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15 March 2013


NEWSLETTER 3 Kia ora koutou

16 March - Otago Athletics Championships

One of the cornerstone goals of our strategic plan is ‘realising student potential’ and a related annual plan initiative this year is valuing punctuality. Being in class 18 - 22 March - Summer Tournament on time is respectful to the individual student, their classmates and teachers and Week most importantly it enhances productive time in class. There have been clear 25 March - Otago Anniversary Day, expectations and consequences outlined to students this term and we have been no school impressed by their response. Our tracking has seen instances of lateness more than halve compared to last year. Thank you to students for respecting our high 26 March - NCEA Jumbo Day, no school expectations, accepting responsibility and demonstrating respect and personal pride by being on time. 27 March - Mufti Day (gold coin donation)

Year 7 and Year 10 camps were held last week and were packed with new learning experiences, challenges, excitement and fun. Year 7’s had a very 29 March - 3 April- Easter busy time at our Aquatic Centre and at Bannockburn 10 April - Mufti Day (gold coin dona- Inlet involved in a wide range of activities such as tion) for Phortse Primary School shooting, archery, raft building, abseiling, sailing, Nepal kayaking and initiative games. They finished the week with a colourful and creative wearable art 19 April 2013 - Last Day of Term 1 challenge. Year 10 had a fabulous four days at 24 April - 17 May - Everest Base Year 7 Camp Kidds Bush. They had idyllic weather throughout the Camp Trip week and enjoyed skiing and biscuiting on Lake Hawea, walking up to the Sawyer 6 May - First Day of Term 2 Burn Hut and their Survivor Day. Other campers using the Kidds Bush site were full of praise of the Year 10’s behaviour and attitudes. Thank you again to our staff, senior student helpers and parents for making this week such a success. 27 - 28 March - Y12 Biology Field Trip

Year 7 Camp - Wearable Art

Haka performed at Quad

This week we have our annual QUAD Tournament with Central Southland College and Mt Aspiring College. One of the things I most enjoy about the two days of competition is the outstanding spirit, sportsmanship and camaraderie. It has been our turn to host the event which started with a welcome from David Borrie and Annabel Campbell, our Head Boy and Girl, a waiata and stirring haka. There is a wide range of sport involving badminton, touch, softball, athletics and a multisport challenge. This is another major undertaking for our staff and Steve Hodkinson our Head of Physical Education and Tania Murray our sports Coordinator deserve special mention for their tremendous organisation. Ka nui te pai to our students for representing our College with real pride and for being excellent hosts. Congratulations to Nikayla Bolch on her outstanding swims at the Age Group Nationals recently. She is now ranked in the top 10 for the 100m breaststroke and achieved 7 personal best times at the event! Twelve of our athletes competed at the Otago Athletics Champs on Saturday and there were a number of excellent performances from Brooke Helms: shot put and javelin, Emma Smith and Ezra Berridge: 1500m, Georgia Johnstone: high jump and Anton Schroder: javelin. The team now competes in the Otago Southlands this coming weekend in Dunedin. Next Tuesday we look forward to our first academic assembly of the year to celebrate those students who achieved a merit or excellence endorsement in their NCEA. To attain an overall endorsement requires determination, persistence and commitment. It will be a pleasure to acknowledge their studious efforts with scholarships ranging from $200 to $500 generously provided by our Community Business Sponsors. Mason Stretch Principal

Year 10 Camp tramp to Sawyer Burn Hut

Whaia te taumata - Deserve Success



The Year 7 Camp was a week of fun activities based around Cromwell. The group went sailing and kayaking for two days at McNulty Inlet and had another two days at Bannockburn Inlet. Here they met Pete and Howard from Adventure Masters. With the help of many parents and staff they completed a range of activities including: raft building, archery. abseiling, target shooting, first aid, team building, push karting, and of course the assault course. They also spent the night at the Cairnmuir Camping ground. On the last day they competed in a Wearable Art Show and had a swim at the Cromwell Pool. A great week was had by all. A big thank you to all staff and parents who helped during the week.

The annual Year 10 camp took place at Kidds Bush on Lake Hawea 5th – 8th March. After spending the Monday afternoon setting up tents and cooking sausages for lunch on the school grounds to iron out any last minute problems, the group headed off on Tuesday morning arriving at the camp ground around 11am. An hour or so was spent selecting sites and erecting tents, unpacking and then cooking up a storm for lunch. After lunch the boats arrived with Karen and Phil Moodie and Jim Hughes and the afternoon activities began which included biscuiting, water skiing, beach cricket, raft building and petanque. The boats stayed with us until about 5.30pm which was great as it meant that everyone got a chance to get in the water and cool down on what was a very hot afternoon. The students then got on with cooking some very impressive food for tea including rib eye steak (and a few carrots), butter chicken and cheesecake !! The evening saw some trust activities which included a blindfolded walk through the bush.

Sandy Rose - Year 7 Dean Raft Building It was a race to the finish as two groups battled out on the water. They had to use ropes and black blow up tubes to build a raft with their team to get to the pontoon and back. The writers of this story had a great experience with this activity. This event happened on Wednesday 6th of March 2013. As the water got cold, these teams still tried their hardest! The 71 Year 7 students, from Cromwell College each had a go. We would like to thank the parents and teachers that made our camp happen. We loved raft building and loved the water. Remember that for next time! By Millie Ryan, Paighten Pipson, and Ann Marie Sanders On Tuesday the 5th of March the Year 7’s of Cromwell College went to camp at Bannockburn Inlet. They did lots of cool stuff but the best thing was shooting. They got to shoot air rifles and pistols. They aimed at teddies and targets. With the air riffles they aimed at 5 teddies. Some kids shot 3 teddies, while others shot none. At the end of the day they had to do an assault course. They covered themselves in mud and did press ups in it too! By Carwen Williams Assault Course It was located at the Bannockburn Inlet. All 71 students and most of the teachers and the supervisors were all covered in mud. We had to swim through it, do press ups in it, sit ups too and the worst, smearing it all over our bodies and also our faces! Apparently most of the boys liked the assault course. However most of the girls screamed at the sight of the muck (including Mrs. Rose). By Emma Deaker & Bethany Johnstone

Wednesday was tramping day and the group was divided into smaller groups that then set off to walk to the Sawyer Burn Hut. This tramp is used as the practice for the Duke Of Edinburgh/Hillary Award which the students will complete at the end of the year. Luckily it was not quite as hot on the way up the hill but the sun welcomed us on our return and most of the group ended up in the lake for a refreshing swim. The evening gave the students the opportunity to reflect and contemplate on life, the universe and everything when they were dropped off at intervals along the lakeshore and spent 30mins with just the stars for company. Some of them were so at one with their environment that they had to be woken up as they were collected on the way back!! Thursday was Survivor day with a series of team challenges where groups could earn points to spend later in the day at an auction. The camp was a great success, the weather was perfect, the students were great and the staff were amazing. Thanks especially to the Moodies and Jim Hughes for supplying the boats on Tuesday which was well appreciated by the students. Finally, to the students – you were a credit to your college. We shared the campsite with lots of members of the public who were all extremely complimentary about manners, behaviour and enjoyed seeing you have lots of fun. Well done. Chris Greenwood Year 10 Camp Organiser



Swimming: Nikayla Bolch attended the New Zealand Age Group championships in Wellington last week competing amongst 400 of New Zealand's top swimmers. Nikayla swam in the following events with great results: 50m Breaststroke, 100m Breaststroke, 50m Butterfly, 100m Butterfly, 50m Freestyle, 200m Individual Medley, 200m Club Freestyle Relay and 200m Club Medley Relay. Nikayla made the finals for 100m breaststroke and both club relays as well as achieving 7 personal best times. Nikayla is now ranked 9th in New Zealand in her age group for the 100m Breaststroke and in the top 15 in 5 out of the 8 events she swam in.

CO Primary Swimming Sports: Last Wednesday 6th March, with only our Year 8 students available for this day, the College had great success with Tia Clark breaking the free style record and winning every event she was in. All our swimmers competed well and there were some great results. Well done!

Athletics: Emma Smith competed at the Otago Senior Athletic Championships in Dunedin where she won the women 15 years and under 300m and placed second in the 1500m with a personal best time of 5:13:71. BMX: Josh Smith won the Dunedin Open BMX Competition winning all five races to take the title. The week before he won on his home track at Alexandra Heatwave Meet, also winning all five races. Students/ parents; please remember to use the ‘Student Achievers’ Book’ in the school office so we can tell everyone about your achievements.

DUKE OF EDINBURGH HILLARY AWARD Year 10 students have had their information about participating in the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Award for a couple of weeks. Permission slips and $15 are due in by Monday 18th March at the latest. Silver and Gold permission forms and $35 for the book are also due on Monday. Mrs Jackson - Bronze Co-ordinator Mr Stretch - Silver & Gold Co-ordinator

AWD Students: On Wednesday 27th February some of our students competed in Dunedin at the Otago Secondary School Athletics Ribbon Day. We took six students for the wonderful fun day and all the students collected plenty of ribbons and personal best times. Otago Champs Athletics: Last Saturday 12 students competed in this event in Dunedin and the students all performed extremely well with all but one student qualifying for the next event. Brooke Helms won the shotput and placed second in the javelin. Ezra Berridge ran a very good race in the 1500m to place 3rd, Emma Smith placed 3rd in the 1500m, Georgia Johnstone placed 2nd in the high jump. David, Larissa and Ryan had an awesome day in the AWD events Tania Murray - Sports Co-ordinator

TECHNOLOGY FEES A reminder to parents of students in Years 10 - 13 technology subjects (Art, Home Economics, Hard Materials) that 50% of fees must be paid by 19 April with 100% of fees to be paid by the end of Term Two or unless an adequate Automatic payment has been established. Those students who have not paid their fees may be removed from these subjects. This information was communicated in the subject selection booklet, and in various mail-outs sent home both last year and this year. If payment is going to be a problem please speak to Rowan Dunnet re: payment options as soon as possible. Thank you.

The QT Ice Arena reopens on April 19th During School holidays: Five Day Kiwi Skate camp, 8:00 - 9:00am, Monday April 29 to Friday May 3. Five Day beginner ice hockey camp, 9:15 -10:30am, Monday April 29 to Friday May 3. During school terms: Kiwi Skate certificate programs every Tuesday or Thursday at 4:15-5:15pm or Saturday 10:00-11:00am (pick a day or two that suits you best!). Beginner hockey classes every Wednesday from 4:00-5:00pm. Book soon as places are limited. Please Email the rink at for more details.

HALF DAY SCHOOL Half Day School is well under way for Years 8 and 9. Year 7 Half Day School will begin at the start of Term 2. Because gifted children can be so diverse, in order to identify students for HDS, we need to look at a wide range of indicators. We use data from a minimum of three sources (called “triangulation”) to develop a picture of a child’s cognitive ability, achievement and potential. These sources can be formal, such as asTTle, PAT tests and other assessments . They can also be informal, such as observations and checklists from parents, peers, and students. We liaise very closely with the primary schools on this.

INTRODUCTION TO ROWING Three session introduction to rowing. To be held on Friday 15th, Monday 18th and Monday 25th at 3:45pm outside Cromwell College Aquatic Centre. $5 per session. Those interested bring shorts, pair of socks, jandals or scuffs, running shoes or similar, hat and water bottle. Any queries please contact Maude O'Connell by ph 0210608428 or email

Cromwell College Home & School AGM in the College Meeting Room, Tuesday, 19th March at 7pm all welcome.

At Cromwell College, Year 7 teachers have been trained in identification of gifted children, and differentiate work to provide high order thinking challenges in the regular classroom setting. This “identification through provision” is an example of best practise in gifted education. We recognise Maori cultural values and incorporate a Maori view of giftednes into our programme. We are also committed to identifying, understanding and nurturing our “twice exceptional learners” – those who are gifted with a specific learning difficulty, and catering for their needs. All the information is taken into account to compile a list of possible candidates. The decision on whether HDS will meet the students learning needs is made by Jilly O’Brien (specialist gifted education teacher), Sandy Rose (Year 7 Dean) and Karen Inglis (DP). Please see the College website for further information or alternatively you are most welcome to contact us by email.


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We offer courses for kids age 10yrs - 15yrs in Game Development, Computer Graphics, and Web Design  We start up on the 18th of March and offer 90 minute courses  We are offering the first lesson for free You can sign up on our website at

The annual Pavement Art Competition was held on Tuesday lunchtime with eleven teams drawing an animal they had selected in its natural habitat. Guest judge, Rachel Hirabyashi, was particularly impressed with the teams who filled all of the concrete path allotted to their team. Teams drew tigers, jellyfish, a pig, a diamond backed rattle snake, a variety of horses and a snow leopard. Others chose a unicorn and Yeti. Since Sir Edmund Hilary failed to find a Yeti on his expedition to search for them, it was great that this team knew what they looked like! Kate Borrie - Arts Co-ordinator

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Cromwell College Newsletter 15th March