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7 September 2012



Kia ora koutou

11 September - Otago Secondary Schools Music Festiv al

Using online media and cell phones to put down, abuse, harass and intimidate is an increasing problem in New Zealand schools , not just for students but als o for staff. Netsafe New Zealand reports that one in fiv e students is bullied each year over the internet, through social networking sites such as Facebook or by texting. I spoke on this topic at this week’s assembly making the point that this issue is an important one and if it had not affected particular students, it may in the future.

16 September - SISS Skiing & Snowboarding Championships 18 September - Staff First Aid Training. Classes f inish at 1.20pm 23 - 26 September - Duke of Edinburgh/Hillary Gold/Silver Tramp

My talk w as in relation to the current ‘meme’ craze causing problems in many schools. Meme’s are online posters w ith a message sent to Facebook pages and our school 26 September - Muf ti Day, gold coin was targeted two weeks ago. The Facebook page quickly became rude and derogatory towards the school and myself . I had contact from ex-students, parents, staff and 28 September - Last day Term current students very concerned and upset by what was being posted. Fortunately we Three, were able to have our page removed quite promptly but several other schools are 28 September - Peter Hillary struggling to achieve this. Ev ening - Everest Base Camp 2013, 7pm Auditorium I stressed to the students in assembly that respect and responsibility are just as 28 September - Senior Reports sent important in the cyber world as they are in the real world. We all need to conduct home ourselves as responsible cyber citizens, being trustworthy and accountable for our 15 October - First day of Term Four actions and behaviour. I asked the question “How responsible or trustw orthy is each of you being as you interact on Facebook each night, or text each other?” Brett Lee the 22 October - Labour Day ex-Australian Policeman turned cyber safety consultant spoke at our school last year 8 November - Senior Prizegiv ing and suggested that while students were online they should imagine someone they you 7pm, Auditorium look up to, or hold in high regard, is looking over their shoulder. Thinking about this may help students make a better decis ion before they hit return or send. I also believe 7 December - Last Day of School that parents can play a key role in supporting good decis ion making and responsible online behaviour by regularly taking an interest in what their child is doing while online. Facebook is a very public media and the impacts of put downs or abuse can be very damaging for the victims. Irresponsible online behaviour may lead to the victims feeling hurt, angry, depressed, scared or ashamed and there have been links to several instances of teen suic ide already this year. This is one reason the government is looking to bring in legislation to control internet or cyber bullying.

Mix ed Hockey Team at Tournament Week in Oamaru

We are putting together a small group of staff and students to consider how we develop responsible cyber citizens at the College and we will share our ideas with the school community. This w eek is w inter sports tournament and I visited our Senior A Netballers and Mixed Hockey teams in Dunedin and Oamaru on Monday. Coaches, staff and parents were providing the valuable support and encouragement that makes opportunities like this possible for our students. Both teams are relatively young sides and will benefit greatly from the experience. Netball Team at Tournament Week in Dunedin

On Tuesday 11 September we have a combined schools Maori consultation hui at Goldfields Hall starting at 7.00pm. Our school kapa haka group w ill perform along with groups from Goldfields and Cromwell Primary. We look forward to hearing feedback from our Maori whanau that will enable us to provide the best learning opportunities for our rangatahi. Mason Stretch Principal Anton Schroder 8G Maths Feet Statistics

Whaia te taumata - Deserve Success

YEAR 10 FIELD TRIP On Tuesday 27 August all of our Year 10’s headed to Bendigo Station to enjoy a da y in the sunshine collecting data for their NCEA Level 1 Science Achievement Standard.

The students enjoyed their learning experience discovering about why we live in a U-shaped valley and how the landscape around us had formed. Mrs Greenwood from the Geography Department joined the Science Teachers and we were very appreciative of her wealth of knowledge. The trip was very successful, the weather was great, the students were excellent and the data collected vital for their achievement in the classroom. The Level 1 Science Standard will be completed in the classroom towards the end of Term 3. Laura Boulton - Science Teacher THANK YOU

Thank you to the Cromwell Lake Dunstan Lions Club for their generous donation to Cromwell College; $365 to fund a Cross Trainer Programme and $250 for the school’s welfare fund.

HALF DAY SCHOOL Cromwell - a Fairtrade Community Half Day School have been out and about in the C romwel l C ommuni ty sharing the Fairtrade s t o r y. Fairtrade guarantees a fair price for farmers in poor countries so that they can provide education, clean water and sustainable practises for their families. Fairtrade products available in NZ include tea, coffee, sugar, Megan Bell with Pierre Leyser at BP bananas, cotton, football and netballs. Schools and businesses can become Fairtrade certified b y providing Fairtrade tea and coffee for morning tea and committing to support Fairtrade fortnight Amelia Wilkinson with Mr Stretch in May b y putting up posters or holding a coffee morning. Thank you to The Shed, Goldfields school, Cromwell College, The Golden Gate, BP, Mainfreight, Cromwell Library who have kindly received or are about to receive presentations by students. If you would like students to come and present thier Fairtrade story to your place of work, please contact the school or Jilly on, or see one of the HDS students themselves. D

NETBALL PRIZEGIVING 2012 Cromwell Senior A Winners of the Sandy Dunlop Cup Most Improved Player; Kate Harrington Most Valuable Player; Chelsea Schwass Cromwell Senior B:Final placing Most Improved Player; Bianca Healy Most Valuable Player; Sophie Patton Cromwell All Stars: Final placing Most Improved Player; Emma-Jayne Healy Most Valuable Player; Georgia Johnston Cromwell Warriors: Final placing Most Improved Player; Georgia Jackson Most Valuable Player; Hannah Elliot Cromwell Thunderbirds: Final placing Most Improved Player; Charlotte Pay Most Valuable Player; Ashley McAdam Cromwell Junior A: Winners of the Pioneer Trophy Most Improved Player: Chevy Melvin Most Valuable Player; Tia Clark Cromwell Junior B: Final placing Most Improved Player; Taylah Wallis Most Valuable Player; Kyra Clark We had a good number of girls who made the Central Otago rep teams through all age groups. Year 7; Lexi Elliot, Sarah Hogan, Claudia Patton, Tia Clark, Greta Bauer, U14; Della Clark, U15; Nikayla Bolch, Sophie McSkimming, U17; Shannon Jones, Chelsea Schwass. A big thank you to our 2 major sponsors this year – Cromwell Sub-Way for the POM vouchers each week and the drink bottle, and to SBS Bank Rural for the 2 sets of netball uniforms. Our 7 netball teams had a great season and the girls all played with great passion. Thanks must go to the Team Coaches; Tash Lake, Amy Dickey, Kathryn Simpson, Jenna Jackson, Sharne Paranihi, Marijke Topping, Mandy Elliot, Jo Patton, Diane McAuliffe, Emma Pendreigh and Sammy Drummond, also their Team Managers Karen Bolch, Carolyn Schwass, Paula Clark, Lisa Hislop, Di Bennett, and Denise Riordan. Your time and effort is greatly appreciated and we would love to see you back coaching and managing next season. Thank you also to Marie Holden for all the work she does behind the scenes. Finally, thank you to all the parents and supporters who play such an important part in making the season possible and enjoyable for all the players. Amy Dickey – Teacher in charge of Netball


Congratulations to the following former Cromwell College students on their recent graduation: Cayley Coughlin - BSc, Zoology Blair Kippenberger - BCom Marketing Management Nicole Noble - BP, Physiotherapy Yvette Pauley - BA, Religious Studies Hannah Young - BSc, Psychology

CROMWELL SUMMER FOOTBALL Summer football to be held during Term Four on Friday evenings from 6 7 pm at Alpha Street. Registrations will be held on Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 September from 6 - 7pm. $20 per player. No late registrations will be accepted. Available for players 6 years old and up only.

SM Music in Central Demonstration Concert Dunstan High School Hall, Sunda y 16th September, 3:30pm Gold Coin Admission The SM Music in Central Concert will demonstrate the progress that the Flute, Violin and Cello pupils from Alexandra and Cromwell have made. The concert will be supported by the Central Otago Regional Training Orchestra (CORTO), the Central Otago Regional Orchestra (CORO) and the Community Orchestra from Dunedin. This will be a good opportunity for those pupils who could be interested in learning to play the Recorder, Flute, Clarinet, Violin or Cello to see the instruments in performance and discuss possibilities with the teachers at the end of the concert. SOCIAL TONIGHT 7 - 9 PM SPORTS CLUB $5 entry fee (includes a free drink) Lollies, drinks and baking for sale. For students in Years 7 - 9, fundraiser for the Year 8 Camp WHOOPING COUGH UPDATE


New Zealand is currently experiencing an increase in rates of Pertussis (whooping cough) among all age groups, but particularly the young and the elderly. Whooping cough is a potentially serious illness for infants under 1 year of age. The best protection is timely immunisation of children, as per the national immunisation schedule. By the time a child starts school they should have had 4 Pertussis-containing vaccines (at ages 6 weeks, 3 months, 5 months and 4 years). At age 11 children are offered another Pertussiscontaining vaccine which will boost and prolong their immunity. If you think your child is not up-to-date with any vaccinations, please phone your practice nurse. Vaccinations are free.

Tall Poppies Drama School are so excited to be offering two wonderful holiday programmes in the Central Otago region in the next school holidays! “PUT ON A PLAY IN J UST ONE WEEK” For kids aged 8 and older, this will be a great chance to build skills in drama, have fun, meet new people and perform in the holidays too! 1-5th October: Ale xandra (St Gerard’s School Hall) 8-12th October (Luggate Hall). To register or for more information contact:

It is particularly important to keep children fully immunised if there is a baby in the house, or there is regular contact with babies. If your child has a persistent and severe cough, please keep the child at home and make a time to see your GP. For further information please contact your public health nurse: Karen McCabe phone 0274917574. or 08004POPPIES. REAP COURSES School Holiday Sewing & Art Courses 9 years and up, beginners & advanced U3A – Alexandra Aviation series start s 7 September, 10am –12pm U3A – Cromwell - Murder in the Mother of Democracies, 12 September Royal Doulton Blue Children Series, 19 September iPad Learning Circle – Alexandra, 18 Sept, 12.15–1pm, Gold Coin Te Reo Maori – Intermediate Level 11 Sept – 30 Oct, 7 – 9pm 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

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Cromwell College Newsletter 7th September 2012