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Edgecumbe College Newsletter, 28 October

From the Principal - Mike Jackson

The year is all but over for our senior students with Senior Prizegiving next Wednesday and then NZQA exams starting on the 7th of November. Seniors should be working and studying hard to achieve their best as time is now very short for them. Please help your students to stay focussed and work to achieve.

Attendance has thankfully been steadily improving now that we are largely out of the Covid restrictions. Even though our attendance is once again approaching 80% on any given day, for a junior student this is still the equivalent of a day a week or 8 weeks off school! It is so important that students attend at least 90% or more of the time if they are to achieve.

Just a reminder to all Whanau that senior students are on exam leave from the 2nd of November and NZQA exams are not due to finish until the 5th of December. Students should be using this time wisely studying at home or at school. Please help us discourage them from hanging around the CBD. We do not want them to get into any problems or issues.


The minor capital works have all but finished now at the school, with every classroom space being modernised and completely renovated. It is an absolute pleasure to see and well overdue for our students.

The major capital works are due to start in mid-November and this will bring significant changes to the school bringing us well into the 21st Century. It will be disruptive for the next year but so very much worth it.

A thank you too for Eleanor Elkington and our Science Students for hosting the Edgecumbe Primary year 8 students in our Science department as part of an ongoing Secondary experience for the year 8s soon to be coming to high school. It was a lot fun and a great introduction to the wonderful world of Science.

Student achievement

A huge congratulations to Japjeet Kaur who won an Otago University Advanced School Sciences Academy scholarship, which means she is sponsored to attend the university for 2 weeks next year, learning about the University, the courses and opportunities available to her for the future, as well as taking part in an online Science project with other students. This is a wonderful opportunity and well deserved. Well done Japjeet.


In partnership with the Whakatane District Council, we are one of the few schools to develop a comprehensive recycling and rubbish management plan with the Council, and students to date are doing well to play their part in recycling and looking after the environment. A thank you to the council for providing the bins and waste stations around the school. Much of the planning and execution has been undertaken by the wonderful students in the Environment group led this year by Jack Mullins.

Agriculture / Horticulture Update:

Our new Hot house has finally been installed and will be a great asset to the Horticulture Department. Thank you so much to the Aotearoa Gaming Trust for supplying the funding through one of their grants, this will make a significant difference to our students studying Horticulture.

The Kiwifruit are growing well and we have just recently planted the green kiwifruit to go with our Gold and Red plants. This is an excellent teaching resource for our students and once again thank you to Southern Cross Horticulture for their ongoing support and technical expertise.

Year 8 Science

A thank you to Eleanor Elkington and our Sciences Students for hosting Edgecumve Primary year 8 students in our Science department as part of an ongoing Secondary experience for the year 8s soon to be coming to high school. It was a lot of fun and a great introduction to the wonderful world of Science.

Long range notice

Edgecumbe College like all secondary schools in New Zealand has two teachers only days allocated for work developing and planning for the changes to NCEA coming in the next few years.

Our dates are:

Monday the 28th of November and

Friday the 2nd of December.

There will be no school for junior students.

November NCEA exams

November NCEA exams.

Students have been given their NCEA exam admission slips. This is personalised and details the time and date of each NCEA exam the student has. This slip needs to be brought to each of the student’s exams as they will not be able to enter the exam room without it. A replacement copy can be obtained from the front office if needed. Also given out was a candidates information sheet which

The first NCEA exam for our students is Monday 7th November (Level 2 Physics) and the last exam our students are involved in on Tuesday 29th November (L3 Te Reo Māori). Student need to be in uniform when they attend exams.

If for NCEA specified reasons e.g. illness a student cannot make it to an exam there is a process whereby a derived grade can be applied for. More information can be found on the NZQA website by searching the word derived grade or going to the link


If a student needs to apply for a derived grade, in the first instance they need to contact Mr Murphy at the school.

Seniors attending school after the last day for seniors (2nd November)

Students who still have assessments to finish off or need support with their exam revision can attend school. They will be given more detailed information on the process next week. The basic rules are that students need to attend school in uniform, make appointments to see teacher and are in class during regular class times.intments to see teachers and are in class during regular class times.

Aotearoa Gaming Grant recipient - Music department

110 students have taken some form of music program in 2022. Of these, 36 are senior students taking music as an NCEA subject. Many of the senior students play the drums as one of their main instruments.

With this funding, the music classroom now has another drum kit, to complement the one already used for teaching. This means that two people can now practice at the same time, making lessons more productive. Before this, any examples needed to be performed on the same kit the student was using, so no playing together between teacher and student was possible.

Part of the junior music programs (Year 9 / 10) involves units on rhythm and bucket drumming (performing songs using drumsticks and upturned plastic buckets). More of these students now have the opportunity to build on these skills and transfer them to drumkit in their senior years.

2022 Annual Senior Prize giving invitation

Edgecumbe College 60th Annual Senior prize giving invitation | By Edgecumbe College | Facebook

2022 Sports Award Recipients


Most Improved Player:

Junior: Mythyas Marsden

Senior: Kory Hotene-Marks

Most Valuable Player: Brock McNabb-Honana


Most Improved Player:

Junior Girls: Gianni Gavin

Junior Boys: Mansimar Singh

Senior Girls: Tamar Anderson

Senior Boys: Eruera Waldon


Most Valuable Player

Junior Girls: Mieka Miller

Junior Boys: Kayd Woodman

Senior Girls: Mieka Miller

Senior Boys: Nikora Bright


Junior: Josephine Apihai

Intermediate: Tylah Morley

Senior: Tukua Waretini


Junior: Mansimar Singh

Intermediate: Ryan Davies

Senior: Brad McIllroy

EDGECUMBE COLLEGE SPORTING ‘BLUES’ AWARD – for 5 years representing Edgecumbe College in sport:

Lei-Shay Akuhata - Badminton

Tamar Anderson - Badminton

Ryleigh Savage - Badminton

Brock McNabb-Honana - Basketball, Badminton

Marc Olivas - Basketball, Badminton

Mikaira Ngatai – Basketball

Representative Honours:

Kimiora Elliott; U16 Eastern Bay of Plenty Netball

Kahnesha Whiley; U16 Eastern Bay of Plenty Girls Rugby

Wyntah-Sarah Hakopa; U16 Eastern Bay of Plenty Girls Rugby

Ataria Turner; U16 Eastern Bay of Plenty Girls Rugby

Raehe Ashford; U16 Eastern Bay of Plenty Girls Rugby

Mieka Miller; U15 and U17 Waikato/BOP Badminton, U15 New Zealand Badminton Team


Manager(s) of the Year

Junior and Senior Boys Basketball: Eleanor Elkington and Donna Timinis

Coach of the Year

Junior and Senior Badminton: Beverly Barnes

Sports Team of the Year: Junior Girls No 1 Badminton Team; Division 1 BOPSS Champions

Mieka Miller, Gianni Vercoe-Gavin, Romy Fahey, Tylah Morley

Leadership in Inter House Sport: Awarded for outstanding leadership promoting and facilitating interhouse sport. Brad McIlroy

Principals Cup: Awarded for consistent sportsmanship, integrity, commitment and whanaungatanga.

Marc Olivas

Sportsperson of the Year: Awarded to the highest achieving sportsperson

Achievements this year; Selected into the NZ U15 team.

Current NZ U15 Rankings
8 - Singles

6 - Doubles
5 - Mixed Doubles

  • Played for Waikato/BOP U15 team placing 3rd at Nationals
  • Played for Hawkes Bay Senior Division team placing 3rd in NZ
  • BOP Senior Open A Grade Single, Doubles and Mixed Doubles Winner
  • Hawkes Bay U15 Open Doubles and Mixed Doubles Winner
  • Selected into the Waikato/BOP U17s team who competed in Wellington against all the Central Region Teams placing 2nd.
  • Semi Finalist at North Island U15 Champs
  • Semi Finalist at NZ U15 Champs
  • Junior BOP Secondary Schools Team Champ
  • She has also just been selected to trial for the NZ U19 Squad.

Congratulations Mieka Miller, Sportsperson of the Year 2022

2022 Sports Award Prize recipients

2022 Sports Award prize recipients

Cross Country

Coaches for Sports 2023

A huge plea, we are desperately seeking Coaches for sports for 2023. We are looking to start pre-season training early next term. So if you would like to give back to your community, some of the sports we are needing support in are: boys and girls rugby, boys and girls Volleyball, and Netball just to mention a few. Please contact the office or me directly our students need you.

Seeking Touch coaches now

We have several boys and girls keen to play touch this season. If you can help us out in a coaching capacity, please contact the school on 07 3048211.


It’s wonderful to see our BOPFA Trades students enjoying their course with DiveZone. Trista and Nikora are currently doing open dives! How exciting! Students who wish to enrol in BOPFA Trades for 2023 need to come and pic up a prospectus from the Careers Room with urgency so you don’t miss out on the classes you want to take.

High Tea Event for Prefects

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:

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.

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.