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We were pleased with the excellent turnout of parents for parent-teacher interviews and would like to thank you all for your support during Term 1. If you were unable to make it in to meet your child’s teachers at the end of Term 1 please contact the school office for appointment times early in the new term.


David Macleod

Dear Parents and Guardians Tena Koutou Katoa We were pleased with the NCEA pass rates from 2011, which were confirmed towards the end of Term 1. This data is all available online on the NZQA website.

Mahurangi College Confirmed NCEA Pass Rates 2011 Mahurangi Pass Rates

National Average Pass Rates

Decile 8 Pass Rates

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It was a privilege to welcome back over 600 past students and staff to our 50th Reunion, also a celebration of 150 years of Formal Education in the Warkworth District, held over Easter. A special thank you to Dave Parker, Chairman of the Reunion Committee, and to all the sponsors for their generous support. The past students particularly appreciated the performances from our Junior Kapahaka, the school band and the combined choir on the Saturday morning.

It is wonderful for our school to now have over 50 students from Kiribati and Tuvalu (formerly known as the Gilbert and Ellis Islands). These students bring a huge amount of energy, laughter and fun into the college. Almost all are first generation immigrants and they all seem to be settling in well. The families are supportive of their children’s education. Last year we held three fono in the school or the Pasifika families and we will be holding another early in Term 2 this year, on Friday 18th May at 6.30pm. Other families who would like to attend are very welcome, please email Congratulations to the Senior Mixed Touch Team which won the Auckland Secondary Schools Divisional Touch Tournament; to the Senior Girls’ Touch Team which won the North Harbour Girls’ Touch competition; and to the following students who have been selected for NZ age-group Touch teams: • • • • • •

Kayne Middleton Michael-Lydia Winiana Ruahei Demant Kiritapu Demant Brooke Moka Ariana Osborne

NZ U19 NZ U19 NZ U19 NZ U19 NZ U17 NZ U17

ISSUE 4: May 2012

important dates

Thursday May 3 • Auckland Duathlon Champs • International Student Trip - Coromandel Friday May 4 • Level 1 - 3 Drama Trip • Basketball Subscription Deadline Monday May 7 • NH Boys Soccer Yr 7 Zone Day • AKSS Hockey starts

Tuesday May 8 • Cross Country Zone Champs - Massey • Parent Evening - World Challenge Wednesday May 9 • NH Boys Soccer Yr 8 Zone Day • Mt Roskill Exchange (home) Saturday May 12 • Boys Soccer starts Monday May 14 • NH Golf starts

Tuesday May 15 • North Harbour Sec Schools Netball Tournament • NH Girls Soccer Yr 7 Zone Day Wednesday May 16 • School Nga Manu Koreo Competition • NH Girls Soccer Yr 8 Zone Day Thursday May 17 - 18 • Level 3 History Student Trip -Waikato

Tuesday May 22 • Yr 8 Girls only - HPV Round 2 • North Harbour Int Schools Netball Tournament Monday May 28 • BOT Meeting

Monday May 28 - June 7 • Senior Assessment week

Tuesday May 29 • Cross Country. Auckland Champs - St Kents • NH Girls Rugby Int Zone Day

Wednesday May 30 • Regional Nga Manu Koreo Competition Whangarei Thursday May 31 • NH Boys Rugby Int Zone Day


Monday June 4 • Queen’s Birthday

ing Auckland Regionals

Senior Mixed Touch Team after winn

Congratulations to our A Sailing Team, which won the Auckland Secondary Schools MatchRacing Championships. The final was between St Kentigerns College, Westlake Boys, Westlake Girls and ourselves. The Team Captain, Alice Noyer, has also this year won the NZ Starling

REUNION PHOTO: Pam Hood, Dave Parker & Profes sor Tom Brooking planting a Commemorative Kowh ai tree

Match Racing Champs and the Auckland Secondary Schools Starling Class Fleet Racing Champs. A past member of our sailing team, Stephanie Hazard, is in the NZ Olympic Sailing Team and will be competing in London later this year.

Alice Noyer winner of the Auckland Fleet Racing Championships

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From Tramping Boots to Tuxedos

High heels and evening dresses, white shirts and dinner jackets... Not the usual attire for a Geography field trip, but for many, dressing up for the two course meal in the Ruapehu Room at the iconic Chateau Tongariro proved to be the highlight of the 2012 Year 12 Geography trip. Just a few hours before, the students had slogged their way over the Tongariro Crossing, touted as one of the world’s best one-day walks. It is a long-held Mahurangi College tradition to take the Year 12 Geography students to Tongariro National Park to study the landscape and do research for Level 2 NCEA. This year’s trip was led by Mr Callachan from Mahurangi College and Mr Torrie from Rodney College, assisted by Ms Moncrieff, also from Mahurangi, and Mrs Zuidgeest, a Mahurangi College parent. The next morning data on weather and soil conditions along the Bruce Road was collected, leaving the afternoon for the ‘round the mountain tour’, stopping to admire the Makatote Viaduct and to reflect on the Tangiwai disaster and the site of the last spike on the Main Trunk Railway Line. White water rafting on the Tongariro River was the final activity done by the group before returning home. Accommodation for the group was on two sites, but good team work abounded and both groups were well fed on nachos and bangers and mash when not finedining at the Chateau. The 5.30am starts and the tramping were challenging for some, but the trip was much enjoyed by staff and students alike. All the students would like to thank the teachers, Catharina and the coach driver (Rendall) for a very worthwhile field trip which was enjoyed by us all.


Flu Season

The flu season will be starting soon. Students who are unwell should stay at home to help prevent the spread of germs. Don’t share spit! eg drink bottles, food, lip balm etc. Wash hands before eating. Sneeze into your elbow not your hands. Students with a tummy bug should also stay home for 24 hours after the last episode of vomiting or diarrhoea.

Kowhai Physio & Handy Therapy

A free clinic is run at school on Tuesday afternoons. If students would like to book an appointment, please phone Paula Wood, School Nurse on 4258039 ext 732 or see her in the House Dean’s office.

Public Health Nurse

Ella Evans-Guy, Public Health Nurse holds clinics for students on Monday and Thursday lunchtimes. For appointments, please contact School Nurse, Mrs Paula Wood on 09 4258039 ext 732 or email

Yr 8 Camp - Goat Island

Despite a determined effort, neither rain, wind nor high water could derail Mahurangi College’s Year 8 Camp at Goat Island this year. About 200 students, from seven classes, rotated through a two week outdoor education programme at the Goat Island Camp Ground as part of their first term, Thematic River to the Sea Unit. According to Junior Faculty Deputy Head, Mrs Hamer, the unit is a “flagship” activity that has become very successful, especially the aspect which has seen students developing action plans that further convey the value of marine reserves and the preservation of water resources. The camp, now in its third year, under went some change in 2012 to combine two key aspects of the first term’s programme, Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) and Year 8 Camp. Camp Co-ordinator, Mr Taylor, says the two activities were combined and centralised to maximise resources and minimise transport costs. Each class went through a three day programme, under canvas, where students took part in snorkelling at Matheson’s Bay and Goat Island Bay. On the intervening day they also participated in a round robin of related activities in the camp’s vicinity. These included kayaking, outdoor education games, a nature walk and a visit to the recently opened Visitors Centre at the Leigh Marine Laboratory, Goat Island, run by the University of Auckland.

Band Camp

In March, the Jazz Band and Choir students enjoyed a great week at Music Intensive, or as most people would know it: Band Camp Everyone worked on song after song, improving each group technically and also bonding with everyone. The Jazz Band worked on a range of genres, including rock, jazz and bossa nova, one of the band’s favorites. During some of the rock styled songs, like Crazy Train the rhythm section turned on the distortion and head banged, driving Mrs Dashper crazy (she eventually forgave us)! The hall the Jazz Band practised in was a dynamic exciting place to be - peace and quiet is very hard to find at band camp. In-between our practices, a ukulele group was formed by a lovely teacher, Mrs Lowe. She taught the group ukulele very quickly and they played amazingly well at the concert on the final day. The Choir and Jazz Band also performed well, highlighting how two days of musical discipline in practice can improve us! A special thanks to all the teachers who made Band Camp happen. It was a great start to our school year as students! Annaliese Mirus

Yr 8 Outdoor Education: Training dive at Mathesons Bay prior to the “real thing” around Goat Island

The camp also provided a vehicle for the College’s Year 12 Adventure Based Learning Programme to exercise its students in leadership. Mr Tennant, the Head of the Junior Faculty, says, “I saw a well-organised camp where students were encouraged to freely participate and push their own boundaries while learning too.” Mr Taylor says a “weather bomb” halfway through the two week event came close to shutting it down, but a last minute breaking of camp managed to secure the tents. Heavy rainfall and high tides also did their best to hamper activities. “Regardless of what the weather threw at us, the show had to go on,” says Mr Taylor.

A Massive Thank You...

... to everyone who helped out at the PTA Movie Evening for ‘The Hunger Games’ Movie. We were THRILLED with ticket sales on the door to almost have a full house. Thanks to those selling tickets, on the door, and arranging lucky seat prizes (Emma S did a great job at getting these - thanks Emma) A BIG THANK YOU to those who sponsored lucky seat prizes for us ... please make sure that you support them as they have supported us: • Dick Smith • Lee & Hart Pharmacy • Sportsworld Warkworth • Ginger Cafe • Warkworth Motorcycles • Paper Plus Warkworth • Franklins Pharmacy • Haven Beauty • Hello Gorgeous Nails • Franx Bike Shop • Curin Family Also a BIG thanks to MATAKANA CINEMAS for allowing us to hold this event and to THE VINTRY MATAKANA for their donation from sales on the night. Thanks everyone Natasha Hallam, Mahurangi College PTA

Achiever of the Month: Ruahei Demant

Proudly Supporting Mahurangi College

• Awarded an Academic Blue for gaining an Excellence Endorsement in her Level 1 NCEA • Selected for the Sir Peter Blake Trust EnviroLeaders Forum • A member of Senior Girls’ Touch Team which came first in North Harbour • Selected as a member of the NZ Under 19 Girls’ Touch Team • Captain of our Girls’ Sevens Team which came 3rd at the recent North Island Secondary School 7’s Championships held in Tauranga

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