ARTWORK BY: KAREN LENG
PRINCIPAL’S COMMENT Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou It has been an incredibly busy term. As we near the
daughter to see how many credits your daughter is
end of a 12 week term, it is important to take the
working towards this year.
opportunity to reflect on the term that has been, and the up and coming term 2. Focus areas for reflection needs to be first and foremost, academic reflection.
Interim reports will be issued April 16th, via your daughter. We will also endeavor to have her report e-mailed to you as a pdf file or have it available on
Our junior school needs to be focussing on
the parent portal. Parent interviews will be held on
establishing good routines, study habits and a focus
May 7th and 8th at Hamilton Girls’ High School and
for the future. Our intention is to engage Year 9 and
we encourage you to meet your daughter’s teachers
10 students in learning that enables each student
to further support her learning. Information on
to experience a curriculum that engages, challenges
how to arrange your parent interview online will be
and allows them to strive for personal excellence. If
your daughter requires more support, please make contact with the school, via her tutor group teacher and Deans, as soon as possible.
We are excited to announce the launch of our new website, which went live a week ago and is located at the same address: www.hghs.school.
Our staff will continue to provide support for our
nz. Advantages of the new website include a more
students through academic tracking and mentoring.
robust page layout, easy navigation, more detailed
The questions that our tutor group teacher’s are
information about our school organization and
asking of your daughter are:
student achievements. The site will be updated on a
What are your academic goals for 2014?
regular basis to better reflect up to date information,
What are your co-curricular goals for 2014
including notices, up and coming events and
(this means activities outside the classroom,
student achievement. We hope that you find the
such as music, drama, sport or debating)
new website has a fresh look, is easy to use and is
What are your strengths?
informative. Feedback will be sought at a later date.
What are the areas you need to develop?
How will you achieve your goals?
Tell us about your support systems? i.e.
people or systems who will help you achieve
If you haven’t done so already, this is a great starting point for a “learning conversation” with your daughter. On our new website www.hghs.school. nz, we have put together a suggested way to track your daughter’s NCEA credits. Please take the time to look at this in more depth and to work with your
On another note, I wish to acknowledge and thank all the students, coaching management and staff for representing Hamilton Girls’ High School with pride at the recent Summer Tournament last week. Special congratulations to Georgia Allen, winning Gold in the U18 Single Sculls, HGHS Softball team for being placed 2nd in NZ and to the HGHS 7’s rugby team for winning the North Island 7’s tournament at the Mount.
MARIE GORDON Principal
BUSINESS STUDIES On Friday the 7th of March, five Level 2 and Level 3 Business Studies classes from our school went along with Mr Mitchell and Ms Murdoch to WINTEC for the Young Enterprise Scheme E-Day (Enterprise Day). We learnt a lot on what we would be doing this year as part of Young Enterprise Scheme. There were various other schools there too and some that came from out of Hamilton. There were many guests there to speed-coach the many student business groups at E-Day. We got speed-coaching from a variety of local business people and we were able to explain our product ideas to them and in return, we received advice on how we could improve our businesses to run more efficiently. We thought it was a great day and we had a lot of fun. We canâ€™t wait to start making our products and selling
GALA DAY FUNDRAIsER April 14th - Lunchtime in the Quad
them. Lisa Joe and Brenda Woods â€“ Year 13 Business Studies students.
VISUAL ARTS LEVEL 2 DESIGN The girls have just handed in their first internal assessment. One of the tasks was a brief given to us by Ara Taiohi for people working with young people group. The brief was to create a poster for the National Youth Week competition, the theme being â€˜Be the Changeâ€™. This gave the girls a great opportunity to apply the skills they are starting to learn using the Adobe Creative Suite in a real life/industry setting. The girls used Photoshop for this task where they started to learn more aspects of the programme. The girls also looked at a few different designers and did their own brainstorming before they started their layouts. Here are a few examples of the outcome. As you can see, they have all come up with their own individual ideas. The competition closed on the 21st of March. Good luck to the entrants.
IMAGES ARE AS FOLLOWS: LEFT PAGE:
Top Row - Romana Auer Bottom Row - Leah Nicholson RIGHT PAGE:
Top Row - Gabrielle Gardner and Alysha Ellis Bottom Row - Leah Nicholson and Karen Leng
ENGLISH The focus of Year 10 English this term is writing. All Year 10 students have been analysing effective writing and are now beginning to produce their own creative pieces. The students in 10XA have written their own poetry, some of which is reproduced here for your enjoyment.
1APS and 1APO Beach Education Assessment at Raglan On 14th and 17th March our four Level 1 PE classes
aid, CPR and keeping safe in rips. The afternoon
travelled bright and early to Raglan to complete
included a run- swim- run where the conditions
the Beach Education assessments that they have
on Monday were brutal, followed by a beach flags
been working on since the start of term 1. The day
competition and a tube rescue. It was a long and
started with a 5km run along the beach dodging
tiring day but we were proud of the commitment
the jellyfish, followed by beach sprints in the soft
and determination shown by all students. Well done
sand. The students also took a tour of Raglan surf
life club and then participated in workshops on first
Miss Cox, Mr Devcich and Mrs Rakete
SCIENCE 9LAP Science
We have been learning about the states of matter and Mrs Le Miere brought in some dry ice which is solid carbon dioxide. When we put a metal spoon on the solid carbon dioxide it made a squeaky sound because the solid boiled and changed to a gas. We also put some dry ice into a beaker with water. It bubbled lots and the indicator showed that it made the water turn acidic. It was fun!
The Microscope World: Yr 12 Biology There are four Y12 Biology classes at Hamilton Girls’ High School and the students in these classes
The material being prepared for viewing includes
are busy practising their microscope skills for an
different plant tissues such as onion epidermis,
Achievement Standard worth 3 credits. The students
potato cells, Elodea cells and rhubarb leaf epidermis
are practising the preparation of biological material
and animals cells such as cheek cells. As well as this
for viewing under the light microscope to enable
they have looked at daphnia and lots of different
the detail of cell structures and components to be
unicellular organisms. This has been lots of fun and
determined. After preparing slides and focusing the
some students have been taking some great photos
material under the microscope the students record
with their phones. These are some of the pictures
their observations in biological drawings in order to
the girls in Mrs Bergman’s class have taken.
identify the specialised features.
SOCIAL STUDIES MP visits Year 12 Social Studies On Monday the 10th March, the Social Studies
votes and why different MP’s vote for different
department invited David Bennett, MP for Hamilton
reasons. Mr Bennett also explained why he changed
East to come and speak to the Year 12 classes about
his vote from not wanting a change in the existing
the gay marriage legislation. The students have been
legislation to voting for a change. His first-hand
examining different perspectives around this issue
account of this is invaluable and many students were
and David Bennett was an MP who changed his
able to use his perspective to help them develop
position on this Bill in the third reading. He spoke
their answers for the internal assessment on Social
to the girls about how MP’s get to have conscience
SOCIAL STUDIES Year 11 Geography Tarawera field trip Earlier this term 42 Year 11 Geography students travelled down to Rotorua to get some first hand experience on the Tarawera eruption of 1886. First we had an insightful visit to the Rotorua Museum, where an educator spoke with the girls about the different types of eruptions that had happened in the area. They also experienced first hand what it would have been like to have been in the eruption in the Movie Simulator. After lunch, we travelled out to the Buried Village. These are the buried remains of the Te Wairoa village which was destroyed in the eruption. Here the girls were able to see first the amount of ash and volcanic mud that rained down on the village and the impact on the cultural and natural environment that the eruption had on surrounding areas. It was an extremely interesting and valuable trip for the girls and provided them with a real life examples for their external exam on Extreme Natural Events.
9EA have been practising their poetry writing skills using figurative language by working in a group to produce a poem around the theme of New Zealand.
Swinging in the hammock by the Pohutakawa tree
Not a care in the world, I feel so free.
Hot summer days
Beaming sun rays
Kids going slpash,
Waves going crash. Chips attracting seagulls, like bees to honey
Ear to ear smile because the weather is so balmy.
Salt in the air,
Sand in my hair. A beautiful breeze, floating across the seas.
The wind whistles, the water ripples
Drawing in the sand, getting tanned. To call this our home, we are proud
Image: Yvannia And Georgia saying their poem â€œHomeâ€?. Poem to the right.
The land of the long white cloud.
This is the grand,
And beautiful New Zealand.
School in the Philippines - Shaira Mendoza In the Philippines: We don’t get two weeks of vacation at the end of every term. We only have Christmas and Summer vacation.
project and the exam. We have three full days of exam at the end of every term. All of these are repeated four times through the year.
School starts at 7am and ends at 4pm.
We all speak Tagalog but we are required to speak English in most subjects, as it is the medium of instruction. We stay in one classroom for the whole year. It is really fun because we develop strong friendships.
We can’t choose our subjects. We are required to take all of them. They are, English, Filipino, Maths, Science, History, Technology, and Livelihood Education, MAPEH – Music, Arts, PE and Health and Values Education. Instead of combining credits from all subjects to pass, each subject is graded individually. We receive these grades every term and by the end of the year, we’ll get the average. For each subject we are graded on homework, quizzes, recitation, performance output,
Moving to HGHS was a very big change but I do like it better. I crammed a lot back in my country. It felt really good to know that I have a lot of time here. In HIS (Philippines), we were all Filipinos, so it’s a great experience to be in this school where there are a lot of international students.
Comparing HGHS to my old school back in Tonga - Mele Nginingini First of all both schools have hard subjects. I know it would be easier for me to work, complete tests, exams and homework at my old school as we use Tongan which is my first language. Here it is more difficult for me to learn as I am still struggling with the language but I like the way the teachers at HGHS teach students. Both schools teach mostly the same subjects except HGHS has Spanish, Japanese, Chinese and French. Both wear uniforms. I liked my old uniform but I like HGHS uniform more. There is no winter in Tonga. Both schools finish around the same time, but my old school has only one week of holidays between each term. We have 4 terms also that start on the last week of January and end in the last week of November. My old school is co-educational.
My old school allows hitting (corporal punishment) for boys only. Teachers are allowed to hit boys if they have done something horrible but teachers don’t hit them very hard. My old school has an assembly every Monday and Friday mornings and for special occasions like a funeral. Notices like athletics are read out in front of the whole school. My old school is a Catholic school, not very expensive to attend like some of the other private schools. There are about 30 schools in Tonga. I think the best way to increase or develop English for International Students is for the teachers to give us basic word exercises and test us regularly, making each exercise harder. All of this depends on the student – if they are willing to do it.
Differences between school in Kiribati and New Zealand. Betty Taraua In Kiribati schools starts at 8.00 and finishes at 3.00. When we go to school in Kiribati, we don’t speak English; we speak in our own language. When we are late to school the gate is locked and we have to go back home. We have 6 subjects and in Kiribati we don’t have poly groups. However we have only one lunchtime. School breaks at 12.00 and all the students go inside the dining hall. First we go and order our food, and then we go and sit around the tables and wait for our food. The people who work inside the hall bring our food to us. We are not allowed to stand up and take our food because there are people who
bring our food to us. After we have eaten they take all our rubbish to the rubbish bin. Then we go to our last period when the bell has rung. In NZ school starts at 8:40 and when we are late we need to go first to the office and take our pass. We always speak English at school in NZ, but we have Poly in school and we have two lunchtimes. We break at 1:25, then we go and buy our food and sit near the classrooms or near the library and eat. When we finish we take our rubbish to the bin and wait for the bell to ring.
How are schools in Fiji different to schools in New Zealand? - Kelera Masiniqa Most of the schools in Fiji don’t have many special events, for example Pasifika by nature, Drama etc. Students get hidings, e.g. slapped on the face. The uniforms are different from here. In Fiji Form 7’s (Year 13) wear uniform. Schools here are much bigger than the schools in Fiji. Female students have to braid their hair in some schools in Fiji. This is different to girls’ schools here. Not many
accessories are allowed. Fijian schools don’t have tutor groups. Kids on the island don’t really use lunchboxes, especially the ones from the villages. They don’t talk back to the teachers. Students wear different kinds of jandals and jackets. They don’t use timetables like the ones we use here. Students stay in one class and don’t change rooms, only the teacher changes. There is only one Dean for Years 9-13.
Congratulations to Denis Eltringham who has been appointed as the Assistant Head of Department of Maths in a long term relieving position for 2014.
The Year 9s seem like an awesome bunch and we are
Scholarship classes have started for Calculus at Level
and into their maths classes.
2 and 3. Both classes run after school on Mondays from 3.30pm. The Level 2 class is taken by Ms Chan and Level 3 by Ms Leong.
very pleased that they are settling well into school
There are no study periods timetabled for Yr 11 and 12 seniors this year but students are expected to do
Statistics Scholarship classes will be starting in week 9. A definite day and time has not yet been finalised but, if you are in the 3MTS class and are interested, please contact Mr Eltringham in V5 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) to let him know your name and days, and times you are not available out of possible Monday, Thursday or Friday afternoons
some revision and/or homework daily. This will help them to keep up with their lessons. Year 13s need to make good use of their study periods and manage their time wisely.
Message To Parents and Students who no longer study Maths:
We are currently trying to source second hand
students to purchase. If you have one that is no
Graphics calculators (Casio FX 9750GII) for our
The Mathematics Department is running lunchtime tutorials in the first half of lunchtime for all year levels and the schedule is as follows in M11: There will be a current teacher of that year level taking the tutorials.
longer used and are willing to sell it, please phone the school (ph: 839-1304, ext 844) and leave your name and phone number. We can give you an idea of what it will be worth and pass on your details to potential buyers. You can then organise the sale yourselves.
My name is Kelsey White and I am fortunate to have been given the role of Year 13 Technology prefect for 2014. I am a textiles (soft materials) student, and have been part of technology since I started school in Year 9.
We’re just over half way through Term 1 and
design ideas which they’ll later use in a product
technology has already started off with a bang.
design portfolio. The year 10 visual and design
Technology is an important part of school and life
classes have been learning skills such as how to
in general. It has that fun side of cooking, sewing
sketch and render and have been designing eras in
and building things but you also learn valuable skills
history, looking at each particular style and how it
in analysing, problem solving, critical thinking and
you gain technical knowledge and skills. These skills and knowledge are useful for all parts of life, and
Biotechnology: The senior biotechnology classes
it’s training for when us students go out into the
have been learning about health and safety as well
Tech industry or other jobs. Technology is now a
as researching and investigating soap (cosmetics),
University approved subject and it is highly sought
and the skills and processes involved, such as melt
for in jobs.
and pour skills, and cold process.
We’ve got a wide range of technology areas such as
Food technology and soft materials: The junior
digital technology, food technology, soft materials
food technology and soft materials classes have
(textiles), biotechnology, product design, graphics,
been learning skills to do with sewing machines and
hard materials, early childhood and hospitality.
cooking and learning the importance of health and safety. The senior food and soft materials classes
Year 9: Year 9’s have been learning to use the food
have been researching planning tools and concepts
rooms, learning about cosmetic products and after
around their chosen contexts and issues, to later
experimenting they’ll be designing and making
design and produce a final product.
their own. The year 9 product design classes have been learning how to use google sketch up to make
Hospitality: Due to changes being made to the
3D models, they’ve been researching jewellery and
hospitality standards this year, food and nutrition
containers as well as learning skills and techniques
standards have been introduced.
involved then practising and testing these skills.
Early childhood: Early childhood has full classes this
Digital technology: The junior digital technology
year and it’s a promising subject area, as this leads
classes are learning skills around word processing,
on to courses in Early Childhood care.
typing with both hands and layout documents, while the seniors are building on these skills and using databases. There’s currently a code club running which just started last week, where you learn how to programme and anyone is welcome to join. Design and visual classes: The senior design and visual classes have been learning skills such as sketching models and computing images, and they’re researching around a topic to help innovate
sports at hghs
CENTRAL ZONE SCHOOLS ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS SPORTS RESULTS A Day of Outstanding Athletics
100m, 2nd in the 200m, 3rd in the high jump and
We travelled to Porritt Stadium on 4th March full
place. For the intermediates Eden Bates had an
of trepidation but excited about our events. HGHS had a large team with 42 athletes representing our school. We were dignified in our approach and our sportswomanship epitomised everything our school is about. Our team spirit was outstanding, with many of the intermediate and senior girls mentoring the juniors and we were definitely the team that cheered the loudest in the home straight! Our finest athletes were on show and they didnâ€™t disappoint! In order to qualify for the Waikato Bay of Plenty Championships our athletes had to achieve a top six finishing position. In total 23 students managed to do this and will be competing again at Porritt Stadium on Saturday 22nd March, so come along and support us. In our junior age group Tiana Parker came 1st in the javelin and 2nd in the shot putt and Jazmin Felix- Hotham came 2nd in the
also anchored the 4 x 100m relay team into 2nd outstanding day with 1st in the triple jump, 2nd in the high jump and 3rd in the long jump; Michaela Foster was 2nd in the shot putt; Keely Jennings was 2nd in the triple jump and 3rd in the 400m; Makaia Riki TeKanawa was 2nd in the javelin and Stephanie Lualua was 3rd in the shot putt. In our senior age group Tessa Leong ran an outstanding race in the 3000m, finishing 2nd; Mikaela Jefferson was 3rd in the shot and Jhanayah Nathan was 3rd in the discus. Other qualifiers in their respective age groups were Talei Fendall, Kelsey Phillips, Liekina Finau, Abbie Hanson, Anna Gallaher, Sharnae Taylor, Tara Kingham, Ashleigh Stoupe, Katie Lush, Renee Allan, Peaches Fletcher, Stacey Littleworth and Rhiannon Dunn. What a day girls! You did HGHS proud! Miss Cox
SPORTING SUCCESS AT HAMILTON GIRLS’ HIGH SCHOOL Sporting Success at Hamilton Girls’ High School
not only taking out her age group, but also coming
The last month has been a golden one for many of
in first female overall. This is a great achievement
our students and teams at Hamilton Girls.
for Katie, who continues to go from strength to strength. This placing earned her a spot in the New
Georgia Allen not only won the NZ Club U18 single
Zealand Secondary Schools Championships held on
scull final but was a convincing winner at the North
27th March in Gisborne where she finished 16th in
Island Secondary Schools Regatta in the U18 single
the U16 division.
scull final. The athletics team also had some stand out Tenika Willison, Te Awatea Whitiora-Te Uira, Carmen
performances at the Waikato-Bay of Plenty
Mataira, Leah Meagher and Manaia Waudby were
Championships. At the Waikato-Bay of Plenty
part of the winning U21 team at the Touch Club
Championships Eden Bates took out the
Nationals. Furthermore, Tenika Willison and Te
Intermediate High Jump, Jazmin Hotham won the
Awatea Whitiora-Te Uira were both selected for the
Junior Girls 200 metres and Mikaela Jefferson the
NZ U19 Girls Touch team.
Senior girls 300 metre hurdles at the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Championships. Eden, Jazmin, Mikaela, Tessa
The HGHS Senior Touch team showed their class at
Leong, Michaela Foster and Tiana Parker qualified
the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Zones competition. Not
and were selected to attend the North Island
only did they go through the competition unbeaten
Secondary Schools Championships in Masterton.
but no tries were scored against them. This is a truly outstanding effort.
We are very proud of all of these students and their accomplishments.
Katie Lush had an outstanding performance at the Waikato Secondary Schools Triathlon championships
SUMMER TOURNAMENT WEEK From Monday 24th through until Sunday 30th
Champs. Softball headed to Christchurch to play in
March we had a number of teams seeking National
the National Division 1 championships. Waterpolo
and Regional honours in their respective codes.
competed in the Senior North Island Championships
Our rowing team headed off to Lake Ruataniwha
in Auckland and Basketball also played in Auckland
in Twizel for the AON Maadi Cup, our U19 rugby
at the first 3 on 3 National Championships. Our
7’s team went off to Mount Maunganui for the
Equestrian team competed in the North Island
North Island Secondary Schools, the bowls team
Inter-school Dressage Championships held at
played here in Hamilton in the Waikato Secondary
St Peter’s School, Cambridge and Katie Lush
Schools competition and Waka Ama headed to
headed to Gisborne for the North Island Triathlon
Rotorua for the New Zealand Secondary Schools
WAIKATO BAY OF PLENTY SCHOOL ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS
2014 SPORTING HONOURS LIST
Our elite squad of 19 athletes represented Hamilton Girlsâ€™ High School on Saturday 22nd March in the Waikato Bay of Plenty School Athletics Championships at Porritt Stadium. Our athletes were professional in their approach, extremely determined, supportive of each other and a real pleasure to watch. In order to progress to the North Island Secondary Schools Championships in Masterton on 5th and 6th April, athletes had to achieve a top three finishing position in their respective finals or gain a qualifying time. There were some fantastic performances throughout the squad which
Tenika Willison Selected for the NZ Under 19 Touch Team
are shown below.
Jazmin Felix-Hotham- 200m Champion (27.57seconds) and 2nd in the 100m Tiana Parker- 3rd in Javelin
Eden Bates- High Jump Champion (new personal best of 1.61m) and Triple jump 3rd place Michaela Foster- 3rd in shot Keely Jennings- 4th in 400m but achieved the qualifying time
Te Awatea Whitiora Te-Uira Selected for the NZ Under 19 Touch Team
Mikaela Jeffeson- 300m hurdles Champion, 2nd in 100m hurdles, 3rd in 100m Tessa Leong- 2nd in 3000m
Georgia Allen JAZMIN FELIX- HOTHAM
300m Hurdles Champion
Gold Medal for Single Sculls at the NISS Rowing Competition
CAREERS University Liaison Visits
This is a busy term with a number of universities
1. Senior students interested in a career in the
coming to make presentations to our Year 13
agriculture industry will have the opportunity
students about the various courses and degrees
to participate in the annual Get Ahead day on
they offer. These are usually held at lunchtime
April 3 at Karapiro, which features activities
in V3. By the time you read this newsletter, we
and talks about careers in the agri-science
would have already hosted the Universities of
and agri-business industries as well as “hands
Auckland, Massey, Otago and Canterbury, as well
as the Auckland University of Technology (AUT). If students missed these liaison talks, they are
2. Year 13 have the chance to gain their First Aid
welcome to call into the Careers Office to pick up
their latest information booklets.
The following is a list of Liaison visits for the
3. Term Two – STAR courses for seniors begin
remainder of this term:
with the chance to spend a day on a wide
variety of courses eg interior design,
Wednesday, April 9
horticulture and landscaping, child minding,
Waikato University Liaison visit
Police preparation, hospitality and interactive
Monday, May 26
certificate on a two day course in the April
Victoria University Liaison visit 4. Liaison visits by Victoria University ( May By going to the websites of tertiary providers, Year
26) and the Defence Force (May 21) as well as
13 students should be familiarising themselves with
Open Days for Wintec (June 27) and the
their courses, their entry requirements and any
Waikato University (May 16) and the Careers
scholarships they may have on offer.
Expo (June 8) will be held during Term Two.
HGHS Careers Facebook Page
More details on all of these will be in future newsletters.
Hamilton Girls’ High School Careers now has a
All you need to do logon to Facebook and click the
Facebook page. We look forward to providing you
‘Like’ button on our page. You can find us searching
with up to date news of our events and tips related
Hamilton Girls High School Careers or by visiting the
to future career pathways, as well as offering tips
the link below:
about how to job hunt, prepare a CV and prepare for
Kimberley Allan at The Warehouse—Central Hamilton Hi, my name is Kimberley and I participate in The Warehouse Red Shirts in School Gateway Community program. To make this brief, this program consists of bookwork, homework and shop work. Yesterday I completed my 4th week of this program
Cairo Kingsbury at Riverlea Theatre This year I decided to get involved and applied to do Gateway Work experience. I was placed in classes in Riverlea Theatre, have my name put down for backstage work and have the opportunity to do film crew work.
and am feeling accomplished. The work is hard and tiring but very fulfilling and I love to help the
All this happened within a few weeks and I’m very
customers to the best of my ability.
happy with where I’ve ended up. Without Gateway I
I have made many new friends that I know will always stay just the way they are now: amazing, of course. I have also learned many new skills that will benefit me in retail if I decided to continue. Some customers can be a little intimidating but most of the time they’re nice to interact with and can make your day very interesting. The staff are extremely encouraging and love to learn all sorts of things about you. They want to know what you want to do as a career, what school you go to, what your favourite colour is (just kidding), etc… And they make you feel at home. I think that that is an important element to have in a work place and it is most certainly present at The Warehouse.
wouldn’t have meet all the amazing people I have or gotten involved in the area I love. And it’s even better that I’m earning credits while I’m at it. I’d recommend giving it a go. This is a great opportunity, one that won’t come again after school.
Hamilton Girlsâ€™ High Head Girl - Tessa Cowley
Deputy Head Girl - Stephanie Hunia
Academic Council Academic Captain - Alex Mayer Mathematics Prefect - Holly Robins Social Sciences Prefect - Hyebin Han Science Prefect - Georgia Allen International Languages Prefect- Yasmin Brinkworth Technology Prefect - Kelsey White English - Yasmin Brinkworth Health & PE Prefect - Emma Ballard Ka Awatea Prefect - Carmen Mataira
Arts Captain - Georgia Morrison Visual Arts - Ashleigh Miles Pasifika - Ema Bourne Kapahaka - Devena Ruwhiu-Edmonds Music - Cecelia Lockley Drama - Samantha Fowler Dance - Olivia Godfrey Multicultural - Amun Muhktar Media - Ashley Beuncamino
SENIOR LEADERS 2014 BoT Student Rep - Brooke Baldwin
Student Council - Kaitlyn Cook
Service Council Service Captain - Danni Ryan Ashley Smith - School Services Prefect Olivia Voss - Community Services Prefect Jacqueline Kirk – Campbell House Anna Hall – Edgecumbe House Vasanthi Lualua – Heads House Prefect Jacqueline Bragg – MacDiarmid House Antonia Timings – Wilson House Prefect
Sports Council Sports Captain - Stephanie Hunia Tessa Leong Emma Ballard Emily Coll Mikaela Jefferson Sarah Rendle Terina Te Tamaki Kennedy Simon Te Awatea Whitiora-Te Uira Ariana Hira-Herangi Manaia Willison
NCEA Key NZQA Dates 11th April 2014
Start checking your results on the NZQA Database NZQA Fees Financial Assistance Last Date to Withdraw from External Exams Last Date to Withdraw from Internal Standard
(Updated on the 5th day of each Month)
School’s deadline – 13th June 2014 School’s deadline – 13th June 2014 School’s deadline – 15th August 2014 School’s deadline – 21st November 2014
Unless you have been given an adequate assessment opportunity
NZQA Fees are due to the Finance Office by the 13th June 2014 NZQA will charge an extra $50.00 fee for any late payment. They will also withhold student’s results until the fees are paid in full. This could cause problems for any student wishing to gain entry to courses, polytechnic, or university in 2015.
NZQA Fees for Domestic Candidates Entry Entry for all NZQF standards including Scholarship subjects
NZQA Fees for International Fee Paying Candidates Entry Entry for all NQF standards Entry for each Scholarship subject
Fee $383.30 $102.20 per subject
Financial Assistance To be eligible for financial assistance the applicant (normally the parent or guardian of the candidate) must be the fee payer and meet at least one of the following criteria: Be receiving a Work and Income or Study Link benefit. (benefit-based applications) Have a joint family income that would entitle the applicant to receive a Community Services Card. (income-based applications) Have more than one child undertaking these qualifications in the same year, irrespective of income and the total fees to pay are higher than $200. (multiple candidate applications) Applications are due to the Finance Office by the 13th June To apply: Complete the “Application for Financial Assistance” form. You can obtain a financial assistance form from the student finance office or download it from the NZQA website (http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/assets/qualificationsand-standards/qualifications/ncea/Application-For-Financial-Assistance.pdf)
Eligible for beneficiary or income-based assistance One child who is a candidate More than one child who are candidates
Not eligible for beneficiary or income-based assistance
Full fees ($76.70 for NZQF and 3 Scholarship subjects)
A maximum of $30.00 per family
Where fees are payable for more than one candidate, a maximum of $100.00 per child and $200.00 per fee payer1
International fee paying students are not eligible for financial assistance. NZQF = New Zealand Quantifications Framework
External Examination Timetable The external examination timetable can be viewed on the NZQA Website. nzqa.govt.nz./Information/ Students/Examination timetable Alternatively you can go directly to the page by typing in http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/qualifications-standards/qualifications/ncea/ncea-exams-and-portfolios/external/nationalsecondary-examinations-timetable/
Course Endorsement Students will be able to have their strengths in individual courses recognised with a course endorsement at Merit or Excellence. Students will gain an endorsement for a course where they achieve: 1. 14 or more credits at Merit or Excellence at the lower level that supports the endorsement 2. at least 3 credits from externally assessed standards and 3 credits from internally assessed standards (Physical Education, Religious Studies and level 3 Visual Arts will be exempt from this) 3. sufficient credits in a single school year.
Certificate Endorsement Students studying for NCEA Levels 1, 2, and 3 certificates will be able to achieve these qualifications with Merit or Excellence endorsements. 1. Merit endorsement = 50 credits at Merit (or Excellence) at the same level, or higher. 2. Excellence endorsement = 50 credits at Excellence at the same level, or higher. 3. Credits can be accumulated over more than one year for the purposes of certificate endorsement. 4. In any one year a learner will be awarded an endorsed certificate only at the highest level of endorsement recognised that year except when a learner has achieved two or three NCEA qualifications in a single year.
School contact Mr Mitchell is the Principalâ€™s Nominee (NZQA Liaison) at the school. You can contact him by: E-mail:
07 839 1304 EXT 839
Mr Mitchell Principalâ€™s Nominee PO Box 4082 Hamilton
2014 TERM DATES
Thursday 30th January to Wednesday 16 April
Monday 5 May to Friday 4 July
Monday 21 July to Friday 26 September
Monday 13 October to Thursday 11 December
KEY DATES APRIL 2014 1 APRIL
10Sport Tri Day
2ARP Field Trip
2TOU Field Trip
1SOS(6) Field Trip 3 APRIL
13APS Tennis Practical
1APO Tramp til 15 APRIL
Whanau Hui 1SOS(2) Field Trip 2ECE Work Experience 4 APRIL
1SOS (3) Field Trip
NZSS Adventure Racing til 6 APRIL
Kapa Haka Practice
2BIO Assessment 5 APRIL
NISS Athletics til 6 APRIL
World Challenge Training Camp til 6 APRIL
Kapa Haka Practice
Kapa Haka Practice
3TOU Field Trip
2ECE Work Experience 10 APRIL
Yr 12 & 13 Science Wintec Field Trip til 11 APRIL
1SCIA Practical Assessment
1APO Tramp til 12 APRIL
Kapa Haka Camp til 13 APRIL
School Closes at 12.25pm
Sheilah Winn Competition til 16 APRIL
3LAW Field Trip
Yr 12 & 13 French Field Trip
WSS Swimming Champs
17 APRIL School Closed 24 APRIL
NZSS Water Polo
The school has received notice from the Post Primary Teachersâ€™ Association (PPTA) of a union meeting to be held on Thursday, 10 April 2014 at 1.30pm for union members. This will mean that the School will be closed for instruction from Period 4 (12.25pm) on this day. Students are requested to go home from school and to use this time wisely, rather than venture into town. If you are unable to make other arrangements, supervision will be available at school. Please e-mail email@example.com or phone our main reception desk on (07) 839 1304 to advise if your daughter requires supervision for the afternoon.