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Newsletter No.20 Friday 20th July 2012 Dear Parents Welcome back to all our current families. I trust you had a lovely time with your children over the holidays (although some parents expressed great relief to me that school had started again!) We welcome 13 new children to our school this term. Seven New Entrants started their school career in Mrs Seah’s New Entrant class this Monday. The accompanying photo shows 6 of the them namely L to R Joylynn Cheng, Madeleine Sisarich, Evangeline Timaloa, Olivia Fale, Alisha Li and William Zhang (Absent: Nikola Bilos). We also welcome the following students to our school: Isaac Liu, Y4 R14, Aaron Liu, Y4 R14, ShyhYeu Tan, Y4 R14, Connie Tseng Y9, Shaun Nand & Kazuna Yin Y11. Welcome to you all.

Hebron Best School? I spotted the latest Metro Magazine at Auckland Airport at the start of the holidays with the cover title Best Schools in Auckland…and the Worst! so I bought a copy and had a squizz. Did Hebron feature in the rankings….No! The editor stated we, along with 5 other schools, were too small! So I accessed the same information the editor accessed from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) and inserted Hebron’s data into the two tables for the following examination results: · Year 11 students who gained an Excellence (gained at least 50 excellence credits) or Merit (gained at least 50 Merit credits) Endorsement in NCEA Level 1 exams between 2009-2011 · Year 13 students who gained a Merit or Excellence Endorsement in NCEA Level 3 exams in 2011 Metro Magazine went on to rank the schools according to a formula comparing their % pass rate with their decile no. My ranking could not do this as we don’t know the formula or the weighting given to the decile no. and the % pass rate by Metro staff. Consequently, the results are purely ranked on performance and not on the socio-economic background of the student’s parents. The results were: Year 11: 10th school out of 71 Year 13: 2nd school out of 72

Note: Some Auckland schools do not feature in these statistics as they do not participate in the NCEA assessment system. Eg. Auckland Grammar School, Avondale College, Kings College, Kelston Boys high school, ACG Senior College & St.Peters College.

This is an amazing result for Hebron Christian College and gives the secondary staff and I a great sense of satisfaction and comfort to know we are performing exceedingly well and, overall, ensuring our students achieve outstanding results. Hebron parents, particularly those of you considering secondary education for your children, can be assured that, although small in size and lacking some of the facilities of larger state and private schools, your child in our secondary school can succeed and gain top level qualifications in preparation for life after school.


YEAR 11 EXCELLENT & MERIT ENDORSEMENTS Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

School St Cuthberts College Diocesan School for Girls St.Mary's College Kristin School Carmel College Baradene College Epsom Girls Grammar School Saint Kentigerns College Marist College

Decile 10 10 7 10 10 9 9 10 7

% Pass 93 85 71 70 67 66 62 62 55

10

Hebron Christian College

8

54

11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71

Rangitoto College 10 Takapuna Grammar 10 Kingsway School 10 Rosmini College 9 Santa Maria College 8 Sacred Heart College 8 Botany Downs Secondary School 10 Glendowie College 9 Lynfield College 7 Liston College 5 Mt Albert Grammar 7 St Dominic's College 6 Elim Christian College 9 Western Springs College 8 Mt.Roskill Grammar School 4 Howick College 10 Long Bay College 10 Pakuranga College 8 Albany Senior High School 10 Orewa College 9 Waiheke High School 6 Mahurangi College 8 Northcote College 9 Dilworth School 4 Auckland Girls' Grammar 5 Whangaparaoa College 9 Birkenhead College 6 Marcellin College 3 Pukekohe High School 6 McAuley High School 1 Selwyn College 4 Waiuku College 7 Rosehill College 6 Glenfield College 7 Green Bay High School 8 Onehunga High School 4 Rutherford College 6 De La Salle College 1 Edgewater College 4 Massey High School 5 Alfriston College 3 Kaipara College 7 Rodney College 4 Kelston Girls' high School 3 Waitakere College 3 Henderson High School 4 Papatoetoe High School 3 Manurewa High School 2 One Tree Hill College 3 Southern Cross campus 1 Aorere College 2 Otahuhu College 1 Papakura High School 2 Mangere College 1 Sir Edmund Hillary College 1 Auckland Seventh Day Adventist 2 St.Paul's College 3 Tamaki College 1 James Cook High School 1 Tangaroa College 1 Wesley College 2 Assess with NCEA & international Baccalureate

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52 52 51 50 47 46 42 42 41 40 40 40 37 37 36 35 35 35 34 34 33 32 32 31 27 27 26 26 26 25 25 23 21 20 20 19 18 17 17 17 15 15 14 13 12 10 10 8 8 8 5 5 5 4 4 3 3 3 2 2 1

YEAR 13 EXCELLENT & MERIT ENDORSEMENTS Rank 1

School St.Cuthberts College *

Decile 10

% Pass 72

2

Hebron Christian College

8

65

3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72

Diocesan School for Girls * Carmel College Baradene College Santa Maria College St.Mary's College Kingsway School Rangitoto College Saint Kentigerns College * Epsom Girls Grammar School Glendowie College Marist College Rosmini College Sacred Heart College St Dominic's College Takapuna Grammar Kristin School * Botany Downs Secondary School Waiheke High School Lynfield College Liston College Howick College Long Bay College Western Springs College Mt Albert Grammar Mt.Roskill Grammar School Selwyn College Elim Christian College Mahurangi College Albany Senior High School Dilworth School Northcote College Pukekohe High School Pakuranga College Rutherford College St.Paul's College Whangaparaoa College Birkenhead College Kaipara College Waiuku College Auckland Girls' Grammar Green Bay High School Marcellin College Orewa College Rosehill College Massey High School Kelston Boys' High School Edgewater College Glenfield College Alfriston College Manurewa High School Onehunga High School Henderson High School Papatoetoe High School Rodney College Kelston Girls' High School McAuley High School Otahuhu College Waitakere College Aorere College De la Salle College One Tree Hill College Papakura High School Southern Cross campus Tamaki College Wesley College James Cook High School Mangere College Tangaroa College Auckland Seventh Day Adventist Sir Edmund Hillary College

10 10 9 8 7 10 10 10 9 9 7 9 8 6 10 10 10 6 7 5 10 10 8 7 4 4 9 8 10 4 9 6 8 6 3 9 6 7 7 5 8 3 9 6 5 4 4 7 3 2 4 4 3 4 3 1 1 3 2 1 3 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 2 1

56 53 49 49 44 40 40 38 37 35 33 33 33 33 31 30 29 29 27 26 25 25 25 24 23 23 22 22 21 20 20 19 18 17 16 16 15 14 14 13 13 13 13 13 12 11 10 10 8 7 7 6 6 6 5 4 4 4 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 0 0


Hebron Happenings Intermediate Basketball Team Win UNITEC Title On Wednesday 19th July, the Year 7 & 8 basketball team played in the finals at the UNITEC courts in Mt Albert. Warming up for the game, the advice was to have fun and play hard. Hebron Christian College came out with an 26-18 win against Kowhai Red. The game was intense and fast as the opposition was much bigger than the Hebron team. At the end of the amazing game, Auckland Basketball presented the team with their GOLD MEDALS, trophy and certificates! Thank you to all parents who came and supported the boys! Well done.

Surgery for Mrs Hatch Mrs Hatch, our Year 3 & 4 teacher, has now been diagnosed with a brain tumour and surgery is scheduled in 3 or 4 weeks. Consequently she will not teach her class this term and Mrs Bjorklund will relieve in her absence. Please pray with the School Board, the staff and the children that the surgery will be successful and she will be able to return to our school next term. Thank you for your support and prayers to date.

Coming Up Year 10 – 12 Student & Parent Meeting Parents of current Year 10, 11 and 12 students have been sent a letter inviting them and their child(ren) to a special evening meeting this Monday 23rd July at 7:30pm in our school hall. We plan to bring you up-todate with current happenings and NCEA requirements. We will also discuss 2013 subject options. We also have some very interesting guest speakers speaking about career paths for secondary students and ways of determining careers. PARENTS…PLEASE MAKE VERY EFFORT TO ATTEND THIS MEETING. Your understanding of all the issues surrounding current secondary study options, NCEA assessment and modern learning will help your child immeasurably achieve with success. We do expect EVERY family of Year 10-12 students to attend.

Musical News – Star of Persia – Important Rehearsal Information! There are only six weeks left before the musical, Esther: Star of Persia. Remember, it is being performed on Friday 31st August and Saturday 1st September at Liberty Christian Church in Avondale. Rehearsals are held on Monday afternoons after school from 3.30pm till 5pm and on Tuesdays between 1pm and 3pm. Please realize that ALL students are NOT required at EVERY rehearsal, but it is very important that students attend the rehearsal if requested. This Monday, we require the following groups: · The maidens – Sarah Doss, Stefanie Mah, Damita Mathew, Emily Squirrell, Sun Jin Kim, Olivia Chin, Eunice Poon and Abigail Shuttleworth, · The ladies – Faith Deng, Sophia Hamada-Zhu, Nonoka Takahashi, Logan Ware, Madeline Schnell, Genevieve Ross, and Bethany Oram · The servants – Ishmerai Sherwin, Molly Taylor-Dayus and Natania Thomas · the soldiers – Theodore Heeringa, Cole Henderson, Bennjamin Molinyawe, Jamie Ngo, Austin and Brian Hamada-Zhu, Thomas Garner, Noah Gozali, Tukua Raea and Ezekiel Gillies. · And assorted major and almost major characters – Michael Nuysink, Joshua Scott, Sofia Berry, Louche Coetzee, Sarah Scott, Peter Biondic, Justin Low and Jonathan Sellar. NOTE: Justin Low, Peter Biondic and the Soldiers will only be required until 4pm.


Career Open Days Coming Up ·

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Auckland University is holding its annual Courses and Careers Day, Saturday 25 August from 9.30am-3.30pm. All faculties will have lectures and displays for prospective students to explore study options, career opportunities and life on campus. Their website is www.coursesandcareersday.ac.nz and it includes an interactive version of the programme where students can customize their schedule, view the lectures timetable and a map of the campus. This day is extremely worthwhile for both Year 12 and 13 students and their parents. Auckland University also holds Faculty of Engineering Futures Evenings for Year 12 and 13 students and their parents who want to find out more about a Bachelor of Engineering Degree. Time: Wednesday 8 August and Thursday 9 August 6.30-8.30pm, Faculty of Engineering Lecture Theatre 1.439. You may register your attendance at www.engineering.auckland.ac.nz/efe Massey University is holding Campus Experience days for Speech and Language Therapy and Food Technology. See Mrs Goulter for enrolment forms if you are interested. Victoria University Information Evening at the Novotel Hotel, 72-112 Greenlane East, Ellerslie Thursday 26 July from 6.00pm. Find out more and register on 0800 VICTORIA , email courseadvice@vuw.ac.nz or check www.victoria.ac.nz/futurestudents

Fundraising Gala During the holiday break, Carolyn Welch was assisted by Akos Oltay and Elisabeth Paton-Simpson with sorting the last unsold gala items and creating rooms for storage of this year's gala items on the 2nd floor of Rahiri House. Thanks so much Akos and Elisabeth. If you are very keen to move some items from your house to these rooms you may do so by contacting Carolyn (021 298 0587) first and then taking them there yourself during school hours. Please remember items must be clean, clothing washed and ironed or folded nicely. Items should not be broken. Very old computers are more of a hassle than a help. Please don't send things with missing parts or pieces or very old books. Items need to have some quality and not just be very old junk. If you have very large items of furniture then these items need to be stored at home until closer to the gala date. Heat Pumps & Sports Equipment Miss Hart is currently ordering the new sports equipment so it should appear very soon. Heat pump installation to Rooms 1-4 will be finished on the weekend, so senior students can look forward to toasty rooms next week. This has been one of the top requests of the newly formed student council, so their first goal has been achieved, well done council! Movie Money Fundraiser This continues from next week as we still have tickets left over. So expect a new reminder from next Monday. Please help us by buying these and then we can give out the Lolly Treasure Box to the class that has bought the most. School Musical Sponsorship Parents who are business owners may receive an invitation to advertise your business in the 'Star of Persia' musical programme in the next week. You may share this with other friends you know who have businesses also. We hope you can help out, or if any family generally would like to make a donation for this purpose it can be dropped in at the bursar's office. This sponsorship will provide a start-up budget.

Miscellaneous “Thank You” to those families who offered to homestay a Japanese student. We now have them all housed! You have an opportunity to vote in a NZ Herald survey being conducted to gain the community opinion on the Bible-in-Schools: Go to: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10818526 and make your views known. Please do this today or first thing tomorrow – it only takes 1 minute.

Geoff Matthews Principal

Hebron Newsletter No.20 20.7.12  

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