Newsletter Week 9 Term 2
Tawa College 28th June 2021
Update from the Principal/Tumuaki
We have now moved beyond the shortest day of the year and Term 2 is almost complete. For senior students this is a vital time to maximize achievement in all internal assessments offered.
In sport the season is progressing well and we are grateful for the many parents, whānau and past students who are coaching, managing, encouraging on the side lines and providing transport for our teams. Our Girls 1st XI Hockey team are currently lying in third place in the Premier A grade. Our Senior A Boys Basketball team are in the Premier 1 grade and are competitive. Four of our students were placed in the North Island Secondary Schools Swimming Championships with Jenna Rolston-Larking gaining one 1st and four 2nd places and Hara Hughes achieved one 1st and one 2nd placing.
Tawa College students are steadily working away at upcoming college events, including the Dance Showcase Mosaic, the 2021 Major Production, and Drama performances at various year levels. As this newsletter indicates we have enjoyed success at regional level in recent musical competitions.
On Thursday 27 May 2021 Tawa College hosted a most successful NCEA Information Evening for Pasifika students and their families. With the support of Steve Conroy our senior Pasifika students planned and presented the evening and there was a really encouraging attendance. Two of our students, Cedar Porteous and Sharlene Viliamu-Letalu have been appointed as NZQA ambassadors for Pasifika learning.
On Thursday 17th June 2021 we held our Open Evening for prospective students and parents for the 2022 school year. As always the student helpers were outstanding and a fine representation of Tawa College values in action. The event was well attended and we are pleased with the positive feedback we have received.
The World Vision Survivor Challenge was well led by our Year 12 and 13 students, supported by Mr Eric Clarke and Mr Joe Bibby. The event was a huge success and also raised over $2,000 for World Vision. Thank you to all of the students who took part. On a separate note a past Tawa College student, Hayley Gotlieb is the World Vision Youth Ambassador. She was recently featured in an article in the Kapi Mana News about her work in this role and her time spent in Malawi working with vulnerable communities.
On Saturday 19 June 2021 we held our Senior Formal for Year 12 and 13 students. The Formal was long awaited after the cancellation of the 2020 event due to Covid19. It was a wonderful evening and I was impressed by how well presented everyone was and how well our students represented the college at such a high profile event. The external providers that we engaged for this event, were impressed by our students, and are looking forward to hosting Tawa College in the future.
At the end of Term 2 a number of staff are moving on, either to new teaching positions or changes in career/life direction. We will say farewell to Miss Basher (Mathematics), Mr Cadman (English), Mrs Farrow (Psychology), Mr Harrison (Science), Mrs Jackson (Psychology), Ms McElwee (Dance) and Ms Ross (HOD Visual Art). A number of staff replacements are currently underway and these will be announced in the next college newsletter.
I hope that all students, staff and whānau enjoying the upcoming term break and take the time for some rest and relaxation enjoying time with family and friends.
Ngā mihi nui
Barbershop Regionals and the Big Sing
At the Regional Barbershop competition early this month two of our choruses, Acafellas and Maiden Tawa were placed first. All five of our barbershop quartets, Grace Notes (1st), Quartertones (1st), Chordiac Arrest (3rd,) Noted (3rd) and Danger Tones (3rd) and the two barbershop choruses have qualified for the national barbershop finals to be held in Palmerston North later this year. Congratulations to all of the students and staff involved.
At the Regional Big Sing event all four of our choruses, the Year 9 Choir, Early Birds, Dawn Chorus and Blue Notes all performed exceptionally. Two of our Year 13 students, Charlotte Secker and Ronan Apoua-Bennitt received an award for the best student conducted choir.
Te Kohu a Tawa
Our Te Kohu a Tawa kapahaka rōpū are amping up on the road to the Wellington Regional Competition. They have made significant progress with their performance and whanaungatanga, with the support of whānau and kaitautoko.
There will be a Dress Rehearsal on Friday 2nd July, 6pm in the Tawa College Hall, anyone is welcome. We will collect a small koha. Bring anyone along to tautoko, experiencing an incredible display of mana Māori.
The Regional Competition is at TBS Bank Arena, Monday July 5.
Please note the Tuesday performance of Mosaic has been cancelled due to Alert Level 2.
YEAR 11 DRAMA PROUDLY PRESENTS "Don't judge a book by it's cover"
Friday, July 2nd, 5:30pm
Tawa College Library
A hip, newly devised piece of crackingly good theatre.
Library/Information Centre: starts at 5:30pm, free entry
French Language Classes
Shannon Clamp, a trainee teacher from Victoria University of Wellington, made a great contribution to our Year 12 and Year 13 French classes (Weeks 1 - 6). Shannon grew up in France and shared his life experiences and French skills with our senior students.
Year 10 French Topic
House chores: Qu’est-ce que tu fais pour aider à la maison"
Explain house chores they do to help at home.
Year 9 French Topic
Where do you live? Où habites-tu? Where do you come from? D’où viens-tu ?
Talking about our nationalities and the languages we speak.
Online Enrolments for 2022
Tawa College Uniform
Puffer jackets are available for sale from the front office.
Fairydown $85, Mac Pac $134.
We have a number of lost property items that we would like to return to their owners before the end of the term. If your child has misplaced any items, please ask them to call at the college office to check to see if we are holding it. At the end of each term, any unclaimed items will be disposed of or donated to charity.
Tawa College Community Education
Term 3 courses are now on the website tawacomed.co.nz
Two courses that are of particular interest to parents are
Parents As Driving Coaches
Parenting Without Losing Your Mind
Both courses are found through tawacomed.co.nz/parenting
Parents as Driving Coaches is an annual two hour seminar and is vital for any parent or caregiver who is supporting someone learning to drive. Practical tips are provided on the learning to drive process, together with driving techniques to ensure that the new driver starts on a path of lifelong safe driving.
Parenting without losing your mind is a new practical workshop held on Saturday 18 September from 9:30am to 1:30pm. It will be run by Tawa resident Danette Muollo.
Danette has considerable experience in running Strengths Based Parenting classes. The course will cover topics such as motivation, behaviour, self-regulation, personal qualities and attributes , and reframing behaviour.
For your own personal wellbeing there is a new course Resources for Self Care. It is a Sunday workshop to be held on 29 August and will cover topics such as emotional needs, managing stress and nurturing yourself in a compassionate way.
Enrolments are also being accepted for all the popular class that have been running throughout the year. Check out the web page tawacomed.co.nz
Judith Havill email@example.com