Newsletter 5 August 2021
YEAR 7 & 8 DEPARTMENT
Our Cross Curricular Unit for Term 3 is – Changes and Challenges – Huringa me ngā wero.
Year 7&8 students have settled back into routines and are now preparing for a busy Term 3. Our Cross Curricular Unit for Term 3 is – Changes and Challenges – Huringa me ngā wero. Every Thursday your child/children will be part of our Hauora-Health workshops where the learning will be based on the Changes and Challenges that will cover components of:
- Mindfulness and Growth Mind-set
- Food pyramid
- Te Whare Tapawha
- Cyber Safety
- Aumangea Resilience and Self-esteem
The Year 7 and 8 Department will also be working on a Health component within their classes called “Understanding Changes at Puberty”.
The unit aims to help students understand the changes to their bodies that are taking place during puberty. The learning outcomes for this component of the unit will enable the students to work towards the achievement objectives of Health and Physical Education in the New Zealand Curriculum.
Our Term 3 School Value is Aumangea – Resilience
Oh the places you’ll go,
today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting
So get on your way!
--- Dr Seuss
Being resilient does not mean that children won’t experience difficulty or distress. Being resilient allows you to overcome your mountains.
Let’s Celebrate our students
Today is your day Khorys Tahuri!
She receives the July Aumangea award for walking away from peer pressure and being resilient.
Our Adrenaline Week
We require expressions of interest and commitment for our Adrenaline Week!
What? Adrenaline Week Parent Meeting
When? On Wednesday 11th August @ 4:30 pm
Where? Wairoa College N4 Classroom
We have at least 45 students per Adrenaline group and to make this happen we need Parent Helpers, 1 parent for every 5 students. We also need parents who are interested in forming a Volunteer Parent Fundraising Group, who are also willing to organise and drive fundraising ideas.
- Central North Island - Tongariro 1st - 5th November
- City Adrenaline Rush - Wellington. 8th - 12th November
- Going Bush 15th - 19th November
- Home is where it is - 15th - 19th November
This Adrenaline week promotes
- High expectations of school values
- Student achievement -Striving for Personal Excellence
- The desire to learn
- Future Focused Learners - My Mahi / Careers - Future career goals.
Our Term 2 Cross Curricular - Where to for us? Ki hea rā matou?
To celebrate the end of our Term 2 Cross Curricular - Where to for us? Ki hea rā matou? We celebrated this by holding a Mini Olympics held at WCC. This was a nice way to end the term by having our students involved with Swimming, Volleyball and Basketball. Thank you to all our outstanding leaders who helped make this day successful
Kotahitanga - “We are all in this together”
The Mini Olympic winners
Gold – N5
Silver – N4
Bronze – N3
Ngā mihi nui
Year 7 & 8 Department
Achieving Excellence in NCEA - Congratulations!
Level 3 - English 3.4 - Produce a selection of fluent and coherent writing which develops, sustains, and structures ideas -
Hirini Mcllroy & Riley Stanaway
Level 3 - Mathematics and Statistics 3.9 - Investigate bivariate measurement data -
Patricia Davis & June Doyle
Level 2 - Mathematics and Statistics 2.2 - Apply graphical methods in solving problems -
Level 2.5 - Physics - Demonstrate understanding of atomic and nuclear physics -
Grace Whaanga & Kefir Kirwan
Level 1 - Chemistry 1.1 - Carry out a practical chemistry investigation, with direction
Riku Gordon, Kefir Kirwan, Nikau Pitman, Eden Scotson & Grace Whaanga
Level 1 - Mathematics & Statistics 1.11 - Investigate bivariate numerical data using the statistical enquiry cycle - Ashley Atkinson, Tom Kerley, Kefir Kirwan, Nikau Pitman, Eden Scotson & Grace Whaanga
Level 1 - Mathematics & Statistics 1.4 - Apply linear algebra in solving problems
Grace Whaanga, Owen Verner, Eden Scotson, Nikau Pitman, Aimee MacDonald, Kefir Kirwan & Ashley Atkinson
Level 1 - Home Economics 1.4 - Demonstrate knowledge of practices and strategies to address food handling issues - Eden Scotson
Wairoa District Pūkōrero Competition - Congratulations!
Ashlin Swann - Mō tō tū māia me tō karawhiu i te whakataetae Pūkōrero 2021, kai te mihi!
The following students were awarded this week for displaying one of our core values of:
Caring for each student (Manaakitanga),
Working together (Kotahitanga),
and Resilience (Aumangea).
Aimee MacDonald - Personal excellence
Maria Waiwai-Tipuna - Personal excellence
Tipu Tipuna - Personal excellence
Chanelle Brown - Respect
Anahera Olsen - Respect
Sonny-Rose Robinson - Manaakitanga, Personal excellence & Respect
Louise Gray-Thompson - Respect
Riley Kendall - Respect
Eden Scotson - Personal excellence
Nikau Pitman - Personal excellence
Wairoa Young Achievers Trust Certificates - Congratulations!
Last Week's My Mahi Winners
- Josh Reti - Wairoa College
- Alex Little - Feilding High School
- Joshua Cannell - Amuri Area School
- Blake Candy - Shirley Boys' High School
- Jessica Mcdonald Shergold - Edgewater College
Donations of Uniform
On Monday 9R went to the Wairoa Community Centre for Physical Education to learn the game Pickleball. This game is similar to padder tennis where a plastic ball is hit with a bat over a meter high net. The students enjoyed learning a new net game. Net sports is the focus for Year 9 PE this term which includes badminton, volleyball and tennis. Our thanks to Esta Wainohu who is the facilitator at the Wairoa Community Centre and is coaching our students in a variety of net sports.
Biomedical Science of Otago University Visit
NZ Secondary Swimming Champs
Last week Kaylah McMurtrie-Reynolds represented Wairoa College at NZ Secondary School Champs in Auckland. She qualified for a number of events across the board and came home with 5 personal bests and a top placing of 11th in the 50 Fly. This is Kaylah's second year representing Wairoa College at this National Swimming Event. Kaylah's biggest achievement over the week was qualifying for one of New Zealand's biggest swim meets the "NZ Short Course Champ", which is held in 3 weeks time in Auckland. "Congratulations Kaylah"
WAIROA COLLEGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES' BY-ELECTION
Wairoa College BOT By-Election
Nominations closed on Friday the 30th of July for the current BOT By-Election.
Four valid nominations were received for the three vacant positions, an election will be held.
On behalf of the students of Wairoa College a big thank you to the following candidates for putting
yourself forward for election:
- Jeanne Clayton-Greene
- Louise Greaves
- Luana Mitchell
- Rob Unwin
Voting papers will be posted out this week. Please return your voting paper in the envelope
provided by Wednesday the 1st of September.
CACTUS 29 - Term 3
Combined Adolescent Challenge Training Unit & Support.
CACTUS includes early morning one hour physical training sessions three times a week based on training developed for armed forces personnel. This is followed by hot showers, a healthy breakfast, coaching and goal-setting activities that finish in time for students to start school for the day.The longest day will be on Saturday 25th the September.
Breaking Down the Barriers
What do Pablo Picasso, Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci and Richard Branson have in
We know that they have all contributed amazing insight and knowledge, creative gifts,
innovation and entrepreneurship. They were, in fact, influencers before the term influencer
became a thing! What is less well known about them is that they all have dyslexia.
Dyslexic individuals tend to think in pictures rather than words; receiving and retrieving
information in a different part of the brain to neurotypical, word-based thinkers. This means
that reading and writing is more effortful and therefore slower. It is inherited so often runs in
families and can affect 10-20% of the population to a greater or lesser extent.
Dyslexia is not a problem of intelligence, laziness, vision, or reading and writing letters
backwards. Most students with dyslexia tendencies learn how to adapt and interact with text
successfully in the classroom, especially with early recognition and effective literacy
intervention at primary school. However, some students have persistent challenges when
interacting with text at high school. Understanding the difficulties students with dyslexia face
and how to tap into their strengths to overcome them has been a focus at Wairoa College
Dyslexia’s greatest difficulty is self-esteem – it only becomes a difficulty if not appropriately
addressed. Successfully addressing dyslexia is based on recognition, understanding and
action. Using technology and providing additional time to read and write, levels the playing
field. Helping students understand how their brain works best and teaching them strategies
when reading and writing empowers them to achieve their personal excellence and ensures
that dyslexia is not a barrier to success in life.
All students with dyslexia experience some difficulty with words but not all students
experiencing difficulty with words are dyslexic. Dyslexia is characterised by an unexpected
difficulty with fluent reading and spelling in comparison with academic performance in all
other areas. By comparison, a student with global developmental delays would experience
difficulties across all or most areas of the New Zealand Curriculum.
For more information about dyslexia and how you can support a child with dyslexia
tendencies at home check out:
Dyslexia Foundation of New Zealand
Provides a voice for, and services to, New Zealanders with dyslexia as well as to
those supporting them www.dyslexiafoundation.org.nz
Provides information to whānau and individuals with dyslexia and other specific
learning difficulties. www.speld.org.nz
Schools do not need a formal diagnosis of dyslexia for your child to access the support that
they need. If you have a concern that your child may have dyslexia tendencies or have any
concern about your child’s learning and would like to contact me, you can:
Leave a message with our front office staff in person or by phone (06) 838 8303
Email me direct on email@example.com
I welcome the opportunity to meet, collaborate and work with whānau and caregivers.
Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini
My strength is not that of a single warrior but that of many.
Netball Junior A's v Taikura Juniors 42 - 29 Win
Basketball Junior Boys v NBHS 41 - 36 Win
Basketball Junior Girls v Hukarere 31 -29 Win
Senior Boys v Taradale Senior B 60 - 26 Win
Senior Girls v Iona 84 - 14 Win
Rugby Colts v HBHS 5 - 48 Loss
Rugby First XV v NBHS 22 - 19 Win
Wairoa College Girls v Woodford Black 4 - 2 Win
- Learners Licence course - Friday 6 August
- Trades Academy EIT - Friday 6 August
- Wairoa College Young Aspiring Leaders - Friday 6 August
- Attitude Presentation - Tuesday 10 August
- TEACHER ONLY DAY - Thursday 12 August
- EIT Tairawhiti Trades Academy Open Day - Friday 13 August
- Board of Trustees Meeting - Tuesday 17 August
- Wellington Tertiary Trip - Thursday 19 August & Friday 20 August
- Wairoa College Young Aspiring Leaders - Friday 20 August
- Yr 10 Olympics Day - Thursday 26 August
- Barefoot 7's Tournament - Thursday 26 August
- Trades Academy EIT - Friday 27 August
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