The Bulletin

Term 2, Issue 5

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Dear Parents & Caregivers,

Thank you to everyone for a very busy and productive term. We appreciate your involvement and support.

The holidays are an important time for students to take a break, to refresh ready for the third term and to catch up on any schoolwork that they have started to get behind on. Term 3 is critical for the seniors and they cannot afford to start the term behind. Term 4 only has two weeks of classes before we start getting ready for the final NCEA assessments, so Term 3 is where everything has to get done!


I have been concerned about the standard of student uniform lately. We were quite lenient last year after all the disruption around Covid and again early this year. However, it is time to get back to the standards the Board of Trustees have set in the Uniform Code.

The biggest problems are sweatshirts and hoodies which are not uniform items, (I know it is cold, but there are warm items in the uniform range).

Footwear Code

We have made small changes to allow a broader range. However, the general rule is PLAIN black leather shoes with NO sports branding. Please see HERE for examples of acceptable styles.

Jewellery and Nail Polish

Plain ear studs only. Hoops and long earrings can be dangerous in a school environment. Nail polish and nail extensions are not allowed.

Number 1's

Wearing our formal uniform is a privilege that is afforded to those students who are representing the school at external events. As such, it is not appropriate to wear a cap (this includes the school cap), or sneakers with Number 1's. This includes Year 13 students.

Year 13 Dress Code

Year 13 students are expected to wear smart casual attire that is appropriate for an office environment.

I would ask parents to check uniforms and use the break to get things sorted. At the start of next term we will be dealing with incorrect uniform much more proactively. If a student’s uniform is not right, you can expect a phone call and students will have consequences for not being correctly dressed.

Best wishes for a relaxing break.

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

Mike Williams

House Arts 2021

On 8th July, Pohutukawa House hosted our annual House Arts Competition. As always, this started the weekend before the event, with students coming to school to prepare for the big night. This year's theme was the 1980s. Congratulations to Totara House, who were this year's winners! READ MORE

Marae Trip

On Friday 2nd July, the senior Te Reo Māori class left for a noho marae. They stayed at Te Pakira Marae, Whakarewarewa, Rotorua. This is the living Māori village, where the local iwi, Tūhourangi/Ngāti Wāhiao, have been welcoming people for over 130 years. READ MORE

Sports Round-Up

Thank you to all of the parents and caregivers who get out there to support our teams each week. CLICK HERE to read highlights from Week 9.

40 Hour Famine Fundraiser

On 25th June, the Interact team and Service Council held the event ‘Wet the Head Students and House Captains’. Students and teachers were offered the opportunity to soak one of our student leaders in exchange for a small donation. Despite the cold, the bravery of the volunteers paid off, with the event raising over $600 for the World Vision 40 Hour Famine. SEE PHOTOS

Rainbow Week Celebrations

In Week 9, the LGBTQ+ Council organised seven days of activities based on our Learning Habits. These ranged from workshops to learn more about the history of gay marriage, to a pizza party and the sale of rainbow ribbons in aid of Rainbow Youth.

Te Wheke Dance Experience

On Friday 11 June, senior Dance and Māori students travelled to the ASB Waterfront Theatre to experience the performance of Te Wheke. Te Wheke is a powerful dance work from Atamira Dance Company, the inspirational collective that this year commemorated their 21st year as the leading creator and presenter of Māori contemporary dance. READ MORE

Student Players Meet the All Blacks

On 25th June, a group of our student players were invited to observe an All Blacks training session at Bruce Pullman Park. This was followed by a meet and greet at which the players chatted with the students from a number of local schools. SEE PHOTOS

International Students Visit Otago University

In Week 8, three of our international students had the opportunity to take a look around Otago University. READ MORE

Enviro Council Visits Wakaaranga

Last week, 15 students from the Environmental Council visited Wakaaranga Primary School as part of Schoolgen. The aim of this trip was to teach Year 6 students about energy, electricity and greenhouse gases through various demonstrations and science experiments. READ MORE

Student Bakers

Ashton Moana and Sione Vea, students from the Pegasus Department, have begun work experience in Creative Edge Food Company which is a privately owned wholesale bakery. Shona, their mentor, encourages the students to use their skills in a variety of ways. We are very thankful for the support that the company has shown. READ MORE

Upcoming Events

  • Triple P Parenting Workshops (email to book)
Getting Teenagers to Cooperate: Wed 28 July
Coping with Teenage Emotions: Wed 11 August
  • Cultural Night - Thurs 5 August, 7pm,
  • Open Morning - Sat 7 August, 9am - 12 noon
  • Staff Only Day - Tues 10 August
  • In Zone Enrolments Due - Fri 20 August
  • Out of Zone Enrolment Deadline - Wed 1 Sept


Lost Property

This is on display at the Student Centre. Items not claimed by the end of term will be donated to charity.

Positions Available

  • Part Time School Nurse
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