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May 2012

Achieve @ St Bernard’s From the Principal Kite ingoa o Te Atua, o Te Tamaiti, o Te Wairua Tapu. Amene. Nau mai, haere mai, mihi mai te whanau o te kura tuarua o Hato Perenara. Greetings and welcome to everyone in our school community.

It is the ATTITUDE that matters

Open Day Saturday 19 May 2012 10.00am until 2.00pm 2013 Enrolment Packs will be available.

DRAMA SBC Drama had an exciting start to the year with students starring in two fantastic shows. First off the mark was Two Face Drama and Taiohi Morehu’s presentation of “The Waka of Love”. “The Waka” is a lighthearted musical about New Zealand’s cultural history. The organisers were blown away when they arrived at SBC to audition what they thought would be a handful of students and they were greeted by 50 students! One of the directors said “I wish we’d come to SBC first. There’s so much talent here!” Jacob Netzler, Eddie Assovale, Josiah Martin and Raymond Tala were cast for the show which performed over several nights in Lower Hutt and in Wellington, receiving praise for their ability on stage and also for the professional way they conducted themselves off the stage and in rehearsals. Some of the students from this show will have the opportunity to perform this show in a cultural event in Japan at the beginning of 2013. The term culminated with a joint production of the musical show “The Boyfriend” between SBC and Chilton St James. In our first production with Chilton St James in over 20 years, our students stood out for not only their wonderful ability on stage, but once again for their dedication and teamwork behind the scenes. Gabriel Balauag, Blake Owers, Brandon Lynch, Jacob Netzler, Hosea Tapuai, Daeshan Wichman and Tony Su starred as the boyfriends in the musical set in the 1920’s French Riviera. The show ran for four public performances at the Little Theatre and was well received by the audiences. Special thanks must go out to the teachers at Chilton St James for inviting us to take part in this production. The boys and girls are a credit to their schools and we all hope this will be the start of a renewed theatrical relationship between our schools. Well done to all the boys and a special thank you to their parents for their support during the long weeks of afterschool and weekend rehearsals. Petra Jaeger

Last newsletter I put in front of you how critically important it was for our boys to embark on small steps to success. It is the little things that matter, whether a student is in Y7 or in Y13. On one hand, one can spend a great deal of time arguing whose fault it is when a student fails; on the other one could very quickly seek to bask in the glory of a student, athlete or player when he succeeds. If we spend time on recriminations we end up demoralising and de-motivating each other. If we focus on what we do well and try to spread the good practice around, then we will lift our performance in incremental steps across the board. When I was still at school, one of my teachers often said “Be very kind to the boys’ virtues and a little blind to their faults.” He was very strong on encouragement, praise, high expectations, high standards, while he down played our mistakes. This did not mean that he was overly ecstatic about his students’ successes and buried our failures. On the contrary, it meant that we were humble with our achievements – which were founded on a solid set of school values – the love of work, comradeship, compassion, commitment, courage and resilience – values not dissimilar to the values shown by our ANZAC soldiers about 100 years ago at Gallipoli. Failure was seen as a good starting point to find out what caused it and then to work out simple steps to fix it. If there was something that would really upset him this would have been a student’s poor attitude, usually expressed as “I can’t do it,” or “too hard.” He did not have time for that. So while we can work out the small steps to success, putting together a game plan, setting the achievement goal (it being an academic or sport target), the real starting point is ATTITUDE developed around the school’s ethos, culture and values. Our vision statement says that “we want to be the first choice for an excellent Catholic education for boys in the Hutt Valley and Wainuiomata.” ‘First choice’ and ‘excellent education’ result from some basic ingredients that we need to cultivate and embed in our school ethos and culture: · the encouragement of positive attitudes to teaching and learning; · the insistence on high standards for staff and students alike; · the total focus on engaging students; · the involvement of students in defining the setting out of the school ethos and values; · the expectation of good behaviour; · the close work of home-school partnerships, especially the involvement of fathers; · the establishment of a sense of community, school pride and student belonging; and · the practice of school values by staff and students. There are several other factors that make success more likely. However, if our school motto: “aim to the stars, call upon Mary” is firmly established, built on strong ethos and culture foundations and nurtured at every opportunity, then we can claim that our vision is our reality. Peter Fava “Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms from those who work with joy.” Kahlil Gibran.

Inaugural St Bernard’s College Mountain Bike Club On Sunday 11 March, the inaugural St Bernard’s Mountain Bike Club (SBCMTBC) ride was held at the Wainuiomata Trail Project. The club is open to all students with an interest in all aspects of mountain biking. Our second ride was held on Easter Monday at the same venue. Our goal is to have an organised ride, once a month, to take advantage of the wide variety of mountain biking available in the greater Wellington region. We are also hoping to be involved in bike safety and maintenance sessions; trail building; competing in local MTB events and fundraising for an end of year MTB weekend away to explore some trails around the lower North Island. Congratulations to Jesse Cseh and Edward Wilcock for taking the initiative for getting this club started and to all of the parents who have joined us for rides so far. The next ride will be on Sunday the 6 May. Venue TBC. If you would like any information about joining the SBCMTBC please email Mr Sutherland

Maths Club All Year 7/8 students are welcome to join the SBC Maths Club. The four W’s will explain:

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Why: Extra assistance with mathematics What: Extension maths will be provided so bring your problem solving brain. When: Every Wednesday Where: Ms Calcinai’s Room M3.

Any questions about the club please email Ms Calcinai:

Science ICAS Science Thank you to all the parents who have encouraged their sons to enter this international competition. The 1 hour multichoice assessment is on Wednesday June 6. Mr Higson has copies of previous assessment papers for all age levels which are very good material to allow your son to gauge the type of question. Great also for in-depth family discussions on what is the correct answer. Earth Hour Last term we showed our support for this initiative by turning off all unnecessary lights and electrical appliances. Earth hour is a global initiative to highlight the earth’s plight in regard to global warming and the impact that electricity generation has on it. Our ecology club organised the activity. Thanks to all the teachers and students who worked through the interruption. Science Fair The knowledge that this is again upon us fills parents with dread or excitement. This is compulsory for all Year 7, 8, 9 and 10SJ, 10JE and 10KE. 10CH will be invited to participate. This has to be submitted by the students late in term 2. Winners will go on to represent the college at the Wellington regional science fair.

Touch Rugby On Friday 30 March a furious Touch Rugby final featured the SBC Gold team versus HIBS Chiefs in the Y7-8 Boys Touch Tournament at Hutt Park. SBC Gold maintained their unbeaten record to secure joint first place in the league. Bragging rights were hard won and held by both SBC Gold (managed by Paula Afoa) and Muritai Rush (coached Stu Davenport). Both teams were unbeaten all season and only conceded one draw to each other. St Bernard’s Principal Mr Peter Fava said, “I’m proud of our boys’ achievements! Their love of hard work has paid off” as the SBC Gold earned the “Best and Fairest Touch Team” award. The SBC Red and Blue teams finished the season with a grudge match against each other. Neither team would quit but the Reds won by a slim margin. St Bernard’s Matt Harrison, who convened three teams said, “this has been a great experience for all the boys who have all played their hearts out. All the players look forward to further touch rugby games in Term 4 when the competition continues.”

Māori Language Department Report Te Reo Maori at St Bernard’s College in 2012 In the short time that I have been teaching te reo Māori at St Bernard’s College, it has been really pleasing to see the increased interest and participation from students, staff and whānau in the use of the Māori language. A growing awareness of tikanga Māori (Māori culture) can also be seen throughout the school in activities and events such as kapa haka, pōwhiri, the use of Māori waiata and karakia (songs and prayers) and the celebration of Matariki (the Māori New Year) and Māori Language Week. Although the Māori language and culture are unique to Aotearoa/New Zealand and are something that we always seem keen to promote on the world stage, some New Zealanders may still question the value of learning the language and may not appreciate its importance in our own personal development, interaction with others and career prospects. Knowledge of the Māori language and culture is an invaluable tool in a wide range of career sectors including education, healthcare, law, business, politics and journalism. The Māori population continues to increase and research has shown that so too has New Zealanders’ recognition of the value of tikanga Māori for all of us. According to the ‘Roy Morgan State of the Nation March 2012’ report, there has been an upsurge in the number of New Zealanders who consider Māori culture to be an "essential component" of New Zealand society. Here at St Bernard’s College, it is great that we can embrace the Māori language and culture, celebrate our cultural diversity and be a part of this positive change. He taonga te reo. Pupuritia, kōrerotia mō ake tonu. The Māori language is a treasure. May it be retained and spoken always. For further information on the value of Māori studies, visit career_view/maori_studies.pdf Kapa haka preparation The following boys have been preparing for the upcoming Nationals to be held in Whāngarei at the start of Term 3. Although they haven’t had a full noho marae (weekend overnight stay on the marae) yet, to date they have attended two practices a week, one on Tuesday and one on Thursday from 5pm to 8pm each evening since the start of March. T Whaanga-Gibb, O Waitaki-Messenger, J Afoa, T Julius, D Nuku, R Perez, V Fa’atui, A Galuva’a, D Wichman among others. “Ngā Manu Speech” Competition The following boys will represent the College on Wednesday 9 May at Wainuiomata High School: Junior Maori: J Molineux, Junior English: C Cunnigham, Senior English: A Pou Upcoming dates: 8 Matariki – The Māori New Year – the last few days of May or the beginning of June every year Matariki is the Māori name for the star cluster known as the Pleiades. Traditionally for Māori when it appeared just before dawn in late May or early June, it signalled the start of the Māori New Year. For some tribes, the rising of Puanga (Rigel in Orion) signals the start of the New Year. In the early 2000s Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (Māori Language Commission), the Ministry of Education and the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, became involved in the revival of Matariki celebrations. 8 Māori Language students trip to Tapu te Ranga Marae in Island Bay. Wednesday 15 May

Debating News Round one has gone very well. All but the Junior and Premier A team won their debates and the two lost debates were very close. Teams are working hard to be well prepared and that makes all the difference. If your son is involved in debating please do what you can to ensure that he has done his research and has got his speech done by the appointed time. If you are not sure of the topics and dates, please feel free to email me and I will pass the draw on to you. Once again, my thanks go to all the coaches who are giving up so much of their time to meet with their teams and guide them. Sue McNab Debating Convenor

Rugby Top Result

The 1st XV have secured their first win in the Hibernian Cup by beating Hato Paora in their annual exchange by 35-5 in Fielding. SBC are the defending champions in this competition. The team also retained the “Challenge Shield” by beating HVHS 27-8 in the recent Hope Cup tournament played during the holidays.

Sports News SBC Swimming Championships On 26 March we were treated to some wonderful competition as the SBC Swimming Champs took place at Naenae Pool. The 2012 Champions are: Y7 Caelum Tainui Y8 Michael Schutz-Tala Junior Chris Cunningham Youth Mataio Pou Intermediate Stephen Clark Senior Tyler Saggers Michael Schutz-Tala went on to the Y7/8 Interschool winning both the 50m Breaststroke, 100m Individual Medley and finishing 3rd in the 50m Butterfly. The Medley relay team also finished 3rd

High Honours Water Polo As mentioned in the last newsletter Mataio Pou was selected in the NZ U15 Water Polo squad. Mataio has now gone one step further in being selected in the final team for the NZ U15 Team following the final trials a few weeks back. Well done Mataio! Athletics Three of our boys competed as part of the Wellington Athletics team at the North Island Secondary Schools Champs held in Tauranga in March. Ramon Tala came away with the bronze medal for the Junior Shot Put while Brandon Lynch finished a credible 5th in the Senior 3000m. Brett Manaia just missed a spot in the finals of the intermediate shot put. This is the first time in many years that an SBC boy has placed at North Islands. It is hoped both boys will go on to compete at the Nationals in December. Many thanks to specialist throws coach Margie Bliss who coached the boys and accompanied them to Tauranga. Glasgow Rangers here we come! Congratulations to Jayden Grant and Taban Makoii who have been selected to attend the Glasgow Rangers Youth Academy later this year. This is a great opportunity for these boys and their obvious skills will also help the SBC boys in their efforts to gain Premier grade status for this season. Basketball Congratulations to Isaac Fuimaono for his selection in the Hutt Valley U19B team and Michael Brennan for the U17B team

Summer Wrap-Up Bowls Congratulations to Arama Pou, Matthew Clark who finished runners-up in the CSW regional bowls tournament. This qualified them to compete at the Central Regional Championships in Wanganui where they finished 3rd. Well done boys. In the Hutt Valley competition Team 1 and 2 finished 1st and 2nd respectively in Division 1 and team 3 finished 3rd in division 2.


The recent Y7/8 Interschool athletics saw some fine performances from our boys. J Wainui-Teepa 1st Long Jump, D Goldsworthy 2nd 400m, 3rd 800m, I Te Wiki-Mu 2nd Shot Put Y7, S Taylor 2nd Shot Put Y8, P Manaia 2nd Y8 Vortex, 3rd Shot Put Y8, J Moa 2nd Vortex Y7, T King 3rd 100m Y7.

Tennis Our Junior 1 team finished 2nd in the Division 1 competition and so has qualified for the Premier grade in term 4 where they will compete against the top schools in the Wellington region. The other teams also competed well: Senior – 3rd in Division 1, Junior 2 – 3rd in Division 2, Junior 3 – 1st in Division 3.

Golf This year we had two teams in the Lower Valley competition with team 1 finishing 2nd and team 2 finishing 4th.

Volleyball Both the Senior and Junior teams finished their competitions in the top 3 in the Hutt Valley and so have qualified for a place in the Premier grade for term 4 which will pit them against the best colleges in the Wellington region. Thanks to Viane Smith and Hamish Sutherland for their expert coaching.

Music Term 2 Smokefree Rockquest – 12 May Entries close 4th May. The Big Sing Competition (Choir) – 7 June For all choir members. Don’t forget practises are every Friday lunchtime. NCEA Solo Performance Evening – 19 June Starts at 5pm, in the music room. All students taking NCEA music are involved in this evening. They will be performing to gain 6 – 8 credits for solo performance. Friends and family welcome. Acoustic Music Evening On Thursday 29 March, 32 students took the stage for the annual acoustic evening. This evening took place in the staffroom and was packed out. With only 45 tickets, all sold out in a short amount of time. It was an evening for family and friends to come along and see how talented their kids are, while enjoying a few glasses of wine and tasty nibbles. A big thank you goes out to all the performers – you were brilliant and should be acknowledged for your talents and contribution to the school. J Dominikovich, M Gupwell, L McAuliffe, C Piper, A Hong, S Trocio, M Elder, K Haftka, J Murrell, T McGuinness, B Meafou, S Vaofusi, M Mafile’oTuala, J Moa, B Owers, L Vallance, H Royle, T Wright, B van Woerkom, A Sales, A Alefosio, T Te Kawa, C Bliss, N Houpapa, L Ngatuere –Ongley. Special thanks go out to our techies - Nathan Russell and Nick Lunn. Thanks to my Y11’s and 12’s for helping to cart over and set up the gear. Thank you to Jessica Christian and Maria Fouhy for helping out in the kitchen, Rose Gupwell for the food and Harry Slade for MC-ing the night. Annabelle Flood

Football Another first: For the first time in our history we have a team in the premier youth/division 1 grading division. This means that we are now one of the top 12 college teams in the greater Wellington region. We achieved this feat by having a meritorious 5 -3 victory against Newland’s College 1st XI. Pre season tournament: Our 1st XI and our junior 1 team had the opportunity to participate in a Scot’s College tournament on the artificial turf at Wakefield Park. Our 1st XI had victories against Bishop Viard and Onslow colleges, lost 1-0 Wgtn College 1st and then lost 5-0 to St Pats town in their play-off for 11th and 12th. Our junior 1 team won against Scots Coll, drew with Wgtn Coll 2 and lost to Onslow Coll. They lost 1-0 to Rongotai in the play -off for 5th/6th. Club Organisation: All seven teams have coaches and they have assigned training days. It is essential that all team members attend all the practices and are available for all the games. All the players MUST have the following gear: College blue shorts, the new blue socks with gold rings, shin pads and football boots. Football committee: If you would like to be involved in continuing to chart the direction of St Bernard’s football please contact Brenten Higson at the College on 560 9250 ext 868. We have progressed from 1 Saturday team in 2005 to 7 teams today. We need to make sure that all our players have access to an environment where their enthusiasm for football is fostered.

At the recent Senior Regional tournament Marc Soloa was named in the “Tournament Team” for his outstanding play.

Winter Sport Winter sport is now under way with Rugby( 4 teams) Hockey (1 team), Basketball (4 teams), Football (7 teams), Water Polo (3 teams) and Badminton (8 teams).

Year 12 Retreat


2012 Term Dates Term 2 Term 3 Term 4

23 April to 29 June 16 July to 28 September 15 October to 7 December

Doctor’s consultation at St Bernard’s College

Important Dates May 11 Workday 15 Francis Douglas Exchange Away 18 Early finish 12.35pm 19 Open Day 22 Late start 9.30am Y7/8 Interschool Cross Country ICAS Computing Skills 25 Y9 Retreat—TBC

June 1 MOE Teacher Only Day 6 ICAS Science Marcellin Feast Day 8 Y11 Retreat TBC 9 Barbershop Regionals 12 Late start 9.30am 15 Y10 Retreat TBC 16 Y12 PE Camp

Plan to be as fit and healthy as you can be!!

Clinic Open Tuesday 8.30—11.30am Thursday 12—3pm. Alex Ferrier-Kerr is our school health nurse. Dr Beena Hegde will be in attendance at the Thursday Clinic ( 570-0883 or 560-9250 (College office)

Interested in what makes our universe tick? What are black holes? What out solar system looks like through a telescope?

Entertainment Books $60

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When : Every 4 Thursday of the month. Where: By the Canteen Time: 7:00pm Who : Taken by Mr Anthony Gomez who is a member of the Phoenix ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY HUTT VALLEY. Also a parent. Contact: Mr Brenten Higson. Science teacher. 560 9250 ext 868.

Workday Thank you to everyone who provided employment for our students for Workday last week. Students please make sure that your money is handed to your form teacher during registration.

Are now available at the school office. If you wish to purchase one please call the office

Careers Is there anyone out there with a part time job or some casual work for Taban Makoii? He needs to fundraise money for his trip to Scotland in October to train with the Glasgow Rangers. The Careers office is keen to support him and will be happy to receive your offers of work. Contact Mrs Grant or Ms Lomax on ext 877 or email There is an excellent new website to help students decide what to study at university and which university is best for them. It is very user friendly.

Free Dental Treatment offered by Graeme Yee Dental Care, 66 Bloomfield Terrace, Lower Hutt, ( 566-1119. This free treatment is available to all secondary students until their 18th birthday. All new patients, students and parents are welcome. If you have any questions please feel free to call on the above number.

Uniform Shop Normal Opening Hours Monday 8:15 to 9:00am Thursday 12:30 to 1:30pm

Uniform on AP Uniform purchases may be charged to your AP with the consent of the college on a case by case basis. Boys need to bring a signed note from parents. Please email or phone the accounts office ext 861

Second Hand Uniform

GATEWAY 2012 Our Gateway Programme has got off to a great start. All our Gateway students have completed their first aid course as well as the Site Safe course which is required for anyone wanting to work in construction. We have half of our allocation of students placed already in a diverse range of industries ranging from construction to Local Government to Hotel Management and including Hospitality, Graphic Art and Events Management. We also have students as teacher aides in the areas of sport and the teaching of Kapa Haka. We are very grateful to the employers who have given our young men a chance to work in the real world and should any of you reading this be interested in taking on a Gateway student I would be delighted to hear from you. May Lax, Gateway Broker, email (560- 9250 extn 875

If your child is not returning to St Bernard’s next year and has a uniform in good condition that they no longer require, please consider donating it to the school or we can sell on your behalf less a commission. All sales from second hand school uniforms go to the library to purchase new books. If you have items to donate or sell, please leave them at the school office or if you have any queries, please contact Tania on 587-0024.

Preferred method of payment school fees The school prefers all school fees to be paid directly to our bank account. This is a safer means of payment that provides a reliable trail. Our bank account is ASB Queensgate 12-3142-0164653-00. Please include your son’s first name and surname, and your phone number in the reference fields. Receipts are issued for all payments and given to students in class. Thank you.

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