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Issue 6

September 2012

Dear Parents and Caregivers The NCEA practice exams for Year 11 to 13 students took place last week. We are fast approaching the time for the end-of-year external examinations. It is my hope that most of our students are not just looking at accumulating the appropriate number of credits but are aiming for Merit or Excellence endorsed certificates. This is particularly important for able Year 12 students who may wish to apply for lucrative school leaver scholarships for entry to University during their Year 13 year. Term 3 has been very busy and it is pleasing to note that many of our students have recorded successes in a wide variety of areas. Academically we have had encouraging results in various Mathematics and Science competitions. Of particular note was Luke McLuskie who was placed in the top 100 students in the NZ Eton Press Casio Senior Mathematics competition. Three other Year 13 students, Nic Catto, Ross Engelbrecht and Jie Hong Fan obtained Merit certificates in the same competition. Two students Hayden Johnson and Justin Roberts were placed 3rd in a Bridge Building competition. Already three students have attained excellence endorsed certificates in NCEA Level 1. The 2012 Major Production featuring two plays, “Desperate Antics” and “The End of the World as We Know It” had a very successful season, including the final two nights being sold out. The relatively young cast under the expert direction of our HOD Drama, Mr Nick Brown, did a superb job. Our auditioned choir also excelled. Firstly, they were selected as one of the top 18 choirs in New Zealand to take part in the National Big Sing event and at the National Finale they achieved a Bronze Award. Under the gifted leadership of Mr Isaac Stone the choir performed at a very high level. This is a wonderful achievement considering that this is Isaac's first year as a conductor. Another successful cultural group was

our Tongan group who gave an outstanding performance at this year’s Polynesian Festival. Our winter sports teams have performed admirably. Congratulations to the Rugby 1st XV who won Premier 3 division with a thrilling 18-15 victory over Paraparaumu College in a pulsating game. The win was gained in the last two minutes of play when Tawa College captain Troy Pilcher kicked a penalty goal. The Boys Football 1st XI finished the year strongly with three successive wins to finish 4th in the Premier 1 competition. There are a number of teams in Basketball, Hockey and Netball who are likely to be in finals. We also enjoyed regional success in Badminton. In service to others I want to highlight the student Ukulele Orchestra. The brainchild of Deputy Head Girl, Esther Holt, the Ukulele Group has been busking to raise money for Ronald McDonald House. On two occasions they visited Ronald McDonald House to cook a meal for the residents before also performing a concert for them. The group have also performed at both the Longview Home and the Beanstalk Kindergarten, so their popularity encompasses all age groups. This week many of our students are away at Winter Sports Tournament and it will be interesting to see how our teams perform. We had a most successful exchange with Havelock North High School. Thank you to members of the Tawa College community who assisted with billeting the students from Havelock North. Our junior students recently travelled to Palmerston North to take part in the Central 6 Sports exchange with Havelock North High, Taradale High, Wanganui High School, Freyberg High School and Kapiti College. Overall, Tawa College finished a creditable second. Can I acknowledge the hard work of our Sports Director, Maxine Gordon and Head of Sport, Ross Redpath. In the last two weeks of term we will be visited by the Education Review Office. More details of their findings will be included in the Term 4 newsletters. Finally, I would like to pay tribute to our staff who consistently provide their time and talents to allow students to achieve and in some cases excel. I am continually grateful to the parents and wider Tawa College community for their ongoing support. Murray Lucas Principal



Senior Reports and Senior Parent Evening Senior reports will be posted on 13 September. They report on NCEA assessment results to date, including the recent practice exams. Caregivers will be invited to meet with the subject teachers if their son’s or daughter’s results are causing concern. This meeting will be held in the hall on Monday 24 September 2012 from 4pm to 6pm.

Daneille Watson and Olivia Macrae received 1st place across all Year 9 participants and received two extra awards from Opus International Consultants Ltd and NZ Institute of Physics Wellington for their project entitled “mighty magnets”. Amali Wijeesoriya received a “Highly Commended” award for her project entitled “The solar evaporation of salt water”.

Senior Course Information Booklets The Course Information Booklet for choosing courses for Year 11 in 2013 was given out this week. The Year 12 and 13 booklet will be given out next week. Both booklets will also be available on e2learn. The course selection forms need to be returned to form teachers by 20 September 2012. NCEA Information & Course Selection Evening This is a combined evening to be held on Tuesday 11 September 2012. It will begin at 6.30pm in the school hall with an outline of NCEA. At 7pm there will be an opportunity for parents and caregivers to discuss course choices for 2013 with subject teachers and deans. This evening will be of most value for parents of students in Years 10, 11 and 12 this year. STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS

NIWA Regional Science & Technology Fair Held on Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th August, we had seven projects entered into this regional event as they had demonstrated projects of a high quality at the Tawa College Science Fair. The students were:

Olivia Macrea, Danielle Watson and Adrina Venayagam

Science News Congratulations to Luke Davia of Year 12 for getting 3rd place in the Otago University Senior Science Quiz and Michael Kalpage who also did very well in this event. Congratulations to Year 9 students Justin Roberts and Hayden Johnson for getting 3rd place in the Aurecon Bridge Building Challenge. They designed and built a bridge using balsa wood that withstood a load of 22.3kg. They each won $50 and also $500 for the school.

Adrina Venayagam (Year 10), Year 9: Danielle Watson, Olivia Macrae, McKenzie Jones, Amali Wijesooriya, Emelie Clarke, Barbara Harris, Hemisha Jeram, Brie Hale, Hazel Brodie and Sarah Gimblett. Adrina Venayagam received 1st place across all Year 10 participants and received two extra awards from Measurement Standards Laboratory of NZ Industrial Research Ltd and Opus International Consultants Ltd for her project entitled “Wood ash to the rescue”.

Justin Roberts and Hayden Johnson


Warrant Officer Kendall Brown from No 41 (City of Porirua) Squadron Air Training Corps reports on his International Air Cadet Exchange trip to Belgium.

Both families I stayed with were very nice and it was great to experience Belgian life with them.

From the 15th of July to the 3rd August I went on the International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE) programme with the Air Training Corps. I spent two and a half weeks in Belgium, along with another Cadet and Officer from the South Island, as well as Cadets from the UK, Turkey, Canada, USA, Germany, Belgium, Holland and Switzerland. It was great because there were only 17 Cadets, so we all got to do awesome

If I was to pick a highlight of the trip, it would be the visit to Ypres and Passchendaele, and especially Tyne Cot cemetery which is where thousands of NZ soldiers from WW1 are buried. It was quite an extraordinary thing, to be standing on the battlefields of the Great War and to pay my respects to our brave soldiers that gave their lives in the protection of our freedom, and never returned home. So, in all, a great three weeks in Europe, and my sincere thanks go to the Unit Commander of No. 41 (City of Porirua) Squadron Air Training Corps – FLTLT Tristan Will, for encouraging me to apply. To the Air Training Corps Association of New Zealand – thank you for selecting me, and also to all the groups and businesses that sponsored my travel funds, thank you, for without your help it would have been much harder to go on this amazing experience. Many thanks to the following:

activities such as: kayaking for a day down the amazing River Lesse, flying gliders – including doing aerobatics, flying in an Augusta 109 military helicopter, visiting the F-16 Fighting Falcon base of Kleine Brogel and having a go in a €15 million F-16 simulator. It was great to meet and get to know such a wide range of people from different cultures, and they all made the trip thoroughly enjoyable. We were accommodated on Military bases during the week and in the weekends we stayed with host families.

Tawa Rotary; Windsor Lodge (Freemasons); Masonic Youth Trust; Porirua RSA; Dulux Paints Origin Electrical Ltd

IT Programming We had one team entrant in this year's NZ Programming Contest: Colin Douch. In the high school category Colin led in the Wellington region throughout the 5 hour competition and finished first in our region. Nationally he was placed 5th. An excellent solo effort with most teams consisting of three members.


Violin and Piano Congratulations to Sasha Sneyd who recently played the Violin and Piano in the Kapi Mana Music Competitions. Sasha won the trophy for the Most Promising Senior Musician.

Havelock North High School Tawa College Karamu HS – Girls Rugby Fair Play Trophy – Tawa College Fair Play Trophy – HVHS

TAWA COLLEGE SPORTS DEPARTMENT Good luck to all our 1st teams who have headed off to compete at National Tournaments in various cities around the country. Tawa College Sports Department would like to acknowledge the New Zealand Community Trust for their continued support in providing funding to the value of $8,000 for accommodation and travel costs for our sports teams to attend tournaments this year. We would also like to thank the Mana Community Grants Foundation who have also provided funding to the value of $15,656 to purchase specific uniforms and equipment for our sports teams. This funding is greatly appreciated and vital to the ongoing success of sport at Tawa College.

Havelock North High School Sports Exchange We recently hosted our annual Havelock North Winter Sports Exchange. A huge thank you to all the Tawa College parents who generously opened up their homes to accommodate the visiting students. The high success rate of Tawa College teams this year was a pleasing result for the Sports Department. All games were played with a good spirit and excellent sportsmanship. Thanks also to the Coaches and Managers for the excellent preparation they have put into their teams to enable them to perform so successfully at this level. It was pleasing to be able to include the Karamu High School Girls Rugby team as part of the exchange this year. Results are detailed in the following table:

Sport Badminton Basketball Debating Football Hockey Netball Rugby Squash Rugby

Boys Girls Boys Girls Boys Girls Boys Girls Snr A Snr B st 1 XV Mixed Girls

HVHS 1 1 42 31 291 1 0 3 0 22 19 10 0 Karamu HS 20

2 wins 11 wins 1 win Taylor Eustace – Hockey Rebecca Sinclair – Netball/Hockey TC 5 5 79 41 295 0 4 2 3 27 26 36 4 TC 15


Central 6 Tournament Congratulations to all of the junior students who took part in the Central 6 Tournament held in Palmerston North. Tawa College finished 2nd overall to Wanganui High School who won the Tournament. Tawa College performed well in all sports, finishing 2nd in four events. Road Race Ellen Van Looy was part of the 4 Person winning W16 Wellington Team in the National 5k Road Race Championships held on Saturday 1st September. She also did a personal best time of 20.50. Squash Congratulations to Jessie-Rose Ward-Thomas who is will be competing in the C Grade National Team Superchamps finals in Auckland. Tawa Squash Club won the regional competition. JessieRose was the top seed and she played very well, winning all five matches against some strong players from across the Wellington region. Rugby Congratulations to Hezron Neru for being selected in the WRF U16 Development Representative Team.



Swimming Congratulations to the following students who all participated at the Wellington Short Course Swimming Championships held over the last two weekends at Kilbirnie Aquatic Centre:

Badminton 17 August 2012, Senior Girls Division 3 Tawa 7 v Heretaunga Won 4-2 Basketball 28 August 2012, Boys Junior Division 5 Tawa 2 v WRM Te Rito Lost 30-57 28 August 2012, Girls Junior Division 2 Tawa v Sacred Heart Lost 33-51 31 August 2012, Boys Senior Championship Division 4 Tawa 3 v Tawa 2 Won 48-47 (Tawa 3)

Kyle Barnes, Emelie Clarke, Luda Cowley, Ruslan Cowley, Simone Gordon, Hannah-Leigh Holford, Calvin Jones, Josh Kemp, James McCarthy, Josh Rich, Justin Roberts, Callum Sinclair, Katie Trott, Nicola Trott, Sean Kemp, Ben Walsh, Results for top three placements are as follows: Kyle Barnes (16-17 yr Male) 3 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze Sean Kemp (16-17 yr Male 3 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze

31 August 2012, Girls Championship Division 3 Tawa v Sacred Heart Won 65-48

Justin Roberts (14 yr Male) 1 Bronze


Callum Sinclair (15 yr Male) 1 Gold, 4 Silver, 4 Bronze

1st September 2012, Senior Boys Division 7 Bishop Viard v Tawa 4 Loss 0-1 1 September 2012, Senior Boys Division 10 Wellington College v Tawa 5 Loss 4-5 (penalty shots)

Katie Trott, (13 yr Female) 5 Golds, 4 Silver, 1 Bronze Nicola Trott, (16-17 ys Female) 6 Golds, 3 Silver, 4 Bronze

29 August 2012, Girls Regional Premier 1 Playoff for 5 & 6 Tawa v Sacred Heart Loss 1-3

Ben Walsh (15 Yr Male) 15 Golds, 1 Silver, 1 Wellington Record, 1 New Zealand Record

29 August 2012, Girls Division 2 Regional Final Tawa 2 v Wainuiomata Loss 1-2

Ben Walsh awarded top 15 year old for the meet

1 September 2012. Junior Boys Division 1 Tawa v Wellington College 2 Won 6-1

Nicola Trott awarded top 16 year old for the meet. Katie Trott awarded for 13 year old for the meet.

Rugby 25 August 2012, Premier 3 Paul Cameron Cup Tawa v Paraparaumu Won 18-15



age who are considering one or more of the Visual Arts as a future option at Tawa College.

Due Dates for NCEA Levels 1 to 3

Please contact Marie Ross, HOD Visual Art with any questions:

VISUAL ARTS EXTERNAL STANDARDS If your son/daughter is submitting a folio for one of the Visual Art subjects, please take note of the following FINAL submission dates. Folios should be handed in to the appropriate teacher. Level 1

9am Friday 19 October 2012, Week 1, Term 4

Level 2

Photography and Design 9am Tuesday 30 October 2012, Week 3, Term 4


Note: Level 2 Visual Art is not submitting a folio. Level 3

Photography and Design 12pm Wednesday 7 November 2012, Week 4, Term 4

Note: Level 3 Painting does not require a folio. VISUAL ART SENIOR EXHIBITION DATES We would like to invite anyone interested to view our Senior Art exhibitions. We would especially like to see parents, family and friends of our students who have worked hard to complete a range of Visual Art, Photography and Design projects throughout the year. Level 1

Friday 19 October 2012 Tawa College Information Centre 4.30pm to 6.30pm

Level 2

Photography and Design Tuesday 30 October 2012 Tawa College Information Centre 4.30pm to 6.30pm

Senior Art Thursday 1 November 2012 Splash The final exhibition focuses on all Year 12 and Year 13 work. It combines Design, Photography, Painting, Printmaking and Mixed Media. We recommend this not only for parents of participating students, but also for students of any

TAWA MUSIC FESTIVAL TUESDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 2012 This vibrant multi-media show will feature six hundred singers and dancers from Tawa’s six primary schools, Tawa Intermediate and Tawa College’s Dawn Chorus as well as an adult choir from the Tawa community and beyond. The programme features a variety of songs and is backed by a combo of experienced instrumentalists and young and talented music students from Tawa College. Ticket Information It would be exciting for all of us if we have a sold out performance. Please encourage family and friends to attend this unique event. Tickets are on sale at all Ticketek outlets and from their online booking system found at Tickets are $26 adult and $14 child (14 years old and under), plus the Ticketek booking fees. Tawa College has a limited number of tickets to sell at a cheaper price. These are for seats at the back and around the edges of the Michael Fowler Centre. These tickets are priced at $20 each and will not incur any Ticketek fees. These tickets can be ordered and paid for at the school office up until Thursday 9 September. The tickets will then be ready for collection after Wednesday 12 September.


Dawn Chorus Rehearsals - Tawa Music Festival Fridays 7:55am – 8.50am Main Hall and Mondays 3:30pm – 4:30pm Music Performance Space Friday 7 September 8am – 10am Teacher only day Friday 14 September 7.00pm – 9.15pm Combined rehearsal with Adults and instrumentalists. Sunday 16 September 1.30pm – 4.15pm ALL PARTICIPANTS Students, if you are ill or cannot attend any rehearsal for the Music Festival you MUST inform Mr Cameron. We need to know exactly how many students are participating in this event. Please text 027 MUSICTC (027 6874282) – PLEASE include your full name in your text. Dawn Chorus Arrangements for Tuesday 18 September Dawn Chorus are to report to the Michael Fowler Centre in school uniform at 9.15am (please do not be too early). You are to sit downstairs in the auditorium until called to go up to your singing positions. Please DO NOT go onto the stage. This rehearsal will finish at approximately 12.30pm. You are then to make your way back to school to attend Period 5. You will need to make your own way to and from the venue. For the evening performance, Dawn Chorus are to be seated at the Michael Fowler Centre by 6.50pm. You will enter through the normal public entry doors and make your way up the stairs and round to your door (You will learn your door number at the morning rehearsal). Doors will open for the audience at 7pm. The performance is scheduled to finish at approximately 9.15pm. You will need to make your own way to and from the venue. Dancers Arrangements for Tuesday 18 September All dancers are to report to the Michael Fowler Centre in costume by 8.30am (please do not be too early). You are to sit downstairs in the auditorium until called. Please DO NOT go onto the stage. This rehearsal will finish at approximately 12.30pm. Please return to the Michael Fowler Centre by 4.15pm for rehearsal

4.30pm – 6pm. You will have a short dinner break and report back at 6.30pm. You will need to make your own way to and from the venue. STUDENTS WILL RECEIVE EOTC PERMISSION FORMS TO BE COMPLETED AND RETURNED BEFORE FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 7

Performance Uniform All choir members must wear a plain coloured tshirt. No white and no logos. If the only t-shirt that you have has a logo on it, please wear it inside out. Soft soled shoes must be worn and a skirt, shorts or light-weight trousers. Other important dates to remember September 8 – Spring into Tawa – Choir members in the show are invited to perform at Spring Into Tawa. If you wish to sing at this event, please meet under the Kereru Sculpture, on the Main Road, opposite Rewa Terrace. Be there by 11.40am, ready to perform at 11.45am. November 1 – November notes – (All choral and instrumental groups) – Tawa College Hall, 7pm DAWN CHORUS PRACTICE ON FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 21 NO PRACTICE ON FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 28 Due to Barbershop National Competition


Gateway Information Evening Thursday 13 September at 7pm in T2 All parents/guardians and students wishing to apply for the 2013 Gateway programme are invited to attend the Information Evening to learn what Gateway is, what is expected of the students and what the student can gain from the programme. Current students, the Gateway Coordinator and Administrator will be present on the night to talk about their experiences and share their enthusiasm for the course. Please RSVP your attendance to Cheryl Robb on 232 8184 Ext 861.


2012 Gateway Programme Gateway is a great introduction to the World of Work for students where they are expected to attend work one day a week in an area of their choice. Students are then expected to complete Unit Standards linked to the knowledge they have gained at work. Many students achieve valuable credits towards apprenticeships or obtain useful experience and contacts that can be used on a CV. This year most students commenced work experience in Term 2. Work experience categories range from Early Childcare, Building, Plumbing, Hairdressing, Hospitality, Hotel and Administration to Health, Gym, Automotive and Veterinary. There are many options available for work experience so if your desired career experience is not mentioned above do not discount Gateway as we are open to all suggestions within reason. Important Dates for Year 13  This year all Universities have instigated a closing date for course applications (some courses are earlier), which is at the beginning of December.  Halls of residence applications are due before 1 October.  References for Halls of residence are due mid September.  Study Link (Student Loans & Allowances) will be visiting the college in September to process applications. Students must read the Student Notices so they bring the correct documentation so applications can be processed.  Scholarships – apply – it is free money – the best place to find information on scholarships available is on the ‘Breakout’ website which you can access at your local library. Though we hope to have accessibility through Tawa College sometime in September.  We are supplying a bus to take students to Weltec Petone’s Open Day, students read the Student Notices for more information.


TAWA COLLEGE COMMUNITY EDUCATION CELEBRATES ADULT LEARNERS’ WEEK Adult Learners week is held during the week of 3rd to 9th of September. During this week there will be a display of student’s work in the Tawa Library. This will include oil and watercolour paintings, woodwork, felting, patchwork, sewing and flax weaving. The Community Education Term 4 brochure will also be available should you wish to enrol in any of these classes. On Saturday 8th September, which is also “Spring into Tawa Day”, there will be demonstrations by tutors in the library from 10am until noon. These will include Raranaga – Flax Weaving, Woodcarving, Patchwork, Felt Making and Chinese Cooking. The tutors will be available to talk to you about their subject and there will be information available should you wish to enrol in a Term 4 class. At noon there will be musical items from the Irish Whistle tutor and T.U.I . (Members of The Ukulele Institute - a group formed from the Tawa College Community Education Ukulele classes).


Join in the fun at Tawa's annual Spring into Tawa Market Day on Saturday 8th September 2012, from 9am to 12.30pm, at the Main Road shopping centre. With more than 60 community stalls selling cakes, hot food, crafts and a whole lot more - and a pipe band, fire engine, dancers and other entertainment, there's something for everyone. Come and enjoy the morning.


A PRIZE FOR THE BEST NAME FOR THE PATHWAY!!! A competition is being held to come up with a name for what is currently known as the "Tawa Shared Pathway". The Rotary Club of Tawa is offering a prize dinner vouchers or Warehouse vouchers worth $200 - to the Tawa resident, adult or child, who comes up with the best suggestion for a name for the walkway. See competition details at

No. 41 (City of Porirua) Squadron Air Training Corps

Are you 13-16yrs old? Want to: Fly – Planes, Gliders or Helicopters? Go Target Shooting? Learn bushcraft/survival skills? Develop leadership skills? Become more confident? Challenge yourself? Have fun?

Message from Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown City playgrounds, skate parks and sports parks now smokefree Just a reminder – all of the city’s sports parks, playgrounds and skate parks are now smokefree areas. The move by Wellington City Council is in line with what is happening nationwide. It aims to help our young people choose a healthy lifestyle and supports future smokefree generations. Research shows that the more children see people smoking around them, the more likely they are to take it up.

Then “accept the challenge” and join us now! Parading during term time, every Monday night from 6.30pm to 9.15pm at TS Taupo on Ngatitoa Domain. Call 04 233 8146 on a parade night or email or check out for more information. We hope to see you soon!

ABSENCES – AUTOMATED TEXT MESSAGES UPCOMING EVENTS If your child is absent from college and we have not been advised you will receive a text or email message from our Absence Officer. Please ensure when you reply to the automated text that you use the reply number specific to absence text on the day. This is because the number changes each time we send the automated messages. We have been advised by parents that they do respond to our messages, but upon further investigation it appears that they are replying to the number given with previous texts that they have received from our Absence Officer.

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Early Closure at 1.20pm Teacher Only Day NCEA Course Information Evening Gateway Information Evening Music Festival “Tawa Goes to Town” Last day for Option Choices 2013 Senior Parent/Teacher Evening Last day of Term 3


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