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10 August 2012


NEWSLETTER 12 Kia ora koutou.

13 August - School Photos

Congratulations to all involved in our entertaining, enjoyable and highly successful production of Gumshoe. I had the pleasure of attending the opening and final nights of the 15 August - CO Cross Country show and I was extremely proud of our students and staff. There were around 60 students 17 August - Y ear 7/8 Snowsports on stage with a further 20 back stage and over 20 staff supporting the cast. Leadership 23 - 28 August - Senior Assessment from our senior students is also an important element in the success of the production. What makes this event so worthwhile is seeing Year 7 to 13 students thoroughly enjoying 22 August - Board Consultation themselves, learning about the importance of commitment, effort and teamwork and Ev ening, A Block , 7 pm working together to create something special. A special thanks to Kylie O’Callaghan our 24 August - Y ear 9/10 Snowsports Director, Trish Copland and Jasmine Cuthbert for the singing and music and producers Our biennial production is a huge undertaking for our 27 August - NZQA f ees, last day for Tony Streeter and Lara Coker. f inancial assistance applications school and is only possible through the goodwill and commitment of staff, students and parents. 29 August - Mufti Day - gold coin 3 September - NZQA f ees, last day We have completed further analysis Rank Level 2 NCEA Results 2011 Percentage f or payment of our NCEA achievement in 2011. Participation Figures Our strategic focus on excellence in 1 St Hildas Collegiate 97.5 28 September - Last day Term Three learning and achievement is 2 Mount Aspiring College 91.9 effectively raising students’ Gumshoe 3 Waitaki Girls High School 91.6 aspirations of academic 4 John McGlashan College 88.7 achievement at the College. 5 Cromwell College 85.7 Initiatives such as our goal setting, 6 Wakatipu High School 83.2 academic assemblies, tutorials, 7 St Kevins College 83.1 Year 13 mentoring, NCEA ‘credit 8 Waitaki Boys High School 83.0 cards’ and academic scholarships are all contributing to the improving NATIONAL FIGUR E 82.1 trend in our NCEA results. The 2011 9 Otago Boys High School 82.0 Year 11 and 12 results were above national figures and Year 13 results only 1% below. There is also an increasing number of students gaining Merit and Excellence Endorsements, up 38% from 2010. We were particularly pleased with our Year 12 results last year and how our students have performed compared to a range of Otago schools.

Yr 7/8 Hockey—Georgia Buchanan James Hargest College Concert Band

Last week we had two study skills and memory experts presenting to our students. Thirty Year 11 to 13 students were fortunate to have a valuable programme on enhancing memory with Chris Lyons from The Gloo Memory Company based in Australia. He gave a dynamic and stimulating 4 hour presentation that these students found highly relevant. All Year 10s have benefitted from a two hour presentation from Stuart Wright from UCANDO on building confidence with study skills and memory. These skills will have direct application in future asse ssments and NCEA exams. Well done to the winners of our annual Cross Country held on Tuesday. We have selected 21 students from this event for the Central Otago Primary Championships next week. Our skiers and snowboarders competed well in the Otago Secondary Schools Championships with Krystal Roberts coming first in the Slopestyle and our Senior Mixed Team placing first in the slalom. Well done also to Kees Scott, Anaru Takimoana and Anton Schroder on their selection in the Otago U65kg rugby team. All the best to our Year 7 and 8 and senior mixed hockey teams for their finals this weekend.

Chris Lyons—The Gloo Memory Company

There was a parent seminar on e-learning and possible future implications for students and families on Wednesday evening held at Goldfields School. We will be raising these ideas again at our Parent Consultation on 22 August. We held parent teacher interviews on Wednesday and valued the opportunity to reinforce the important link between home and school. Mason Stretch Principal

Whaia te taumata - Deserve Success



Last term we started up Science Club on Thursday lunchtimes offering the choice of dissection and building rockets . A large number of students took the opportunity to do dissections with Miss Boulton and we also had a good number start building and testing rockets. We have reintroduced the Science Badge this year where students complete a range of activities out of class time which earn them points. When they have acquired 20 points they are awarded a Science Badge in the category Kate Pendreigh 8S they ha ve chosen. We have had a number of students take up the opportunity and they are working towards earning their badges.

Seven Central Otago boys have been selected for the Otago Under 65kg Rugby Team. Three of these boys are Cromwell College students. Congratulations go to Kees Scott, Anaru Takimoana and Anton Schroder. Training in Dunedin will take place every Sunday for several weeks until the South Island Tournament in September.

Th e p i ctu re s h o w s D a vi d Kaufononga and Bradley Ashe of Year 9 carrying out investigation into the refraction of light as part of our self-directed Light and Sound unit. These types of units give students the opportunity to choose the activity they wish to do that day with the teacher offering support, advice and guidance. This allows students to have greater choice and control over their learning. The Science faculty offers a range of these types of units from Year 7 to Year 10 along with the more traditional teacher directed units. Alex Pearson—HoF Science


Taieri Ballet Competition: Ruby-Ma y Taylor: 1st Demi Character, 1st Duo section, special award for most entertaining item. Megan Bell: 1st National Character Dancing, 2nd Championship Jazz, Special award ‘Miss Personality’. Courtney Anderson: 1st Classical age group & En Pointe, 3rd Championship Classical and 1st Lyrical.

Junior School:Laurel Williams, M a d i Sharp, Charlotte Pay, Harris Devon, Darcie Crow le, Bonnie Davidson X2, Kody Cookson, Emma Dennis on, Richard Donald, Lexie Elliot, Ethan Fraser, Georgia Hamilton, Emma Henderson, Sarah Hogan, Todd Cruthers, Georgia Franklin, Luke Hurdle, Keegan Mc Cusker, Blayn Milne, Olivia Pinkney, Anaru Takimoana, Jesse Cox, Carter McAuliffe. Senior School: Darian Colloty-Williams, Faith Culling, Ashleigh Furze X2, Jessica de Joux, Jack Harrison, Josh Isaac, Elsa Mannering, Campbell Morton, Mady Preston X2, Kristal Roberts, Kayleigh Short, B r u c e Wessels, Elizabeth Yarnell, James Buchanan, Rachel Clark, Nick Drummond, Jono Smith, Billy How ie, Hannah Bancroft, Jamie Crum, Ben Elliot, Mitchell Patrick.

CROMWELL COLLEGE CROSS COUNTRY Congratulations to all who completed the cross country on Anton Schroder & Jade MacMillan Tuesday this week. Results: Year 7 Boys: 1st Josh Smith, 2nd Jayden Fox, 3rd Sam Kaufononga Year 7 Girls: 1st Lana Decker, 2nd Laurel Williams, 3rd Darcie Crowle Year 8 Boys: 1st Anton Schroder, 2nd Reuben Kemna, 3rd Cowan Lowrey Year 9 Boys: 1st Luke Holden, 2nd Tyler Urwin, 3rd Inia Logan Year 9 Girls: 1st Emma Smith, 2nd Jesse Cox, 3rd Ruby Gibson Year 10 Boys: 1st Ethan Pugh, 2nd Joseph Pugh, 3rd Jack Harrison Year 10 Girls: 1st Elsa Mannering, 2nd Emma Patton, 3rd Nikayla Bolch Senior Boys: 1st Cory Hoffman, 2nd Isaiah Garr, 3rd Billy Howie Senior Girls: Winner Kate Harrington In the house competition Kawarau came 1st with 113 points, 2nd Clutha with 93 points, 3rd Pisa 81 points and 4th Nevis with 66 points. The Cross Country comes at the end of a unit of work that all junior PE classes cover teaching students about fitness. The focus of the Cross Country is on improving personal fitness, challenging yourself and achieving pride in completing the course. Steve Hodkinson Head of Physical Education

HALF DAY SCHOOL It was with nervous trepidation that Year 8 and 9 Half day School awaited the arrival of the judges for the Fairtrade Master Baker Competition 2012. Competitors looked on whilst Mr "Jamie Oliver" Hodkinson, Mrs "Delia" Rose and Mrs "Martha Stew - Hart" Borrie looked for flair, creativity and taste sensation in their recipes, which had to include Fa i r tra d e i n g re d i e n ts . En tri e s ranged from chocolate páte, to cookies, to b a n o f fe e pi e, ho t ch o co l a te drinks , brownies and beyond.

Year 7 Half Day School have been busy looking at inventions - specifically the Japanese art of "unuseless" inventions, otherwise known as Chindogu. Chindogu have a worldwide following as people try to invent everyday household items that at first look really useful; but on second thoughts are totally impractically useless and often silly almost. Here is a selection. For the full set, go to the Cromwell College website, under the heading academic and click on Half Day School. The link to the blog is on this page. Vote for your fa vourite.

After much celebrity scoffing, the winners were announced as follows: 1st place: Megan Bell Fairtrade Caramel An zac cake; 2nd place: Oli via Pinkney - Fairtrade home made coffee ice cream and rocky road; 3rd place: Tegan Buchanan Fairtrade sensational chocolate cake. Judges were impressed with the absolute high standard of the baking and have indicated their availability for next year.

The Anti-stubtoerator: Don't y ou just hate it when you stub y our toe? Then get the new Antistubtoerator and y ou will never have to clean up blood from y our bleeding toe again. You w ill never hav e to endure the pain of a prickle or ex perience that short jolt of hurt from any of y our toes accidentally colliding w ith the ground. Simply stretch the elastic around your heel and pull the foam over y our toes! (Bew are: this product may rip or tear and there are no money back guarantees). Port - a Tree Sick and tired of feeling lik e y ou can't breathe? Meet the new Port - a Tree. So y ou can breathe - whenev er. Simply put on the straps to carry the tree on y our back and w hen y ou need to breathe fresh air, take off the tree and breathe it in (only while stocks last).

NEW PE TOPS The new Physical Education tops and shorts are now available. The singlet is available as an option for students in Year 10 and above. There is the option of having your full surname on the back of your tee or singlet. We would encourge this as it will reduce lost and mixed up items. The cost of the tee/singlet with student surname on the back is $31 for kids’ sizes and $37 for XXS upwards ($28 and $32 without student name). The PE shorts will stay as plain navy blue but can also be ordered at a cost of $20 kids’ sizes and $26.50 other sizes. There are sample tees and singlets available at college for students to try on. Order forms need to be returned to the office with money before the 17th August. Another order will be made at the end of Term 4. Order forms available from Physical Education teachers or school office.

BANNOCKBURN REAP DAY Wednesday 15 August 2012 9am to 3pm $20 including a light lunch. Payment can be made on the day. Enrolment required. Please contact REAP phone 0800267327. Presenters: Reece Adamson—Bees; why we need them and why they need our help. Joanne Deaker—Drawing for everyone and anyone. Dr Greg Harmsworth—Skin Cancer Sarah Berger—Laughter Yoga Heather McClinktock—Volunteering in Central Vodafone—Ipads and the New Technology

FAMILY SKI DAYS AT CARDRONA Great value skiing for Cromwell College students, staff and immediate school families. August 18th: $71 per person (adult or child) for lift pass, ski hire and compulsory lesson, extra for snowboard and helmet hire. September 1st: $63 per person (adult or child) for lift pass, ski hire and compulsory lesson, extra for snowboard and helmet hire. Suitable for first timer to intermediate skiers. Arrange own transport up mountain. Book and pay at Cromwell College office. Limited numbers so first in = first tracks! Enquiries to Greg or Vivienne Wilkinson; phone 4451599 or email

TOUCH RUGBY TOURNAMENT Cromwell College is aiming to run a Touch Rugby tournament after school on Wednesdays for primary and junior school students during Term 4. We are hoping that some parents may be interested in helping coach/manage teams. The aim is to start coaching on Wednesday of Week 9, Term 3 (12th Sept) so that the students can learn the game and some strategy before the weekly tournament in Term 4. There will be a 'Coaching Touch' session run by Karen Gallagher and Gavin Hurring on Wednesday 15th August 4.30 @ the College for anyone interested in helping. For more info please contact Karen Gallagher or Steve Hodkinson at the college.


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