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June 2014

Dear Parents/Caregivers This last month has been one of participation in learning as well as in many extra-curricular areas for many students.

Senior students have been working hard in order to complete important internal assessments and Year 9 and 10 girls have had successes in Social Studies in the Asia-Wide study process. Throughout the week and during weekends, girls have been participating in Drama, Music, Stage Challenge, the PTA Fashion Parade, the Joint Production of ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’, Debating, Speech-making and a wide range of sporting activities. Of great credit to the teaching staff, the support staff and parents is the coaching, supervision and encouragement given our girls.  The Language department is vitally involved in support of our Chinese Language programme. Our English department inaugurated the interschool debating competition.  The Music department is busy with Symphonic Band and Chorale.  Drama with the Shakespeare Festivals, Stage Challenge and the production.  The Sports Co-ordinators work with a large number of teachers and parents at Hockey, Netball, Basketball and Football to name but a

few.  Young Enterprise is supported throughout the year by HOD of Business Studies Mrs Maurice.  The Maori department for Kapahaka and Te Ara Poutama It is always a pleasure to me to have the opportunity to see teams and groups in action and to know the students are participating with enthusiasm. In the next few weeks you will see that our calendar is full of many of these performances and inter-school events. If you are a parent of a Year 11 student please talk with her about the Drive Safely Expo she attended on Wednesday 05 June. The message is extremely important and as girls of this age are beginning to think about a Learner Licence test it is timely for parents to share ideas. We are grateful to the Blue Light team, Police, Fire Brigade and a large number of organisations which support this programme. Nga mihi

Leonie Summerville Acting Principal

Sponsorship The School is leasing a Mini-Bus for the next three years and there are 2 spots available for sponsorship. For your contribution you will receive your Company Logo/Signage prominently displayed on the Mini-Van and also your logo with acknowledgement in every newsletter. For further information please contact the Executive Officer John Laugesen on 5788114 Ext 704. Thank you Active Schoolwear for your support.

International and National Achievements Beach Volleyball: Georgia Coughlan has been selected in the New Zealand U17 Beach Volleyball team to compete at the inaugural Beach Volleyball World Championships in Mexico in July. Netball: The following girls’ have been selected in the New Zealand Talent Development Squad: Aaliyah Thocolich, Payton Silvester and Ariana Moffatt. Synchronised Swimming: Eva Morris has been selected to represent New Zealand in the Oceania Championships in Auckland. She will compete in the Duet for Junior (16-18) Age Group with Jazzlee Thomas (Bethlehem College), Eva will also perform solo in Junior. Triathlon: Kirsty Burrows has been selected to represent New Zealand at Triathlon, she will be going to the Worlds in Canada in August. She represented New Zealand last year at the World Age Group Championships in London where she was placed 17th . Underwater Hockey: Kirsty Burrows and Jordan Ross have been selected into the New Zealand U18 Women’s Development Team to compete at the Trans-Tasman Championships in Wellington in July. Letitia Jackson, the coach of the Tauranga Girls’ College Senior Underwater Hockey team has been named as the coach of the New Zealand U18 Development Team. Past students from Tauranga Girls’ College, Courtney Coughlan, Megan Burrows and Genevieve Saunders have all been selected in the New Zealand U23 Women’s Underwater Hockey team. Volleyball: Georgia Coughlan has been named as a non-travelling Reserve for the New Zealand U17 Indoor Volleyball team. She was also named in the U17 North Island Girls’ Volleyball team to play in Canberra in the Australian Junior Indoor Volleyball Championships. Georgia had to withdraw from the team because it clashes with the Worlds Beach tournament in July. Water polo: Ariana Moffatt has been selected in the New Zealand School Girls’ Water polo Squad , if selected in the team she will compete in the Annual Trans-Tasman Shield series in December.

North Island / Bay of Plenty / Local Achievements Cross Country: Tauranga Girls’ College Cross Country was held on Tuesday 20 May. Year 9: 1st Arleah Tippins, 2nd Kalais Going, 3rd Madeline Mear. st nd Year 10: 1 Kaylee Mudgway, 2 Sophie McConnell, 3rd Ella Moor. Cross Country: At the Bay of Plenty /Mid Island Secondary Schools’ Cross Country Championships held in May. Junior Girls’ - 1st Arleah Tippins , 6th Sophie McConnell, 7th Kalais Going. These girls won the 3-person team event. These 3 girls plus Tabitha Marshall, Rebecca Barron, and Madeline Mear won the 6-person team event. Intermediate Girls’ - 3rd Kaylee Mudgway, 6th Joanne Sutton, 8th Bethany Millar. These girls won the 3-person team event.

Gym Sport: Results from the Bay of Plenty Gym Sport Championships held on 17 May Caitlin Fletcher placed 1st in WAG Level 4 Kelsey Duff placed 1st in Rhythmic Club A Melanie Duff placed 2nd in Rhythmic Club A Catrin Pearce placed 1st in Trampoline C Grade Hockey: Isabella Kirk and Katie Horan have been selected into the Midlands U18 team and will be playing at the National U18 (Regional) Tournament in Napier in July. Alice Barrett, Brydie Mangos, Keeley Grantham, Sh’vaughan Ririnui and Yazzmine Woodhouse have been selected into the Tauranga U18 team and will be playing at the National U18 (Association) Tournament in Nelson in July. Our former students Amy Robinson, Michelle Prendiville and Frances Davies were selected into the Midlands U21 team and are currently playing at the National U21 Hockey tournament held in Auckland. Mountain Biking: At the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Secondary School Mountain Bike Championships held in Cambridge 21 May, Kaylee Mudgway was placed 1st in U16 and Nicola Baker was placed 1st in U19 . Multi-Sport: Kaylee Mudgway teamed up with her brother in the Multi-Sport Half Nugget. Kaylee ran 10km tag with her brother who did a 21km Mountain Bike and then they both ran 2.2km together to finish, they placed 1st in the U18 section. Seniors: 1st Isabella Kirk, 2nd Jessica Bitcheno, 3rd Erin Conway. Napier Girls’ High School Exchange The annual exchange between Tauranga Girls’ College and Napier Girls’ High School was held on 18-19 May, with Napier Girls’ High School travelling up. Tauranga Girls’ College lost the shield to Napier Girls’ High School. Results are as follows:  Netball League 1 draw 34 each  Netball League 2 loss TGC 18 NGHS 42  Netball Junior A won TGC 52 NGHS 22  Basketball Senior loss TGC 54 NGHS 55  Hockey 1st X1 won TGC 4 NGHS 3  Hockey 2nd X1 loss TGC 0 NGHS 1  Cross Country win to NGHS st  Football 1 X1 win TGC 5 NGHS 0  Badminton loss TGC 0 NGHS 6 Netball: The following girls’ have been selected in the Harbourside U17 Netball Representative team, Aaliyah Thocolich, Ariana Moffatt, Payton Silvester and Atareta Rauwhero-Stevens.

Sponsor Active Schoolwear is a locally owned and operated manufacturer and seller of school uniforms. Based in Tauranga we have been selling the Tauranga Girls’ College and other local school uniforms for over 15 years. We pride ourselves on our fit and quality. We are also very passionate about what we sell onto parents and enjoy seeing the growth of students from start to finish and the loyalty shown by our local parents who continue to support us. In turn we work hard at supporting our local schools with fund raising and the like. We are very proud to be strong supporters of our local schools.

Congratulations: Sophie Stewart-Hobbs U17 Women’s Football World Cup 2014 - Costa Rica Earlier this year I was lucky enough to be selected into the New Zealand U17 Women’s Football Squad to travel to Costa Rica in March this year. The squad started at 40 players and got cut down to 21 during an intense 11 months of trainings. We had 6 international games prior to the World Cup including; three games in Australia against their national team in August 2013 and three games in Los Angeles against the national teams of Japan, USA and China in February 2014. NZ was one of the 16 countries around the world to qualify for a FIFA U17 Women’s world cup this year. Our first game was against Paraguay and was tough getting used to the humidity and jetlag with us drawing 1-1. Next was against Spain, the best team in Europe, with us losing 3-0. And our third game was the hardest of all against Japan, losing 3-0 again. We knew we had the hardest draw by far when Spain and Japan both ended up versing each other in the final. It was a privilege to play for my country and overall was a great experience.

Congratulations: Shannon Couper: came first (with one other student) in the National Chinese Bridge Competition held in Wellington weekend of 17-18 May. She will be representing New Zealand to compete with other contestants from around the world in Beijing in October this year. The Chinese Bridge Competition is a prestigious event organized by the Chinese Government each year in Beijing.

Emily McCarthy: is one of five students to represent the Bay of Plenty/ Coromandel region of Young Enterprise to attend the Enterprise in Action event from 13-16 June in Auckland. This is an international competition and at the end of the weekend six students are selected to represent New Zealand in Hong Kong.

Megan Chrystal: one of our ex-students, has won the Victoria University of Wellington Alumni Appeal Scholarship. Megan has received $2500 for it and will get another $2500 next trimester if she gets an average grade of B+ or higher, which is pretty good motivation to study! These scholarships are available to students who are entering their second year of undergraduate study at Victoria University of Wellington. They are awarded on academic merit and financial need.

Gate Pa Commemorations! Once again Tauranga Girls’ College - fortunate to be in the Gate Pa area, was full of excitement on 28 and 29 April with two days of very special activity. A wonderful photo of Maraea Ranui with Willie Apiata featured in the Bay of Plenty Times and there were lots of our students and their families at many of the ceremonies on Tuesday. Adriana Bird (Head Girl, Tauranga Girls’ College) and the Head Boy of Te Wharekura o Mauao represented students from the area in reading Remembrances at the Mission Cemetery Military Service. We also had a Tauranga Girls’ College drummer in the march to the battle site and the school was the assembly area for the army band and the drummers. Students to be honoured for words on Gate Pa: On Saturday we also discovered our girls had won most of the Gate Pa Essay awards. Congratulations to Junior Winner: Kalais Going, Runner Up: Kayla Dawson and to Tayla Turner-Paki: Senior Winner. Emily McCarthy won the Poem. The judges said ‘Kalais drew clear moral lessons about coverage and self- confidence from the story of Gate Pa, while Kayla (who is from South Africa) combined enthusiasm and healthy scepticism while showing a real interest in the history of New Zealand, along with an understanding that historic sources were not always easy to interpret’. In the Senior Section the judges said they were looking for evidence of some original thought and research and a coherent structure. We can be very proud of the girls! Kate Harris & Ana Morris won first prize for the Senior Section of the BoGP Art Exhibition with their stunning collaborative painting titled 'Ma Tini Ma Mano Ka Rapa Te Whai'. Paris Patete-King won first prize for the Junior Section of the BoGP Art Exibition with her stunning 'The Tiki' painting. There were many other students from our school who exhibited including Shalom Rickard with her drawing titled 'Te Wairua Whakapiripiri - the spirit of peace' which was the first piece of a work to sell at the whole exhibition and opening event. Congratulations to all our girls for their contribution to the 150th Pukehinahina commemoration and a huge thank you to Murray Armstrong who started it all with the Social Science Department research programme which then evolved through many of our other subject areas.

Social Science Department and the Battle of Gate Pa Sesquicentennial This year has involved a major focus on the Battle of Gate Pa in association with the 150th anniversary of this historic event in Tauranga. It has been a particular focus in Year 13 History. A Tauranga local history fieldwork study was undertaken, assisted by the New Zealand Army’s military historian, Lieutenant-Colonel Dr Cliff Simons. Students have recently completed up to an 8,000 work research and analysis as to either how the Battles of Gate pa and Te Ranga show war as a force for change, or alternatively which Battle was the most significant for Tauranga Maori, the victory at Gate Pa or the defeat at Te Ranga? The best submissions are being entered in the New Zealand Young historians competition and for publication in historical journals.

Te Ara Poutama On Tuesday 20 May the whanau of Te Ara Poutama met to share with their own whanau and staff the activities they have been involved in and provide afternoon tea at the school. The afternoon was a great success and thanks go to Christine Brooks, HOD Maori and her department for their organisation.

Asia Wise successes in Social Studies The Social Studies department has once again entered the Asia Wise Challenge which provides students with a broad overview of the whole region as well as developing their general capabilities. It is an Australasian competition. This year we have had superb results especially at the Year 9 level where the average grade was 71%. Students are awarded High Distinction (95%+), Distinction (90%), Credit (80%) Merit (70%) or a Participation Certificate. Congratulations to our top students: Year 9: Olivia Donaldson (98%) Ella Lawry (94%) Grace Westenberg (94%) Year 10: Anna Jenkin (92%) Jasmine Creighton (88%) Chae Son (86%) Sophie Andrews (86%) Olivia Rose (86%).

Advanced Reading Skills Course: The first group of this course was run during the first three weeks of this term. It has been extremely helpful in increasing reading speed AND reading comprehension. A useful skill for all students whose subjects require a lot of reading. The second group is running in the last four weeks of this term. There are still a few places open for this group. Please contact if you are interested in finding out more.

Young Enterprise: Dragon’s Den ‘Perpetuum’ - Tauranga Girls’ College Young Enterprise team for 2014 recently took out 1st placing in the Dragons’ Den competition judged by four of Tauranga’s top business professionals. Their intention is to provide a free app which informs youth about financial matters so that they are not held back by monetary barriers. Their design for this innovative app is clear and engaging so that financial literacy rates rise. The team is working closely with a major bank. Team members comprise Emily McCarthy CEO, Jessica Corkery, Melanie Duff, Lauryn Hill, Kaylie Hunt, Shannon Lee and Jacqui Morgan. Teachers Jude Maurice and Ewan McLeod and mentor Clare Swallow of the digital agency ‘Cucumber’ bring their skill sets to the team. The girls do this programme solely outside of the classroom and embrace it with passion and enthusiasm. They meet weekly at 7.15am as well as giving up much of their spare time.

Left to right -

Kaylie, Jessica, Emily, Shannon, Jude, Lauryn, Jacqui, Melanie

Trip to Japan—Tauranga/Kasaoka Rotary Club Scholarship: Lepeka (Becky) Kavenga From the 12 April until 05 May, I travelled to Japan, on a three week Tauranga Rotary Club scholarship, to the city of Kasaoka. Throughout my stay, with 3 different host families (each week), I visited various places, including the Peace Park and Atomic Bomb War Memorial Museum in Hiroshima, Itsukushima Shrine, two local, private high schools, and experienced Japanese customs and traditions first hand, including several tea ceremonies, wearing kimono, and attending Karate and Calligraphy classes. With food being the heart of Japan, I also had endless opportunities to sample their unique and traditional cuisine. I was extremely fortunate to have received this scholarship and I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful experience.

Becky Kavenga 13BXT

Update from the Board of Trustees As we move into Term two and the busy winter months I would like to take this opportunity to provide you with a brief update from your Board of Trustees. The new board members Stephen Boyle (parent rep) and Paris Taniwha (student rep) have settled in well and complement the existing skill base around the Board table. I would like to thank Megan Cleverley for her very capable leadership as Board Chair for the past 4 years, during a very busy time for the school. The steady approach of the Finance Committee has seen an improvement in the school’s financial position placing us in a stronger position to resource the school well, support the teachers and students in their learning. Term One has been a really good start to the school year with incoming students settling in well and our students achieving across the board in the sports, arts and academically. The Board have had few disciplinary matters to deal. Planned property upgrades are proceeding well with the Whare, Gymnasium and Library renovations now complete. The builders and our staff have worked hard to minimise disruption so the students are not disadvantaged as these necessary upgrades are carried out. The Administration area is temporarily housed in the Library for the next few months if you are visiting the school. The school has been well represented in the community over the last few weeks and I was very proud to hear Head Girl Adriana Bird and Deputy Head Girl Molly Scoular-Sutton give a very moving address at the ANZAC morning service at Memorial Park. The prefects also turned out in large numbers looking really smart. The previous week Tauranga Girls’ College was well represented at the National Jazz Festival winning several gold awards. The Girls’ College had the biggest role of any of the local schools in the Gate Pa 150 year commemorations. This was fitting given the proximity of the school to Pukehinahina and the whakapapa of many of our students who had ancestors who would have fought in this battle. The thoughtful speeches, poetry and artwork from our students added to the celebration of this historic occasion. It is the Board’s role to provide good governance to the school and set the strategic direction to best meet the educational needs of the young women that study at Tauranga Girls’ College. Next term we will be seeking feedback in a fresh round of consultation with our students, whanau, families and staff to gain information on how you think the school is performing. We will want to hear what Tauranga Girls’ College is doing well and your thoughts on where improvements can be made. The Board plans a series of opportunities to meet with you in person and to collect your thoughts and suggestions through questionnaire. We encourage you to have your say and help us shape the strategic direction for the next few years. Consultation opportunities will be advised through the website and newsletters next term.

Lesley Jensen, Chair Tauranga Girls’ College Board of Trustees

Bus Information In 2015 Ministry of Education funded buses will continue to operate in areas which are outside the city boundary and further than 2.4km from the nearest city bus stop. These areas include: outer Welcome Bay, Upper Ohauiti, Oropi , Upper Pyes Pa, Kaimai, Whakamarama, Te Puna and Omokoroa. School Hoppers will operate in Maungatapu, Welcome Bay, Ohauiti, The Lakes , Lower Pyes Pa, Bethlehem and Cambridge Road. Fares for these areas have yet to be determined but are expected to be less than the current Bay Hopper fares. It is anticipated that the runs will be very similar to the 2014 routes for these areas and will deliver girls directly to Tauranga Girls’ College. The following web – sites are available for further information Ministry of Education Eligibility Criteria: Bay of Plenty Regional Council – You can be in touch by email for regular updates at


Winter shoes are to be worn from Queen’s Birthday. All shoe stockists have been advised of the requirements of Tauranga Girls’ College. Students are:  To wear regulation black leather lace-up flat shoes with white ankle socks or To wear regulation black leather lace-up flat shoes with navy/black opaque pantihose  To lace the shoe laces over the top of the tongue of the black leather regulation flat shoes.  Knee highs, canvas shoes, sports shoes and sports socks are not acceptable. Please ensure that your daughter complies with these regulations.

The combined Tauranga Girls’ College and Tauranga Boys’ College Production of Thoroughly Modern Millie is in full swing! Our cast of 40 students have been busy throughout the week and on the weekends learning music, choreography, and blocking scenes with our director Daniel Pepperell, choreographer Caroline Gill, and vocal directors Glenese and Michael Blake who are all extremely pleased with the hard work the students are putting in. They are well supported by 8 capable backing vocalists who will sing in an off stage booth and a band of 20 student musicians made up from both colleges. Things are also taking shape backstage with a large team of 50 students from both colleges and a number of staff and parent helpers beginning preparations with props, costumes, hair and make-up design, set construction and painting, and technical requirements. You do not want to miss this one so be sure to get your tickets ! The show runs from Monday

21 -

Friday 25 July at Graham Young Theatre at Tauranga Boys’ College.

The cost of tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for students and Senior citizens and are available for purchase through Ticketek or from the box office at the Baycourt Theatre.

Help: for our combined production we are short of the following: The production team are searching for:    

2 Large Cane Laundry baskets (roughly the size of 2 school desks side by side) to fit people in, 20’s vintage Typewriters, 4 Upmarket café style tables and 12 chairs, and a 20’s style wall hung- wooden phone exchange Switchboard with windup handle.

If you think you can help please contact Anne Robinson (Production Manager) on 07 578814 ext 808.

2014 Tauranga Girls’ and Tauranga Boys’ College Combined Production of

Thoroughly Modern Millie Can YOU help?? We have a goal of raising $10,000 and have identified a Platinum we are halfway there... Would YOU be interested in one of the following sponsorship levels? Gold Sponsor - $2500 Receives: Advertising in Programme, Poster and Newspaper, 10 tickets to Gala night, gala pre-show function, plus programme

Silver Sponsor - $1500 Receives: Advertising in Programme and Poster, 6 tickets to Gala night, gala pre-show function, plus programme

Bronze Sponsor - $500 Receives: Advertising in Programme, 2 tickets to Gala night, gala pre-show function, plus programme

Advertising Sponsor - $100 Receives: Advertising in Programme

If you are interested, please contact Ewan McLeod (Teacher responsible for Sponsorship)

by our Sponsorship DEADLINE: Sunday 08 June

Careers Experience Emma Harding 13WLK During the school holidays I had the opportunity to attend the Taratahi Agricultural Taster Course in Masterton. This course ran for 5 days and gave me the opportunity to see what farming life was about. The group sizes were small and this enabled more one on one teaching and learning.

this experience I was able to learn plenty about. made heaps of friends that I miss marching with, and overall it was an amazing experience that I am very appreciative of being fortunate enough to be During my stay at Taratahi I was able to be involved chosen from the 100s that applied. in student life and learn many skills that would help I would thoroughly encourage anyone who shares me determine if studying Agriculture was what I an interest for a career in the forces to apply for wanted to achieve once leaving school. this experience as it is amazing and a once in a life I learnt butchery, how to use a chainsaw safely, time experience. milk cows, use quad bikes and best of all drive a tractor. The group of students I was with were Amy Fletcher 12MRE and Tylah Dykes 12LCK from all around New Zealand and most of us have We were lucky enough to have the opportunity to stayed good friends. The tutors were all very attend PIHMS Career week in New Plymouth. friendly and passionate about teaching and sharing We worked in the kitchen rotating stations from their farming knowledge and skills to others. food preparation to plating cooking and final cleanI would recommend this course to anyone thinking up. We also did front of house setting tables and about undertaking agriculture as a career. waiting on, including being taught how to correctly carry dishes and glasses. Housekeeping was the Rose Barker 12PRN only boring part because we had to clean the On the 30 April - 02 May I was lucky enough to be rooms, do the laundry and fold the linen. chosen to attend a 3 day Defence Career Lectures were interesting and covered a range of Experience. topics like life skills (don’t expect to start in the top It was amazing and I did not want to come home, job, you need to work your way up). Former which pretty much sums up how great the students shared how PIHMS had helped them get experience was. to where they wanted to be in their careers. Over three days in Auckland we marched, travelled The guy who managed a huge hotel in London, to the Air Base and Naval Base in Devonport. In made us think it might be something we could aim those three days we were involved in exciting towards in our future. The experience has really activities from 5.45am - 9.20pm. Some highlights opened our eyes for a different side of tourism and for me were being able to witness the hand over hospitality. command of the Chief Commander of the New We would recommend Career Week to anyone Zealand Air Force, completing the confidence course and being toured through the naval ship Te keen on tourism and hospitality. Mana. I learnt the reality of being part of a team, in terms of punishment, as everyone needs to pull their weight and work together to achieve goals. From this experience I have definitely decided on what career path I would like to endure through the Royal New Zealand Navy. My aspiration for a career role is a hydro graphics officer, which from

Polytechnic Information Night for Seniors and their Parents 

Do you know what courses are offered at the Polytechnic?  Did you realize that some courses are free?  Did you know that some courses enable your daughter to gain her Level 1 or 2 NCEA which she may not have completed at school?  Did you know that your daughter can begin a University programme? Several BOP Polytechnic courses pathway into Waikato University degrees so come and find out which ones they are. Scott Henderson, the School Liaison for BOP Polytechnic will be holding a Polytechnic information night for Year 12 and 13 students. He will answer these questions and more.

This evening will be held in the staffroom on 17 June 5.30pm. to 7pm. Carolyn Nemeth and I as Year 12 Deans recently attended a session at the Polytech’s Windermere Campus. We were in awe of what is on offer and as both teachers and parents ourselves; we felt that not enough parents knew how the many courses assist a wide range of students both academic and practical. We felt it was important for our school community to be aware of what was on offer. Several BOP Poly courses pathway into Waikato University degrees so come and find out which ones they are. If you want further information please ring Judith Somerville (Year 12 Dean) on 5788114 ext. 766.

Careers diary for June and July 04 June

Auckland University liaison



04 June

Auckland University parents seminar

ASB Baypark


05 June

Otago University Law Seminar

Hotel Armitage


13 June

Tertiary presentation senior maori students



19 June

Canterbury University Info Evening

ASB Baypark


20 June

BOP Polytechnic Open Day

24 June

AUT liaison

ASB Baypark


27 June

Wintec Huge day out

01 July

Victoria University Info Evening

ASB Baypark


03 July

Auckland University day for Maori students interested in Health

03 July

Auckland University Enginuity day for females interested in Engineering

10 July

Canterbury University Open Day

the school again and to organising next years Fashion Parade as it not only provides financial support to the school but is FUN. You are all very The annual Fashion Parade, our major fund raiser, welcome to come along to our June meeting where has just come to a successful conclusion. The great we will be discussing projects/requests for our thing about the Fashion Parade is that it just gets support. better. "The Best show for a few years", "The clothes are Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 18 June. just fabulous", " I dont want the 2nd half to start The meeting starts at 7.30pm in the staff room. too soon as it will then be my last time" Year 13 Please come along and support our PTA so that it student who has modelled in the Fashion Parade for may then support you. We look forward to seeing the last 4 years, " You guys were just awesome and you there. did us proud, thank you " Shop Manager. Congratulations to all the models, from both Businesses that supported us this year are: colleges, who took part. You were all fantastic and Bettie Monroe, Esprit, Jeans West, Kilt, Player, provided two enjoyable nights of great entertainment featuring current fashions from our Nevada, Urban Vogue, RPM, Evolution, Thanks, Silver Surfers, The Formal Shop, Frank Casey, many shop sponsors. Ticket sales on both nights were high, especially Thursday night which was sold Pak'nSave, Steve Bird Wines, The Edge 99.8, Blomquists Bakery, New World Gate Pa, Armadillo out. A thank you to all who purchased tickets to Civil Engineers, Hair to Train, Pristine Dry Cleaners. see their daughter, granddaughter, friend or who came along to see the current fashions, without Thank you to all. your support the Fashion Parade would not be the success it is. The clothing presented covered a wide Jean Walters- - 544 9730 range of styles and were coveted by many, if purchasing anything from our shop sponsors please help us support by letting them know you saw them at the show. Thank you.


A sincere thanks to all the students, staff ( both teaching and administrative ), parents and PTA members who helped behind the scenes. Too many to name here but without each and everyone it would not have been the success it is. Congratulations to our director Pauline HappĂŠ and her PTA team consisting of Suzy Lochead, Pippa Smith, Anne Robinson who all managed an excellent production again. A lot of hours, effort and emails go into producing the show, thank you ladies. We are lucky to have the sponsors that we do to make this a successful fund-raising night for our school. Please help us support these sponsors as they very generously gave funding or products for the school. Congratulations to our raffle winners of the of the different hampers, we were all hoping to win one. Congratulations to Zoe Windner who was winner of the 2014 Fashion Parade Poster Design. Final figures have not yet been confirmed but we look forward to supporting additional projects for

Positive Behaviour for Learning Importance of PARTICIPATION In the previous newsletter, Tauranga Girls’ College shared the goal of ‘being on time’ for our students as this is a good habit to develop from young. We introduced this focus to our students in the second week of Term Two with a lesson on the importance of being punctual and we started the Tutor Class competition in Week Three. Below are the top tutor classes: 9 BTE 9CHM 9GVD 9HDS 9LCH 9MCL 9PTD 9ROV 10ARM 10HNS 10MCT 11BAI 11BLL 11FEC 11NBL 12HKG 12JNS 12PRN 12PRV 13HLM 13JHN Congratulations also to individual students who are always punctual. We look forward to continuing this competition and we would like to thank parents and caregivers for the support we have had in ensuring that students get to classes on time. Importance of PRIDE As a teenager, clothing is a means to promote individuality and some may feel that the school uniform reduces their ability to be individuals. This may seem true on the surface. However, the school is like a second home for our students; it is a place where students learn skills that will benefit them in their adult life. Wearing the correct uniform teaches students to have pride in the way they present themselves and to have pride in the community they are in. At Tauranga Girls’ College, we believe that wearing correct and tidy uniform creates a sense identity and unity for our school as well as instilling team spirit. Wearing uniform correctly and tidily also reflects pride in one’s own appearance.

Uniform also takes away the pressure of what to wear and it promotes equality. Distinctions made on the basis of economic status are reduced. Together, we can make a difference

Next Course Age Group:

Tweens & Teens Years (12+)


Tauranga Girls College, Cameron Rd.


Tuesday 20 May (6 Tuesday evenings) 7pm-9pm


Jackie Paine ph 576 1169



$67.50 single/$90 couple (subsidies available)

For more information and to book online go to NB This course is FREE to all foster carers, Whanau caregivers , Home For Life Parents, adopters and grandparents raising grandchildren. Cost includes a comprehensive manual. Complimentary 1 yr subscription to Parenting magazine provided.

NZQA is launching a new mobile App called NCEA Guide written for parents, whanau and employers. The App will provide quick and easy access to key information about NCEA and makes practical information about NCEA more easily accessible. Parents and whanau will be able to access simple content about how NCEA works and how they can support family members studying in NCEA (no individual student result or progress information is available). The App also supports employers seeking to understand and evaluate NCEA graduates and their qualification. Content can be viewed in English and Te Reo Maori. The NCEA Guide App will be free to download from the Apple App store and Google Play Store from 26 May. Information will be added to the NZQA website to promote the App and on launch day there will be social media messages sent out about how to download it.

For the first time Kickstart Toastmaster’s club is offering a group of students from Tauranga Girls’ College the opportunity to participate in the Toastmasters International Youth Leadership programme. Participants learn to :  Overcome nervousness when speaking before an audience  Organize and present ideas logically and convincingly  Listen carefully to others’ ideas  Offer advice to help others improve their speaking and leadership skills  Participate in and even lead-group discussion or meetings Participants increase their self-confidence as they learn. They also make new friends and have fun. We plan to combine these sessions with a pot luck dinner to also provide a social occasion for those girls involved. The course is open to all Senior students and spans 8 sessions starting on 6 June. Jocelyn Mist, an experienced member of the Kickstart Toastmaster’s club will be facilitating these sessions. The Kickstart Toastmasters Branch is sponsoring this course, this meaning there will be no extra costs to the girls. If you require any further information you can contact Judith Somerville Year 12 Dean ext 766.

Hosting International Students We have several students coming next term for short term programmes and we are looking for host families with daughters at school. The length of the stay varies from 2 - 3 weeks. We pay $35 per night for homestay for these girls. If you are interested and would like to find out more please contact Anne Robinson on 578 8114 x 808 or you can email .

Health Awareness - Cyber bullying (This is the first of three in this series) Cyber bullying is bullying - where internet, a mobile phone digital cameras to hurt somebody, harass or embarrass them. 1 in 5 New Zealand high school students reported being cyber bulled. This is a 24/7 problem, which effects, school, home and the wider community. A cyber bully is particularly dangerous because an embarrassing or hurtful message can be sent and forwarded to a huge number of people in a matter of seconds. It is far-reaching and irreversible. Anonymity can make this even more dangerous, because people are much more like to do things that they know are wrong if they believe that there is no way that they will be caught.

Ways to identify cyber bullying and misuse Signs of abuse: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Changes in mood, sleep, appetite or behaviour Withdrawal from friends and activities School work slipping Bouts of anger or mood swings Avoidance of social gatherings Emotional distress prior to or after using the Internet Avoiding answering questions about what he or she is doing on the computer or cell phone Frequent episodes of not feeling well - headaches or stomach aches

For young people: 1 2 3 4 5 6

Ignore the person and walk away from the situation Get off the Internet. It’s impossible for them to harass your when you aren’t there! If you are upset, talk to someone you love and trus6t. Block or delete offenders. Don’t send messages on to anyone else. This will only make the problem worse. Save the evidence. If you see anyone else being bullied, report it. There is strength in numbers.

Next month’s issue will focus on Facebook.

Apprentice Software Developer Scheme Tauranga software company Panztel is looking for school leavers to join its apprentice software developer scheme. The scheme is open to students who are qualified to study computing at university or can demonstrate a real aptitude for software development. The 30 month programme combines on-the-job training with study for BOP Polytechnic’s Diploma in Applied Computing. Upon successful completion of the programme the apprentice will be qualified to work as a junior developer. Panztel is one of Tauranga’s largest software development companies and provides a unique opportunity to use the latest technologies in a business-orientated environment. There will be an information evening on 12 June for students and parents. For more information go to

Calendar Day



04 June

AQS-Boat Dive 10TRR field trip Music Concert Y11 Anti Drink Drive Expo Auckland University liaison,C2, 1.30pm Auckland University parents seminar ASB Baypark, 7pm


05 June

Work Day Science, Technology & Health Experience: Massey University, Albany Campus Otago University Law Seminar, Hotel Armitage, 1pm


06 June

Manu Korero BOPSS Squash Champs


09 June

BOPSS Badminton Champs


10 June

11TRM: Waitomo Regional Chamber Music Advanced Reading Course Parents Inc: 7-9pm, Staffroom


11 June

Waikato Cross Country: Te Aroha


12 June

12GEO field trip


12-15 June

Underwater Hockey: Auckland


13 June

BOPSS Rock Climbing Comps Mystery Creek field trip Tertiary presentation senior Maori students, Hall, 10am Stage Challenge - family performance, Hall



Rowing Prizegiving


16 June

Waikato/BOP YSIH contests


17 June

Stage Challenge - Baycourt


18 June

13CHE: Waikato University BOPSS Senior Rock Climbing Comps 10TRR field trip PTA meeting: Staffroom, 7.30pm


19 June

Y12 Careers Day Canterbury University Info Evening, ASB Baypark, 6pm


19-22 June

New Zealand Cross Country


20 June

ANZAC Exhibition: Hall BOP Polytechnic Open Day


23 June

Music workshops International Host Families Dinner: Staffroom

24 June

Secondary Schools Squash Tournament: Rotorua BOP Fresh Moves Dance Festival rehearsals: Baycourt Parents Inc: 7-9pm, Staffroom AUT liaison, ASB Baypark 6.30pm







25 June

BOP Fresh Moves Dance Festival: Baycourt


26 June

Hamilton Girls’ Exchange: Hamilton Contemporary Dance: Rotorua BOP Fresh Moves Dance Festival: Baycourt BOT meeting: 5.30pm


26-27 June

Visual Arts field trip: Auckland


27 June

12TRM field trip Wintec Huge Day Out Senior Reports issues: 3.10pm Public Speaking Course: Staffroom, 6pm


30 June

12TRM: Rotorua Public Speaking Course: Staffroom, 6pm


30 June-06 July

Matariki Week

01 July

11 BUS Market Day - lunchtime Victoria University Info Evening, ASB Baypark, 6pm Parents Inc: 7-9pm, Staffroom

02 July

TRR field trip Matariki Idol: Hall Senior Report Evening: 4.30-7pm


03 July

Senior Drama field trip: Auckland Multi Cultural Festival: lunchtime Auckland University Day Out for Maori students interested in Health & Auckland University Enginuity Day for females interested in Engineering


04 July

Junior reports issued: 3.10pm Last day Term 2


10 July

Canterbury University Open Day



Monday-Friday 21-25 July

Thoroughly Modern Millie, Tauranga Boys’ Graham Young Theatre


Term 3 begins

21 July

Reports and Report Evenings Years 11, 12 and 13 Following the senior mid-year examinations, the first formal reports will be prepared by staff for Years 11, 12, and 13 students. The reports will be issued on Friday 27 June for students to take home to their parents or caregivers. This summary indicates the student’s progress in all subject areas. There will be a report evening on Wednesday 02 July. This is an opportunity for parents and caregivers of Years 11, 12 and 13 students to discuss the progress of students with teachers. This Parent-Teacher evening will run from 4.30pm until 7.00pm.

Contacting the College for 2014 We encourage parents to contact the College (578 8114) for support at any time during the year. The Pastoral Team includes: Year 9 Senior Leader: Mrs Ferguson Deans: Mrs Audrey Keightley & Ms Margot Glaser-Brown Ext 770 Year 10 Senior Leader: Mrs Bird Deans: Mrs Jackie Gould & Mrs Robyn Mankelow Ext 767 Year 11 Senior Leader: Mr Chapman Deans: Mrs Kathy Keereweer & Mr Don Wallis Ext 768 Year 12 Senior Leader: Ms Rowlands Deans: Mrs Carolyn Nemeth & Mrs Judith Somerville Ext 766 Year 13 Senior Leader: Ms Rowlands Deans: Mrs Marge Wilkinson & Mrs Karen Scott Ext 769 Guidance Counsellors Ms Judy Burr Ext 728 & Ms Chantal Stopford Ext 724 If any matter remains unresolved, or is taking too long, please contact the Acting Principal, Mrs Summerville. 930 Cameron Road, Tauranga 3112 Ph: (07) 578-8114 Fax: (07) 578-8447

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June 2014 v3