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Edgecumbe College Newsletter, 3 Nov 2021

Mā ngā huruhuru ka rere te manu. Our hearty congratulations to Emily McClure on earning the honour of being named Edgecumbe College Dux for 2021!

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Congratulations to Ben McBeth for the honour of earning proxime accessit for 2021!

From the Principal...

Kia ora Koutou,

Well, 2021 is all but over for another year for our students. It has been another hugely positive year for the school despite the continual disruption and uncertainty over Covid. I believe despite the tribulations our students have worked very well throughout the year and have maintained a focus on school throughout the pandemic, which is a huge distraction for us all.

With our focus on positive relationships in the classroom, new uniform, ban on cell phones, we have noted that our students have been much more settled and positive in their daily interactions at school.

As is always the case in schools, staff move on each year, but it is still with sadness that we farewell:

Chris Van Veen after 40 years of service to our school, we thank him and acknowledge the huge contribution that he has made to our community. He will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by many generations of students. Chris is going into retirement and we wish him all the very best.

We also farewell Bill McClure, after 25 years service to the school in a wide number of roles in the school, not least of all is our Head of Social Sciences and Principals Nominee for NCEA. Bill has won a promotion to the position of Assistant Principal at Tokomairiro High School in Milton. This is well deserved and we congratulate Bill and wish him all the very best.

We earlier farewelled John, who has moved to Taranaki for a lifestyle change and to take up new challenges, good luck John, we hope one day you return to Teaching. Finally we also lose Chris Cottel-Mayhew, our Deputy Principal who joined us at the beginning of the year. Chris has made a significant contribution to the school in her short time here, brining great expertise to curriculum and Learning Support. We will miss you Chris. She goes to support her family.

Two key pieces of work that will be our focus in 2022 will be to review with the community our Charter and strategic plan, and included in that are a couple of major development plans that we are keen to get feedback on, and also a revamp of our Junior Curriculum, with a strong emphasis on literacy and numeracy, with a school wide literacy programme coming into focus.

I will keep you updated on both these pieces of work.

Building projects continue to keep us very busy with lots of exciting things just on the horizon, not least of all is the school pool which will an amazing resource once it has been completed. We will have a building programme carried out of the holidays so watch this space.

Once again, thank you all for your support of our school it means a great deal to us. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my wonderful hard working Board of Trustees, without whom so many things just wouldn’t happen, and also my great teachers, who really do have their students best interests at heart.

Have a safe and happy Christmas and we look forward to seeing you in the new year.

Nga mihi nui


All Year 11 Students have achieved their level 1 literacy Credits!!!!! Congratulations. Just about all Year 11 Students have achieved their numeracy Credits!!! Well done - what an amazing achievement for this group, given the year that we have had.

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Property Update

Works will continue over the entire summer holiday. These will include the final stage of pool refurbishment works, as well as improvements in all classroom blocks. We're looking forward to sharing progress photos of these as they get underway!

Sometimes these begin before 5am and continue well into the night. Please ensure you and your children stay well away from these cordoned areas for your safety and that of our contractors, at all hours/every day of the week. These are clearly marked by tape and fencing.

Covid19 Update for 2021 and early 2022

Kia ora koutou whanau, I hope this finds you safe and well.

New COVID-19 Protection (Traffic Light) Framework

In Edgecumbe, we have moved to RED.

We don’t have to change the way we are operating classes this year and everyone can continue to attend school onsite.

For next year, we can confirm that everyone will be back onsite for learning from the start of the school year, regardless of what setting under the new Traffic Light Framework we will be in (Red/Orange/Green). This is good news and means we can plan for a great 2022.

Health measures in place at school

This year and next, health, safety and wellbeing will continue to be a priority for us and the same public health measures you are very familiar with will remain in place:

  • good hygiene and cleaning
  • contact tracing systems in place
  • vaccination requirements for workers (paid and unpaid)
  • if you are sick, you must stay home and get tested
  • good ventilation.

One change is that face coverings are encouraged to be worn when indoors for students and staff in years 4 – 13.

And if we are at Red at any stage next year:

  • face coverings will be required at school when indoors for students and staff in years 4 – 13. ( Students will need to supply their own)
  • we will ask that only essential visitors come onsite.

With all these measures in place, public health has confirmed the risk of infection remains low when at school, with households continuing to be where COVID-19 is spreading the most. As noted by Dr Caroline McElnay, Director of Public Health:

Our experience in New Zealand and overseas with COVID-19 shows that it does not affect children and teens in the same way it does adults. Children and teens don't become as unwell if they do get infected, and they don't tend to pass the virus on so much as adults when in a classroom setting.

Compared to other places, schools and early learning services are not environments where we have seen significant spread of COVID-19. Household members and work colleagues who are in close contact with people with COVID-19, are the most common sources of transmission.

However, if we do have someone confirmed with COVID-19 in our school, we have a plan in place to manage this and will contact you as soon as possible.

If you’d like to learn more about the framework visit COVID-19 Protection Framework.|

I would also remind you that all students are required to wear face coverings on the bus to and from school. We do need them to comply with this order, please help us with this.

Ngā mihi

Mike Jackson


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A huge thank you from Edgecumbe College to Edgecumbe Mall for your generous donation to our school from the Twilight Market. It is gratefully received and will go directly to support our students.

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Life guards

The school pool is progressing well and we hope to have it open over the summer. If there is anyone who is interested in being a life guard at the pool from January until April, please get in touch with the school or email ashlee@edgecumbecollege.school.nz

There will be a number of paid positions at the pool. We will keep you up to date with the progress but it is going to be amazing!!!

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Clucking Chick Chicks!

Free Egg- Laying Chooks

The 15 chickens are 7- 8 weeks old and are a commercial breed of egg layers (Hi Line brown). The Year 10 Agricultural class have looked after the chicks since they were day-old chicks.

Contact Edgecumbe College school office or email (jck@edgecumbecollege.school.nz) if you are interested.

Preference will be given to Students and families of Edgecumbe College and then to other members of the community.

The chickens will available to be collected from Edgecumbe college during the week of 6th - 10th December.

Mrs Jackson will contact those families who have been given the opportunity to have these free chickens.

Wanted: Please return!

Our stunning "Number 1's" are used for many events and occasions. If you have any blazers etc at home, could you please return them to the front office as soon as you can, please... no questions asked! We'd just like them all back so they can be cleaned and pressed.

Can we please have All Chromebooks (loaned out to students during lockdown) returned to the school? Please drop off at the school office.

Thank you.

Nga mihi, whanau!

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We have beautiful school fields and work hard to ensure they're ready for all the sports teams that use them - rugby, football, cricket. athletics etc.

Please remind your friends and whanau in Edgecumbe to please ride your motorbikes elsewhere, and pick up after your dog.

Golden Grain, one of our towns awesome businesses, use our paddocks to grow grain and use this as a hands-on practical lesson for our Horticulture students. They get to learn about ground preparation, planting, harvesting etc. Our school and our students benefit, and we appreciate the support of our local businesses to help us enhance learning.

Motorbikes and flytipping/rubbish dumping ruins the ground and the opportunities for our students.

We're really fortunate to have such expansive grounds for our school and our wider community to enjoy, and we know its only ever a minority who spoil it, but if you see anything untoward, call 105 Police.

We appreciate your support.

Edgecumbe College 60th Centenary Celebrations heating up!

Come and join our Facebook group of Edgecumbe College alumni - previous students, staff and board - reconnecting, sharing memories and photos and making travel plans for next years celebrations!


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Our new APP

Edgecumbe College has gone digital! Our new app can be downloaded from the app store (School Apps NZ). Once you have downloaded this, enter in 'Edgecumbe College'.

Once we're all set up, you'll need to register so that you get parent-only communications.

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.

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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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