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Edgecumbe College Newsletter, 22 September 2022

From the Principal - Mike Jackson

Sporting acknowledgement

Congratulations Kimiora Elliott, what a fantastic season of Netball you have had. Kimiora is the Eastern Bay Under 16 representative's Most improved player, ‘Players Choice’ KMB Club Women's team, and the ‘Player of the year for your KMB club. Outstanding. Well done. We are so proud of you.

New Mountain Bikes for Outdoor Education

The new Mountain bikes we secured via funding from Southern Trust have been a great bonus to the outdoor education classes and P.E. Classes. Thank you Southern Trust.

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New models & equipment for the Science department

Science now has all of the new models in the department for teaching and learning, thank you Southern Trust and they look fantastic displayed in the room, ready as a teaching tool for the students.

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Ag / Hort continues its development with the addition soon of green kiwifruit to join the Red and Gold that we currently have, giving us the complete set. We are in the process of buying and planting the Avacado trees and once the new hot house is erected the blueberries. The Beekeeping course begins late this month early October for our senior students.

School Cross Country - First week back in term 4

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.

Trades Expo

The Edgecumbe College Trades EXPO was a huge success featuring 4 spotlight speakers all of whom were past graduates and Cheyenne Wilson from DairyNZ who promotes career pathways in the food and fibre industries. 28 exhibitors came to the event and interacted with secondary school students and working in their organisation. A huge thank you to the Ministry of Education and BOPFA for providing us with funding to host this careers event.

Te Hāpai Ō - Coast care Planting

On Tuesday the 21st of August our Year 9 and 10 Te Hāpai Ō students from Miss Burn’s class’ volunteered for Coastcare. The students, Miss Burns, our amazing teacher aides; Sharon, Sharon, and Josh, met Brett from Coastcare East at 1130am and listened to his briefing about what, how, and where to plant out the dunes. A mix of ToeToe, Taupata, Coprosma Acerosa, and Karo were among the 250 plants the students planted. The students used shovels to dig holes and place the plants in. Manaia Tapsell worked extremely hard and enjoyed the day. Max Liu said, “it was awesome”. In class, the students learned about the legend of Pingao, Tane mahuta’s eyebrows, and sand dune formation and purpose. Thank you to these students who did such an amazing job for our community.
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Te Hāpai Ō Year 9 Social Studies Business Enterprise

Miss Burns’ Year 9 Social Studies class is creating their own business enterprise. Each group is to create a product, and explain what it is and how they can produce it. They need to consider what type of consumer would be interested in it and how they can market their product for sale. Each group will receive an investment of $20 which will need to be paid back out of their profits. Any surplus will be theirs to keep. So on Thursday the 23rd of August Miss Burns’ Year 9 Social Studies class attended the Kawerau Markets for inspiration on creating their own business. The students saw many amazing products such as food, clothing, technology, and toys. They then went shopping with their investors' money for resources. The students are busy making their products, some are using the 3D printer to make earrings. They will attend the Kawerau Markets on the 27th of October 9am-1pm to sell them.
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Year 8 students from Edgecumbe Primary School

The year 8 students at Edgecumbe Primary have been enjoying an ongoing programme of experiences at the College, including; Japanese, Horticulture, Science, Music, Physical Education, and Te Reo, this has been a fantastic opportunity to strengthen the bonds between us and the Primary. Thank you, EP.

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Toi EDA - Forklift driving course

A great collaboration has started between Edgecumbe college, ISK, Axiom & Toi-Eda Driver & Operator Training to get our Eastern Bay of Plenty Tauira licenced in their forklift operator course. Gaining this qualification will give the students more options for employment.

TOI EDA is the Eastern BoP Regional Economic Development Agency. Formed in the early 2000s they work actively with Councils and communities encompassing the Kawerau, Whakatāne, and Ōpōtiki Districts to promote and support economic, social, and Māori development.

Toi EDA is committed to sustainable and inclusive growth across our region.

This year we have reset our ambitions, with a new, simplified vision, which is to create a better future for the next generations, underpinned by a new set of values that embrace the pioneering attributes of our namesake, Toi, the great explorer.

Tini o Toi – kia tipu, kia puawai – To create, grow and blossom the myriads of Toi.

To find out more you can visit their website



Attendance continues to be a major focus for us, please support us in getting your young people back to school. Even an 80% attendance means that a student is out of school on average one day a week, and that is far too much to be away for. We are aiming for at least 90% so that students have continuity across all their subjects.

We do understand that there is still Covid going through families, but I would ask you to ensure that whenever possible students are at school and ready to learn.

It is very difficult as I am sure you understand to re-motivate your young person after such disruption, but they do need to be back at school, ready to learn and looking towards their future, if they are going to succeed this year. Please support us in getting our students back to school. We will ensure we contact you as early as possible, and please bear in mind that we are trying to do our best for our students.

Dive Course

Our students have had so much fun with Dive Zone Tauranga this year - earning credits that broaden their futures and engaging in opportunities in the wider Bay.

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:

Reunion Bookings now open!

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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.

Community Notices

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