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21 September 2012



Congratulations to Luke Hurdle, Mason Robinson and Bailey Scott on their second place in the Year 7 and 8 Central Otago ODT Extra Social Studies Quiz and David Kaufononga, 23 - 26 September - Duke of Edinburgh/Hillary Gold/Silver Tramp Georgia Jackson and Bradley Ashe on placing second in the Year 9 and 10 event. This achievement continues a string of fine results by our teams in recent years. We had a large 26 September - Muf ti Day, gold coin number of teams in the competition and they applied themselves conscientiously and 28 September - Last day Term Three enjoyed the challenge. Thank you to the small group of student helpers for their contribution to the success of the quiz. 28 September - Peter Hillary Ev ening - Everest Base Camp 2013, 7pm Auditorium

The depth of musical talent within our school always impresse s me and this was highlighted again at this week’s Cultural Assembly. Students enjoyed quality performances 28 September - Senior Reports sent from nine talented senior students. Their courage and ability was genuinely appreciated by home students and staff. Last week a group of students ventured through the snow to Dunedin to 15 October - First day of Term Four take part in the Otago Secondary Schools Music Festival. They formed part of an 800 strong student orchestra and choir and enjoyed their involvement in this tremendous event. 22 October - Labour Day 8 November - Senior Prizegiv ing 7pm, Auditorium 7 December - Last Day of School 4 February 2013 - First day of School 2013 (Y ears 7 & 13) 5 February 2013 - all students to attend

Kapa Haka - Goldfields Maori Hui

Several of the Everest Base Camp 2013 team had the opportunity to hear multisport legend Steve Gurney on Tuesday at Paper Plus. He shared some of his experiences and advice on what will help make our adventure a success. One of his ideas was ‘energy flows where attention goes’ so it is essential to avoid a focus on the problem and focus instead on the solution, alternative path or the ultimate goal. He also stre ssed the importance of significant goals as these provide the motivation to keep you going in the tough times on any venture. The EBC 2013 team is currently getting organised for our next fundraiser, a presentation from Peter Hillary at 7.00pm Friday 28 September in the College Auditorium. This will be an opportunity to hear from one of New Zealand’s foremost mountaineers, adventurers and explorers. Tickets are available at the school office. We have fourteen senior students well prepared for their Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Gold and Silver qualifying expedition on the Caples Greenstone Track starting on Sunday. On Saturday I have the pleasure of attending the official presentation of the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Awards for the Otago area. We had seven students gain their Gold last year and five of these will be receiving their awards from the Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae. It will be a memorable and proud occasion for them and their families. Our students’ tremendous commitment to the Award is one of the special things about Cromwell College. On Tuesday evening last week we held a successful combined schools Maori Consultation Hui at Goldfields Hall. Our school kapa haka group gave a fine performance, as did groups from Goldfields and Cromwell Primary. We will use the feedback from our whanau to enable us to provide the best learning opportunities for our rangatahi.

Half of our staff had a valuable workplace first aid refresher course on Tuesday and the remainder will be trained in November. This knowledge is essential for our work around school and also on camps, trips and tramps. We also feel very fortunate that our Executive Officer Rowan Dunnet is an experienced ambulance officer who regularly attends to Bailey, Mason & Luke - Year 7 & 8 ODT Ex tra students who arrive at the office with medical needs. Social Studies Quiz

On Friday we have our second academic assembly for the year. This acknowledges those students who have gained Excellence in their internal or practice external NCEA assessments since the last assembly in Term 2. There will be 45 students receiving certificates and we congratulate them on their diligence and achievement. Kei te whakahihi koutou - I am very proud of you all. Mason Stretch Principal

Bradley, Georgia & David - Year 9 & 10 ODT Ex tra Social Studies Quiz

Laura Winstanley & Tim Healey at the Cultural Assembly.

Whaia te taumata - Deserve Success

TOURNAMENT WEEK Netball: Hockey: Cromwell College competed in the South Island On 1 September, eleven students from Cromwell Secondary Schools Netball Tournament that was College and three from Mt Aspiring College went held in Dunedin recently. The Tournament Team away for the week to play in the Oamaru Mixed consisted of a combination of Senior A and B Hockey Tournament. In a pool play the team had players. The girls had been training together and two great wins against Otematata and North Otago playing additional games during the weeks leading and two losses against Wakatipu and East Otago, up to the tournament in order to prepare. The girls who ended up being in the top three of the represented the College with determination and tournament. After a heart breaking loss of 3—2 in were very unlucky not to come away with a win on the play offs for 5th and 6th, the Cromwell Team several occasions. The team played in the B played off with Otematata for 7th and 8th. A Grade Competition performing well enough to convincing draw led to us being placed 7th equal. secure a place there for ne xt year’s Wakatipu were the winners of the tournament over tournament. The tournament ran for 4 days, during St John Paul. which time the young team gained valuable experience. Thank you to Natasha Lake (Coach), Karen Bolch (Manager) and Kylie Harrington (parent) for supporting the girls during the tournament. Mix ed Hockey Team vs East Otago High School

At pri zegiving, Bryn Gibson was awarded ‘Most Valuable Player’ of the tournament for the Cromwell Team. The hockey played at the tournament was at a fantastic level and the Cromwell/Mt Aspiring team had an amazing time. Rachel Clark HALF DAY SCHOOL 2012 SISS Tournament Team: Rianne Walker (Captain), Caitlin Walker, Nikayla Bolch, Chelsea Schwass, Hannah Bancroft, Kate Harrington, Hannah Moyle, Emma Patton, Ashleigh Furze and Sophie McSkimming. Amy Dickey – Teacher in charge of Netball. OTAGO SECONDARY SCHOOLS MUSIC FESTIVAL A van load of Cromwell College students travelled through the snow to participate in the Otago Secondary Schools Music Festival in Dunedin. It was a fantastic opportunity to be able to play in an orchestra of 450, or sing in a choir of 500. Pictured Jonathan Smith (with violin) and Jonathan Streeter (with clarinet) at the OSS Music Festival.

Did you know that most of the w orld's soccer balls are made in one small area of Pakistan? They are hand sew n and often provide low wages for the sewers. Fairtrade sports balls are made to the same high quality by the same craftspeople in Pakistan, are of a similar price for us to buy, but instead offer the maker a fair wage. That means they get enough money to live on and a bit extra to send their kids to school. Year 8 and 9 Half day School have been spreading the Fairtrade message around Cromw ell and recently met with the Cromw ell College PE department to show them Fairtrade soccer and netballs. Steve Hodkinson, HOD PE was very impressed by the quality of the sports balls, and w ill trial both footballs and netballs in school. "If they prove to be durable, w hich they look to be, and are of a similar price to non Fairtrade balls, w e w ill definitely be interested in purchasing more and supporting Fairtrade - w hy w ould w e not go Fairtrade if w e can?" For more information go to, or to order sports balls go to

CONGRATULATIONS Congratulations to Matthew Anderson, Jack Ryan and Regan Hucklebridge for being selected for the Otago Country U38kg rugby team and playing in the Trevor Boyle Cup after defeating a North Otago U11 team 84-0. Trinity Guild Speech and Drama Exams results: Reilly Bell; ‘ Merit’ Grade 5, Megan Bell; ‘Distinction’ grade 4, Jonathan Streeter and David Borrie; ‘Merit’ grade 8. Well done. Jack Harrison swam three more qualifying times for the NZ Short Course Swim Championships which are being held in Wellington in the first week of October. He qualified in 400m freestyle, 100m freestyle and 100m backstroke. He now has seven swims for this national meet. The Otago U65kg rugby team defeated Southland on Saturday at Ri versdale 38-5. Kees Scott, Anaru Takimoana and Anton Schroder all played well after a three day training camp in D u n e d i n l a s t w e e k . Josh Smith represented the College at the Otago Cross Country Race last Friday and placed a great 17th. This was an awesome result with over 90 students in his race. Well done Josh.

RUGBY Two weeks ago an U14 Taieri College Team travelled to Cromwell to play an end of the year Rugby game. They then travelled to Queenstown for a fun weekend. Th a n ks to Tru d i e Cruthers for setting up this friendly run around. Th e C ol le ge w ere convincing winners: 5315. Also many thanks to Gary Smith for the refereeing. This was a good finish to the season for our boys. CROMWELL COLLEGE JOINS NEW ZEALAND SHAKEOUT At 9.26am on Wednesday 26 September [9:2626:9], more than one million people will participate in the New Zealand ShakeOut earthquake drill, the first ShakeOut drill held nationwide in any country! Whether you are at home, work or school join in and practise "Drop, Cover and Hold"—the right action to take in an earthquake.

PRIZE-GIVING At our prize-givings we acknowledge students who have performed outstandingly well in their extracurricular activities. There are set criteria for this acknowledgement. A special form must be filled out. This is available from the school office or your child’s form teacher. The form must be returned by the 28 th October for Year 11-13 students; we do not want to miss out on congratulating any student. LEATHER SHOES NOT CANVAS SHOES OR BOOTS We are concerned by the increasing number of students attempting to wear canvas gym shoes and gym boots. They lower the standard of our uniform and are not acceptable. We need parental support to address this. We have a consistent expectation that students are to wear standard black leather shoes or sandals. If parents are unsure of what is allowed then they should contact the school office for information. Thank you.

SCHOOL HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES FOR WORKING PARENTS WITH YOUNGER CHILDREN MARK DICKEL BASKETBALL CAMP School Holida ys Oceana Gold Nuggets Captain and New Zealand Tall Black Mark Dickel is excited to be coming to Queenstown to offer a quality basketball development program during the school holidays. So come and see if you like basketball or continue to hone your skills. Ages 8 & older. No experience necessary. Saturday 29th Sept - Wakatipu High School Ages 8-12: 1-3pm & Ages 13 & older: 3-5pm Sunday 30th Sept - Wakatipu High School Ages 8-12: 10am-12 noon & Ages 13 & older: 12noon-2pm Cost is $75 per player for both days For more information please contact Mark Dickel on 021 345 466 or email SCHOOL HOLIDAY CAMPS Girls’ House Party Camp (Girls Yr 9 - 12)(1st - 5th October) - this exciting 5 day camp is for teenage girls. The camp theme is Created Beautiful - see how God sees you when you know Him. The girls will be doing all sorts of activities including cupcake decorating, jewellery making, arts and crafts, and experiencing a different culture each day. Boys’ Techno Camp (Boys Yr 8 - 11)(8th - 12th October) - this exciting 5 day camp is for teenage boys. Techno camp takes technology to a whole new level. Plans this year include computer gaming, Search and Rescue, Android Smart Phone App Programming, Lego Robotics, Air Pressure Bottle Rockets, Electronics, Geocaching and much much more. Boys’ Motorbike Camp (Boys Yr 9 - 13)(10th - 13th October) - this awesome 4 day camp for teenage boys will involve biking from the camp in Waihola through forest and farm to a woolshed one night. Enjoy your bike riding with other like minded petrol heads. You do need your own bike and spaces are limited. So come along and make some new friends at camp. More details on our website

ICAN TWO DAY CONFIDENCE & MODELLING COURSE Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 September Venue: Old Presbyterian Church, 24 Inniscort Street, Cromwell Opportunities in TV Film Catwalk Promo Fashion Inquiries Welcome Contact Tracy Cameron 021 818 318

School Holiday Programme th 29 Sept – 13th Oct Details on display around school. An yone wanting to take part in a costed activity MUST put their name & details on a sign-up sheet at ‘The Hut’. Payment for acti vities MUST be made before the activity or you may lose your place! Prices cover acti vity & transport but don’t include food unless specified. Please provide some money for snacks; these are much needed after some of the more physical activities! Thanks. KIDS FUN CLUB HOLIDAY PROGRAMME For students up to & including Year 8 8am-6pm, Monday 1 to Friday 12 October. $4pp per hour. Numbers limited. To book, contact Nikki on 445 0264 or nikkij .n z, STRICTLY b y 12 noon Wednesday 26 Sept. Please be reminded that you are responsible for arranging any OSC AR funding with WINZ that may be a vailable to you. Forms must include dates and total hours corresponding exactly with your booking. Forms must be at Cromwell Primary by Friday 21 Sept. Signed forms will be available for collection from Cromwell Primary office from Monday 24 Sept. Please note we will not be responsible for processing incomplete or late forms. NEW DROP IN CENTRE AT THE HUT Open every 2nd Tuesday from 10am—2pm for those aged 18 years and over. Crafts, puzzles, friendly atmosphere. Contact Michelle 021 161 6618. REAP COURSES  School Holiday Sew ing Ranfurly, Alexandra & Roxburgh  Draw ing & Painting Cartoons 7 – 13yrs 8 October, Morning or Afternoon  Grow Your Ow n Groceries – Wanaka Sept to Feb, 7 Sessions  Budgeting Skills – Alexandra 6 weeks starting 15 October  Healthy Cooking on a Budget – Alexandra starting 16 October  Parenting Courses 0 – 10yrs, Register your interest  Not Just Words Literacy based programme for adults FREE  One to One Computer Tuition Free 90 minute assessment  One to One Literacy & Numeracy FREE tuition for adults For more information please contact Central Otago REAP 03 448 6115 or 0800 267 327.

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