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David Macleod

Dear Parents and Guardians Tena Koutou Katoa We were very pleased to have Dr James Johnston, our Head Boy from 2005, as the Guest Speaker at our recent Academic Blues Evening.

At the start of every school year, we run a number of sporting and inter-house events, including the Athletics and Swimming Sports.

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James presenting the award to Nich

James was awarded the top prize in Medicine at Auckland Medical School last year. He presented 29 Academic Blues to our students who achieved Endorsements with Excellence, by gaining 50 or more credits at excellence level, in their NCEA last year. He then gave an inspirational speech about the capacity of the “divinely created organ”, the human brain, which included some amusing anecdotes about his time here at Mahurangi College. Dear Mr Macleod, alf gratulations to you on beh I would like to offer my con ntly qualified at rece has m who n nsto Joh of Dr James my School of Medicine. It is the Auckland University your school, of uate grad a is he understanding that ld like to send sincere Mahurangi College. I wou at to Dr Johnston’s success congratulations in regards y. He was the recipient mon cere tion lifica qua nt the rece him clinical medicine making of the JDK North prize in icine. Certainly med in uate grad d ishe the most distingu it is worthy of significant mer this is an achievement that to you e writ to ry essa nec it and is such that I thought this award reflects on Dr personally. I am sure that College. I know he is very gi uran Mah at time n’s Johnsto s this to his success. It is bute attri and ool sch proud of his has previous graduates ege Coll gi uran no doubt that Mah tributions to society. It con ing tand who have made outs and will continue to has n nsto is my thought that Dr Joh icine. It is the time med to s make significant contribution m have achieved greatly who e thos e brat cele to of year know of the very significant and I thought I would let you . uate grad r you achievement of

Professor John Kolbe Head of Medicine Auckland School of Medicine

Last year Bradley Morris, who is a cousin to Jacko Gill, broke Robin Brooke’s longstanding Intermediate Boys’ Shotput and Discus Records, and this year he extended his own records even further.

Monday April 2

• Yr 7 & 8 Parent/Teacher Evening 3.45 - 8.00pm • Level 2 PE Outdoor Education Trip

Tuesday April 3

• Swimming Champion of Champions • BOT Meeting - 6.15pm start • L2 PE Outdoor Education Trip

Wednesday April 4

• Yr 9 & 13 Parent/Teacher Evening 3.45 - 8.00pm

Thursday April 5 • Term 1 Ends

Friday April 6 • Good Friday

Friday April 6 - 8 • REUNION WEEKEND

Monday April 23 • Term 2 Starts

Tuesday April 24

• Yr 12/13 Health Talks • Information Evening with Guest Speakers 6.30pm

Wednesday April 25 • Anzac Day

Thursday April 26

• Cross Country • ANZAC Assembly • North Harbour Orienteering International Zone Day • Basketball Competition starts

Saturday April 28

• Rugby Season starts

Tuesday May 1

• EMR /Wai Care Expo - Hall

Wednesday May 2

Our thanks to the following Sponsors... • Cam Caithness of Mitre 10 Mega in Warkworth for sponsoring our school newsletter each month from now on and for sponsoring the Achiever of the Month Award with a $50 voucher. • Robin Brooke for his generous sponsorship of the College, through his business, New World Warkworth. So far this year, he has donated $2,783 to the College which has been used to purchase three extra iPads for use by our Junior students in class. This is an ongoing sponsorship. • Daniel Baturic, owner of the Rusty Pelican, has offered to sponsor the “Rusty Pelican Player of the Day” Awards for all our Sporting

• Senior Drama Students Auckland Workshop

Teams again this year. We appreciate the generosity of these local businesses, and many others, towards the College.

Mahurangi College 50th Reunion and

Sesquicentennial of Education in Warkworth



With Kind Regards

This year many records were broken, including 8 by Nicholas Lee in the Intermediate Boys’ Swimming Championships: 25m Butterfly, 50m Butterfly, 50m Backstroke, 100m Breast Stroke, 100m Back Stroke, 100m Medley, 50m Freestyle, 200m Freestyle.

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We are all looking forward to the School Reunion over Easter this year. It will celebrate 50 years of Mahurangi College and 150 years of Formal Education in the Warkworth District, including Warkworth District High School from 1923 to 1961. The programme includes a number of activities for which there is no charge on the Saturday (7th April), including an Opening Ceremony in the School Auditorium at 9.30am, followed by decade photos, then a number of Past vs Present sporting activities throughout the afternoon. Everyone is welcome to come and join in these activities. Please check our school website for further details and to register.



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Boys 1st XI Cricket

Year 7 Camp - Peter Snell Camp

Week three of this term saw all of the Year 7 students embark on their first College Camp to Peter Snell Youth Village on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula. Mahurangi College has been taking students on this camp for a number of years and it is a great way for students to get to know their new classmates and teachers. With the assistance of a number of incredibly helpful groups of parents, the students were able to spend their first day rotating through four activities - the initiative course, water slide, bivouac building and the slip and slide. The students worked incredibly well together to build some amazing shelters and overcame a number of challenges thrown at them in the initiative course, as well as getting wet and having fun at the water slide and the slip and slide. After an awesome feed, served by the lovely parents and teachers, the students then had to come to terms with the dreaded Burma Trail. Rumours were flying about the scary beasts that could be found in the bush near the camp. Students had to follow a rope, on their own, in complete darkness to navigate past these beasts (masked parents dressed in dark clothes). Despite this frightening experience all students felt a great sense of achievement once they made their way through the bush.

The boys’ campaign to regain the Wyatt Cup got off to a strong start with two commanding wins over Rodney College and Otamatea High School. A few of the players to enjoy particular success, in the Rodney game, were Liam Jones claiming 5 for 19 and Shaun Beamish 3 for 8, with Shane Dawson hitting a rapid 34 n.o. Against Otamatea Findlay Buchanan compiled 86 and Callum McGillivray 43. Joseph Banks picked up 3 for 3, with the ball.

P.T.A. News The second day saw a big cleanup in the morning before the next group arrived and students jumped on a bus and headed for Shakespear Regional Park. Once out of the bus the students took off on a tramp to the lookout which had amazing panoramic views of the surrounding area. Two hours later they were at Army Bay for a swim and play before a bus came to take them back to school. The action packed camp was most definitely enjoyed by all. Students returned home very tired but with lots of stories to tell of the great time they had. Once again a huge thank you to all the parent helpers as without you the camp would not be possible.

Te Ara Poutama

Te Ara Poutama, our Maori Student Study Centre, was set up last year as part of an initiative to raise Maori Achievement within the school. It follows a Maori Kaupapa (way of doing things) but it is not exclusively for Maori students. All are welcome. Students are invited to come along on a drop-in basis every Thursday from 3.30pm onwards in the school library. Each session begins with Karakia, followed by kai and then the students get down to some study! Teachers from several faculties, as well as senior students, are available to help tutor and mentor. As students are working in the library they have access to books and the internet. It is hoped that parents will feel comfortable to drop in too, to have a cup of tea with the teachers and/or to check their child’s online results. We are organising an evening in which parents can come along to find out more about how NCEA works, and on May 3rd, Mrs Newlove will be advising students about applying for scholarships.

For further information, contact g.tahitahi@mahurangi.

Many thanks to all the new faces that came along to our PTA Social last month. It was fabulous to see the support and enthusiasm from you. We have some exciting ideas for fundraisers this year including: A ‘Ladies ‘Pamper Day’ and a ‘Dads and Lads Day’, a ‘Teen Market’ and many other ideas. As well as our annual events such as: the ‘Christmas Gift Fair’ and the ‘Family Movie Evening’ for the Kowhai Festival. We do, however, need your continued commitment and support for these events to be successful, and look forward to a productive 2012! Please look out for our forthcoming events/fundraisers in the school newsletter, emails and posters/flyers, and we’ll see you there! Mahurangi College PTA

Important Date For Your Diary - 24th April `

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On Tuesday 24th April, we are hosting an Inform a violent and ensure our young people avoid getting into Kearns. The focus of the evening is how to supper. We will also light a with ude concl will and m 6.30p at abusive relationship. The evening will begin children to of you who would like to attend but have young be providing a baby-sitting service for those worry about. to her 22-yearWoman of the Year (2011) and was witness Lesley Elliott was named ‘Next’ Magazine’s . Her presentation erston Weath n Clayto d yfrien ex-bo of old daughter, Sophie’s murder at the hands with the man details Sophie’s five month long relationship entitled ‘Sophie’s Story - What WE Missed’, to recognise failed they abuse of hts the warning signs who would eventually take her life and highlig Bill O’Brien – a Veteran man police r forme and friend family with e moment at the time. Lesley has written a book with vivid honesty the events that led to that terribl , which Champion for Victim Justice – and examines ation’ Found Elliott ie ‘Soph the lished has also estab ation is when the lives of her family changed. She attitude towards relationship violence. The Found them aims to cause a profound shift in New Zealand’s will better prepare which girls and boys for amme progr d committed to developing a school-base rable. themselves at a time when they are most vulne for their emotional lives so they can look after Previously alised in Family Law Issues for almost 30 years. Lynda Kearns is an Auckland Barrister and has speci y Law subcommittee and has presented numerous Famil ty Socie Law t she chaired the Auckland Distric ’s presentation the effects of family violence first hand, Lynda seminars on Family Law Issues. Having seen nting violence preve and s nship relatio ve abusi of signs the to prevent called Hit The Road Jack aims at recognising y’s; Lesle as same the is aim ’s ards. Lynda rather than dealing with the consequences afterw relationships. ve further deaths of young people involved in abusi travelling to fit us in to her very busy schedule and she is able is is able to e We are extremely fortunate that Leslie Elliott anyon if but door, the at ion donat coin for a gold up from Dunedin to do so. We will be asking rt would be very much appreciated. help us by offering some sponsorship, your suppo We look forward to seeing you there. Cath Johnston, Assistant Principal

Achiever of the Month: Nina Su Nina gained her NCEA Level 3 Endorsed with Excellence and 3 Subject Scholarships. She is studying Medicine at Auckland University this year. Mahurangi College had 15 Subject Scholarships for 2011.

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The other 12 students who gained Scholarships were: Jamie Breen, Eloise Docking, Thomas Hargreaves, Louis Houlbrooke, Hannah Lee, Joseph McAuley, Jack Donaldson, Leon Wardenaar, Grace Mitchell, Taylor Helliwell, Jaime Flack, and Stephanie Dumville

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