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Edgecumbe College Newsletter, 18 May

In this newsletter:

Grants & Thank you

AG/Hort news & kiwifruit!

Anzac Day

Refurbishment Update
Bar Tending Course
Earth Day
Teacher Only Day
Pool Opening, Kiri Allan's visit, and opening of newly refurbished classrooms
School Calendar/Events coming up
Music Tutors
School App
School Policies
School 60th Centenary
Careers News
Contact Details

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From the Principal

Kia ora Koutou

AGT Grant

Another busy start to the new term but a very positive one. I arrived to work on Monday to find we have had our grant application of $20,000 from Aotearoa Gaming Trust approved for school equipment, including; a new hothouse for horticulture, 6 new mountain bikes for outdoor education and a new drum kit for music. It is so gratifying the amazing support that we have had from these organisations and what it means for our school.

Thank you Aotearoa Gaming trust!

Kiwi fruit

We are also working with Zespri and Southern Cross Horticulture to develop a kiwi fruit block on the school grounds for our students to learn first hand about the industry. We will keep you up to date as to how that goes, but hot off the press we have just obtained the licenses required to grow small numbers of both Gold and Red Kiwifruit on site. We will be working with Southern Cross horticulture to install the structures and plant the plants. We are one of only 2 schools in the country with this partnership. Thank you Zespri!


With Covid beginning to pass us by, it is vital that students all return to school, as long as they are not sick or Covid positive. With flu season coming however it is even more important that students now are in class and working while they can. Attendance is a major factor in student achievement.

More from AG/HORT

Our students have been visiting various properties in the Rangataiki Plains and will soon be visiting Miro Blueberries – the largest blueberry farm in New Zealand. We are doing a lot of work on developing our pathways in Agriculture and Horticulture for our students.

School Refurbishment

The building development at the school continues at great pace, with E block now finished and D block due to be finished mid term, with work already started on C block. The refurbished classrooms look amazing and Jamie, Kingston and the team at Williamsons have done a fantastic job. Thank you.

Our staff and students just love their new classrooms. Also happening in the background is the whole school major refurbishment, and we hope to have plans to show you in the next month or two. I am involved in many planning and design meetings and the project team are working hard to get the project started by October.

The latest addition to Science

Thank you to Lion for the grant to buy the latest additions to Senior Biology – Human Evolution!!!

Anzac day

A big thank you to our staff and students supporting ANZAC day on behalf of the School at Matata. It is great to see so many young people remembering and acknowledging the sacrafice of so many of our fellow kiwis over the years in many areas of conflict, but in particular through the First and Second World wars. Thank you to Ikin and Skie Ratapu for your attendance along with Mr and Mrs Murphy.

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Earth Day

We had an awesome Earth day last week on Friday bringing into focus what we need to do as a school to look after our environment, and we have a pink shirt day coming up also.

Bar Tending Course

A number of our senior students have been involved in a ‘Bar Tending’ course at school over the past few days (non alcoholic drinks at school of course), and the course is worth 10 credits to those who do well. It is great to see the wide range of opportunities available to our young people.

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College Pool REOPENING Party, and a warm welcome to Kiri Allan, MP, who checked out the refurbishment progress!

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Photos courtesy of Jamie Manukau, Ms. Ngaheu, Mayfair Pools, Ashlee Sturme & The Beacon.

There are heaps more photos of the refurbishment progress from Jamie on the Kia Kaha page on Facebook - check them out!

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Mr Jackson (Principal), Jamie (Site Foreman), Kiri Allan (Member of Parliament), Ashlee & Matt (Board Co-Chairs)

School Calendar: Click on link below:

Instrument Music Tutors

We are very short of people to give our students practical music lessons, so this is a plea, please for volunteer insturment teachers – guitar, piano, drums especially vocal coach, anyone interested in starting a school choir and or band we would dearly love to hear from you. Please just get in touch with the office and we will get back to you.

Cell phones

Please support us in not having cell phones in the school, they are such a distraction to the learning environment of the school and students are continually bombarded by the negative influences of social media. They are creeping back into the school and we would like this stamp this early.

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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.