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Edgecumbe College Newsletter, Thursday 24 November 2022

From the Principal - Mike Jackson

There are only a few weeks left in the year now and NCEA exams are in full swing, and junior exams are also now underway. It has been another very busy and disrupted year and here is hoping that 2023 will be more settled.

The multi-million dollar major building works are due to start before the end of the month so it will all go across the school. Great timing following the revamp of every classroom.

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Beekeeping Course

The Beekeeping course is now in full swing with students now working on all aspects of beekeeping including making the hives. They will attain some 20 credits and a National Beekeeping certificate. It is an excellent addition to the Ag/Hort courses. Alongside this 3 students met with the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation as the last requirement to verify their placements and complete the modules in their carpentry course giving them 20 building and construction credits. Congratulations to Nikora Bright, Cruz Gavin & Luscian Sneddon. One student will carry on to level 3.


The Avocados have now been planted and we are working to set up the automatic irrigation system. Our next plan is to set up the Blueberries so that we cater to all the main crops grown in the local area.

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Community Hikoi - Ngā Wāhi Tapuwae

On Sunday the 14th of November we were treated to an amazing Hikoi of sites important to Ngati Awa the second of our series of 3 community Hikoi. A massive thank you to Hakahaka Hona for leading the day, and his beautiful whānau for allowing him to be with us. It was absolutely engaging. Also thank you to Iharaira Hakiaha, Charelle Stevenson, Vicky Richards, and Donna Timinis for their help and organisation. The day was well attended by the staff at Edgecumbe College, and members of the community, but we would love to have more of the community come along and join us on future hikoi. We will endeavour to keep you well-informed.

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New staff in 2023

A welcome to Anna Jones our new Design and Digital teacher, who comes to us from Alfriston with a wealth of skills, enthusiasm, and a real desire to promote digital technologies. Enjoy the last few weeks of the term.

Sustainability Journey

Check out Edgecumbe College's new dedicated recycling and general rubbish bins!

The new bins will allow students to easily separate recycling from rubbish and reduce the amount of waste from the school sent to landfill. This should save lots of recyclables being sent to landfill every year, this material can then be used to create new products which saves precious resources.

Ka rawe Edgecumbe College! We're stoked to have helped you on your sustainability journey.

Community notices

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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!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2453475114946764

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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