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17 April 2013

UPCOMING EVENTS: 17-18 April - Y13 Outdoor Leadership Expedition 19 April - Last Day of Term One 19 April - Formal Permission forms due 24 April - 17 May - Everest Base Camp Expedition 6 May - First Day of Term Two, winter uniform compulsory 10 May - Final day to pay for formal tickets Y12 & Y13 13 May - Tertiary Open Day Y13 15 May - Gateway First Aid Course 16 May - BoT Nominations close at noon Adventure Race; Denholm, Harry, Ezra & Fiona

Year 8 ‘Study Ladder’ mathematics

Kapa haka Festival in Alexandra

NEWSLETTER 5 Kia ora koutou. Our teachers enjoyed catching up with families at our parent teacher interviews last week. Positive and productive learning focussed conversations make for a great atmosphere in our Auditorium. Strong communication between home and school is crucial to our students’ success and our interviews, which will be held again in early Term 3, are an important aspect of this. This year we have also placed greater emphasis on support for those students who we feel are underachieving and this is being led by our Academic Dean, Karen Inglis. These individual education plans are discussed with the parents and the student and proving valuable in considering strategies for improved achievement. Elections for our new Board of Trustees take place in the first few weeks of next term. Our school has benefitted greatly from a skilled, knowledgeable and committed Board and the role is a very important and rewarding one. I would encourage any interested parent to make contact with myself or Maxine Knowler, our current Board Chair. Nomination forms can be picked up from the school office. The New Zealand Secondary Schools Adventure Race was held in Cromwell on Saturday. There were 35 teams entered and we had five of these teams on the start line keen to go at 6.00am. It was a spectacular day for racing and one of our Apartments teams made up of Harry Smith, Fiona Templeton, Ezra Berridge and Denholm Rinkin were 4th in the mixed teams event. When I saw them at the transition at Bannockburn Inlet they had just finished their cycle, run and abseil and were enjoying some friendly rivalry with our junior college team. Congratulations and thank you to Bill Godsall and his team for staging such a fabulous event. Well done to Josh Smith on his success at the National BMX Championships and on being selected for the world event to be held in Auckland in July. Well done to Jack Harrison who broke several long standing records at the Cromwell swimming club championships recently. Two of these records were held by Olympian Andrew McMillan. Our Under 14 rugby team played with considerable spirit against an Australian team from Illawarra last Friday afternoon. They lost 45 - 26 but came back strongly in the second half with good structure, some excellent defence and entertaining attack. Our kapa haka group performed at the bi-annual kapa haka festival in Alexandra last Sunday along with primary and secondary schools from all over Central Otago. Each school presented two items to a large, appreciative crowd. I was extremely proud of our rangatahi who gave a polished performance of our action song ‘Kua Tu’ and the tama (boys) delivered a powerful school haka. Tu meke whanau (awesome!) The group also entertained at this week’s Cultural Assembly which included excellent performances from Amelia Fox, piano, and Matt Kennedy on drums.

Matt Kennedy - drum solo

Janice Scott continues to make a very good recovery. She has decided to postpone her return to work until the start of Term 3 and Kate Borrie and Astrid Geneblaza will continue teaching her 8S class. Alex Pearson, our Head of Science, has accepted a job at Dunstan High school teaching chemistry and science commencing at the start of Term 3. He has made a tremendous contribution and we are very sad to be losing him. We wish him well on his move to be closer to his home and family and also his horticultural interests in Alexandra. The challenge of conkers featured in our most recent house competition. Kawarau ‘conkered’ all and has now overtaken Clutha as current house leaders. On Friday we look forward to our school ANZAC service. We have invited members of the Cromwell RSA and encourage students to wear family medals for the day.

Rugby U14 match against Illawarra

Our Everest Base Camp Team are away in less than a week’s time. There is a mix of excitement, nervousness and anticipation for each of us. Thank you again to the many businesses and individuals in our community who have provided sponsorship in many forms to enable us to realise our dream. Thank you also for the many kind words of encouragement we have received. We aim to keep you all posted on our blog, Ka kite and namaste. Mason Stretch Principal

Whaia te taumata - Deserve Success



Results from the South Island Athletics Champsionships: Ryan Francis; AWD Shot Put 3rd place, ADW 100m 3rd place; Emma Smith placed 8th in the 1500m; Anton Schroder placed 8th in the Javelin; Brooke Helms also competed in the Javelin and Shot Put. David Beck and Ezra Berridge were unable to attend this meeting in Invercargill.

All clubs interested in hiring the Cromwell College gymnasium outside of school hours are asked to contact Steve Hodkinson stating preferred times and dates. Please email before the end of term 19th April.

Tania Murray - Sports Coordinator


David Beck with the 16 years & over Cromwell Swimming Club championships: 1st place 100m freestyle; backstroke; breaststroke; individual medley and 50m butterfly. David achieved personal best times in 4 of the 5 disciplines.

PB4L House Competitions ‘conker’ tournament held at lunch time recently. Mr Fitzgerald is showing technique.

Season pass forms for skiing or snowboarding at Cardrona can be collected from the school office. Please make cheques payable to “Cardona Alpine Resort” attach them to the form, or record credit card details on the form and return it to the school office by Friday 24th May. The school will stamp the forms and post them to Cardrona. Please note late forms and payments will not be accepted at the office. All students taking part in Y11 Physical Education, Year 12 and Year 13 Outdoor Leadership are expected to purchase a seasons pass for Cardrona. Please see Mr Hodkinson or Ms Coker urgently if students in these classes are not participating. Thank you.

SLEEP HYGIENE Sleep hygiene is the practice of behaviours and routines during daily living that encourage healthy sleep. Adolescents need a lot of sleep to keep up with all their activities, as well as their growth and development. A lot of young people get too little sleep, often because of playing Xbox/ PlayStation, watching TV or texting late at night. Sleep also helps boost the immune system, which is particularly important in winter to help fight off bugs and viruses and shorter sleep duration is linked to poorer daytime concentration and learning in children and adolescents. Here are some common sleep hygiene rules adolescents can adopt to encourage adequate sleep. Theme Food

Rule 1 Don’ t drink anything 30 minutes before bed.


Set a time during the day for things you want to think about or plan for. Wake up and go to bed the same time every day.



No electronic media (e.g. iPods, TV watching) at least 30 minutes before bed.

Rule 2 Stay away from food and caffeine 3 hours before bed. Wind down and relax 30 minutes before bed. Bring light into your room when you wake up and dim lights before bed. No exercise 3 hours before bed.

The Public Health Nurse is: Karen McCabe Public Health Nurse / Public Health South / Southern DHB PO Box 30, Dunstan Hospital Clyde 9341 | office: 03 4404309 fax:: 03 4404319 cell: 0274917574 email:

Adventure Race; Nick Martin, Cory Hoffman, Jemma Ramsey & Fred Richardson

Year 12 Chemistry



Year 8 Half Day School held a Micronations summit recently. According to the 1933 Montevideo Convention on Statehood, as long as you have a government, a population, a territory and are open to negotiation, it is perfectly legal to set up a nation.

The School Trustee Elections are being held this year and we need you to get involved. Our school is governed by a democratically elected group of people called the Board of Trustees. These trustees make important decisions about our school’s strategic direction, student achievement outcomes, resources, staffing and much more.

Parents visited the embassies of ‘Beden Couchica’ main population pillows; ‘Lepidopterae’ main population the easter bunny; ‘Bobatropolis, Equus’, ‘Somewhere, Meatalot’ (no veggies allowed) and many others. They got to examine stamps, passports, armed forces, exports and imports, national sports, national foods, history and mythology, flags, climate, things to see and do and national dress. The presidents/Kings/leaders aka the students did a marvellous job and it was enjoyed by all the visitors. This was followed by an information evening about gifted education at Cromwell College. We are one of the only schools in the South Island that supports and funds a withdrawal programme for gifted and talented students. Further up the school, we also support acceleration and multi level teaching as other ways to cater for our most academically able students. SPEED THINKING Cromwell College Year 9 Half Day School hosted Dunstan High School in a Speed Thinking competition. Each student had to come up with their own challenge and then students from the two schools played against each other. Challenges that Cromwell College and Dunstan High School came up with were: word puzzles, riddles, a sensory challenge box – stick your hand in the box full of items and guess what they are; taste test challenge, games involving weight, strategy, following instructions, logic problems and general knowledge. And a bunny. Dunstan won by a small margin and we'll look forward to an engineering thinking challenge at Dunstan next term . Jilly O’Brien

Being a trustee is a rewarding role. Parents, families, whãnau and people from the wider community can all be trustees. We’re looking for a range of people with a variety of skills, experiences and attributes who believe in making a positive difference to our children’s learning. Nominations close at noon on 16 May 2013 and may be accompanied by a signed candidates’ statement and photo. Voting closes at noon on 30 May 2013. WINTER UNIFORM REMINDERS

We ask that all students dress in winter uniform from the start of Term 2. Boys  Long navy trousers  Long sleeved navy blue Cromwell College monogrammed polo shirt  Navy Blue V neck jersey or vest  Grey Mosgiel brand socks with pale and dark blue banded tops.  Black leather lace up regulation DRESS shoes.  Plain dark blue or black regulation jacket. Girls  Kilt, Blue Watch Tartan  Navy above knee socks or stockings/pantyhose.  White peaked collar blouse with long sleeves.  Navy Blue V neck jersey or vest  Optional scarf, must be navy blue or black.  Black leather lace up regulation DRESS shoes.  Plain dark blue or black regulation jacket. Some other uniform rem inders Parental support with these areas of uniform would be appreciated. Jewellery – 2 small studs per ear only. No other piercings or stretchers allowed on the face. No bangles, rings or necklaces. No woven or plastic wrist bands. Hair - one natural colour and no ‘unusual or extreme’ hair styles. Shoes – Black leather standard school schools, not canvas. Jackets – Black or Navy Blue only, to and from school. These are to be taken off in class. Cromwell College jackets can be ordered through our school office.

HOST FAMILIES NEEDED IN JUNE/JULY Keen to recycle your old TV, b ut can’t really afford the cost? In June-July 2013 Student Exchange Australia New Now’s your chance to do the Zealand Ltd will be receiving exchange students right thing for the environment from Europe, Canada, the USA and Latin America. AND save money! From We are looking for volunteer host families to welWednesday April 10th, you can come these students into their homes for between recycle your TV for only $5 and the Government 2-10 months. Student Exchange Australia New will pay the rest! But make sure you get in fast, Zealand is a not-for-profit organisation registered because the subsidy will only cover the first 800 with the New Zealand Ministry of Education. You TVs recycled in the Central Otago district. Recycle can find out more about our organisation by visiting your TV today and keep toxic materials out of the . landfill. Availab le at CO WasteBusters, Smith City Alexandra or Cromwell/Roxburgh/Ranfurly Transfer Stations.

ICE SKATING If you are interested in getting a head start on your ice skating season (or ski cross training) we have a holiday program. It is Monday April 29 th to Friday May 3rd from 8:00am to 9:00am at the cost of $69.00 for the 5 days. Term 2 skating starts May 7 th to July 11 th. We have weekly learn to skate programs for everyone; kids , adults and also beginner hockey. For more information check our website or email or phone 03 441 -8000. FUTSAL Futsal Registration for Term 2, 2013 will be Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th April at the Cromwell Junior Football Club Rooms. Alpha Street 6.00pm –7.00pm (No late registrations will be accepted.) Subs to be paid at registration, $35 per player. Registrations for Year 4* to 6, Year 7 to 10. Season runs from Friday 10th May till Friday 12th July 2013. For more information please email Michelle at * Year 4 children who are registered soccer players to the CJFC.

Frisbee Challenge Adventure Race; Tegan Buchanan, Emma Patton, Carter McAuliffe & Luke Holden

CROMWELL JUNIOR BASKET BALL CLUB Registration Night Wednesday 17th April 2013 Time: 06:30pm – 07:30pm Venue: Cromwell Sports Club rooms Season to commence on the 08th May 2013 dependent on enough parent support for committee - AGM 17th 7:30pm @ Sports Club (YES same night!) Fees: Rockets (New Entrant – Yr 4) $30:00,Yr5 – Yr8 - $40:00 x1 child, $50.00:00 x2 children & $60:00 x3 or more per family. Fees to be paid on the night or other payment arrangements can be discussed but only with your parents. Parents please accompany your child/children. Further enquires please contact: Barbara Garr – 03 445 1191 or 027 733 6406 Sandra Shaw – 03 445 1894 or 027 549 7885

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