AORERE A O R E R E C OLLEGE NEW SLETTER
ISSUE EIGHTY FIVE - 13 FEBRUARY 2018
KIA ORA, TALOFA LAVA, MALO E LELEI, FAKALOFA LAHI ATU, KIA ORANA, ASSALAMU ALAIKUM, NAMASTE, NI HAU & GREETINGS
PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE to an already culturally rich learning environment. Initial NCEA results reflect another consistently strong performance from our students across all 3 NCEA levels. These results reaffirm the college’s strategic direction and unyielding focus on improving academic progress and achievement. I trust you have had an enjoyable, refreshing and relaxing summer break. A very warm welcome to all the new students and whanau who have joined Aorere College this year. To all students returning to Aorere College, I know that you will quickly make all our new students feel part of our unique college. There has been a smooth, organised and focused start to the 2018 school year, with a focus on modelling the AO Way. Unlike a number of Auckland schools, I am proud to confirm that Aorere College is fully staffed, with qualified, committed and passionate teachers. We also have the largest roll our school has ever had, currently standing at 1,600 students. The large number of enrolments this year sets Aorere up for future success with a very solid base in Years 9 & 10, while a high number of returning students in Years 11 - 13 has resulted in a large senior school. An impressive Powhiri in Week 1 of this Term welcomed 17 new teachers and a group of Japanese cultural exchange students in our school hall. Last week, a group of Brazilian exchange students also arrived, adding even more diversity
I look forward to meeting families of our Year 9 students at the upcoming Year 9 Academic Mentors Evening for parents and caregivers, which is set to take place on Wednesday 14 February. May I commend our Year 11 students and their families for your high turnout at last week’s Y11 NCEA information evening. I look forward to a similar response at the NCEA Level 3 Graduates and NCEA Endorsements evening on 21 February. You are invited to attend and support the whole school Athletics Day meeting on Friday 23 February. Aorere College enjoys a special relationship and partnership with the Mangere/ Papatoetoe communities, and looks forward to strengthening this further in 2018. This year is already shaping up to be another momentous year for the college, and our students. Nga Mihi Greg Pierce Principal
IMPORTANT DATES 14 FEB
6pm, Y9 Academic Mentor / Parent Evening
19-23 FEB Y9 AMG Day Trips to Kokako Lodge 21 FEB
NCEA L3 and NCEA Endorsements Evening
Board of Trustees Meeting, 4.30pm in the Board room
FRIDAY SCHOOL FINISH TIMES
Period 5 - the last class on Fridays, is from 1.20-2.15pm. For Year 9 students, this is a normal class time - they are to be in class, and will finish school at 2.15pm. For all Year 10-13 students, this is not a timetabled class. This time will be used for Catch-Ups. Each week, any student who is required to attend this catch-up, will be notified as will their caregivers. These students will finish at 2.15pm. All other Year 10-13 students who are not required to attend catchup will finish school at 1.20pm every Friday unless advised otherwise.
A TTITUDE O RGANISATION R ESPECT E XPECTATIONS R OUTINES E NJOYMENT
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A WARM WELCOME TO AORERE’S NEWEST EXCHANGE STUDENTS...
This term we are fortunate to be hosting 6 Japanese students, 4 of which are from our sister school in Japan, Jishukan High School and the other two from Haguro High School. They will be with us for 9 weeks, experiencing NZ culture, learning English and becoming a part of the Aorere Whanau. Our Brazilian students will be with us for a bit longer, for 15 weeks on
Japanese & Brazilian Exchange Students!
Kia Ora, Nau mai haere mai, welcome to Aorere College!
a similar programme. All 6 of them are from Pernambuco, Brazil and are super excited to be here. We wish our international visitors a pleasant stay.
School Timetable 2018
Saturday 14 April until Sunday 29 April
Saturday 7 July until Sunday 22 July
Saturday 29 September until Sunday 14 October
Saturday 8 December Summer holidays start
closely with our community to grow high-achieving young men and OUR VISION “Working women with the character, confidence and qualifications for future success.”