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Issue 5

August 2013

Dear Parents and Caregivers We begin Term 3 having completed 22 weeks of the year. For the senior students, this represents two thirds of their school year. There will be an increasing number of assessments for Year 11 to Year 13 students and it is vital that each student maximises their opportunities of success. In Week 4 of Term 3 senior assessment week takes place. Achievement in these predominantly practice examinations may be used to obtain derived grades if an unforseen circumstance takes place prior to the NZQA external examinations at the end of the year. I am delighted with the progress of the large majority of our senior students who are tracking well towards their academic goals. The recent series of earthquakes that the Wellington region experienced over the holidays is a reminder of the need to be vigilant with regards to such events. To this end we will have a number of school earthquake drills this term. I received notification from the Ministry of Education regarding the condition of the Tawa College buildings and they have given the school a clean bill of health. I would like to congratulate Connor Hale who has been selected to be part of the first NZ Astronomy team to take part in an International Olympiad to be held in Greece. This is a huge achievement. Considerable time and effort has gone into rehearsing for our 2013 Major Production Beauty and the Beast. The six performances commence on Friday 2 August with the final show to be held on Saturday 10 August. I would encourage as many people as possible to come along and view this excellent presentation.

Since the last newsletter I was delighted to watch our music instrumental and vocal students who performed at the June Tunes and Beat the Winter Blues concerts. Other excellent presentations included a performance of individual and group items from our Dance students. The Dance presentations were of a very high quality. Other cultural highlights included a Year 13 Drama presentation and a Year 9/10 Debating competition. "Until Autumn' were placed second in the Wellington regional Rock Quest. Within our sporting codes we have achieved some outstanding results. The Boys Football 1st XI have earned selection in the Premier Tournament for the sixth successive year. The Boys Hockey 1st XI have won promotion to Division 2 in Wellington and the Rugby 1st XV upset unbeaten Wairarapa College to overcome a 26 point half time deficit to win 28-26. Our Year 9 and 10 students competed and behaved admirably in the Junior Triangular Sports Exchange with Newlands and Onslow Colleges. All of the successful events at Tawa College do not just happen. They are the result of the dedicated efforts of a large number of staff, parents and students who generously donate their time and talents for the benefit of the school. I am grateful for the positive involvement of so many of you within the school community. Thank you once again for your support of the school. I truly do appreciate being part of such a positive, caring community. Staffing We welcome back from maternity leave Laura Boyd (Science) and Hilary Asquith (English). In Week 5 Malcolm Bradshaw who has formerly taught at Hutt International Boys School and in England will be joining the staff to teach Mathematics to replace Rachel Cookson who has gone on maternity leave. Our Guidance Counsellor, Edmund Salem, is away in Term 3 on sabbatical and his replacement is a former Tawa College student, Mark Uri-Puati. Murray Lucas Principal



NZQA Fees for NCEA 2013 The exam fees ($76.70 per candidate) are due by 31 August but can be paid earlier. APs can be set up for payment but the total amount must be paid by 31 August. Financial Assistance forms for caregivers with Community Services Cards, on a benefit or will be paying more than $200 in fees are available from the school office. Financial Assistance must be applied for each year. The application form and reduced fee ($20) are due to the school office no later than 31 August. Senior Practice Exams for NCEA Tawa College runs practice exams for the external NCEA standards from 19 August to 27 August. These exams are compulsory. They are a valuable opportunity for students to gain exam experience as well as grades that may be needed if they are prevented from sitting the NZQA exams at the end of the year. Other kinds of assessment opportunities e.g. portfolio workshops, resits for internal standards, may also be offered during this week and a half. 2013 Assessment Results on NZQA Students have been issued with their NSN cards and instructions for registering on the website. They are now able to track their results received by NZQA. Students can also track their results on the college e2Learn website.

NZ Secondary Students Choir 2013 Congratulations to Phil Houlihan who has been selected as a member of the NZ Secondary Students’ Choir for 2013-2014. The students underwent a rigorous, nationwide audition process to become one of 60 members from 39 schools. The choir will be travelling to Brazil and Argentina in July 2014.


Badminton Congratulations to Alyse Derby who won the College Sport Wellington Open Singles Badminton Championships. Basketball The U15 National Championship Boys Tournament was held last week from Wednesday 24th to Saturday 27th July. Congratulations to Anton Sales who played in the Wellington U15 Boys Team. Congratulations to Xavier Rapson and Rapata Wiki-Cummings who played in the Porirua U15 Boys Team. Cricket Congratulations to the following students for the selection into training squads: Year 9 2013 Future Firebirds Squad Kinal De Silva Year 10 2013 Future Firebirds Squad Michael Fenton Year 9 2013 Emerging Player Squad Matt Blair and Tim Waimotu


Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme Congratulations to Year 12 Tawa College Business Studies students, Adam Wark, Rachel Coates, Jamie Sommer and Matt Cook who as Hotspot Enterprises recently took 1st place at the NZ Secondary Schools’ In the Dragon’s Den competition with their business venture producing an original orange and ginger jam. They received $480 in startup funding for their efforts.

Year 10 2013 Emerging Player Squad Jai Maisuria and Cameron Rose Football Anna-Leigh Gillies had a great time at the Kanga Cup Football Tournament in Canberra. Her Wellington Development team 'NOKouts' won the Under 14 division of the tournament. NOKouts also took an under 16 squad and they also won their division so it was a great result for the Wellington girls.


The Kanga Cup is the biggest football tournament in Australasia with over 200 teams from several countries participating. Hockey Congratulations to the following students who successfully gained selection into the following representative teams for Wellington Hockey: Sam Pead Danielle Watson Meiana Rangiwai Ben Gully Hiren Mani

U18 Womens U15A Womens U15B Womens U15B Mens U15B Mens

Rugby Congratulations to Daniel Leone, Lance Petaia and Ezra Dunlop for making the U16 Western Bays Representative Rugby Team. Congratulations also to Elijah Brooking who has been selected for the Centurions Team. Junior Triangular Sports Exchange Congratulations to all students who attended the exchange with Newlands and Onslow Colleges. A huge thank you to all the coaches, team managers, umpires and supporters who went along. Although we did not win the Cup this year, it was extremely close. Overall points awarded as follows: st

1 place 30 points 2nd place 29 points 3rd place 19 points

Onslow College Tawa College Newlands College

Players of the day for each code were awarded as follows: Badminton Girls Badminton Boys Basketball Girls Basketball Boys Cross Country Girls Cross Country Boys Football Girls Football Boys Hockey Girls Hockey Boys Netball Year 9 Netball Year 10 Rugby Boys

Erin Lockhart Harry Baker Meihana Taufitu-Moses Anton Sales Danielle Watson Liam Ronganui Barbara Harris Cameron Rose Meiana Rangiwai Hiren Mani Shayna Turua Katie Trott Shailoh Tako-Edmonds

Placings for each event as follows: Badminton Girls Badminton Boys Basketball Girls Basketball Boys Cross Country Girls Cross Country Boys Football Girls Football Boys Hockey Girls Hockey Boys Netball Year 9 Netball Year 10 Rugby Boys

1st 2nd 3rd 2nd 1st 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 1st 3rd 2nd 2nd

MAJOR PRODUCTION 2013 Tawa College Musical Production - Disney's Beauty and the Beast Come and see Tawa College's talented students in their portrayal of this magical Disney Musical. Performances will be held on Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd, Thursday 8th, Friday 9th and Saturday 10th of August at 7.30pm and Sunday 4th August at 4pm Venue - Tawa College Hall Tickets - Tawa College Office or Door Sales if available - $20 (Adults), $10 (students including college age).

ABSENCES If your child is going to be away from college for any reason, or late arriving to college, please ring the school office on 232 8184 before 11am each day that your child will not be attending school. Please clearly state your child’s name and form class or Year level and provide information as to why they will not be attending college. If we do not hear from you before 11am, a text and/or email will be sent advising you that your child is not present at school. For planned absences of three or more days, written applications must be made to the Principal.



Parent Networking Group The Learning Support Department welcomes all parents of students with learning needs to our Parent Networking Group. Our goal is to provide an avenue for increased communication between home and school, an opportunity for parents to meet other parents who have children in the department and to share information and strategies which can benefit students at home and at school. The meetings will be held in the Library Annex from 7pm to 9pm. Meetings scheduled for the Term 3 are Tuesday 6th August and Tuesday 3rd September. Tea and coffee will be provided. For further information, or any queries please email Rachael Martin HOD Learning Support Volunteer Reader/Writers As part of Tawa College’s commitment to support students with their learning we require positive people to act as a reader and writer on a volunteer basis for internal and external assessments throughout the year. This role entails reading an exam paper to a student and writing down their answers. Senior exams starts on 19th August and finish on 27th August 2013. Training will be provided. If you would like further information please email Rachael Martin, HOD Learning Support on or phone 232-8184 extension 847. COMMUNITY EDUCATION Community Education classes for Term 3 start on Monday 5 August. All classes still have places available. College students may attend and Intermediate students may attend with a fee paying adult.

There are a full range of courses available. These need to be supported by the community or they will be lost to the community. They provide a valuable affordable method of upskilling in areas of computing such as Practical use of Word and Excel, MYOB, Xero, Prezi, Word or Excel Advanced, and First Aid. Keep fit by attending Bollywood or Pilates, or learn useful skills such as dressmaking, woodwork or a variety of ethnic cooking options. Music classes such as keyboard, orchestra, guitar and ukulele are popular methods of learning and sharing music by enjoying playing in group sessions. New Zealand Sign Language, Spanish, French and Malay classes provide an enjoyable way of learning these languages with other people. Practice and sharing with others makes it so much more enjoyable, stimulating and easier than trying to learn on line. There will only be one Defensive Driving course this term therefore students wanting to attend will need to enrol before 5 August. For all parents and caregivers who have a member of the family wanting to learn to drive in the next year, the one night annual course Parents as Driving Coaches is a must. It will be held on Monday 16 September. For enrolment and further course information please visit our website Enrolments can also be made at the Tawa College office. COMMUNITY NOTICES

Polyfest 2013 Polyfest this year has the theme Uniting Pasifika and will be held on Friday 23 August from 4pm to 10pm at the Te Rauparaha Arena, Porirua. Tawa College has three groups performing: Kapahaka, Samoan group and the Tongan group. Entry is $10 and tickets will be available from Ticketek and Te Rauparaha Arena. Please come along and support our groups at this event which features representatives from nine schools.


New World Go For Gold Competition Tawa College is one of 10 schools and kindergartens taking part in the New World Tawa Go for Gold Competition. Currently Tawa College is leading the competition with 293 points with Tawa Primary running second with 209 points.

SEPTEMBER Mon 2 Fri 6 Mon 9 Tue 10 Fri


Winter Tournament Week Mid Term Break Teacher Only Day NCEA Course Information 7pm in the college hall Last Day of Term 3

We would like to encourage all parents/caregivers of students at the college to continue to have their cards stamped at the checkout. The more stamps collected, the more money goes towards our fundraising project. Thank you for your continued support. It is very much appreciated.

Positive Feedback Just a quick note to say how wonderful the dance performance was at the end of term two. I enjoyed watching all the year levels, but loved the Year 12s musical theatre number It is amazing how quickly your dance programme has grown over the last few years, to think that they all started in such a small class only a few years ago and now they are your senior students. Congratulations to you and your students.

UPCOMING EVENTS Please refer to the e2Learn website for up to date information on college events. Some dates to note are: AUGUST Fri 2 Major Production 7.30pm Sat 3 Major Production 7.30pm Sun 4 Major Production 4pm Havelock North Exchange Mon 5 Havelock North Exchange Thur 8 Major Production 7.30pm Fri 9 Major Production 7.30pm Sat 10 Major Production 7.30pm Thu 15 PTA Meeting Fri 16 Sports & Cultural Photos Mon 19 Senior Exams begin Fri 23 Polyfest Wed 28 Big Sing Nationals




Tawa College Issue 5 August 2013