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2016 has been an amazing year, bringing you a diverse range of shows and celebrating the arts here at Baycourt.

This was the year that was… • SHINE ON THE LAWN 27 February • DAVID HELFGOTT LIVE AT BAYCOURT 28 February • NO MANS LAND with Tour Makers 8 March


• AN EVENING WITH DAME KIRI 19 March • THE LYRE OF TAURANGA with The Incubator 2 April • BLACKPOOL COMES TO THE BAY with the Tauranga Theatre Organ Society 12 June PRESENTS

• KIDS WEEK 18-22 July • MATARIKI FILM CHALLENGE with TCC 8 June-8 July



• SILENT CINEMA CITY LIGHTS BY CHARLIE CHAPLIN with Night Owl Cinema 27 August • UNDER THE SAME MOON with Arts On Tour 7 September • THE MIGHTY WURLITZER 90TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION SHOW with the Tauranga Theatre Organ Society 5 October • TRIUMPHS & OTHER ALTERNATIVES with Muscle Mouth & Tour Makers 9 October • THE WHITE GUITAR with The Conch & Tour Makers 14 & 15 October • THE IYSFF NZ REGIONAL 2016 22 October


• STATE HIGHWAY 48 with Old Rockers Inc 28 & 29 October Thank you Tauranga for your continual support. Subscribe to our newsletter and be updated with the latest information for Baycourt shows in 2017.




4 A Country ryy Kids Preschool ............................ 5 Gwen Rogers Kindergart rten t ...................... 6 St Peters Childcare ................................... 7 Gate Pa School ........................................ 8 Pahoia School .......................................... 9 Otumoetai Primary ry School ................... 10 Oropi School .......................................... 11 Rangiuru School ................................... 12 St Mary ry’s y Catholic School ..................... 13 Pongakawa School .............................. 14 Tahatai Coast School............................ 15 ACG Tauranga...................................... 16 Tauranga Intermediate.......................... 17 Katikati College.................................... 18 Otumoetai College ............................... 19 Fern Garden Preschool........................ 20 Bethlehem Community tyy Pre-School ...........

few weeks ago I attended the MADE (Movie and Dig gital Excellence) Awards at Baycourt in Tauranga. I was happy to leave my editor’s hat at the door and attend as a parent - my Year 3 son was ecstatic that his grou up’s animation project had made the finals.

As I watched Bay of Plenty schools dominate the awards, it occurred to me how lucky our kids are to have access to such high quality teachers, resources and schools.

Primary students are now learning the basics of coding, robotics and animation. Some of our second dary students are developing software. It is a far cry from the allocated 15 minute slots we were allowed on the giant solitary Macintosh computer at the back of the classroom in my school days! Like it or loathe it, digital technology is set to play a huge role in our young people’s lives and as such, it is transforming teaching and learning in Kiwi classrooms. It is no easy task ogy into students’ to integrate technolo learning in a way that doesn’t neglect essential literacy and numeracy skills and enhances achievement. Many schools are also grappling with digital equality and how to ensure every child has access to technology. Equality, in a broader sense, is high on the Ministry of Education’s agenda as it embarks on a contentious funding review and seeks to get rid of our clunky decile system. Like the rest of New Zealand, Bay of Plenty schools are anxious to see a fair and adequate funding arrangement emerge from all the political noise, one

that recognises and caters for the diversity in each of our schools. After all, diversity is what makes New Zealand schooling so special. Indeed, there is much to celebrate as we put together this special feature, looking back on some of the highlights and achievements of our Bay of Plenty school communities this year. The year 2016 has seen much growth and development to our region, as more and more families choose to settle in the beautiful Bay to raise and educate their children. With growth comes opportunities, and we look forward to exploring what this means for our schools in the coming years. Jude Barback Editor, New Zealand Education Review


Bethlehem Community Pre-School Mat Time Songs on the Deck

Our trip to the Fire Station

Exploring the Garden

Children on the bridge watching out for the water in our new Water Feature

Pre-School grounds

Very ryy Import rtant t Male Breakf kfast f st” t” at Pre-School


ow, what a year it has been for us here at Bethlehem Community Pre-School! Looking back on 2016 it’s been jam-packed with new and exciting f , as experiences for both children and staff we continue to see our Pre-School flourish and grow.

The year kicked-off with a family picnic lunch at Omokoroa Domain where the children and their caregivers had a ball exploring all that this beautiful part of the Bay has to offer. The playground was a hit, as was discovering sand crabs in the mud flats and taking part in egg and spoon races. An ever-popular treasure hunt on the beach capped off the special outing. Another highlight of Term One was the Very Important Male (V.I.M) breakfast held in March. Children had the opportunity to bring along their Dad or Grandad so they could spend time together at the centre, enjoy a delicious breakfast, and get to know other Dads and Grandads. The banana and berry pancakes went down a treat! The start of Term Two saw the children take a bus trip into the city. The older children watched the Shu’s Song show at Baycourt, while the younger children had fun exploring the library and playground on the Strand.

This term also saw Whaea Josie commence waiata sessions with the children on a regular basis. Along with learning Maori song and dance, the sessions also provide the children with opportunities to learn about different aspects of Maori culture such as language, cooking and art. To celebrate winters’ arrival in May we held a very successful ‘Soup and Bun’ lunch. Children and their whanau were treated to yummy warm soups courtesy of our culinary-skilled teachers Carol and Sarah. We ended Term Two with our very popular Pyjama Day, where children came to PreSchool dressed in their PJ’s. It definitely made the morning rush a lot easier for parents that day! Term Three was a particularly exciting time as we saw our special water feature come to life after months of planning by our Pre-School staff and committee. Talented local landscape designer Nik Janissen did an amazing job creating the bespoke feature for us. On 18 September, we held a special opening ceremony in which all children, their families and whanau from the wider community attended. This was a very momentous occasion and helped build upon strong

links and whanaungatanga our PreSchool proudly has with the Bethlehem area. Whaea Josie shared a special blessing on the feature and the children did a great job singing their own waiata. The children continue to have a wonderful time exploring the water feature and its natural surrounds, helping them to gain respect for Papatuanuku. Two very important field trips were also held in Term Three. The first was to the Tauranga Fire Station to learn about fire safety, linking in with the children learning about fire and earthquake drills at Pre-School. The children loved sitting in the fire trucks and trying on the fireman gear. The other was a visit from the Wharekura School across the road to Pre-School. Here, our children sang waiata and the Wharekura students did their own incredible performance and showed the younger children how to use a poi. This again enables us to build on vital links with our community. Term 4 sees us planning our annual Family Christmas BBQ and performance from the tamariki, a trip to Marshall’s Animal Park and lots of summer and Christmas activities. We love to see our children thriving and supporting them on their journey to be lifelong learners.

We are a committed, long-standing team who provide a welcoming, loving environment for families and children. We see relationships with children and whanau, and a firm sense of belonging, as being the foundation from which all learning can develop. We provide a safe, caring environment which acknowledges the individual needs of each child/family. We seek to provide opportunities which enrich and challenge children in a holistic way. We continue to strengthen our links between local community and iwi and to make improvements in our playground. Bi-culturalism is woven throughout our programme alongside literacy and numeracy, self-help skills and opportunities for children to explore and develop a curiosity for the world around them. We love to learn alongside our tamariki and provide experiences and opportunities for them to learn and grow.



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Country Kids Pre-School W

e have had another busy year at Country Kids Preschool with lots of explorring, in nvestigating, learning and discovery. We are very passionate about our natural environment and the learning opportunities it provides. Our tamariki love interacting and taking care of our many larger farmyard animals, as well as the smaller creatures hiding in the garden.

Country Kids Pre-School aims to provide high quality care and education in a safe and stimulating homely environment within an interactive farmyard setting, where children feel safe and secure, and are able to be themselves as they grow and develop to their full potential.

We have recently built a Bug Hotel, which houses many types of bugs and insects where we can observe and learn more about them. We love seeing the delight on the children’s faces as they watch with awe and wonder the miracle of the transformation of the caterpillar to butterfly and tadpole to frog. Our tamariki celebrated the birth of our new calf, Penny, and twin

lambs, Leo and Laura. An experience they will never forget. Our vegetable garden is an ongoing project, our tamariki enjoy getting their hands dirty and being part of planting and eating the fruit and vegetables. We have had a growing interest in our emergency services so were able to enhance the learning by visits from our local fire service and ambulance officers. The tamariki were very excited to be able to climb into the fire truck and ambulance, inspect some of the equipment and turn on the sirens. We then followed up with toasting sausages and marshmallows on our campfire. At Country Kids we recognise the importance of community and value the ongoing relationships we have with our families.

Mason Turner dri riving i th the h tract trr ctor t

Our teachers and staff believe every child is special and unique so are committed to building reciprocal relationships with every child and their family so we can provide a programme that best supports individual needs and abilities. We aim to provide stimulating equipment and a physical environment that encourages children to explore and discover, enquire, research, problem solve, gain confidence and have fun. We are committed to supporting each child on their learning journey supporting them as they grow and develop physically, mentally, socially, emotionally and spiritually.

Leah Turner feeding our goats tss Heidi and Bori ris i

Cooking sausages and marshmallows over the fire pit

Oakley Troughton & Jaden Denton mesmeri rised i with th h the th h anti tics i of the th h tw twin w lambs Leo and Laura

Spark rkle k and her calf lff Penny

We encourage Christian values, and respect for others and the world around us. Neal & Joanna Bennett ttt Owners/Managers

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Gwen Rogers Kindergarten

Poppy Kingst ston-Smith t th h and Georgia King enjoy th the h flowing water featu ture u in our playground

The Th h out utdoor t are rea e and adjacent Macv cville v Park rk k field are re e gre reat eatt for promotiting i physical educat atition i

Angus Hopkins and Benson Young explore construct ction t techniques and mathematical concepts in the block area

The Gwen Rogers Team - Susan Salamonsen, Eri rica i Wagst staff t fff (Administ str trator) r Carolyn O’Connor (Head Teacher), Kay Matt tth thews, h Antonio Ramsbott ttom t

Gwen Rogers Kindergarten is the longest serving provider of early childhood education in Mount Maunganui, having been part of the community for more than 40 years. Elise Haff ffelder f learns about the life cycle of the monarch butt tterfl t rfly fl


r en pecial features of our kindergart include an extensive and beautiful outdoor play space, which incorporates both physical challenges and opport r unities for the exploration and wonder that excites children and motivates learning. We have a strong education for sustainability programme and, in a NZ first, we achieved the Green Gold Enviroschools award collaboratively with Omanu Primary School in 2014. Te Reo and tikanga are used authentically in the daily life of the kindergarten. Opportunities are provided for children to make connections and learn stories and places of significance to local iwi. This strengthens children’s identity as citizens of Aotearoa. We promote children’s understanding of social sustainability t . An import r ant feature of our kindergart rten is the use of five dispositional characters - Friendly Freddie; Confident Cody; Organised Ollie; Thinking Thelma and Persistent Percy. These personified characters were r children›s developed by teachers to support understanding of the dispositions for learning that we want them to achieve. Some of the other initiatives around social sustainability ty include children regularly discussing and planning r en; what they want to happen at their kindergart regular visits to and from local retirement home residents and fort rtnightly yoga sessions with a visiting instructor. Our extensive resources and equipment along with a supportive and resourceful parent community help provide a rich, stimulating and inclusive environment with highly engaged and sustained individual and group play a feature of our sessions. Our teachers have strong relationships with new entrant teachers from both local primary schools and our situation adjacent to Omanu Primary allows us to maintain additional strong links supporting a

Children and whanau learn about local legends on a visit to Hungahungatoroa Marae

great transition process for our children. Word of mouth has been our biggest advertising of the quality of the early childhood education we provide for the Mount Maunganui community and we are very proud of our kindergarten and our community. Gwen Rogers Kindergarten is an integral member of the Inspired Kindergarten family. Inspired Kindergartens, formerly Tauranga Region Kindergartens Inc, has been providing leading early childhood education and care for more than half a century. Inspired Kindergartens is a proud community-based, non-profit organisation that operates 21 _ Kindergartens and our Papa Kainga Home Based Service, across the Bay of Plenty and Coromandel Peninsula.



Mel Young from frr Yoga Buds teaches yoga to morning children every ryy second week

At Gwen Rogers Kindergarten we believe that whanaungatanga - having strong collaborative relationships with children and family - is fundamental to learning. Our team of 5 dedicated, fully qualified and enthusiastic teachers share a passion and commitment for providing an environment where your child is respected; emotionally nurt rtured t and has lots of fun.

Inspired Kindergartens’ core values are to inspire a love of learning, a sense of belonging and fostering the gift of community – with the best interests of the child in mind. Each one of their kindergartens is unique, but they all share the same values. When your child comes to one of our places, rest assured they are getting the very best – from quality learning programmes to specifically designed, outdoor spaces but most importantly a fun educational environment!

We provide encouragement, support and assistance to develop children’s social and emotional intelligence - the ability to manage themselves and to work effectively with others, a positive attitude, strong communication and problem solving skills.

Please feel fr free to contact c us on: 07 575 4915 1 Macville Park Lane, Mt Maunganui

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St Peters Childcare A

t St Peters Childcare we care for and nurture your children up until they begin school, providing full-time and part-time care, accommodating for the usual routines that children require. It is our desire to help children develop a healthy sense of age-appropriate problem solving skills and to express their unique God-given creativity. We provide an environment that is positive and supportive. This helps children to approach learning and social opportunities with confidence. We have a heavy focus on modelling and teaching values such as, courtesy, sharing, forgiveness and respect for people, property and the environment. Emergent Curriculum

2016 has been exciting and full of learning and events – what a wonderful year we have enjoyed! We have celebrated with our families, important days such as Mother’s Day and Father’s Day with breakfasts (staff arriving at 6am!), and Christmas and Easter by participating in special family services at St Peters Church and much more. Being in the Tauranga CBD affords us many opportunities to explore, be involved with, and benefit from all our local community has got to offer. Our children’s learning is easily extended from their interests within our childcare setting, out into the community. For example, from creating paper planes to visiting Classic Flyers; extending our risk taking with climbing to visiting the Indoor Rock Climbing Centre and art and construction to visiting and experiencing the Art Gallery; visiting a local Marae for Matariki, and supporting Daffodil Day through fundraising, art and a performance at the local ANZ Bank.

Our teaching staff uses their professional training to provide the best education and care for your child. The Emergent curriculum is described as ‘a way of planning, based on the student’s interests and passions’. Our programs are responsive to individual children’s strengths, interests and needs to

allow them to develop to their full potential. We have found, and studies show, that children learn when their learning is meaningful, rather than just the mastering of tasks. We know that children learn through play. The emergent curriculum is planning the focus of learning on what happens within the day around the interactions between children, parents and teachers. All contribute ideas, resources and passion about a particular interest creating an exciting way of learning new things. Our teaching team follows the children’s lead and then introduces new learning opportunities to sustain their interests and deepen their explorations. Our teachers also link the different curriculum areas such as mathematics concepts, science, reading etc. into the children’s interests. Our teachers and staff value respectful relationships not only between parents, teachers and children, but also acknowledging the relationship we have and continue to foster within the centre ethos with God our Maker. We endeavor to

instill in children the knowledge that they are uniquely created as well as valued and loved by Jesus – stemming from this relationship, the ability to value and be a positive member of our community and the larger community of Tauranga is nurtured. Our emphasis, as teachers, is focused on developing social skills and learning dispositions such as thinking flexibly, thinking about thinking, persisting, striving for accuracy, gathering data through all senses and many more through the learning interests of the children. Te Whaariki, our guiding curriculum, aspires for children to ‘grow up as competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society’. Our supportive, experienced and caring team look forward to another year with anticipation and excitement as we work with our children to enhance their learning.

Developing social skills and exploration through water play

Learning through technology

Enjoying music and movement

Showing off fff their creativity tyy with butt tterfl t rfly fl wings the children have made

Visit to the Library ryy

Using co-operation and taking responsible risks in construct ction t play

Preparing for Daff ffodil f Day with th h creati tive i art rtt

Perf rfect f cting t balancing and climbing skills

St Peters rss Childcare Parent Centr tre r free frree e Playgroup who mee eets etss each Thurs rsday s morning

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Showing developing interest in colours and shapes

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Wearing our special leavers Korowai - off fff to school

Visiting a local Art rtt Exhibition

Persisting with creative, sensory ryy play


Gate Pa School 2016 has been a very busy year for staff, parents and students. There have been many very special highlights that we are both proud of and celebrate.

Assembling the new bikes with the help from frr Tau uranga Rotary ryy

Our sailors


Our Puna Reo o Pukehinahina celebrated their first birthday in May. The new centre has grown from strength to strength and offers those parents wanting an early childhood opportunity for their children, based in Te Reo. Whaea Rae, Jazz, Anita and Paea are the wonderful Kaiako weaving their magic with our tamariki. Our senior school (Year 5 & Year 6) went to Waihi Beach for their camp. This is a wonderful start to the year bonding with students, teachers and parents.

Our art rtt exhibition

In term 3 an Art Exhibition was set up for a week in our school hall to display the amazing creative talents of our students. We value highly both performing and the visual arts at Gate Pa.


Art rtt exhibition

In term 3 work started on the Gate Pa Community Cycleway and Walkway. The first track (Heeni Pore) has been built and is now used every day by the students. The school is extremely grateful to many organisations that have made this possible. The children have access to fifty new bikes every day at break times and for daily fitness. They are getting very fit and confident with their biking! The second track situated in the gully will be completed by Christmas. This will create a more advanced track available to the wider community.

Our Very ryy Hungry ryy Caterpillar book walk

It was wonderful to host Ruby Tui in term 3 one of the talented sevens stars. She was an inspiration to everyone, sharing her journey as an elite sportswoman.

Our sailors

Enviroschools is a huge part of our school culture. We take great pride in our school environment always working towards teaching children about care for the environment. This year our enviroschool groups have developed a new school orchard and started on the planting of native trees in the gully. Richard Inder Principal

We have clever support rtt staff ff, f who are very ryy creative

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Pahoia School 2

School disco

016 has been another awesome year at Pahoia School with lots of exciting events and learning opportunities for our kids.

The school disco is a great event for fundraising. This year we fundraised for Daffodil Day. The juniors had their disco at lunchtime and the older kids had theirs at night. Everyone looked amazing all dressed up and we raised just under $700 for the Cancer Foundation.

New Principal At the beginning of Term 2, Pahoia School got a brand new principal, Mr McKee. We had a powhiri to welcome our new principal to our school and he has been enjoying getting to know us all ever since.

Operation Xmas Child


Kia ora tatou katoa. My name is Mike McKee and I’m proud to have recently joined the Pahoia team as the Principal of our school. I’m proud because there are so many great things happening here. Our learners are exposed to an array of experiences through our collaborative learning pods and local rural environment, which keeps us locally grounded while developing confident, active and innovative lifelong learners. This gives our school a very unique flavour and is pulled together by a school community which is committed to Preparing Learners for Now and in the Future. Mike McKee Principal

Whoosh go all the scooters, rollerblades and bikes as they zoom past!

PrEP (Primary Enterprise Programme) is a context for learning that helps kids understand what it is like to be in a business. In Term 2 our whole school became a mini economy, with groups of children setting up mini businesses to create a product, doing everything from the design right through to the sales. Everyone in a group has a role. There were many jobs to choose from, for example, CEO, Marketing Manager, Purchasing Officer, Production Technician and Accountant. There was a wide range of products produced such as key rings, French knitting kits, bookmarks, Fimo bowls and bath bombs. At the end the term we had our market day where we sold all our products. The adults exchanged their cash for PMMs (our own school currency). We had great fun!

Ribbon time at our school ‘Ag Day’ day.

Caring, helping and being kind is what our school does best. Aftfer focusing our learning around the theme of Empathy in Term 3, the older children of the school have been putting together shoe boxes to send away all over the world to give to children that have less than us. The shoe boxes included daily essentials from toothbrushes to cuddly teddy bears. You had to put something special, something to love, something to play with, something for personal hygiene, something for school and something to wear. We thought that this would be an activity for the older children to do, because it is making our learning have a real purpose that will help children just like us but who are less fortunate. Ag Day Spring has sprung and on the 15th of October Pahoia School hosted their annual Ag Day. Ag Day is a fun agricultural event for all our children from year 0

Cultural ignition time! Our children learn about Brazilian Capoeira!

to 6. Calves, lambs and goats were scattered across the back field, with children competing for prizes for the best animals. Other categories that have a competitive aspect are art and craftft, photography, edible and flower gardens, and hanging baskets. There was also a range of art and examples of science learning from recent weeks up on display for the wider community to see. With the weather warming up, we are looking forward to two special events that have become something of a tradition at Pahoia School. One is Wheels Day and the other is Splash ’n Dash.

challenges that help us end our year with lots of excitement. By Brianna Rose & Catl t in Clements (both Year 6 learners at Pahoia School)

Part rty ty Time at the ‘Daff ffodil f Day’ Senior Disco

Wheels Day ‘Whoosh’ go all the scooters, rollerblades and bikes as they zoom past! Wheels day is a fun lunch time event. The bikes have tracks set out for them on the field and court, and the scooters and everything else imaginable on wheels go around and around the car park while music plays and the teachers stand by with band-aids.

Super Slide time tii at Pahoia Schools Annual ‘Splash and Dash’

Splash ‘n Dash Splashing down the waterslide covered in soap and grass. Racing through the obstacles on the field. Splash ‘n Dash is a fun-filled day towards the end of the year. We do fun, water-based activities and team building

This Th h is exact ctltly l what att you nee eed! e Our childre ren e mark rket k and sell their th h product cts ts att our Communitity ty PrE rEP E mark rket k evening.

Learning about and working with our environment is highly valued at Pahoia School!

Navigati ting i the th h twist tw w sts t and turns tu u of a local farm for Cross Countr try ry helps keep us locally grounded.


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Otumoetai Primary School 2

016 has been a very busy year at Otumoetai Primary School. Our school year started with a Water Aft f ernoon followed by a Community Picnic compete with sausage sizzles, bouncy castles and slippery slides. Highlights of Term One included Swimming Sports events, the Top School Competition at Gate Pa School and Beach Trips to Mount Maunganui.

Term Two’s major fundraiser was the SpellA-Thon and the PTA raised lots of money towards our fabulous new Pirate Ship playground and also subsidized Science and IT equipment across the school. Cross Country, Discos, trips to the Art Gallery and Public Library. Wig Wednesday and Dress Up Days were enjoyed by all. In Term Three many of our children participated in the Young Einstein’s Competition, Winter Sports Tournament, trip to the Looking Glass Gardens and the Junior School Oral Presentation and Speech Competition. The whole school thoroughly

We love Wig Wednesday at Otumoetai Primary ryy School.

enjoyed our Olympics Day hosted in August and the Kea Team Art Exhibition and the Senior School X Factor hosted in September.

Encouraging) and the children have enjoyed earning their CARE certificates, gel bands and badges throughout the year.

Term Four promises to be a fun-filled term with Athletics Days, Senior School Camp to Totara Springs, Kapa Haka performance at Rà Whakangàhau, Senior School Social Dance, a Junior School Christmas Activity morning and school Prize Givings.

The PTA and BOT work tirelessly to ensure our school is well-resourced with outstanding playground facilities and extra-curricular opportunities for children. This year they have fundraised for new playgrounds, Science & IT equipment, subsidized school trips and school camp. The annual Bingo Night, Quiz Night, Pizza Days, Discos, Muftfi Days, Yummy Apple Stickers, Entertainment Books, Raffl ffles, Spell-A-Thon and Calendar Art fundraisers have all ensured that the PTA have been able to contribute generously to learning and extra-curricular needs across the school.

We have over 68 sports teams at Otumoetai Primary School and we are proud of the efforts of our children and the support and encouragement of our Sports Coordinator and parent community, many of whom volunteer their time as sports coaches and managers. Our Kiwi Tag, Ripper Rugby, Cricket, Orienteering, Hockey, Rugby, Gymnastics, Volleyball, Netball, Aerobics and Jump Jam teams deserve special mention. As a PB4L (Positive Behaviour for Learning) School we have enjoyed watching our children demonstrating the CARE Values (Confident, Adventurous, Respectful and

Mr Hughes and the Senior School Rugby Team prior to playing Pillans Point School.

Squid dissect ction t during a fabulous Science lesson.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our wonderful children, parents, staff, PTA, BOT whànau and wider community for their continued support of our school. We wish you all the best for a safe and happy holiday filled with plenty of family time and we look forward to seeing you back in 2017.

Maddison and Cassie proudly showing their CARE certificates and gel bands.

Kia ora koutou Our school welcomes and encourages community involvement and participation in all aspects of our school life. Our 594 students and 50 staff are all Actively Involved Learners – U ana te ako enjoying a voyage of discovery together. And we discover all sorts of things about ourselves and each other on our learning journeys. On our journey we aspire to show much goodwill and care to each other through our CARE values hence our school’s whakatauki; “He taonga rongonui te aroha ki te tangata – Goodwill to others is a precious treasure.” Our school values are the result of in-depth community consultation and reflect our community’s aspirations for our children. The CARE acronym encourages our learners to be Confident, Adventurous, Respectful, and Encouraging. Our classroom programmes reflect the need for our children receive the best opportunities possible to become self-motivated and successful learners, to be recognised for achievement and diligence and to develop an on-going love of learning.

Mr McLean and the Top School Team ready to compete at the Top School Competition.

The whole school wearing the Olympic colours and gathering to create the Olympic Rings at our Olympic Event.

Geoff fff Opie Principal


Oropi School 2016 Musical Festival. Another amazing perf rformance f frr from The Singers of Oropi School. Photo credit: Moana Bianchin photography.

The Flock by Year 6 students in Ruru class. Follow them on theflock

Room 1 & 2 removed to make way for a new library ryy and multipurpose room

2016 has been a very memorable and notable year in the life of Oropi School due to our significant growth. Over the past two years we have been planning for the build of a new Multipurpose Room, Library and modifications of existing buildings to create two extra classrooms in the school. This work was completed in September. It has been an opportunity to future proof our resource needs in the school and operate in the best way we can to meet the needs of the learners in our dynamic community. Work continues for further classroom additions to the school in 2017. I am very proud to be leading the Oropi School community with highly committed staff and all our wonderful students who enjoy coming to our school, working hard and creating memorable experiences together as one. We continue to evolve with the programmes on offer here; most notably our outdoor learning contexts on site, Discovery and Play Based Learning programmes and Language Learning for all students (Maori and Mandarin). We really are preparing our tamariki for their future and allowing them to “be all [they] can be”. Andrew King Principal



House of Science. Left ftt to right: Alana Burling, Vaan Wallace, Hugo Broad (Year (Y Y 4 students from frr Pukeko class).

Year 5 & 6 students at the Top Schools competition.


s 2016 draws to a close, our school learning community can reflect upon another exceptional year at Oropi School. Our students have engaged in a wide range of rich and motivational learning experiences, and acquitted themselves successfully across a variety of curriculum areas both within school and in the wider community. Our Asia Awareness Programme continues to flourish, with all students currently learning Mandarin and immersing themselves in aspects of Chinese culture. Our school has also hosted several student groups from Korea and China during the course of the year, providing opportunity for students to gain insight into, explore and experience aspects of another culture. Our Kapa Haka Group has practiced regularly throughout the year, and provided an added dimension when welcoming visitors on site, and supporting the rest of the school when learning and performing waiata. This year they also performed for the first time in Ra Whakangahau, which was a significant event for our school,

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and one which we hope will now feature annually in our programme. Our physical environment has undergone dramatic changes as it expands to meet the needs of a growing roll. Our current building programme has come to an end, providing us with a number of exciting new spaces for teaching and learning. Our new Library and Multi-purpose space is set to become the hub of the school, providing us with the facility to offer a broad range of learning experiences – particularly in the area of the performing arts. Building is set to begin again over the holiday period, providing us with another collaborative teaching space for the beginning of the New Year. Instrumental tuition and vocal coaching has continued throughout the year, providing opportunity for students to learn a range of instruments individually and in small groups, and develop their vocal ability. Our school choir’s performance at Baycourt in Term 3 again marked a highlight of our Performing Arts Programme this year.




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Our Play-Based Learning philosophy, which guides our approach towards teaching and learning in the Junior School, is currently being built upon to further engage learners in the middle/senior area of the school, provide them with hands on experiences, and opportunities to explore and create, and shape learning programmes to meet their own needs and interests. Our annual Calf Club Day is one component of our programme that continues to define us a rural school, and this year’s event was no exception. We had a record number of animals entered, and the efforts of our PTA and other community members resulted in a great event, further enhanced by the fine weather, and a range of stalls and activities organised by our Year 7/8 Students. Thank you to the many people who have provided support for Oropi School during the year, and helped to make our learning community a challenging, vibrant and rewarding environment in which to work, learn, and play. Have a safe and happy summer break, and expect great things in 2017 as the new school year gets under way.

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n recent years, Rangiuru School has had small class numbers which have hugely benefited students in educational success. In addition, teachers have also established and maintained excellent relationships with their students. This has had a major impact on tailoring the curriculum to benefit students’ needs as well. TERM 1 The year began with our annual Big Day. Students part r icipated in team building exercises and leadership training but for most, water activities took priority t . We also held start r of year testing and goal settting for 2016 embracing the changes to our new curriculum and targeted areas. Our theme for the term was Toku Au – Me, Myself and I - students were engaged in many learning scenarios based on who they were and where they came from. We also report r ed to parents through conferences that involved both students and teachers. Thanks to rt BOP, Rangiuru School also held a series Sport of tournaments for summer codes at school, as well as competing in local events such as Te Puke Top Schools and Cluster swimming sport r s.

TERM 2 In Term 2 we studied Toku Whenua – My Land - where students researched local people, whanau, communities and industries. Interim reports were also issued at this time. The first of our school fundraisers was held with the Rangiuru School Ultimate Challenge – an event with activities requiring mental, physical and artistic skill. Winter activities and games were also a feature with the majority of Rangiuru School students participating in Saturday sports. Rangiuru School performed very well at the annual Rangiuru School/ Te Ranga School cross country. A large number of students went on to compete at the Te Puke Clusters Country Schools. TERM 3 In Term 3 our school theme was Toku Ao – My World – with particular focus on the Olympics. This led well into our challenge for the Super 4 trophy, a sports competition involving 5 country schools in Te Puke. Thankfully we were able to do just enough to win the tournament. Parent interviews again

took place this term with discussion on each student’s performance and next learning steps. Another feature was the running of our school Lamb Project for a second year – an activity which allows students to rear lambs at school for Lamb and Calf Day in Term 4. It was also the first time Rangiuru School seniors competed at the Year 7 and 8 NZ AIMS Games in Tauranga. TERM 4 Term 4 brought the return of schoolwide testing to assist teachers with end of year reports. Lamb and Calf Day was held with many community members in attendance. Several students also went on to compete at Te Puke Group Day. Also this term the annual Rangiuru School Country Fair was held invoking community spirit and fundraising for the school. The BOT will meet to discuss the year and will reflect on the many successes of the school throughout 2016 while also keeping an eye on 2017. Extra curricular activities still to come include camps, field trips, athletics and summer sports.

Hidden in the hills, 10km from Te Puke lies one of the Bay’s best kept secrets: Rangiuru School – small school, exceptional outcomes. Enthusiastic students, hardworking staff members, dedicated BOT and supportive families help create the perfect environment for all to learn, develop and grow.

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A country school, Rangiuru School endeavours to instil within its learners strong morals, traditions and work ethics so that they continually achieve at the highest levels in all sectors.

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St Marys Catholic School T

his year at St Mary’s has been one of growth, opportunity and excitement for our students and our school community. Schools should be vibrant places with the energy of learning and exploration apparent in all that we do. This has definitely been apparent at St Mary’s this year. In looking back at the year that was there are a number of key events and initiatives that have certainly enriched the experience of our students.

He Mihi Nui Kia Koutou Haere Mai Haere Mai Nau Mai Haere Mai Greetings and Welcome to St Mary’s Catholic School. At St Mary’s children develop a passion for learning through quality teaching and a balanced yet diverse range of learning experiences. We encourage and foster a love of learning and strive for excellence within a quality learning environment. We have an extremely talented and professional team of staff members, supported by a dedicated Board of Trustees and a committed parent community. Our harbour setting is second to none; a fantastic place for children to come and learn, and a rewarding place for teachers to come and teach. It is our collective aim to provide the very best learning opportunities for all of our students. Parents and caregivers are of vital importance to the success of our school. You are the first educators of your children and your positive support of your child’s school education provides encouragement to your child, their teacher and helps build the spirit of the school. Education is a lifetime journey that you will begin at St Mary’s Catholic School. We are dedicated to preparing your children for their journey of learning. We welcome your interest and warmly invite you to visit or call for further information. Nga Mihi Nui Mr Ben Fuller Principal

St Mary’s Catholic School occupies a unique place on the shores of our beautiful harbour which makes it an idyllic settting for all to occupy during the school day. The environment also helps feed the many, spiritual, educational, sport r ing, and cultural opport r unities we are able to provide for our children. Over the last few years we have focused on the development of our own cultural responsiveness, both recognising our place and its significant place within Tauranga Moana and exploring Te Ao Maori as it relates to us. We have also seen significant growt w h in the way we recognise how the many cultures within our school enrichen us as a community ty. An example of this is the growt w h of our Pasifika group, once again perf r orming with pride at our local Primary Pasifika Festival. Approximately three years ago, whanau of St Mary’s Catholic School recognised the potential hosting of the Tauranga Moana Ra Whakangahau Kapa Haka Festival as a way to broaden our approach to Taha Maori. This year that intent is being realised as we look forward to welcoming 44 schools, approximately 2000 performers and over 5000 spectators to our school for two days of kapa haka celebration. Aftfer many years of contemplation we once again embarked on a full school production. Trek to the Top was a stage performance that involved approximately 400 of our students, depicting a most significant piece of New Zealand History. In following Sir Edmund Hillary’s successful attempt at climbing the world’s highest mountain we captured and portrayed the spirit of adventure, risk and accomplishment. Learning in New Zealand is currently in a state of continual change. It was extremely reaffi f rming of the Educational Review Offi f ce

to recognise that educationally at St Mary’s we are striving to ensure high levels of equity ty and excellence is evident in our examples of student achievement. As we progress into 2017 we will continue to focus on the continual improvement and efffective resourcing of quality ty educational outcomes for all.

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At St Mary ry’s y we recognise that learning is not necessarily best conduct cted t in the classroom. While our senior students look forw rward w to their annual camp.

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Our Pasifika group proudly perf rforming f at this years Bay of Plenty tyy Pasifika festival

As a school we are extremely proud of our achievement in hosting this year’s Tauranga Moana Ra Whakangahau Festival

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ife at Pongakawa is always really exciting and busy, and this year has been no diff f erent. All areas of the school have been involved in a range of activities and have all seen some great success. In August, the Junior Team caught the bus to the Tauranga Art Gallery and Tauranga Library. While one class was at the Art Gallery, the other class was at the Library, and then we swapped around. At the Art Gallery we looked at sculptures and then got to create our own using wooden sticks, pictures from magazines and other materials. They looked amazing! At the Library we acted out the play “Where the Wild Things are” and we read some cool pop out books and dressed up. It was such a great day. This year has certainly flown for the ‘jiddles’ (Years 3 & 4). Swimming sports was successful with the majority of our students swimming one length of our 25 metre school pool. This is pretty amazing considering we are all of 6 to 8 years of age. ICT involved a number of our students who were extremely successful in the MADE awards gaining

second place out of 500 schools. Creating magic is exactly what it the Year 3 and 4 students did to end a jam packed term 3. To celebrate international author’s day along with a belated 100th Happy Birthday to Roald Dahl, all students, teacher aides and teachers throughout the team dressed as their favourite Roald Dahl character. There was even a guest appearance from the BFG (AKA Julie Fraser). Eight learning rotations were set up and all students participated with enthusiasmIn term 3. It was a fantastic year of learning with so many extra curricula activities to opt into. We have had many opportunities in sports for our Year 5 and 6 children to represent Te Puke at WBOP level in swimming, cross country and athletics. Each of these events earn students credits towards the Pongakawa Fern, a pin that is not easy to get. We have also had the Film Club that students can opt in to. This year we achieved fantastic results aftfer being nominated for ‘Best School and Best Script’ in the regional finals of ‘48 Hours’ followed by 2nd in the documentary category for Year 4 to Year 6 at the ‘Made Awards Finals’.


The Arts is another area that we enjoy and this year we have been making Pou to display in our school grounds. We also performed our dance for Grandparents’ Day and it was something that we are really proud of. Life in the senior school this year has been very busy, and also very successful. Our sporting highlight was at the AIMS Games with 2 gold medals and 2 sliver medals awarded in gymnastics and table tennis. This made us the most successful school in the Te Puke area. We also walked away winning the Year 7 and 8 WBOP Volleyball Competition in the girls section. Other highlights were the distinctions earned in the ICAS writing exams, our involvement in the Fresh Moves Dance festival, our annual Dance in Action Festival, kapa haka and the upcoming Kids for Kids singing festival. Our students pride themselves on opting into as many different experiences as they can so we feel very passionate about providing them with as many opportunities as possible.

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Pongakawa has had another highly memorable year with much to be proud of. Our students have achieved success in a number of areas both in an academic sense as well as in the sporting and cultural arenas. From medals at the NZCT Aims Games to success in a variety of media competitions and everything in between our students have been to the fore. These opportunities can only be realised through the hard work and dedication of a wonderful staff and by the ongoing support of a extremely dedicated Board of trustees and PTA alongside parents and a community who really care about their school. TECT Pongakawa THE Action Centre is well used by a variety of groups and on a daily basis by our students. We are very lucky to have such a wonderful facility on our campus and situated alongside our heated competition pool it offers opportunities most other schools could only dream of.

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Tahatai Coast School Tahatai’s ‘mini market’ t a big success The youngest children at Tahatai Coast School in Papamoa recently got that warm and fuzzy feeling after their successful ‘mini market’ initiative raised just under a thousand dollars for charities, including two local environmental organisations. Tahatai’s Year 0, 1 and 2 students worked hard to make a range of different goodies to sell at the mini market held at the school. The market was enjoyed by parents, students, teachers and members of the wider school community. Sunshine, music and a coffee cart helped ensure the event’s success. Students clambered to spend their pocket money on mini chalk boards, friendship bracelets and book marks, which were among the student-made items for sale. The most popular stand was the cake stall, featuring biscuits the students had baked and iced themselves, as well as tasty treats baked by parents especially for the cause.

I became the new principal for Tahatai Coast School in July this year. As a newcomer to Papamoa and the school, I’ve been really taken with Tahatai’s sense of community spirit. The Junior School’s Mini Market was a great example of how supportive parents and wha-nau are of their children’s learning and school initiatives that embrace the wider community. The Board of Trustees recently conducted a community survey; its findings have helped to confirm the values and priorities of our families when it comes to their children’s education, and to provide us with a clear direction for 2017. I am looking forward to another action-packed year of learning, fun and collaboration at Tahatai.

The charities that benefited from the school’s efforts were carefully selected by the children and teachers to reflect Tahatai’s current school-wide focus on sustainability. This term, Tahatai students have been learning about how to care for and support their local environment, and how they can make a difference in their own community. The money raised by the new entrants’ classes in Korora Wha-nau went to The Western Bay Wildlife Trust to assist their work in caring for Korora penguins. The Year 1 students in Piwakawaka Wha-nau raised money for Coast Care Bay of Plenty to help restore sand dunes, supporting the children’s learning about the importance of sand dunes. Meanwhile the money raised by the Year 2 students in Tui Wha-nau was donated to Starship Hospital. Following the mini market, the teachers spotted an opportunity to teach the children some basic financial literacy. A number of students were selected to take the money they had raised to Westpac Bank to be

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Year 1 students Mahana and Dylan ice biscuits for the Mini Market

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counted and banked. The children were fascinated to see how the money gets weighed. The money was then sent to the respective charities. Tahatai’s junior students were delighted with their efforts and pleased to know they were making a difference to their local environment. “It’s crazy that the bikkies we made can help look aftfer the sand dunes,” says Year 1 student, Emily Barback, aged six. “The sand dunes are really, really important, you know.” The charities were hugely grateful for the school’s donations and support for their causes. “I think it’s amazing that today’s youth are learning about wildlife and their environment and how to care for it,” says Western Bay Wildlife Trust chairperson, Julia Graham. “It’s really important that they have a healthy respect for their environment. Aftfer all, they’re the next generation. They’re the ones who are going to eventually run the trust.”

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ACG Tauranga Caring for the environment When a group of our Year 3 and 4 students heard that the Tauranga City Council was seeking feedback on its environmental plan this year, they decided to get involved. Eight students aged 7-9 presented a tenminute submission to councillors on the Council’s Draftf Waste Management and Minimisation plan. Their ideas included incentives to encourage better waste management, like lollies for children who deliver recycling on their parents’ behalf, and loyalty cards or discounts for the adults. This great example of education outside the classroom reflects our school’s environmentally friendly, zero-waste approach – from the design of the buildings at the Pyes Pa campus to the way the curriculum is delivered. Part r icipation At ACG Tauranga, we are acutely aware of our obligation to prepare young people to make their way in the world as confident, responsible and compassionate citizens. That’s why we want to see our students balance a whole-hearted commitment to learning with extracurricular activities and events. This year six of our Year 7 and 8 students participated in the annual AIMS Games sporting competition against more than 200 other schools. Year 10 students Flynn Macredie and Odette Miller-Hard were among the youngest to attend the Instep Priority 1 Young Leaders’ Forum event at the Tauranga City Council, sharing their voices on the future development of the Western Bay of Plenty. Our students took part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Awards, organised SPCA and Oxfam charity events, and applied their science and technology skills to progress to the semifinals of the Epro8 Challenge. We are proud to see our students give it their all in the activities they undertake. New gym - a facility t for the community t Construction of our state-of-the-art gymnasium and sports centre started this

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ACG Tauranga’s Brin Watson (11) in the canoe slalom at the AIMS games

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year. Opening in 2017, it will provide a new facility for the local community and we hope it will be a great asset to the city as Tauranga grows in population.

• Making the time to know each child and build relationships with them

The three-level gym has been designed to be multi-purpose to suit a wide range of codes, including badminton, basketball, netball and volleyball, futsal and indoor soccer.

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The school will be reaching out and welcoming sports, cultural and community groups to talk about how we can build longlasting partnerships – not just about using or hiring a facility, but about making real connections so that our students are a part of the wider community, and the community part of our school.

Thank you to all our teachers for their hard work and dedication this year – we couldn’t achieve greatness without them.

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As we head towards the end of the 2016 school year, it seems a suitable time to reflect on some of the milestones we’ve achieved. Our second year has seen our school community develop in a way that I believe is unique in Tauranga. Our strong school values of respect for each other, integrity and aspiring towards academic excellence are creating a culture of great care for our students. I am particularly proud to see our primary and secondary students working together and looking out for each other. It stands us in good stead as we prepare for another milestone in 2017, when ACG Tauranga will offer Cambridge IGCSE qualifications at Year 11 for the first time – the only Bay of Plenty school to offer this curriculum. Shawn Hutchinson Principal We have top-quality teachers offering all the sciences, Physical Education, Computer Science, Art and Design and a foreign language option along with English Literature and Language and Mathematics. These subjects will provide a broad pathway for our students to progress onto university aftfer Year 13, whatever their aspirations.


Tauranga Intermediate 2016 Ultimate Relay

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Exploring Personal Potential The focus for everyone at Tauranga Intermediate is to ‘Explore Their Personal Potential’. This is achieved in a myriad of ways through a multitude of opportunities. Everything we do comes under the umbrella of our STARS - Safety, Team, Achieve, Respect and most importantly, Sense of Humour! Restorative Practice has been the “way we do things” as the basis of our Positive Culture for Learning. This year, we have been immersed in the Restorative Practice (RP) professional development with the Ministry of Education. This focus on relationships, knowing our students, respect and owning behaviours has made a significant impact on student success.

Welcome to TIS. Coming to Tauranga Intermediate School will help you to explore your personal potential. We know that after two years with us you will have grown in many ways. We know that we will all benefit from our association during your time at TIS. We live by our ‘STARS’ and we will encourage you to engage as a team member, to achieve, to respect all others and most of all, to have fun. We have a fantastic team of teachers, committed to the vocation of supporting and extending you as an emerging adolescent. A highlight of your time with us will be your time at Ngamuwahine LEOTC camp. We are a very friendly school, committed to giving personal service so please visit us at your convenience to see for yourself. Mr Brian Diver Principal

Sport r Sport is an absolute focus for all students at Tauranga Intermediate. This year 278 students competed in the 13th NZAIMS Games in twenty codes/sports. Our girl’s cricket team is playing in the national finals in Christchurch in November. Annual Poverty Bay, Bay of Plenty sporting fixtures are fiercely contested betw tween our schools and these provide highlights for our students. We welcomed back to Tauranga Intermediate, our sporting heroes and past students, Gemma Flynn and Peter Burling and our congratulations are extended to these outstanding role models for our students. International Students Tauranga City celebrated thirty years of a Sister City relationship with Yantai in China. We were honoured to be invited to join the Mayoral party with Mayor Stuart Crosby that travelled to Yantai for these celebrations. Seven students, accompanied by the Deputy Principal, were hosted by the Yantai Number

Four Middle School and they experienced a wonderful insight into the culture of China. International students are an integral part of the Tauranga Intermediate team. Currently we have a group of students from Serei Christopher, Japan. Students from Kyoto Sangyo Junior High School, also from Japan, will arrive in early December. Throughout the year we welcome and host overseas groups from Thailand, China and Taiwan. The short stay groups are hosted and attend school with their buddy for one to three weeks. Culture Our Kapa Haka this year has grown to two groups Hauhake, our performing group, and Whakato, our development group. Eighty students are involved in these two groups with an additional five students in reserve. Places in these teams are highly sought aftfer. The aim is for both groups to compete at the 2017 Nationals in Gisborne. Last year our Kapa Haka team was placed fourth in the Primary School National Competition. This was the first time any Tauranga team had placed so high in the Nationals. Academics This year our Future Problem Solving team forged ahead in the National Competition, completing their solution to the problem of maintaining work life balance in the future within the tw t o hour timeframe. This talented team won the competition and will now compete in America at the Wisconsin University t in June 2017. They will be competing against students from around the world. Students this year have achieved finalist placings in the National Elsie Locke Writing Competition and also in the Jenny Giles, Tauranga Literacy Council Poetry Competition. In the Regional Science Fair, our students achieved first place and second place in the

Students from frr Serei Christopher in Japan teaching g TIS students games

Intermediate category. In addition a student was achieved first place in the ASB Innovative Bright Sparks Environmental Junior Award. The Art rs Tauranga Intermediate band “Revs” won the BOP Bandquest. Two of the guitarists from the band won best guitarist in the national finals. Our special choir performed with the Opus Orchestra in their special public concert earlier this year. The Opus orchestra performed the original composition from our music teacher, Carol Storey. The Special Choir - The Bluelight Choir, will be touring Tauranga Rest Homes in December, an event organised annually by the Tauranga Police. Students from Tauranga Intermediate were placed first and second in the Nga-rimu VC and 28th (Ma-ori) Battalion Memorial Poster competition.



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atikati College has enjoyed a very successful year. Our students have achieved a huge amount in 2016 across a wide spectrum of activities. It is hard to summarise all the amazing achievements however there are a few that stand out: ChemQuest Winners: Steven Zhang, Fergus Chinnery ry, y Lucy Douglas

• Our Senior Shakespearean Drama Group won the regional competition and went forward to the National Sheilah Winn Festival this year, where we won the Outstanding Choreography Award. This was an amazing achievement and the first time, in six years, that we have had a group attain at this level; • Our Year 12 Chemists won the recent Regional ChemQuest Competition; • Hon Hekia Parata’s acknowledgement, for the second year running, of improvement in our NCEA achievement;

Katikati College Staff fff members select cted t to represent New Zealand at the FIH Hockey Masters World Cup :Mrs Tran Van, Mrs Dunlop-Fraser, Mrs Kindley

• Our Jazz and Concert Bands have performed extremely well at Rotorua Rhapsody and Waikato Music Festivals; • Our Hockey and Netball Teams are rising through the grades and becoming serious contenders in the top secondary school grades in the Central North Island; • We acknowledged eight new National Title Holders or National Representatives to our New Zealand Honours Board this year;

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Joint Dux and Proxime Accessit :Lara Pooley (Joint Dux), Joseph Scarrow (Joint Dux), Lucy Scown (Proxime Accessit)

• Two students were nominated for the Bay of Plenty Secondary Schools Sports Woman and Sports Man of the Year - another first for Katikati College - and one of our teachers, Sandy Kindley, won the Bay of Plenty Secondary Schools Service to School Sport Award; • Our Senior School held the first House Haka and Waiata Competition; • Our students are setting their own targets and aspirations for NCEA success; • Students in our Junior School are becoming more involved within the school; • Stage Challenge earned a third overall placing in this year’s competition.

Shakespearean Drama Group: Tyler Clarke, Micaela Fleming and Ethan Morse

This is just a selection of the many things that have been achieved at Katikati College this year. We are extremely proud of everything that our students and staff have done. This year was also special for the school for another reason. We celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Katikati College. In 1966 the District High School became a College. At Labour Weekend we celebrated 140 years of education in Katikati acknowledging the 50 years since that change from a District High School. Over 650 people attended the Reunion. Over three days of glorious weather, old friends gathered and celebrated with a great deal of shared laughter and fond reminiscing of the times spent at Katikati College. The school has been extremely busy with its own events as well this year. Our Divas and Divos Competition, Talent Quest, Year 7 & 8 Production and Lip Sync have been fun events for our students to get involved in. Next year will see the construction of a new Technology Facility for our students. We are currently replacing a building that was built in the 1950’s so there is much excitement about what a new facility will be able to provide the school. While there has been much to celebrate and acknowledge in 2016 we are looking forward to 2017 with eager anticipation and the aim to build on another successful year. Neil Harray Principal


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A successful secondary education is a vital foundation for life. In an uncertain world, the acquisition of good social and personal skills, and the knowledge that commitment and hard work are essential ingredients for life and an example of co-operation for all to achieve, is what Otumoetai College has strived to ensure for all students in 2016. The College has aimed to ensure all students are prepared to move on to further education or into the workforce.

tumoetai College has enjoyed another very successful year.

Term One began with nearly 2000 students (80 internationals from a wide variety of countries) taught by 128 teaching staff. It also began with an 89% NCEA Level 2 pass rate and overall approximately 58% gained endorsement. Summer sports along with Year 9 camps, PE camps, and 30 Year 10 students to Great Barrier Island for an outward bound experience were highlights. The cultural life of the school was excited by practices of “Hairspray” – the College’s production staged at Baycourt in the last week of Term One. Term Two saw much focus on winter sports with 46% of the student body participating in a team. There were the first round of NCEA practice exams, Stage Challenge and other cultural competitions. Our Kapa Haka students were highly successful in the Mana Ariki International Cultural Festival and they

brought home the trophy for the first time in 15 years. Term Three and Education Review Offi f ce (ERO) arrived for their 3-year review and audit of the College systems and performance. The visit was very positive and ERO reported that the principal provides strong leadership underpinned by caring relationships with students, staff and parents. He continues to be supported by capable pastoral, curriculum and administrative leaders. The school’s curriculum effectively promotes and supports student learning. Curriculum design, guidelines, expectations and pathways are increasingly responsive to the aspirations of students, parents and whanau. Teachers are knowledgeable, experienced and committed to the learning and progress of students. They have high expectations for learning and behaviour, and carefully explain the purpose of the learning. In each curriculum area, students engage in meaningful, real-life

Also in Term Three, NZQA completed a national monitoring audit – again the College was congratulated for highly effi f cient, accurate and competent systems pertaining to the management of national qualifications. The end of Term Three saw even more students travel overseas this year to China and Japan. Next year student exchanges will again travel to Japan and China, but there will be more trips to USA (Performing Arts), Mexico (house building), Rarotonga (Kapa Haka), Europe (Physics), and Montreal (Canada) for an international student conference. Term Four is always a busy term, as there are eight celebration Awards ceremonies, NCEA exams and this year the retirement of seven long-serving staff, including Stewart Henderson who has given 47 years of service.

Dave Randell Principal Boys Senior A Volleyball Team finished 3rd at the New Zealand National Volleyball Championships

learning contexts, including the increasing use of Ma- ori themes and perspectives. A range of digital technologies effectively enhances learning opportunities for students at all levels. Positive classroom environments reflect school values, cultural contexts and student learning. Students with diverse learning needs are very well catered for by dedicated and specialist teachers. Overall, students benefit from a well-organised, inclusive and caring school culture.

Cast of Musical ‘Hairspray’ perf rformed f to sell out audiences at Baycourt rtt Theatre




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Nga Piki Ko tuku a Ranginui. Overall winners of the Mana Ariki International Cultural Festival 2016

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