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Edgecumbe College Newsletter, Friday 3rd March 2023

From the Principal - Mike Jackson

It is now week 5 and we are fully into the term, and working well. Students need to be attending every lesson every day if they are to learn. Research has shown that students who attend 100% of the time, have a 100% success rate in their achievements! A sobering thought.

Key Boards

Thank you again to Lion Foundation for their much-appreciated support of our school, funding 15 new keyboards for our students as well as this year 20 high-end graphics computers. What a difference they are making to our school.

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Capital Works

The capital works building project is continuing to make progress albeit a little slower than we would have hoped. B block is on track to be finished before the end of term 2, and the crew will be beginning work on the hall and music suite in April. It is all go!

Bee Keeping

Our students are continuing to enjoy their Bee Keeping course, and working towards their 20 credits. This is a great opportunity for them with a realistic pathway into employment. Having the bees is also supporting the kiwi fruit block which is continuing to thrive.

Year 8s and Kapa Haka

It is great to have the year 8 students from Edgecumbe Primary come and join our Kapa Haka, and a big thank you to Matua Hakiaha for his work with all of the Kapa Haka students. This is a big year for the school with Kapa Haka Regionals and National competitions. We will keep you posted.

Athletic - results

It is great to be able to run Athletics sports again without the worry of Covid. A great day was had by all and the weather was very kind to us.

Athletics Results

House Champions: 1st equal: Hillary and Reed, 2nd: Rutherford, 3rd: Halberg.

2023 Athletics Champions;

Junior Girls: Waitahui Te Riini

Junior Boys: Waere Nikora-Wimutu

Intermediate Girls: Elias Ratapu

Intermediate Boys: Damien Waalwijk

Senior Girls: Paipa Edwards

Senior Boys: Blade Ngamare

Teachers supporting their prospective Houses

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Cell Phones

I hope this finds you and your Whanau well following the terrible cyclone Gabrielle that has struck our country.

This is just a gentle reminder that Cell phones are not allowed at Edgecumbe College. This is a rule that has been in place for the last few years.

We find that cell phones at school, cause us so many problems, with students taking them out in class, rather than concentrating on their lessons. As well the negative influence of social media never leaves students and school needs to be a safe place for our students.

Many incidents of bullying and harassment occur and are fed through cell phones. Students need to have clear time at school free from these influences so that they can concentrate on their learning.

We have found that not having cell phones in the school has made a huge positive difference in behaviour and student learning especially off-task behaviour in class as well as reducing bullying and fights. Our students are also more active when their phones are left at home.

If a student needs to contact Whanau and must have a phone at school, then they can leave it at the office until they need to make a call. If you need to contact your student at school then please ring the office and we will make sure that they can talk to you.

Please support us in this, the rule is to help our students and improve their learning. We do not want to make this an issue for them, us, or yourselves. Ensure your student doesn’t bring a phone to school, and follow the rules and directions of Teachers if they need to take the phone off the student for the day.

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 has now changed from the previous system of putting money in envelopes. Photo packages can now only be paid for online.

Students can order an ID card by paying $7 to the front office by Monday 20th March.

Formal Uniform code for the photograph

· Y9 to Y12 Black school polo tops only (no jerseys or thermals).

· Y13 white dress shirt

· Facial piercing needs to be discrete (Mr Murphy will make that decision).

· No bracelets

· No necklaces showing, unless religious or Taonga (Mr Murphy will make that decision).

· No hats.

· If a tee-shirt colour/writing shows through your black polo or dress shirt you will be asked to remove it.

· All other uniform needs to be correct including shoes.

School photos are formal and uniform requirements need to match. To avoid issues, wear studs or sleepers in the ears and a stud in any facial piercing for the day. If your uniform is incorrect you may not be allowed in the Whanau Ako group photo.

Details of how to order the school photos will be sent to parents/Caregivers via email.

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Swimming Sports - 9 March

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.

Hospitality & Food Technology

Delivering practical classes for Hospitality & Food Technology students is somewhat impeded by the lack of kitchen facilities while the department is under reconstruction. So, we've taken to cooking outdoors. Students cooked 'breakfast on the Barbecue' today. Visits to hospitality-based businesses have been planned with the first trip to a 5-Star Hotel in Rotorua later this month.

Job Vacancy

I am a fencing contractor working in the Whakatane districts. We do Ag and deer fencing and some urban work. At present we have a vacancy for a fit young person that can follow instructions, doesn't mind working in changing weather and has a good attitude to work. Must be drug-free.

If you meet the criteria, please contact:

Doug Perkins: 0274830479 or email: douggeorgeperkins@hotmail.co.nz

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Community Notices

School nurse position at Edgecumbe College. Copy and paste the link into your computer browser that will allow you to apply. https://www.seek.co.nz/job/61306326
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NZSA Youth Mentorship Programme

Four secondary school students will each have the opportunity to be mentored by one of New Zealand’s best professional authors in order to develop their craft and hone their writing skills.
The NZSA Youth Mentorship Programme offers aspiring young writers (aged 15-18) a mentorship, from May to November. The intent of the mentor programme is to foster and develop emerging writing talent with the support of established authors. Deadline: 6 April 2023. https://authors.org.nz/oppor.../nzsa-youth-mentor-programme/
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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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