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TERM 4 WEEK 8 4 December 2019

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Held in the Stadium at 10.00am Everyone welcome Students will be dismissed after Prizegiving at approximately 12.15pm. Buses have been organised for a 12.30pm departure.

L-R: Mr Boardman, Alyssa Chia, Lina Imai, Misha Lingampalli, Yee Xuan Ng, Miss Augustin Our Junior Girls' Badminton Team won silver medals after three intense days of competition at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Junior Badminton Championships last week! In fact, the final tally was so close, a countback was needed to decide between the top two teams, and Westlake Girls just edged out our girls this time. Congratulations, Misha Lingampalli, Yee Xuan Ng, Lina Imai, Alyssa Chia, on your achievement! Our Junior Boys team of Brendan Choong, Wyatt Siow, Ganesh Digamarthi, Arnav Bhagat also held their own in the nation-wide tournament, coming eighth in New Zealand.


Our Year 13 graduates marked the end of their time at Avondale College with a very special evening last night, held at the Ellerslie Racecourse. Students and staff enjoyed a superb dinner before the dancing the night away. It was the most perfect evening to celebrate the achievement and hard work of our students throughout all their years at Avondale College. Year 13 Dean, Mrs Yallop, said that this had been a very special group of students. "Our Year 13s have been such an amazing year group and it has been with great pleasure that I have watched them grow over the past two years. They are an extremely talented group and I am very excited about what their future holds. I am so proud of them all and wish them the very best." Avondale College would like to wish all of our graduating students well as they launch into the next phase of their lives beyond secondary education. We will follow their progress with great interest in the years to come!

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YEAR 9 Dean Associate Dean


Mr Phil Hill

Deputy Principal

Miss Ashleigh Earwaker 820 1709 Mr Nicholas Smit ext 542 Ms Sarah Drew 820 1700

YEAR 10 Dean Associate Dean Deputy Principal

Mrs Grace Williams Mrs Brooke Nicholson Mr Matt Bennett

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Mr David Dewsnap Dr Kirsty Pinder Mrs Lynne van Etten

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YEAR 11 Dean Associate Dean Deputy Principal

ext 539 820 1720

YEAR 12 Dean Associate Dean Deputy Principal

Ms Rhonda Donaldson 820 1706 Miss Hannah Stewart ext 560 Mrs Lyndy Watkinson 820 1707

YEAR 13 Dean Associate Dean Deputy Principal

Mrs Joy Yallop Mrs Carolin Dale Dr Terry Brown

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Week 8 Term 4 2019 Wednesday 4 December

Thursday 5 December

BOT Meeting Junior Prizewinners Rehearsal in Stadium (Periods 1 & 2) Thursday 5 December Year 9 Big Day In NZSS Athletics Championships to Wellington (5 - 8 Dec) (DSP)

A day of fun activities for Year 9 Home Room classes. Students are to come to school in PE uniform or school uniform. Usual school start and finish times.

Cambridge/NCEA/Junior clearance cards - list of students


still owing items given to accounts Friday 6 December Junior Prizewinners Rehearsal in Stadium (Periods 1 & 2)


Junior Assembly - Junior School Prizegiving Practice (Period 3)

Week 9 Term 4 2019 Monday 9 December


Junior Prizegiving 10am; School finishes at conclusion


School buses depart at 12.30pm

NZSS Track, Field and Road Race Championships

End of Term

@ Newtown Stadium, Wellington

Week 0 Term 1 2020 Tuesday 21 January 12.30-3pm Re-enrolment for Year 13s (NCEA and Cambridge International) Wednesday 22 January 9am-12pm Re-enrolment for all Year 12 students 12.30-3pm Re-enrolment for all Year 11 students Thursday 23 January Prefects camp (23th-24th)

Week 1 Term 1 2020 Wednesday 29 January Year 9 and 13 students begin 9am Year 13 Assembly – Theatre 10am Year 9 Assembly – Theatre Lunchtime event in Library for Year 9s End of day: Year 9s at 2.45pm Year 13s at 2.15pm 3.15pm Prefects & parents’ afternoon tea in Library (WTN) Thursday 30 January Year 9, 10, 11 & 12 Students today - (staggered start) Year 13 students needing to confirm courses also need to attend 9am Powhiri - Theatre (Year 9 students) 10am Year 12 Assembly – Stadium 11am Year 11 Assembly – Theatre 11am Year 10 Assembly – Stadium Year 9 Interval 10-10.25am MIDYS Testing for Year 9s (TBC) End of day: Year 9s at 2.45pm, Yrs 10, 11 & 12 at 2.15pm Friday 31 January Teacher Only Day - school closed to students


SCHOOL DONATION & TAIKAKA To all families who have paid the school donation this year: THANK YOU! Your voluntary contribution enables us to offer many extras associated with sporting, cultural and recreational activities, including Taikaka, the Avondale College yearbook. The production of Taikaka 2019 is underway and this will be posted in January to all families who have paid the school donation by end of Term 4.

Payments for 2019 can still be made to us through Family Connection or via internet banking. Thank you!


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INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITY PROGRAMME A month long, action-packed activity programme has given our senior International students the chance to learn new skills and explore some of wonderful sights and sounds that are on offer here in New Zealand, before they head back to their home countries at the end of term. The programme included many trips out of school, where students went windsurfing and paddleboarding, whale and dolphin watching, mountain biking, sailing, kayaking and even zip lining on Waiheke Island! Students also enjoyed their specialist classes here at Avondale College, where they tackled a business challenge, made their own short film, cooked up a storm in the cooking classes, and took part in craft classes, ICT classes, dance, drama and more. We are sad to now farewell these wonderful students as they return home over the next week or so - we know they will have made friends here that will last a lifetime! Ka kite ano - see you again!



SECOND-HAND UNIFORM DONATIONS If you would like to donate uniform items (in good condition) please drop them off to the College Shop. We would appreciate your support which will allow us to pass on the items to families in need.

2020 START DATES Tuesday 21 January


Wednesday 22 January


Wednesday 29 January Y9 & 13 FIRST DAY 9am Year 13 Assembly – Theatre 10am Year 9 Assembly – Theatre End of Day: Year 9 at 2.45pm, Year 13 at 2.15pm

FIRST FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED Congratulations to Year 12 student Leo Poliko, who has won a First Foundation Scholarship funded by Auckland Transport! The scholarship provides $12,000 towards tertiary fees, as well as paid work experience during the holidays and a mentor throughout his studies! This is a wonderful achievement, well done, Leo!

SAMOA FUNDRAISER On Friday 6 December at lunchtime, we will be holding an event to raise funds to support the Samoan communities and families affected by the measles outbreak. There will be a $2 sausage sizzle and music at lunchtime, and an opportunity for students to make donations through their Home Room. Mitre 10 New Lynn have kindly donated barbeques and Pak n'Save Mt Albert have donated the sausages for our sausage sizzle. If your family would like to make a donation you may make a payment by direct credit to the school’s bank account 03-0109-0291016-00 with the reference: Samoa, or alternatively, you may pay with cash or by eftpos at the cashier. All monies raised will be donated through the Red Cross.

No morning buses Afternoon buses at 2.45pm

Thursday 30 January ALL YEAR LEVELS BEGIN Year 9, 10, 11, 12 9am Powhiri for Year 9 in Theatre 10am Year 12 assembly in Stadium 11am Year 11 assembly in Theatre 11am Year 10 assembly in Stadium Year 13 students needing to confirm courses also need to attend End of day: Year 9 at 2.45pm Years 10, 11, 12 at 2.15pm No morning buses Afternoon buses at 2.45pm

Friday 31 January TEACHER ONLY DAY 4

75TH JUBILEE 8-10 MAY 2020 In 2020 Avondale College will be 75 years old! A Jubilee weekend celebration will be held at the College, from 8-10 May, for all former students, staff and BOT members. Programme and registration details will be listed on the College website early in 2020, but in the meantime, please spread the word to all who might be interested! Avondale College would also like to invite anyone interested in being involved with the organising committee to contact our Communications Manager, Susan Elijas:


SPORTS REPORT Monday 25th November – Sunday 1st December


Avondale College wishes the best of luck to our 18 athletes heading down to Wellington to compete in the NZSS Track, Field and Road Race Championships. We look forward to hearing how you all did when you get back on Monday!


Our Junior Badminton players took on schools from all over New Zealand in the NZSS Junior Badminton Championships this week, held at North Harbour Badminton Centre. Both teams played very well, with the boys finishing 8th in New Zealand, and the girls finishing 2nd in New Zealand. The last game for the girls was against Westlake Girls, where the winner would win the tournament, however, Avondale were just edged out on countback to take the silver medals; a great achievement nonetheless!


Our 1st XI Boys had their last game of 2019 on Saturday, where they took on Selwyn College. Batting first, Selwyn put together a total of 223 for the Avondale batsmen to chase. Our openers struggled; however, Josh De Zoysa, Tinle Sherpa and Dylan King steadied the run chase, scoring 21, 44, and 56 runs respectively. The game came down to the very last over, but Avondale were 14 runs short when the final ball had been bowled. Well done to our Year 13s on the team who have played their last cricket match for Avondale College. In the last match for 2019, our Year 10 boys had a great win over Auckland Grammar. Nathan Ellis’ 41 runs helped to get Avondale to a total of 108/4, which backed up his impressive bowling display, taking four wickets. This was a great way to finish the season for the team and we look forward to Term 1 in 2020.


It was an exciting weekend for our Girls’ Rugby 7s team, who participated in the New Zealand Condor 7s Open competition. After receiving an invite due to another school pulling out, our girls jumped at the opportunity to play on the big stage. The girls played six games across the weekend, and won three, winning the Consolation Bowl, meaning we finished 13th out of 24 teams. The girls’ wins included a 35-0 win over Southland Girls’ High School, a 31-5 win over Queen Margaret College, and a 19-5 win over Waikato Diocesan. Well done to Le’Oxeayn Maiu’u, who was named in the Condor Team of the Tournament; an especially impressive achievement considering she is only in Year 9 and this was the Open Girls tournament!

Le'Oxeayn Maiu'u has been selected into the New Zealand Secondary Schools Senior Girls Condors 7s Rugby Team



JUNIOR SCHOOL BASKETBALL COMPETITION The Sports Department have been running a fun junior school basketball tournament at lunchtimes over the past few weeks. The competition between classes has been fierce as each Home Room has showed their skills and sportsmanship on the court, battling it out to see who would be named the winner! Rising to the top and winning the junior school title and the glory was 10GTH! Their next task was to take on the staff in a highly anticipated game that was played in the stadium yesterday. The gym was packed to capacity with the crowd filling not only the bleachers but also courtside, and the action didn't disappoint. Both teams played hard and fair, as the scores stayed close. Crowd favourite, Mr Boardman provided the staff with a boost with his strong rebounding and effort throughout the match, while big shots from Ms Barron, Mr Davis and Mr Hita got the crowd off their feet! However as the game went on, 10GTH (a team full of Basketball Academy players) began to pull away, and the juniors ended up winning the game, 37-29!

COLLEGE SHOP THE COLLEGE SHOP IS OPEN MONDAY TO FRIDAY FROM 8.15am - 1.30pm, selling the Avondale College uniform for boys and girls, including socks and 50 Denier pantihose. The Avondale College uniform is only available from the School College Shop, which is located in the Atrium, beside Reception. A layby service is available until the end of December (No layby in January). EFTPOS facilities are available (AMEX not accepted). For Further Information: Contact Charlotte


Owens (, Telephone 820 1734.


Camp Hireage Looking for a holiday destination? Why not hire our Taurewa camp facility? There are 16 individual huts, sleeping a total of 53, with room to pitch your tent. A fully equipped kitchen and a four bedroom cottage (sleeps seven) is also available.

Thursday 16 January

10.00 am - 3.30 pm

Friday 17 January

10.00 am - 3.30 pm

We still have a few weeks available for bookings in January and February. Register your interest today:

Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 January

Be an Adult Helper in 2020 We would like to draw your attention to an exciting opportunity to work with our students at our school camp, Taurewa, which is located beside the Tongariro National Park. Adult helpers are vital to the success of our Taurewa Camps, and we are currently looking for volunteers for upcoming trips next year! A reasonable level of fitness is required but no experience in the activities is necessary. Each camp is five days long and includes the following activities based around Tongariro National Park:

Monday 20 January Tuesday 21 January

10.00 am - 3.30 pm


Wednesday 22 January Thursday 23 January

CLOSED 2.00 pm - 7.00 pm 11.00 am - 4.00 pm


Friday 24 January

12.00 pm - 7.00 pm 10.00 am - 2.30 pm

• Year 10s: Kayaking, day tramps, hot pools, low ropes course and more!

Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 January


• Internationals: Overnight tramping, caving, skiing and more!

Monday 27 January


If you (or someone you know) would be keen to be involved, or if you would like to know more, please email:

Tuesday 28 January

10.00 am - 3.30 pm

Wednesday 29 January

8.15 am - 2.00 pm

Thursday 30 January

8.15 am - 2.00 pm

Friday 31 January


TERM HOURS From Monday 3 February 2020 Usual hours resume: Monday to Friday - 8.15 am - 1.30 pm Please note: CLOSED Monday 27 Jan (Akld Anniversary Day) CLOSED Thursday 6 Feb (Waitangi Day) 6


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