for our seniors to mentor younger students and be seen as active and involved role models.

Our senior students are exemplary young people and we need to develop and utilise the attributes they bring to the school.

This is a structure we used to have in the past and now we are bringing back something that has been successful and will be moving into the future.

For me, this structure fits in so well with our school motto:

WIRED – Whanaungatanga – Integrity – Respect – Excellence – Determination

House Names:

Hillary - Whēkite – Observation / See - Blue

Rutherford - Werohia – Analyse and Investigate - Red

Reed - Whēkaro – Learn - Yellow

Halberg - Whakairihia – Apply new knowledge - Green

Swimming sports is 9/10 March

Athletics is 23/24 Feb!

Edgecumbe College Junior Certificate

Has been developed and awarded this week to recognise students who have succeeded academically in Years 9 and 10.

Each of the subjects in year 9 and 10 are awarded credits. All the credits are added at the end of the year and students who have gained academic success are awarded a Bronze, Silver, or Gold certificate. The top three students are chosen in each level for the Supreme Award. This award takes in the quality of credits and points awarded for Achieved, Merit, and Excellence. These are all added and ranked 1st to 3rd in each of the year levels.

All the very best for the year, without Covid playing a major part, we are looking forward to a settled and successful year for our students.


The most important thing our students can do for their achievement is to attend school regularly!! This as you will have seen in the press is a major, if not the major issue facing New Zealand / Aotearoa. Having successful, educated young people is a must if we want to be successful as a nation.

Whilst 80% attendance for a student sounds good, it actually means that they are missing a day a week! Or in the case of junior students, they are missing almost 8 weeks a year!!!! Students must be here at least 95% of the time unless the are other issues beyond their control.

To learn and succeed students need to be at school. Please support us in our endeavours to get all of our students to school.

3D Printing

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Department notices

Physical Education (PE): All juniors bring their togs as we are swimming in PE. NB: School uniform is NOT swimming attire.

Year 9 and 10 Social Studies – All junior students in Y9 and 10 will have homework EVERY week set by their teachers. Please support the students by helping and testing the Key Words each week.


Introducing our 2023 Prefects (from left): Raehe Ashford, Bailey Howe, Te Haeata Minarapa. Congratulations!

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School photos

These will be held on Monday 6th March and taken by Photolife ( https://photolife.co.nz/ ).

Students photos will be taken in whanau ako groups as well as individually.

The cost for various packages is shown below. Photolife have now changed from the previous system of putting money in envelopes. Photo packages can now only be paid for online.

Students will be able to order a student ID card. The cost will be notified later

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Student & Caregiver Portal

What is the Parent/Student Web Portal?

The Portal provides the ability for caregivers to view student information held in the school database (KAMAR) on the web.

The following information is currently available:

• Daily Notices

• School Calendar of Events

• Student Details, including the ability to submit changes

• Attendance (delayed by 1 day) and Timetable information

• All Results, current year results and NCEA Summary

• Progress Reports

• Financial Summary

• Groups

• Pastoral

• Course Selection for next year's subjects (When appropriate)

• Pathways information

The information is read directly from KAMAR using FileMaker Server's Web Publishing Engine. This means the information is live and updated often.

The Portal can be accessed here https://kamar.edgecumbecollege.school.nz/

More detailed information on the Portal can be found in this pdf file https://edgecumbecollege.school.nz/parent-portal-overview/.

School Calendar: Click on link below:

Our school app

Our app can be downloaded from the app store (School Apps NZ). Once you have downloaded this, enter in 'Edgecumbe College'.

Its very easy to use and free. You can fill in an absentee form, see previous notices and newsletters, go straight to Kamar to access your student's records, see our school calendar, and receive emergency notifications if necessary.

Edgecumbe College 60th Centenary Celebrations

If you know any Edgecumbe College alumni - previous students, staff and board - tell them to come and join us on Facebook! We're reconnecting, sharing memories and photos and making travel plans for our 60th anniversary this year!


You can find our school policies here:

The Edgecumbe College Board is currently reviewing their health and safety and emergency policies. Your input can be submitted on the SchoolDocs site.
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Edgecumbe College Careers

Did you know we have a specialised FB page dedicated to Career Pathways? Go find and like our page! It’s called Edgecumbe College Careers. This page is regularly updated with a host of information about where to seek job vacancies, apprenticeships, preparing for jobs, careers events, Open Days, scholarship and grant applications, and heaps of photos celebrating our wonderful students. Nau mai, Haere mai.

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