The Bulletin

Term 3, Issue 1

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Dear Parents & Caregivers,

The third term has started well, with lots of activity around the school. The winter sports programme is in full swing and, again, I'd like to thank parents for their work in getting students to games and practices, sorting out gear, etc.

We have also had a lot of learning-based trips happening, as the staff continue to find ways to bring the curriculum alive for students.

Today we have our annual celebration of culture with cultural mufti day and Culture Night tonight. This is a wonderful evening of music, dance and fun. Thank you to those who were lucky enough to get a ticket. The students have been practising hard for weeks and I am sure you will enjoy what they have in store!

The next performance is the Dance Showcase on 15 & 16 August. This is followed by our Fashion Show on 24 August. Tickets for the Dance Showcase are on sale now. Don’t miss out on what will be another amazing showcase of student talent!

Staff Only Day

Next Tuesday we have another Ministry of Education mandated Staff Only Day to help us prepare for the upcoming changes to NCEA. Once again, if you are unable to arrange sufficient supervision for your child, please let your Dean know and we can arrange supervised study in the Library.

Group Conferences

On 26 August we have the next round of parent meetings. This will be for all Year 10 students with their parents/guardians, and invited Year 11-13 students. Watch out for information that will be sent directly to you regarding the details.

This will be a normal school day until 12:00pm, when all students are released. Students are expected to use the afternoon to continue with their studies at home, when not at an interview.

Finally, the new building! We have been given a new completion date of 20 August, (but I don’t think they will make it!). We are, however, planning to go ahead with a dawn blessing of the building on Monday 23 August. The formal opening will be later in the year, when it is all finished and operational – more details to follow.

Nō reira aku mihi manahau ki a koutou katoa mō te tau.

Mike Williams

Secondary Schools Swimming Champs

While most students were enjoying a relaxing holiday, our top swimmers were representing us with pride at the annual New Zealand Secondary Schools Champs. Once again, our swimmers put everything out there and rose to the challenge. Not only did they get numerous personal bests, but they came away with 10 medals and a few national titles. READ MORE

Māori Speech Competition

On Friday 30th July, Whānau Tutor travelled to Te Kura Māori o ngā Tapuwae to support our speaker, Charlotte Tukiri, who was speaking in the Korimako (senior English) category of Manu Kōrero ki Te Whaitua o Uenuku. Congratulations to Charlotte, who was awarded 2nd overall, best female speaker of the section, and 1st equal in the impromptu section. READ MORE

Young, Free & Pasifika Conference

On Tuesday 27th July, a group of ten of our senior, female Pasifika students attended the ‘Young, Free & Pasifika’ Conference in Mangere. This event provides an opportunity to gather together young Pasifika women (aged 16-19) from the Auckland region to be empowered as future leaders. READ MORE

NZ National Aerobics Championships

Congratulations to Kloe Brooke and Nelia Carstens, who won a number of gold medals at the National Aerobics Champs during the school holidays. They took the national champion title for their pair routine, gold for group Aerodance and Nelia gained yet another gold for her category!

Noyiuki Commended by Howick Youth Council

Head student, Noyiuki Obasuyi has been commended by Howick Youth Council for her work in promoting sustainability in the local community. Her dedication and hard work has facilitated the planting of 120 trees at the Mangemangeroa Reserve. Noyiuki also organised a dog walk event in Barry Curtis Park and is assisting the Council in the organisation of its upcoming Pride Unified and Youth Awards Events.

SPCA Cupcake Day

This week, the Arts Council held its annual Cupcake Day in aid of the SPCA. 30 bakers were involved, with cakes being sold at a number of locations around the school. Prizes were awarded for taste, decoration, and quantity. The total amount of funds raised was an impressive $1007.50! LIST OF WINNERS

Year 13 Zoo Trip

On Tuesday 27th July, Year 13 Biology students had the opportunity to visit Auckland Zoo as part of their studies into human evolution. They compared human and primate skulls and observed animal hirearchies in action. READ MORE

Sports Round-Up

All of our teams are now back up and running, so if you have time, our students would love to see you out there! READ HIGHLIGHTS

Upcoming Events

  • Triple P Parenting Workshops (email to book)
Coping with Teenage Emotions: Wed 11 August
  • Open Morning - Sat 7 August, 9am - 12 noon
  • Staff Only Day - Tues 10 August
  • Art Exhibition - Tues 10 August, 4pm, Pakuranga Park Village MORE INFO
  • Dance Showcase - Sun 15/Mon 16 August MORE INFO
  • In Zone Enrolments Due - Fri 20 August
  • Reports published on Parent Portal (Yrs 10-13) - Fri 20 August
  • Year 10 Conferences - Thurs 26 August, 1-8pm
  • Out of Zone Enrolment Deadline - Wed 1 September


Positions Available

  • Part Time School Nurse

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