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OUR VISION “A school at the forefront of learning that maximises students’ potential.” part of a programme in which teachers assisted students to develop the skills required to achieve internally assessed credits across the curriculum. Each student had an individual programme designed to meet their needs. This initiative was an overwhelming success with over 200 credits being gained by this group of motivated students. We have also identified a group of Year 12 and 13 students who are in danger of not achieving their NCEA Level Two by the end of the year and we will be providing some additional assistance and opportunities for them.

: Tena koutou katoa This week we have been holding a series of trial examinations for about fifty of our most able senior students as they prepare for NZQA’s prestigious New Zealand Scholarship examinations which will be held later in the year. This is the first time that Paraparaumu College has offered a set of trial examinations for Scholarship and this development is part of a series of initiatives planned to extend our most able students to ensure that they reach their potential. As these examinations are both challenging and optional and are being held out of school time, it is exciting to see so many students involved. I am grateful for the teachers who have helped students prepare for these exams and will be providing feedback to the students as they continue their preparation for the final New Zealand Scholarship examinations. Our school examinations for all Years 11 to 13 students have now been marked and returned to students. Teachers will have helped students to identify areas for improvement. Parents of senior students will be receiving formal reports next week, which outline students’ examination results and provide grades for the internal assessments which have taken place in courses so far this year. With just 25 school days left before the external examinations, it is crucial that students know exactly how many credits they have gained and how many credits are still available to them so that they have a clear plan for achieving their NCEA certificates. If parents could initiate a discussion with their son/s and/or daughter/s along these lines, that would be great. I know many students are aiming for Certificate endorsements with either “Excellence” or “Merit” and are right on track to achieve their goals. During our school examinations, a group of Year 11 students chose to give up their study leave in order to be

Year 9 and 10 students will be sitting their examinations in the middle of Term Four. These provide an ideal opportunity for students to show their knowledge and skills and to develop examination strategies which will help them in the senior school. Our focus, especially at this time of year, is clearly on academic achievement. This newsletter highlights student achievement in the classroom and in sports, arts and leadership. I trust that you enjoy reading it. Naku Noa, Na

Kia Ora Koutou The Board took an afternoon out recently to have a discussion about the strategic direction for the College. It was an exciting and productive afternoon. We had a detailed look at the Good Learner Profile, unpacked the key words that arose from the consultation and considered how they related to the Board as it leads the College forward. Collaborative learning was a key theme. How do we develop our students as leaders of the future and develop a curriculum which meets their individual needs? We have a plan for progressing the strategic plan! We’ve had a look at how we want to consult in a way that involves everyone who has an impact or is impacted by the future of the College. We had to temper this, of course, with the need to reach a point where we actually have a written

2013 PARAPARAUMU COLLEGE NEWSLETTER NO 6 19th September 2013 plan in place. We’ve got some good ideas on how to engage and one of those may well be a lunch time session with our commuter parents and stakeholders in Wellington. Three of the Board members take the train into Wellington every day and we meet parents all the time that would really like to contribute but struggle with location and time. We'll be telling you shortly about those opportunities for engagement and consultation. Board members recently attended a Kapiti/Otaki joint meeting for all secondary and primary school Boards and Principals from across the region. It's not surprising that other schools are facing similar challenges and opportunities to us. The top issues for all of us were social issues, trends in education, and technology (challenges and opportunities). Further work on some common initiatives is likely from this work and I will keep you posted. In the meantime if you see me, or any of the other Board members on the train come and say hello. We're always up for a conversation about the College. Nga Mihi

aiming for and that they have given you a clear indication of where to study for your finals next term. We are all hearing the message that we all should now be getting study timetables made up, and knuckling down into study from our teachers and deans. It is crucial for everyone sitting exams next term to start to study now. Take the most of the opportunity you have. Ask your teachers about tutorials, study with your friends and try not to procrastinate. We all know how easy that can be! On behalf of the Head student team we would like to wish you all good luck for your exams. Give them your best and have a great holiday! KEY DATES 19 Sept 21-22 Sept 24 Sept 26 Sept 27 Sept 14 Oct 24 Oct

That’s Artstanding World Challenge Training Board Meeting Senior Examination Report issued End of Term 3 Beginning of Term 4 Newsletter issued

A full list of term events is available on the college website

Our valued colleague, Julie Laurenson, passed away in August.

Hey everyone! Great to see all of our teams back from Winter Sports Tournament. It was brilliant to have so many teams from our College representing us across the country. All the teams had a great time and it was particularly special to have our Hockey Girls’ Tournament in Kapiti this year, meaning loads of students got to go along to the games to support one of our premier sports teams. The feedback from Tournament organisers across the country has been really positive towards Paraparaumu College and it is awesome to see our school setting such a good example nationally. On the other side of things we have “That’s Artstanding”, th our annual wearable arts fashion show on Thursday 19 September, in the Auditorium at 7.00 pm. Students have been working hard for months on their work for this showcase and competition. Be sure to come along and enjoy the show which also includes musical and dance acts. It was great to see so many of our senior students trying their hardest in our recent school exams. They came up quickly but we hope that you all got the results you were

Julie had been battling cancer for a while but was still an energetic relieving teacher in the College. Julie will be greatly missed and we are grateful for all the kind words to the College community at the time of her death. There was a tremendous turn out of current and former staff, students and friends at Julie’s funeral.

ICAS Science Competition Students recently took part in the ICAS Science Competition with some pleasing results: DISTINCTION Year 12 Anthony Nicholson Year 10 Stefan Przychodzko

2013 PARAPARAUMU COLLEGE NEWSLETTER NO 6 19th September 2013 Year 9 Tyler Drummond and Daneel Penman

which is to head to the USA on a Basketball scholarship.

CREDIT Year 11 Brittany Calder, Sarah Robinson and Kristen Yorker Year 10 Joshua Bolitho, Maxwell Kooij, Hannah Logan, Connor Monk, Shania Morris, Ozzman Symes-Hull, Jessica Tang, Jackson Thompson and Ellie Walker Year 9 Lex Ashurst, Devlin Corlett, Nathan Feist, Bridie Flanagan, Thomas Grant, Caleb Green-Wilson, Marshall Harrison, Kate Macnab, Cameron Mallinder, Georgia-May Marston, Tristan Mastrodicasa, Byron Monk, Matthew Phillips, Mike Ransby, Vanessa Robinson, Heidi Stone and Logan Voullaire MATHSWELL Recently a group of Year 9, 10 and 11 Mathematics students competed in the annual Mathswell competition in Wellington. Despite none of the teams making it into the top 3, The Year 11 team comprising of Sarah Robinson, Josh Lamb and Mandy Li, th came 4 and were ranked as the best co-ed school in the Wellington region. The Year 10 team, Stefan Przychodzko, Connor Monk, Shania Morris, Ozzman HullSymes, Ellie Walker and Ben Bell th also did well, finishing 7 = finishing ahead of the other Kapiti schools. th

The Year 9 team were joint 8 . Another great result and congratulations to Devlin Corlett, Alex Hobson, Nathan Feist, Mike Ransby, Cameron Malllinder and Daneel Penman.

Jacinta’s successes this season:  Women Division 1 winners – NZ’s highest women’s grade – Hutt Valley/Porirua Flyers rd  Under 19 Nationals – 3 place – Jacinta made the U19 Tournament Team th  Under 23 Nationals – 4 Place – Jacinta made the NZ U23 Tournament Team and was team Captain (at age 18!) nd  College Premier League – 2 top scorer to Stella Beck (HVHS Tall Fern) who played 2 games more than Jacinta and scored only 18 points more than her overall. CSW Division 1 Congratulations to the Senior Boys 1 Basketball team on being runners-up in the CSW Division 1. They were narrowly beaten in the final after going into extra time. Angelo Robinson Cup For the fourth year running the Senior Boys 1 Basketball team have taken out the Angelo Robinson Cup, an annual fixture between Paraparaumu and Kapiti Colleges. BEACH CLEAN UP Congratulations to Year 12 and Year 13 Environmental Science students who were involved in a Kapiti-wide school beach clean-up in September. The Beach Clean-up was sponsored by Pak ‘n Save, Paraparaumu and our students collected 76.3 kg of debris from Waikanae Estuary. The students collected the most rubbish out of all Kapiti Schools and won $1000 worth of Pak ‘n Save vouchers, which they voted to divide up and give to their favourite charities. FOOTBALL

The Inaugural Fuji Xerox Cups donated by Fuji Xerox, in particular Paul Steinmetz, were played for recently and will become an annual fixture between Paraparaumu and Kapiti st Colleges Boys and Girls 1 football team.

LIBRARY Congratulations to Annalise Davies, Vanessa Robinson and Janaya Pfahlert, all of 9GTA, who have successfully completed their Bronze Certificate. Congatulations also to Johnny Hynes, 11TRA, who has completed his Gold Certificate - The Leslie Library's top award. BASKETBALL Jacinta Beckley has had a wonderful Basketball season and will be looking forward to following her dream next year


The fixtures, played at Weka Park, saw the Boys 1 XI beat Kapiti College 3-0. Kapiti College won the girls game 5-0. GOLF Emma Hayward was selected to represent Wellington th against Manawatu/Wanganui on Sunday 11 August. She won both matches 5/4 and 2 up helping the Wellington team to a 12.5 to 3.5 win. It is extremely difficult to break into Golf representative teams due to the numbers of women playing. Well done Emma.

2013 PARAPARAUMU COLLEGE NEWSLETTER NO 6 19th September 2013 JUDO Great results from John Espinosa in the following Judo competitions:

Jade Barclay (has chosen not to attend due to other commitments) Laura Teono (unable to attend due to injury)

North Island Judo Championships – Gisborne Cadet Men under 55kg – Gold Junior Men under 55kg – Bronze

CSW Junior A Netball Tournament The 10A Netball team took part in the Junior A Netball th tournament during August and finished 14 overall.

Wellington Area Judo Championships Cadet Men Under 60kg – Gold Cadet Men Open - Bronze Junior Men Open – Gold

RUGBY st A great result for the 1 XV and everyone else involved with the winning of the CSW Premier 3 Division, thrashing St Patrick’s, Wellington 43-5 in the final. Special thanks to the management group including Gary Fowler, Greg Barclay and Marie Knewstubb who have worked tirelessly to support the boys throughout the season.

NETBALL th The netball season came to an end on Saturday 7 September with eight Paraparaumu College teams contesting the eleven finals and others playing off for third and fourth. A thrilling match in the Premier Grade final saw Paraparaumu College Senior A go into extra time against Business House, who had not dropped a game in the roundrobin. Senior A held on to win 41-39! Congratulations to all teams who played this season. The following awards were won by Paraparaumu College teams or players: Premier Grade – Coastlands Cup Senior A Senior B Grade – Kapiti Progressive Association Tray Senior C College A1 Grade – Diane Ammundsen Cup 9A College A3 Grade – Lewin Cup 9 Red Elementary Umpire Award Lucy Bould Junior Volunteer Trophy Lucy Bould Netball NZ High Performance Level 1 Wellington Region Zone The following students have been selected to attend the Summer High Performance Programme Level 1: Ailish Akavi Pania Mahu Dana-Jayne Mills-Albert Georgia Patu

Rosebowl st Unfortunately the 1 XV weren’t able to hold on to the Rosebowl this year with Kapiti taking the trophy in a very close fought game, winning by 1 point. RUGBY LEAGUE Congratulations to Boston Hunt, Rikeli Grey and Adrian Crawford, members of the Under 14 Kapiti Porirua Bears Rugby League team who were the grand final winners of the 2013 Wellington Rugby League Under 14's Cup. They played against Saint George and won 2220 at Whakatiki Park, on th Sunday 4 August. Adrian Crawford was also awarded player of the match. SCOUTS Congratulations to Holly Darton and Kryss Hodgson for receiving the Tararua Award from Scouts NZ for leadership and dedication to the Jamboree preparation and for exceptional service to the Waikanae Scout Troup. This award was a youth award and Holly and Kryss were the only ones to receive it in the Lower North Island. SPORTING HONOURS Honours Badges are amongst the top awards that the College can bestow, the badges are meant to recognise the efforts of those of our senior students who strive for and attain excellence.

2013 PARAPARAUMU COLLEGE NEWSLETTER NO 6 19th September 2013 Congratulations to: Football Tom Addy, Malcolm Finnie and Cam Matheson Cricket Josh Bohmer, Ryan Franks and Jono Griffiths Hockey Ellen Fitzmaurice, Fergus Goldie, Georgia Patu, Nicholas Piercy, Sophie Rider, Joel Spellacy and Beth Turnbull Golf Emma Hayward and Ben Laurenson Netball Georgia Patu and Naykita Shelford-Hinds Touch Andrew Knewstubb, Trent Reti and Stein Schreiber Rugby Andrew Knewstubb, Billy McGown, Morgan Oakley, Trent Reti, Stein Schreiber, Regan Sciascia and Hannah Tomlinson TAEKWONDO Congratulations to Year 9 student, Zoe Lyall on winning a Silver Medal in the Girls 12-14 Red Belt at the Taekwondo National Competiton at Te Rauparaha Arena.

donation is greatly appreciated. Statements will be sent out shortly to those families with subject fees still outstanding. If you are finding making payments a challenge, please ring Mrs Newall, 902 5170 Extn 843, in the strictest of confidence, to make a payment arrangement. We have a very successful AP option available.


NCEA examinations commence Friday 8 November and rd conclude on Tuesday 3 December. Click here for the NCEA timetable.

The Mathematics Department, in conjunction with Kapiti College, ran a “Maths on the Marae” morning for students who were about to sit their first external examination in Algebra. Maori and Pacific students from both schools were invited to attend and it was great to see many students taking this opportunity to hone their skills. The morning was fun for staff and students alike and it was wonderful to see so many whanau come and enjoy lunch with us.

TENNIS Zach Whaanga was recently a part of the New Zealand Under 18 team competing in the Oceania Closed Junior Championships in Fiji. TOUCH RUGBY Congratulations to Grace Steinmetz who has been selected to the Under 15 New Zealand Mixed Touch Rugby team travelling to Australia in October this year. th

Girls Hockey – Paraparaumu – 5 = (Georgia Patu named MVP) th Boys Hockey - Tauranga – 13 = th Netball – Lower North Island – 24 th Boys Football – Papamoa – 9 Girls Football – Napier – abandoned due to poor weather for teams not in the top 9 placings

Thank you to everyone who has paid their son’s/daughter’s course related subject fees along with a voluntary donation. Any help you can give the College by paying the

We would like to thank Kapiti College staff for preparing the kai, and supporting this initiative. Weekend Maths tutorials for all Year 11 students were also held in the Paraparaumu College Pavilion. (Year 9 and 10 Students) We are very fortunate to be offered the chance to have the performer and storyteller, Mona Williams, come to Paraparaumu College. Born in Guyana, Mona is now a New Zealand citizen. Her storytelling draws on her wealth of experience in Britain, Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, the USA and the Middle East. She has a vast spectrum of stories including myths, legends, heroic tales, fables, riddles and autobiographical adventures. This performance is only open to Year 9 and 10 students. It links with the listening to texts and oral language aspects of our curriculum. Date: Friday 25 October, 9am, Paraparaumu College Auditorium Cost: $3.00 (Performance open to the first 200 students)


No Major Drama! No Major Drama! This is a helpful tool to assist students in deciding "What should I study at University?" Click here to take you to the link on the college website or visit

All Year 13 students are entitled to receive a College Testimonial when they leave. Information has been given to students and most have already completed the forms in their pink or green testimonial packs. The information gathered is also used for Halls of Residence applications.

In the last week there have been two people ill with meningococcal disease in the Wellington region, a primary school pupil and a university student. There is often an increase in meningococcal disease in spring and when there is a lot of respiratory illnesses in the community. Now is a good time to make sure you are aware of the signs of meningococcal disease and when and how to seek medical help. Click here for further information.

Senior Examination Reports will be issued on Thursday 26 September.

Term 1 2 3 4

Start Date Monday 3 February Monday 5 May Monday 21 July Monday 13 October


End Date Thursday 17 April Friday 4 July Friday 26 September Friday 12 December

2014 Holidays  Waitangi Day (Thursday 6 February)  Good Friday (Friday 18 April – during holidays)  Easter Monday (Monday 21 April – during holidays)  Anzac Day (Friday 25 April – during holidays)  Queen’s Birthday (Monday 2 June)  Labour Day (Monday 27 October)

Reader/Writers are required to help dyslexic students with assessments and exams during the year. You are not required to know anything about the content of the subject, you just need to be able to read and write, with good spelling. If you can help at times, please email Adele Campbell – or call the College, 902 5170 x7401.

Did you know that students can search the library catalogue 24/7? They can request and reserve items to be picked up at a later date. There are links to some great online resources. Visit the College website, click on the Student tab / Leslie Library and log in as a guest or click here. We also provide tutorials for students to help with research so why not come and see us? th

Wednesday 6 November 2013 Year 13 Graduation Ceremony @ 1.30 pm in the Auditorum th

Thursday 7 November 2013 Year 12 Awards Ceremony at 10 am in the Auditorium Year 11 Prizegiving at 1.15 pm in the Auditorium th

Friday 8 November 2013 Senior Prizegiving at 3.30 pm at Southwards Theatre

Tuesday 3 December from 6.30pm, Paraparaumu College Pavilion A chance to view “The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia", a fascinating 50 minute film which explains dyslexia and also shares some of the practical strategies for managing dyslexia on a daily basis. This will be followed by a short presentation on how Paraparaumu College supports dyslexic learners. Coffee will be served from 6.30pm. The movie will screen at 7 pm, followed by a short presentation at 8 pm and then supper and a chance to chat. We warmly invite parents and students to attend - RSVP to or please ring the school office.


Wednesday 4 December 2013 Year 10 Prizegiving at 1.30 pm in the Community Gym th

Thursday 5 December 2013 Year 9 Prizegiving at 1.30 pm in the Community Gym


Year 10 OPC Tongariro Camp 2014 – Registrations close th Thursday 26 September nd th In early March (Sunday 2 – Friday 7 ) next year, 50 Year 10 students will have the opportunity to go to the Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre (OPC) in the Central North Island for a 5 day Youth Challenge Camp. Students will experience a variety of outdoor pursuits under the guidance of fully qualified instructors, whilst also developing team work skills. A male and female staff member will accompany the group, assisted by a parent/nurse. At this stage, the cost will be $690 per person which includes transport and OPC activity and camp fees. Registrations (completed registration form and deposit) th are being accepted at the College Office from Monday 9 th September until Thursday 26 September 3.30pm. As there are only 50 places available for Year 10 students, if the number of registrations exceeds the number of places available then all applicants will be placed into a ballot, and a ranked waiting list will be created. Parents/caregivers are encouraged to set up an Automatic Payment with the College now, as all camp fees will need to be paid by mid-February 2014. This can be arranged by contacting Heather Newall (Finance Manager) at the College. If you have any questions then please contact Bridget Janse, HOD Outdoor Education

College Rock Climbing Club This is open to all College students and is run on most Mondays after school 3.30 – 5.00 pm on the school’s climbing wall in the Community Gym. There is a $10 joining fee and each session costs $3. All equipment is provided and students are taught and supervised by fully qualified staff. An information and permission letter is available from the Main Office. Spirit of Adventure – Youth Development 10-Day Voyages Any student aged 15-19 years may apply for a voyage. The emphasis of the programme is on teamwork, leadership, independence, problem solving, motivation, selfconfidence, community spirit and overcoming challenges. Along with 39 other young people from around New Zealand, split into four groups of ten, students learn to sail the three-masted Spirit of New Zealand ship under the supervision of a qualified crew. You need to be able to swim 100m unaided and be in good health. Voyages occur all year round. For more information contact Ms Janse – the Spirit Coordinator at the College

UNIFORM SHOP – WANTED Any items of the new uniform that are no longer required can be sold at the College Uniform Shop. Just drop it off and leave your contact details and you will be sent a cheque when it is sold. For more information please contact the Parents’ Association

ANZ NEW ZEALAND OLYMPIC SCHOOLS PROGRAMME – FUNDRAISING FOR PARAPARAUMU COLLEGE Paraparaumu College has signed up to the ANZ Olympic Schools programme. We can receive credits to redeem at the ANZ Rewards Centre for a variety of items ranging from sports equipment to the latest in computer technology when a home loan of over $50,000 is drawn down with the ANZ Bank. 800 points per loan are on offer which equates to approximately $400 of purchasing power! We will receive a range of educational resources for the school, and are also in the running to have an Olympic Ambassador visit! Please support our College by thinking about friends and family who may be considering a home loan with ANZ! By letting them know about this Programme, our College could benefit by them simply mentioning to their ANZ home loan specialist before drawdown that they are supporting Paraparaumu College in the ANZ Olympic Schools Programme! For more information, contact our ANZ Home Loan experts Kim Sarcich, 04 296 1861 or Rebecca Nicholson, 04 436 5628.

2013 PARAPARAUMU COLLEGE NEWSLETTER NO 6 19th September 2013 LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT COURSES Give your student the extra edge at school and beyond in the workforce and community. Future Leaders are running a number of courses to suit your student. Instructors are also members of the NZ Army Reserve, teaching leadership in a relaxed and professional environment, in a civilian capacity. Courses are open to Year 12 & 13 and include:  2 Day Leadership Development (Term 3 holidays)  Half Day Module - Job Interview Skills (weekends)  Half Day Module - Confidence & Communication Skills (weekends)  5 Day Leadership Expedition - (December holidays) For more details and to book, visit or call 0800 FUTURE CHINESE LESSONS Learn Chinese. 1.3 billion already have. Lessons include listening, conversation, reading and writing. Three slots are available at 45 min per session. Contact Fen at 021 047 3033 or PARAPARAUMU SCOUT GROUP The Paraparaumu Scout group is recruiting new Scouts age 10.5 to 14 years. Are you interested? If so, come along to the Paraparaumu Scout Hall, Kaitawa Reserve, Kaitawa Crescent, Paraparaumu, during school term time. th Scouts meet Wednesday nights, from 6.30 to 8.30 pm. The new Scout section commences 4 term. Come along and join the Scouts, have fun in the outdoors, with games & activities. For further enquiries please ring Dennis or Di on 902 0224

Newsletter sept 2013  
Newsletter sept 2013