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44 Mahurangimatters August 15, 2018

On Saturday 28 July, Mahurangi College held its annual ball at the Crowne Plaza in Auckland. Those attending had a fabulous night. Our student leaders Toby, Liana, Jackson and Claudia, and Year 13 Dean Mrs Johnston, did a fantastic job of making the night a success.

This years’ Haka competition was another intensely fought battle. After much deliberation, the winning trophy was awarded to Blue House. Orange has just taken out the Basketball. Competition is heating up with only one event remaining before our 2018 House Winner is announced.

Our school roll continues to grow, not only with new domestic students but also a rising number of out of zone and international students. These increased numbers have necessitated us to implement an enrolment scheme. Details are available on our website. The deadline for all in-zone and out-of-zone applications is Wednesday, 5 September.

Parents are encouraged and welcomed to be a part of this important discussion. As part of the process, we held our annual Careers Evening and NCEA Information Evening last Thursday night. Our thanks to all those who attended and to the over 60 local businesses and training providers that shared their invaluable insight and experience.

that with the help of a $25,000 funding grant from the One Foundation, we will be purchasing two new school vans this term. Having two vans available will help reduce transport pressures on our parents, sporting teams and clubs.

This term we welcomed five new staff to Mahurangi College. Christopher Welch (Mathematics) Dominique Simanke (Science) Daniel Boesley (English) Kevin Hooper (Pathways) and Naomi Wade (Sustainability). We hope they enjoy working within our fantastic team of staff and students at Mahurangi.

A new record was set during this years’ 40 Hour Famine with Mahurangi College students and staff raising a staggering total of $11,200. We are incredibly proud of all involved for showing empathy and kindness by putting themselves out there to help the people of South Sudan. A special thank you to our 40 Hour Famine team, led by Year 13 student Rebecca Boyce.

Over the next two to three weeks, our students in Year 10, 11 and 12 will have the opportunity to discuss and make preliminary subject selections for 2019. They will do this in consultation with their respective Academic Dean.

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This year our Board made the necessary decision to replace our existing school van, which was purchased over 10 years ago. We are excited to share

Our congratulations to Sandra Wilcock who competed in the NZ National Powerchair Football tournament held in Taupo over the holidays, where she and her North Auckland team placed second. Sandra has since been selected to play for the National team, which will be competing at the Australian Nationals in Brisbane next month. Last night, inspirational All Black and motivational speaker Eroni Clarke, shared with our families his practical ideas on building strong personal character and living our PRIDE values everyday. Many thanks to all who attended, and to Friends of Mahu for organising the invaluable event. Tomorrow night, we will host


our very first Mahurangi College Dance Showcase from 7pm in our auditorium. A few tickets are still available from our school office. The showcase will include a range of dance styles from all year levels. On behalf of David, I would like to take this opportunity to pass on my thank you to two very special Mahu parents; Jo Hathaway and Lisa Bindon. Both have worked tirelessly for our school, front of house and behind the scenes, as an integral part of Friends of Mahu. Jo and Lisa have made the tough decision to step down from their roles to pursue exciting new personal ventures. We wish them all the very best. David and Joy Macleod are currently on sabbatical in Tonj, South Sudan. They are enjoying spending time with family. Shortly they will head to Canada for the remainder of their 10 week sabbatical. ALISTAIR ELDER, ACTING PRINCIPAL


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COMMUNITY SERVICE TOUR TO MAGICAL VIETNAM Over the holidays, a group of 21 students and two teachers travelled with Antipodeans on a community services tour to the beautiful Hanoi, Vietnam. Over two weeks they visited many famous tourist attractions and immersed themselves fully in Hanoi life. They explored Trang An and Ninh Binh, watched a water puppet show and bartered at the night markets. The highlight for many was a cruise in the magical setting of Halong Bay (above). Students fulfilled the community service part of the trip in a remote village called Mai Chau, about four hours north of Hanoi. They spent three days building a house for an underprivileged family of five, while interacting with the village kindergarten, dance group and football team. The trip gave our students unique knowledge about the culture and cuisine of Vietnam, as well as invaluable leadership skills. It was a thoroughly enjoyable and memorable experience for all. More images and videos from the trip can be viewed on our Facebook page. ROSA KESKIC

JUNIOR STUDENTS EXPLORE NEW TECHNOLOGIES As part of an Exploration Concept a number of classes in Year 7 are trialing new Robotics tools within their classroom learning (below). Students are working with Sphero, Qurkbots, Neuron, Edison, Raspberry Pi and mBots. The aim is to explore the technologies by developing coding to direct robots in a variety of ways. Later in the term our juniors will be “creating� around their chosen technology; constructing their

own designs using 3D printing. As well as learning to code, students are developing collaboration and creativity skills, while having huge amounts of fun. At the beginning of the term, our juniors had the opportunity to visit The Mind Lab and MOTAT. Highlights from the day included a series of Robotics challenges, where students attempted to code M-Bots to correctly navigate a maze; and Electronic Engineering, where

students created a battery operated car from recycled cardboard. Some students also had the opportunity to experience filmmaking using a range of costumes and props, with MOTAT exhibits as the setting. The resulting footage will be used later in short filmmaking. The experience gave our juniors insight into the new technologies they will be using. Our digital technology students are also exploring Robotics using our Lego EV3 equipment.

Sabrina Yarndley ACHIEVER OF THE MONTH Academic Blue Excellence NCEA L1 Academic Blue Excellence NCEA L2 Blue House Whanau Rep Library Prefect Student Executive Prefect Member of Equestrian Team Member of UWH Senior Girls Team Member of UWH Senior Team Club: Regionals Bronze Medallist Pictured with Julie Balfour, Retail Manager Mitre 10 Mega Warkworth

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