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52 Mahurangimatters May 30, 2018

On Wednesday 30 May, we join our community in celebrating our past and present successes and future direction. After a year long consultation listening carefully to what it is that you as a community want from our school, we are greatly looking forward to sharing what we have learnt.

In terms of ranking, when pass rates at all three NCEA levels are added together along with the UE pass rate, Mahurangi College ranked 10th out of 44 decile 7 schools, and we were the top non-selective (ie state, coed) decile 7 school in New Zealand. We are incredibly proud.

The evening also provides us with the opportunity to thank you for your contribution to our successes, whether historical, or more current. The party starts at 6pm in the Auditorium. Local food, wine and coffee will be available at no charge with thanks to Friends of Mahu. I look forward to seeing you there.

phones as a learning device within the classroom at school. Our aim is to support the students around sensible device use and to educate them on how to use other suitable devices for learning, such as tablets and laptops. We are encouraging our parents to support our school by ensuring students are not contacted during learning times. Students are able to respond to messages at break times.

The confirmed NCEA results from 2017 have now been released. We were particularly pleased that our Maori and Pasifika students were also above decile 7 averages at all levels, as were the endorsements for Excellence at all three levels. These are excellent results of which we are incredibly proud.

One of our six areas of strategic focus for 2018 is the health and well-being of our students. In light of this, we have introduced a new policy around the use of cell phones at our school. Since we became a BYOD school in 2014, we have allowed students to use smartphones as a learning device in certain situations in the classroom. However, in recent times we have become increasingly concerned about cell phone use interrupting the learning and health and well being of some of our students. After spending a good deal of time looking at the research around cell phone use by young people, and discussing the issue at length, we have decided to completely remove cell

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Congratulations to our Equestrian Team who were named North Island Champions at the recent Intercollegiate Horse Trials held at Taupo over the weekend of 19 and 20 May. The team also took out first place overall in the

Dressage. A notable achievement considering the high level of talent from within the 30 participating schools. Well done to our team; Emma James, Alec Webb, Kaitlyn Monti-Ellery, Ella Bartlett. Our Place was a sea of pink as students and staff showed their support for Pink Shirt Day. It was a valuable opportunity to share how we can make a difference as individuals by joining together and standing up for what is right. In the case of Pink Shirt Day, the stand was against bullying - an uncompromising stand we all need to take. Well done to all involved. DAVID MACLEOD, PRINCIPAL


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WE WILL REMEMBER THEM 2018 ANZAC DAY Our Head Prefects represented our school well during this year’s ANZAC commemorations. Our Head Boy Toby Swann-Mackay spoke of his great grandfather, Private Albert Edward Swann of the Royal Warwickshire regiment, who fought for the British army and was killed at Passchendaele on 4 October 1917. It was sobering to think that on that same day, in the same battle, four young men from this area also lost their lives: William Fleury, Garfield Warin, Arthur Sanderson and William Rowe. Just eight days later, on 12 October 1917, New Zealand’s darkest day in military history, another four young men from this area were killed. As the population of the area was a lot less than today, a significant impact was felt. In all, 91 young men from our community died in World War I and II.

YEAR 8 INQUIRY: IS ADAPTATION NECESSARY FOR SURVIVAL? Our Year 8 students will be working on a number of inquiry based projects throughout the year, many of which have been newly introduced. Recently students held an Expo evening to showcase the results of their latest big idea project: “Is adaptation necessary for survival?”. The students used the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) design process to adapt products that already exist to potentially allow humans to survive in many different extreme environments.

The end results were very thought provoking and generated a great deal of discussion and further investigation. It was fantastic to see our PRIDE values come alive, especially when students were challenged. We are very proud of all our juniors who show us every day that they are willing to take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the learning process.

Term 1 had many exciting things happening for the Year 8’s, one of them being the Expo evening. We learnt a lot about extreme environments and planets, as well as being able to adapt something that was already invented. We had to use our inquiry skills and our PRIDE values (especially pursuing excellence, showing determination and being innovative) to complete our projects. We all worked really hard and it was fun to learn so many new and exciting things.



MACKENZIE BUICK ACHIEVER OF THE MONTH Academic Blue for NCEA Excellence Level 2 Academic Blue for NCEA Excellence Level 1 Member of Sports Academy Chairperson Student Executive Member of UWH Senior Team Pictured with Julie Balfour, Retail Manager Mitre 10 Mega Warkworth

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Mahurangi Matters 30 May 2018 - Mahurangi College  

Mahurangi Matters 30 May 2018 - Mahurangi College

Mahurangi Matters 30 May 2018 - Mahurangi College  

Mahurangi Matters 30 May 2018 - Mahurangi College