Thursday 18th November | Term 4 Week 5
Kia ora e te whānau,

This week has brought to us the third Master Planning Session with the Ministry of Education Team for our new school build. This final meeting with staff should have provided information for the actual Master Plan which we hope to be able to share in the new year. The staff are excited about the potential plan, and have had the opportunity to share their ideas and needs with the team.

We were also excited to manage to work with the NZ Army Band within COVID restrictions and vaccination mandates to provide performances to groups of students. I believe the students thoroughly enjoyed the performance and will be able to take a lot of information and learning into their music sessions. Thank you to Anne Sweney for organising this opportunity.

Coming up next week, we are looking forward to welcoming Kai Tahu representatives to the school to assist in working on our Cultural Narrative, not only to inform our build process, but also to interweave these conversations in our future strategic planning. In addition to this, we have our Year 13 Leavers’ Dinner on Tuesday, and a Teacher Only Day on Friday.

The Teacher Only Day on Friday 26th November is the final of a series of Ministry of Education mandated accord days to assist senior staff in preparing for the upcoming changes to NCEA. The Primary and Middle School Staff are working with our Core Education Kāhui Ako Representative, Gemma Stewart on the continued improvement of our Local Curriculum provisions. Thank you in advance for keeping students in your care for the day whilst we undertake this essential training.

He waka eke noa,

Kate Staniford
Tumuaki | Principal

Ms Douglas’ Farewell

On Friday, November 12th the school invited Ms Douglas to a special event at school to celebrate her career.


He Māra Kai

Room 9 ākonga have enjoyed using their green fingers this week working in He Māra Kai (The Food Garden) at school and in the Community Garden.


M1 Creating Taura

Ākonga from M1 have been creating taura (rope) using harakeke this week with Karati and Mrs McGifford.


Teacher Only Day | November 26th

Next Friday, 26th November there will be no classes due to a Teacher Only Day.


MoE Vaccine Requirements for Visitors

You’ll know from the multitude of media reports regarding the vaccination mandate for education staff that we have now passed the deadline for the first dose.


Senior Leavers' Letter

All our senior leavers were given a letter to take home last week. The letter includes the following information...


Library Book Return

A reminder that senior students going on study leave should be returning their library books this week.


2021 NCEA Exam Information

The 2021 NCEA Exams start on Monday and continue through until December 14th. Here you can find all the information you require including exam timetable, what to bring to the exams and general exam etiquette.


Defence Force Information Webinar

For anyone interested in a career with the New Zealand Defence Force, there is a free information webinar on Tuesday, 23rd November at 6.30 pm.


Cyclone | BYOD

A reminder that Technology company Cyclone have an online ordering portal to make it easier for parents and caregivers to purchase BYOD devices for rangatahi heading into 2022.


How To Talk About: Making Mistakes

No one enjoys stuffing up, but mistakes are how we learn. So how we face our own failings can really help our kids.


Calendar | Wātaka

Click here to view the updated Google Term Calendar.


Good Luck To Our Seniors

Wishing our NCEA students well for their External Examinations, starting next week!


Locals Fortnight

H&s Exams

Employment Roadshow Dec 21

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