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Acting Principal, Alistair Elder
Dear Parents and Guardians Tena Koutou Katoa
The evening screening of the Year 13 short films and documentaries was a huge suc cess. Parents, staff and students commented on the diverse range of films and talents. Many commented that it was great to see the work on a larger screen. Thank you to all who attended and supported the students. Peace Week and SADD Week were both recognised at school. Senior students took an active part in promoting these events. We had ‘Peace’ cakes being sold, walking dead, balloons with messages, and competitions throughout the two weeks in order to raise awareness of these two important issues. On Wednesday 8th August, Ruahei Demant set sail aboard HMNZS Canterbury for an eleven day voyage to the Kermadec Islands. Ruahei was one of a handful of students New Zealand wide to be selected to travel to the Kermadecs as part of the Sir Peter Blake Young Voyagers team. She will be studying environmental impact issues on the seas around the Kermadecs.
ISSUE 8: September 2012
important dates Monday September 3 -7
• Show Week • Winter Tournament Week- Netball & Hockey Wednesday September 5
• North Harbour Gymnastics Competition Tuesday September 6 - 7
• 2013 Year 7 Testing and Talk • Underwater Hockey Jnr Champs- Wellington
From January 2013, Year 11 and 12 stuFriday September 7 dents at Mahurangi College will be studying • International Student Trip - Woodhill six subjects. This decision was made after September 9 - 14 considerable discussion. The broadening of the Curriculum is not only a reflection of the • Aims Games - Intermediate Schools Compeevolving nature of NCEA, but also as a result tition Week of more flexibility created by an increased Wednesday September 12 roll. • Hockey Prize Giving Evening The London Olympics have no doubt kept Thursday September 13 many up later than they otherwise would on • SLC Special Olympics - Basketball a school night, but there has been added in• 2013 Yr 7 Testing Day and Talk terest as we have followed the progress of past student, Stephanie Hazard in her quest Tuesday September 18 for a Gold medal in the Elliot six metre sailing • North Harbour Intermediate Boys’ Volleyball division. Check the Mahu web – sports link Tuesday September 18 -21 for further information. • International Student Trip - Rotorua In order to keep parents a little more informed Wednesday September 19 about what is happening at school from week to week we are trialling a ‘Next Week • North Harbour Intermediate Girls’ Volleyball at Mahu’ e-mail. Feedback is welcome. On • Yr 9 Zoo Trip the same note, a reminder to parents that Wednesday September 19 & 20 there is a link to your son or daughter’s re• 2013 Yr 7 Student Interview & Enrolment sults and attendance on the website. You 2.30-6.00pm will need their login name and password. If September 19 - 28 you need help obtaining the login and passPHOTO: Ruahei Demant waiting for Govenor General, word please contact the office. • Senior Assessment Fortnight Sir Jerry Mataparae, HMNZS Canterbury, Navy Base Devonport Our most recent Mufti Day raised over $1000 Monday September 24 for Food Link. Student Executive is respon- Finally, congratulations to past student, An• BOT Meeting - 6.00pm sible for deciding the cause or project. One drew Dalebrook who has just completed a Tuesday September 25 International, one National and one Local Chemistry PHd and made the Auckland Uni• HPV Immunisations Pd 2 - library cause are generally targeted in a calendar versity Dean’s list. This places him in the top year. Friday September 28 5% of Chemistry Scholars. Andrew has taken Over the past three weeks students have up a research fellowship at Lausanne Univer• PTA film evening - Kowhai Festival - Hall been sitting ICAS (International sity, near Geneva. • Term 3 Ends Competitions and Assessment for Monday October 15 ~ Alistair Elder ~ Schools) skills based examinations • Term 4 Starts in English, Science and Mathematics. These are optional exams but are very popular with our students. Results should be available in late August. Mahurangi College celebrated Pacifika Week with a colourful assembly and a week of student directed lunch time activities. Students were entertained with song and dance by Kiribati PHOTO: Flax We students from both Warkworth PHOTO: Pasifika Performance during School Assembly aving Primary school and Mahurangi College.
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ADV E R TORI A L
PLAYING HAPPY FAMILIES - STAGE CHALLENGE 2012 The theme for this year’s Stage Challenge was gambling. The concept devised by the Planning Team, which was lead by Elya Martin, was based around a family struggling with this addiction. It depicted the tragedy of the affects that gambling can have on relationships. Our students performance at the Aotea Centre was fantastic and left every student buzzing with excitement, relief, self-satisfaction and pride. We received Awards of Excellence for: Environmental and Social Awareness, Visual Enhancement, Concept, Stage Use and Soundtrack. Well done team! Yet again an exhilarating Stage Challenge experience for everyone involved. Jane Newby
Mahu Hockey 1st XI Teams Greenwood Shield / Robyn Bruce Trophy. On Wednesday 1st August, Mahurangi hosted the annual Greenwood Shield for girls hockey and the Robyn Bruce Trophy for boys hockey. Teams from Rodney, Otamatea and Bream Bay travelled to Rosedale park in Albany to take on Mahurangi. The Boys 1st XI retained the Robyn Bruce trophy with wins against Rodney 6-0, Otamatea 9-0 and Bream Bay 12-3. The girls started well with a win against Otamatea 8-0, But unfortunately after leading 1-0 they let it slip in the last fifteen minutes to loose 2-1. Thus Bream Bay retaining the Greenwood Shield. It was a good day as the predicted rain didn’t arrive and all the games were played in good spirit and rivalry. It is good to catch up with old friends and retain contact with traditional rivals north of us. Wayne Frost
The Next America’s Cup Designers
8A have designed and built land yachts as part of their Science study. They identified aspects of their designs that they felt would impact on the speed and tested their hypothesis. Lots of discoveries were made and tenacity was tested as the land yachts nose dived, refused to move and the wind failed to blow! Modifications were discussed and success finally came the way of the budding scientists.
Gain Access to NCEA Results
How to Gain Access to Your Child’s Middle School Graduation or NCEA Results Just a quick reminder that you can access your child’s results, attendance etc by going onto the school website -www.mahaurangi. school.nz. In the left hand corner you will see the ‘Student Log in’ as shown below. Simply enter your child’s username and password and click on the information that is required. If you do not know your child’s username and password, please ring the school office and they will be able to provide you with this information.
Newspaper City A Paper Tower Building competition held during a recent library lunchtime resulted in a wide range of paper constructions being created. The activity was organised by library prefects, Mandy Ion and Bethany McKay, with the aim being to build towers from newspapers, which had been collected over a few weeks. The session was noisy and frantic as students worked to complete their towers within the twenty-minute deadline. Only a few teams managed to create tall towers which were strong enough to stay standing. Other students focused on design and creativity. One successful design was modelled on the leaning tower of Pisa. When all else failed several teams ended up building newspaper piles of various shapes and sizes. We are looking forward to seeing if this effort is bettered next year. Jeanette Cornege-Dill
Achiever of the Month: Matthew Marshall-Young
Proudly Supporting Mahurangi College
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Member of the 1st X1 Boys Soccer Team Member of the Senior Mixed Under Water Hockey Team Sports Prefect Gained Distinction in the ICAS Science Exams 2012 Academic Blue 2011 Gained NCEA Level 2 with Excellence (50 Excellence, 30 Merit)
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